Celebrations Event Productions
We met with Matthew Beaumont (aka Celebration DJ) twice before our wedding. He was the first vendor we met with, and the one we were most excited about.
As our wedding date drew closer, he did not respond to my emails (2 of them) and my fiance had to call him in order to verify last minute details. One of these details included confirming that Matthew would videotape our church ceremony.
On the day of our wedding, not only did Matthew not show up at the church, he didn't show up at the reception!! Our venue had to call him to remind him about our wedding. Our cocktail hour had no music, our "up lighting" which I was assured would be baby pink, was purple.. and 8 out of the 10 times I looked across the dance floor for Matthew, he was not present!!
DO NOT HIRE CELEBRATIONS or MATTHEW BEAUMONT for any occasion!
Vendor response to review
The client changed the date of the wedding 3 weeks prior to the original date. I was booked already on the new date so I subcontracted another DJ to cover the event. Due to health problems the day before the wedding he was unable to attend the event or inform me. I received a call from the venue that the DJ had not shown up so I left my event in the hands of my assistant and arrived in time for the start of the reception. I played an extra hour at no charge and gave them a refund. As far as not being there when she looked up, I have no idea what she was talking about I as there all evening. The customer was unhappy with all of the other services as well and asked for a discount including the venue. We were NOT contracted to provide video services or a cocktail sound system.
Regarding Joe the Music Guy, he was a substitute for our wedding as well and was wonderful, considering the last minute arrangement and how much he had to learn in so little time, as the transfer of knowledge and everything we had discusses with our DJ was now in his hands. He was more than responsive to all our needs and again had very little time to prepare, as we had a lot of details for our event. I can only think he was having an off day and the information was not shared with him from your first DJ with ample time. He treated our family with respect, kept the music playing well past cut off and really made the crowd feel great. He was able to download songs on the fly as our venue had wireless available and he even helped the photographer get key shots as he kept the reception on time with the music telling the story. I only have the best of things to say about Joe.
We had originally booked/contracted Celebrations (Matthew Beaumont) for our wedding, because of word-of-mouth praise. He was nice enough to talk to. Our dealings up until the wedding were professional. A day in a half before our wedding, Celebrations decided to book another event instead of our wedding. There were conflicting stories between what was told to me and my wife about the cancelation, which we did not appreciate.
Celebrations decided to substitute a DJ for our wedding, as per contract clause. The DJ (Joe Pollack - Joe The Music Guy), seemed nice enough before the wedding, and had Celebrations full confidence. Now we begin to tell the story about Joe The Music Guy.
During the wedding, it seemed as if it was amateur night. Joe The Music Guy butchered the bride and groom's name during the grand entrance. Joe then went on to cut the toasting short. The groom had to get up from the sweetheart table, walk across the silent dance floor, with all the guests watching, and tell the DJ to stop what he was doing and let his father, brothers, and anyone else who would like to, make a toast.
After the first dance, there was suppose to be a father-daughter dance, mother son dance, and respective in-law dance (easy enough), this did not happen. The wrong parents were asked to come up and not dance with the bride/groom, but with each other. The groom, once again, had to walk across the dance floor and ask to have the father of the bride dance with his own daughter. Joe then, wrongfully, proceeded to open the evening to everyone dancing, irregardless of what the bride/ groom had discussed earlier with Celebrations and Joe The Music Guy. By this time it was too late to give the appropriate parent a singular special time with their respective child on the dance floor. if I wasn't the groom, I would probably be laughing at how badly things might have looked.
The money dance was going fairly well, with ample people on the dance floor having fun, when Joe had proceeded to announce "This is the last song". The groom had to once again walk across the dance floor and ask to extend his and that of his bride's own paid time for the money dance. this lasted a few more songs, still with ample people on the dance floor with the bride and groom. Once again, Joe had announced a last song and cut the fun short. People were urged to leave the dance floor.
The rest of the evening did not flow, as requested. The music went from a few songs in the 60's to 70's to hip-hip, which did not flow, and was not what the bride and groom had requested with Celebrations. Joe The Music Guy also did not have the ability to download popular songs during the wedding, or so I was told by Joe.
At the end of the evening, Joe The Music Guy became snooty with the bride. I was not aware of this until later from the bride's maids, even though she just requested to play " Lucky" at the end of the night and "Electric Slide" again for my brother and his wife. Joe The Music Guy had also been very irritated to DJ past the originally requested time, even though he had agreed and was paid that night.
Overall, most of the guests had a good time sheerly because of music being played. I'm sure Joe The Music Guy had hosted other events before, but for some reason, this was a major off-day and it so happened to be at our wedding.
I would strongly recommend other DJ's than Celebrations (Matthew Beaumont) or Joe The Music Guy (Joe Pollack) due to the fact of the cancellation for another DJ event and bad hosting from Joe Pollack - Joe The Music Guy.
Vendor response to review
Due to an emergency I had to find another DJ for them. Joe The Music Guy was recommended to me and was available so I turned the event over to him. I am very sorry for the outcome. Please note that the review is primarily on Joe the DJ has he was the one at the event and not Matthew Beaumont
Matthew Beaumont was our DJ for our wedding reception and we could not have had a better DJ. This guy followed the program and played what we were requesting. This was a festive wedding and he did a great job. Eveyone said that it was the best weding that they had ever been to.
Celebrations Mobile DJ service provides the best in DJ services. I've been to many events where Matt is the hosting DJ. Venue choose him constantly for the excellent service that he provides. Music will make a happening event and Celebrations will make it happen!
Matthew aka.D.J.MAXX of "CELEBRATIONS" is a excellent choice for a Wedding D.J. We have worked on many events together.He always has the wedding party up & dancing! CELEBRATIONS D.J. service is the #1 in many of Southern California Wedding site venues.
Matt has always been one of those DJ's in the know. Smooth and strong as the consummate MC, he's able to oversee an entire wedding while making sure everything is under control and does so with a confidence that only years of experience can bring. Blair Silver
My weddings have been featured on "The Today Show", "For Better or Worse" and "The Lifetime Channel". My list of celebrity clients is quite impressive. I have an incredible selection of music that I have amassed for the last 20 years "over 80,000 songs", and I have the experience to know what to play, and when to play it. I have personally performed at over 2500 events. BUT! it's not about me, I make sure that the Bride and Groom are always the center of attention.
In addition, I am now or have been a Board member of the Southern California American Disc Jockey Association, Board member of the Professional Association of Disc Jockeys, Board member of the International Society of Event Specialists, Board Member of The Association of Bridal Consultants, Member of the Association of Wedding Professionals International, Member of The Wedding Industry Professionals Association, Member of the South Bay Event Professionals Association and I have recieved a Hollywood Star for career achievement.
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