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Breaking Down the Cost: What You Pay for When You Hire a Wedding Band in 2023

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When finding your perfect wedding band, you may find it difficult to figure out what you’re paying for. When breaking down the cost of hiring a wedding band you should also be thinking about your wedding budget. When it comes to wedding entertainment, you are investing in talent and service first, but also insurance policies, professionalism, reputation, and overall experience in the industry. Professional wedding musicians are going to cost more than musicians who do not regularly play at weddings. 

Typically hiring wedding entertainment like a wedding band is about 5-8% of the wedding budget. Working backward from your budget to find out how much you’re able to allocate to your music is usually a better first step than spending hours searching for prices.

By having a draft budgeted amount set aside for a wedding band, you can use this value when calling potential wedding bands. It is highly advised to use this value and ask the wedding band if they can provide a service package that is within your budget. 

With the 2023 summer season here, now is the best time to get your wedding entertainment budget in order! Typically, there is a high demand for the summer wedding season and it’s best to book your wedding at least a year in advance of your big day! Otherwise, you run the risk of your dream wedding band already being booked for another event! Let’s take a closer look at what affects the price of a wedding band so you know what kind of bang you’re getting with your buck!

In 2022, the average price of a wedding band in the United States was around $10,000-$14,000, but this can vary depending on different aspects, such as the time of year, location, travel costs, and the number of musicians in the band. 

A reputable wedding band in the NJ/NYC area, for example, should cost $1,200-$1,800 per musician, including the non-musicians who travel. If the band provides the lighting and speakers, it will attract additional fees. Bands who are billed to travel to your wedding will charge you extra to cover gas, accommodation, mileage, etc.

Just like with anything else, the more demand there is for a band, the higher the value and cost. The number of band members also plays a crucial role in wedding band pricing. The more professional musicians in the band, the more people there are to pay. From acoustic singers/guitarists/pianists/MCs to professional vocalists with backing tracks, there are numerous options to consider.

By increasing your budget, you’ll have the option to add a sax player or full horn section to your band. With seven or more members, you can expect a vibrant performance that will be sure to make a strong impression. Just remember to check space and sound limitations with your wedding venue before making a booking. 

The average cost for a wedding band will largely depend on the time they play for. The number of hours, and where they play. Apart from the reception, do you want them to play for the cocktail hour? Maybe an after-party? All these things should be taken into consideration.

Many wedding musicians offer packages to cover different parts of your day, including the ceremony, cocktails, and wedding reception. A band with more experience and pedigree will charge you more than an upstart will. Before you commit to payment, check out their sound clips by looking up their social media and website. Head over to our wedding video page to watch our roster of talented acts.

The other additional cost that most wedding couples do not consider is that with a full band and their larger base fees, they then have larger postponement and cancellation fees. This is because they are usually a percentage of the total fee.  

An extra cost that can also be forgotten is if the wedding band will be needing food on the big day. It is important to know as you will need to factor that cost into your budget and advise the wedding caterer. Having a wedding buffet can normally keep the catering cost down and help provide an easy option to supply vendor meals.

It is customary to show appreciation to the wedding band by offering gratuity at the end of the night. Additionally, taking the time to write a review on their social media handles and providing a reference would be greatly appreciated by the band. These acts of support can go a long way in recognizing their talent and hard work.

When looking for a wedding band, knowing their cancellation and postponement policy is equally as important as it can add a lot of extra cost to your budget without realizing it. If your wedding is postponed, a lot of bands charge a fee as part of their contract. 

Others may charge a postponement fee as a percentage of their base fee, and this usually falls around 10-30%. Like postponement fees, wedding band cancellation fees usually follow similar policies. However, a cancellation fee is usually set as a higher percentage of the base fee than a postponement fee and can usually be around 40-50%.

In the end, you do get what you pay for. Top-tier talent requires top-tier compensation- it’s as simple as that! There are no hard and fast rules, and many factors affect the price of a live wedding band. Hopefully, our guide has given you a good starting point! 

