Strangers Band: Philadelphia Wedding and Party Band

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

Hi Denny,

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)

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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!

Warm Regards,

- 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)

Glasbern Country Inn: Robert and Francine Sagona – September 30, 2018

We are so happy that we chose the Strangers to play at our wedding. All of our guests kept coming up to us and said how much they loved the band.  From start to finish, everything went flawlessly. This is because, in the beginning planning stages, they took the time to Skype with us to make sure we all shared the same vision and goal. They went over the process, they asked what songs we wanted to hear, they really wanted to make sure we were happy and on the same page. Prior planning really makes or breaks a wedding and they understood this. The day of the wedding, the pianist, Rick, started off with our processional. He sounded excellent and really set the mood for the evening. It made the ceremony even more beautiful.  During the reception, Denny, the lead band member, really got everyone moving and on the dance floor. They sounded incredible, almost to the point that the songs sounded  like they were sang by the original artists. During the end of our reception, the trumpets/saxophonists came out to the dance floor with the guests. Denny also came out and interacted with a lot of the guests. At one point, he let my Best Man sing along with him. One of the common compliments that we received about the wedding was about the band! In the early stages of our wedding planning, we were going back and forth between a DJ or live music. We are so happy that we decided with the Strangers. If you’re planning a wedding right now, do yourself a favor and take one less item off the to-do list and go with the Strangers. You’ll be happy you did!”

- Robert (Groom)

Pen Ryn Mansion: Colleen and Michael Frawley – September 22, 2018

We loved having The Strangers play our wedding! The live musical accompaniment to cocktail hour was really classy, and Rick and Denny happily accommodated our special requests and made our musical wishes come true! Being introduced to the Star Wars Throne Room theme was one of the most exciting parts of the whole day for us—-sounded great and we were so pumped to hear it before coming out to be introduced! Thanks for everything you did to make our day everything we could’ve wished.

We are very happy we went with you guys again!

- Colleen (Bride)

Fox 29 Salutes the Military Event – September 21, 2018

You guys are the BEST!!
I know I tell you that every year, but you truly are…
I’m so grateful to you and the band for coming every year and entertaining us all with your fabulousness (ha), and always being so gracious to everyone
Wouldn’t not be the same without you, so THANK YOU THANK YOU!
On behalf of myself, Fox 29 and the military, thank you
We’ll chat soon…get some rest!

- Jodi (Event Planner)

Talamore Country Club: Morgan and Daniel – August 18, 2018

Denny, Rick, and the rest of the Strangers band:

We just wanted to thank you SO MUCH for helping to make our wedding celebration so perfect; we could not have asked for anything more! Honestly, looking back on our wedding day the part that keeps standing out to me is the perfect ceremony music, where the special day truly began! I know we were not easy to work with, since it took us forever to make decisions and we emailed you our ceremony entrance song choice just days before our wedding, but you took that and truly blew us away! It sounded absolutely PERFECT! I put emotional value with music, and now every time I hear that song I'm taken back to our wedding day and filled with such joy. I cannot thank you enough!

Also, the reception was amazing! Everyone had such a great time! Our family and friends have been raving non-stop about how great our band was. Cousins who never get up to dance didn't sit down all night (and continued to tell me this throughout the night)! The oldest person there (in her 80's) joined in the dance circle--never thought I'd see that happen! My parents kept telling me all night long "awesome choice on the band!" and at least 6 friends have told me it was the best wedding they've ever been to! What a huge compliment, doesn't get any better than that!

We first saw you play at the Ardmore Music Hall band showcase in October 2017, and were initially drawn to your high energy and clear passion for what you do. It was this high energy which fueled our wedding night and kept everyone smiling and dancing all night long! Going to concerts is something we frequently do together as a couple since music is important to us, and both of us knew instantly that you were the band for us!

We hope you enjoyed the night as much as everyone else did! We seriously cannot thank you enough for making all of our musical dreams come true! You are the best!!

- Morgan and Dan (Bride and Groom)

Talamore Country Club: Christina and Dan Heckmann – August 11, 2018

On 8/11 our daughter was married and the reception was at the Talamore Country Club near Ambler, PA. Strangers was the band and from the first note played, the dance floor was nonstop action. The energy exhibited in their music, the set list was spot on, and the compliments from family and friends told me this band made a great wedding celebration perfect. The decision to use BVTLive! and book Strangers for this event was one of the best decisions made. Our guests are still telling me, several days later, it was an epic event. The music set the mood and Strangers delivered for us.

