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Washington Celebrations - Live Musicians, Professional DJs, Elegant Lighting

DC

LOCATION

DC US 20002 (map)

PHONE

855-973-3786

WEBSITE

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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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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Agency
What is the size of your band?
Large (6+ musicians), Medium (4-6 musicians), Small (1-3 musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Blues, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What is your band's usual attire?
Client's preference.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Yes. We offer both. Sound clips are furnished on our website. We send additional sound clips by request (mp3) via email. CDs can also be sent via direct mail. Live client auditions can be performed at local performances.
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes, for special dances and themes.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
Every band has different needs. However, it's usually safe to assume two hours for reception music (both band and DJ).
How much space do you usually require?
This depends on the size of the band. DJs usually need a 6'x5' space.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Never at a wedding.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
Our DJ service offers dance floor lighting. Lighting is included with certain bands. We also offer most ballroom lighting options as well as cafe lighting.
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
Yes, by request.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
This never happens. :)
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Breaks are planned in cooperation with the Bride, caterer, and wedding planner prior to the event.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
Yes.
If one or more of the band members is unable to attend, what is your backup plan?
We always have substitute musicians ready to go. If a lead singer is unable to attend, we notify our client immediately.
What is your overtime rate?
Varies by how many members are in the band.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Varies by how many members are in the band. Typically, there is no travel fee if you are within 50 miles of the center of Wash DC (20002). Lodging may apply if overnight is required.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
50% at the approval of an agreement. The final 50% is due at the event.

INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Brass - Quartet, Brass - Quintet, Brass - Trio, Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Orchestra, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, Trumpet, Viola, Violin
What is your usual attire?
Client's preference.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Sound clips are available on our website. CDs and mp3s are also sent by request. Live Client Auditions are offered by our reception bands.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
This varies by ensemble. String, Brass, and Woodwind groups usually only need 30 minutes.
How much space do you usually require?
10' X 10'

INFO FOR DJ

What music genres are in your collection?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing, World
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

INFO FOR LIGHTING & DECOR

What type of events do you produce?
Corporate Events, Private Parties, Weddings
Which of the following services do you provide?
Audiovisuals, Entertainment, Event Lighting, Furniture Rental

REVIEWS

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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!

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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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Samantha
Wedding:
12/7/2013
5.0/5.0
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.
I had my wedding at Fauquier Springs Country Club last month. I was so pleased with how everything turned out. Lauren Read more...
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. Read less
Services Used: Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
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 great to work with! We didn't meet him until the actual day of our wedding, but he made sure that the planning Read more...
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. Read less
Services Used: Lighting & Decor
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Jennifer Spoone
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
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!
Mike was wonderful to work with! Everything went perfectly. Not only did he call me before the wedding to make sure Read more...
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! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
Washington Celebrations - Live Musicians, Professional DJs, Elegant Lighting responded with the following comments:

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!
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Martha
Wedding:
10/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Here is the letter we wrote Mike Hooke our Dj after our wedding:


October 20, 2013
Dear Mike,

I wanted to really tell you how special and perfect you made our day. The way you organized everyone and took all of the stress away from me and Eli was unbelievable. Everyone danced the entire time and truly enjoyed themselves which was very much your doing. Your kindness and friendship to both me and Eli means the world to us.

You were there from the very beginning when I first started this little thing with my Eli. So for you to have such a big part on our special day means more than we could ever say.

If we can ever do anything for you please let us know.

With much love,
Martha

Martha & Eli
The Carlyle Club
10.18.13
Here is the letter we wrote Mike Hooke our Dj after our wedding:


October 20, 2013
Dear Mike,

I Read more...
Here is the letter we wrote Mike Hooke our Dj after our wedding:


October 20, 2013
Dear Mike,

I wanted to really tell you how special and perfect you made our day. The way you organized everyone and took all of the stress away from me and Eli was unbelievable. Everyone danced the entire time and truly enjoyed themselves which was very much your doing. Your kindness and friendship to both me and Eli means the world to us.

You were there from the very beginning when I first started this little thing with my Eli. So for you to have such a big part on our special day means more than we could ever say.

If we can ever do anything for you please let us know.

With much love,
Martha

Martha & Eli
The Carlyle Club
10.18.13 Read less
Services Used: DJ
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The New
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything was perfect! We hired Washington Celebrations for our ceremony music and as our reception DJ and couldn't have asked for a more perfect team for our special day. From the amazing duet for our ceremony to the rocking party afterwards! Guests of our wedding, who have never danced at a wedding before were out there all evening long! I've heard from friends and family, "we have never been to such a great and fun filled wedding!" Thanks Mike, for everything-- It was amazing to see everything just perfect as we walked in to see all of planning come down to a wonderful and jammed packed evening of dancing and laughter. I will highly recommend Washington Celebrations to all of our friends in the DC Metro area without any hesitation! Thanks again Mike and team....for everything.
Everything was perfect! We hired Washington Celebrations for our ceremony music and as our reception DJ and couldn't have Read more...
Everything was perfect! We hired Washington Celebrations for our ceremony music and as our reception DJ and couldn't have asked for a more perfect team for our special day. From the amazing duet for our ceremony to the rocking party afterwards! Guests of our wedding, who have never danced at a wedding before were out there all evening long! I've heard from friends and family, "we have never been to such a great and fun filled wedding!" Thanks Mike, for everything-- It was amazing to see everything just perfect as we walked in to see all of planning come down to a wonderful and jammed packed evening of dancing and laughter. I will highly recommend Washington Celebrations to all of our friends in the DC Metro area without any hesitation! Thanks again Mike and team....for everything. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Nick
Wedding:
10/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Mike, Joe:

