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April 25, 2022

Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Awards

We would like to express our appreciation for our amazing couples, clients, and fellow vendors from WeddingWire. We LOVE being a part of some incredible events and creating amazing memories. Our couples enthusiasm makes us feel incredibly lucky to be doing what we do! Their reviews have allowed us to be recognized by WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Awards year after year. According to WeddingWire, the Couples’ Choice Awards “recognize local wedding professionals who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism.” And now we’re blushing! We’ve shared a few of our favorite reviews below.

You should hire Nola Dukes Band right now! We hired a string trio for our ceremony and their 8-piece band for our reception. They also helped to connect us with Big Fun Brass band for our Second Line. Everything was wonderful. They played all of our first dance songs live and nailed each of them – especially my husband and I’s first dance song (It’s Been a Long Long Time by Harry James; it was really important to us that it was played live since it has such a good jazz band feel to it).

They were absolutely wonderful to work with. Their excitement and energy leading up to our wedding was infectious and understanding and execution of our music vision was perfect – we don’t love top 100 songs and we didn’t hear any of them at the reception. Our MC kept the crowd energized and engaged the whole night!

I was a bit nervous since there aren’t a ton of videos available online of their live performances, but that is because other musicians have stolen their arrangements (if you ask, they will send you samples directly) and I shouldn’t have been worried. Live music was the most important aspect of our wedding when planning and I would choose Nola Dukes a million times again.

Emily J.

Just stop your search now and hire Nola Dukes. They played and emceed our wedding and were phenomenal. During and after the wedding, numerous guests told us Nola Dukes was the best band they’ve seen play at a wedding (agreed). The band is full of absolute pros and it shows. Aside from one request, we left song selection totally up to the band and they put together a fantastic set list. The energy was always right. You can also arrange ceremony music through them with members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. They were great to work with and set us up with a personalized portal where you can fill in all planning details and requests. Hire Nola Dukes—you’ll be glad you did!

Bobby D.

The Nola Dukes went above and beyond to make our night special. Our original date was cancelled due to COVID and Hurricane Ida and they were flexible to change the date with no extra cost to us! They were very responsive and made sure all the details and song choices were exactly what we were going for. Highly recommend! you won’t be disappointed

Jessica F.

My wife and I decided early on we wanted live music for our wedding, originally scheduled for September of 2020. We booked NOLA Dukes early-on, before the pandemic really took hold in the US. Our original agreement was for a 7-piece reception band, a ceremony harpist, and a second-line through the French quarter.

Fast forward to 2021, and my wife and I had rescheduled the wedding for April. NOLA Dukes easily adjusted their schedule and timeline to meet our needs, and worked within the restrictions of the city of New Orleans to provide as much of their services as possible.

Leading up to the wedding, we had a backup DJ in place given the city of New Orleans wasn’t allowing live music. In a divine turn of events, the mayor allowed live music indoors 3 weeks before our wedding. My wife and I decided to pivot away from the DJ and keep NOLA Dukes booked for our reception, assuming the risk that a rise in cases could sweep the rug out from under us. Ultimately we did host the 7-piece band, the harpist, and ended our night with second-line music as a replacement for having the actual parade.

Boy, did we luck out. NOLA Dukes absolutely owned the stage, and had our reception rocking well into the night. One of my groomsman stated, “I’ve danced more at your wedding the last hour than I did at my own entire wedding.”

How’s that for a ringing endorsement.

Jared L.

Nola Dukes Band was amazing! Leading up to the wedding, they answered all my questions and were so communicative. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of that- as it can be stressful planning a destination wedding. They made it so easy and also had the best personality. And my wedding was amazing!! We wanted a true New Orleans style music and they brought it! Despite the rain and having a tent, they seemed to be so flexible and went with the flow and did everything that was planned- even when we had a few changes they pivoted perfectly. I am forever grateful. Don’t think twice about booking NOLA Dukes for your event! Thank you so much!!

Meg R.