136 total reviews
The reviews on Yelp, The Knot, Gigmasters, etc. all consistently rave about the Matt Stedman Band, and for good reason! We booked them for our 5/10/2014 wedding, and they found a way to exceed our very high expectations for them. We had heard them live before, so we knew they were great musicians... but, we were blown away by two things: (1) Their professionalism. Matt really has this down to a science. He knew *all* of the right questions to ask, and was really thorough to ensure everything went smoothly. He was quite helpful as we thought through the flow of things with details we might have overlooked had it not been for him. (2) The diversity of the music they played (and played amazingly well!). Having a live band play acoustic guitar + violin for our ceremony as my wife & her father walked in to Pachelbal, solo piano music for cocktail hour, a polka for the father/daughter dance, a great blend of familiar rock favorites & slow dance songs, and a 20 minute country music jam session to keep a crowded dance floor going until the very last minute of the reception... we got quite a few compliments on them, and we truly could not have asked for anything more from the band! They were exceptional!
Matt Stedman Band provided all music for our ceremony and wedding reception on 5/17/14, and they were amazing! Matt was very approachable and easy to work with from the beginning. I had never seen the band live in person prior to booking them, only through their music online, but an hour long phone conversation with Matt put me at ease and let me know this was the right band to book for our wedding. (I was luckily able to see them live at Navy Pier a few months later, which solidified my feeling of ease, as they were amazing and so much fun!) I have always wanted a live band vs a DJ, and The Matt Stedman Band is worth every penny! They provided a guitarist and violin for my ceremony, and it was perfect! Between the birds chirping as we walked down the aisle to the beautiful music, it just set this amazing atmosphere for the ceremony. And, the reception....you guys rocked it! From keeping everything running smoothly, with Matt as the MC, to the great music keeping people on the dancefloor...they helped make our special day even more perfect and wonderful. My only complaint --- I wish they played even more songs! Thank you all, especially Matt, for helping to make our day more wonderful and memorable! ---Alishia and Paul
Matt Stedman and his band played at our daughter's wedding on 6/13. They were absolutely fabulous! The music during the cocktail hour was perfect. Matt did an excellent job of introducing the bridal party and organizing the before dinner activities. Once the band started playing - everyone was on the dance floor! Each member of the band was outstanding - both vocal and instrumental. The music selections were varied, fun, and well organized. During breaks, the music continued to be terrific. We have received so many compliments about the band specifically. Thanks, Matt and band for providing such wonderful music! We hope we can hear you play again. Please know that you have our highest recommendation!
As the parent of the bride, my main concern, after the ceremony itself, was to make sure all of our guests had a great time. Ring of Music really made that possible, as I heard from NUMEROUS guest how fantastic the band was!! And not just the night of the reception....weeks later!!!! They they were FANTASTIC! They are very professional, easy to work with, and very talented. I could not have been more pleased.
The Ring of Music played our cocktail hour and wedding at the end of August. They did an INCREDIBLE job at everything leading up to the wedding and the actual wedding day.
The Ring of Music exudes professionalism from the moment you engage them. They are not the cheapest band out there, but are extremely high quality.
Matt Stedman was extremely organized from the moment we decided to go with them. We chose them based on their breadth of musical capabilities and a great sound across a myriad of genres. He sent over extremely detailed emails with all the information he needed. He provided his guidance where we needed it. He helped make sure that all the i's were dotted and the t's were crossed before the wedding.
On the wedding day, the Ring of Music band showed up early, set up quietly and quickly, and were capable of going with the flow as a couple of delays happened at our wedding. Their guitarist played acoustic and solo for our cocktail hour. His Grateful Dead covers were a highlight!
After the cocktail hour, the lead singer went into MC mode and made everything run really smoothly. From the entrances and the speeches to the cake cutting and firing up the crowd, she did a great job.
Everyone at our wedding said that the band was one of the highlights. They played something for everyone and made it fun for every single guest!
Thank you for being such a wonderful group to work with on one of the happiest days of my life!
Matt Stedman was wonderful to work with. He was very professional and organized which can be very hard to find. He helped walk us through how to keep the party going and how we should coordinate our music. The song list he provided was exactly what we were looking for. We were overly pleased with all of the songs his group could perform. Throughout the wedding planning Matt was always available for questions and was very communicative and responsive to any concerns we had. He ensured we would be taken care of on our big day; and we were! On the day of the wedding Matt was very helpful coordinating with our other vendors. When we arrived he and group was on fire! They had us and our guests dancing till the end of the night. The dance floor was packed. His group exceeded all expectations and hopes we had for our wedding. The music was lively, organized and our guests couldn't stop saying how much fun they were making the night. Hiring Matt and his group was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Thank you so much Matt for all of your talent and coordination to make our day perfect. We couldn't be happier with the party you helped make unforgettable.