Following our wedding this past Sunday, it was important to send you a review. Not seeing a place on the Washington Celebrations (WC) website (okay, that's a small negative), I clicked on over here. (My note: right after posting this on Facebook, I found the review section -- this is cut/pasted, and reduced for character limits, from the Facebook post)

You guys were A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!! Anyone looking to schedule an event would be hard-pressed to find services that matched yours.

For those looking to find more in-depth information, read on (check out the Facebook post). Our request was threefold: a harpist for the ceremony and cocktail hour, a DJ for the first half of the reception, followed by karaoke.

Mike and Joe were pros on all accounts. And, this was really an important point -- they were friendly and genuinely nice; very easy to work with.
Mike, Joe:

Following our wedding this past Sunday, it was important to send you a review. Not seeing a place on Read more...
Mike, Joe:

Following our wedding this past Sunday, it was important to send you a review. Not seeing a place on the Washington Celebrations (WC) website (okay, that's a small negative), I clicked on over here. (My note: right after posting this on Facebook, I found the review section -- this is cut/pasted, and reduced for character limits, from the Facebook post)

You guys were A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!! Anyone looking to schedule an event would be hard-pressed to find services that matched yours.

For those looking to find more in-depth information, read on (check out the Facebook post). Our request was threefold: a harpist for the ceremony and cocktail hour, a DJ for the first half of the reception, followed by karaoke.

Mike and Joe were pros on all accounts. And, this was really an important point -- they were friendly and genuinely nice; very easy to work with. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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minnettia
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Mike from Washington Celebrations was awesome. The packages were more reasonable priced than others that I found. HE was very professional and on time for set up and tear down. HE even made time to meet me at the venue to share his vision and show the set up he would do. The lighting turned out beautiful, placed in all the right places, just loved it. Gave our evening wedding that intimate glow we were looking for. Choose this company for all you lighting needs, you won't go wrong!!!
Mike from Washington Celebrations was awesome. The packages were more reasonable priced than others that I found. HE was Read more...
Mike from Washington Celebrations was awesome. The packages were more reasonable priced than others that I found. HE was very professional and on time for set up and tear down. HE even made time to meet me at the venue to share his vision and show the set up he would do. The lighting turned out beautiful, placed in all the right places, just loved it. Gave our evening wedding that intimate glow we were looking for. Choose this company for all you lighting needs, you won't go wrong!!! Read less
Services Used: Lighting & Decor
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Mariana
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
They made our special day truly special.

Thank you!
They made our special day truly special.

Thank you!
They made our special day truly special.

Thank you! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Jennifer
Wedding:
4/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything was perfect! We hired Washington Celebrations for our ceremony music, our lighting and as our reception DJ and couldn't have asked for a better fit for our special day...we are so lucky they were a part of our wedding team! The ceremony musicians were beautiful, the lighting was perfect (we had uplighting and a gobo) and the reception was awesome, people were dancing all night long! I would highly recommend Washington Celebrations to anyone looking for an amazing wedding experience, they will listen to your needs and go above and beyond to make it happen! Thank you Mike and Shawna!!
Everything was perfect! We hired Washington Celebrations for our ceremony music, our lighting and as our reception DJ and Read more...
Everything was perfect! We hired Washington Celebrations for our ceremony music, our lighting and as our reception DJ and couldn't have asked for a better fit for our special day...we are so lucky they were a part of our wedding team! The ceremony musicians were beautiful, the lighting was perfect (we had uplighting and a gobo) and the reception was awesome, people were dancing all night long! I would highly recommend Washington Celebrations to anyone looking for an amazing wedding experience, they will listen to your needs and go above and beyond to make it happen! Thank you Mike and Shawna!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We are placing this review, not for a wedding, but for a birthday party for which we hired Washington Celebrations. There were approximately 140 guests for a masquerade party so it was a fairly large event. Mike Hooke was simply amazing in every sense of the word. He was highly responsive to our DJ requests (the on-line music list selection was great!), interacted with our guests in a fun but professional way, and he simply saved the day by supplying lighting both inside and outside the house that another vendor completely botched the day before the event. He handled all of these requests and last minute emergencies with the most amazing calm and good humor. I am writing this review almost a month after the event and people are still talking about what an extraordinary party it was and Washington Celebrations was major reason for the success. Mike and Washington Celebrations are worth every penny -- run don't walk to hire them if you need their services!
We are placing this review, not for a wedding, but for a birthday party for which we hired Washington Celebrations. There Read more...
We are placing this review, not for a wedding, but for a birthday party for which we hired Washington Celebrations. There were approximately 140 guests for a masquerade party so it was a fairly large event. Mike Hooke was simply amazing in every sense of the word. He was highly responsive to our DJ requests (the on-line music list selection was great!), interacted with our guests in a fun but professional way, and he simply saved the day by supplying lighting both inside and outside the house that another vendor completely botched the day before the event. He handled all of these requests and last minute emergencies with the most amazing calm and good humor. I am writing this review almost a month after the event and people are still talking about what an extraordinary party it was and Washington Celebrations was major reason for the success. Mike and Washington Celebrations are worth every penny -- run don't walk to hire them if you need their services! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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MELISSA
Wedding:
12/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Mike was amazing, professional and just AWESOME. I had my wedding on a weekday, in winter, on a Wednesday...so budget was important. Mike was able to work with me on my budget and the pricing was great! The deposit was reasonable and they take credit card payments. Our ballroom looked GORGEOUS and we noticed he threw in some extra lights on the day of the wedding. Thanks Mike for going the extra mile to make my wedding special :)

