Mimi · Married on 02/13/2016
We had DJ Jeff for our February wedding in Scottsdale and he truly was awesome! We met with him several times before the event and he was very detailed and organized. He asked us what some of our favorite bands/artists were and from that he was able to figure out what type of music genres we liked. He also went to the venue prior to our event to check out the layout. My husband works in the audio/video industry so he used some of his equipment in addition to Jeff's and Jeff was very easy to work with. Jeff was also an incredible MC! He was very energetic and was able to play off different things that happened at the wedding. He also worked with our venue coordinator and made sure the night flowed smoothly!Sent on 03/08/2016
Shalom · Married on 05/30/2015
My initial contact with Mark regarding my wedding was a 30 minute phone call that made me SUPER EXCITED about our wedding!! He had SO MUCH knowledge and combined with my ideas, I knew my reception was going to be the party of the year! The contracting process was a breeze (he is so flexible and accommodating to busy brides schedules). We met 2 weeks before the wedding to get the timeline and specific songs lined up. He is a phenomenal MC so realistically if you have someone to handle your guest table and set items up prior to the wedding you do not even need a coordinator because he keeps you on schedule! Mark exceeded our expectations and everyone had a wonderful night! Thank you Mark "DJ Peace" Thomas!!!!Sent on 11/21/2015
Marga · Married on 11/17/2013
I didn't even any other DJ/MC other than DJ Peace. I've attended 3 other weddings where Mark was the DJ/MC and I was the wedding coordinator. So, I had first hand knowledge before of how professional, dependable, and easy to work with he is. I knew that everything will go smoothly in terms of the ceremony and reception timeline. Mark always answered all my questions and concerns on time.Sent on 01/07/2014
We ended up needing an officiant and we asked Mark if he could recommend someone to us. When he told us that he is also an officiant, I didn't look any further and hired him!
The planning was a breeze. My fiance and I did have a lot of 'homework' to do in terms of writing our Love Story and the introductions of our bridal and groom party for the grand entrance, but it was all worth it. Our Love story was probably at least 15 minutes long, but it was fun and funny! Everyone was having fun and laughing along with the story.
One of the biggest concern of having an Indonesian guest list is their lack of will to participate in the dancing and/or games. Mark is an EXPERT in dealing with this. He always managed to get people to participate (and have fun!). Also, during the reception, things didn't really go as planned, but Mark's improvising was even better. I'd definitely hire Mark as a DJ/MC again for any future event I have... :)
Nicole · Married on 03/31/2012
I'm so happy with my DJ, Mark and his assistant Mike from Awesome Entertainment! I recently got married, March 31, 2012 and used their services. From start to finish, the process and working with Mark, was so easy and fun! He always kept me informed and up to date...and gave me ideas I had never thought about. His input and knowledge was imperative to me. My wedding by far exceeded my expectations and that was in large part because of Mark! Simply put, he put on a really great party! The dance floor was always full, the night flowed smoothly, and the overall feel of the night was just fun and upbeat! And I loved the "Love Story"! Everybody did! I had several guests tell me how great my DJ was and asked me where I found him? Let me tell you, I feel so lucky to have found him! Most importantly, Mark and his assistant are so nice and easy to work with...and they listen to you and what you want! I really appreciated that! I highly recommend Awesome Entertainment and would use them again in a heartbeat! Thank you, Mark and Mike!Sent on 04/23/2012
Awesome Entertainment's reply:Thank you for taking the time to review us, Nicole. It was truly an honor to be a part of your big day.
