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Chris Sarlas Orchestra

Skokie , IL

LOCATION

8316 Kedvale Avenue
Skokie, IL US 60076 (map)

PHONE

847-673-1347

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Named one of the five best wedding bands by CBS Chicago, The Chris Sarlas Orchestra isn't just another wedding band. It's *your* wedding band.

Whether you're gleefully packed... Read more
Named one of the five best wedding bands by CBS Chicago, The Chris Sarlas Orchestra isn't just another wedding band. It's *your* wedding band.

Whether you're gleefully packed like sardines on the dance floor, listening to everyone gush about the phenomenal time they had at your wedding, or reminiscing about your idyllic first dance, one thing's for sure: the secret to earning party-of-the-year status is choosing the band that really gets who you are (and of course, sounds amazing too).

When you're planning the first dance of the rest of your life, know that we've got your back....because everyone should experience unbridled happiness on the dance floor, at least once in their lives.

Our first priority, always, is to get to know you. We learn about your wedding vision and hear about the music you love. We never forget that it's your party. (And yes, you can cry if you want to. You know, tears of joy.)

You'll always be treated as our most valued client, and our customized approach is the best insurance you have that the entertainment on your wedding day will speak to you, your family, and your guests. Party-of-the-year, here we come! Read less
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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
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What is the size of your band?
Large (6+ musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
Classic Rock, Country, Dance, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Pop, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing, World
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What is your band's usual attire?
Tuxedos for men; All Black
 Formal gowns for ladies
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Absolutely! Enjoy dozens and dozens of current LIVE VIDEO and LIVE AUDIO samples on our website http://www.sarlasmusic.com
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes - some of our favorite songs were added to the book, originally as client requests!
How much time do you usually need for setup?
We arrive 3 hours before the start of your event to set up. If the room is being reset after a ceremony, we can set up in less than 60 minutes.
How much space do you usually require?
16 x 24 feet
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
Stage lighting as well as LED Dance Floor Lighting is included in the price of the band package.
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
Yes, we emcee the event...making all introductions, ensuring the wedding flows smoothly, and getting people onto the dance floor to have a great time!
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Unless continuous music arrangements have been made, the band takes one 15-minute break during three hours of dancing. We ask that any musician contracted for more than four hours be given a vendor meal.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
Yes! We can also DJ a 'late night' party...call for details!
If one or more of the band members is unable to attend, what is your backup plan?
A substitute musician of equal caliber would be there as a replacement.

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Stefanie
Wedding:
5/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Hands down the BEST band EVER!!!

Chris and his team made our wedding the party of the century, People were leaving our venue sweating from dancing so much, and everyone has raved about them and the time they had at our wedding! Their AMAZING, and I highly recommend them to anyone that wants a party!
Hands down the BEST band EVER!!!

Chris and his team made our wedding the party of the century, People were Read more...
Hands down the BEST band EVER!!!

Chris and his team made our wedding the party of the century, People were leaving our venue sweating from dancing so much, and everyone has raved about them and the time they had at our wedding! Their AMAZING, and I highly recommend them to anyone that wants a party! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Best band in the city! Chris Sarlas Orchestra beyond exceeded our expectations!! His orchestra was so good that several of the guests at our wedding thought a dj was playing rather than Chris Sarlas because they were so spot on. They were excellent and energetic and kept our wedding going until 1am. Not only was the orchestra exceptional, Chris Sarlas is so easy to work with. He is very responsive and even learned a song that we requested. I cannot recommend Chris Sarlas Orchestra enough. He made our wedding exactly what we hoped it would be!
Best band in the city! Chris Sarlas Orchestra beyond exceeded our expectations!! His orchestra was so good that several of Read more...
Best band in the city! Chris Sarlas Orchestra beyond exceeded our expectations!! His orchestra was so good that several of the guests at our wedding thought a dj was playing rather than Chris Sarlas because they were so spot on. They were excellent and energetic and kept our wedding going until 1am. Not only was the orchestra exceptional, Chris Sarlas is so easy to work with. He is very responsive and even learned a song that we requested. I cannot recommend Chris Sarlas Orchestra enough. He made our wedding exactly what we hoped it would be! Read less
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Beckley
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Chris Sarlas Orchestra was nothing short of perfection. From our first contact with Chris, he was extremely easy to work with, proving to be helpful, professional and knowledgeable. It was important to us that all of our vendors be easy going, as we did not want to deal with any “divas” on the day of our wedding. All of our interactions with Chris leading up to our actual wedding were fantastic, he really made the process very smooth, which was a relief given all other stressors that lead up to a wedding.
The band itself absolutely rocked. Our guests have not stopped raving about how awesome the band was. The band's energy level and ability to keep everyone on the dance floor was perfection. We have since had several friends say the Chris Sarlas Orchestra was the best wedding band they'd ever experienced.
If you're looking for a band that is easy to work with, are extremely talented musicians and will help your guests have a blast, Chris Sarlas Orchestra is the band for you. We cannot say enough nice things about this band, they really helped make our wedding reception unforgettable!
Chris Sarlas Orchestra was nothing short of perfection. From our first contact with Chris, he was extremely easy to work Read more...
Chris Sarlas Orchestra was nothing short of perfection. From our first contact with Chris, he was extremely easy to work with, proving to be helpful, professional and knowledgeable. It was important to us that all of our vendors be easy going, as we did not want to deal with any “divas” on the day of our wedding. All of our interactions with Chris leading up to our actual wedding were fantastic, he really made the process very smooth, which was a relief given all other stressors that lead up to a wedding.
The band itself absolutely rocked. Our guests have not stopped raving about how awesome the band was. The band's energy level and ability to keep everyone on the dance floor was perfection. We have since had several friends say the Chris Sarlas Orchestra was the best wedding band they'd ever experienced.
If you're looking for a band that is easy to work with, are extremely talented musicians and will help your guests have a blast, Chris Sarlas Orchestra is the band for you. We cannot say enough nice things about this band, they really helped make our wedding reception unforgettable! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
If music is on the top of your list and you want someone to get the party started - then the Chris Sarlas Orchestra (CSO) is the band for you! We were looking for a live Greek & American band and CSO delivered in every way.

I didn't think there would be a band that would tailor their music to the mood of the guests and with over 300 guests - CSO hit every song from every genre in both Greek & American.

Chris was very receptive to our taste, options, and more importantly our budget! From all the planning, selecting the music was the easiest part of the process. The synergy of the music flowed so well - that I never left the dancefloor! My guests (big music critics!) gave me so many compliments and thought they were at a concert!

I would recommend CSO with high confidence and wish I can hire them again for another special occasion - maybe anniversary!
If music is on the top of your list and you want someone to get the party started - then the Chris Sarlas Orchestra (CSO) Read more...
If music is on the top of your list and you want someone to get the party started - then the Chris Sarlas Orchestra (CSO) is the band for you! We were looking for a live Greek & American band and CSO delivered in every way.

I didn't think there would be a band that would tailor their music to the mood of the guests and with over 300 guests - CSO hit every song from every genre in both Greek & American.

Chris was very receptive to our taste, options, and more importantly our budget! From all the planning, selecting the music was the easiest part of the process. The synergy of the music flowed so well - that I never left the dancefloor! My guests (big music critics!) gave me so many compliments and thought they were at a concert!

I would recommend CSO with high confidence and wish I can hire them again for another special occasion - maybe anniversary! Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
My now-husband and I agreed: the band we chose would make or break our wedding reception. Lucky for us, we hired the Chris Sarlas Orchestra! From our first meeting with Chris until the last dance of our wedding night, it was a pleasure to work with CSO. After a fun and informative first meeting (which included live videos of the band -- not studio recordings), Chris presented us with a variety of packages and ideas. We spent a lot of time researching and conducting meetings with other bands, but we felt most comfortable with and were most impressed by CSO. Throughout the wedding planning process, Chris was always responsive, accommodating, and friendly.

We chose the dinner and dancing format with the full 10-piece band, and CSO absolutely nailed the execution -- the energy in the room was amazing. Chris gave us an awesome mix of songs and music styles, which meant we had a packed dance floor the entire night. I can't count the number of wedding guests who raved, "this is the best wedding band I have ever heard!" We had so much fun at our wedding reception, and we were blown away by the talent of the singers, musicians, and Chris.