All the best
Mike was amazing, professional and just AWESOME. I had my wedding on a weekday, in winter, on a Wednesday...so budget was Read more...
Mike was amazing, professional and just AWESOME. I had my wedding on a weekday, in winter, on a Wednesday...so budget was important. Mike was able to work with me on my budget and the pricing was great! The deposit was reasonable and they take credit card payments. Our ballroom looked GORGEOUS and we noticed he threw in some extra lights on the day of the wedding. Thanks Mike for going the extra mile to make my wedding special :)

All the best Read less
Services Used: Lighting & Decor
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Caressa
Wedding:
12/2/2012
5.0/5.0
The Washington Celebrations group was amazing! I am not a lighting professional so I couldn't quite articulate into words exactly what I wanted, yet somehow out of what I was able to express the outcome was as if they were on the inside of my mind as they brought my dreams into fruition. As a former Miss America, lots of people have expectations of what your wedding day should be like, they expect everything to be first class and Washington Celebrations exceeded everyone's expectations. I was told over and over again that it was the most beautiful weddings anyone has attended. Setting the mood of your special occasion begins and ends with the lighting, in the future I will use Washington Celebration for all of my lighting needs!

-Caressa Cameron- Jackson
Miss America 2010
The Washington Celebrations group was amazing! I am not a lighting professional so I couldn't quite articulate into words Read more...
The Washington Celebrations group was amazing! I am not a lighting professional so I couldn't quite articulate into words exactly what I wanted, yet somehow out of what I was able to express the outcome was as if they were on the inside of my mind as they brought my dreams into fruition. As a former Miss America, lots of people have expectations of what your wedding day should be like, they expect everything to be first class and Washington Celebrations exceeded everyone's expectations. I was told over and over again that it was the most beautiful weddings anyone has attended. Setting the mood of your special occasion begins and ends with the lighting, in the future I will use Washington Celebration for all of my lighting needs!

