The Vibe

The Vibe wedding band from NY City
The Vibe

The Vibe is HOT!  They just returned from back to back weddings in Manchester, VT.  Here is what one couple had to say;

“We just wanted to send a quick note thanking you again for such an incredible evening.  We had so much fun celebrating with everyone on Saturday and we know you and the Vibe were a big reason for that.  Good music always brings people together and we certainly brought everyone together Saturday night!  Our heartfelt thanks for being a part of our wedding and we hope to see you and the Vibe again soon – a couple of folks have asked for your information, hopefully it leads to us celebrating again together some day soon!”

“We wish you all the best for the rest of the season and please extend our gratitude to the rest of the band – you were all wonderful.”

“Thank you,  G & K”

The Vibe plays something for everyone – new music, Latin music and hundreds of classics from different genres.

The band’s 4 dynamic upfront vocalists have 4 distinctly different singing styles. They can sing as good as some of the best out there – Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Lizzo, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheerin, Chaka Khan, Mark Anthony, Earth Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder. The musicians not only have music degrees but can GROOVE to the music of artists like Calvin Harris, Toto, Earth Wind & Fire and Prince, and ROCK to the music of The Killers, Journey, Blink 182 and AC/DC.

For more information contact Bill Messinetti: bill @ nyorchestras.com 917 847 7200

Central Park Orchestra

The band Central Park Orchestra has been the foundation of our company since 1998. The versatility of this band is unmatched! This is classic powerhouse band has performed at a couple of thousand events in seven east coast states and even Puerto Rico. So yes, we will travel to wherever your event is.

Wedding Masters Podcasts

weddingmasters4-1If you are planning a wedding or any other special event you need to listen to the podcast series “Wedding Masters”. Hear Carmine Cole, director of private events at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home, in Manchester Vermont. There is an in-debt conversation with internationally famous DJ Neza from New York City. There is also an interview with one of the leaders in NY City photography, Frank Ammacapane from Natural Expressions NY. Their specialty is wedding photography and cinematography.

The concept of  “Wedding Masters” podcasts are to share an inside look into seasoned professional wedding vendors who are masters at what they do. The conversations are very informative, interesting and also entertaining.


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Top Ten Wedding Band Questions

So, you’re shopping for a wedding band this week. Here are the Top Ten suggestions of things to look for and questions to ask;

  1. Is the band a set band with the same musicians all the time?
  2. Does the band have its own name or is it a generic name used by other bands in the company?
  3. Do I get to meet the bandleader and go over everything in a face-to-face meeting, prior to my wedding? Or will it impersonal, done through emails and an online form?
  4. Will the bandleader be my point of contact?
  5. Do I get to choose songs and help plan the band’s playlist for my wedding?
  6. Is the band willing to learn songs that are not on their song list?
  7. Does the band play continuously including lighter music during the dinner courses?
  8. What is the instrumentation of the band? What options do I have to add or subtract musicians and vocalists?
  9. Will I get the musicians and vocalists that I see?
  10. What are my options for ceremony and cocktail music?

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award Winner

New York Orchestras Entertainment is recognized by wedding couples we have performed for.  WeddingWire says;”This award recognizes your commitment to quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism.”

This is a reflection on the band Central Park Orchestra, The Vibe, 7th Ave Strings and NYO String Quartet.

Simply the BEST!

I’ve had the pleasure of hiring NY Orchestras at 3 events. The manager, Bill, is superb. From a surprise proposal at the Cartier Mansion to formal engagement at the NOMad Hotel Rooftop to a wedding at the Lotte New York Palace with several different bands – Bill led the way of coordinating all of the entertainment flawlessly. All of the band members of the quartets, official band, and the VIBE are true professionals and class acts! Obviously, lead vocalists Emily and Maverick are my favorites with award winning vocals. Our guests still speak about the pure love that the band sang with and beautiful music they created. My partner and I are forever grateful to Bill and his team for the integral part they played during are most memorable times. I highly recommend each band without reservation.

Felix & Matthew


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Central Park Orchestra

Central Park Orchestra NY City wedding band
Central Park Orchestra

The band Central Park Orchestra is a classic wedding band with a 20 year history. This band ranges from a 6-piece band, that includes 5 lead singers, to a 12-piece band consists of 5 front vocalists – 2 female vocalists, 2 male vocalists, a third male vocalist who also plays percussion (congas, bongos, shakers, etc.), drums, bass, keyboards, guitar, trumpet, saxophone and trombone.

