Standard Wedding Timeline

This is an example of a typical wedding reception timeline. Of course, your wedding could be quite different. One reason this works is because it coordinates the events with the food service. Toasts, for instance, never take place while the servers are putting down a course or clearing the tables, so there are no distractions. Music is used to create the proper atmosphere at each point during the evening, building the mood to prepare the guests for dancing. I hope this gives you some ideas about your own wedding and how music plays a crucial role in a successful reception. Continue reading Standard Wedding Timeline

9/6/14 Review

4 years ago, I had the pleasure of seeing the Peter Hennes Orchestra perform at my friend’s wedding. I told my boyfriend at the time that we will be getting that orchestra to perform at our wedding someday (presumptuous I know!) I remember that being one of the best weddings I had ever been to until recently when they performed at my own wedding.

Peter Hennes was the consummate professional. He was extremely responsive to all e-mails and phone calls and worked with me to make sure that they put on a show I would never forget. His band even learned two songs for us that were not in his song book for my first dance with my husband as well as my first dance with my dad. It was amazing of them to do so.

The orchestra is EXTREMELY talented. All of their musicians blew my family away (I already knew they were incredible) and that is coming from a family with a dad who was a concert pianist, an uncle who was a concert violinist, and an aunt who was a concert flautist. They kept the dance floor packed the ENTIRE night. There was never a dull moment! I loved the interaction with the crowd when the singers came out onto the dance floor and let me and my guests sing along.

It was a night I will never forget and it is thanks in LARGE part to Peter Hennes and his orchestra. I highly, highly, recommend them to all you brides out there – I promise, you will not be disappointed! – Sarah Easley

9/20/14 Review

From our first contact to the last song, the Peter Hennes Orchestra delivered flawlessly. Without exception, everyone at our wedding raved that the band was “the best wedding band ever!” The video clips online don’t do justice to the talents of the musicians or their ability to get the wedding guests involved. The dancing started early with the “dancing between the courses” concept. This concept was new to us but was a huge success. From the college age guests to the grandparents, everyone danced all night. If you want a band that will energize your guests and get everyone on the dance floor, you won’t find a better band than the Peter Hennes Orchestra. As father-of-the-bride, I couldn’t be happier or more satisfied. – Scott Anderson

Jamie and Peter’s Wedding – Oak Brook Marriott

Congratulations, Peter and Jamie! We love it when we are given the opportunity to do a repeat performance. We played the first wedding for this family back in 2007, then played for them again on 4/26/14. The parents of the bride put on spectacular parties both times, and we were so pleased to rock the house again for them.

Another Great Google Review!

Nothing makes us happier than knowing we did a great job for our clients on one of the most significant nights of their lives! Here is another Google review from the father of the bride on August 3:

“I am writing this review for all the Mom’s and Dad’s out there who are searching high and low for the perfect package to throw a fairytale wedding for their little Princess. My wife and I went from banquet hall to banquet hall meeting General Managers and Orchestra Leaders before we narrowed down our search. We knew that a successful fairytale wedding would require a beautiful facility, Victoria in the Park, led by an outstanding host, Arvey DiMaria, putting out exceptional food accompanied by out of this world music by the Peter Hennes Orchestra. From my first communication with Peter I knew that this was the person that I trusted to control the pace and tone of one of the most important days of our lives. Continue reading Another Great Google Review!

A Few Tips For A Successful Wedding

There is no chance to redo a wedding. You only have one chance to get it right. It’s the most important night of your life. You’ve invited all the people you are closest to, and you want them to have the time of their lives! As a veteran of several thousand weddings, I’ve seen what works and what has the potential to seriously detract from that goal. I’d like to offer some suggestions from a band leader and emcee’s perspective to help make your wedding all it can be. Continue reading A Few Tips For A Successful Wedding

More Google Reviews!

Thanks to our recent clients for these fantastic reviews on Google!

“Wow” is all we can say about Peter Hennes Orchestra!!!! We had three things we really wanted for our wedding: good food, good drinks, and an amazing band – we hit the jackpot, and they did not disappoint!! Peter Hennes was recommended to me by a friend of a friend who used them at their own wedding, and had this to say: “We were on our feet the whole night…no one sat down, and the dance floor was always packed!” I knew then that this was the band for us. After receiving Peter’s quote, and comparing it to another quote (only for practicality’s sake) Peter’s pricing was more than fair, and blew my mind when I was looking at what the other band wanted to charge us. Peter was always available to answer questions with lightning fast response times, and asked US extensive questions on music preferences, etc. until he felt like he had the perfect play list. The band itself was absolutely, hands down, UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE, and kept the party going all night long!! Continue reading More Google Reviews!