-Caressa Cameron- Jackson
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Services Used: Lighting & Decor
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Jasmin
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Mike was amazing. He listened to what we wanted and hit it right on the nose. Everyone was on their feet throughout the reception. He played a great mix of hip hop, top 40, reggae and motown - and he meshed all those genres perfectly. He also provided the music for the ceremony and had a speaker for music to flow at the cocktail hour too. I also used Mike's lighting services in the ballroom during the reception. He set up purple uplights that gave the room a purple glow with a club vibe but that wasn't too dark so the older attendees loved it too.
Mike was amazing. He listened to what we wanted and hit it right on the nose. Everyone was on their feet throughout the Read more...
Mike was amazing. He listened to what we wanted and hit it right on the nose. Everyone was on their feet throughout the reception. He played a great mix of hip hop, top 40, reggae and motown - and he meshed all those genres perfectly. He also provided the music for the ceremony and had a speaker for music to flow at the cocktail hour too. I also used Mike's lighting services in the ballroom during the reception. He set up purple uplights that gave the room a purple glow with a club vibe but that wasn't too dark so the older attendees loved it too. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Thank you Shawna. Our wedding wouldn't have been the same without you guys. You guys are truly good at what you do. I've seen our reception room before the lights and afterward and I have to say you changed the whole room around and the atmosphere. Our guests raved about how awesome our reception room looked. Thanks again.
Thank you Shawna. Our wedding wouldn't have been the same without you guys. You guys are truly good at what you do. I've Read more...
Thank you Shawna. Our wedding wouldn't have been the same without you guys. You guys are truly good at what you do. I've seen our reception room before the lights and afterward and I have to say you changed the whole room around and the atmosphere. Our guests raved about how awesome our reception room looked. Thanks again. Read less
Services Used: Lighting & Decor
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Mia
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
DJ Mike Ramos was absolutely wonderful. He had the crowd up and dancing all night and when the night ended the guests were trying to pay him to keep the party going longer- that's how much fun they were having! Mike was attentive and played what we wanted but also did cool mixes with our favorite songs to bring his own style to it as well. He is a total 5/5 stars. Highly recommend!
DJ Mike Ramos was absolutely wonderful. He had the crowd up and dancing all night and when the night ended the guests were Read more...
DJ Mike Ramos was absolutely wonderful. He had the crowd up and dancing all night and when the night ended the guests were trying to pay him to keep the party going longer- that's how much fun they were having! Mike was attentive and played what we wanted but also did cool mixes with our favorite songs to bring his own style to it as well. He is a total 5/5 stars. Highly recommend! Read less
Services Used: Band, DJ
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Akeem
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
They were great and plan to working with them in the near future.
They were great and plan to working with them in the near future.
They were great and plan to working with them in the near future. Read less
Services Used: Lighting & Decor
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Julienne
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Washington Celebrations was by far one of the BEST decisions I made when selecting vendors for my wedding. Mike Hooke is awesome, dedicated, caring, and sincerely enjoys the work he does. For starters, the prices are significantly better than most for all that you get. From the beginning, Mike communicated well with me, ensuring that all my needs were met. He listened to everything, as evidenced on the day of my wedding in his execution. I am still getting rave reviews from my guests regarding the ceremony music, reception music, and most importantly the lighting! I had no idea what type of classical music I wanted played at my ceremony, I knew I just wanted it to be elegant and classic, the musicians were trained and skilled and played excellently the entire ceremony. They were even dressed in Black tie attire, which was a request since my wedding ceremony was formal. The ceremony string quartet musicians even traveled the twenty minute distance to the reception site and serenaded my guest there, providing my guest with an amazing musical experience during the cocktail hour. Once I entered the reception venue, I was in AWE! Mike's work on the lighting REALLY made my reception venue look stunning! From the clear monogram positioned perfectly on the wall above the cake to the pin lights that accented my floral arrangements, giving them extra trace of elegance that I wanted.
Lastly and most importantly the MUSIC! As a DJ, Mike is awesome and he follows directions, which was important to my husband and I. He commanded the reception the whole evening, serving as the master of ceremony, directing guests to the various rituals that were going on. He even asked guests to take a seat when dinner was being served, so that the servers were able to get the right plate out to people. He was wonderful in announcing all of our rituals, like singing our college and sorority/fraternity hymns, which was really important to us, because he explained the importance of the traditions, without us having to do it. Once all the formalities were out of the way, WE PARTIED and Mike had us dancing the ENTIRE night away! If you are considering Washington Celebrations, it is imperative that you book with Mike right away! I HIGHLY recommend ALL of their services, as your wedding will receive the BEST services with an affordable cost, but most importantly a great overall experience working with the staff, who are always professional and value you and your vision, ensuring to execute your dream wedding.
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Washington Celebrations was by far one of the BEST decisions I made when selecting vendors for my wedding. Mike Hooke is awesome, dedicated, caring, and sincerely enjoys the work he does. For starters, the prices are significantly better than most for all that you get. From the beginning, Mike communicated well with me, ensuring that all my needs were met. He listened to everything, as evidenced on the day of my wedding in his execution. I am still getting rave reviews from my guests regarding the ceremony music, reception music, and most importantly the lighting! I had no idea what type of classical music I wanted played at my ceremony, I knew I just wanted it to be elegant and classic, the musicians were trained and skilled and played excellently the entire ceremony. They were even dressed in Black tie attire, which was a request since my wedding ceremony was formal. The ceremony string quartet musicians even traveled the twenty minute distance to the reception site and serenaded my guest there, providing my guest with an amazing musical experience during the cocktail hour. Once I entered the reception venue, I was in AWE! Mike's work on the lighting REALLY made my reception venue look stunning! From the clear monogram positioned perfectly on the wall above the cake to the pin lights that accented my floral arrangements, giving them extra trace of elegance that I wanted.
Lastly and most importantly the MUSIC! As a DJ, Mike is awesome and he follows directions, which was important to my husband and I. He commanded the reception the whole evening, serving as the master of ceremony, directing guests to the various rituals that were going on. He even asked guests to take a seat when dinner was being served, so that the servers were able to get the right plate out to people. He was wonderful in announcing all of our rituals, like singing our college and sorority/fraternity hymns, which was really important to us, because he explained the importance of the traditions, without us having to do it. Once all the formalities were out of the way, WE PARTIED and Mike had us dancing the ENTIRE night away! If you are considering Washington Celebrations, it is imperative that you book with Mike right away! I HIGHLY recommend ALL of their services, as your wedding will receive the BEST services with an affordable cost, but most importantly a great overall experience working with the staff, who are always professional and value you and your vision, ensuring to execute your dream wedding. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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jenniferhu2010
Wedding:
5/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Mike was a great help! He made everything so easy and simple which took off a lot of stress we had during the wedding planning. The music was great and so were the lighting and setup. I would def hire them again for future events!
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Mike was a great help! He made everything so easy and simple which took off a lot of stress we had during the wedding planning. The music was great and so were the lighting and setup. I would def hire them again for future events! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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David
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
It was an absolute pleasure working with Washington Celebrations. We provided a snapshot of the types of music that my husband and I envisioned, and Mike put together a fantastic program for our special day.

