About this Vendor
Award-Winning Guitarist with Expansive Repertoire
Experienced wedding guitarist w/ a repertoire that spans every era: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Spanish-Romantic, Flamenco & even contemporary pop/rock! For the latter, I create solo guitar arrangements of songs upon request, which maintains it's familiarity while adding a charming elegance. These arrangements are a huge hit with wedding couples! Planning & performing music for weddings is my passion and profession. Thanks to well over 100+ 5/5 star reviews, I have won the "Best of Weddings" ever year I've been on The Knot! This past year, I earned The Knot's "Hall of Fame" award for winning "Best of Weddings" in my first 4 years. Needless to say, providing music for your big day is an extreme honor & privilege for me, and an opportunity that I would never take for granted!
Classical, Pop, R&B, Rock, Flamenco
Rehearsal Dinner, Rehearsals + Parties, Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Reception, Wedding
Live Music, Music
Jim was GREAT!Reviewed on 10/20/2014 Nicole
Jim was fantastic! Couldn't have had anything better, he was very easy to communicate with and very friendly. I have nothing bad to say! Everyone loved him and said it sounded beautiful. We had a barn wedding and unfortunately the outdoor ceremony did not happen because it rained, hailed and then came sleet. Jim was accommodating and quickly adjusted and we had nothing but compliments! Wonderful, thank you so much for taking part in our wedding. - Nicole & Matt
Jim is great!!Reviewed on 9/28/2014 Katie D
Jim was amazing to work with! We live out of state, so we did all our meetings on Skype. In our first meeting, we went through the order of the ceremony and talked about ideas for the music. There were a few songs we knew we wanted, but for several things (unity candle, pre-ceremony music) we had no idea. Jim went through each item and played some sample suggestions to see what we kind of music we liked. We ended up using most of Jim’s suggestions (we trusted him completely), along with a couple Beatles songs (In My Life and Here Comes the Sun). He also learned a song for us. There were two songs I was interested in for the bridal processional, which were not previously in Jim’s repertoire. He figured out the guitar arrangements for both, and recorded samples of each so I could choose between them. I chose “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds. The ceremony was beautiful, and we got so many compliments on the music. I had never been to a wedding before with a solo guitarist, and most of our guests hadn’t either. It gave our ceremony a happy, welcoming atmosphere! Jim is incredibly friendly, and always responded to us quickly when we emailed him. He’s someone we would absolutely want to be friends with if we lived in the same city, and we would highly recommend him for any event!
Jim PeronaReviewed on 1/10/2014 Ashley
Jim performed at our ceremony and cocktail hour for our wedding back in October. He was an absolute pleasure to work with from the first time we contacted him. He was excellent with emails, phone calls, and made the entire booking process very easy for my wife and I. Jim arrived at our church with plenty of time to set up his equipment and practice before the ceremony. He then played beautiful wedding music for our prelude that our family and friends really enjoyed. Jim was also nice enough to sing and play a song we requested for our unity candle portion of our wedding, which was absolutely wonderful. Jim has a unique talent in that he can take classic rock songs, heavy rock songs, top party favorites, among many others and play them on the acoustic guitar. As a guitar player myself, I knew this would be great for our cocktail hour. If you watch his videos online, you’ll know what I mean. We were able to request any of the songs off of his playlist and Jim even offered to learn a special song for us if we wanted. He played all of the songs we asked for at our cocktail hour and everyone loved it. Jim is not only a great guitar player and singer, but great to work with as well. He made our wedding truly special and we would not hesitate to ask him to play at another event. We definitely recommend him!
I have a different sense of style and Jim captured it perfectly. It was very important to me to be unique in every way. Everyone told me how charming having him play was. I walked down the aisle to 'You've Got the Love' by Florence and the Machine. I wanted to incorporate 'Starving' by Hailee Steinfeld but I wasn't sure where. Jim helped me a lot with picking the best place to put which song (all over email! and as a busy Bride - that was my favorite form of contact) Thank you again Jim! Our day seriously wouldn't have been complete without your help!
