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We cannot speak more highly of Washington Celebrations. We met Mike and his team at an open house at our venue and loved the fact that we could coordinate so many wedding details through one vendor. We were in search of some unique things for our wedding and Mike and Washington Celebrations certainly delivered! They went out of their way to order the lighting equipment needed to project a unique leaf pattern onto our tent. They coordinated a string trio for our ceremony who could play anything we requested. Plus, Mike DJ-ed the reception AND organized a New Orleans-style Second Line brass band -- not something we had had high hopes to find in Northern Virginia!! Everything was absolutely perfect and went off without a hitch! I’d recommend Washington Celebrations to anyone.
Beautiful uplighting for my reception! Great and super easy to do business with and I would definitely use them again! Joe was very friendly and responsive to my many questions.
Worked with Mike directly - he was amazing! We didn't have much contact leading up to the date, but he did meet me at our venue because he hadn't been there before. We talked about my vision for the space (he did lighting) and it turned out perfectly. He also required such little direction from us about how we wanted the night to go (keep everyone dancing!) and it was absolutely the best mix of music for us. Cannot thank or recommend Mike enough!!
We recently got married at Eastern Market in Washington, DC. We utilized Washington Celebrations for several services, including lighting, DJ and ceremony musicians.
From the start, we worked directly with Mike Hooke who met with us in person at the venue and talked through several options for us to consider. With all of the chaos that goes into planning a wedding, I appreciated how Mike just cut to the chase, noting what was worth the splurge and what was not needed.
With respect to lighting, he suggested uplighting which really made a huge difference to the feel of the room. Eastern Market was blanketed in a soft warm glow that fit with our fall color scheme. Mike arranged to have some of the uplighting used during the ceremony, giving the bricked building a warm glow. They moved the lighting inside for the reception – this was a seamless transition.
He also worked with us to secure paper lanterns, which were hung over the dance floor. Down to the week of, Mike was coordinating the best and most economical option for us to utilize the paper lanterns. In the end, he saved us a boat load on installation costs.
As a DJ, Mike was spot on. The advanced planning tools provided by Washington Celebrations were easy to use and helped us select the music played during the whole reception. Mike was not one of those “chatty” DJs – he got the party started, played a great mix of music and kept us on schedule.
Mike was a great addition to our day and I highly recommend the professional services provided by Washington Celebrations.
The day of my wedding, the musicians did a wonderful job. The music sounded beautiful and I got many compliments from my guests. I had a custom composition played for my walk down the aisle and I was 100% satisfied with the way it sounded. The musicians played during cocktail hour, even though we had only contracted them for the ceremony. I had some trouble during the planning process with the main office getting updates on the composition, but in the end everything went off without a hitch.
Poor follow through.
MISSED AN APPOINTMENT, without notice or calling after the fact.
Provided Pipe and Draping for event. Explained that all brick 100% needed to be covered. every corner (8 total) remained exposed brick. (NOT HAPPY)
DJ never explained he was active duty military and may need to have a "last minute" replacement DJ. (which happened with 18 hour notice).
Replacement DJ was poorly prepared, only played our music playlist AFTER complaining halfway through the event.
My wife is a singer and provided Karaoke instrumental arrangement so she could sing to me after the ceremony at reception. the DJ played the music with artist vocals, so my wife was unable to sing to me. (ruined moment).
Brought all of my complaints to original DJ's attention after the event when he emailed me how the event went and if he could charge me for the remaining bill. . . . . DJ charged me and NEVER responded to my email regarding my issues or complaints. No apology, not even an acknowledgement.
The Live musicians provided for the ceremony and cocktail hour were absolutely amazing
We used Washington Celebrations for lighting, ceremony/cocktail instrumentals and DJ services for our reception. They were AWESOME. Mike was our DJ and did a great job of getting everyone to dance and was very good at reading the crowd throughout the night and playing appropriate songs at my relatively diverse (in terms of age and cultural backgrounds) wedding. The instrumentals were also great-- they even learned to play "Tonight, tonight" on request and did an awesome job. The only thing that worried me at first but ended up not being an issue at all were slight delays in communication with the company--- but they got all of my requests and honored all of them. They did a great job and were a wonderful value. I would hire them again in a heartbeat
I could not be more pleased with the service provided by Mike Hooke and Washington Celebrations!