In addition to the great music, Mike's attention to detail as far as keeping the reception on schedule was fantastic. Our friends and families are still talking about what a great time they had!

We would welcome the opportunity to work with Washington Celebrations in the future and highly recommend them for your Wedding Reception/Party.
It was an absolute pleasure working with Washington Celebrations. We provided a snapshot of the types of music that my Read more...
It was an absolute pleasure working with Washington Celebrations. We provided a snapshot of the types of music that my husband and I envisioned, and Mike put together a fantastic program for our special day.

In addition to the great music, Mike's attention to detail as far as keeping the reception on schedule was fantastic. Our friends and families are still talking about what a great time they had!

We would welcome the opportunity to work with Washington Celebrations in the future and highly recommend them for your Wedding Reception/Party. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
5/18/2012
5.0/5.0
A big thanks to Mike Hooke and the team at Washington Celebrations for making our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception amazing! We contracted for classical musicians at both our ceremony and cocktail hour, and I was able to have all of the pieces I had wanted played for the prelude, processional, and recessional as well as a requested classical mix while drinks and hors d'oeuvres were served. Then, Mike was sure to play all of the songs my husband and I pre-selected for dinner and as promised steered clear of anything even resembling the songs on our "banned" list. The dance floor was never empty, and many of our guests even requested a copy of the evening's playlist because they enjoyed the selection so much! The folks at Washington Celebrations are very professional and were a pleasure to work with, and helped us stay within our budget too!
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A big thanks to Mike Hooke and the team at Washington Celebrations for making our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception amazing! We contracted for classical musicians at both our ceremony and cocktail hour, and I was able to have all of the pieces I had wanted played for the prelude, processional, and recessional as well as a requested classical mix while drinks and hors d'oeuvres were served. Then, Mike was sure to play all of the songs my husband and I pre-selected for dinner and as promised steered clear of anything even resembling the songs on our "banned" list. The dance floor was never empty, and many of our guests even requested a copy of the evening's playlist because they enjoyed the selection so much! The folks at Washington Celebrations are very professional and were a pleasure to work with, and helped us stay within our budget too! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Ryan
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
We used Washington Celebrations to provide a cellist for our ceremony, as well as some lighting for our small reception. They did an amazing job lighting our jazz trio and our cake, and we had them do a nice GOBO for us that we used outside during the ceremony, but was then brought and projected onto the dance floor for the reception.

Mike (the owner) carries his phone around with him all the time, and would respond to my e-mails almost immediately in the weeks leading up to the wedding -- I can't tell you how nice that is. The two members of his staff that came to set up were awesome -- so interested in making sure everything was just the way we wanted, and genuinely friendly and wonderful.

We never had a spare moment to chat with the cellist the day of, which was sad because he did perfectly. Fortunately, we had discussed all of the important points well beforehand. Gerald did beautifully with all of our special requests, and sounded superb.

So, basically, I can't say enough wonderful things about them. In retrospect, I would have used them for more of our details -- the package deal thing is awfully convenient.
We used Washington Celebrations to provide a cellist for our ceremony, as well as some lighting for our small reception. Read more...
We used Washington Celebrations to provide a cellist for our ceremony, as well as some lighting for our small reception. They did an amazing job lighting our jazz trio and our cake, and we had them do a nice GOBO for us that we used outside during the ceremony, but was then brought and projected onto the dance floor for the reception.

Mike (the owner) carries his phone around with him all the time, and would respond to my e-mails almost immediately in the weeks leading up to the wedding -- I can't tell you how nice that is. The two members of his staff that came to set up were awesome -- so interested in making sure everything was just the way we wanted, and genuinely friendly and wonderful.

We never had a spare moment to chat with the cellist the day of, which was sad because he did perfectly. Fortunately, we had discussed all of the important points well beforehand. Gerald did beautifully with all of our special requests, and sounded superb.

