58 total reviews
KC was great to work with. He kept our guests on the dance floor the whole time. He made sure to adhere to our do not play list, and kept up on our schedule for the evening. KC also did our uplighting for the event which was amazing and exactly what I was looking for. The planning sheets online made planning the night very easy for my husband and I. The only thing I could ask for was more communication before the wedding. Everything went perfect the night of though and in the end that is all that mattered!
Hands down, the best wedding entertainment! From the very first steps in our planning process, Keith Christopher Entertainment was both able and willing to ease our planning anxiety. While working personally with Keith, we were always confident that no detail would be left unnoticed—including numerous aspects of the evening that would never have came to our minds. Organizing the pieces of our large wedding (270 guests) was overwhelming, to say the least, and the planning forms and step-by-step consultation meeting with Keith, were amazing assets. Keith was not only knowledgeable, but also extremely helpful in suggesting relevant musical selections and in setting an agenda/timeline for our reception. He communicated with staff at our reception facility to ensure that the evening ran exactly as we had planned and worked fluidly with our other vendors—professional at all times. We truly did not have to think twice about anything!
Most importantly, the dance floor was literally packed the ENTIRE evening. Our Keith Christopher Entertainment team blended our personal requests with the needs and desires of our guests. From the young children to our elderly family members, EVERYONE was up dancing throughout the evening. Months later, family and friends are still complimenting our phenomenal reception—specifically noting how much fun it was to be up and having fun all night. Time and time again, we’ve heard, “Your DJ kept everyone involved—I cannot remember a wedding where so many people were up dancing all night long!”
Another aspect we especially appreciated was the ways through which the evening was personalized. Keith Christopher Entertainment’s story-like introductions were a unique touch that engaged all guests and created even more anticipation for our early reception formalities. While watching our reception DVD, we still get chills to hear Keith Christopher’s portrayal of our first date and the progression of our love.
Our wedding day was simply amazing! Keith Christopher Entertainment went above and beyond to ensure that the beauty and fun of the evening were enjoyed by ALL guests, ALL night long! If you are looking for entertainment that is personalized to fit your wedding day vision, staff who are responsive, friendly, and knowledgeable, and entertainment that will guarantee everyone raves about the fun of your reception months and months later, working with Keith Christopher Entertainment is an easy choice to make!
We loved our DJ Al! He took care of all of our special requests, and had a great spirit to get the party going throughout the night. He brought beautiful uplighting and chose the most amazing spots to feature with the light!
We decided to go with Keith Christopher Entertainment after talking with a few DJ companies. We got the Basic Package because it was reasonably priced and added uplighting to it. We were told that we would be able to choose our own DJ (normally a part of the higher package), since we had booked uplighting with them as well. We chose Daryle because we wanted a DJ who knew Spanish music. A couple weeks before the wedding as I was looking at our planning form online (which is set up very nicely) and it said our DJ had changed to Mario. I emailed and called Keith Christopher a few times and finally got clarification as to why that changed. Another couple had gotten a higher package and wanted to choose Daryle, so they were able to have him instead of us. I explained why I had been able to choose our DJ, but no comments were ever written down in our file about this and the person who had helped us had retired. Honestly, it was not a big deal because they found a DJ who also knew Spanish music, but I just wish I had been notified of the change instead of just coming across it on the planning website. I guess that was just some mix-up in communication.
As for the actual services on our wedding day, the uplighting looked really nice (we had purple uplights) and our DJ did a fantastic job. Mario played slower and older songs at the beginning to get people dancing who might leave early. He also included quite a few Spanish songs and knew when to play them during the night. The last few hours really picked up with the music and a lot more people were on the dance floor. He also coordinated things very well with us for our dances, cake cutting, bouquet/garter tosses, etc. and always took cues from us. He played almost every song on our play list and read the crowd very well! He also helped me in the days before in coming up with songs to have for our slideshow and various parts of the reception, which helped me out a lot! I truly appreciate his hard work and felt that he really made our wedding that much more enjoyable!
Bottom line: Great services for a very reasonable price, just make sure to get things in writing =P
I gave 4 stars for quality because KC really did a fantastic job keeping everyone on the dance floor and entertained. We booked the photo booth as well and my guests really enjoyed it and I love looking at the book that was made by my guests.
