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Patrick and green thirteen-
I can not thank you enough for making our wedding this past weekend such a success. I can't tell you how many people came up to me throughout the night and told me how great the band is...along with the day after. Their music selection was so broad and they played such a well rounded mix throughout the entire night. You can tell each member in the band is very passionate about music and truly enjoys what they do. They interacted with the crowd and I don't think the dance floor was empty at any point in the night. They must have been so into it, they didn't even take a break which is mind blowing to me.
Patrick- thank you for all of your dedication. You are truly a blessing to brides. For those looking to spend money on a wedding planner, no need because Patrick is your guy. He had our entire timeline planned down to the minute. Thank you for being so punctual from the moment we contacted you. He really goes out of his way for whatever it is the couple wants and finds a way to make it happen. Thank you for taking time out throughout the night to check in with family members to see if they needed anything.
Please never stop playing, you guys really are awesome and I will ALWAYS recommend you for any and all upcoming weddings!
Thank you so much again from the bottom of my heart.
-the new Erica Cisek
My husband and I were planning a wedding in 10 weeks. We found our vendors quickly, except the band. We met with lots of folks, and just couldn’t get a good vibe. I came across Patrick about 4 weeks before our wedding; he emailed me back within 5 minutes of writing him. After exchanging about a dozen emails in about an hour, it was clear that he was a fun, personable, passionate, responsible band leader. We booked him! (And were excited when, the next morning, we had multiple emails from other bands saying, “We are booked on your date but you should try GREEN THIRTEEN because they are amazing!”.)
Next up, we met up and had a long conversation where it was clear that Patrick was trying to get a sense of who we are as a couple, our personality, our interests. Patrick was never in a hurry in this meeting, rather, it felt like he would have sat there with us for as many hours as it took to get all the information he needed, from logistics to how to pronounce the bridal party’s names. (Their pre-meeting planning packet is awesome!!! They’re the only band I talked to who had something like that, and it just shows how organized they are.)
Next Patrick created an amazing, detailed timeline, minute by minute, of the evening. For someone like me who plans events and is highly organized, this was awesome. I realized that I could let go of some of the control I knew I’d be trying to have (as a producer, I can’t help myself!) on that night. And sure enough, it was true. I totally trusted in Patrick to hit all the beats, speeches, special dances, etc, that we had talked about. He didn’t miss a thing.
Not only did he do everything that we had talked about, he did MORE. We had a small wedding, about 80 people. One of the things we hadn’t thought about in terms of having a small wedding is that sometimes the dance floor can look EMPTY. When you have 250 people, it’s always full (if the band is good!) and if a dozen or so people take off early, it’s no big deal. We had an older crowd, and people did leave early to get home to babysitters. And I was a bit freaked out that people were leaving and that not enough people would dance. But… the music came on, and it was so good, that everyone who was still there was out on that dance floor.
Now, here comes the amazing part: in the back of my mind, I knew that when the band was going to take their ONE scheduled break (most bands I talked to take at least two, and sometimes three or four) that we would probably lose a bunch of people who would stop, maybe even go home, and the second set would be pretty empty (and sad!). I was so happy when the minutes passed by and the band kept playing, because I was dreading them breaking and people heading home. But… an hour went by, a second hour went by, more time went by and I realized… THEY WERE NOT STOPPING! I leaned in to my husband and said, “Patrick knows that if he takes a break, we’re going to lose the rest of our party goers. I think he’s just playing straight through.” And that is exactly what he did. He and the band played for about 3 hours and 15 minutes with not a single minute of break. He SAVED my wedding!! I was so worried that the last 90 minutes would be empty and a waste, and he totally saved the day. I’m not even exaggerating. He read the room, and he knew what to do without even asking me or me having to say anything. It was amazing.
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So much goes into a wedding. My daughter lives out of state so I had to plan everything.
I chose well because Patrick and Green Thirteen made the evening perfect. They were fun, professional, easy to work with and played every type of music that we requested. Everyone was on the dance floor literally having the time of their lives. I truly thank the band.
We chose Green Thirteen to be our wedding band after my now husband spent hours talking to probably 20 different bands. After talking with Patrick and watching some example videos, we felt pretty confident that Green Thirteen was just what we were looking for - FUN! Patrick was super organized and everything ran so smoothly on the day of the wedding. The band played nonstop all night and kept all of our friends and family on the dance floor! Thank you Green Thirteen!
Green thirteen MADE our wedding! Our guests are still ranting and raving about them! Working with Patrick was such a pleasure. He was willing to go the extra mile and covered all the details which really put me at ease. Everyone in the band was enthusiastic, professional and extremely talented. The only negative thing I can say is the night had to end! ... Wish i could get married again! Just to have them again!!
Green Thirteen did an amazing job for our wedding. They were very professional, organized, not to mention they sounded awesome. We got so many comments about how great the band was and how much fun everyone had. Also since they were so organized it allowed us to enjoy our night. I would definetly recommend them. I am so glad we had them at our wedding. They truly helped make it the best day ever!!!!
