On behalf of myself and The Royal Virginians Big
Band, let me congratulate you both and wish you all the best on your
wedding day and there after. We'd be very happy to be a part of your
reception! We have been a part of many, many weddings and have
really enjoyed each and every one.
ARE Allow me to introduce you to The Royal Virginians. We
are a 15-piece Big Band complete with vocalists. Our music is styled
for dancing, so you can be sure that your guests will be dancing the
night away. From the swing classic "In The Mood" to the Latin rhythm
of "Begin The Beguine", we keep the crowd out on the dance floor and
make a memorable event for everyone.
Why do we play weddings?
Because they are so much fun! The guests come expecting to have a
good time, and it's a pleasure for us to see everyone dancing, and
having a ball all through out our performance. We are gratified to
help make that special day such fun for the bride and groom and
their family and friends. The cards, letters, and e-mails of
appreciation we have received from past clients mean a lot to all of
WHAT WE DO Simply put, we understand
what works at receptions. We have the experience and ability to
bring out the best in a crowd, so everyone has a good time. You've
obviously chosen to look at our orchestra because you want the
nostalgic sound of a big band making music at your wedding. It takes
a fine hand -- and a fine band -- to work that crowd so that guests
remember your reception as an excellent start to new friendships and
The Royal Virginians prepare thoroughly
for each wedding. We work with you well in advance, planning the
ceremony and reception timeline, refining the music selection,
coordinating with the caterer and location manager (this is very
important), and preparing for any contingency. After all of the
weddings we've played, we're ready, willing, and able to handle any
Then on the big day, we finalize the schedule with
the photographers and caterer (yes, there are usually last-minute
changes). We help ensure that the event comes off smoothly without
requiring any on-the-scene management by the bride or groom (who
should be happily occupied with guests and each
MUSIC SELECTION Selecting music is
critically important, and a reflection of your personal tastes. We
make it easy. We can provide you with a listing of many of the songs
we perform during an evening of dancing and allow you to pick what
you wish to hear and what you don't wish to hear. We're pretty good
at selecting music for receptions too, so we can advise you on your
selections and also help you make things just as you would like them
to be. Click here for our online listing of many of the tunes
we perform on a regular basis.
You've chosen a big band for
your reception, and so for the most part we understand that you want
that nostalgic feeling to be evident in the music. However, we also
understand that there will be diverse age groups at your reception
and we aim to please as many people as possible. While all of our
music is played in a big band style, we do venture into the 60's and
70's and ever so slightly into the 80's and 90's so that we can
please as many people as possible. Our idea is to fit the song to
the style of music we perform rather than vice versa.
wedding receptions, we find that our regular repertoire works just
fine. A proven program of dance music shouldn't be tampered with,
right? We can perform such favorites as "Misty" along with more
contemporary hits such as "My Heart Will Go On". Variety is the key
here. Being a big band, we can't forget such swing era favorites as
"In The Mood" and "Tuxedo Junction". Yes, you can be sure that there
will be something for everyone at your reception. The energy and
emotion put into our performances will have everyone (even your 6
year old nephew) dancing at some point.
At every engagement, we conform to the event by
observing the attendees and by catering to the needs of the
audience. We always try to accommodate requests in addition to our
regular performance material. While we are always willing to work
with the client by accepting advance requests, we will occasionally
limit requests to the arrangements at hand. That's because we want
to make sure you hear the professional orchestra that you hired, as
opposed to musicians sight reading material.
99% of all our
engagements are booked because people have hired us for who we are
and what we do, and not for who they want us to be.
You can take a look at some of the "first dance"
selections that other couples have selected in the past by clicking
Of course, if you have your heart set on a special song that is not
in our library, our musical arrangers are always available to create
a special arrangement for you at a nominal fee. Click
Here for our arrangement policy.
PERFORMANCE The performance is the main thing for The
Royal Virginians. It's clear that we love to perform, and that helps
everyone to have a great time. As entertainers, we take tremendous
joy in doing our job well. As an integral part of your wedding
reception, we take our responsibilities seriously. We keep things
moving with smooth fast transitions, short breaks, and good
coordination with the multitude of activities. Nothing flusters us
(we've seen it all) and we remain flexible to happily accommodate
any last-minute changes in plan... no problem!
HOW LONG THE RECEPTION SHOULD
LAST The greatest majority of wedding receptions for
which we perform are contracted for 3 hours.
The first hour
will be taken up with the orchestra entertaining your guests while
you are finishing up with pictures.
The second hour is for
the important and memorable moments like the bride's first dance,
the bride's dance with her father, and the all important cutting of
The third hour is a "wind down" time from a very
long day for all concerned. It's a good time to gently close the
bar, get designated drivers assigned, and provides a chance to
socialize with your well wishing friends before you toss the garter
We would also suggest that you plan toasts,
speeches, and the like to take place during our intermissions.
This allows you to take maximum advantage of the planned playing
time of 45 minute sets, followed by the customary 15 minute
HOW LONG WILL YOU HOLD A DATE FOR MY
RECEPTION? We will take an "inquiry" on your date and put
a hold on it until you call to confirm and arrange for a formal
contract. However, if we receive another request for the
un-contracted date you have chosen, we will call you immediately. At
that point, a decision will be needed along with a deposit and
signed contract if you wish us to commit that date to your use. It
is also a good idea to reserve the date as soon as you book a hall
for your reception.
GIVE US A LISTEN If
you'd like to consider us for your wedding, please feel free to call
me on (804)-859-0938 or send
email to email@example.com.
A Demo CD is also available by e-mailing or calling. Better yet, why
not attend one of our live performances? Just visit our
page to find out where
we're playing next. You can also view sample video clips by clicking
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learn why a live band will make your reception much more memorable
and still save you money.
Thank you for your consideration, and best wishes on
your special day.