Despite all of this, there were some major issues when dealing with this company. My wedding was in August this year and the issues began to arise a few months out. Our package included some kind of voice overs during our first dance. This was one of the reasons I booked this package. This request was not fulfilled. I emailed KC several times around May-ish to ask when this had to be done by and it was impossible to receive a response back. I was also trying to add a slide show and gobo projection at this point. I decided to give them a call. Larry was great and helped me book the extra things that I wanted. Around July, I noticed they never asked for the pictures for my slide show, so I had to CALL THEM AGAIN. Larry advised me to bring the pictures in. When I did, I asked KC if there was anything else I needed to do with the gobo projection (monogram, which I had my heart set on). He said no and "we were good to go".
The day of my wedding arrived. My husband and I were never given a timeline of when things would be so after our entrance, we kind of just stood on the dance floor. We didn't know what to do; go sit down? cut the cake? have our first dance? KC motioned to cut the cake. I didn't know when speeches or special dances were coming so that was pretty annoying. I was told about 5 minutes before each different thing occurred. Every other vendor gave me a timeline. This was a definite negative.
The real problem I had with this company was when I realized there was no gobo projection. I was a little bummed at the wedding but told myself I would deal with it after the wedding. I checked back and made sure it was in my contract, it sure was and I paid the $250 it cost. I emailed Larry and KC about this issue about 3 days after the wedding (while on my honeymoon). At first it was difficult to get a response but then Larry assured me that "KC would take care of it". I know credit card companies can take a few weeks to credit your card so I patiently waited for a little over a month and no refund. I emailed Larry and CC'ed KC on the emails asking about the refund. No response. No acknowledgement. Finally, I emailed again and informed them that if I did not receive a refund by September 25th, I would be forced to write a poor review. I was BEYOND ANNOYED AND FRUSTRATED with the lack of communication and carelessness of this company. Sure enough, September 24th at 8:30 PM, KC leaves a voicemail saying he received the email (that I sent 2 weeks ago) and said he had "no idea" about this issue. WHAT A LIE!!! How can you respond to emails when I am trying to book your service or make an appointment but when a refund needs to be given you magically don't see my email? Anyway, his voicemail said "please call me tomorrow morning, so we can talk about this. I will put the refund through first thing in the morning." 1. I am done going around and around, REFUND MY MONEY. 2. I really don't care to hear that KC "wasn't aware" of the issue so I chose to not return the call. SO AGAIN, I patiently waited for the money. Another month has now passed and NO REFUND.
I AM BEGINNING TO REALIZE THAT I WILL NEVER SEE THE $250 THAT I PAID FOR THE GOBO PROJECTION THAT WAS LISTED ON MY CONTRACT AND NOT FULFILLED.
I was very frustrated that I was never able to speak with my DJ prior to the reception. We were also promised "personal" introductions which didn't happen. They also didn't deliver the kareokey we promised. Nor did they do some of the special dances we requested. I had to remind them to do the bridal bouquet and garter toss! They also were rude to guests about taking requests however on the form we said that would be fine. Very disappointed. However, their mixes were good and guests didn't realize things weren't as planned.
We just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with help from Keith Christopher Entertainment. Our DJ was Larry and his assistant Matt, who provided us with great music that kept everyone dancing the night away! I highly recommend their services. Thank you, from Judy and John
I used Keith Christopher for my backyard wedding August 10th. We had just over 200 guests and Michael was our DJ. We discussed the wedding plans at length over the phone and he had me fill out a very helpful event planning guide. I wasn't as prompt as I should have been and Michael was great at reminding me, always staying positive and professional.
The day of the wedding, Michael came early and was ready to help out with all aspects of the wedding since he was set up ahead of schedule... he was really great. We had a band after the ceremony and another guest paid the band (without out consent) to play an extra hour... this would have been a HUGE glitch if Michael didn't step in and make sure we were aware of the situation (we weren't) and he resolved everything, again, very professionally. I can personally recommend Keith Christopher entertainment, they made my special day perfect!! Thanks KC and Michael!!!