Jim did an amazing job at our ceremony and cocktail hour! He was definitely the cherry on top of the entire day. He set the mood for the day and was exactly what I envisioned. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an amazing artist!!!
I couldn't be more pleased with the way Jim performed. The music sounded beautiful and he picked up several songs by request with ease, and made wonderful renditions of some of my favorite tunes. Most notably, our chosen song for our first dance, "I Like What You Say." Jim was super easy to work with. Extremely patient and flexible, not to mention cost effective. His suggestions made it is easy for us to arrange what to play and when to play it, and he was ultimately responsible for creating a lovely ambiance. Not sure what our wedding would have been like without his music. All our guests loved his music just as much as we did. Thank you Jim!
Jim Perona – Classical Guitar Performance September 17, 2016 Baker Wedding We actually met Jim Perona at an event at the Morton Arboretum and immediately knew that we wanted him to perform at our wedding celebration on September 17, 2016. From initial contact Jim was always professional, so personable, with quick follow-up to our many questions. Although Jim has an amazing repertoire, he went out of his way to add a few of our sentimental favorites! Our wedding celebration took place at Gibson’s in Oak Brook. Jim arrived early and began right on time! Our guests loved Jim and his music, as well as did the guests in the room next door as they were dancing to the beautiful harmonies too. Jim played for four hours straight and never hesitated in his song selection or looked at any music sheets!! Truly amazing! Our wedding day memories were greatly enhanced by Jim and his music being a part of it. We will always be grateful to Jim for sharing his passion, talent, and gift for making beautiful music. We would highly recommend Jim Perona for your wedding or special event!!!
We had so many complements on how wonderful Jim played before and during our wedding ceremony. He was always available to us for any questions or concerns we had. All of our contact prior to the wedding was via-email and he was so helpful with music selections.
The music that Jim provided set the tone for our whole outdoor ceremony. He was amazing to work with, patient as we worked our way to 6 songs, sending demos, and tweaking things along the way. He provided prompt email responses, keeping his customer informed and happy. He was on time and prepared with a battery powered amp just in case we didn’t have electricity for our rustic wedding. So many of the guests thanked us for the concert in the woods! Thank you, Jim!
Having Jim play the ceremony and cocktail hour music for my wedding was the right choice! He was very communicative throughout the wedding planning process, and played beautifully. He sent me some samples of the songs I wanted, and was flexible in doing an octave displacement for one part of a song that I wanted to match a recording I had heard elsewhere. The music was exactly what I wanted, and set the mood perfectly for our ceremony and cocktail hour. I was so pleased to have Jim play at our wedding, and highly recommend him.
Jim did a wonderful job at our wedding! He was very easy to communicate with before the event and had no problem accommodating all our requests. He really made our ceremony the fairytale I had envisioned it to be.
Jim is great! We recently had Jim Perona perform at our wedding, playing several songs prior to the ceremony and during the prelude. He also played during the cocktail hour following the ceremony and was worth every penny. We chose songs from his repertoire list, but he was also willing to learn additional songs that we wanted. He sent us demos of the songs to make sure we liked what we heard and after approval, learned the entire song. The price that Jim requested was very reasonable and for as many people complimented us on our wedding music, I would recommend him to anyone. Jim was professional, easy to work with and added a special touch to our wedding day.
We had Jim play at our wedding this summer and it was fantastic! He was super easy to work with and very helpful in song selection. The way he plays guitar heightened the beauty of our ceremony. And then at cocktail hour, he kept the guests enthralled. Besides watching my bride walk down the aisle, listening to Jim play was one of the highlights of my evening.
JIm played for our outdoor wedding ceremony on 7/9/16. His music was beautiful and added so much to our very special day. I would not hesitate to recommend him and would use him again in a heartbeat! Thanks again Jim! Jodi
Jim was such a blessing. Incredible musical ability and superb professionalism. Would book again in a heart beat for any event that needs an elegant and magical touch.