So, basically, I can't say enough wonderful things about them. In retrospect, I would have used them for more of our details -- the package deal thing is awfully convenient. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Unique Services
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Cpaxton1
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
Mike and Shawna were both great. Coordination up to our big day and the services day of were as promised. The musicians they set up for our ceremony, were fabulous. We were very pleased with their services and overall experience. Thank you both! :) We would definitely recommend their company and certainly use them again. :)
Mike and Shawna were both great. Coordination up to our big day and the services day of were as promised. The musicians Read more...
Mike and Shawna were both great. Coordination up to our big day and the services day of were as promised. The musicians they set up for our ceremony, were fabulous. We were very pleased with their services and overall experience. Thank you both! :) We would definitely recommend their company and certainly use them again. :) Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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leaton81311
Wedding:
8/13/2011
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough great things about Mike at Washington Celebrations! I used Washington Celebrations for both my ceremony/cocktail hour music- which was a violin and guitar duo and a band for the reception. Mike was very easy to work with and very professional. If you are looking for a company that is easy to work with and will help recommend the perfect music for your wedding this is the way to go!
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I can't say enough great things about Mike at Washington Celebrations! I used Washington Celebrations for both my ceremony/cocktail hour music- which was a violin and guitar duo and a band for the reception. Mike was very easy to work with and very professional. If you are looking for a company that is easy to work with and will help recommend the perfect music for your wedding this is the way to go! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Kelsey
Wedding:
3/19/2011
5.0/5.0
The violinist that was hired was incredible. Mike from Washington Celebrations composed a special Jason Mraz song for the violin for our recession and it was incredible. Loved everything about this company. Extremely helpful and very well priced.
The violinist that was hired was incredible. Mike from Washington Celebrations composed a special Jason Mraz song for the Read more...
The violinist that was hired was incredible. Mike from Washington Celebrations composed a special Jason Mraz song for the violin for our recession and it was incredible. Loved everything about this company. Extremely helpful and very well priced. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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ZinaAndJustin
Wedding:
9/26/2010
5.0/5.0
We used a cello soloist for our wedding to save cost from getting a whole string quartet, but it was just enough. Gerald arrived early and played music on the front lawn as the guests arrived, then moved to the garden for the music. He was great, and he even got the JMU Fight Song to play for the recessional as a fun exit from our ceremony. Everyone loved it!
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We used a cello soloist for our wedding to save cost from getting a whole string quartet, but it was just enough. Gerald arrived early and played music on the front lawn as the guests arrived, then moved to the garden for the music. He was great, and he even got the JMU Fight Song to play for the recessional as a fun exit from our ceremony. Everyone loved it! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Claudine
Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
Highly recommend Mike and the rest of the team at Washington Celebrations!

From the minute we contacted them for the quote, Mike was incredibly responsive and easy to work with. He even threw in a second hour of quartet music for a FRACTION of their normal cost! The most important thing for us was to make sure they could play some modern stuff for our ceremony (White Stripes, Edelweiss, and Coldplay). Mike was so enthusiastic about doing this and only charged us for the cost of sheet music!

While I didn't hear much of the quartet since I made my entrance last, from what I saw and have heard from guests they were awesome. They were extremely professional and very skilled. We had zero issues with them. The music they arranged specially for our ceremony sounded flawless.

Usually when you get handed off from the initial contact at a vendor to the day-of contact, communication lapses. Not so here. Mike put me in touch with Gerald, our day-of contact, and he was just as easy to work with. Shawna (in charge of billing) is also WONDERFUL to work with too!

Brides: be sure to book Washington Celebrations before they realize how much of a steal their rates are! Absolutely no regrets here.
Highly recommend Mike and the rest of the team at Washington Celebrations!

From the minute we contacted them for Read more...
Highly recommend Mike and the rest of the team at Washington Celebrations!

From the minute we contacted them for the quote, Mike was incredibly responsive and easy to work with. He even threw in a second hour of quartet music for a FRACTION of their normal cost! The most important thing for us was to make sure they could play some modern stuff for our ceremony (White Stripes, Edelweiss, and Coldplay). Mike was so enthusiastic about doing this and only charged us for the cost of sheet music!

While I didn't hear much of the quartet since I made my entrance last, from what I saw and have heard from guests they were awesome. They were extremely professional and very skilled. We had zero issues with them. The music they arranged specially for our ceremony sounded flawless.

Usually when you get handed off from the initial contact at a vendor to the day-of contact, communication lapses. Not so here. Mike put me in touch with Gerald, our day-of contact, and he was just as easy to work with. Shawna (in charge of billing) is also WONDERFUL to work with too!

