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Ceremony Music in Freehold,
(732) 995-1082
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    User3287548

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  • We hired Arnie Abrams to play the piano during our ceremony. He was very helpful by providing a list of songs that are popular for weddings and also provided his own personal ideas for options. Unfortunately, Arnie had a family emergency and was not able to perform at our wedding. Thankfully, he has other musicians on his payroll and Arnie sent one of his employees to cover for him. Charlie did an amazing job filling in for Arnie, and even handled my special request of "Together At Last" for our recessional. Based on the recordings Arnie has on his website and Charlie's live performance at our ceremony, I'd recommend them to anyone for their wedding ceremony.

    User3384011

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  • Arnie did a fabulous job entertaining our family and friends at our small wedding reception (around 70 persons). His piano music was great background during dinner and his playing on the piano and keyboard (as well as his selections from his iPod) got people on the dance floor after. I didn't really think we had a dancing crowd, but, watching our wedding video, I see many of our guests on the dance floor in the front of the venue and still more dancing away in the back of the room behind our tables. Arnie was really great about learning a special song for a friend of ours to sing; he also was very accomodating when a couple of our other guests wanted to belt out some tunes. His own singing of our first dance song was very special, too. I highly recommend him.

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    Hi Toni & Brian, Thank you so much for the kinds words. It was a real pleasure performing for you and your guests...it's really amazing how, when one couple gets up to dance, it's almost contagious! You 2 are great...best of health and happiness in your new life together. Arnie

    Nicolle and Mike

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  • We hired Arnie to play for our ceremony which was at the Crystal Ballroom at the Radisson Hotel in Freehold. He arrived on time, actually a bit early, and collaborated with our Minister the timing of events, processions, etc. Although Arnie had asked us for our music choices we decided to allow him to pick the selections for the ceremony as he is the professional. We were glad we did. He did a phenomenal job and is a brilliant musician. He added that extra special personalized touch to our ceremony and we received so many compliments on how wonderful the ceremonial music was. Thank you Arnie for helping make our day perfect!

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    Hi Nicolle and Mike, Thank you so much for the kind words! It was a real pleasure working with you and Mike. All the best of love and happiness in your new life together! Arnie

    Dean

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  • Arnie – Thank you for providing that virtuoso performance at our wedding reception. You made the evening flow so exceptionally well with the selections of music you provided. You certainly exceeded my Bride’s and my expectations! You are a top of the line, number one, professional performer. God Bless you! Sincerely, Dean R. – Molly Pitcher Inn - Wedding 9/15/12

    Melanie

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  • We just got married, yesterday! Arnie was the best. From the initial contact via e-mail to actually meeting him and hearing his music live for the first time at our wedding. He is responsive to both e-mails and phone calls. Arnie plays wonderfully, is extremely personable, and as a "side note" ... LOL his fee is extremely reasonable and is not a clock watcher. He is wonderful at "reading the crowd" and can easily switch from keyboard to piano. Anyone who hires Arnie Abrams will not be disappointed if you are looking for a warm and intimate setting. He ABSOLUTELY helped make the day one to remember!

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    Hi Melanie and Eric, It was really a pleasure to perform for you and your guests yesterday, and to play even a small part on your special day. I will remember it for a long time...your wedding was one of the most elegant and sociable events that I have done in a long time. Best of luck to you both in your new life together! Best, Arnie

    Cheryl

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  • Arnie was EXCELLENT!!! Very accomodating and professional, always available for questions/suggestions during the planning process - a real gentleman. Arnie provided beautiful music for our ceremony and cocktail hour and we heard so many rave reviews from our guests! Thank you again, Arnie, for sharing your talent and helping to make our wedding day perfect! Cheryl & Brad , 4/27/12

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    Cheryl and Brad, It was really a pleasure to perform for such a wonderful couple as you two. Your family and friends were really great, and I absolutely enjoyed playing all of the Beatles and Gershwin requests that I received. All the best, Arnie

    Lindsay

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  • Arnie played our wedding's cocktail hour, and he really helped set the mood for the afternoon. His choice of songs was excellent. I wish there had been more time for me to stop & listen!

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    Lindsay, Thanks very much for the wonderful review. It was really my pleasure to perform all your favorite music on your big day. Best of luck in your new life together! All the best, Arnie

    Lucille

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  • What a great way to start my wedding. From the time I walked in with Arnie playing What a difference you made in my life and through out the entire time the music was beautiful. Everyone commented on how great the piano player was. I would highly recommend Arnie for your event. Thanks Lucille & John

    Vanessa

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  • Arnie was wonderful, from start to finish! We were looking for someone to play at our ceremony and keep our guests entertained for our second wedding/brunch, and who understood the mood and feeling we hoped to create...an intimate, easy, informal, fun, and yet still classy celebration...someone who would keep the celebration moving, and ensure that despite not having a typical "reception" with DJ/band, dancing, etc, guests would be sure to enjoy themselves. Arnie delivered on this beutifully, and "got it" from our very first phone conversation. He was easy going, reassuring, and flexible, and has so much experience on which to draw that he knew right away what to do and how to create what we were looking for, even when we weren't entirely sure ourselves. Guests repeatedly told us what a great time they had, how much they enjoyed the music, and how much they enjoyed Arnie himself. He is friendly, warm, engaging, and refreshingly spontaneous, and he is willig to be as much (or as li... Read more

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    Vanessa, thank you so much for this glowing review...it means so much to me to hear that you and your guests were happy with my music and style. It was so wonderful to play a small part on your and Joe's special day and I will not soon forget how wonderful you and your family and friends are. All the best in your new life together, Arnie

    Amanda

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  • Mr. Abrams provided beautiful piano playing for all of my guests during our cocktail hour for our wedding. He has an amazing wealth of memorized songs from so many genres that delighted all of my guests. He took requests and played beautiful for the whole time. I am so pleased that I found his website, and I would call him again for an event in a second!

