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Barry Herman Entertainment

2 West Northfield Road Suite 104
Livingston, New Jersey, NJ
Services: Bands | Login to save vendor
(973) 535-1940
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4.5 out of 5
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  • 42 Reviews


    Aly

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    3.2 out of 5
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  • If there is one song that you want to be the most incredible, the most well done and memorable at your wedding, it would be the first dance as husband and wife. It took every fiber of my being to not cry during my first dance, because the band played it so terribly. It was almost like none of the band members knew the song, had never heard it, had never even practiced it until they played it at my wedding reception. They were off-key, off-beat and just overall completely botched it. I even had guests come up to me later in the evening and days after the wedding, and ask me if the band knew the song, it was that bad. The band was Fantasy, and I also have to say that the members of the band who played on my wedding night were NOT the same members in the video that I watched when my husband and I chose them the year prior. I recognized very few of them, and that was extremely disappointing. The LEAST you could do is tell the bride and groom that they would not receive the exact same peopl... Read more

    Meredith

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  • Barry Herman's band Sterling was fantastic! We chose Sterling over a year ago based on video clips, and on our wedding night, they surpassed all expectations. They sounded great musically, the vocalists were excellent, and they were able to perform a wide range of styles equally well. But their talent went beyond musical performance. Their timing was perfect, and their sets were put together so effectively that everyone was on the dance floor all night. And perhaps most importantly, they understood that their role was to be the catalyst to make the party great, but the stars of the evening were the bride and groom and all their guests. They never tried to claim the spotlight for themselves or over-manage the party or the dancing. They were such great performers that the partying and dancing all happened organically, as they should! The only tip I'd give is that they for the most part played their set without including too many of our own song list. They of course honored our specifi... Read more

    User3565585

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  • My husband and I worked with Barry Herman Entertainment for our wedding band. We met with Barry to review DVDs filled with studio recordings of the different bands in their group. We chose to work with Fantasy and had 9 pieces in the band for our wedding. We also had 2 pieces (piano and sax) at our cocktail hour. The band was amazing! No one left the dance floor the entire night. Working with Barry throughout the planning process was also very easy and flexible. You are given an online portal to fill in details such as must plays and do not plays, first dances, etc. That was user friendly and helpful. We had a friend who wanted to sing at the wedding, and that was welcomed. She sang two songs with the band, and it was amazing!! The band was great. I highly recommend working with Barry Herman. They offer many different band and DJs.

    Katie

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    4.7 out of 5
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  • We had the pianist Nathan perform at our cocktail hour, and then DJ Hunter for the reception. Both were great choices. Nathan performed beautifully, and DJ Hunter was absolutely amazing. Two weeks later I am getting calls asking who my DJ was, and all my guests were raving about how he got the entire crowd up dancing, for most of the night. I cannot recommend him enough. The song choices were fantastic, and he had everyone dancing from the small kids through to the oldies! Our friends had a fantastic time, as did our parents, their friends, and grandparents. I made last minute changes to the introductions and names, and he handled it perfectly. I will definitely hire him again next time I need a DJ. DJ Hunter was the best choice I made.

    Aaron

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  • Good value for your money, the DJ we chose was excellent. Our date was 7/2/16, and we used Barry Herman for all of our wedding's music, from the harpist who played beautiful music during the ceremony, to the keyboardist who played renditions of classic hits like "It's a wonderful world", to the DJ during the party. Our musicians were very professional and friendly, and our interactions with Barry Herman himself were also very courteous, friendly and professional. The one critique I can offer was that we did not feel that we were not kept in the loop at all times on when our payments were due, and we received a final payment notice that was very close to the due date. It turned out that we were fine on our payments and didn't owe any balance, but this feeling added slightly to our stress in the run up to the wedding. All is well that ends well though, and this vendor deserves the highest of praise!

    Stacey

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  • We absolutely recommend Barry Herman Entertainment! We can't say enough about their professionalism, knowledge, guidance, time and help in making our wedding so special. Their band Fantasy played at our wedding (10-piece band) and they were absolutely incredible. Our dance floor was packed and they performed every single song we wanted- and they sounded amazing! From first meeting with Barry a year ago- until our wedding a few days ago- Barry and his team were so helpful, patient, and responsive. We can't say enough about them- and highly recommend them! Our guests could not stop talking about how great the band was!

