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“You absolutely made the wedding a HUGE success. All of our friends and family are still raving about the evening. The dance floor was full ALL night and we loved the variety of music. Coll and I can’t thank you enough…”  That’s what the groom, Ralph,  had to say about The John Parker Band at his wedding at the awesome & newly renovated Doubletree in downtown Pittsburgh.

Thanks Ralph!  – we’re VERY flattered, & that’s what we think a wedding should be about– a fun night spent celebrating your marriage with your closest friends and family!

Ralph and Colleen infused plenty of their own personality into their wedding, as you can see in these photos by Gene Yuger of Photorise. Check them out, then contact us so that we can help create YOUR dream wedding!


US Marine Corps Lieutenant David met Ashley, and he soon was in love.  After only seven months of dating,  Ashley and David then spent the NEXT seven months apart, as David was deployed to Afghanistan.

Back at home – Ashley and her mom, assisted by event planner Tim Komen, planned the perfect wedding. The couple married at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Downtown Pittsburgh, and celebrated with a reception at the elegant and grand Omni William Penn Hotel.

Not even the remarkably tall & elegant cake by Bella Christie Sweet Boutique could steal attention away from the beautiful bride! Alençon lace from Ashley’s mother’s veil lined her own, matching perfectly to the lace on her Vera Wang wedding gown. Contrasted against David’s dress blues uniform, this was nothing short of a gorgeous couple.

With every detail hand-selected– including the music of Pittsburgh’s own The John Parker Band— David and Ashley, along with their guests, certainly experienced a night to remember.

Ashley and David soon jetted off to Fiji, but returned to the news that David would be deployed to Japan to help with the Tsunami relief effort.  But, while there, David was able to receive a call from his new wife, sharing the wonderful news that they’d soon be parents!

Now enjoying life with a new baby boy, we wish Ashley and David all the best in continuing their love story!

Ashley and David’s story was recently featured in Whirl Magazine

Nassau_Inn_Princeton_NJ_Wedding_05A Storybook Wedding with Bride & Groom arriving by Horse & Carriage (with Police Escort)  Only in historic Princeton New Jersey & of course only at the opulent & legendary Nassau Inn.

Kate & Andrew’s wedding was nothing short of phenomenal – a mix of the small town sophisticated elegance that is Princeton NJ – and a wedding of close family & friends all there to relax, unwind & have a great party!

The Nassau Inn‘s Keir DeFonzo saw to it every detail was just so.  New Jersey Fine Art Photographer Shari DeAngelo memorialized all the elegance & fun!

Kate & Andrew found their Wedding entertainment from New Jersey,  the John Parker Band, when they had attended a Wedding at Bonnet Island Estate    Their wedding guests dances from beginning to end.  And while the ton slept, “This Wedding Rocked” was a quote heard from the Nassau Inn,  a true luxurious gem within this historic college town.

Contact the John Parker Band to elegantly rock YOUR wedding!


Wondering about toasts? Well here is some info that might help: Generally, the host speaks first. Often that is the father of the bride, sometimes the bride & groom, & occasionally all parental entities. This happens usually early in the reception – preceded typically only by the first dance & possibly the cutting of the cake. In the most traditional setting, the father of bride welcomes his new son in law to the family, talks about his daughter, and welcomes the guests from all the places from which they’ve traveled..

If it is the Father of the Bride that has spoken, then sometimes, the groom then responds. He thanks his father in law for the kind words and often then thanks his parents for their making him marriage material. He (if he’s smart) often then thanks his bride for marrying him and he (again if smart) toasts the bridesmaids as well. I’d say I see the groom toasting in this way in only about 15-20% of weddings.

Next typically is the best man, and/or the Maid/Matron of Honor. Sometimes there are more of each of these. In this toast, the best man or maid of honor will, besides toasting the bride & groom, often attempt to entertain the guests, being funny and emotional all at the same time. Often times the best man is entertaining even when not particularly funny, so all in all a definite highlight in the scheme of any “toast-a-rama”. Though often I like to say “ladies before gentlemen” – personally I have found the biggest consideration might be who speaks the best. If one speaker is a natural & is going to blow the others away with their elegant or hilarious speaking skills… Do the rest a favor & save them for last! Likewise those who might be timid or have trouble forming complete sentences might be placed first.

STAGE FRIGHT: Sometimes a family member or friend may be too shy or otherwise unable to speak – we, in this case, have often been asked & are happy to read prepared remarks or toasts when the person expressing the are too shy or emotional to do it otherwise.

Others guests may want to toast after the bridal party has made their toasts. Brides & Grooms may be ok with a little, a lot, or none of this. This really depends on the wedding reception and how things are going.

Regardless of who’s toasting, sometimes you can just tell that it’s time to end the toasts and move on to something else. Groans, yawns, or sometimes outright snoring & especially objects being hurled at the speaker are solid indicators that it might be time to wrap it up.

We once had a father of the bride toast for almost a full hour. I’m just leaving that out there, figuring no further comment is probably needed.


So, here’s a wrap up of most common toasting choices:

• The father (or parents) of the bride

• The father (or parents) of the groom

• The best man toasts the bride & groom.

• The maid (or matron) of honor toasts the bride & groom.

• The bride toasts the groom

• The groom toasts the bride

• Other people toast

• the chef toasts the bread

Lastly – there are millions of pre-written toasts on the internet. Don’t even think about it. For inspiration it’s one thing. But use your own words. People will appreciate your sincerity more than anything else.

Here’s to the Bride & Groom! 🙂