Are you looking for a top wedding band to work with?  

Contact us directly to learn how we can create the most cost-efficient package for you!


All Thanks to Panera and a Bad Double Date

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Sara and Brendan in high school met when Sara was a senior and Brendan was a junior, but their “high school sweetheart” love story has an unconventional twist! Their first date was at Panera Bread…but it wasn’t with each other. In fact, they were on a double date, both with different people! They graduated and went their separate ways off to college, but still kept in touch, seeing each other when they visited home for holiday breaks. That spark from that Panera bread date grew and grew from Yankee Games to Jones Beach trips. They started to get closer and closer until Brendan finally told Sara how he really felt at the famous NYPD Hockey Game, and that’s just the beginning of their love story!

When Sara and Brendan were traveling back to New York City for Thanksgiving, Brendan suddenly had an urge to walk through the iconic and scenic Central Park. Unsuspectingly, Sara went along with Brendan’s urge, excited to enjoy the autumnal scenery, even though it was one of the coldest days in the city! Freezing their toes off, they eventually hailed a pedi-cab to reach their impromptu destination: the Bethesda fountain. When they got there, they realized the fountain was out of commission for the season and had no water in it! Still, they made the best of the trip and the freezing weather, enjoying the view of the lake until Brendan surprised Sara by getting down on one knee with the most beautiful ring to ask her to marry him!

To call back to some of their favorite moments together, the couple went to the Yankee Game with some members of their bridal party as part of the many pre-wedding festivities! They even kicked off the wedding weekend by inviting their guests to Sara’s house for some welcome drinks! 

Brendan and Sara clearly have great taste because they had their wedding at the beautiful! To beautifully underscore the momentous occasion, a pianist and cellist from Around Town Entertainment played the all too appropriate “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, as Sara prepared to walk down the aisle. After tying the knot and making their dreams come true, the two danced down the aisle to the pianist and cellist’s rendition of Hootie and the Blowfish’s “I Only Wanna Be With You!” Off to the reception they went, to dance the night away and celebrate their “thousand year” commitment to one another!

They kicked off the evening with a grand entrance dancing into the reception ballroom to Kygo and Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love,” celebrating their first appearance as husband and wife! The Around Town live wedding Band played a favorite song of Sara and Brendan’s that they specifically selected for their first dance: “From the Ground Up” by Dan and Shay. Next, they shared a special moment with each of their parents with Sara and her father dancing to the sentimental and tear-jerking “Remember You Young” by Thomas Rhett and Brendan charming the guests dancing with his mother to “A Long Line of Love” by Michael Martin Murphey. To celebrate and welcome a loving life together, Sara and Brendan sliced their gorgeous wedding cake together to One Republic’s well-wishing “Good Life.” Their guests had a BLAST at the Birch Hill Estate, especially loving to take goofy photos in the photo booth, and taking photos in front of the beautiful rose wall that had a neon sign celebrating the couple’s last name!

Though the venue, the ring, the dress, the music, the flower arrangements, and the cake were all incredibly beautiful, nothing was more beautiful than the couple of the evening. Thank you Brendan and Sara for trusting us to underscore your wedding and congratulations!

Cabin in the Woods

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Cabin in the Woods

Michael and Sharon’s story is a little different than the average couple. They have known each other their entire lives. Both of their parents met at a young age and have remained best friends ever since! Since the early ’90s, they have traveled, spent big holidays together, anniversaries, birthday parties, and much more. Because they grew up so close, Michael and Sharon never really thought they would end up together.

It wasn’t until they were both single, about to graduate college when they began to take their relationship to the next step. They admitted they had feelings for each other, but the timing was never right until the proposal. 

For the proposal, Michael’s parents flew into New York City just to “visit.” On the day of the proposal, they were supposed to go to a wine tasting that was hosting a music event, but instead Michael drove the four of them to the magical woods with the most whimsical enchanted forest.

