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Washington Celebrations - Live Musicians, Professional DJs, Elegant Lighting

DC

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DC 20002 US

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855-323-8368

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ABOUT US

AWAKEN YOUR ATMOSPHERE!

We would be honored to be a part of your special day. Below are services we can offer, either as stand-alone options or all packaged together for one... Read more
AWAKEN YOUR ATMOSPHERE!

We would be honored to be a part of your special day. Below are services we can offer, either as stand-alone options or all packaged together for one great rate.

CEREMONY MUSICIANS

All of our musicians are current and retired members of the National, Baltimore, and Richmond Symphony Orchestras, the four Premier bands of the Armed Forces, and professional freelancers.
String Quartets, Trios, Duos, and Soloists Harpists and Harp Ensembles Woodwind and Brass Quintets Live Jazz Specialty Musicians Ceremony Sound Systems
FULL SERVICE DJs

Our DJ services facilitate smooth musical transitions during your bridal party introductions and other announcements, while also seamlessly coordinating with your other vendors (photographer, catering staff).
Ceremonies, Cocktail Hours, and Receptions Multiple Sound Systems Login to DJ Database Online 24/7 Karaoke Dance Floor Lighting
BALLROOM LIGHTING & DECOR

The right kind of lighting can transform any plain room into a colorful, dramatic space. Washington Celebrations adds the "eye candy" your guests will not soon forget!
Uplighting Cafe & String Lights Pinspots GOBOs / Custom Monograms (Name in Light) Followspot for First Dance, Parent Dances, Toasts, and Speeches Texture and Theme Lighting Paper Lanterns
LIVE BANDS

Perfect for weddings, our bands add energy and excitement to any event.
Top 40 / Dance R&B / Hip-Hop Country Blues Jazz Variety Tribute Bands Read less

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
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.
We cannot speak more highly of Washington Celebrations. We met Mike and his team at an open house at our venue and loved Read more...
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. Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
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.
Beautiful uplighting for my reception! Great and super easy to do business with and I would definitely use them again! Joe Read more...
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. Read less
Services Used: Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
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!!
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 Read more...
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!! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Lisa
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
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.
We recently got married at Eastern Market in Washington, DC. We utilized Washington Celebrations for several services, Read more...
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. Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.2/5.0
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.
The day of my wedding, the musicians did a wonderful job. The music sounded beautiful and I got many compliments from my Read more...
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. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.0/5.0
Poor follow through.
TERRIBLE RESPONSIVENESS.
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
Poor follow through.
TERRIBLE RESPONSIVENESS.
MISSED AN APPOINTMENT, without notice or calling after the fact. Read more...
Poor follow through.
TERRIBLE RESPONSIVENESS.
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 Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Hira
Wedding:
8/31/2014
4.8/5.0
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
We used Washington Celebrations for lighting, ceremony/cocktail instrumentals and DJ services for our reception. They were Read more...
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 Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Sara
Wedding:
8/16/2014
5.0/5.0
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 could not be more pleased with the service provided by Mike Hooke and Washington Celebrations!

We were able to Read more...
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! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Susanna
Wedding:
7/4/2014
5.0/5.0
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.


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Susanna Baxter
I chose to have a violin and cello duo for my ceremony and it was just perfect.
I am from Sweden and my bridesmaid Read more...
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.


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Susanna Baxter Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Jessica
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
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.
These guys were awesome! Super professional, reasonable prices, and the lighting they did for our venue really made a HUGE Read more...
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. Read less
Services Used: Lighting & Decor
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