Strangers Band: Philadelphia Wedding and Party Band
The Union League of Philadelphia: Hillary and Cyrus Western – June 19, 2021
“BVTLive's Strangers Band was the highlight of the wedding reception. They truly kept the party going all night long and our guests haven't stopped raving about them. Leading up to the wedding, I was wavering between different genres of music I wanted played, and they were super patient with me and accommodating. During COVID when we thought we'd have to vastly downsize the wedding, BVTLive was willing to be flexible with us to meet possible new needs. Fortunately, Philadelphia opened up and we were able to have our original band - Strangers! All around great company, great service, great sound. We are thrilled!”
- Hillary (Bride)
Curtis Arboretum: Sarah and Ben Finkel – June 18, 2021
Strangers made our wedding night a night to remember! We had initially seen Strangers pre-pandemic at the Ardmore Hall music show case. This was a fabulous way to see different bands in a very fun low key environment. We ended up booking Strangers that night! Like many weddings we had to postpone. BVT did not drag their feet at all with this, immediately agreed and we were able to still have Strangers at our wedding on the new date. Rick and Denny were an absolute pleasure to work with leading up to the wedding. The band learned our first dance song and did an absolutely fantastic job! Their set list is extensive. I cannot tell you how many people came up to us and told us how much they loved the band and where can they find them for their family members wedding?! Cannot thank the band enough for keeping us all dancing the night away!
- Sarah (Bride)
The Desmond Hotel: Marissa and Tyler Costello – May 28, 2021
Strangers, thank you so much for providing fantastic entertainment at our wedding reception! We can't tell you how many compliments we have received from our guests about how amazing the music was. Tyler and I particularly enjoyed our special request of instrumental Disney music during cocktail hour and the awesome dance set during the reception!
- Marissa & Tyler
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: Katie and Alex – February 29, 2020
Talented band, amazing hospitality. Everyone at BVTLive! was incredible; from Paul, who helped us pick our band, Strangers, to Denny and Rick who were our point-people in the band, everyone displayed exceptional professionalism and customer service. We had been working with Paul discussing another BVT band (which was a little out of our price range), and had decided on a band from another agency. We recieved a phone call from that agency that the band we had requested was unavailable, and called Paul back to inquire about additional BVT bands- he texted us from a wedding that he was about to play, to set up a time to discuss additional band options, and we were able to attend another showcase the following week, where we met Strangers. After than, everything fell into place. Strangers had everything we were looking for- oldies, jazz, 80s rock, and a stand-out horn section. We met with Denny and Rick a few months before the wedding, and reviewed our preferences, and they even learned an Italian pop song as a surprise for my mother-in-law (on top of our other requests). The evening was executed perfectly- everyone was on the dance floor the whole night, and I can't count the number of people who commented on the quality of the band! We can't thank Strangers enough- they made the evening!
- Katie (Bride)
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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: Katie & Alex – February 29, 2020
Perfect Wedding Band. Strangers is an amazing band - talented , versatile, and wonderful to work with. Our wedding guests could not stop raving about the band, the dance floor was packed the whole evening. I would recommend Strangers to any bride, they are the very best!
- Cathy (Mother of the Bride)
The Ritz-Carlton: Sara and Anthony – December 7, 2019
Thank you so much for making our wedding a dream come true! Our guests were blown away by Strangers - all night people were coming up to us to say how great the band was, and we're still hearing that almost two weeks later. We could not have asked for a more fun wedding and so much of that is because of Strangers. We'll be leaving glowing reviews of the band on the typical wedding vendor websites.
Thanks again for everything, you guys truly made our night!
All the best,
Sara & Anthony (Bride and Groom)
Hire Strangers for your wedding! After attending a BVTLive! wedding band showcase, we selected Strangers for our wedding. This was probably the single best decision we made for our wedding. The band sounded incredible and played hit after hit all night. Our guests danced for hours and people were still talking about how great the band was weeks after our wedding! Denny (band leader) and Rick (ceremony music coordinator) were both so nice, easy to work with, and genuinely invested in making our day perfect. We can't recommend them highly enough. Thank you Strangers!
- Sara (Bride)
The Lucy: Dayna and Ben Mintz – November 23, 2019
Our wedding was a blast with Strangers!
From the first time, we heard Strangers at a showcase my now wife and I knew they were the perfect fit for our wedding! Everything from the level of organization to quality of musicianship and highly interactive performance kept our entire group on the dance floor the whole night. Many guests came up to us just to compliment the band. I cannot recommend highly enough!