They can play an incredible range of music, authentically! That includes pop music, Rock, Latin, Motown, Hip Hop, Funk, Reggae, Disco, Alternative Rock and more.This is an exciting band the gets the audience involved. They are interactive and total pros!!

Video links;

80s Rock medley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ylwvCebTJQ

Motown medley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oDlQzxjyZE&t=90s



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How To Choose/Pick Music For Your Wedding-Song List

In doing my research and internet searches for this article I mostly found conceptual articles on “how to choose songs for your wedding”. This is NOT that! I want to provide you actual songs to consider (the best songs choices) for the band or DJ to play that will help create an awesome party!

If you are looking for song suggestions for the bride and groom’s First Dance, Parent Dances, Entrance Music or Cake Cutting Song suggestions click here.

I have seen wedding music trends change over the last 20 years. As a bandleader, I  always get requests for the classics that are crowdpleasers such as “Respect”, “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Signed Sealed Delivered”, “I Want You Back”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Twist and Shout”, “Start Me Up”, “Play That Funky Music”, “Old Time Rock and Roll”, “Proud Mary”, “All Night Long”, “Soul Man”, “We Are Family” and “Stayin’ Alive” for dancing. And some slower songs such as “The Way You Look Tonight”, “Fly Me To The Moon”, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, “What’s Going On”, “Let’s Stay Together”, “At Last”, “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, “My Girl”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “Piano Man” and “Tiny Dancer”. I continually to get requests for these songs.

The 1980s created new classics that came after the previously mentioned. The 80s genre classics include “I Want To Dance With Somebody”, “Don’t Stop Believin'”, “Livin’ on a Prayer”, “Like A Prayer”, “Summer of 69”,  “Billie Jean”, “September”, “1999” and “Kiss” by Prince, “You Make My Dreams Come True”, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, “Africa”, “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “You Shook Me All Night Long”, “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Dancing In The Dark”, “Glory Days” and “Jessie’s Girl”. If you have been in a bar in the last 20 years you have heard everyone singing every word to these songs.

In the 90s there were several different genres of music that are still played at weddings. I get requests for a diversified bunch of songs such as “I Want It That Way”  and “Everybody” – by Backstreet Boys, “Jump Around” – House of Pain, “Mo Money Mo Problems” – Notorious B.I.G., “Smooth” – Santana, “Hot in Herre” – Nelly, “This Is How We Do It” – Montell Jordan, “Wannabe” – Spice Girls and “What’s Up” – 4 Non Blondes. Talk about an eclectic mix!

Over the last 20 years some new classics have been popularized. That list includes “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce & Jay-Z, “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas, “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers, “Rock Your Body” – Justin Timberlake,  “Marry You” – Bruno Mars, “Give Me Everything” – Pitbull, “You Are The Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne and “Perfect” – Ed Sheerin.

There will always be a need for new or contemporary Top 40 Hits. The last few years have brought songs like “Uptown Funk”, “Shape of You”, “Can’t Stop The Feeling”, “Cake By The Ocean”, “Shut Up and Dance”, “We Found Love”, “Get Lucky”, “Happy”, “Shake It Off”, “One Dance”, “Raise Your Glass”, “Dynamite”, “24K Magic”, “Feel It Still”, “Feels So Close” and “Firework”.

Some songs run a cycle and come back. Songs like “Shout”, “I Will Survive”, “Celebration” “Brick House” and, “Sweet Caroline”. These songs had long runs of popularity and then became passe. Decades later you have a generation of people who never heard these songs and they are re-born. Or, there is a new Broadway show that brings songs back such as “Dancing Queen” from Mama Mia, “Oh What A Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” from Jersey Boys, “Last Dance” and “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer and “Believe”, “If I Could Turn Back Time” and “I Got You Babe” by Cher.

If you like country music, there are lots of songs that have crossed over in the pop world such as “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker, “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band, “Life Is A Highway” – Rascals Flatts and “Friends in Low Places”. Several country songs are very common for parent dances and bride and groom first dances because of the lyrical content. Those are “Amazed” by Lonestar, “Bless The Broken Road” – Rascal Flatts, “Forever and Always” and “From This Moment On” – Shania Twain, “I Loved Her First” – Heartland, “In My Daughters Eyes” – Martina McBride, “It’s Your Love” – Tim & Faith, “Making Memories of Us” – Keith Urban, “My Wish” – Rascal Flatts, “My Best Friend” and “My Little Girl” – Tim McGraw and “My Little Girl” – Steve Kirwan.