    Renee

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  • Arnie was so easy to work with and so responsive. My guests loved his music and I was so glad that I hired him!

    Denise

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  • Arnie's music and professionalism were outstanding. He was such a pleasure to deal with in every way. He answered and returned phone calls right away. He was solicitous and responsive in determining what music we wanted to play at our wedding and his music was FANTASTIC. We, and all our guests, loved his piano playing, his singing and the seamless transitions to occasional recorded music. He was the best and I would highly recommend him.

    Ashley

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  • Arnie Abrams was a wonderful addition to our cocktail hour and sounded absolutely beautiful on the piano. He was wonderful to work with and highly recommended!

    Douglas

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  • Arnie was absolutely amazing! My wife and I hired him to perform at our cocktail hour and couldn't have been happier. As soon as we arrived at the country club we could hear piano playing and light conversation in the background, it was such a joy and we were both so impressed. Arnie is very responsive, showed up prior to his scheduled time and was always professional. He took requests and interacted with our guests, and by doing so brought our cocktail hour to the next level. When I first found Arnie's website, I kept saying I want to hire him, and I almost waited until the last minute. I am so fortunate he was available because it was a part of our wedding we will never forget. We definitely recommend Arnie's services.

    User1482566

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  • I tried to book Arnie as a pianist for Catholic church wedding since I do not like organs. Arnie was always pretty quick with responses and kept a professional manner whenever we exchanged emails. He had approved the songs I requested and even offered to learn a couple of untraditional processional songs that I wanted. I sent him the ceremony outline which he approved, however, about 2 weeks before my wedding, he had offered a colleague of his to work my wedding. I come to find out that Arnie does not know the layout of a Catholic ceremony and even told my cantor so. The replacement was wonderful on the piano and was even a former music director for a local church. I'm sure Arnie would have played beautifully, but I didn't appreciate him approving the program and saying he can do it when he didn't know what it was about. For a wedding mass, the musician is very important. He needs to know what songs to play, at what key, and when they're played.

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    I always appreciate the feedback on our services. It is the best gauge on how we are doing and how we can improve our services. As I do take the quality of my services extremely seriously and take client reviews seriously as well, I'd like to comment on this particular situation, especially since this review is somewhat misleading and inaccurate. When the Client first booked my services to perform for her ceremony, she indicated that she would be wanting a totally nontraditional wedding ceremony, containing all secular and popular songs. Specifically, the songs she chose were Elvis' Can't Help Falling in Love', and other artists such as Des'ree (Kissing You), Beatles (Imagine, Let It Be), Alicia Keys (If I Ain't Got You), Stevie Wonder (Overjoyed), and host of other wonderful songs that are certainly 'wedding-appropriate' for a nontraditional wedding. I've done hundreds of them. I do many, many nontraditional weddings with popular music, and as you can see by my other reviews here and all over the internet, my clients are generally very happy with my services. The songs that we had discussed for this Client, and the general nontraditional ceremony music, were certainly great and acceptable, and were my specialties. The Client specifically said that she was not going to have liturgical (i.e., religious psalms) music, as she and her fiance did not want the traditional ceremony. She is also well aware that I also told her up front that I do not do religious ceremonies. All is quiet, and 3 months later (and just a few weeks before the wedding day!) the bride came back to me to tell me that the wedding is now a full religious mass, very traditional with specific psalms, she is now working with 3 different Priests, and there is a Cantor involved who would also like to sing several religious songs. Keep in mind that at this point, it was less than 2 weeks from the wedding day and, despite several attempts to reach out to her to impress the sense of urgency of identifying the song selections, the bride still had not communicated the specific music to be performed. Now, I consider myself a professional, and professionals know their limitations. I also understand the pressure that this Client was going through, and wanted her day to be one for her to remember with wonderful memories. As we had discussed up front, and I reiterated throughout the process, my specialty is performing nontraditional weddings, and, although I would not be the best choice to perform for her ceremony, the good news was that one of my top pianists (I have several), who is a church organist and performs masses routinely, would be able to make the music and there will be no problem, and her ceremony would be perfect (which is was, as she admitted). She was very, very apologetic to me because of all of the last minute changes, and was extremely grateful that I was able to accommodate her needs. After all, that is what professionals do. The wedding ceremony went perfectly, with all of the special songs, and, despite the adverse last minute conditions, we were able to help her in her desperate situation and the music was done beautifully. Please understand I have no ill will toward this Client. I respect and cherish all of my Clients and bend over backwards to take the most challenging situations and try to make them work wonderfully. I treat every wedding like it's the only one that matters...because it is. I just wish to set the record straight. I am very sorry that this Client found our services to be less than perfect, but I think the bulk of the reviews on my services speak for themselves. Apologies in advance for the long discussion, but I thought it be necessary to set the record straight. Thanks, Arnie Abrams

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