Men In Black has been named "Best Wedding Band In Massachusetts" 2008/2009, 2010, and 2011 by "The Knot Magazine" as voted by Massachusetts brides and has also received the "Bride's Choice" award from Weddingwire for the past four years and running. Just recently in 2012, the band won the award on "Boston's A-list" for Best wedding band in Boston.
Men In Black has performed at thousands of weddings, corporate parties, clubs, and special events in and around Boston, MA and all of New England.
If you'd like to have live music on your wedding day, and you feel as though you've looked at all of the wedding bands Boston has to offer...look no further!!! Men in Black will rock your world!!!
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Voted 1st place winner on Boston's A List for "Best Wedding Band " 2012
Wedding Wire's "Bride's Choice Award" 2010
Wedding Wire's "Bride's Choice Award" 2011
Wedding Wire's "Bride's Choice Award" 2012
Wedding Wire's "Bride's Choice Award" 2013
The Knot's "Best of Weddings" 2009
The Knot's "Best of Weddings" 2010
The Knot's "Best of Weddings" 2011
This article previously appeared in The Wedding Zone
By Karen Kerr
I have been a wedding planner in the San Francisco Bay area for over 20 years and one of the most common questions that I get asked by brides is "How do I find a great wedding band?" I figured it was long overdue that I write this article to guide couples in the right direction on their search for their ideal wedding band.
Popular bands may be booked as many as 12 to 18 months in advance, so begin your search as early as possible. The most popular wedding bands get snapped up early so make this one of your top priorities. Be flexible with your date. Don’t immediately lock yourself into a date because the country club that you have your heart set on has (for example) July 16th open which is the day the two of you met. Consider getting married on Sunday the 17th because the date is open at the country club and the wedding band that you’re leaning toward also is available. Consider a Friday night or a winter wedding. Many wedding vendors and venues will offer a considerable discount for an off-season event.
Consider the kind of celebration you'd like to have. What are your favorite styles of music? What do you believe your guests will respond to? Would you like an affair with music in the background, or would you prefer your band to take control of the party, enticing people to pack the floor and dance until the very end of the evening? You may want a combination of both scenarios.
Get referrals from other professionals who regularly hire or work with bands. Consult experts like party planners, event and sales managers of venues, and vendors such as photographers, videographers and caterers. You may also consider asking brides who have had bands at their wedding reception what their thoughts are. Look at wedding band reviews and testimonials on the internet.
Bands' promotional materials vary and can include photos, song lists, videos, CDs, DVDs and elaborate Web sites. You should be able to evaluate the options pretty well in this manner, but it´s always great if you can see the band playing live. You may be able to see a band perform at a wedding, depending on their schedule and the willingness of their clients. If you can do this, plan to arrive after the meal and rituals are over, sometime during the party's last two hours. The person who invited you (the bandleader or event planner) should indicate ahead of time where you should stand; while at the party, try to be as inconspicuous as possible. Those few minutes may not be indicative of the overall experience, so referrals are still the best bet.
If you are already dealing with an entertainment agency, you may want to ask them if they have any upcoming wedding showcases. These showcases are usually free to the public and can be a great way to take a listen to a number of bands in one sitting.
Many wedding bands perform in night clubs as well and this may be a great way to get a taste of what the band is all about in front of a live audience. Introduce yourselves to the band leader on the break and tell him you are considering them for your reception .Get a feeling for the band´s personality and see if it´s a good match. Keep in mind, though, that if the band is playing a date open to the public that they may dress differently, and may play a repertory that they would not play at your reception. The most professional bands know that their behavior, attitude, attire, and playlist are very different at a bar.
"The band can make or break the party!" Have you heard that before? It’s true! Here is a currently running poll on Weddingzone.net . The poll question is... "What do you think the most important element of the Wedding Reception is?"
the food? 2298 (26%)
the photographer/videographer? 728 (8%)
the entertainment? 3738 (43%)
the flowers/decorations? 517 (5%)
the location? 1368 (15%)
The results show how important the entertainment is to brides and grooms, and yet is far less expensive than the meals. You will find many professional quality live bands who are very reasonably priced but also possess the talent to make your reception the party you hope it will be. And the good news is you won't likely have to break the bank to get them. They will probably still be one of the least expensive elements of your reception. It has been said that the entertainment yields "the most for the least" at an event. Don’t short change yourself. Be sure to budget enough to get the very best wedding band you can afford and you’ll have lasting memories of an incredible wedding day.