To summarize, we can't say enough good things about the Chris Sarlas Orchestra, and we are eager to recommend them to anyone needing a live band for any type of event.
My now-husband and I agreed: the band we chose would make or break our wedding reception. Lucky for us, we hired the Chris Read more...
My now-husband and I agreed: the band we chose would make or break our wedding reception. Lucky for us, we hired the Chris Sarlas Orchestra! From our first meeting with Chris until the last dance of our wedding night, it was a pleasure to work with CSO. After a fun and informative first meeting (which included live videos of the band -- not studio recordings), Chris presented us with a variety of packages and ideas. We spent a lot of time researching and conducting meetings with other bands, but we felt most comfortable with and were most impressed by CSO. Throughout the wedding planning process, Chris was always responsive, accommodating, and friendly.

We chose the dinner and dancing format with the full 10-piece band, and CSO absolutely nailed the execution -- the energy in the room was amazing. Chris gave us an awesome mix of songs and music styles, which meant we had a packed dance floor the entire night. I can't count the number of wedding guests who raved, "this is the best wedding band I have ever heard!" We had so much fun at our wedding reception, and we were blown away by the talent of the singers, musicians, and Chris.

To summarize, we can't say enough good things about the Chris Sarlas Orchestra, and we are eager to recommend them to anyone needing a live band for any type of event. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was, simply put, absolutely phenomenal. I truly cannot say enough about our experience with them. They were the highlight of the reception and we have yet to stop receiving compliments on how incredible the band was.
Chris himself is the perfect balance of light hearted, flexible and relaxed yet professional, confident and efficient. From day one of working with him we were blown away. Chris wanted to know what we wanted but he was also unbelievably helpful with offering great suggestions from his unmatched experience. We never felt as if Chris was a vendor we hired, rather someone who was genuinely interested in making our day just the way we wanted and a lot of fun! His enthusiasm, vision and organization allowed us to enjoy the reception without any concern at all.
The band members are extraordinarily talented and it’s obvious they were having a good time performing as well. They played a variety of music and Chris allowed for some on the spot suggestions as well. Everything was perfectly smooth and no detail was forgotten. Our wedding day was perfect in more ways than one and we have so many blessings to be thankful for. We consider Chris and his colleagues to certainly be one of those blessings.
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was, simply put, absolutely phenomenal. I truly cannot say enough about our experience with Read more...
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was, simply put, absolutely phenomenal. I truly cannot say enough about our experience with them. They were the highlight of the reception and we have yet to stop receiving compliments on how incredible the band was.
Chris himself is the perfect balance of light hearted, flexible and relaxed yet professional, confident and efficient. From day one of working with him we were blown away. Chris wanted to know what we wanted but he was also unbelievably helpful with offering great suggestions from his unmatched experience. We never felt as if Chris was a vendor we hired, rather someone who was genuinely interested in making our day just the way we wanted and a lot of fun! His enthusiasm, vision and organization allowed us to enjoy the reception without any concern at all.
The band members are extraordinarily talented and it’s obvious they were having a good time performing as well. They played a variety of music and Chris allowed for some on the spot suggestions as well. Everything was perfectly smooth and no detail was forgotten. Our wedding day was perfect in more ways than one and we have so many blessings to be thankful for. We consider Chris and his colleagues to certainly be one of those blessings. Read less
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K
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was the perfect wedding band. They had a huge playlist to choose from. Out of all the vendors involved in the wedding and reception, Chris was the most helpful, responsive and professional. The musicians and vocalists were top notch. We were actually surprised at the number of guests that got up and danced. We had several guests ask for Chris' business card during the evening and many said this was the best wedding band they had ever heard. The Chris Sarlas Orchestra made the evening magical.
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was the perfect wedding band. They had a huge playlist to choose from. Out of all the vendors Read more...
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was the perfect wedding band. They had a huge playlist to choose from. Out of all the vendors involved in the wedding and reception, Chris was the most helpful, responsive and professional. The musicians and vocalists were top notch. We were actually surprised at the number of guests that got up and danced. We had several guests ask for Chris' business card during the evening and many said this was the best wedding band they had ever heard. The Chris Sarlas Orchestra made the evening magical. Read less
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Brianna
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
We had just about the best experience with Sarlas Music Inc. that I could have possibly imagined! I have always felt you can tell how fun a party is by how much dancing there is and with this bands help our wedding just might have been the best party ever. Our guests spent the ENTIRE evening absolutely tearing it up on the dance floor and I can't even count how many people told us they thought it was the best band they had ever heard at a wedding. Chris was wonderful to work with, he made us feel so comfortable and the process was fun and easy. I absolutely, without a doubt, 100% recommend Sarlas Music, Inc.!
We had just about the best experience with Sarlas Music Inc. that I could have possibly imagined! I have always felt you Read more...
We had just about the best experience with Sarlas Music Inc. that I could have possibly imagined! I have always felt you can tell how fun a party is by how much dancing there is and with this bands help our wedding just might have been the best party ever. Our guests spent the ENTIRE evening absolutely tearing it up on the dance floor and I can't even count how many people told us they thought it was the best band they had ever heard at a wedding. Chris was wonderful to work with, he made us feel so comfortable and the process was fun and easy. I absolutely, without a doubt, 100% recommend Sarlas Music, Inc.! Read less
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Maria
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
My wedding was June 8th 2013 and the Chris Sarlas Orchestra was the absolute best choice for our reception entertainment. Chris was one of the nicest vendors I worked with and I was so impressed with how polite and professional he is. I had the band for the first part of my wedding reception and then wanted a DJ for the end which was our (late night). The band was amazing and they learned all of our request (even a song that my husbands mother found on youtube that did not even have an author just the song and they learned it for the mother/son dance). My husband and I along with our families are Greek and Italian and we wanted traditional Greek and Italian songs. Chris said this was not a problem at all and was so helpful in selecting songs and was very thorough with song selection, timing and wedding party names etc. Our guest were all complimenting on how great the band was and saying what a fun time they had greek dancing. My family, friends and myself were all very impressed with the Chris Sarlas Orchestra they are so talented and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend them and can not wait to have them for another event some day!
My wedding was June 8th 2013 and the Chris Sarlas Orchestra was the absolute best choice for our reception entertainment. Read more...
My wedding was June 8th 2013 and the Chris Sarlas Orchestra was the absolute best choice for our reception entertainment. Chris was one of the nicest vendors I worked with and I was so impressed with how polite and professional he is. I had the band for the first part of my wedding reception and then wanted a DJ for the end which was our (late night). The band was amazing and they learned all of our request (even a song that my husbands mother found on youtube that did not even have an author just the song and they learned it for the mother/son dance). My husband and I along with our families are Greek and Italian and we wanted traditional Greek and Italian songs. Chris said this was not a problem at all and was so helpful in selecting songs and was very thorough with song selection, timing and wedding party names etc. Our guest were all complimenting on how great the band was and saying what a fun time they had greek dancing. My family, friends and myself were all very impressed with the Chris Sarlas Orchestra they are so talented and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend them and can not wait to have them for another event some day! Read less
Services Used: Band, DJ
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Meghan
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
We had a great time; the dance floor was packed the entire night!!! Chris is very flexible and offers a lot of valuable insight regarding time and he made sure to balance the music into three different sets: Greek, American, and Irish. He has a lot of prior experience. I received so many compliments about our band and many people said it was the best band they had heard in a long time. Overall, I thought the night was perfect!!!! There are three things people remember when they go to weddings: food, alcohol, and entertainment. We were fortunate enough to success in all three areas. I HIGHLY recommend Chris and his band, you will NOT be disappointed.
We had a great time; the dance floor was packed the entire night!!! Chris is very flexible and offers a lot of valuable Read more...
We had a great time; the dance floor was packed the entire night!!! Chris is very flexible and offers a lot of valuable insight regarding time and he made sure to balance the music into three different sets: Greek, American, and Irish. He has a lot of prior experience. I received so many compliments about our band and many people said it was the best band they had heard in a long time. Overall, I thought the night was perfect!!!! There are three things people remember when they go to weddings: food, alcohol, and entertainment. We were fortunate enough to success in all three areas. I HIGHLY recommend Chris and his band, you will NOT be disappointed. Read less
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Daniela
Wedding:
2/1/2013
5.0/5.0
We are going on almost 6 months since our fairy tale day. I guess i waited so long to review because i was in denial that it was all over! There are no words to truly describe Chris and his orchestra unless you experience it first hand but I will try! First and foremost, I had a wedding coordinate for month of who was wonderful BUT having Chris involved was like having another super coordinator by my side. His is fantastically detailed, professional, organized, empathic, kind and concise. I had not one stitch of doubt when speaking to him from the beginning. The band amazed everyone at my reception they are still talking about it nearly 6 months later. I danced EVERY single song as they got better and better through the night. We had a special request for our first dance. A super challenging song by Michael Jackson, a duet called "I just cant stop loving you" they NAILED it. OMG it was just amazing. At the very end they did a little MJ set for my husband as he is a major fan. I have never had so much fun in my life. The whole group was professional and so nice. Especially Mrs. Sarlas! She helped make sure we were getting through the night per the timeline. I can't stress enough how important it is to have great entertainment at your wedding or any event. It is worth EVERY single penny HIGHLY recommended.
We are going on almost 6 months since our fairy tale day. I guess i waited so long to review because i was in denial that Read more...
We are going on almost 6 months since our fairy tale day. I guess i waited so long to review because i was in denial that it was all over! There are no words to truly describe Chris and his orchestra unless you experience it first hand but I will try! First and foremost, I had a wedding coordinate for month of who was wonderful BUT having Chris involved was like having another super coordinator by my side. His is fantastically detailed, professional, organized, empathic, kind and concise. I had not one stitch of doubt when speaking to him from the beginning. The band amazed everyone at my reception they are still talking about it nearly 6 months later. I danced EVERY single song as they got better and better through the night. We had a special request for our first dance. A super challenging song by Michael Jackson, a duet called "I just cant stop loving you" they NAILED it. OMG it was just amazing. At the very end they did a little MJ set for my husband as he is a major fan. I have never had so much fun in my life. The whole group was professional and so nice. Especially Mrs. Sarlas! She helped make sure we were getting through the night per the timeline. I can't stress enough how important it is to have great entertainment at your wedding or any event. It is worth EVERY single penny HIGHLY recommended. Read less
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Mellissa
Wedding:
12/30/2012
5.0/5.0
We hired the Chris Sarlas Orchestra for our wedding in late 2012. They were outstanding. Chris is a pleasure to work with- very professional. His musicians are top-notch. So many of our guests were raving about the band. We had them play a couple of Greek dance songs, which everybody loved, and the rest traditional music. Chris does a great job with the MC duties, keeping the reception moving. He's very classy- no cheesy wedding band stories here.
One note: Chris posts video on youtube and on his website of actual weddings and dates that his band plays. No studio videos/recordings. You really get a good idea of how they'll sound at your wedding. This takes guts on his part, and to us, it made the difference.