Green 13 was one of the best parts of my wedding! Patrick was a pleasure to work with and did an amazing job staying in constant communication with me so the wedding day would go perfect...and it did! He was professional while staying light hearted and working with me every moment up until the big day. On the wedding day everything went flawless from the DJ'd ceremony to the live band set. We paid for an extra hour of live band (4 hours total) plus a saxophone player and it was beyond worth it! The band rocked the crowd all the way to the end and we have been hearing rave reviews ever since! I would HIGHLY recommend Green 13 to any couple looking for an organized band leader and a great group of musicians to blow your wedding reception right out of the water! Love everything about them!
GREEN THIRTEEN was responsible for making my daughter's wedding a huge success. Patrick, the band leader was so attentive to my daughter about answering questions and was always very helpful in all aspects of planning. At the reception this band got all our guests up on their feet to dance, even the 80 year olds, and in order to keep the party going they did not take a break! Now that's dedication to your business and to your clients! Thank you Green Thirteen for the time of my life!!
~Mary Ann (MOB)
Patrick and his band was the highlight of our reception. Our guests to this day still comment on how great Green Thirteen was. His preparation, organization, and availability made the planning process so stress free. If it wasn't for his great attention to detail, me and my wife would have been truly unprepared and I feel that he cared for our reception to be a true success. Our reception was at Cafe Brauer in December. By chance the weather ended up being a beautiful 51 degree day in the middle of winter. It was a blessing, yet the warm weather also brought this unholy traffic in Chicago the likes of which god has never seen!!! About 3/4 of our guests were late and Patrick made the offer to delay the start until everyone arrived and continued the cocktail hour to keep the guests that were there at ease. That offer hit home for me as any other "band" would have kept to the timeline or charge extra, etc.. What I love about Patrick and Green Thirteen is their ability to adapt on the fly without any hesitation. I would highly recommend them for their professionalism and more importantly the ability to exceed ones expectations. They truly were the icing on our wedding cake!!!
Thank You Patrick & Green Thirteen!!!
My husband and I checked out a ton of bands when we were planning our wedding and without a doubt, we chose the absolute best band in Green Thirteen!
From our first email exchange until the end of our wedding night, Patrick and the band continued to impress us. They were quick to respond (often within a few hours), super prompt (arriving hours before our on site ceremony to avoid testing speakers/setting up while guests were present), adaptive (letting us change our on song choices the day before), knowledgeable on all aspects of the wedding process (acting not only as our band, but also as our event planner & emcee) and an awesome band that kept the night running smoothly and our guests dancing all night!
Our guests are still raving about how much fun the band was and how they appealed to all ages! They even let our 4 year old ring bearer play the drums with the band all night :)
Green Thirteen was one of our favorite parts of the wedding and we would definitely recommend this band to all brides and grooms!
Working with Patrick made the wedding day so much less stressful. Patrick met with us about 4 months before the wedding, he wanted to make sure he had the names and spelling along with the pronunciation of each member so that everything went off without a hitch. We were able to do most of the information through e-mail but Patrick really desires to get to know the bride and groom so that he can have more than a virtual knowledge of the couple.
Patrick went out of his way to make sure we had the style of music throughout the night and he hit it spot on. Everyone was up dancing throughout the entire night and I must have had at least 20 different couple ask about the band. The band was engaged the entire time and the quality of the performance as well as the song choices kept the dance floor full for 3 hrs. We had people from 10 to 80 on the dance floor at the same time and all enjoyed the great music.
My mother pointed out that one one time other than the initial songs (bride/groom, father/daughter & mother/son) were there less than 20 people on the dance floor.
While other things around the night had little mishaps Patrick was right there making sure that we had everything we needed, he even went out of his way to help relax us with a drink when some things at the venue didn't go 100% as planned. He is an excellent person to work work and his desire to please his bride and groom didn't go unnoticed.
Pick any band that Patrick represents and you will be happy you did.
When originally looking for a wedding band, I was very overcome with how many options were out there. I found Green Thirteen and was happy with what they had to offer for the price. However, due to some hesitancy on my father's part we took too long to get back to them about it and Green Thirteen was unavailable on the day of our wedding. Patrick was nice enough to suggest another band that he manages called Timing's Everything and let me tell you THANK GOODNESS we dragged our feet, because they were absolutely AMAZING!
We had a lot of different people who wanted all types of different music (Bride- Top 40, Groom- Alternative Rock and Country, FOB- 50's and 60's), but Timing's Everything made sure that there was a little bit for everybody while keeping the crowd on their feet the entire night! I couldn't even count the number of people who came up to me at the end of the night talking about how great the band was.
Thank you Timing's Everything for making our wedding the most fun it could have possibly been!
