Big Ric Rising: One of the Best Wedding Bands in Philadelphia

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Big Ric Rising Reviews

Lambertville Station Inn: Sam and Mike Muthoka – April 15, 2023

BVTLive was first class all the way. From the night we met Nils as well as Big Ric & his band playing in Ardmore the decision to work with them was easy. Everything for my daughters wedding went off without a hitch. Big Ric was able to incorporate many songs we wanted that were not already on his list. The man and his group are entertainers keeping everyone involved the entire night. Highly recommend BVT and Big Ric for all of tour musical requirements.

- Rick (Father of the Bride)

Lambertville Station Inn: Sam and Mike Muthoka – April 15, 2023

Ric made our wedding memorable. His primary focus was ensuring that we had the best time of our lives! I really appreciate the consistent communication throughout our wedding. He not only performs, but also integrates you into the experience. My favorite part of our wedding was the group hug at the end with all of our guests.

- Mike (Groom)


Arts Ballroom: Erin and Andrew Coyle – December 16, 2022

Having Big Ric Rising play at our wedding was one of the best decisions we made! Their energy, professionalism and the quality of the musicians was second to none. They had all of our guests on the dance floor all night. They even added some special elements to include our grandparents, who weren't mobile enough to join us on the dance floor. We had the best time partying with them and would highly recommend Big Ric to anyone planning their wedding!

- Erin (Bride)

Union Trust: Keri and Adam Bruce – November 11, 2022

We had Big Ric Rising as our band for our November wedding and it was the best decision we made! Big Ric kept the dance floor packed all night! At one point I looked around and not a single person was sitting down! People are still raving about how wonderful our band was!

- Keri (Bride)

Radnor Hunt: Jennifer and Ian Piro – October 22, 2022

Best Part of our Wedding! Big Ric Rising was the perfect addition to our wedding. Booking them through BVT was easy. The BVT team was quick to respond. The band, Big Ric Rising, was amazing. They helped us throw the party of a lifetime. Ric had our whole wedding on the dance floor all night long.

- Jennifer (Bride)

Bohemia River Overlook: Katie and Ryan Blake – October 8, 2022

Big Ric Rising - the best of the best! We had Big Ric Rising at our wedding and they truly made it an unforgettable night! The music throughout the ceremony & cocktail was perfect. Reception was an absolute blast! It was amazing to see everyone up and dancing the whole time. We had so many guests tell us they typically don't dance and were out there, or that it was one of most fun weddings they have been to. We definitely owe that to big Ric! Big Ric - you made us feel so comfortable and special the whole time! Thank you!

- Katie (Bride)

The Union League of Philadelphia: Sheila and Lee Marvel – August 6, 2022

Best Wedding Band Ever! We hired Big Ric Rising for our daughter's wedding. They were an absolute pleasure to deal with throughout the entire year of planning. We even extended their time by 30 minutes because we knew our guests were going to be dancing all night! This 11-piece band is incredibly talented and can perform a wide array of the best dance party music. Without hesitation, I would hire them!

- Anna (Mother of the Bride)

Ballroom at Ellis Preserve: Nicole and Nick Gremminger – April 30, 2022

I have been well aware of Big Ric Rising's talents for quite some time now. My expectations were high and Big Ric and the entire band delivered remarkable results. As expected, our reception was a non stop party with tons of dancing and engaging entertainment.

- Nick (Groom)

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: Chelsea and Palen Andreozzi – April 8, 2022

BVTLive! is the dream team! The whole BVTLive! experience was incredible. From seeing a showcase, to admin steps/booking and to working with Big Ric Rising, everyone was delightful, excited and got things done! Big Ric Rising - we don't have enough space to express how much they made our night. Our guests are still talking to us about the band. They were interactive and hit all the right tones of the night. We had a little bit of a different venue and Big Ric worked with us creatively to make the night unforgettable. Big Ric, Nils and the whole band, they are the true Dream Team. Don't hesitate. Work with BVTLive! and book Big Ric.

- Chelsea (Bride)

Philander Chase Knox Estate: Julia and Evan Morgan – October 29, 2021

Best night ever! I can’t put into words how special our wedding night was, all thanks to Big Ric Rising! All of our guests could not stop raving about how much fun they had and we all danced the night away. Ric and the band were so nice and personable and we truly can’t thank them enough! A night we will never forget!

- Julia (Bride)

The Phoenixville Foundry: Shannon and Bryan Steiper – October 17, 2021

Big Ric Rising is AWESOME! When my now husband and I first got engaged, we really thought we just wanted a DJ. My parents convinced us to go to the BVTLive! Showcase and when Big Ric Rising came on stage and started to play, we both turned to each other and knew we just had to have them at our wedding! We booked them for our wedding in October 2020, which then had to be postponed to October 2021. The staff at BVTLive! were so easy to work with when changing the date and we were so grateful for the flexibility. Big Ric made sure everything went smoothly on our wedding day and all of our guests absolutely loved the band! You are not going to find a better band than this one!