When they arrived, Michael dropped his parents and Sharon off at this Airbnb cabin next to the woods. When Sharon walked in, she was so shocked to see her sister, brother, and parents there to greet her!

They were playing her favorite Christina Aguilera music in the background and a photographer was there to capture the best moments! Sharon’s parents then walked her to where Luke was standing- under a beautiful Teepee tent with lights, candles, etc. in the most magical, rainy forest and the place he asked her to marry him! After that, they all celebrated in the cabin with food, drinks, and desserts. Everything was perfect!

They held their wedding at the The Hyatt Regency in CT. They had a room for the bridal party to get ready during the day, and also had a room to quickly hang out in before heading into the reception. The cocktail hour was held in the atrium, which was a beautiful location and easily had enough room for about 100 guests, where they enjoyed fancy hor devours and music from Around Town Entertainment’s jazz trio.  

The reception room looked amazing- all of the flowers and centerpieces were perfectly positioned, along with the card table with personal photos. The Around Town Band performed “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars as the bride and groom were introduced as husband and wife. The band played “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra as the newlyweds kissed and danced in the flower-filled sanctuary. Then, everyone was invited up on the floor for more upbeat music. From Lou Bega to The Beatles, the night ending with a bang!

This was another successful wedding by Around Town Entertainment. Around Town Entertainment is proud to have been chosen as the best NY wedding band, NJ wedding band, and CT wedding band in 2021.

Thank you Michael and Sharon for making this one a milestone night, a very special one, and one to be remembered by everyone that was there. We wish you both the best in your lifetime together!

Real Connecticut Wedding

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Real Connecticut Wedding

Ariel and Jeffrey were high school sweethearts. They met during a school social. Jeffrey went to the all-boys school that was hosting and Ariel went to the all-girls school. It was nearing the end of the night when Jeffrey came up to Ariel and tapped her on the shoulder, asking her to a dance. They danced for a little and shared a kiss. 

The next day she woke up to a Facebook friend request from Jeffrey. They stayed in touch for a while but it soon faded away. Ten years later they rekindled and have been stuck to each other ever since.

On their 9-year anniversary, Jeffrey told her that he had planned a surprise to celebrate. So they drove up into the hills to a spot that they both loved and planned a picnic! When they arrived, Ariel saw a white aisle with white roses and candles all the way leading up to a beautiful rotunda. One of their favorite songs, “A Whole New World,” started playing as she made her way up the aisle. Once they reached the rotunda, he was down on one knee popping the very important question. 

The day they married was truly beautiful. Ariel and Jeffrey invited Around Town Entertainment out to perform for their wedding at The Lace Factory in Deep River, CT. The couple wanted a romantic, breezy, and fun wedding, which was what The Lace Factory exactly delivered. The circa-1875, vintage-glam event space was charming and beautiful- think rustic brick walls, vintage hardwood floors, and exposed beams and walls!

Ariel and Jeffrey wanted to bring small reminiscences of their Spanish beginnings to the wedding day, so guests were transported to the ceremony in high style aboard the Essex Steam Train. They were greeted with sangria and beautiful acoustic music by a guitarist from Around Town Entertainment as they arrived. 

The bride entered the courtyard garden in an ethereal Claire Pettibone sheath. As she walked down the aisle, the guitarist played an instrumental version of “A Thousand Years.” She found her groom with tears streaming down his eyes. 

The reception at The Lace Factory’s main ballroom was equally amazing. The large windows let in the best sunlight and there was enough room to fit all two hundred of their guests comfortably.  The bride and groom chose the Around Town Band from Around Town Entertainment as the dance band for the evening. 

The Around Town Band started the set with an upbeat performance of “Hot in Here” by Nelly as the bride made her grand entrance. Next, the bride and groom had their first dance to “Loving You Easy” by Zac Brown Band. The father and daughter held their dance to “Just Fishin’ by Trace Adkin. Right after that, the mother and son had a special moment as they danced to Jim Brickman’s “Never Alone.” The bride and groom even had a sparkler send off at the end of the night which added to the excitement of the magical evening! 