Green Thirteen was recommended by a friend and did not disappoint! They were high energy, worked with us and hall to make sure every detail was taken care of to our liking. The music was great, band fun and interactive. Our goal for the evening was for everyone to have a great time and Green Thirteen helped to make that happen. From coordinating the toast schedule, dinner, cake cutting schedule to keeping everything moving perfectly and most importantly keeping the party going on the dance floor. They played through their break and looked like they were having just as much fun as the guests.
So many people told us that our wedding was the most fun they have had at a wedding ever or in a long time and we would agree. We would hire Green Thirteen again without hesitation!
It's been a long time since I have experienced a live band at a wedding reception, and I was extremely impressed with the quality of service that Green Thirteen provided to the wedding dance. I don't think at first that I even realized how much work was being accomplished by the Green Thirteen team. They were providing live music during the hors d'ouevre hour and then the DJ service through the dinner. They were organized, efficient, and interested in making the day flow in exactly the way that the bride and groom wished.
As a musician myself, I was most impressed by the three straight hours that they provided music for the dance floor. Who has that kind of stamina nowadays?! I was amazed by their professionalism and energy. The band was all that most of us were talking about the next morning at the hotel breakfast, besides how happy the bride and groom were together. I hope that Green Thirteen's interaction with the kids helps to spark a desire to perform in them someday. Watching my friends' children bang away on those drums was a precious memory that I won't soon forget! Even when they were finished with their live performance, the DJ kept the dance floor hopping while the rest of the band struck down their instruments in a professional manner.
If I was planning an event for a wedding (or even for prom since I am a high school teacher) I would not hesitate to book this band for my party. I believe that they fulfill on their promise of tailoring the event experience to your needs. I am astonished that there is a live music group out there who is willing to fit their clients' personalities and desires (for every group they service!) instead of simply pursuing their own musical preferences and interests.
Book them, you won't be disappointed!
Hiring Green Thirteen was, hands down, the best decision we made aside fron actually deciding to get married. Patrick was wonderful to work with in planing the evening and on the actual reception night. The band was fantastic, fun and full of energy. I actually thought it was a CD playing when the band first started because they sounded so tight and on the money. I can't recommend them any higher!
My husband and I had Green Thirteen at our wedding on 10/12/13 and they were great! They made the whole reception atmosphere absolutely perfect and were more than I expected. They were fantastic, professional, and got everyone involved. A lot of times it is hard to find a great band but my husband and I couldn't be happier to have found Green Thirteen! They were like our own personal wedding planner from the very beginning. They helped with a secret dance from my dad and I and even have a whole packet to fill out with any and all requests you could ask for! They were great and so many people are now asking us about them and we were happy to give them their info.
You would be making a huge mistake if you didn't get Green Thirteen for your wedding. They play top hits and all the songs you could ever imagine. They were perfect.
By far the best band! When I called for the first time I got an answer RIGHT AWAY. Patrick greeted me and gave me a few details. He told me he would send me an e-mail in about 15 minutes with package deals and some up coming show dates for us to attend to check them out. Sure enough I received an e-mail immediately as promised. It was already the best experience I had with contacting a band for the wedding compared to others I had contacted.
Patrick/Green Thirteen was always quick to get back to us whether it was a call...text...or sending documents via email. They were friendly and affordable. They did an awesome job keeping all of our detailed paperwork, contract, timeline and everything organized.
They were beyond willing to work with us and personalize every bit of the wedding reception. Patrick and one of the other guys came out to my town to meet with us to confirm all of the details. They were so flexible as far as picking a place to meet and a time that fit our schedule.
I loved that they had so many package options and each one could be personalized to fit our personalities and needs for the wedding. They are great!!!!
My daughter got married this past Saturday after a 9 month engagement. Finding and appropriate band was one of our first orders of business, and Patrick made that process of organizing, choosing music, setting timelines and finalizing all music details super stressfree (trust me, you will need some stress-free in your life while planning a wedding). I found him to be prompt in his replies, he asked a ton of questions, and made of think of details that we had no idea we needed. Call Patrick - you won't be sorry!
Green Thirteen was the absolute best part of our wedding. As an obsessive bride wanting everything to be in its place and go just right, Patrick was a Godsend: professional, personable, accommodating, and ORGANIZED! I did not worry for a second about the flow of the evening...and it went absolutely perfectly. Patrick took care of everything to my total satisfaction.
Honestly, guests will forget what the flowers looked like or what type of tie you had on the chair bows. They will NOT forget how much fun they had at your wedding. During the dancing between courses, my family told me they wanted to totally skip the rest of the courses, not eat, and just dance. EVERYONE was on the dance floor having a blast, and Patrick even came out in the middle of the dance floor and sang with all my guest- and a blast for everyone.
If there was one piece of advice I would give to another bride, it would be to hire Green Thirteen. There is NOT another band with as much talent or energy or GUARANTEE to make your wedding night the time of your life.
Love the bad. Nice looking members and very talented. Patrick was easy and pleasant work with. He met with us several times before the wedding to work on itinerary for the evening.
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