- Mother of Bride

The Mendenhall Inn: Nicole and Carl Marsini – August 4, 2018

Strangers Band absolutely made our wedding reception one of the best parties I have ever been to. Denny, the band leader, and Rick, the band's music director, were so great and easy to work with. I requested that our wedding party came out to a song and they performed it EXACTLY how I wanted! They also added some special requests to the playlist for my Colombian side of the family. The song list was amazing from the very first song to very last. Our dance floor was never empty, and my guests did not want to leave. I asked for a super fun party with great music, and that is what we got! We got married in August and my guests are still talking about Strangers. Trust me, they will NO disappoint you! Everyone in the band is so friendly and extremely talented! I hope to see Strangers perform again soon! Thank you everyone for making our wedding day perfect!

- Nicole (Bride)

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I choose Strangers as the band for my son's wedding, and could not have been happier with my choice. The dance floor was packed all evening. The band was personable and mingled with the guests at times. Choosing our playlist was easy, and allowed us to choose the music we enjoyed. Take a listen to this group, I think you will be pleased.

- Nick (Father of the Groom)

Linwood Estate: Kelly and Trevor Robinson – July 21, 2018

Denny,

A quick note to say thank you for the great job Strangers did at our wedding. I know Trevor and Kelly could not have been more pleased and I can’t start to tell you how many positive comments we received about the quality of the band, their energy level, the great selection of songs you played and the three hours of straight playing!!

I’ve always felt the most important ingredient of a successful wedding reception is the band/music and you once again convinced me that it’s true. I think we all believe you made the wedding the success it was!

We still have one more child to marry off and if I have any say in the matter, we would love to have Strangers III. Knowing Jimmy, however, you may have to play from wheelchairs. My guess is the performance would still be great! Thanks again.

- Bob and Lenore (Parents of the Bride)

Spring Mill Manor: Andrea and Tom – June 23, 2018

We used the band Strangers for our wedding last week. To say that they were amazing is an under statement. Strangers were unbelievable!! They were super easy to work with and very accommodating and played the music that we really wanted to hear.

We met with the band leader a few weeks prior to our wedding to discuss specifics. Denny was very friendly and easy to talk to. He was accommodating and worked with us to help make our wedding a night we wouldn't forget. During the reception, many of our guests came up to us asking about them and saying how wonderful they were. Even now, a week later people are still telling how how amazing Strangers is.

During the reception, I had missed a song that was very important to me. My husband asked them if they could play it again and there was ZERO hesitation. They gladly played the song over and it made my night!

This is band is super talented, energetic and fun and I would HIGHLY recommend them! I want to relive the night all over again! Thank you Strangers!!

- Andrea and Tom (Bride and Groom)
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Great wedding reception band! Kept guests on dance floor all night long!!

- Hale (Father of the Groom)

Talamore Country Club: Morgan and Daniel Stucatur – August 8, 2018

Denny, Rick, and the rest of the Strangers band:

We just wanted to thank you SO MUCH for helping to make our wedding celebration so perfect; we could not have asked for anything more! Honestly, looking back on our wedding day the part that keeps standing out to me is the perfect ceremony music, where the special day truly began! I know we were not easy to work with, since it took us forever to make decisions and we emailed you our ceremony entrance song choice just days before our wedding, but you took that and truly blew us away! It sounded absolutely PERFECT! I put emotional value with music, and now every time I hear that song I'm taken back to our wedding day and filled with such joy. I cannot thank you enough!

Also, the reception was amazing! Everyone had such a great time! Our family and friends have been raving non-stop about how great our band was. Cousins who never get up to dance didn't sit down all night (and continued to tell me this throughout the night)! The oldest person there (in her 80's) joined in the dance circle--never thought I'd see that happen! My parents kept telling me all night long "awesome choice on the band!" and at least 6 friends have told me it was the best wedding they've ever been to! What a huge compliment, doesn't get any better than that!