Around Town Entertainment is proud to have been chosen to perform at The Lace Factory for their very big day! Everything was just simply beautiful. Around Town Entertainment is anxious to come back!

Home Sweet Babylon

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Home Sweet Babylon

Stanford, California is a place that honors many fun traditions, but Sara and Thomas’s favorite will always be running into each other at midnight under the first full moon of the year. Over time, the moment became one of the most perfect and romantic evenings in both of their lives. When running into Thomas, she had unknowingly met her fiancé and life partner. 

Fast forward through a couple of years of unmatched fun, mutual support, and determined loyalty, the two began a combined excitement for the next chapter of their lives when they both attended a baby shower for Thomas’s sister.  The shower was a perfect display of love, delicious food, and various shades of pink, and they couldn’t have been happier for the new mother.

During the emotional excitement of the shower and hanging out with Thomas’s family, two photographers were there to capture the most important moments. At one point, Sara was prompted by the photographers to watch a video that they’d prepared. After pressing play, the orientation video turned out to be one that Thomas had compiled. 

Over the previous two years and from various places all around the world, Thomas told the story of their love via video. Tears were immediate, and by the time the final clip showed, he was walking into the room with a sign that said “Will you marry me?”  Sara had no chance of pulling herself together. She could barely squeak out a “Yeah.” But it was the most perfect moment of her life, thankfully captured on film, and well worth the wait!

The lovely couple didn’t have a traditional engagement and chose to get married in Sara and Thomas’s backyard in Babylon, NY. The date was April 17, 2021 and the weather was perfect. The couple held their celebration outdoors, with 20 guests in attendance. It was just as romantic and intimate as they hoped, with Sara and Thomas paying attention to every last detail, including preparing the evening’s music with the help from Around Town Entertainment.

Guests were treated to a vintage-chic, boho-cool style “Big Day” that was carefully curated, with touches that were thrifted, repurposed, or taken from their home. A vanity filled with vases, a clock and candles directed guests to the celebration when they entered. Cocktails and laughter were flowing in the open patio against a backdrop of magnolia, birch, and maple trees. Everywhere you went, there were tall glass candles lighting the path. The A-List Band from Around Town Entertainment performed all of the bride and groom’s favorite songs as close friends and family watched in amazement.

The reception was played up to the theme, as well, with large fire pits surrounding the event tent, a topiary in the shape of a stag, and decor that incorporated wildflowers. The newlyweds chose “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood as they made their first appearance as husband and wife. “This Will Be Our Year” by The Zombies was performed after that during the couple’s special first dance. 

Informal parent dances were up next.  Sara and her dad sported a customized pair of Nikes for their emotional turn on the dance floor while the A-List Band played “Here For You” by Neil Young.  The groom then danced with his mom to “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart. To cap off the sweet night, Sara and Thomas danced the night away to more of their favorite hits, feeling happier than ever. The whole day was a lovely fairy tale. 

Thank you Sara and Thomas for inviting Around Town Entertainment into your home and making all your dreams come true!

I Love You

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I Love You

Tom and Megan met at their “grown-up” jobs straight out of university. Tom was Megan’s boss so they developed a really great friendship from the start. They also quickly learned what an awesome team they were!

Well one day, Tom surprised Megan with booked tickets to Italy! As they started to make their itinerary for the trip, little did she know that Tom was also planning the proposal. 

While they were in Venice, Italy, they decided to take a gondola ride. The lighting, weather, and ambiance was perfect. Tom had it all planned out!

As they went through the quaint, beautiful canals the guide steering the gondola kept distracting Megan with information about Venice. When they passed under the last bridge, Tom offered to take a picture of Megan on the gondola and once she stood up to walk to the other side, he asked her to stay standing up.