Brides: be sure to book Washington Celebrations before they realize how much of a steal their rates are! Absolutely no regrets here. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Lora
Wedding:
6/26/2010
5.0/5.0
We hired a solo violinist to play during our ceremony and cocktail hour. She was extremely professional and sounded great. Her music was beautiful and the cost was reasonable - highly recommended.
We hired a solo violinist to play during our ceremony and cocktail hour. She was extremely professional and sounded great. Read more...
We hired a solo violinist to play during our ceremony and cocktail hour. She was extremely professional and sounded great. Her music was beautiful and the cost was reasonable - highly recommended. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Alyson
Wedding:
10/31/2009
5.0/5.0
I loved working witih Washington Celebrations. They played during our pre-ceremony happy hour and during the ceremony, and they were great. They were very flexible about what music we wanted -- we wanted some 80s songs for the ceremony and they played them beautifully and classically. And they were very friendly and professional. I would hire them again in an instant.
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I loved working witih Washington Celebrations. They played during our pre-ceremony happy hour and during the ceremony, and they were great. They were very flexible about what music we wanted -- we wanted some 80s songs for the ceremony and they played them beautifully and classically. And they were very friendly and professional. I would hire them again in an instant. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Candace Garcia
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
Kate Rodgers was my harpist for my wedding ceremony. She was great! Everyone said she played the songs beautifully!
Kate Rodgers was my harpist for my wedding ceremony. She was great! Everyone said she played the songs beautifully!
Kate Rodgers was my harpist for my wedding ceremony. She was great! Everyone said she played the songs beautifully! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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kristen
Wedding:
9/6/2009
5.0/5.0
I have to say, there hasn?t been one day that has gone by in 1 month since my wedding that someone hasn?t mentioned the phenomenal band. While I was truly pleased with how every aspect of the wedding turned out, I can?t tell you enough how amazing BackBeat was. It without a doubt, made the wedding a success. BackBeat far surpassed all expectations I ever had for a band for our wedding. My mom and I have literally said it daily since?.it was a full on show, not just a band. The female singers were not only singers, but pure entertainment with their choreographed dancing. They were so personable and just a joy to be around. While it was the first show for the band as a whole group, the chemistry displayed just the opposite. Enough rambling, all this to say, this band single-handedly made our wedding reception the best party I?ve ever been to! Thank you.
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I have to say, there hasn?t been one day that has gone by in 1 month since my wedding that someone hasn?t mentioned the phenomenal band. While I was truly pleased with how every aspect of the wedding turned out, I can?t tell you enough how amazing BackBeat was. It without a doubt, made the wedding a success. BackBeat far surpassed all expectations I ever had for a band for our wedding. My mom and I have literally said it daily since?.it was a full on show, not just a band. The female singers were not only singers, but pure entertainment with their choreographed dancing. They were so personable and just a joy to be around. While it was the first show for the band as a whole group, the chemistry displayed just the opposite. Enough rambling, all this to say, this band single-handedly made our wedding reception the best party I?ve ever been to! Thank you. Read less
Services Used: Band
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
Mike and Washington Celebrations was great to work with and everything turned out perfect for our wedding. The string quartet arrived on time and played our requests, lighting was setup just as we expected and DJ Kevin was awesome. Mike and his staff were flexible and everything was pulled off perfectly. Great value combining all these services and working with one vendor, would recommend to anyone.
Mike and Washington Celebrations was great to work with and everything turned out perfect for our wedding. The string Read more...
Mike and Washington Celebrations was great to work with and everything turned out perfect for our wedding. The string quartet arrived on time and played our requests, lighting was setup just as we expected and DJ Kevin was awesome. Mike and his staff were flexible and everything was pulled off perfectly. Great value combining all these services and working with one vendor, would recommend to anyone. Read less
Services Used: 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
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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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Sydney
Wedding:
3/22/2014
4.8/5.0
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.
We worked with Mike from Washington Celebrations, and it was a great experience. Mike was very flexible and worked within Read more...
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. Read less
Services Used: Lighting & Decor
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Kelly
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.8/5.0
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!
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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! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
We hired Washington Celebrations for our reception lighting and ceremony music. We used a pianist and violinist for the ceremony (INCREDIBLE) and uplighting, pin spotting and centerpiece lighting for our reception. First, the ceremony music was wonderful. We corresponded with the musicians directly via email for our song choices, and trust me, I was worried that since they weren't at the rehearsal, they'd be off or something would go wrong. I was totally incorrect -- the musicians were tremendous, playing the right songs, beginning/ending on time, etc. As for the reception lighting, it completely transformed the way my reception area looked. With the uplighting and centerpiece lights, it was just enough to light the entire room, and set such an amazing ambiance/mood. It was a complete transformation! The only reason I rated them a 4 in responsiveness was that the owner, Mike Hooke, did take several days (sometimes over a week) to reply with some questions (not initial inquiries) regarding payments and other things. Aside from that, I would use Washington Celebrations again.
We hired Washington Celebrations for our reception lighting and ceremony music. We used a pianist and violinist for the Read more...
We hired Washington Celebrations for our reception lighting and ceremony music. We used a pianist and violinist for the ceremony (INCREDIBLE) and uplighting, pin spotting and centerpiece lighting for our reception. First, the ceremony music was wonderful. We corresponded with the musicians directly via email for our song choices, and trust me, I was worried that since they weren't at the rehearsal, they'd be off or something would go wrong. I was totally incorrect -- the musicians were tremendous, playing the right songs, beginning/ending on time, etc. As for the reception lighting, it completely transformed the way my reception area looked. With the uplighting and centerpiece lights, it was just enough to light the entire room, and set such an amazing ambiance/mood. It was a complete transformation! The only reason I rated them a 4 in responsiveness was that the owner, Mike Hooke, did take several days (sometimes over a week) to reply with some questions (not initial inquiries) regarding payments and other things. Aside from that, I would use Washington Celebrations again. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Lighting & Decor
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RGM
Wedding:
5/12/2012
4.7/5.0
We were very pleased with the services of Washington Celebrations at our wedding. From the very beginning, Mike Hooke (the owner) was extremely responsive and flexible. We used him as a DJ and also contracted a strings duo to play at our ceremony. The strings players were great. We got a package deal, which came out much better than if we had contracted each thing separately. Mike was also a great DJ, and was very open to our suggestions for the music. I think the only thing we would have done differently is ask for the music level to be a tiny bit louder during the dinner. We had such fun dancing too, and Mike played the songs we had requested. I would definitely recommend Washington Celebrations!
We were very pleased with the services of Washington Celebrations at our wedding. From the very beginning, Mike Hooke (the Read more...
We were very pleased with the services of Washington Celebrations at our wedding. From the very beginning, Mike Hooke (the owner) was extremely responsive and flexible. We used him as a DJ and also contracted a strings duo to play at our ceremony. The strings players were great. We got a package deal, which came out much better than if we had contracted each thing separately. Mike was also a great DJ, and was very open to our suggestions for the music. I think the only thing we would have done differently is ask for the music level to be a tiny bit louder during the dinner. We had such fun dancing too, and Mike played the songs we had requested. I would definitely recommend Washington Celebrations! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.6/5.0
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 the string quartet and the Dj services. We had so many compliments on both the musicians and the DJ. They have a Read more...
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. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/17/2011
4.6/5.0
Mike (the DJ) was extremely helpful in preparing for our wedding. He was very professional and responsive. At the last minute, he had to find a sub to be our DJ (due to military orders) and the replacement did a great job. Mike made sure he had all of the right music and names, and followed up with us after the wedding to make sure we were satisfied.