Matt Stedman Band played at our wedding this past August in Chicago. Before the wedding, Matt went above and beyond to work with my husband and I on wedding details. I really felt like he took the time to get to know my husband and I. He added so many special touches that made the night even more special. I don't think the dance floor was empty at ALL throughout the night. After the wedding, everyone was saying how amazing they thought the band was! I would highly recommend this band!!
Matt and his band played at our wedding in July of 2014, and we couldn't have been more pleased with their performance. The band members are all tremendously talented vocally and play an array of instruments. My husband is Irish and I come from a small town, so it was important to us to have a variety in our "set list,"-- the band was able to play country, folk, and Irish tunes along with classics and crowd-pleasers. All of our guests raved about the music.
In addition, Matt had a very organized and professional approach to our reception, making sure all parties involved knew exactly what to do and where to be, when. Matt has a tremendous amount of experience-- he helped us sort our agenda for the evening, bringing up questions we hadn't thought of and making the whole program operate flawlessly.
Over the years, I've attended and been part of too many weddings count. When it was my time to get married, I knew the top components of a memorable event... plenty of delicious food throughout the night, an open bar, and a killer band. The first two are easy, because you have your tasting and can check a box for open bar, but selecting a band, unless you've heard them live before, is a little nerve-racking. I read reviews, listened to demo clips and then decided to go with Matt Stedman Band & Ring of Music. Throughout the process, from the chronological order of reception events to selecting music, Matt was there to help guide us to having the most perfect wedding reception. His amazing ability to read the crowd and keep transitions smooth, truly sets this group apart from others. Our dance floor was packed from start to finish. After our wedding, everyone, especially our music snob friends, raved about our band. Whether it's a wedding, anniversary, birthday, etc... This is the band you want!
Booking the Matt Stedman band was the best decision we made while planning our wedding. We could not have been happier with their professionalism and their talent as musicians. Every single guest at our wedding could not stop complementing how great the band and music selection was. Matt was a great MC and he was there for our every need. The Matt Stedman Band is a must have at your wedding or special event!
The Matt Stedman Band was one of the highlights of our March wedding in Notre Dame, IN. They played wonderful acoustic guitar music during our cocktail hour and performed an amazing rendition of Wagon Wheel for our first dance. Matt and his entire team were easy to work with, professional and talented. Hiring Matt was one of the best decisions we made during the wedding planning process - he is detail oriented and thinks of just about any detail you could imagine when it comes to the flow and timing of the reception. I would highly recommend him to any bride in the Chicago area!
We had the Matt Stedman Band play at our wedding reception in mid-June. We had the trio play at our cocktail hour and they provided excellent musical accompaniment while our guests were chatting and eating. We chose the fibe piece band to play at our reception and we couldn't have been happier with how they performed! This band was exceptional and we would highly recommend them! From the moment we decided to go with the band, they were so easy to work with and very helpful, honest and accommodating. Matt was an exceptional leader and made sure that we got exactly what we wanted. He went through every detail with us and walked us through the whole process which made it so easy for us. We did not have to worry about the music at all because Matt and the band had it all under control! We absolutely loved Andrea's singing and her performance of our first dance song. The band has a fabulous choice of music and was able to keep our guests dancing the whole night! We absolutely loved this band and would recommend it for anyone looking for a band. The best around! :)
It was really important to my dad, my husband, and I to have a live band at our wedding instead of a DJ. My husband did some searching online for bands in the area and came up with the Matt Stedman Band. We decided to hire them after watching some of their youtube videos and talking to Matt over the phone. Our wedding was very DIY, it was not at a banquet hall but at the county fairgrounds, and we didn't hire a wedding coordinator so I was a little worried that things wouldn't run smoothly at the reception. Little did I know that when you hire Matt Stedman, you aren't just getting great live music, you are also getting an MC, DJ, and basically a coordinator in one. It really put my mind at ease and helped me relax on my wedding day knowing he had a whole itinerary planned out for how the reception would go, and he definitely knows how things work being that they perform at weddings pretty much every weekend! They have a very large catalog of music that they can perform and they let you choose which songs you really want to hear, and then they choose other songs to perform based on their experience of what will get people out on the floor. They also DJ during breaks so people can keep dancing. We received many compliments on the band, and everyone had a great time! The night ran very smoothly and we were so happy with how everything turned out. I would definitely recommend Matt Stedman Band to anyone who wants great live music and friendly, professional service!