We're absolutely thrilled with our choice of bands for our wedding.
We hired the Chris Sarlas Orchestra for our wedding in late 2012. They were outstanding. Chris is a pleasure to work with- Read more...
We hired the Chris Sarlas Orchestra for our wedding in late 2012. They were outstanding. Chris is a pleasure to work with- very professional. His musicians are top-notch. So many of our guests were raving about the band. We had them play a couple of Greek dance songs, which everybody loved, and the rest traditional music. Chris does a great job with the MC duties, keeping the reception moving. He's very classy- no cheesy wedding band stories here.
One note: Chris posts video on youtube and on his website of actual weddings and dates that his band plays. No studio videos/recordings. You really get a good idea of how they'll sound at your wedding. This takes guts on his part, and to us, it made the difference.

We're absolutely thrilled with our choice of bands for our wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
11/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Chris provided both ceremony and reception music for my wedding, both were FANTASTIC! I had several calls after my wedding asking who was that amazing band. My guests danced until 1 a.m. and would have gone longer had the venue permitted. I would not hestiate to recommend Chris' for ceremony music, band and DJ services to any perspective wedding couple. If you don't choose Chris, your missing out on a phenominal musical experience!!!
Chris provided both ceremony and reception music for my wedding, both were FANTASTIC! I had several calls after my wedding Read more...
Chris provided both ceremony and reception music for my wedding, both were FANTASTIC! I had several calls after my wedding asking who was that amazing band. My guests danced until 1 a.m. and would have gone longer had the venue permitted. I would not hestiate to recommend Chris' for ceremony music, band and DJ services to any perspective wedding couple. If you don't choose Chris, your missing out on a phenominal musical experience!!! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Wonderful. Fabulous. Incredible. Terrific. Outstanding. Non stop fun and dancing. They have our highest recommendation for any event. Super emcee. Very professional. Covered an enormous range of music.
Wonderful. Fabulous. Incredible. Terrific. Outstanding. Non stop fun and dancing. They have our highest recommendation for Read more...
Wonderful. Fabulous. Incredible. Terrific. Outstanding. Non stop fun and dancing. They have our highest recommendation for any event. Super emcee. Very professional. Covered an enormous range of music. Read less
Services Used: Band
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g.
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
could not have been more impressed with band. chris sarlas ran the wedding from introduction of bride to final dance. as father of bride I just sat back and enjoyed the party. He ran it beautifully and my daughter and wife were thrilled. never ending parade of guests all night kept telling me what a wonderful band. dance floor was filled from first dance until last dance. Chris communicated with my daughter prior to the wedding and everything was ready to go. The man is a gentleman and was great with our guests. Great experience.
could not have been more impressed with band. chris sarlas ran the wedding from introduction of bride to final dance. as Read more...
could not have been more impressed with band. chris sarlas ran the wedding from introduction of bride to final dance. as father of bride I just sat back and enjoyed the party. He ran it beautifully and my daughter and wife were thrilled. never ending parade of guests all night kept telling me what a wonderful band. dance floor was filled from first dance until last dance. Chris communicated with my daughter prior to the wedding and everything was ready to go. The man is a gentleman and was great with our guests. Great experience. Read less
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Paula
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
I had nine months to plan our daughter's wedding. I had heard The Chris Sarlas Band play at another event and so enjoyed his first class musicians and vocalists, noticing NO ONE WAS SITTING. My first call was to Chris in planning this wedding. He actually called a few contacts to help us find a venue. My daughter lives out of town, and her entire experience in dealing with Chris was NO STRESS. He is truly an experienced professional and cares about his clients. He played a wide range of music to please our guests. Our wedding was a happy event, and EVERYONE was on the dance floor, including the bride's 93 year old grandfather!
I had nine months to plan our daughter's wedding. I had heard The Chris Sarlas Band play at another event and so enjoyed Read more...
I had nine months to plan our daughter's wedding. I had heard The Chris Sarlas Band play at another event and so enjoyed his first class musicians and vocalists, noticing NO ONE WAS SITTING. My first call was to Chris in planning this wedding. He actually called a few contacts to help us find a venue. My daughter lives out of town, and her entire experience in dealing with Chris was NO STRESS. He is truly an experienced professional and cares about his clients. He played a wide range of music to please our guests. Our wedding was a happy event, and EVERYONE was on the dance floor, including the bride's 93 year old grandfather! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Chris Sarlas Orchestra were beyond outstanding! My friends are still talking about the wedding and saying "it was the best wedding ever!" Our guests danced all night and they loved the song selection. As the bride, I did not have to worry about anything because Chris took care of the details and the night flowed perfectly. I would highly recommend Chris Sarlas Orchestra to anyone that wants to have a fantastic party and evening!
Chris Sarlas Orchestra were beyond outstanding! My friends are still talking about the wedding and saying "it was the best Read more...
Chris Sarlas Orchestra were beyond outstanding! My friends are still talking about the wedding and saying "it was the best wedding ever!" Our guests danced all night and they loved the song selection. As the bride, I did not have to worry about anything because Chris took care of the details and the night flowed perfectly. I would highly recommend Chris Sarlas Orchestra to anyone that wants to have a fantastic party and evening! Read less
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Brett
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was amazing for our wedding. They were able to keep people dancing and having a great time all night. Everytime you thought the band would not be able to follow up a great song, they had another to keep the party going. Everyone at the wedding said the band was the best they have ever heard....great vocals! Thank You again Chris!
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was amazing for our wedding. They were able to keep people dancing and having a great time all Read more...
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was amazing for our wedding. They were able to keep people dancing and having a great time all night. Everytime you thought the band would not be able to follow up a great song, they had another to keep the party going. Everyone at the wedding said the band was the best they have ever heard....great vocals! Thank You again Chris! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Chris Sarlas and Band DELIVERED!! We were a more mature couple looking for a band that could span the decades and keep everyone rocking. They delivered. Chris was familiar with our venue, helped us script out the reception night and all we had to do was outline 10 or so MUST have songs and let them do the rest. This was key. We had professional musicians that were guests at our wedding and they had nothing but compliments on how Chris & co transitioned the music and kept everyone on their feet. Don't overscript the music.
Chris Sarlas and Band DELIVERED!! We were a more mature couple looking for a band that could span the decades and keep Read more...
Chris Sarlas and Band DELIVERED!! We were a more mature couple looking for a band that could span the decades and keep everyone rocking. They delivered. Chris was familiar with our venue, helped us script out the reception night and all we had to do was outline 10 or so MUST have songs and let them do the rest. This was key. We had professional musicians that were guests at our wedding and they had nothing but compliments on how Chris & co transitioned the music and kept everyone on their feet. Don't overscript the music. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Very happy. They were a second choice, but did a first choice job. On time, professional,nice.... They kept the party going.
Very happy. They were a second choice, but did a first choice job. On time, professional,nice.... They kept the party Read more...
Very happy. They were a second choice, but did a first choice job. On time, professional,nice.... They kept the party going. Read less
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Clementina
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
I truly can't complement Chris Sarlas and his orchestra enough for what he did for our wedding reception. To only say that they sound amazing and keep the dance floor packed (which they do!) would be selling them short. Chris is a true professional who knows how to make a wedding reception flow beautifully and it shows. He worked hard to understand what was important to us and our vision for the evening and he made it a reality. He had an especially difficult challenge with our wedding: combining Greek, Latino and American music, working in my Godmother's surprise flash mob dance routine, letting my sister sing a special song to us and even welcoming late night mariachis. Chris blended in everything beautifully! Our reception was HUGE success, a ton of fun and Chris stuck with us from cocktails to clean up making sure that we were satisfied and our night was a special one. What a night!! Thank you Chris Sarlas Orchestra we couldn’t be happier!!
I truly can't complement Chris Sarlas and his orchestra enough for what he did for our wedding reception. To only say that Read more...
I truly can't complement Chris Sarlas and his orchestra enough for what he did for our wedding reception. To only say that they sound amazing and keep the dance floor packed (which they do!) would be selling them short. Chris is a true professional who knows how to make a wedding reception flow beautifully and it shows. He worked hard to understand what was important to us and our vision for the evening and he made it a reality. He had an especially difficult challenge with our wedding: combining Greek, Latino and American music, working in my Godmother's surprise flash mob dance routine, letting my sister sing a special song to us and even welcoming late night mariachis. Chris blended in everything beautifully! Our reception was HUGE success, a ton of fun and Chris stuck with us from cocktails to clean up making sure that we were satisfied and our night was a special one. What a night!! Thank you Chris Sarlas Orchestra we couldn’t be happier!! Read less
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Jamie
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
This is a truly phenomenal band! I think they may be a little hidden gem right now, but I would jump on the chance to work with them. We worked with Chris on our wedding just a couple of weeks ago and it could not have been executed more perfectly. From the very beginning, he was such a pleasure to work with. I had many ideas and he walked me through countless pricing options, instrument combinations, etc. He also had great ideas for things we were unsure about and is an excellent listener. Chris is exceedingly professional - a dream to work with.