When Megan turned around to pose for the picture, Tom was down on one knee holding the ring in his hand! Megan’s heart had dropped. She didn’t know whether to scream, cry, or laugh! She couldn’t believe it and then she finally said “I Love You” after he placed the ring on her finger! It was truly the most romantic moment for both of them. 

The pair had their wedding on April 17, 2021 at Nanina’s In the Park in Belleville, NJ. The location was absolutely beautiful.  They had an outdoor ceremony in the garden area with the brilliant views. Around Town Entertainment was chosen as the couple’s dance band.  The popular band in particular was a favorite of the bride and groom. Guests strolled into the gardens to hear a pianist from Around Town Entertainment play an emotional wedding version of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” Then the mood transitioned to something more current in style with Taylor Swift’s “Lover” as the bride made her way down the aisle to meet her groom. While exchanging vows underneath the intricate vine arbor, draped with flowers, the pianist performed an uplifting rendition of “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes. What a perfect song to conclude such a beautiful moment.

The main reception was held in the ballroom. The ballroom was simply magical with it’s high ceilings, long tables, tiered seating, and a large dance floor. Just outside was a meticulously landscaped garden with fountains, pond, and a bridge.

The bride and groom’s grand entrance song was “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars performed by the wedding band, The Altitude Band. The couple then held their first dance to “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur. “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw was selected for the father and daughter dance. The mother and son dance song was Robbie William’s “Angels.”  

The Altitude Band played a well designed setlist, pulling from the bride and groom’s requests including a mix of songs from the decades, such as 80’s and classic pop genres. Guests never left the dance floor!  It was an exciting dance event all the way through to the last song of the night when guests screamed for more music.

This wedding at Nanina’s in the Park was a once-in-a-lifetime night to remember. We loved everything about this wedding reception! Thank you so much Tom and Megan for inviting Around Town Entertainment out to celebrate with you all!


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Jeffrey and Desiree saw each other for the first time at an Easter Show in Manhattan.  He was certain that he and Desiree would be the perfect match and so he asked for her number. Jeffrey held onto her number until they started dating. They went out several times until it turned into a very special bond.

On one particular day, he surprised Desiree with a trip to Holey Moley Golf in Australia for their first big trip together! After not letting her win… the rest was history. Jeffrey and Desiree spent the rest of the day at the Sydney Zoo. They both love watching animals! 

In the evening they checked into the Shangri La Hotel, where they spent the night in a beautiful room on the 19th Floor, taking in the view of Sydney with cheese and wine. Dinner followed at Café Sydney, with another amazing view. 

To throw her off again, he managed to get the restaurant to deliver dessert with “Happy Anniversary” written on it. After dinner, they headed to a new “Pop-Up Bar.”  As they approached the location, Desiree heard her favourite song playing- an acoustic version of the Friends TV show theme song! She proceeded up the stairs and was just blown away! The light-up letters, flowers, and candles were all so beautiful. Jeffrey asked her to marry him on the spot and it was a big “YES!”

The couple married at Celebrate Snug Harbor in Staten Island, NY. Celebrate Snug Harbor offers an enchanted 83-acre setting with unique event space, lush botanical gardens, and the finest cuisine. It is modeled after the Villa Gamberaia in Florence, Italy.

They held their ceremony at the highly acclaimed Snug Harbor’s Chinese Scholar’s Garden. It featured a collection of captivating pavilions, walkways, and courtyards along with bamboo forest path, waterfalls, and Koi-filled pond! As the newlyweds walked down the aisle to marriage, a pianist from Around Town Entertainment played melodic ballads filling the air with peace, love, and happiness. As soon as the groom kissed the bride, it felt like heaven on earth.

After that, everyone headed to The Tented Pavilion for the main reception. The Tented Pavilion is situated at the edge of the Chinese Scholar’s Garden. It consists of a pristine outdoor space with a beautiful stone dance floor and high ceilings, offering guests a feeling of grandeur and bygone opulence. As guests walked in, they were treated to an intimate performance by The Around Town Band from Around Town Entertainment. 