    Emily

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    5 out of 5
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  • We used the band Cashmere for our wedding, and they were AWESOME!! They got our guests on the dance floor and kept them there all night long. They played a wide range of genres and sounded great for each song that they played. They took requests throughout the day, which our guest loved. We have friends that are still talking about our band 2 months later!

    Andrea

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  • We hired DJ Hunter for our reception, and he was GREAT! Everyone raved about how he mixed slow and dance songs throughout the reception to keep everyone on the dance floor, and that's exactly what happened! We also hired the harp and flute for our ceremony, which sounded beautiful :) We enjoyed working with Barry Herman (and that's mostly who we talked to with planning), he's very accommodating and attentive to his clients. I actually ended up calling him on vacation by accident (oops!), but he still called the office and took care of my request as soon as he returned. We would recommend Barry Herman in a heartbeat, there's a reason he's been in business for over 50 years!

    Dara

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  • Barry Herman was a preferred vendor from our venue and we are so glad that we found him. Barry was great about answering questions and being honest when it came to song choice. I appreciated that as well as the ease of his online portal for logistics. The band was fantastic and kept the dance floor packed all night. The flow of the evening was just as I imagined it and I couldn't have been happier with the entertainment. The singers interacted with my guests and we just loved the performance!

    Emily

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  • Barry Herman Entertainment's trio and the band Sterling truly nailed everything for our wedding! Every request we put in between the trio for the ceremony and cocktail hour and the band was honored! Barry's team was extremely responsive leading up to the wedding. It was an amazing experience for both my husband and myself, our families and our loved ones that attended- family and friends are STILL talking about the band well over a year later. They got EVERYONE on the dance floor! Some individuals choose to go with a DJ because they are unsure whether a band can deliver the same as an original song but Sterling's performances sounded better than any prerecorded tracks! I cannot thank Barry Herman enough for making our wedding so memorable and holding true to what they promised. We had some glitches with our other vendors but not with Barry (they went beyond all expectations) ! I hope to be able to use Barry Herman Entertainment again and would highly recommend Sterling to anyone lookin... Read more

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    Emily, Thank you so much for you great comments in your review. Do you think you can add another .4% and make it 5.0 Best Wishes Barry

    Heather

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    5 out of 5
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  • We learned of Barry Herman Entertainment from our venue, as they were one of the preferred vendors. We met with Barry and shared some songs that were important to have played, so that he could get a feel for our style. Barry showed us highlights from 2 bands, and we ended up choosing Fantasy. We couldn't have been happier with our choice. The dance floor was packed all night, and our guests are still raving about how great the music was. My aunt even said she was sore the next day from all the dancing she did! We especially enjoyed our introduction music, an instrumental version of Springsteen's 10th Avenue Freeze Out. We also had a couple of musicians for the cocktail hour, which made for a really nice ambiance. We had high expectations of Fantasy, and they definitely exceeded them. I would recommend Fantasy to anyone looking for a talented, professional band, that will keep guests on the dance floor the entire evening.

    User3550773

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  • We used Barry Herman Entertainment at our wedding at The Plaza in NYC and it was a hard choice to decide which of their bands to use. They were all so good and sounded so authentic, but we chose Infinity and they were great !! They kept all my friends and my parents friends up dancing the entire night. Barry Herman's office made it easy to give them all my details (even though I kept changing them!) Thanks to all of them, I had the best wedding ever !!

    Norma

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  • This is the second time I have had the privilege of working with the Barry Herman Orchestra! I highly recommend them to my couples and enjoy their talent and their ability to pay attenti8on to detail while remaining professional. They are truly a pleasure to work with and to listen to! Most sincerely, Norma Moutal One Heart Personalized Ceremonies www.oneheartceremonies.com

    User6040859

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  • Nathan came to my party dressed as though he were going to a safari not a sat night event at the high lawn pavilion in NJ. He wore a beige vest with a white shirt,no tie,no jacket and looked somewhat disheveled. The video I was shown of him had him in a suit maybe a tux and probably 15 years younger! Very disappointed. I was late getting my requests to him, though he did have most of what we asked for. However, the office said they would send him what I filled out on the form and they did not. When I spoke to Mr Herman before my event, he claimed I told him that there would probably be no dancing. What I said was "I hoped that people would dance". Clearly the perception of what i said was mis interpreted. I would not recommend this company and definitely would not recommend hiring Nathan. He was not what was described and represented to me.

    User4191922

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  • Djs had to be reminded a few times to play a song request..only played 1 song on the "please play" list...had a bit of a snobby attitude
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