Big Ric Rising: One of the Best Wedding Bands in Philadelphia
On this page, you can enjoy testimonials and reviews from Big Ric Rising events.
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)
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)