- Shannon (Bride)

Overbrook Golf Club: Tara and Alec Somers – September 25, 2021

Awesome job! Big Ric and his band were absolutely wonderful! We couldn't have picked a better band for our daughter's wedding. Thanks for making it so fun!

- Carol (Mother of the Bride)

Love City Brewing: Danielle and Adam Weinraub – September 18, 2021

Best Wedding Band Ever! They made the event a party! Ric was so easy to work with and played every song we wanted. He was flexible with the multiple time, venue, and date changes due to COVID. Multiple friends and family have asked us for their info to book them for their events since we used them. I really couldn't be happier with them.

- Adam (Groom)

The Water Works: Louise and Ryan Bonner – August 20, 2021

BVTLive! was extremely helpful throughout our whole wedding process, always keeping in touch and not over stepping while we were waiting to make the decision on our band. Big Ric Rising, as a band and Big Ric specifically, were more than we could have hoped for. They had people up and dancing all night with their high energy and crowd participation throughout the event. In speaking to Ric beforehand, we could tell that his enthusiasm for what he does was going to carry over to the wedding night and leave the guests knowing they just had the night of their lives. We will recommend BVTLive! and Big Ric specifically to anyone looking for a smooth band selection process and a band that will bring the party.

- Ryan (Groom)


Big Ric Rising was the best band we could have ever hoped for. They brought excellent energy and brought the celebrations alive. They matched the crowd's energy and surpassed it. They played a great set list and also played the requested songs. We had the time of our lives on wedding night, and we owe a large part of that to Big Ric. We would recommend them to anyone planning a wedding.

- Louise (Bride)

Sheraton Valley Forge: Danielle and David Maturo – July 17, 2021

Great job on Saturday night. The music was great and you really kept the crowd on their feet and engaged. Lots of our guests made favorable comments to me about the quality of the band, your showmanship and the pipes on your lead female singer. You are quite the entertainer! . . . Good luck the rest of the wedding season and hope you guys stay super busy for the rest of the year. Thanks again to you and all your BVTLive! colleagues!

- Rick (Father of the Bride)

Loch Aerie: Nancy and Michael Volpe – May 29, 2021  

Nils and Ric are the leaders of the band, and both of them are very organized, professional, and flexible. They are a huge help when it comes to planning the schedule of your event, and determining what songs to play at what times. Ric is an excellent emcee, he will take command of the event if you direct him to. The whole band is comprised of very talented musicians. They can learn new things very quickly and they are very adept at their work. Everyone in the band is very friendly and great to work with. We are 100% happy with our choice to work with this band, and they are highly recommended, you won't regret it.

- Michael (Groom)

Cairnwood Estate: Gina and Eric Sauerzopf – May 28, 2021

BOOK THIS BAND! Big Ric Rising was the hit of our wedding! The dance floor was packed from start to finish and the music was incredible. They were fantastic to work with throughout the entire wedding planning process and we could not be more thankful to have had them as a part of our day!

- Gina (Bride)

The Anthony Wayne House: Frankie and Jesse Sataloff – May 14, 2021

We just wanted to say THANK YOU for an amazing night on 5/14. You, Nils and everyone we got to work with were freaking awesome. I have a feeling some of my soon to be married friends will be reaching out to you- our guests could not stop talking about how good the band was. My one cousin said she doesn't like dancing but you guys were so good that she had to get up and dance and many said it was the best wedding they've ever been to! 

Anyway, all that is to say- we really had the most amazing night and we couldn't have had it be what it was without you guys. We will definitely be dropping you some great reviews and of course, referrals given any opportunity!   I hope we get to see you at other friends or families weddings soon! Thank you again!!

- Frankie & Jesse Sataloff 

ICONA Avalon: Moira and Todd Cannon- May 08, 2021

There are no words to describe our experience with Big Ric Rising. Professionalism from the minute we booked until we said our goodbyes. My husband and I wanted a unique entrance for our bridal parry and Ric and the band learned that entrance song in 1 week and it felt like a Grammy performance. I can genuinely speak for all 175 of our guests that everyone was on the dance floor and not one person DIDN'T have a smile on their face. We will hold our wedding night close to our hearts solely because Ric made our night unforgettable. Sometimes thank you just isn’t enough.

