Ampa Events Reviews

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15 Reviews for Ampa Events

Recommended by 87% of couples

4.3 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.3
  • Professionalism 4.3
  • Flexibility 4.3
  • Value 4.4
  • Average response time 4.4

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    Mallory Rood · Getting married on 04/02/2022

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    So glad we found Ampa Events!

    We reached out to Ampa only a couple weeks prior to one of our couple’s wedding requesting a black and white checkered dance floor. They were quick to respond, professional and gave us a great quote. They delivered on the wedding day and the couple was so happy to have exactly what they envisioned. We will certainly go to them for other rental needs in the future!

    Sent on 08/26/2020

    Ampa Events's reply:

    HI Mallory,
    Thank you for your kind words. With one of the largest inventories of specialty equipment in the Mid Atlantic region, we naturally can respond quickly to a variety of needs.
    Best wishes.
    Ted
  • Karen

    Karen Manuel · Getting married on 02/07/2022

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Manuel/Mandeville wedding

    Ted was able to change a very large, plain church hall into a lovely reception hall for my daughter's wedding. He placed the lights just so, they illumined the ceiling and the bridal party. He also brought beautiful tables for the wedding party so they were not seated at folding tables! The stage was became the back drop for the wedding party as he used beautiful drapes to hide the stage and enhance the hall. The hall was recently renovated and many of the parishioners were astonished to see how lovely the decorations were. He was able to make a plain hall appear to be a beautiful reception room.

    Sent on 09/02/2020

    Ampa Events's reply:

    Dear Karen,

    Thank you for your review. We enjoyed installing the decor, furniture and lighting. The church community was wonderful to work with. Best wishes for your daughter and new son-in-law.

    Ted
  • Sarah

    Sarah Manuel · Getting married on 02/07/2022

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Magical Transformation

    Without AMPA Events my wedding reception would have been sweet but forgettable. With the help of Ted Rubis and company our church hall was completely transformed! Lighting created a space that felt ethereal and intimate. We could not have been more surprised or thrilled with the results! Thank you!!

    Sent on 09/09/2020

    Ampa Events's reply:

    Dear Sarah,

    Thank you for your review and kind words. Best wishes to you and Mark.

    Ted Rubis
    Designer & President
    Ampa Events
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    Stacy · Married on 07/25/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Mother of the Groom

    Ampa, especially Leslie Amason, was able to guide us through a very anxious July wedding. Because of the Covid pandemic we had to cancel our wedding of 225 people and just include the bridal party and immediate family. Due to the Covid stages specifications had to be met in order to pull it off. In a panic, Leslie was able to provide places to call and specific ideas to still give our son and daughter in law the fairy tale wedding of their dreams. Their suggestions in the placement of tables, social distancing with how the meal and appetizers were to be served lifted so much anxiety that we were really able to enjoy the day. The cigar bar was an enormous hit!!! I would highly recommend Ampa. They were professional and very comforting in a time when it could have been total chaos. It can be done and they did it.

    Sent on 10/14/2020

    Ampa Events's reply:

    Hi Stacy,

    Thank you for your kind words. I am sure Leslie will be happy when she reads this review. She is fantastic and brings a smile to our team with her giggles.

    These are difficult times. I am glad Leslie was able to help you with all the details in a manner that was reassuring. We are so happy to have been a part of this special celebration.

    Best Wishes
    Ted Rubis
    President of Ampa Events
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    Joe Defazio · Married on 07/08/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Professional well equipped and Caring

    Over the years Ampa Events and DeFazio's catering have worked together to produce several very memorable events. Our longevity is proof of customer satisfaction. Coordination is easy and success is a given when two like minded companies come together.

    Sent on 08/30/2020

    Ampa Events's reply:

    Hi Joe,
    Every event I have attended as a guest where friends have hired your capable company, I have gained weight! Truly enjoyed your consistency and quality. For our clients, the same consistently quality, service has been wonderful. Taste and presentation is tops.

    Best wishes for continued success.
    Ted Rubis
    President
    Ampa Events
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    Bryan Stiffler · Married on 05/09/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Five-Star Service with Incredible Flexibility

    Creative, Flexible, Superior Service

    Sent on 10/21/2020

    Ampa Events's reply:

    Hi Bryan,

    Thank you for your kind words. We were so happy we could install the Dance Floor Wrap. It was a fun projects.

    Ampa's relationship with the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner spans 3 decades back to the late 90's. There were different event manager back then, but the incredible service at the Ritz has been a constant.

    Working with you on several project, I know you as a person of exquisite taste and a true event professional who goes the extra mile for all of your clients. Thank you for calling us. I hope to work with you more and more as we get back to normal.

    Ted Rubis
    President of Ampa Events
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    Leslie · Married on 08/06/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Ampa Events

    I highly recommend Ampa's service. The selection and overall experience is seamless and quite exciting. Every event I plan with them makes it all so easy and adds so much beauty to the room.

    Sent on 08/26/2020

    Ampa Events's reply:

    Sharper Palate Catering has been an Icon in central VA for years. Leslie and her time are great - from university events at VCU, to holiday parties at the Science Museum and lovely weddings, your team has been professional, well trained and executed in an organized manner. We've usually been working for several hours and at the end of install while wrapping up final touches, when you bring the foods out, the wonderful aroma makes our mouths water... Best wishes for continued success.

    Ted Rubis
    President
    Ampa Events
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    Katie · Married on 09/14/2014

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We use Ampa often for lighting, furniture and custom backdrops! The service is always on time and amazing! Highly recommend them!

    Sent on 01/29/2015
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    Kelly · event on: 08/20/2014

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    AMPA Events was wonderful to work with. They were able to help me out with a very last minute order and even went out of their way to make sure that I was saving money. Their equipment was high quality and I paid a fair price to rent them. All of the staff was very nice and accommodating. I look forward to working with them again.