For the reception, the wedding band started with an acoustic performance of “Party Rock” by LMFAO to introduce the bride and groom. After that, The Around Town Band transitioned into an upbeat version of Rihanna’s “We Found Love” for the newlywed’s first dance. The crowd was wild with excitement!

The Around Town Band played a mix of classic pop and old school RnB along with many other current favorite hits throughout the night. The set list for the evening appealed to everyone’s tastes and the crowd enjoyed the memorable, uplifting experience. From unique cover songs of Kelly Rowland to Zedd, guests packed the dance floor for the entire night. 

There aren’t enough positive things to say about the experience at Celebrate Snug Harbor. A huge thank you to Jeffrey and Desiree for letting Around Town Entertainment bring your dreams to life!

Lightning Strikes Again

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Lightning Strikes Again

Ethan and Mathew met at a music festival called Lightning in a Bottle in Bradley, CA. Matthew was parked just 2 cars over from Ethan when their group asked if they wanted to join in and have a giant tent area for the large group between the 3 cars. The two absolutely fell in love with the experience all together!

A few years later, Ethan knew he wanted to propose to Mathew at the same festival at The Do LaB stage, where they first met. For them it was one of the few places on earth where they can just remain in the moment instead of worrying about work, bills, or anything else. It was just a magical feeling!

So Ethan turned to his friends for help with the proposal. And help they did — all the way from conception to execution with the group that they met the first time. They started to hand out flowers while Ethan got down on one knee as Mathew finally noticed. The flowers kept coming and both of them were shaking like crazy. Tears, hugs, and all their good friends came to celebrate with them as they enjoyed the rest of the weekend’s main acts.  

Ethan and Mathew held their wedding at The Conservatory at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, New Jersey and we can’t say enough good things about it! The venue is so beautiful — the main building is all windows and glass, there’s even a farm building connected where there were very rustic and really nice looking string lights set up, as well as a cute suite for the bridal party, and the outside area of the venue had these little cute gardens that were great photo ops! 

The ceremony was set up outside in the Zen Garden with all the landscaping, greenery, and acoustic guitar set from Around Town Entertainment. It was breathtakingly beautiful especially in the day with the sunshine. It honestly could not have been a more perfect day.  

Everything about the main reception area in the Conservatory was simple, yet elegant. The main ballroom accommodated 200 of their guests including a large dance floor and photo booth. The After Party Band from Around Town Entertainment was the musical act for the evening. The outdoor terrace area was perfect for the cocktail hour, where there were backyard games and live music from a jazz trio from Around Town Entertainment.

Every aspect of the wedding reception felt seamless and everyone had a blast. The dancing never stopped, the photo-op moments in the courtyard never stopped, and guests never stopped complimenting how perfect the day was.  We would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for the elegant, relaxed yet stylish vibe. The night was perfect and we will remember this forever!

Thank you so much Ethan and Mathew for inviting us out to your special day. It was better than we could have ever imagined!

The Big Moment

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The Big Moment

It was March 20, 2021.  All guests arrived at their finest to witness the celebration of Maria and Sam.  It was their wedding night, a long-anticipated evening that finally arrived!  The bride and groom were nervous and excited as they looked on from their private and exclusive balcony where they were preparing for the big moment.

The music began and everyone knew it was time.  The ceremony was about to begin!  A pianist and classical violinist played the perfect songs to set the mood.  The first song, “When The Right One Comes Along” by Allen Chang could not have been more appropriate.  The groom and the rest of the bridal party entered as the crowd hushed.  They walked down the aisle towards the towering floor-to-ceiling windows that overlooked the Hudson and gave the perfect picturesque view of the New York City skyline.  This is one of the most extraordinary features of the Liberty House Restaurant In Jersey City and the perfect reason that so many brides and grooms select this venue for the wedding celebration.