We used Jim as our guitarist for our ceremony however before he wedding we went to see him play and enjoyed listening to him so much that we also decided to have him during cocktail hour and dinner. He was great leading up to our wedding answering any questions or concerns. He worked with me personally on a song that I wanted to be a little different then the original. The day of our wedding people were mesmerized that what they were hearing was live and not prerecorded. We received so many compliments the day of our wedding and after about Jim. He was awesome all around! Highly recommended!
Jim performed at my daughters wedding in Aug. of 2016 at Cantigny. He was amazing. Easy to work with and every one raved about the music. Thank you Jim for a wonderful experience.
If I could add more stars I would! Jim was such a wonderful addition to both our ceremony and our reception! The moment I heard him playing my walk in song I burst into tears, the music made the day and everything I imagined come to life. At the reception, dinner ran long and Jim continued to play, which the guests loved! We had so many compliments on his playing we would recommend his services to anyone looking for a guitarist hands down! Thank you Jim!
Jim was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. He was very professional and easy to work with. He was very accommodating and replied to my emails in a very timely manner. My pastor was an hour late for the ceremony and Jim kept playing the prelude music for the guests without even missing a beat even though it was 95 degrees and humid. The music was perfect. He is extremely talented!
Jim played guitar at my Wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, he was AMAZING! I cant tell you how many compliments I received throughout the day about Jim. He has a great portfolio of songs with a wide range of genres that is a great fit for any type of event formal or casual. Jim was very responsive during my planning and very detailed. He knows what he needs to do, shows up and does an outstanding job, you can tell he has a lot of experience. He can follow the flow and vibe of a wedding and has perfect timing without needing any guidance. I wish I had more reasons to have parties I would hire Jim for every one of them. Jim was hands down one of the best parts of my wedding experience. I wish I could give him more than 5 stars he definitely deserves it. Thank You Jim!
Jim was wonderful! He was professional, responded quickly, and was very flexible. He sounded beautiful at our ceremony and cocktail hour, and we never had to worry about a thing! He also has a great library of classical tunes, rock, pop...even Disney!
Jim played during our lunch reception for our wedding this past weekend and was GREAT! We really wanted someone who could mix both flamenco and contemporary music into the same performance, and he did that perfectly. He even took some requests from my father-in-law (from Mexico) and executed them flawlessly! We would highly recommend Jim for your next event.
Jim was fantastic! He added that special touch we were looking for at our wedding! He played the acoustic guitar at our ceremony and cocktail hour. People still are raving about how great he was! He was very responsive and worked hard at learning songs we possibly wanted to be played. Very accommodating! I highly reccomend Jim to add that special touch to any event!!
Jim was more than we could have asked for. A total professional, showed up in a timely manner, played beautifully and listened to all of our requests for music. He provides the appropriate sound equipment so we didn't have to worry about the venue providing it and it not working space (that is huge trust me). He also knows exactly how to listen to a wedding coordinator and start and stop at the correct points. Again, things you don't worry about as a bride or groom until two weeks before a wedding. I would recommend him for any event you were looking for live music but especially a wedding.
Wow - I cannot even begin to describe how Jim made our wedding that much more perfect. I had originally met Jim at my Grandma's funeral where he played during her service. My mom and I were so "wowed" by him that I went up to him and asked for his card to inquire about him playing at my wedding the following fall of 2015. From the moment I emailed him it was nothing but professionalism and quick responses. I could tell her not only loved what he did but he really wanted to make our wedding one that would not be forgotten. With my husband being hispanic we wanted some of that culture to be brought out at the wedding - Jim offered up playing Spanish-Romantic/Latin and Flamengo and it was the best suggestion ever. My husbands family was so touched and I remember the best man saying "man, that guitarist is really good" when we were sitting down at dinner. At cocktail hour Jim played a variety of hits and old classics, per my choice. He supplied us with songs he knew (there are a LOT) and asked me to pick which ones we wanted and didnt want - and even said he would learn any new ones he had in mine. He was by far - the EASIEST, most responsive, and reliable vendor I had worked with - in addition to him playing beautiful music.