Matt and his band were GREAT!!! They played excellent music, and were personable and professional. They performed their live music for the ceremony and cocktail hour and they were DJ's for the reception. The live music was BEAUTIFUL and they were excellent DJs! Thank you Matt and Ring of Music!!
After reading all the great reviews and getting a recommendation from a family member who had them at their own wedding, we decided to go with the Matt Stedman band for our reception. We were very happy we did! Matt was extremely helpful, professional, and thorough from the start of the process through the end. He answered all the questions I had via email or over the phone. He was also very detail-oriented in making sure the reception ran smoothly. We received many compliments on the music and had an amazing time dancing the whole reception!
Matt Stedman was wonderful to work with throughout the planning process and he and the band absolutely delivered the day of our wedding. Matt is super organized, offered helpful insights and suggestions and was very responsive and proactive throughout the planning process. He and the band were wonderful performers transitioning seamlessly from cocktail hour, to first dances to lively dancing later in the evening. We would highly recommend Matt Stedman Band.
The Matt Stedman Band was the perfect choice for our wedding in Benton Harbor, MI (at the Blue Dress barn). Due to rain, we had to move the cocktail reception inside at the last minute. It was no problem - the band played the cocktail hour beautifully. By having different band members play at different times, they kept the cocktail hour music interesting and perfect for the occasion. After dinner, they really let loose. They had the whole place dancing all night. They really know how to read the crowd and play the right song at the right time. In addition, every musician in the band is extremely good and it really shows. If you have the extra budget, it is worth it to add the female singer and saxophone player - both were great.
It should also be said that Matt goes above and beyond in making sure that the bride and groom have a special night. The band learned the song for our first dance and played it wonderfully. Also, when it appeared that the venue might shut things down earlier than expected, Matt was honestly upset and promised the staff that the band could get their gear cleaned out quickly so that we could get a few final songs in!
Overall, I can't recommend the Matt Stedman Band enough.
Wow - I can't possibly give these guys as much credit as they deserve. Working with Matt was so easy, he's very organized and from our first call I could tell that this band truly knows how to help plan a wedding. Their level of experience is beyond any other vendor I spoke with and you will be lucky to have this band at your wedding! Everyone else was right, we had all of our guests dancing throughout the night and are still getting rave reviews from them on what a great time they had, which is a true testament to the entire band. Thanks again, guys!
Matt and his band really do make everything easier on the bride. They are extremely professional and talented in what they do. Matt worked with me for a couple of hours on our agenda, making sure everything was perfect, every name was pronounced correctly, and to make sure there would be absolutely NO hiccups. He really delivered. As you can read from other reviews, Matt Stedman band is the cream of the crop, but what really stood out to me was when our photographer (who has done many weddings from DIY weddings to EXTREMELY regal and costly weddings) came up to me and said "That is honestly the best band I've ever seen... they WILL be recommended to all of my future brides"
The Matt Stedman Band was amazing to work with! We choose Matt Stedman Band because we were searching for a band that did not sound like your typical wedding band. My husband and I often visit Nashville TN and really wanted a band for our wedding that could play the fiddle - This band was it. The venue we had our wedding at even asked for their information for an upcoming event. Every guests has raved about how awesome they were.
Matt helped me organize every minute of my day to ensure I could relax and enjoy my day as much as my guests. Ladies, trust his suggestions he knows what he is doing!
Thanks for everything!
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Featuring world touring professional musicians with GRAMMY AWARD winning talent. Concert quality music with style, versatility, & fun! We guarantee a FULL DANCE FLOOR & can take care of your ceremony, cocktails, dinner, & emceeing! Our brides = happy brides!
- Price Range: $$$
- Music Types: 80s, 90s, Arabic, Big Band/Swing, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Disco, Folk, Hip-Hop, Indian, International, Jazz, Klezmer, Latin, Persian, R&B, Top 40/Pop, Variety
- Specialties: Coordination Services, MC Services
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- The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2010
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Matt and his band played at our wedding in July of 2014, and we couldn't have been more pleased with their performance.
Matt and his band really do make everything easier on the brides worked with me for a couple of hours on our agenda everything was perfect
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