We hired Chris and his musicians for our ceremony (cello and violin performed pop instrumental songs), the jazz trio for our cocktail hour, and the 10-piece band for our reception. Chris did a great job MC-ing and he and the band's music was never cheezy wedding band- sounding, just really, really good. All our guests commented on how great they were and the dance floor was full all night!
This is a truly phenomenal band! I think they may be a little hidden gem right now, but I would jump on the chance to work Read more...
This is a truly phenomenal band! I think they may be a little hidden gem right now, but I would jump on the chance to work with them. We worked with Chris on our wedding just a couple of weeks ago and it could not have been executed more perfectly. From the very beginning, he was such a pleasure to work with. I had many ideas and he walked me through countless pricing options, instrument combinations, etc. He also had great ideas for things we were unsure about and is an excellent listener. Chris is exceedingly professional - a dream to work with.

We hired Chris and his musicians for our ceremony (cello and violin performed pop instrumental songs), the jazz trio for our cocktail hour, and the 10-piece band for our reception. Chris did a great job MC-ing and he and the band's music was never cheezy wedding band- sounding, just really, really good. All our guests commented on how great they were and the dance floor was full all night! Read less
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Byron
Wedding:
7/8/2012
5.0/5.0
My wife and I recently married. There were many components which had to come to the fare to make the event a great success. One of the most important was the musical performance provided by the Sarlas Music Inc. group. From the violinist, cellist, vocalist and pianist, it was professional in every way. They performed a wide variety of music which kept us and our guests happy and maintained just the right ambiance. The music that Chris Sarlas helped us choose for each stage of the wedding ceremony and reception was just perfect. We could have not been more pleased and would recommend them for any event which calls for superior musical talent. Byron & Sue Gregory
My wife and I recently married. There were many components which had to come to the fare to make the event a great Read more...
My wife and I recently married. There were many components which had to come to the fare to make the event a great success. One of the most important was the musical performance provided by the Sarlas Music Inc. group. From the violinist, cellist, vocalist and pianist, it was professional in every way. They performed a wide variety of music which kept us and our guests happy and maintained just the right ambiance. The music that Chris Sarlas helped us choose for each stage of the wedding ceremony and reception was just perfect. We could have not been more pleased and would recommend them for any event which calls for superior musical talent. Byron & Sue Gregory Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
This band is off the charts! They can play everything your heart desires. The night was such a blur for me, but my guests kept saying the band was amazing, the songs sound just like they do on the radio! All I remember was my first dance which they sang perfectly.

Another plus was the fact they could play both American and Greek music for our Big Fat Greek wedding. Our dance floor was constantly full, the guests were itching to get out there and cut a rug!

Chris is a professional all the way and was great at keeping the party going for our wedding. Our guests didn't want to stop!

Thanks Chris!!!
This band is off the charts! They can play everything your heart desires. The night was such a blur for me, but my guests Read more...
This band is off the charts! They can play everything your heart desires. The night was such a blur for me, but my guests kept saying the band was amazing, the songs sound just like they do on the radio! All I remember was my first dance which they sang perfectly.

Another plus was the fact they could play both American and Greek music for our Big Fat Greek wedding. Our dance floor was constantly full, the guests were itching to get out there and cut a rug!

Chris is a professional all the way and was great at keeping the party going for our wedding. Our guests didn't want to stop!

Thanks Chris!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
This band made our wedding spectacular! My dad passed away 6 months before the wedding and Chris Sarlas was/is such an amazing, genuine person. He really helped me through the whole process and truly cared. The singers were awesome as well as the instruments. All of our guests complimented us the entire night on how great the band was. We had some greek dancing too and the singers and musicians were incredible. The band made the room come alive! You will not be disappointed with the Chris Sarlas Orchestra!
This band made our wedding spectacular! My dad passed away 6 months before the wedding and Chris Sarlas was/is such an Read more...
This band made our wedding spectacular! My dad passed away 6 months before the wedding and Chris Sarlas was/is such an amazing, genuine person. He really helped me through the whole process and truly cared. The singers were awesome as well as the instruments. All of our guests complimented us the entire night on how great the band was. We had some greek dancing too and the singers and musicians were incredible. The band made the room come alive! You will not be disappointed with the Chris Sarlas Orchestra! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
If you can get them, pick the Chris Sarlas Orchestra for your wedding! Chris is a pleasure to work with, the singers and instrumentalists are amazing and fun, and they really know how to rock a party! People were up dancing the entire night, and everyone couldn't stop talking about how awesome the band was. They really are the best in the Midwest! Get the CSO, and your wedding will be a surefire hit!
If you can get them, pick the Chris Sarlas Orchestra for your wedding! Chris is a pleasure to work with, the singers and Read more...
If you can get them, pick the Chris Sarlas Orchestra for your wedding! Chris is a pleasure to work with, the singers and instrumentalists are amazing and fun, and they really know how to rock a party! People were up dancing the entire night, and everyone couldn't stop talking about how awesome the band was. They really are the best in the Midwest! Get the CSO, and your wedding will be a surefire hit! Read less
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Alice
Wedding:
8/18/2007
5.0/5.0
Worth every penny! We couldn't be happier with the choice we made with this band. Our dance floor was packed all night long. Chris is a complete professional, super nice, honest, very responsive, and the music is incredible! He even let my brother sit in and play guitar! We got a package that included the Artistrings string quartet for our ceremony.
Worth every penny! We couldn't be happier with the choice we made with this band. Our dance floor was packed all night Read more...
Worth every penny! We couldn't be happier with the choice we made with this band. Our dance floor was packed all night long. Chris is a complete professional, super nice, honest, very responsive, and the music is incredible! He even let my brother sit in and play guitar! We got a package that included the Artistrings string quartet for our ceremony. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The band was outstanding. Made for a great evening !!!
I could not recommend the band more .
The band was outstanding. Made for a great evening !!!
I could not recommend the band more .
The band was outstanding. Made for a great evening !!!
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Ashley
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Before we get to the music, let me say how wonderful a job Chris himself did managing us throughout the process. From the moment we met with him he made it clear that he had our best interests at heart his main intention was that we get the service we wanted and within our budget. He never once tried to force any additional services on us in order to raise the fee, and we were able to get all of the instruments that we wanted and make it work within our budget. He always responded to all of our inquiries the same day. He was extremely professional throughout the process, especially in the final few weeks when we were finalizing our preparations. Chris was such a calming presence on the phone, ensuring us that everything would go smoothly. He couldn't have been better.