Many couples are concerned about the specific songs the band will perform. But the feel of the party and timing of the songs are also important. Generally, you want to trust the band to perform the appropriate material at the appropriate time. Keep in mind that you are looking to hire a band and not a D.J. so don’t try and lock the band into a "set in stone" song list. But… when you provide a list of requests, consider choosing songs according to the different phases of the event. For example, think about what you might like to hear as background music during the meal, or think about songs that will get your parents out of their seats, or which songs will really get things rockin' near the end of the night. As a general rule when submitting a request list to your chosen wedding band, it’s better to focus more on what you’d like to hear than what you don't want to hear, though it’s okay to list both. An experienced wedding band will know which songs from their repertoire can move and audience and also they know which songs they perform best. If there is a special song that you really want played on your wedding day, ask if the band would learn it. Many wedding bands will learn one or two songs for your wedding.
Live entertainment contracts are fairly similar, with boilerplate terms and conditions. However, make certain that your particular concerns and requirements are clearly addressed. This includes the specific wedding date, hours and location, number of musicians and other services to be performed, including musicians for your ceremony and/or cocktail hour. It is also recommend that you work out an overtime rate, in 30-minute increments, in advance so that you don't have to negotiate in the moment if you want to extend the party.
Overall, you want a band that has the ability to set a tone that reflects your vision for the party. Helping people celebrate some of the most important moments of their lives is a responsibility to be taken seriously. When your wedding day arrives, you should be able to feel at ease and trust the band to do what they do best. If you choose a band that loves what they do and understands the intricacies of running a party, you will have good memories for a lifetime.
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Boston, MA - January 28, 2013.
WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce MEN IN BLACK of Boston, Massachusetts has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 in the "wedding bands" category!
Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.
Men In Black stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.
“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud Men In Black for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”
We are happy to announce that Men In Black is among the very best wedding bands within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013. For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today! For more information on the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013, please visit www.WeddingWire.com.
July 17, 2011, Ocean Edge, Brewster, MA
Men In Black was lucky enough to be joined on stage by R&B Legend/Grammy award winner Ralph Tavares at a recent Cape Cod wedding. Ralph Tavares of the band Tavares performed the band's two biggest hits "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" and "More Than a Woman". Ralph hasn't lost one bit of his touch with the audience and his voice sounded amazing! After the songs, he thanked everyone in the band personally. Thank you Ralph!
September 18, 2010, Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston, MA
Men in Black was Chosen By Tim Brennan of the popular rock group "Dropkick Murphys" to perform at his wedding reception which took place at the Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts this past September.
The following article appeared in Boston Magazine
BY AMY J. DOWNEY
Though Diana Ganz is a Michigan native, it was an easy decision to have her wedding – to Tim Brennan, lead guitarist for the punk band Dropkick Murphys – in the Hub. "We fell in love in Boston," Diana says. "And we fell in love with Boston – it wouldn't have been 'us' if we had the wedding anywhere else." Shortly after she moved to Massachusetts, a mutual friend introduced her to Tim at an event in the city. And a few years later, Boston is where Tim proposed: He was performing alongside Bruce Springsteen at a TD Garden show when he popped the question. "I grabbed Diana's hand and pulled her up onstage with me," he says. "Bruce talked about how we're here to build a 'house of love.' Then he handed me the mike, and I said, 'Diana, I love you very much.' I got down on my knee, and 20,000 people started screaming." After she said yes, Tim and the Boss (very fittingly) played "So Young and in Love."
Since the band went into the studio to record shortly after the nuptials, there wasn't time for a honeymoon, but the newlyweds are planning a getaway in early 2011, perhaps to Hawaii. Tim's fans, however, can rest easy – he'll be back in time for the band's annual gig on St. Patrick's Day.
Manchester, MA - June 17, 2009.
Hollywood has come to the bay state once again, this time to film the upcoming Sandra Bullock movie “The Proposal”. The latest scene was filmed on Monday in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA where the “wedding reception” scene took place.
Men In Black, who recently received an award from “The Knot” magazine for “Best Wedding Band in Massachusetts 2008” as voted by local brides was chosen to be the wedding band in the movie. Jeff Fraser of Essex, MA who sings lead vocals for the band says “I’ve performed at hundreds of wedding receptions, but never at one where the bride and groom were movie stars.“
Monday’s scene was filmed in an old mansion near Singing Beach overlooking Manchester harbor. There were quite a few extras on hand, all dressed as if they were going to a summer wedding in Alaska, carrying around their champagne glasses filled with apple juice. The movie set was very elaborate and not a detail was overlooked including totem poles, fake leaves on trees, and a dance floor and stage built over the family swimming pool.
“It was a long day” says Jeff Fraser “We did the same scene over and over, to make sure that every camera angle was covered and to be sure that none of the extras were smiling as they watched the matriarch of the family was being rushed to the hospital by sea plane.” “By the end of the day I think I knew Ryan Reynolds lines as well as he did”, continues Fraser, “He was so patient and it was a pleasure to watch him work.”
“All in all it was a great opportunity to be chosen to be a part of a major motion picture”, says Fraser, “I just hope that the wedding band shots make it in the final cut of the movie and I have something to show for the long day besides a half-sunburned face.