The only thing we were not 100% happy with, was the pianist for the cocktail hour (Jorge). When we went to Jorge's house for an initial appointment to hear him play, he did not have any of the music prepared. We were not at the cocktail hour, but our guests told us he did a fine job playing. However, when we got our pictures back, there was one of Jorge, cell phone on top of the piano, and a bluetooth in his ear. (this was a formal cocktail hour, with everyone in tuxes) He couldn't be bothered apparently to miss a call for an hour. We were very disappointed with Jorge, and he is the only reason Washington Celebrations did not get 5 stars across the board.
Mike (the DJ) was extremely helpful in preparing for our wedding. He was very professional and responsive. At the last Read more...
Mike (the DJ) was extremely helpful in preparing for our wedding. He was very professional and responsive. At the last minute, he had to find a sub to be our DJ (due to military orders) and the replacement did a great job. Mike made sure he had all of the right music and names, and followed up with us after the wedding to make sure we were satisfied.

The only thing we were not 100% happy with, was the pianist for the cocktail hour (Jorge). When we went to Jorge's house for an initial appointment to hear him play, he did not have any of the music prepared. We were not at the cocktail hour, but our guests told us he did a fine job playing. However, when we got our pictures back, there was one of Jorge, cell phone on top of the piano, and a bluetooth in his ear. (this was a formal cocktail hour, with everyone in tuxes) He couldn't be bothered apparently to miss a call for an hour. We were very disappointed with Jorge, and he is the only reason Washington Celebrations did not get 5 stars across the board. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Cree83
Wedding:
7/30/2011
4.5/5.0
We used Washington Celebrations for ceremony music and cocktail and they were very easy to work with. The musician played the songs we requested and there were no issues. Reasonably priced also.
We used Washington Celebrations for ceremony music and cocktail and they were very easy to work with. The musician played Read more...
We used Washington Celebrations for ceremony music and cocktail and they were very easy to work with. The musician played the songs we requested and there were no issues. Reasonably priced also. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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wallacme
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8/28/2010
4.3/5.0
Mike was great to work with..very flexible and knowledgeable, having done so many weddings! We were very impressed with the members of Backbeat - everyone loved them and the dance floor was always packed. We also did our ceremony music through Washington Celebrations - Chad and Emily were very talented and sounded amazing..they even stayed late to accommodate our lateness!
Mike was great to work with..very flexible and knowledgeable, having done so many weddings! We were very impressed with Read more...
Mike was great to work with..very flexible and knowledgeable, having done so many weddings! We were very impressed with the members of Backbeat - everyone loved them and the dance floor was always packed. We also did our ceremony music through Washington Celebrations - Chad and Emily were very talented and sounded amazing..they even stayed late to accommodate our lateness! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music

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String Quartet for your Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Hour (Two Hours), DJ/MC for your Four-Hour Reception, 16 Uplights for your ballroom perimeter, Custom Monogram, Wedding Cake Pinspot, Sweetheart Table "Light Up", Dance Floor Lighting

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