Now for the Music. Wow. People were coming to us all night and all said some variation of "Where did you guys find this band, they are INCREDIBLE," and they were. The talent of the musicians was clear, and the dance floor was rocking all night, even our 90 year old grandfather felt the need to get out there. The voices of the singers were amazing, and they really brought so many of our favorite songs to life. I seriously can't imagine how they could have done any better.

In addition to the music, they did a wonderful job of interacting with the crowd and making sure that people stayed on the dance floor. This was one of our larger concerns, as there are few things sadder than an empty dance floor at a wedding. They knew how to work the crowd wonderfully, and there was never a dull moment.

We only gave 5 stars for all criteria because we couldn't give 6. If you are considering Chris Sarlas Orchestra, do yourself a favor and sign the contract now. We promise it will be one of the best decisions you make for your special day.
Before we get to the music, let me say how wonderful a job Chris himself did managing us throughout the process. From the Read more...
Before we get to the music, let me say how wonderful a job Chris himself did managing us throughout the process. From the moment we met with him he made it clear that he had our best interests at heart his main intention was that we get the service we wanted and within our budget. He never once tried to force any additional services on us in order to raise the fee, and we were able to get all of the instruments that we wanted and make it work within our budget. He always responded to all of our inquiries the same day. He was extremely professional throughout the process, especially in the final few weeks when we were finalizing our preparations. Chris was such a calming presence on the phone, ensuring us that everything would go smoothly. He couldn't have been better.

Now for the Music. Wow. People were coming to us all night and all said some variation of "Where did you guys find this band, they are INCREDIBLE," and they were. The talent of the musicians was clear, and the dance floor was rocking all night, even our 90 year old grandfather felt the need to get out there. The voices of the singers were amazing, and they really brought so many of our favorite songs to life. I seriously can't imagine how they could have done any better.

In addition to the music, they did a wonderful job of interacting with the crowd and making sure that people stayed on the dance floor. This was one of our larger concerns, as there are few things sadder than an empty dance floor at a wedding. They knew how to work the crowd wonderfully, and there was never a dull moment.

We only gave 5 stars for all criteria because we couldn't give 6. If you are considering Chris Sarlas Orchestra, do yourself a favor and sign the contract now. We promise it will be one of the best decisions you make for your special day. Read less
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J&T021812
Wedding:
2/18/2012
5.0/5.0
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra is fantastic!! All of our wedding guests have been raving about them. Our dance floor was packed the whole night and everybody had a blast dancing the night away. All of the singers are great and they will play/sing anything you want. Chris is so great to work with...he is flexible, helpful, and extremely professional. The band has now played at both mine and my sister's weddings and a lot of our friends have been recruiting them for their own weddings. My wedding would NOT have been the same without the Chris Sarlas Orchestra!
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra is fantastic!! All of our wedding guests have been raving about them. Our dance floor was Read more...
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra is fantastic!! All of our wedding guests have been raving about them. Our dance floor was packed the whole night and everybody had a blast dancing the night away. All of the singers are great and they will play/sing anything you want. Chris is so great to work with...he is flexible, helpful, and extremely professional. The band has now played at both mine and my sister's weddings and a lot of our friends have been recruiting them for their own weddings. My wedding would NOT have been the same without the Chris Sarlas Orchestra! Read less
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Georgia
Wedding:
1/14/2012
5.0/5.0
I first heard Chris' band a couple of years ago at a church anniversary party. I was amazed that a band existed that was as versatile as his orchestra and could play both excellent Greek and American music. I am Greek and my husband is of Italian/Slavic descent. We were in search of a fun wedding band. We found it in Chris and his orchestra. Chris was able to accommodate all of our different music requests from Greek to tango. In deciding on our American music, Chris met with us and offered an impressive song list - over 6 pages long! He offered to learn new music as well if it wasn't on the list. His recommendations on what gets the crowd dancing were spot on. He was extremely professional and accommodating throughout the entire process. The band made our wedding. To this day, friends and relatives keep talking about our wedding and the band, in particular. It was memorable and unforgettable. His band gets everyone dancing on the floor and no one wants the night to end. We highly recommend this band. They were worth every penny and more.
I first heard Chris' band a couple of years ago at a church anniversary party. I was amazed that a band existed that was Read more...
I first heard Chris' band a couple of years ago at a church anniversary party. I was amazed that a band existed that was as versatile as his orchestra and could play both excellent Greek and American music. I am Greek and my husband is of Italian/Slavic descent. We were in search of a fun wedding band. We found it in Chris and his orchestra. Chris was able to accommodate all of our different music requests from Greek to tango. In deciding on our American music, Chris met with us and offered an impressive song list - over 6 pages long! He offered to learn new music as well if it wasn't on the list. His recommendations on what gets the crowd dancing were spot on. He was extremely professional and accommodating throughout the entire process. The band made our wedding. To this day, friends and relatives keep talking about our wedding and the band, in particular. It was memorable and unforgettable. His band gets everyone dancing on the floor and no one wants the night to end. We highly recommend this band. They were worth every penny and more. Read less
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nvlahos
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Fabulous... absolutely fabulous!!! I wish I could give more than just 5 stars. The Chris Sarlas Orchestra played at all of our siblings wedding and my husband and I wouldn't have had anyone else. The music is current and just phenomenal. The Chris Sarlas Orchestra created the atmosphere that was the highlight of our wedding. All of our guests were blown away by the performance. Chris provided us with an extensive song list and allowed us to choose the songs that we really wanted to hear which made the night a unique experience for us and our guests. If you are considering booking the Chris Sarlas Orchestra I am sure you will not regret it.
Fabulous... absolutely fabulous!!! I wish I could give more than just 5 stars. The Chris Sarlas Orchestra played at all of Read more...
Fabulous... absolutely fabulous!!! I wish I could give more than just 5 stars. The Chris Sarlas Orchestra played at all of our siblings wedding and my husband and I wouldn't have had anyone else. The music is current and just phenomenal. The Chris Sarlas Orchestra created the atmosphere that was the highlight of our wedding. All of our guests were blown away by the performance. Chris provided us with an extensive song list and allowed us to choose the songs that we really wanted to hear which made the night a unique experience for us and our guests. If you are considering booking the Chris Sarlas Orchestra I am sure you will not regret it. Read less
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beth18cy
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
I just wanted to thank you for making our wedding night the best night ever! You guys are absolutely amazing!! We have been getting non-stop compliments about how great you all were, and everyone had a blast dancing to your music! You made our wedding and I can't thank you enough! Please pass our thanks on to Opal, Barry, Tim and Tarita, they were awesome!!! Thank you again so much! Hope to see you again in the future!


Wish you the best!
Bethany Fenby (Yarosz)
I just wanted to thank you for making our wedding night the best night ever! You guys are absolutely amazing!! We have Read more...
I just wanted to thank you for making our wedding night the best night ever! You guys are absolutely amazing!! We have been getting non-stop compliments about how great you all were, and everyone had a blast dancing to your music! You made our wedding and I can't thank you enough! Please pass our thanks on to Opal, Barry, Tim and Tarita, they were awesome!!! Thank you again so much! Hope to see you again in the future!


Wish you the best!
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melissah
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
We used them for our wedding three weeks ago.