- Ben (Groom)
The Lucy: Dayna and Ben – November 11, 2019
On behalf of our families, guests (most of whom approached us individually to comment), and most of all ourselves, we want to take the opportunity to thank you for your simply amazing performance at our wedding. Everything from the song selection and flow, to the interactive elements, kept everyone entertained throughout the entire evening. The quality of your musicianship and your ability to play a little something from each generation that everyone knew while checking off our 'must haves' was top notch! It was such a big part of one of the most amazing days of our lives, and kept us up and moving with energy we didn't know we had! We will not hesitate to recommend you for future events.
Please give our best to the entire team and Happy Holidays,
- Ben & Dayna (Groom & Bride)
The Waterfall: Marlena and Greg Stratoti – October 27, 2019
I just wanted to thank you & your band for a fabulous night last night. Greg & I had a blast, and you played the perfect music for our guests. It was everything we could have hoped for. We are so happy that we chose Strangers !!
Thank you again,
Marlena & Greg (Bride and Groom)
Our experience was great from beginning to end. From the day I enquired about the bands, to going to see them @ The Ardmore Music Hall, to picking and meeting w/ our band. They played exactly the kind of music we asked for & kept the party going. I highly recommend BTW Live.
- Marlena (Bride)
Yacht Club of Sea Isle City: Caitlyn and Tony Pacheco – October 26, 2019
You guys made our wedding so much fun! While I did not dream of a lot of the details of my wedding a band was always something I dreamed about and you exceeded my expectations. It was seamless to work with you guys. Rick did such an amazing job with the ceremony & cocktail hour too! We have had countless people tell us how great you were- the accolades keep pouring in. People cannot believe how packed the dance floor was, how you guys did not stop playing and the level of talent!
I did not dream about many details of my wedding but one "must have" for me was a band. I have been a bridesmaid and;/or guest at many weddings and have the best time (and notice other guests do as well) at the weddings with a band. Is it a high ticket item, yes, but one that is totally worth it! The showcases BVT puts on are an awesome way to find the right band for you. Paul was so helpful in finding a band that met our needs and was willing to work within our budget. Denny (the lead of Strangers) was also so easy to work with and was willing to make it work within our budget. Meeting with Denny and Rick before the wedding was awesome. They were happy to meet and request we made. The band that night had EVERYONE on the dance floor the entire night. They did such a great job from the music at the ceremony, to cocktail to the flow of the reception. Months later and people are still talking about how great they were. You will not regret this move- I promise!
Cescaphe Ballroom: Matthew and Stacey Owens – September 6, 2019
Outstanding! We had so many compliments on the band. Strangers were outstanding and would refer them to our friends and families.
- Matthew (Groom)
The Water Works: David and Mollie Manion – August 9, 2019
I would highly recommend Strangers to anyone! The band was energetic and interactive throughout the whole wedding reception. The music and singing was amazing. I received so many compliments by my guests about how they loved the band!
- Mollie (Bride)
The Beaumont Inn: Loise and Joseph Szustak – July 27, 2019
THANK YOU for your fabulous music!!!!! We love Strangers-everyone at the wedding raved about you! People who were dining on the patio were inquiring about you because your music was so good-you made our wedding day unforgettable-thank you!!! I hope that we have the opportunity to hear your music in the future-stay well and enjoy the rest of the summer!
Louise and Joe (Bride and Groom)
Penn Oaks Golf Club: Trever and Kelly – July 6, 2019
Trever and I just wanted to reach out again and say thank you, thank you, thank you for playing at our July 6th wedding at Penn Oaks. You truly made our night even more special. We FINALLY got around to writing a review on the KNOT. 5 stars!!!! You guys were absolutely great!!! We will absolutely continue to recommend you.
Kelly and Trever Brightwell (Parents of the Groom)
Dear Band Members,
First, please accept our sincere apology for the delay in sending. In no way is it indicative of our level of satisfaction. Amazing, crowd pleasing and energizing are just a few adjectives that describe your stellar performance. We knew that we wanted a strongly talented band that would keep our guests dancing all night. You certainly didn’t disappoint! Countless numbers of friends and family remarked about how great the band was and how much fun they had. Those that did not dance thoroughly enjoyed listening to their favorite songs and watching others’ delightful, dance moves! In fact, you won over many who were debating band vs. DJ.
To conclude, we deeply appreciate your professionalism, dependability, effort and talent. Thank you as well for learning some of our all time favorites. Truly, you made the reception so incredibly memorable and extremely FUN!