We were able to meet with Mike on several occasions to plan the music for our ceremony and our reception. It seemed as though every request we made was honored, and it could not have been simpler to choose our music for the evening!
I was especially appreciative of Mike's effort to honor our every request and to make sure I was okay with how the evening was progressing. He helped my father and I NAIL our surprised choreographed father-daughter dance, and made sure NO ONE touch the mic who wasn't supposed to!
Financially, this group was the best choice around. They were extremely professional and delivered a high-quality service. I would recommend them to everyone!
I chose to have a violin and cello duo for my ceremony and it was just perfect.
I am from Sweden and my bridesmaid was going to sing a hymn in Swedish during the ceremony. I sent the music to the musicians and they learned how to play it and together they rehearsed for 15 minutes on the wedding day.
It was so beautiful I cried, and they were so good on timing and professionalism. The violinist, Laura, was the one I spoke to most of the time and she was so attentive and supportive.
I could not be happier, it was just perfect in every way.
These guys were awesome! Super professional, reasonable prices, and the lighting they did for our venue really made a HUGE difference in the aesthetics for the place. Would recommend ten times over.
We worked with Mike from Washington Celebrations, and it was a great experience. Mike was very flexible and worked within our budget to give us exactly what we were looking for. He wasn't too pushy, and didn't try to talk us into anything we didn't want. A few days before the wedding, he set up some time for us to talk and review what we wanted, and I really appreciated that. He arrived to the venue on time and set everything up perfectly. I have nothing but good things to say about Washington Celebrations! The lighting services they provided really helped elevate our reception space to the next level.
I had my wedding at Fauquier Springs Country Club last month. I was so pleased with how everything turned out. Lauren Turner was amazing to work with! She was patience, kind and CALM! Lauren made sure every detail was exactly as I wanted. The staff was so professional and really made me feel special. They catered to every need that night for myself, my husband and our families. I was told by so many guest that the staff was so welcoming and friendly. I also heard from many guests that this was the best wedding they have ever attended! As Miss Virginia USA 2010 I have attended many wonderful functions and events (including Miss USA) and have dealt with many sales and catering directors. I truly will say that Lauren Turner is by far the best I have ever worked with!!! Thanks Lauren Turner and staff for a dream come true Wimter wonderland Wedding! Samantha Casey Coleman.
Mike was great to work with! We didn't meet him until the actual day of our wedding, but he made sure that the planning process for our wedding reception lighting was super-convenient. He was friendly, professional, and quick to respond to e-mails, and through photos and written descriptions, we were able to nail down exactly what we wanted for our wedding reception lighting. On the day of our wedding, Mike delivered on his promises and worked hard behind the scenes to make sure that the lighting for each part of our reception was perfect. We definitely made the right choice to go with Mike from Washington Celebrations for our wedding reception lighting.
Mike was wonderful to work with! Everything went perfectly. Not only did he call me before the wedding to make sure everything I had sent him was accurate but he even went over the names of the people being introduced to make sure he pronounced them correctly! He was very organized and extremely professional throughout the entire process. He went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect and just how I wanted.
The dance floor was packed the entire reception! Not only did people tell me how great the DJ was, a few of my engaged friends asked for his information for their upcoming wedding. I am SO glad I used Mike and Washington Celebrations! If you are looking for a great DJ for any occasion you will not be disappointed! Thank you again Mike!
Thanks Jennifer!! I had a blast....your family and friends were so nice and friendly. While reading your review, I couldn't help but think that it's the perfect example of how I want each Bride to feel about their reception afterward. All the best in the future for you and Scott!
We used the string quartet and the Dj services. We had so many compliments on both the musicians and the DJ. They have a great online planning tool with lots of suggestions for music. My only gripe is it is sometimes hard to get a response back quickly via email. But, anytime I called I woukd get an answer back almost immediately.
We used David Gorrie (guitarist) from Washington Celebrations for our ceremony and reception music. While I only spoke to him once on the phone, he was very responsive via email and provided an extensive list of songs he could play, all of which we liked because my spouse and I love music.
The 4 stars on responsiveness was more for Mike H. that I dealt with to establish what I wanted and who would be playing. It was a bit of trouble nailing down a time to talk over the phone, but, it all worked out in the end!