The duo from Around Town Entertainment concluded the first song and the room fell to a silent hush as the guests rose to their feet in honor of the beautiful bride who was about to make her entrance.  The classic song, Canon In D began and the groom gazed upon his stunning bride.  They met and shared the most beautiful vows and soon were wed.  The crowd cheered Mr. and Mrs. Sharf as they exited the ceremony.  The Grateful Dead song “Ripple” was a unique and a special choice by the bride and groom for the recessional song.

The guests made their way to the cocktail reception and they enjoyed the lively music from the jazz trio also provided by the New Jersey Wedding band company Around Town Entertainment.  Soon after it was time to dance with Around Town Entertainment’s reception band, called the Around Town Band.  The reception began with music exciting entrance music for the bridal party and the bride and groom.  The bridal party marched into the room with the song “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie.  The bride and groom were introduced into the room with the classic hit “Signed Sealed Delivered” by Stevie Wonder. 

It was now time for the intimate and official first dance.  The couple joined hands and held their embrace as the singer performed Chris Stapleton’s song, “Joy Of My Life.”  Then the father of the bride joined his daughter for the next special dance.  They danced to the song, “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw.  The groom then escorted his mom to the dance floor and they had a special dance as well to the song “Days Like This” by Van Morrison to close out the night. It ended up being the most perfect, magical day.

Thank you Maria and Sam for inviting Around Town Entertainment to be a part of your major milestones!

The Russian Tea Room

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The Russian Tea Room

“Are you lactose intolerant?” 

“No, I just like to take it for fun”

This is how Olivia and Zachary’s story began in a NYC apartment one fine spring day.  At first, Olivia thought Zachary was pretty cute, but maybe kind of slow. Zachary, on the other hand, thought Olivia was pretty, but very sassy.  

Nonetheless, they began to chat on Facebook messenger a week later and knew that there was something special from the start. For the next three years, they traveled back and forth from NY to LA, had hours and hours of FaceTime dates, and supported each other endlessly to create a romantic love story.

Without a second thought, Zachary planned a surprise proposal when Olivia decided to go back home to California. Zachary told her it was a “girl’s day trip” to the Napa Valley vineyards. 

When she got there, she turned around and saw Zachary dressed in a classic white button-down and khaki pants down on one knee. Their family and friends were able to gather at the vineyards to witness this truly amazing moment. Now, it was time to plan their fairytale wedding!

Olivia and Zachary both agreed on a beautiful, classic, candlelit, red-themed New York wedding. On wedding day, they both climbed into their vintage car and headed to Central Park, where their wedding coordinator had arranged a horse-drawn carriage for the two to take some special pictures before the main reception at The Russian Tea Room. The Russian Tea Room has been a cultural hub in New York for over 80 years, after the members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the establishment in 1927.

When the newlyweds arrived at The Russian Tea Room, all of their friends and family were there to welcome and congratulate them. The Russian Tea Room was as decadent and as amazing as one could imagine!

Around Town Entertainment’s A-List Band was chosen for the musical entertainment this evening. Olivia was full of tears during her first dance with Zachary when The A-List Band performed a cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by  Frankie Valli. It was very touching! The wedding band then played upbeat songs while the crowd danced around for the rest of the evening. 

There were so many good vibes and many special moments throughout this magical evening.  At one point in the night, the couple decided to do a disco version of “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas, which turned out to be so much fun! Everybody stormed the dance floor to sing at the top of their lungs!

The A-List Band executed a well-designed playlist from start to finish including a mix of songs from the funk and classic dance genres. Guests didn’t want the evening to end and neither did we! “Last Dance” by Donna Summer was the bride’s selected last song of the evening, played by the NY wedding band to end an amazing night. 

Congratulations, once again, to Olivia and Zachary on their beautiful wedding! 

Thank you for allowing Around Town Entertainment to join you on your very special day!