Tons of guests came up to us during the wedding to tell us how much they loved this band - and we are still hearing it today. What sets them apart is Chris. He is no hack-job cover-band leader. He has a strong formal education in music, tons of experience and is a true lover of music. Yes, the songs are covers, but he has a very talented band and he makes sure they perform each song as though it had been written for them. Believe me, I have seen my share of cheesy wedding bands. Adam Sandler is not showing up with these guys :) they know how to work a crowd and make it a fun night.

We also used their strings, Artstrings, for the ceremony and it was beautiful. What can I say? A great string trio for a garden wedding. You can't go wrong with that.

For the reception we used the seven piece band, based on Chris' recommendation. He gave us a great price. Don't waste your money on things guests won't remember (party favors, chair covers, over-done centerpieces, whatever...) Spend the money on the things people remember - Food, venue, bar and music. And for goodness sake, don't get a DJ!

The best part about working with Chris, though, is his incredible respect and patience for the customer. Weddings can bring out the worst in you, unfortunately. As the wedding got closer and I became more and more nervous, Chris let me know over and over that I was in good hands and I could count on him for anything I needed. He gave much more of himself than you would expect from a band leader - he kept me sane. We are so grateful.
We used them for our wedding three weeks ago.

Tons of guests came up to us during the wedding to tell us how much Read more...
We used them for our wedding three weeks ago.

Tons of guests came up to us during the wedding to tell us how much they loved this band - and we are still hearing it today. What sets them apart is Chris. He is no hack-job cover-band leader. He has a strong formal education in music, tons of experience and is a true lover of music. Yes, the songs are covers, but he has a very talented band and he makes sure they perform each song as though it had been written for them. Believe me, I have seen my share of cheesy wedding bands. Adam Sandler is not showing up with these guys :) they know how to work a crowd and make it a fun night.

We also used their strings, Artstrings, for the ceremony and it was beautiful. What can I say? A great string trio for a garden wedding. You can't go wrong with that.

For the reception we used the seven piece band, based on Chris' recommendation. He gave us a great price. Don't waste your money on things guests won't remember (party favors, chair covers, over-done centerpieces, whatever...) Spend the money on the things people remember - Food, venue, bar and music. And for goodness sake, don't get a DJ!

The best part about working with Chris, though, is his incredible respect and patience for the customer. Weddings can bring out the worst in you, unfortunately. As the wedding got closer and I became more and more nervous, Chris let me know over and over that I was in good hands and I could count on him for anything I needed. He gave much more of himself than you would expect from a band leader - he kept me sane. We are so grateful. Read less
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erin
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was AMAZING! My husband and I had the best time at our wedding! Chris was so easy going and really great to work with! We still have people from our wedding saying how great the band was and how much fun they had. They played a variety of music that everyone loved and danced to the whole night! Chris and the orchestra made it the perfect evening!

They also played the trumpet and violin at the wedding ceremony and it was absolutely beautiful!
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was AMAZING! My husband and I had the best time at our wedding! Chris was so easy going and Read more...
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was AMAZING! My husband and I had the best time at our wedding! Chris was so easy going and really great to work with! We still have people from our wedding saying how great the band was and how much fun they had. They played a variety of music that everyone loved and danced to the whole night! Chris and the orchestra made it the perfect evening!

They also played the trumpet and violin at the wedding ceremony and it was absolutely beautiful! Read less
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Jenny
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Fantastic, fun, five stars for The Chris Sarlas Orchestra! The Chris Sarlas Orchestra played at our June 2011 wedding. The band was amazing. The compliments and rave reviews about the performance from our guests continue to pour in. We worked with many vendors during the planning process, but none were like Chris Sarlas. Chris was reliable, responsive, honest, very professional, kind, and just wanted the best for us. Chris went above and beyond to make our wedding celebration a great success, and it really showed. The final product was outstanding.

Chris combined our unique music styles and song selections to create wonderful sets. Our guests were on the dance floor enjoying the party. Chris was also able to accommodate our unique request to have another ethnic band playing at the reception. Chris graciously shared his equipment and sound system. He really went out of his way to create and coordinate a schedule that worked for both bands, our guests, and most importantly us. Chris did all this while filling the role of master of ceremonies as well. He was sensational. We would recommend The Chris Sarlas Orchestra in a heartbeat. Chris, the singers, and band are extremely talented and you will be thrilled with this selection...we know we were.
Fantastic, fun, five stars for The Chris Sarlas Orchestra! The Chris Sarlas Orchestra played at our June 2011 wedding. The Read more...
Fantastic, fun, five stars for The Chris Sarlas Orchestra! The Chris Sarlas Orchestra played at our June 2011 wedding. The band was amazing. The compliments and rave reviews about the performance from our guests continue to pour in. We worked with many vendors during the planning process, but none were like Chris Sarlas. Chris was reliable, responsive, honest, very professional, kind, and just wanted the best for us. Chris went above and beyond to make our wedding celebration a great success, and it really showed. The final product was outstanding.

Chris combined our unique music styles and song selections to create wonderful sets. Our guests were on the dance floor enjoying the party. Chris was also able to accommodate our unique request to have another ethnic band playing at the reception. Chris graciously shared his equipment and sound system. He really went out of his way to create and coordinate a schedule that worked for both bands, our guests, and most importantly us. Chris did all this while filling the role of master of ceremonies as well. He was sensational. We would recommend The Chris Sarlas Orchestra in a heartbeat. Chris, the singers, and band are extremely talented and you will be thrilled with this selection...we know we were. Read less
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Frankie
Wedding:
5/21/2011
5.0/5.0
They played at my daughters wedding with 260 guests. Weeks later every one is still talking about the band. Great music, great musicians, very responsive and considerate. Every one danced all night and had a great time. The musicians were superb and the vocalists just fantastic. Every member of the band was extremely professional including the sound technicians. Having music in my background made this even more of a wonderful experience. I highly recommend Sarlas Orchestras.
They played at my daughters wedding with 260 guests. Weeks later every one is still talking about the band. Great music, Read more...
They played at my daughters wedding with 260 guests. Weeks later every one is still talking about the band. Great music, great musicians, very responsive and considerate. Every one danced all night and had a great time. The musicians were superb and the vocalists just fantastic. Every member of the band was extremely professional including the sound technicians. Having music in my background made this even more of a wonderful experience. I highly recommend Sarlas Orchestras. Read less
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Julie Nof
Wedding:
9/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Can't say enough about our wonderful experience with Chris Sarlas and his band!!!!!!! Without a doubt, they made the party!!!!!! He provided guidance, expertise, and professionalism throughout the entire process leading up to the wedding and until the last guest left. He's the BEST!!!!!!!!!! Easy to work with!

Julie Nof (mother of the bride)
Can't say enough about our wonderful experience with Chris Sarlas and his band!!!!!!! Without a doubt, they made the Read more...
Can't say enough about our wonderful experience with Chris Sarlas and his band!!!!!!! Without a doubt, they made the party!!!!!! He provided guidance, expertise, and professionalism throughout the entire process leading up to the wedding and until the last guest left. He's the BEST!!!!!!!!!! Easy to work with!

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Monica
Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
To say that the Chris Sarlas Orchestra was absolutely amazing is an understatement! We all had the BEST time and having them there played a huge part in that. Our wedding reception was held at Evanston Golf Club on August 8, 2010 in Skokie, IL. Everyone in the band was so full of energy and truly seemed happy to be there to celebrate with us. I'm pretty sure that they had every single person on the dance floor! The song choices were fantastic and after going over the evening with everyone, the band was definitely the highlight!! I can not thank them enough for the wonderful energy they brought to our day and for being so amazing to work with. From the moment I met with Chris, I knew that the music was going to be very special, and they certainly did deliver!! I can not say enough about the Chris Sarlas Orchestra. It was an absolute pleasure working with them. Look no further for your wedding entertainment.. they were truly unbelievable!
To say that the Chris Sarlas Orchestra was absolutely amazing is an understatement! We all had the BEST time and having Read more...
To say that the Chris Sarlas Orchestra was absolutely amazing is an understatement! We all had the BEST time and having them there played a huge part in that. Our wedding reception was held at Evanston Golf Club on August 8, 2010 in Skokie, IL. Everyone in the band was so full of energy and truly seemed happy to be there to celebrate with us. I'm pretty sure that they had every single person on the dance floor! The song choices were fantastic and after going over the evening with everyone, the band was definitely the highlight!! I can not thank them enough for the wonderful energy they brought to our day and for being so amazing to work with. From the moment I met with Chris, I knew that the music was going to be very special, and they certainly did deliver!! I can not say enough about the Chris Sarlas Orchestra. It was an absolute pleasure working with them. Look no further for your wedding entertainment.. they were truly unbelievable! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Enid
Wedding:
6/26/2010
5.0/5.0
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra made my son's wedding at the InterContinental so special. They worked miracles. Like the true professional that Chris is, he handled our delays beautifully and calmly kept us all aware of any upcoming toasts, etc. Chris and his band were completely tuned in to the rhythm of the guests during the reception, and selected music that had the dance floor packed for hours and hours and hours. Everything with which they dealt was perfect: the vocalists --- there aren't enough words to express how talented they are, Carol and the strings --- they enchanted us throughout the entire wedding ceremony, and the harpist during the rehearsal dinner --- she captured the true essence of the Art Institute of Chicago function.