Junko · Married on 11/11/2011
This review is long over due...my husband and I decided to have our wedding in Hawaii (we live in Cali). Our wedding planner worked with Dj peace in the past. She told us I think he's the best match for you guys and boy was she right. We had Dj Peace and Zan the Man for our reception and let me tell you they had everyone on the dance floor all night long. I mean we had people young and old and people who I've never seen dancing, dancing on the floor having a great time. All my guests said it was one of the best fun weddings of the year! They had great energy and we didn't want a normal wedding we wanted a party and that's what they delivered. Not to mention we had a hard time finding an officiant since our wedding date was 11/11/11, Dj peace was kind enough to be ordained in Hawaii and be our officiant. What can I say it was just perfect. Hopefully you can see a video clip on his website. Thank you Dj peace and Zan the Man for making our wedding so memorable. Don't miss out on these guys!Sent on 02/01/2013
Nell · Married on 02/05/2011
We had Jeff as our DJ and we definitely made the right choice! Last year my husband and I went to 6 weddings, so we knew exactly what we wanted and what we didn't want in a DJ/MC. Well, all I gotta say is, Jeff was everything we could've hoped for. He played exactly the type of music we talked about and had such a fun yet relaxed demeanor as a MC. He made everyone felt at ease and did a great job at transitioning between speeches, dinner, and dancing. Thank you, Jeff, for making our wedding such a memorable one.Sent on 03/23/2011
Tammy · Married on 12/11/2010
DJ Jeff was a pleasure to work with, an excellent DJ and an amazing MC. He keenly judged the atmosphere of the crowd and was able to adjust the play list to suit their needs splendidly. His MC skills were top-notch and professional. He was engaging and added a little humor to the evening. Jeff's attention to detail and desire to provide the entertainment I wanted helped make the night all the more memorable.Sent on 02/18/2011
Thao · Married on 09/10/2010
When my husband and I were looking at DJ, we wanted someone who will keep the party going till there is no one left on the dance floor and Mark did just that. My favorite thing about Mark is that he is very responsive and gives you great suggestions. He really take the time to do the prep work before the wedding. On the wedding day, I was very confident in his work and had nothing to worry about. I cried when he read our love story and my guests were blown away on how it was so meaningful for him to talk a lot about the bride and groom. Mark was very professional and willing to work with our budget and we appreciate that.Sent on 10/17/2010
Courtney · Married on 05/09/2010
Awesome Entertainment and DJ Webb really made our wedding special. DJ Webb is a true professional and made our guests feel included and involved without harassing anyone to do the Macarena (but I'm sure he would do that if that's what you wanted him to do). He took our reception to the next level with his poise and style as a Master of Ceremonies. Webb kept everything moving the way we planned, without being too intense about the timing. I guess the greatest thing about Webb is that he is totally human and real (not a character or a cheesy voice) and he is an expert at perceiving how your guests are doing, what they want, and most importantly, how you as the bride and groom are doing, and what you want. He was a really crucial part of making our wedding reception feel like OUR wedding reception-- he didn't just plug our names into the script.Sent on 06/13/2010
Also, if you care about music (my husband and I are pretty serious about it), Webb is totally your guy. He has great taste and knows how to work the music into the flow of your reception. We truly felt like we were listening to the soundtrack of the wedding of our dreams, and everything was timed just perfectly. No awkward transitions or trainwrecks. No dead space or loud moments. Just a lot of dancing, smiling, comfortable people. And that is what we really wanted.
If you are checking out Awesome, you will be in touch with Mark Peace Thomas, the owner and coordinator. He really knows what he is doing and is GREAT at helping you figure out what you need and which DJ will be the right fit for your event and budget. Overall, we had a great experience from start to finish with Awesome.
