The Slide McBride band would like to congratulate Australia for voting for marriage equality. The members of my band and my family anxiously anticipated the results from the marriage equality plebiscite and then as the bill passed the Upper and finally through the Lower House. It was a wonderful moment to know that the majority of Australians support the LGBTQI community and recognise that everyone has the right to marry the person that they love.
I have had the pleasure, throughout my career, prior to the passing of the marriage equality act, to have the honour of performing at many same-sex commitment ceremonies. It was privilege to witness the courage and commitment of same sex couples to openly commit to each despite the fact that they were being discriminated against by Australian law. It was evident to everyone present how much these people loved each other. It was also obvious how unfair and discriminatory the then marriage act was to the LGBTQI community.
The Slide McBride Band would like to say we support same-sex marriages and are excited to entertain and perform at many in the future. Congratulating to the LBTQI community and congratulations to Australia for supporting same sex marriage and equality.
The Slide McBride Band- Proud supporters of Marriage Equality.
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What Other Sydney Wedding Band Gets Reviews Like This?
We play at lots of weddings. I commonly get “thanks you” messages, either by email or text message. Occasionally I get hand written thank you letters. My question is, what other Sydney wedding bands gets reviews like this?
Good Evening Slide,
I just want to thank you again for the fabulous job you did entertaining the guests at Katie and Tim’s wedding. I’m so thankful we engaged a band with such a diverse musical repertoire and also has the intelligence to select appropriate music for various points in a function.
We have had great feedback from all the guests particularly the New Zealand contingent. Everyone was so impressed with your musical talent, your energy and how you didn’t break the whole night with one song leading immediately into the next.
Slide we hope that some time in the future we have the opportunity to ask you to another function and we will certainly recommend you to family and friends.
Catherine is the mother of the bride. The bride (Katie) married Tim (the groom).
Katie’s Dad is originally from New Zealand, so there were a certain number of Kiwis who had journeyed from ‘across the ditch’ to attend the wedding.
New Zealanders always love the band. We should tour there. They definitely seem to ‘get’ what we’re about.
Here’s some footage from the night…
The venue was Athol Hall in Mosman. I must have played at this venue about one hundred times over the years.
One of the things about being in Sydney’s best wedding band is that you get to play in all the best venues around town. What we love about Athol Hall is the simplicity. The building has rustic charm and fits in perfectly with our pre-dinner drinks music. Here’s an example…
Do I Really Need Any Speeches At My Wedding Reception?
On the October long-weekend we played at two weddings. The unusual thing with both weddings were the absence of speeches. I’ve played at an abundance of weddings and have seen many variations of what makes a truly memorable reception. It’s rare to see people skip speeches as part of their reception, but having observed this twice in one weekend, I now think it’s an excellent option to consider.
On the Saturday, we played at David and Kelly’s wedding reception.
On Sunday, we played at Gary and Cara’s wedding reception.
Both wedding receptions actually had two things in common. Firstly, neither wedding reception had any speeches. Secondly, they were both held at surf clubs on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
David and Kelly had their ceremony on the balcony of the surf club overlooking Curl Curl Beach. Immediately after they were pronounced ‘man and wife’, they had about twenty minutes of informal speeches. The reception then followed straight after these, inside the surf club.
The reception was a cocktail-style affair with a relaxed ambiance. David and Kelly did their bridal dance to the second song we played. This encouraged their guests to dance which they did throughout our first set. Dinner was served about an hour into the reception, so we pulled back the intensity of the music to allow for eating and dinner conversation. After guests had eaten, the party really got going! Without the interruption of speeches we played solidly, performing five sets over the five hour reception.
Gary and Cara – Narrabeen Surf Club
Gary and Cara’s ceremony was outdoors on the grass area between the club house and the beach. Celebratory drinks were served immediately following the ceremony. During these drinks, we played in our roving acoustic format.
Here is a clip of us playing during this part of the reception
Dinner was then served inside the surf club which was followed by dancing. There were no speeches and there was no bridal dance. Often, guests won’t dance until after the ‘bridal dance’, but this was not the case with Gary and Cara’s guests. Everyone danced with very little encouragement. They were a very receptive crowd. Gary and Cara did actually dance. They simply chose not to do a formal bridal dance.
Planning Your Wedding – Do What You Want
I’ve played at hundreds of weddings. My one word of advice is…
Do what you want and do it your own way.
There are no rules when planning your wedding. If you are not into speeches, don’t have any. If you really don’t want to do a bridal dance, then don’t. If you want something informal, book a surf club. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on flowers or theming, then don’t.
Alison and Andy’s wedding and reception were during the day. Blake and I played at the ceremony (at 10:30am) and then the rest of the band joined us from 11am. The reception ran until 3pm.
The ceremony was held in the courtyard. Pre-lunch drinks and canapes were also in the courtyard. After drinks, all guests were seated for lunch out on the balcony. The main room was kept clear and used as the dancing area. This arrangement worked perfectly, especially for a daytime wedding.
Richard and Shona’s Wedding at The Gunners Barracks
On Saturday, 30th July we played at Richard and Shona’s wedding reception. This was held at The Gunners Barracks Tearooms, Georges Heights.
This venue is historic, but quirky in that there are four distinct spaces.
There is the balcony with sublime views to the south, looking across to Rose Bay.
There is the indoor dining room, which seats up to around 90 people
There is a sandstone courtyard.
There is another internal room, which is commonly used as the place where the band will set up.
We seem to work at Gunners Barracks frequently, and this is because of the adaptive and versatile nature of what we can do. Whereas most bands would simple set up in the back room and play for only about 40 – 90 minutes of the entire reception, our ability to play in a roving acoustic format enables us to play throughout the entire reception, from start to finish. The venue has four separate spaces, and we can play in all of them
For more information on The Gunners Barracks, please refer to their website –