Gina & Al (Parents of the Bride)
The Free Library of Philadelphia: Samantha and Andrew Renninger – June 15, 2019
Denny, we had the best night with you guys. We are still getting compliments. Your performance was probably my favorite thing about the night, and most of my friends', as well. Thank you so, so much! Here's what I wrote--please feel free to use however suits you. (and thanks for your patience with my very slow response)
We had absolutely the best night with Denny and Strangers. We are still receiving compliments on the band months later. Strangers had the floor packed all night. They hit every one of our favorite songs, and even slipped in a couple of amazing surprises (they do a shockingly good Lizzo, which is something you just gotta have for a Summer 2019 wedding). Our dance floor was packed all night; we even had guests dancing during dinner, because the band played a fantastic mix of party favorites that our millennial friends and older family members could enjoy equally. Strangers even managed to get our full contingent of octogenarian grandparents out on the dance floor! Plus, when the sky started to threaten our outdoor, rooftop reception that did not have a tent, the band gamely covered their speakers and kept playing. (Luckily, it was just one cloud, and it disappeared quickly.) They were kind, generous, patient—they even learned a new song for our first dance—and mostly just fun. We loved them and I guarantee you will love them, too.
The Ashford Estate: Jessica and Vincent Mekles – June 14, 2019
We would highly recommend Strangers for your wedding or party! Denny & his crew were very responsive, professional, flexible, and great at what they do. They kept our families & us dancing all night long! They truly know how to work with the crowd & play the right music. Fun, upbeat, and you can tell they really love all working together. Thank you again for making our wedding great!
- Jessica & Vincent (Bride and Groom)
The Philadelphia Cricket Club: Rachel and Todd McConnell – May 18, 2019
Sid and team were rockstars- extremely responsive, organized, and the life of the party. Exactly what we were told they would be! Our guests raves about them and they kept us on the dance floor the entire night. Not only that- but Sid and everyone from the band/BVT live are incredibly kind and lovely to work with...there is certainly something to be said for that. Thank you, Sid!
The Flanders Hotel: Caitlyn and Kevin McShane – April 27, 2019
Strangers are the best! We found them through BVTLive, the company my sister also used for their wedding band. They have showcases every once in awhile in Ardmore so you can hear them live before booking. They also have a lot of recordings online.
The price was reasonable, considering how long our wedding was. Denny took us out to dinner about a month before the wedding to ensure they had all the details they needed, and that we were comfortable with the plan for the evening. They were so helpful that they contacted our wedding coordinator directly for the remaining questions they had.
We had a keyboardist during the ceremony, which was perfect! Also had a keyboardist and a saxophone during the cocktail hour. The introductions and first dances were great, but boy was the wedding set list AMAZING! We had a huge group dancing ALL NIGHT, so much so that they demanded an encore after we were supposed to be out of the space!
Couldn't recommend Strangers enough. They are professional, talented, and so entertaining.
- Caitlyn (Bride)
College of Physicians: Caroline and Roy McClymont – March, 16, 2019
I wanted to leave a quick GLOWING review of Strangers from my wedding last weekend. This band is FANTASTIC! I can’t even count the number of compliments we got for the most amazing band in all the land – young, older, EVERY one loved them. All band members were so engaging and joyous to us throughout the night – everyone could feel the excitement and happiness in the room! It was perfection, top to bottom and this band gets so much of the credit for that.
Picking Strangers was one of the easiest and truly, BEST decisions we made for this epic event. THANK YOU THANK YOU
- Caroline (Bride)
The Ballroom at the Ben: Brittney and John Cattell – January 18, 2019
Denny & Strangers were amazing from start to start to finish! In the midst of all the wedding chaos, Denny & Strangers, were the one aspect I did not stress over. I threw a lot of curve balls with requests they never played before and they nailed it! Thank you, Next by Ariana was one song that got everyone dancing on the floor and has guests raving how awesome it was! I have been flooded with requests on who they were since my wedding! If you are looking for a band that is going to keep the party going and bring the fun- THIS IS IT!
- Brittney (Bride)
Hotel du Pont: Alexandra and Erik Shaw – December 21, 2018
The best decision we made! We could not be happier that we chose Strangers for our wedding! From the first time we saw them perform at a BVTLive showcase, they were so organized and easy to work with. They took care of all the music we needed- ceremony, cocktail hour, and the reception. Planning a wedding can be stressful, but Denny and Rick are great at communicating and making sure all of the details fall into place. The day of the wedding, we did not have to worry about a thing. They were so professional and reliable when it came to arriving on time and getting set up.
Not only was working with them so easy and fun, their talent and ability to work a crowd was truly something we will never forget. Our guests danced the entire night- including during dinner and dessert! Once the dance floor was open, all of the tables in the ballroom were empty and the dance floor was packed. When your 91-year-old grandmother is up dancing until after midnight, you know the band is doing something right! While our guests loved many things about our wedding, the band is something that is constantly mentioned. We even had guests asking for information about Strangers so they could book them in the future. Choosing Strangers was the best decision we made and we would recommend them to anyone who wants an unforgettable wedding or other special event!
- Alexandra (Bride)
Hotel Bethlehem: Rebecca and James Chrismer – December 1, 2018
First of all, thank YOU! You guys were amazing and our guests are still raving about how fantastic you all were! We really appreciate you playing for us and making our night so much fun. We all had a blast and we wish we could do it all over again!