I've always said that the band makes the party, and Chris and his band made our party!
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra made my son's wedding at the InterContinental so special. They worked miracles. Like the true Read more...
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra made my son's wedding at the InterContinental so special. They worked miracles. Like the true professional that Chris is, he handled our delays beautifully and calmly kept us all aware of any upcoming toasts, etc. Chris and his band were completely tuned in to the rhythm of the guests during the reception, and selected music that had the dance floor packed for hours and hours and hours. Everything with which they dealt was perfect: the vocalists --- there aren't enough words to express how talented they are, Carol and the strings --- they enchanted us throughout the entire wedding ceremony, and the harpist during the rehearsal dinner --- she captured the true essence of the Art Institute of Chicago function.

I've always said that the band makes the party, and Chris and his band made our party! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Jeannette
Wedding:
11/21/2009
5.0/5.0
Chris Sarlas Orchestra was so much fun!!!!! Their music was fabulous and people wouldn't leave the dance floor! It was 1am and people would not get off the dance floor! It was packed all night long. If you want a party at your wedding be sure to book Sarlas!!!
Chris Sarlas Orchestra was so much fun!!!!! Their music was fabulous and people wouldn't leave the dance floor! It was 1am Read more...
Chris Sarlas Orchestra was so much fun!!!!! Their music was fabulous and people wouldn't leave the dance floor! It was 1am and people would not get off the dance floor! It was packed all night long. If you want a party at your wedding be sure to book Sarlas!!! Read less
Services Used: Band
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NovaGirl4
Wedding:
10/17/2009
5.0/5.0
Chris Sarlas was one of my favorite wedding vendors. Throughout the whole planning process he was quick to respond to my emails and very easy to work with. Chris provided a piano and saxophone during cocktail hour, a jazz quartet during dinner and a 10 piece orchestra for dancing. Chris served as the emcee for events that occurred throughout the evening. At the reception the orchestra sounded fantastic and there were people dancing and having a great time until the reception ended at midnight. Weeks after the wedding we continued to receive compliments from our guests regarding the band and how wonderful they performed. We definitely recommend the Chris Sarlas Orchestra to any couples looking for a band to make their wedding reception memorable!
Chris Sarlas was one of my favorite wedding vendors. Throughout the whole planning process he was quick to respond to my Read more...
Chris Sarlas was one of my favorite wedding vendors. Throughout the whole planning process he was quick to respond to my emails and very easy to work with. Chris provided a piano and saxophone during cocktail hour, a jazz quartet during dinner and a 10 piece orchestra for dancing. Chris served as the emcee for events that occurred throughout the evening. At the reception the orchestra sounded fantastic and there were people dancing and having a great time until the reception ended at midnight. Weeks after the wedding we continued to receive compliments from our guests regarding the band and how wonderful they performed. We definitely recommend the Chris Sarlas Orchestra to any couples looking for a band to make their wedding reception memorable! Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
10/10/2009
5.0/5.0
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra's performance at our wedding reception was absolutely amazing. They were very easy to work with prior to the wedding, responding to both phone calls and emails promptly. Their contract was clear and effortless and they surpassed expectations. All the songs were executed beautifully and we had a full dance floor all night. They worked in very smooth transitions of Greek and American music, and I was very happy at their ability to perform both. We actually booked them before our reception location because it was that important for us to have them perform at our wedding (we have been to other weddings where they were the Orchestra). Overall, I would absolutely recommend them and we still (months later) get complements of how great they were!
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra's performance at our wedding reception was absolutely amazing. They were very easy to work with Read more...
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra's performance at our wedding reception was absolutely amazing. They were very easy to work with prior to the wedding, responding to both phone calls and emails promptly. Their contract was clear and effortless and they surpassed expectations. All the songs were executed beautifully and we had a full dance floor all night. They worked in very smooth transitions of Greek and American music, and I was very happy at their ability to perform both. We actually booked them before our reception location because it was that important for us to have them perform at our wedding (we have been to other weddings where they were the Orchestra). Overall, I would absolutely recommend them and we still (months later) get complements of how great they were! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
8/29/2009
5.0/5.0
My husband and I really cannot think of one negative thing to say about the Chris Sarlas Orchestra. They were very professional throughout the entire process and were very easy to get ahold of and work with. Chris knows how stressful wedding planning can be and from our initial meeting was very down to earth and not pushy one bit. We had met with other bands that were the complete opposite. One band gave us a 20 minute spiel then stepped out of the room and expected us to make our decision on the spot. Chris was not like that at all! He presented the facts and then gave us plently of time to decide what was right for us.

The whole planning process was very smooth. I tend to be a perfectionist and freak out about everything. Chris was there to calm me down and let me know everything would be okay. We obviously have not done this before having never been married but this is what Chris does as a business. He knows the timing of everything down to a 't'. That was quite a relief. We told him the songs we wanted and didn't want to hear and he did the rest!

As for pricing Chris Sarlas Orchestra was very reasonable compared to other bands we checked out. I believe they had some packages or ideas of what people normally do but he completely tweaked everything to meet our needs. We ended up having a 3 piece ensemble playing during dinner and since we didn't need them for the full time due to speeches and a video montage, he threw in another female vocalist instead. Very reasonable and willing to compromise. That is all I can say.

On to the wedding. Our guests and my husband and I were blown away! We still catch people talking about the band to this day and I know we will continue to for years to come. We could not have asked for a better band. We had a very young, energetic crowd and I don't think the band let them stop for a minute (Check out the videos on his website from the Knickerbocker hotel 8/29/09) It was a blast and I will definitely be referring the Chris Sarlas Orchestra to all my friends and hope to hear them play again in the near future. Thanks again...sorry this review is a year and a half late Chris!
My husband and I really cannot think of one negative thing to say about the Chris Sarlas Orchestra. They were very Read more...
My husband and I really cannot think of one negative thing to say about the Chris Sarlas Orchestra. They were very professional throughout the entire process and were very easy to get ahold of and work with. Chris knows how stressful wedding planning can be and from our initial meeting was very down to earth and not pushy one bit. We had met with other bands that were the complete opposite. One band gave us a 20 minute spiel then stepped out of the room and expected us to make our decision on the spot. Chris was not like that at all! He presented the facts and then gave us plently of time to decide what was right for us.

The whole planning process was very smooth. I tend to be a perfectionist and freak out about everything. Chris was there to calm me down and let me know everything would be okay. We obviously have not done this before having never been married but this is what Chris does as a business. He knows the timing of everything down to a 't'. That was quite a relief. We told him the songs we wanted and didn't want to hear and he did the rest!

As for pricing Chris Sarlas Orchestra was very reasonable compared to other bands we checked out. I believe they had some packages or ideas of what people normally do but he completely tweaked everything to meet our needs. We ended up having a 3 piece ensemble playing during dinner and since we didn't need them for the full time due to speeches and a video montage, he threw in another female vocalist instead. Very reasonable and willing to compromise. That is all I can say.

