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Big Ric Rising Reviews

Brandywine Manor House: Lisa and Kevin Klassen, May 11,2024

Big Ric and his band made our night perfect! We had had Big Ric do our other daughter’s wedding in 2016 and we knew that the band was the best choice for our other daughter’s wedding. People danced all night, the interaction with the crowd was perfect, and they were so energizing all night. Highly recommend!!

-Maureen (MOB)

Hotel Monaco: Allison and Sammy Markowitz, May 26, 2026

There is not enough good things to say about Big Ric and his band. He is so good that he was the band for our son's wedding about a year and a half ago and we hired him right on the spot for our daughter! Big Ric is second to none. Not only is he so much fun, he is a hoot and so good at what he does. The entire wedding was up dancing the entire time and he just kept everything moving. Our guests kept raving about him, as they did for our son's wedding. And, he was totally different for both weddings so he can customize! No one will be disappointed in hiring Big Ric. It will be the event of the year!!!

-Nancy (MOB)

Union Trust: Paige and Justin Bilello, May 5, 2024

Big Ric and his band made our son’s wedding an awesome and memorable celebration. In addition to having very talented musicians and vocalists, they played the perfect tunes to keep everyone on the dance floor. They were outstanding from start to finish. Big Ric, the bandleader, displayed tremendous enthusiasm and command of the flow of the party. He had a real big personality and knows how to get everyone involved and up having fun. They are a big sound band with a strong horns section and excellent women vocalists. All I heard all night was how great the wedding was and that Big Ric’s band was the best they have heard. My advice is to keep doing what you do…. I highly recommend Big Ric Rising, especially if you want your guests to have an awesome time at your wedding!


– Debbie and Phil (Mother and Father of Groom)

The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve: Marissa and Drew Sweetland, February 24, 2024

Big Ric was amazing! Ric puts on a great show, a true master at his craft. All of the singers and band members had amazing energy and kept the party going all night! Ric called us ahead of time and answered all of our questions, and he and the band learned our unique first dance song for us. Great experience for us, awesome band for the party, a truly special wedding band that we will never forget.

-Marissa (Bride)

Scotland Run Golf Club: Kaci and Tyler Wilhelm, December 1, 2023

Anyone considering Big Ric Rising you can't go wrong! The dance floor was packed the ENTIRE night!! He personalized so many things and they treated us like family. I am forever grateful to Big Ric.

- Linda (MOB)

Country Club of York: Shannon Seitz, Clubhouse Manager

"We had Big Ric Rising play at our Winter Gala and it set the tone for the whole event. Their sound and energy are incredible! We had over 350 members attend and we received positive comments from every age group. They were extremely professional, on time, and great at reading and engaging the crowd. Highly recommend! We will definitely use them again."

- Shannon Seitz, Clubhouse Manager

Greenville Country Club: Jessica and Kyle Senchak, November 11, 2023

Kurt at BVTLive! was so amazing to work with, and we loved that they hold wedding band showcases so you can see all of their bands before making a decision. We went with Big Ric Rising and it was the best decision we ever made!!! They were easily the highlight/our favorite part of the wedding. The energy they bring to the dancefloor and wedding in general is contagious. We had two pieces for our ceremony and two for cocktail hour, and all 11 pieces for our reception. During the ceremony, we had the flute and piano. I wanted to walk down the aisle to the acoustic version of Enchanted by Taylor Swift, specifically the chorus. They absolutely exceeded my expectations and it was beautiful. Big Ric is such a pro, and you can tell he knows how to lead a crowd and run a wedding from start to finish. From customizing songs for us and making us feel special, to engaging with our guests and allowing us, friends, and family to come up on stage and sing with them, it was amazing. Could not recommend more!

- Jessica (Bride)

Atlantic City Country Club: Lena and Randall Angel, September 30, 2023

When we first got engaged, our priority was to book a live band. We’d been to weddings with BVTLive! bands before and both enjoyed them. Friends of ours specifically recommended Big Ric Rising, and once we saw the kind of music they played, we were sold! They were definitely our big ticket item but we loved that they included ceremony, cocktail hour music, games, and microphone access for speeches.

We had our details call about a week before the wedding and there were so many things we hadn’t even thought of (we didn’t have a planner), so we deferred to Ricardo on like 90% of the night - we told him we trusted him, he does this all the time and that we just wanted guests to be dancing and having fun. They did just that and were amazing with the kids at our wedding, too!

One of my favorite moments of the night was when they spontaneously had my husband sing 'My Girl' over the mic to me. It was so cute and unexpected! We’ve had numerous people ask about our band and we can’t recommend them enough!

- Lena (Bride)

Lilah: Morgan and Jonathan Rubinfeld, October 21, 2023

THANK YOU for everything. We cannot begin to describe the amount of fun we had and the high we are still on. Ric and the band created the most incredible environment and we are still sore from dancing our faces off!

When we tell you that every single guest has told us how amazing the band was - it is no exaggeration! It was everything we could have ever hoped for (actually more!).

Thank you again for everything!

- Morgan and Jonathan (Newlyweds)

Lilah: Morgan and Jonathan Rubinfeld, October 21, 2023

Big Ric Rising was AMAZING. The band were professional, friendly, and sounded incredible. They looked professional and kept the party moving expertly. Big Ric himself was on top of the timeline to the point that my assistant kept joking that he was the day-of coordinator, not me. Ric was cooperative and worked with me and the family to time formalities perfectly and his presence on the dancefloor was truly captivating. A true entertainer, he made the wedding fun and the family could not have been happier - they in fact did not leave the dance floor.

We look forward to recommending Big Ric Rising and BVTLive! to future clients and I hope to work with all of you again very soon.

- Jessica (Venue Coordinator at Lilah)

The Free Library of Philadelphia: Alex Pavel & Louise Helferty, July 8, 2023

Music was a top priority for our wedding and we knew from the beginning that we wanted a high energy, full instrument band to keep the party going all night. We watched dozens of band showcase videos and knew instantly that Big Ric Rising stood out. We couldn't be more thrilled with our decision. Big Ric spoke with us ahead of time and made sure all our preferences/needs were addressed. He and the band were also so flexible on the wedding day due to weather issues. Everyone had such a great time and the dancefloor was packed all night. He even made sure to include my elderly grandparents in little dances and activities throughout the night. Hands down the best vendor decision we made for the wedding! Thank you Ric and BVT team!

- Alex (Bride)

The New York Athletic Club: Grace and Gavin Perkins, June 24, 2023

THANK YOU for the unbelievable night that you and the big Ric Rising Band provided for my daughter’s wedding!! You, your energy, and your professionalism are second to none!  We had guests from Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans, and San Diego, in addition to guests of all ages, and you and the band literally had the entire room energized, excited and on the dance floor having the time of their lives.

Not only was your singing fabulous, but your ability to MC the wedding, engage guests, know when to bring the energy level up and when appropriate to also quiet the room down is a skill and talent! Everyone left the wedding reception singing your praises and saying that the band was the BEST they ever heard!

Thank you also for taking the time to personally connect with me, my daughter and new son in law before the wedding to get to know us and to understand the vibe we wanted to create at the reception.  That personalization came through throughout the night! I hope to hear and see you at more weddings and events as you and the band never disappoint. Thank you again Ric for a fabulous night of music, dancing, and fun!

- Megan, MOB

The Ballroom at the Ben: Jaclyn and Dominic Fatigati, May 6, 2023

Big Ric is Amazing!! Big Ric was the best wedding decision we made. The energy the brand brought everyone was on the dance floor for over 3 hours. I would highly recommend.

- Jaclyn (Bride)

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)

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