Alain · Married on 04/10/2010
Mark is awesome, he make my wedding party so alive and flow smoothly from start to finish. There's so many things that I like to highlight during the party, the love story, bridal and groom party introductions, the games, everything went smoothly. Mark is very proffesional and I have no doubt to refer him to all my friend who needs DJ service.Sent on 10/21/2010
Krista · Married on 02/09/2008
These guys are incredible! Zan was our DJ and was excellent. We had a tough croud and he got everyone up and dancing. Ask them about the kissing game, it was a hit at our wedding. Zan is highly recommended!Sent on 02/27/2008
Melissa · Married on 08/27/2006
Mark "Peace" Thomas has over 20 years experience and it shows! Mark was patient, flexible and professional. He arrived several hours early to our ceremony location to set up and the musical selections he chose were exactly what my husband and I had wanted. During the reception, Mark created special dances for my groom and I that literally got all of our guests on the dance floor. He created a memorable evening not only for my husband and I, but for our guests as well. Mark Thomas went above and beyond my expectations, I highly recommend him.Sent on 03/10/2007
Kelly · Married on 07/24/2010
The name says it all - Mark is AWESOME! He took the time to get to know us and understand our style, and he executed it perfectly. The music matched our personalities and our guests even mentioned that some of the songs reminded them of us. Our family and friends were dancing all night and Mark knew exactly what to play to keep the energy level high. He turned the wedding into a party!Sent on 08/17/2010
Douglas · Married on 09/25/2010
Our DJ was great! He knew how to get a party going without interfering in the fun. Listen to his advice because he really knows what he is doing.Sent on 12/24/2010
Nicole · Married on 10/11/2008
Mark, owner and DJ, did the consultation and contract signing. He was great, offered competitive pricing and was timely and responsive. Our DJ was Jeff. He was nice and played all the songs we asked him to. He had some difficulty directing people in between songs. I was wasn't a huge fan of the songs he picked to dance to, but if you have an idea of most of the songs you want to be played he does a fine job.Sent on 10/28/2008
Lauren · Married on 09/04/2010
I really don't know what went wrong with this DJ. We had Jeff. The music during the dinner at the reception was perfect and exactly what we discussed, as well as the introduction song for my husband and I. But, DJ Jeff switched the instructions for the first dance and the father daughter dance... which left my husband and I waiting on the dance floor for the song we picked to play while the loud "It Had to Be You" introduction was played when it was specifically mentioned not to be, and made my Dad and I rush into our song for our dance, since the intro for that dance song "The Way You Look Tonight" was removed.Sent on 10/07/2010
For the dancing music my husband and I had given him a long list of our music likes and dislikes so he could get a great SENSE of the music we listened to, at Jeff's recommendation, and what was played was SO off the bat 80% of the time (don't even get my husband started on this). And to clarify, It was never asked or suggested that only the music on that "Music We Like" list be played, as it was just to give Jeff a good idea of what we like and don't like. To his credit he didn't play a single song off our "Do Not Play List."
To respond to, "Jeff did ask the bride if he could change gears musically but she wanted him to stick to her list of music", all I have to say as probably one of few sober people at the wedding I can clearly recall that no one, and there were plenty of hired people who could have, came up to me during the reception to ask if the music could be changed to get people more interested in dancing. So why this company feels the need to lie to try to make these problems seem less problematic confounds me.
As for the bar being outside, as both I and my coordinator are very well aware that was always the planned place for it. The only planned bar removed from indoors was a small service-only bar for dinner time, which wouldn't have made any difference as to the people staying indoors to drink after dinner was over, since to get a drink they would have had to go outside anyways.
Yes, outside was beautiful and people were enjoying themselves after the sit-down dinner indoors, but that doesn't make up for the music being off and people not wanting to dance very much inside. I had a couple complaints from my guests saying they were having fun dancing at the beginning of the evening but the music changed too drastically in an opposite direction from what they were enjoying dancing too while on the dance floor (i.e., classic R&B to slow un-danceable techno beats) that they felt less comfortable and left the dance floor.
The dance floor was empty pretty much right after dinner and stayed so for pretty much the rest of the evening. Small groups of 6 or 8 would be there from time to time, but mostly it was empty. I would not hire this company again, even though Jeff is a nice guy, who came highly recommended by my coordinator who I loved, there were just too many errors.
Awesome Entertainment's reply:Jeff was very saddened by this review and felt a bit helpless with most guests outside at the patio bar. I thought Jeff talked with the bride but Jeff had asked the consultant if he should do anything (like go round up people and do some type of activity) but he was told everything was fine. The sound system outside was not the same music as inside the building (an outside A/V company handled equipment that DJ Jeff plugged into). Jeff did play from the client's request list and did not stray much since he was under the belief that the list was very important to them. Jeff feels bad about this event and has learned that he will ALWAYS make sure to have full contact with each and every client so communication is crystal clear.