On to the wedding. Our guests and my husband and I were blown away! We still catch people talking about the band to this day and I know we will continue to for years to come. We could not have asked for a better band. We had a very young, energetic crowd and I don't think the band let them stop for a minute (Check out the videos on his website from the Knickerbocker hotel 8/29/09) It was a blast and I will definitely be referring the Chris Sarlas Orchestra to all my friends and hope to hear them play again in the near future. Thanks again...sorry this review is a year and a half late Chris! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Kristin
Wedding:
6/27/2009
5.0/5.0
I cannot recommend Chris Sarlas Orchestra enough! He performed at our wedding at the University Club of Chicago last June and was absolutely spectacular! We contacted and interviewed a number of different bands, but it quickly became evident that Chris was exactly what we were looking for. His band has an energy that is second to none and he was a delight to work with. He accommodated all of our specific song and other requests and was always professional and responsive to us, which was particularly appreciated given that we were planning the wedding from New York City. The dance floor was packed the entire night with all our favorite tunes, and our family and friends are still raving about what a spectacular time they had at our wedding. Choosing the right band is one othe most important decisions you have to make in planning a wedding and I guarantee that Chris Sarlas is the right decision.
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I cannot recommend Chris Sarlas Orchestra enough! He performed at our wedding at the University Club of Chicago last June and was absolutely spectacular! We contacted and interviewed a number of different bands, but it quickly became evident that Chris was exactly what we were looking for. His band has an energy that is second to none and he was a delight to work with. He accommodated all of our specific song and other requests and was always professional and responsive to us, which was particularly appreciated given that we were planning the wedding from New York City. The dance floor was packed the entire night with all our favorite tunes, and our family and friends are still raving about what a spectacular time they had at our wedding. Choosing the right band is one othe most important decisions you have to make in planning a wedding and I guarantee that Chris Sarlas is the right decision. Read less
Services Used: Band
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jabend
Wedding:
6/22/2008
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were so lucky to have such an amazing band at our wedding. The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was amazing! We had a Greek/Jewish wedding, and the band accommodated all of our requests. We had beautiful music all night! The dance floor was packed during all the ethnic dancing as well as during the more traditional dance sets. So many people mentioned that our wedding was a lot of fun, and they ALL loved the band. What a great way to start a marriage - with a celebration filled with joy and dancing! Also, working with Chris was so easy. He returned our calls promptly and was incredibly professional during planning and at the wedding. We were so lucky to hire this band for our special day.
My husband and I were so lucky to have such an amazing band at our wedding. The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was amazing! We had Read more...
My husband and I were so lucky to have such an amazing band at our wedding. The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was amazing! We had a Greek/Jewish wedding, and the band accommodated all of our requests. We had beautiful music all night! The dance floor was packed during all the ethnic dancing as well as during the more traditional dance sets. So many people mentioned that our wedding was a lot of fun, and they ALL loved the band. What a great way to start a marriage - with a celebration filled with joy and dancing! Also, working with Chris was so easy. He returned our calls promptly and was incredibly professional during planning and at the wedding. We were so lucky to hire this band for our special day. Read less
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Don
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
From the first conversation I felt that Chris had my best interest at heart. He was very informative, very flexible about what I wanted, and very helpful in providing the type of venue that I wanted. I had requested 2 violins, cello, and piano for the church. I even gave Chris an original piece that I wanted in the service. Not only did they perform extremely professional, the music was absolutely beautiful! I received many compliments from our guests. Being a musician myself I can tell you that the music was every thing that I hoped it would be. I also had Chris provide a jazz trio for the cocktail hour at the reception. That also was perfect in every way. It is also important to note that the value of the services provided was, in my opinion, well worth the cost. All in all I was very pleased with everything and will definitely use Chris in the future for the next event. Thank You
From the first conversation I felt that Chris had my best interest at heart. He was very informative, very flexible about Read more...
From the first conversation I felt that Chris had my best interest at heart. He was very informative, very flexible about what I wanted, and very helpful in providing the type of venue that I wanted. I had requested 2 violins, cello, and piano for the church. I even gave Chris an original piece that I wanted in the service. Not only did they perform extremely professional, the music was absolutely beautiful! I received many compliments from our guests. Being a musician myself I can tell you that the music was every thing that I hoped it would be. I also had Chris provide a jazz trio for the cocktail hour at the reception. That also was perfect in every way. It is also important to note that the value of the services provided was, in my opinion, well worth the cost. All in all I was very pleased with everything and will definitely use Chris in the future for the next event. Thank You Read less
Services Used: Band, Wedding Venue
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Katelyn
Wedding:
10/27/2012
4.9/5.0
We don't have enough great things to say about the Chris Sarlas Orchestra. Our wedding guests packed the dance floor all night, and we are still receiving compliments about how wonderful our band was! Chris intently listened to the songs we hoped to hear/songs we didn't want to hear and was a pleasure to work with.
We don't have enough great things to say about the Chris Sarlas Orchestra. Our wedding guests packed the dance floor all Read more...
We don't have enough great things to say about the Chris Sarlas Orchestra. Our wedding guests packed the dance floor all night, and we are still receiving compliments about how wonderful our band was! Chris intently listened to the songs we hoped to hear/songs we didn't want to hear and was a pleasure to work with. Read less
Services Used: Band
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
Helped make this wedding fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!
Helped make this wedding fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!
Helped make this wedding fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Jesshockey
Wedding:
4/28/2012
4.9/5.0
They are the most amazing and energetic band I have ever heard at a wedding!!!!
They are the most amazing and energetic band I have ever heard at a wedding!!!!
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JudithH
Wedding:
5/28/2011
4.9/5.0
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was wonderful! They put on quite a performance!!We hired them for our daughter's wedding and they were outstanding. Chris was very professional and extremely helpful with song choices and details for the outdoor ceremony and indoor reception. Our family highly recommends the Chris Sarlas Orchestra.
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was wonderful! They put on quite a performance!!We hired them for our daughter's wedding and Read more...
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was wonderful! They put on quite a performance!!We hired them for our daughter's wedding and they were outstanding. Chris was very professional and extremely helpful with song choices and details for the outdoor ceremony and indoor reception. Our family highly recommends the Chris Sarlas Orchestra. Read less
Services Used: Band
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
Our 5 piece band was fantastic! I wouldn't change anything about the music at our wedding, absolutely wonderful! Our guests are still talking about what a great time they had and how great the music was. From planning, organizing, brainstorming, to the wedding day and after, Artistrings was fantastic. They were professional and extremely well versed and talented in the wedding music business - made our role as bride and groom effortless. They were flexible and went to all lengths to make the event unique to us, including accommodating guests requests. Very respectful. It was truly a wonderful experience all around and I would absolutely recommend them. We had cocktail/visiting music and jazzed it up after dinner for some very lively dancing. Wish we could do it all over again!
Our 5 piece band was fantastic! I wouldn't change anything about the music at our wedding, absolutely wonderful! Our Read more...
Our 5 piece band was fantastic! I wouldn't change anything about the music at our wedding, absolutely wonderful! Our guests are still talking about what a great time they had and how great the music was. From planning, organizing, brainstorming, to the wedding day and after, Artistrings was fantastic. They were professional and extremely well versed and talented in the wedding music business - made our role as bride and groom effortless. They were flexible and went to all lengths to make the event unique to us, including accommodating guests requests. Very respectful. It was truly a wonderful experience all around and I would absolutely recommend them. We had cocktail/visiting music and jazzed it up after dinner for some very lively dancing. Wish we could do it all over again! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Cameron
Wedding:
8/17/2013
4.6/5.0
We had heard great things about Sarlas Orchestra, and they delivered!
Pros:
-Big band, you feel like you're really getting a full group
-Chris is extremely good at communication. He takes time to meet with you (in our case on Skype since we were out of time) to be sure he knows exactly what you're looking for. He also helps you make decisions for songs, flow etc.
-They were prompt, had plenty of time for setting up, and made us feel like the King and Queen for the day
-They have a HUGE song list

Cons:
-Expensive
-Several of our "must plays" were not actually played, but they did a lot from our "maybe" list. Be very clear about the songs that are "musts". Also, be sure to choose your own "last song" - that's your last moment and one you want to remember and have significance.
We had heard great things about Sarlas Orchestra, and they delivered!
Pros:
-Big band, you feel like you're really Read more...
We had heard great things about Sarlas Orchestra, and they delivered!
Pros:
-Big band, you feel like you're really getting a full group
-Chris is extremely good at communication. He takes time to meet with you (in our case on Skype since we were out of time) to be sure he knows exactly what you're looking for. He also helps you make decisions for songs, flow etc.
-They were prompt, had plenty of time for setting up, and made us feel like the King and Queen for the day
-They have a HUGE song list

Cons:
-Expensive
-Several of our "must plays" were not actually played, but they did a lot from our "maybe" list. Be very clear about the songs that are "musts". Also, be sure to choose your own "last song" - that's your last moment and one you want to remember and have significance. Read less
Services Used: Band

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