We first saw you play at the Ardmore Music Hall band showcase in October 2017, and were initially drawn to your high energy and clear passion for what you do. It was this high energy which fueled our wedding night and kept everyone smiling and dancing all night long! Going to concerts is something we frequently do together as a couple since music is important to us, and both of us knew instantly that you were the band for us!

We hope you enjoyed the night as much as everyone else did! We seriously cannot thank you enough for making all of our musical dreams come true! You are the best!!

-Morgan (Bride)

The Mendenhall Inn: Nicole and Carl- August 4, 2018

Strangers Band absolutely made our wedding reception one of the best parties I have ever been to. Denny, the band leader, and Rick, the band's music director, were so great and easy to work with. I requested that our wedding party came out to a song and they performed it EXACTLY how I wanted! They also added some special requests to the playlist for my Colombian side of the family. The song list was amazing from the very first song to very last. Our dance floor was never empty, and my guests did not want to leave. I asked for a super fun party with great music, and that is what we got! We got married in August and my guests are still talking about Strangers. Trust me, they will NO disappoint you! Everyone in the band is so friendly and extremely talented! I hope to see Strangers perform again soon! Thank you everyone for making our wedding day perfect!

-Nicole (Bride)

The Mendenhall Inn – Nicole and Carl- August 4, 2018

I choose Strangers as the band for my son's wedding, and could not have been happier with my choice. The dance floor was packed all evening. The band was personable and mingled with the guests at times. Choosing our playlist was easy, and allowed us to choose the music we enjoyed. Take a listen to this group, I think you will be pleased.

-Nick (Father of Groom)

Spring Mill Manor: Andrea and Tom Peffall- June 23, 2018

Great wedding reception band! Kept guests on dance floor all night long!!

- Hale (Father of the Groom)

The Ballroom at the Ben: Aileen and Billy- May 27, 2018

Loved Jellyroll! My sister used them for her wedding 7 years ago and everyone could not stop talking about them. Decided to use them for mine since they were still so highly rated and so glad I did! Everyone was dancing the whole time.

- Aileen (Bride)

The Woodcrest Mansion at Cabrini College: Jessica and Justin Bostwick– October 28, 2017

Hi Denny,
Jessie and I just got back from the honeymoon and are trying to adjust to the time difference and get back to normal life. We couldn’t have been happier with how well you guys did! Everyone we’ve talked to so far that was at our wedding said the same thing and how much fun they had. You guys seriously killed it and and kept the party going the entire time. We have a quick iPhone video of when the horn players came outside closer to the end of the night and we’ve probably watched it 100 times lol. The whole experience was really cool. And thanks again for humoring me and letting me sing (or try to sing) a song with you all. We had the best time and can’t say enough about how much fun we had! Thanks again for everything!
Best,

- Justin & Jessie (Groom and Bride)
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Having the Strangers play at my son’s wedding made it a most memorable event! The music selection was amazing! The bandmembers drew in the crowd and kept us dancing nonstop! It was the best decision to hire them. Our guests raved about the band too! Thank you, Strangers! Thank you BVTLive!!!

- Dianna (Mother of the Groom)

The Merion: Jess and Sean Baker – October 7, 2017

We had the strangers at our wedding and we would highly recommend them. Denny, the band leader, took the time to meet with us beforehand and go over all of our requests and the timeline of the night, as well as took the time to learn about our families and bridal party. He especially took the time to go over the pronunciation of each name to ensure smoothness during the reception. He was an excellent MC, kept the night flowing smoothly, and made sure to communicate with other vendors for important moments of the night. Our dance floor was packed full the entire night, even the grandmom's in wheelchairs were on the dance floor. We got many compliments on the band as they played a large genre of music including oldies to the newest hits.

- Jess (Bride)

THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding day run so smoothly! Thank you for being so organized and keeping steady with the timeline, being an amazing MC, learning our first dance, and being so much fun with our crowd!! Everyone is still talking about walking on sunshine and coming out to the dance floor! Our favorite part of the night was when you played a song for sean & I only while we got photos and a first look at our ballroom. Thank you for coordinating with other vendors and making the night seem effortless. We had the best day/night of our lives and the dance floor was packed all night! We hope you enjoyed some of the entertainment from our guests as well, we have quite the crew!!