    Sent on 10/02/2014
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    Father John · Married on 06/14/2014

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We worked with Ampa Events for lighting at my daughter's reception. They did a great job for us and with lighting, they made a huge difference in the hall. It was the perfect extra touch that truly enhance the event. I worked with Ted Rubis and several other member of the Ampa Team. They were all great, fun and responsive.


    Thank you Ampa Team. We highly recommend you and will tell others….

    Sent on 09/25/2014
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    Charlene · Married on 00/00/0000

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Top notch company for all of your decor needs!

    I have had the privilege of working with AMPA Events for 20+ years. I have always had the confidence to refer my clients directly to them and let them work their magic. The owner and staff are always very professional, timely and super creative with their designs. They can literally provide beautiful decor for any budget. One key example that I always share with my clients is that AMPA Events always comes prepared for the unexpected. They will tweak their designs to fit the facility and always throw in some extra's for the "just in case" scenario. They are great partners with the venues and ensure that both "clients" are happy. I would not hesitate to recommend their services to anyone.

    Charlene Gadoury
    Dir, Catering & Convention Services
    Omni Richmond Hotel

    Sent on 09/01/2020

    Ampa Events's reply:

    Thank you Charlene for your comments.
    For a true event professional and wonderful venue, Charlene at the Omni Richmond is tops. Alway accommodating, great event staff, great food. The hotels event team arrives and we are always witness to an incredibly efficient and orchestrated execution. Everyone on their team knows their job and executes with great care. It is always a pleasure working in their event spaces.

    Best wishes for continued success to the event team and the Omni Richmond.
  • User6166253 · event on: 06/05/2015

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      4.5
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      4.5

    We have worked with AMPA and Ted (the owner) directly for 5+ years. In those years AMPA has provided lighting, sound and decor for our organizations showcase events (annual awards dinner for 800+ and our symposium). You can imagine, it takes a certain skill to re-design an annual event so the attendees feel like they are having a different experience year over year. It takes a skill beyond basic design methods and it's hard to find but Ted and his team -- they have it! As a non-profit, budget is very important to us and as an event planner, of 13+ years, I have big ideas re: design. Ted and his team have been amazing at helping me re-imagine the event so my design fits my budget. The design, execution and service is always excellent and our attendees are amazed EVERY year. It's been great working with AMPA and I can't wait to see what we come up with next year.

    Sent on 01/07/2016
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    PAUL · Married on 11/22/2014

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      4.5
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      4.5

    I have worked with Ampa Events for several years. Ampa has provided lighting for our scholarship dance and their work has made the event look fabulous. Ted and the team at Ampa are great to work with. They are easy going, friendly and accommodating. There equipment is great and the lighting designs they execute with the larger fixtures are breathtaking. We have had Stars on the walls and a design that made the room look like fall. It's incredible what they can do with their theatre background. If you need a good lighting company, I highly recommend Ampa. Thank you Ampa Events, Ted, Jordan, Leslie, Kammy and the rest of you, for a job well done.

    Sent on 11/26/2014
  • Katherine

    Katherine · Married on 03/03/2012

    0.4
    • Quality of service:
      0.0
    • Responsiveness:
      1.0
    • Value:
      1.0
    • Flexibility:
      0.0
    • Professionalism:
      0.0

    Unfortunately I have to write a very negative review of Ampa Events. They were one of the recommended vendors of my venue (Chrysler Museum) but they used to be Ampa of Tidewater, which seems to have been incorporated into Ampa Events in Richmond. Things started out well, they were the only recommended vendor who still offers PAR 38 uplighting, which is far less expensive than LED, so that is why I chose them. Then the woman I had been dealing with left the company. She seemed to have a good grasp on the venue, and told me where all the lights (28 total) would be placed. There is a grand staircase into the dining area where it is typical for the bridal party to enter, and I have an email from this former Ampa staff member stating that the staircase landing, top and bottom would be lit, as well as all the columns around the dining area. This information apparently didn't filter down to the technician. On the day of the wedding, the technician called the groom from Chrysler HALL rather than Chrysler MUSEUM, wondering where everyone was. Then the worst part was when we made our grand entrance-- the staircase was DARK. There were no lights at the top of the staircase or the landing, as the former staff member had described. In addition to the dark staircase, I had our DOC go around and count all the lights, and only 26 lights were used, not the 28 in our contract. I have since written the company a very tempered and reasonable letter, and gave them a chance to make reparations (at least reimbursing us for the 2 lights we were shorted). It has been over two weeks and they have not responded at all. Ampa Events stands out by far as the worst vendor from our wedding. I gave them a couple of points above because they were responsive to our original inquiry (even though they are completely non-responsive now), and they were the best value we found because they still offer PAR 38s, but based on our experience I sincerely discourage anyone from using them. I'll be sure to update this review if I do hear back from Ampa.

    Sent on 04/06/2012
  • User2624045 · 2+ years ago

    0.2
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      0.0
    • Responsiveness:
      0.0
    • Value:
      1.0
    • Flexibility:
      0.0
    • Professionalism:
      0.0

    AWFUL service. theres a reason they're the cheapest lighting company in town!

    We booked them about nine month's before our wedding. After we paid the deposit I couldn't get anyone to return my calls. We finally heard from on the day of the wedding because they were confused about where to put the lighting and I didn't have time to talk to them. My DOC tried to call them back repeatedly but never could reach them. As we entered the reception, we discovered that the lighting wasn't the color we ordered and they spelled my husband's name wrong on the gobo!!!

    My dad has been trying to reach them since the wedding, but the owner of the company isn't taking any of our phone calls or emails.

    Spend a little more and get a professional company for your wedding!!

    Sent on 08/28/2012