- Moira (Bride) 

Springton Manor Farm: Dana and Mark Cole – September 11, 2020

Wow!  The Big Ric Rising band was absolutely amazing on Friday night.  You guys made Dana and Mark’s wedding! Everything was perfect, the ceremony music, music during cocktail hour and of course the full band at the reception! Ric had everyone up and dancing the entire evening. You can tell that you guys love what you do! Our guests are still raving about the great band!

Thank you so much for all you did to ensure the wedding was a success.  You were so helpful and patient during this entire process, especially given all the changes in dates and venues. We look forward to working with BVTLive! and Big Ric Rising again in the future.

Thanks again,


Philadelphia Cricket Club: Amy and Matt Seybold – November 29, 2019

Hi Big Ric,
We cannot thank you guys enough for being a part of our day yesterday! The reception was SO much fun, I can’t even tell you how much positive feedback we got from people on the music. That was all thanks to you guys for keeping the party going, engaging the crowd, and just keeping us so organized. We have had multiple people tell us that was the best wedding that have ever been to! We saw people dancing who never dance at weddings. It was just that fun! Thank you so very much! I’m so happy we worked with you guys. It made our wedding the unforgettable night we were hoping It would be.

I would love to leave you guys a review online to let others know what a great night It was. Please let me know the best way/place to do so. We leave for our honeymoon tomorrow but will be back next week.

Thank you so much!
Our best,
Amy and Matt (Bride & Groom)

The Lake House Inn: Melissa & Barry Guglielmo – October 19, 2019

Best wedding band ever!

When the band we wanted for our daughters wedding was not available, BVTLive! recommended Big Ric Rising. I was skeptical because I never heard of them. They were absolutely amazing and the best wedding band we have ever experienced. We still hear from our guests how much fun they had at the reception. LOVED THEM!!

- Jeanne (Mother of the Bride)

Collingswood Ballroom: Katie and Scott Hammell – October 18, 2019

Amazing experience - would recommend again and again

What a pleasure it was working with “Big Ric Rising” from BVTLive!! Big Ric and his team approached the day and the weeks leading up to it with absolute class. Talking with Ric and Nils on the phone was like connecting with an old friend you haven’t seen in a while. Their energy and enthusiasm in making sure they had all of our wishes in mind carried over to the wedding day. If my wife didn’t look so stunning, I’d say Big Ric and his crew absolutely stole the show. From the moment we were introduced, our guests knew they were in for a party unlike any wedding they’ve attended before. They kept the dance floor packed for the duration of our reception. Ric’s voice and energy was impeccable, his accompanying singers were flawless and the band’s sound was amazing! All of our guests from our 12 year old cousin to our 90 year old Grandmother had nothing but compliments toward the band! Many of our soon to be married guests asked for their contact info to book for their big day, and I HIGHLY suggest you do the same! You WILL NOT be disappointed!

- Katie (Bride)

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: Jane and Brendan McPhillips – September 7, 2019

Big Ric Rising Rocks! Heading into our wedding, we were pretty sure that we wanted a band. We had been to a wedding with another BTV Live band and were just blown away by how great it made the party. We knew that it would be a big part of our budget, but also felt like folks don’t remember the food but they would remember the music! As we were working on booking with Nils, he was super helpful as we tried to decide on the band and also narrow down our date. We were engaged for just under a year and really only started planning nine months before the wedding, so we were super lucky that Big Ric was available the same day as our venue! We went to the showcase and were blown away by the band, and then Ric came over to introduce himself and explain his role in the reception. We both felt really confident that he would keep the party going so we wouldn’t have to worry about everyone having a good time - he would be on top of it! Additionally, Nils was super helpful as we had just a DJ at our ceremony since we had a few songs that we really wanted to incorporate and also needed sound setup. For our ceremony, Ric worked with us on the run of show, starting with the wedding party entrances. Our parents and wedding party were so excited to dance their way in, and then Ric bust into “California Love” as we entered the reception. We didn’t have a traditional wedding with first dances with our parents, opting instead to open up the dance floor with the mother of the bride & bride dancing to Dancing Queen. From there, the dance floor was packed all night. Ric did a great job of keeping the energy up - he had the father of the bride help kick off a set, and kicked off a bunch of other surprises that really made the night and that had all of our friends and family talking about it afterwards and making our reception so memorable for us! Best thing about our wedding by far!

- Jane (Bride)

Congress Hall: Carolyn and Bryan Hardenbergh – August 10, 2019

I never got a chance to follow up with you. Thanks so much for all your help with our Aug 10 wedding. Big Ric was KICK ASS!!!
Everyone was talking about him. I wanted a good party and he really brought the house down. I’ve had so many people say they want him to play their wedding. Even Gritty said he wanted to hire him! I had some of my guests from overseas that said they wanted to fly them over, haha.
Thanks for helping us have a memorable day. Let me know if I can ever host you to a Flyers game.

- Bryan (Groom)

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