130 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!
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!
We received so many compliments on the music for both the Duo at our ceremony and the band at the reception. Matt was very open to working with us to accomadate our requests and make sure we had a wonderful day.
The Matt Stedman Band took care of everything at our reception, Matt was so friendly and professional! I am sooooo happy that we had them at our wedding reception because they made the night unforgettable, it was perfect :) Everybody at our wedding had a good time, the dance floor was packed all night long and it was because of the great vibe and music by the band! I received so many compliments on how wonderful the night was and how perfect the band was! Thanks again Matt Stedman Band!!
My husband and I could not have asked for a better experience with the Matt Stedman Band for our May 26th Wedding. Most people know that wedding planning comes with many stressors and headaches and of course, uncooperative vendors; however Matt Stedman was the complete opposite. Not only was he extremely friendly and professional, he was also very organized and detailed leading up to the day of our wedding.
When we first showed interest in the Matt Stedman Band, he right away invited us to one of his shows, which my husband and I attended. During one of his breaks, Matt took time to talk to us about our upcoming wedding. We loved that he really showed interest in us and our big day. After booking our date with him, he right away sent us all the information we needed to know. His information was always extremely detailed and organized, which we definitley appreciated. Leading up to our wedding, we spoke with him many times, making sure everything was perfect. Not only did we want everything to run smoothly, but he did, too! We were also able to choose the music we wanted, from his selection, which was so great. Not only were we able to choose what we thought our guests wanted to hear, but he played everything we chose! Our guests, of all ages, were so complimentary of the Matt Stedman Band. We are so glad we decided to go with the Matt Stedman Band; it was definitely a highlight of our wedding.
Our experience with Matt Stedman Band was truly wonderful. With the wedding coming up, they made sure to contact us with details and any questions they had and were very open to answering our questions quickly. Out of all the vendors we worked with for our wedding, Matt Stedman Band was one that never left us with concerns. Even though they were not with us for the wedding rehearsal, we knew that everything would go smoothly and it did.
The day of the wedding they were all set up right on time and had all our music choices ready to go. The ceremony music was perfect and right after the ceremony they had the set up for cocktail hour and were ready and playing. We had lots of people saying how much they loved the music at the ceremony and at cocktail hour.
Matt was great about getting the wedding party in order and keeping us organized and on schedule throughout the reception. The reception was fantastic and it had everything to do with the band. Everyone was floored by their talent and had nothing but great things to say about how fun the band was and how much they enjoyed the experience.
Overall, we couldn't have been happier with Matt Stedman Band and the services they provided on our wedding day. We know that our guests will remember our wedding for a long time because of the energy the band brought to our reception. We only wish the night could have lasted longer. If you're considering using a band for your wedding reception, you really don't need to look any further than Matt Stedman Band. They were everything we could have wanted. Thanks guys!
We could not have been more happy with The Matt Stedman Band at our wedding. Not only did the band sound great and played excellent songs, they were very professional and paid attention to important details that we would have never thought of! After talking with Matt about the plans, song choices, etc... months before the big day, we knew we had nothing to do but relax and just enjoy the reception which is exactly what we did! The band had all of our guests up and dancing and when the guests weren't dancing, they were listening intently to the superb musicianship and creative arrangements of the songs. The band was also very accommodating to our personal requests such as having a friend sing to a backing track and having my father and myself "sit-in" with the band at the end of the evening. You don't need a DJ, you need the MSB!
We listened to many possible bands before we selected the Ring of Music for our elegant evening wedding at the chicago Park Hyatt and we made the best choice! The band was professional, well organized, and quietly ensured that we stayed on our "timeline" and the music we selected was played throughout the evening. Our guests were on the dance floor the entire time which is saying alot since we and most of our guests are in our fifties! The band included 2 terrific singers, and we also had a saxophone that added a great late night vibe. WE highly recommend this group for your wedding or other event in the Chicagoland area. Book them early--they are worth the price.
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REAL Musicians, REAL Music!
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
awards and affiliations
- 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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