- Jess and Sean (Bride and Groom)

Townsend Room: Bridget and Brian Tait – September 23, 2017

I was against using a band. Let's be honest bands are not cheap and I had a DJ lined. My wife would not budge on the issue so we began the process of looking for a band. We both enjoyed going to the Ardmore Music Hall to see the BVTLive! band showcase and we selected The Strangers. Best move we ever made. When you realize that you only get one chance to do it right on your wedding day you understand the cost is worth it. We met with band leader Dennis Bloomingdale who went over the playlist and explained the sequence of songs and why. He was extremely thorough. Strangers just blew the doors off of the reception hall. Dennis did an excellent job as the Master of Ceremonies and Strangers had us out on the dance floor and kept the energy up the whole time. Beyond the fact that Strangers changed my opinion about a band vs. D.J. I know they were the real deal because EVERYONE commented on how much they enjoyed the band. Friends that I have known since I was a kid who would never hold back their true opinions and feelings raved about Strangers. I would use Strangers again and recommend them to anyone for any occasion.

- Brian (Groom)

Fox 29 Salute the Troops 2017 – September 15, 2017

To the best in the biz…What can I possibly say when THANK YOU just isn’t enough?! I truly and sincerely thank you for everything you do…coming out and supporting our event every year. The band adds so much energy to the morning and fun & just keeps it going. I appreciate you working with us with the kinks throughout with the play, stop, play—haha! Just part of live TV, but it was great & always entertaining. You’ve been part of the event for 5 yrs. now, and I can’t imagine what we did before we had you—couldn’t ask for a better partner in helping it become the success it has. Please thank everyone in the band & BVTLive! for allowing you to spend your time with us…it means a lot to us and I know it means a lot to the military (as I’ve heard many times)
Please reach out for anything in the meantime, and we’ll be chatting soon…10 yrs here we come!

- Jodi (Fox TV)

Ballroom at Ellis Preserve: Erin and Jon Domzalski – July 14, 2017

You guys were awesome. I did not expect that many people dancing all night! You had Aunts and Uncles who normally lounge around for parties, up and dancing and having a good time!

Not sure if Erin did, but I didn't get to thank everyone. Please extend our thanks to all the members. Your vocalists with their range was a big talking point, as well as your drummer throwing down some double bass! Guitarist was smooth as was the bass. Horns were just the icing on the cake! Can't forget about the keys and bongos. Overall, great performance. I hope you guys had as much fun as everyone else (especially the mother of the bride!)

We'll be sure to recommend you to anyone looking for a band at their wedding!

- Jon (Groom)

Deerfield: Amanda and Jeff Blumenthal – April 8, 2017

From start to finish, Strangers Band was such an amazing group to work with. Prior to our wedding, my husband and I had an hour skype meeting with Denny and Rick to discuss song selections, wedding party pronunciations, flow of the day, etc. which was extremely helpful. They were so friendly and knowledgeable and really helped us envision how the day would be. They were really open to suggestions too and customizations to ensure everything was perfect. The ceremony and cocktail music was elegant and really helped set the tone for the day. Then the full band came into action for the start of the reception and truly brought such amazing energy and vibe to the reception hall! I think everyone was eager to finish their dinner so we could start the full dance set. Once the full dance set began, barely anyone stayed in their seats! The band played such amazing songs that were appropriate for all audiences and kept the dance floor packed all night. Some friends I had never seen dance before were letting lose! At one point my father-in-law got on the microphone for a cameo performance which was so fun! Truly no one wanted the night to end since we were all having such an amazing time! Following our wedding, every guest I talked to said it was the most fun wedding they had ever been to, mostly because the band was so amazing! Numerous people said it was the best band they've ever listened to and raved about how talented the group was. It definitely was a major stand out element that set our wedding apart from others. The drummer even went above and beyond to mail us drumsticks and drum covers because he heard my uncle was asking for the sticks at the end of the night - such an amazing act of thoughtfulness! Overall, I highly recommend the Strangers Band and cannot thank them enough for making my wedding the best day of my life!

- Amanda

Knowlton Mansion: Andrea and Sean Gryger – March 18, 2017

Hi Denny,
Thank you and the rest of the band so much for everything on Saturday! The ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception music were fantastic. We had an amazing time and we know that our family and friends had a great time as well. We received many compliments on the entertainment you provided. Thank you for helping to make the night so memorable!

Best,
Andrea and Sean