Thanks again for everything and we hope to hear you/see you again soon!
- Rebecca (Bride)
We second that! You were all MAGNIFICENT! So many of our guests stopped to ask "Who are they?" followed by a "Wow - they are fantastic!" ... and you were!
The instrumentals and vocals were fabulous, you covered everything we had asked for, and you had everyone on the floor the entire night right up to the last song.
It was so much fun.
Thank you all for a most memorable evening!
- Maria (Mother of the Bride)
Ballroom at the Ben: Juliana and Ilan Khayt – November 16, 2018
By FAR the best decisions we made in the entire wedding process was going with the BVTLive! Band, Strangers. The entire process, from start to finish was seamless and it was truly a pleasure to work with them. About a month before our wedding the Strangers even took the time to get to know us better by spending a dinner together with us. They even learned multiple songs for us (we had a rather unique father daughter request and they learned it no questions asked). They arrived well ahead of time on our wedding day, and were extremely organized. They truly know what they are doing. The entire night the dance floor was PACKED thanks to their talent and energy. Some of the band members even came out onto the dance floor which our guests loved. Many guests came up to us to rave about how awesome the wedding was, and specifically called out our band. Our wedding would not have been the same without them – we truly cannot thank them enough. Thank you SOO MUCH, Denny, Rick, and the rest of the Strangers!!
- Juliana (Bride)
Aronimink Golf Club: Courtney and Chaz Gorman – October 27, 2018
Our experience with Strangers was really just best in class from start to finish. We attended a showcase at Ardmore music hall when we started planning our wedding, and we knew almost immediately that Strangers would bring the energy and style to the night that we were looking for! The band leaders Rick and Denny were nothing short of awesome. I had two songs that were “must haves” on my list – Everybody Wants to Rule the World and Africa – and the band not only learned them, but completely killed it. Not only were they phenomenal musicians and singers, but they also really got to know my husband and I and ensure that the night would flow exactly how we wanted. They handled all requests with ease, including allowing my husband’s mother to sing with the band and even rehearse with them the week before our wedding!! It was truly a perfect experience in planning for the big day.
Then the wedding arrived and I know I’m biased because it was my day but I have NEVER seen a dance floor so packed! From the first song, they had everyone on the floor which is exactly what we wanted. The icing on the cake for me was that at the end of the night, my friends and I thought they did such a terrific job with our favorite song Africa by Toto, that I went up to Denny and asked him if they could play it again and they did and I think it was even better the second time to close out the night. Now, a week after the wedding, our family and friends are still talking about how much fun our wedding was, and how amazing Strangers was. We were lucky to have them!!! Thank you to everyone for making our day the BEST!!!!
- Courtney (Bride)
Concordville Inn: Clara and Michael O’Rourke – October 6, 2018
We absolutely could not have asked for a better band for our big day! When we went to listen to Strangers play at one of the BVTLive showcases, the lead singers immediately came up to us and introduced themselves and informed us that they are willing to learn almost any song for a wedding. Then, Denny and Rick were kind enough to take us out to dinner a few weeks before the wedding to discuss the set list, introductions, etc. and were so helpful with answering questions and providing suggestions.
Strangers brought our dance floor to life and our guests are still raving about how great they were weeks later. All of the songs they played were such crowd-pleasers that the dance floor was completely full all night long! They were interactive with our guests and blew us away with their renditions of some of our favorite songs (including our first dance, which they learned for the occasion).
We are beyond thankful for everything that Strangers did to make our day so special and fun. We would recommend them to anyone who wants to have a rocking dance floor and a super fun reception!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
- Clara and Michael (Bride & Groom)
A great band is the sine qua non of a great wedding and the Strangers were everything we’d hoped for. From our entrance (GnR!) to the final song (Journey!) they kept the energy high, the crowd happy, and the dance floor crowded. They were also a pleasure to work with: friendly and accommodating of our requests, but also happy to exercise their own judgement when we asked them to. We were thrilled with their performance and would recommend them without hesitation.
Thank you so much for the email. I had planned to write today to say THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! We had such a wonderful time on Saturday and Strangers really made the party what it was. Many people have told us how fantastic you were and we couldn't agree more. From our "Sweet Child O' Mine" entrance to the (perfect length) "Can't Help Falling in Love With You" to "Don't Stop Believing" to end the night... we really couldn't have asked for anything better.
Molly and Duncan
Wow.....Strangers....what can I say. Other than my beautiful bride, the band Strangers was the thing that received the second most compliments from our wedding. Our whole goal was to have a ton of fun and have everyone up and moving the entire time, and they delivered. They made the process easy from the outset, and were great to communicate with, fun to have some drinks with, and were able to read from us exactly what it was we were seeking. I cannot thank Denny and Strangers enough for making the most important day of our lives one of the most fun......