At a wedding the age ranges greatly, therefore, some couples want a lot of classics from different eras. Some want to make their wedding different to include songs that are uncommon. I like that because the wedding becomes more personalized. When people hire me they are looking for guidance along with their input. It is teamwork. We work together choosing the right songs for their wedding. Then, what our team does is best is read the crowd in front of us. Running a wedding is a skill-set that develops over years. Learning how to react (selecting the right song at the right time) to the wedding guests in front of you is key.

NOTE: The author of this article, Bill Messinetti, is the founder of New York Orchestras Entertainment, Inc. He had over two decades of experience planning music and being a bandleader at weddings up and down the east coast of the USA.

String Quartets & NY Wedding Orchestras




video link: String Quartet live

New York Orchestras Entertainment offers fantastic options for wedding ceremony music.  These young talented musicians can play anything from the classical world of Bach, Beethoven, Pachelbel, Mozart and Vivaldi and then “ROCK OUT” with some Journey, Coldplay, Beatles and Billy Joel. They also can play current Pop Hits from artists like Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry.

NYO Virtuosi led by European virtuoso, Peter Kiral
NYO Virtuosi String Quartet led by European virtuoso, Peter Kiral

What is very popular now is having a string ensemble play current Top 40 music. Besides String quartets we have ensembles such as piano & 2 violins (trio), string trios, acoustic guitar and violin duos, harpists and even herald trumpets for the grand entrance of the bride and groom. Recently we had a quartet for a wedding ceremony consisting of piano, cello, violin and saxophone. It was different and still amazing!

7th Ave Strings at Gramercy Park Hotel
NY wedding Orchestras string quartet
7th Ave String Quartet at Oheka Castle
NY Orchestras Entertainment string orchestra
20-piece all male string orchestra at Concept Korea Fashion Week NY
NY wedding orchestra
NYO 22-piece orchestra at Oheka Castle wedding on Long Island

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Wedding Music Resource Guide Part II – Wedding Songs

We have done some research to find out which are the most requested songs for weddings. We looked at first dance songs, ceremony music choices and other special songs. Our company, New York Orchestras Entertainment is located in New York City. We do weddings in and around NY, NJ, CT, PA, VT and sometimes FL. Keep in mind that geographic locations have an affect on the song list. So, the wedding ceremony or first dances you choose may be different than these lists. It is YOUR wedding! These are just suggestions and you are free to be different.

Our data collection includes Spotify and Apple Music. Various websites and magazines have their own resources to compile their lists.

According to Spotify, the Top 3 First Dance Wedding Songs are;

1)      Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheerin

2)     At Last by Etta James

3)     You Are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne

Here is a link to Spotify’s Top 50 First Dance Wedding Songs


Apple Music has their own ideas about the “Top First Dance songs”. Here is their list:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/wedding-first-dance-songs-playlist/pl.633a64a80059427996070b1751d5d63b

According to “The Bridal Guide”, this is a list of the “Top 100 songs played at weddings”:


The Knot has the “30 Perfect Wedding Songs for Parent Dances”



WeddingWire has a list; “How to Pick Wedding Ceremony Music That Suits Your Style”



Wedding ideas magazine’s “12 Wedding Ceremony Songs – Walking in and Walking out”


Here are 20 dance party songs we found to be requested on a regular basis:

  1. Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
  2. Camila Caballo, “Havana”
  3. Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
  4. Drake. “One Dance”
  5. Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
  6. DNCE, “Cake by the Ocean”
  7. Aretha Franklin, “RESPECT”
  8. Sister Sledge, “We Are Family”
  9. Journey, “Don’t Stop Believing”
  10. Earth, Wind & Fire, “September”
  11. Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”
  12. Spice Girls, “Wannabe”
  13. Backstreet Boys, “I Want It That Way”
  14. The Beatles, “Twist and Shout”
  15. Stevie Wonder, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”
  16. Frank Sinatra, “The Way You Look Tonight”
  17. Michael Jackson, “Billie Jean”
  18. Montell Jordan, “This Is How We Do It”
  19. The Jackson 5, “I Want You Back”
  20. The Notorious B.I.G., “Hypnotize”