A friend of ours recommended Keith Christopher Entertainment for our 6/1/13 wedding and I can't thank her enough! Everything ran so smoothly and flawlessly. The online planning was great for our introductions and communicating all our requests for the DJ. The night of our wedding was so much fun! All our guests had a great time and the dance floor was packed the entire night! Thank you to Keith Christopher Entertainment for helping make our wedding night so memorable!
KC was our DJ for our wedding and I cannot thank him enough! He was very easy to work with and did a great job addressing my main concern... keeping the dance floor packed!!! He was able to get people out to the dance floor that I would have never expected to see out there as well as keeping people out there the entire reception. If you are in need of a DJ that is professional but knows how to have fun... Keith Christopher Entertainment the company to go with!!!
Keith Christopher Entertainment provided both the ceremony music as well as dj'ed my reception. The did an OUTSTANDING JOB! KC and his associate arrived early to the hall to set-up and get the ceremony music ready. There were no lapses in time, everything was prepared and went smoothly.
As for time management, KCE is way ahead of the game! After the announcements were made, we cut the cake and had our first dance. By doing this, my guest had "an extra" 35 minutes on the open dance floor.
I mentioned to Keith one time my dad had passed away years before but I was still going to do the Father-Daughter dance with my step-dad. When the time came for this dance KC made an announcement about "how my dad was looking down on me" that made my night.
I would recommend KCE to anyone in need of any kind of DJ services. The professionalism of this group is among the BEST I've seen in this industry.
We are so happy with our DJ from Keith Christopher. Troy is amazing and everything was smooth and perfect! We could not have asked for a better night!
KC was our DJ! And OMG! He was great!! He got everyone out on the dance floor and kept the party going the whole time! I'd recommend him to anyone! Thanks!!
KC (the owner) at Keith Christopher was a phenomenal entertainer. Our guests danced the entire night, which is an indicator of a fabulous DJ. He was a little bit hard to get in contact with before the wedding but the other DJ's at the company do a good job of communicating. I am so happy we shopped around for DJ's and found him. He will single-handedly make your wedding SO MUCH FUN!
People had a lot of fun going into the photobooth to take pictures during our ceremony. They had a lot of interesting props and people took some really funny pictures.
We weren't very happy with the size of the booth because you could barely fit 4 people into the shot even though the booth itself was a good size. The people running our booth seemed very uninterested in being there and the "keepsake album" only had 10 pages in it so we ended up getting a stack of about 30 pictures that were not included in it and people couldn't sign in our book
Our requests were not performed even though we did an online planning. Keith rudely declined guest's requests and all my guests were upset. He even declined the bride's mother's request. I was told that a lot of guests left early because the music "sucked". The night for us went by so quickly and the only thing we can go by are guests comments. I did not hear one good thing about Keith. Guests are there to have fun and dance so it would be wise to take their requests. Music was so soft during dinner too you couldn't tell there was any playing.
First of all let me say that I am sorry that you weren’t happy with our services. Being a Best of The Knot winner two years in a row we obviously strive to please our clients. I can assure you that I did take your guests requests; I am happy...
KC with Keith Christopher Entertainment was our DJ and he did such an amazing job at our wedding. He had everyone up and dancing all night long. I had a very specific line up for the night that needed to stay on time and he was the perfect MC keeping everything on time and everyone entertained. I dd not want the typical DJ and he was not. Keith Christopher Entertainment was short of a perfect rating only because during the pre-planning I did have to follow up a few extra times then I would have liked. But that is looked past because the important stuff, the wedding was a hit.
I had decided last minute to get a photo booth for my wedding, unfortunately all the ones my friends had recommended were booked up so I found this vendor from the knot.com website and the man Larry over the phone helped me get a deal with my photo booth and lighting. He was able to answer all my questions for me and do book everything over the phone with email invoices to seal the contract which I thought was nice. I actually bought magnetic photo frames as my guest favors for the photo booth pictures which I loved. All in all they did a good job for me, they brought a TON of props and I do get a DVD of messeges from my guests which I have not seen as of yet they say two weeks after the wedding it will be mailed.
In Feburary 2012 I met with Larry Brooks at Keith Christopher Enterainment for our wedding. He had wonderful ideas and suggestions and I felt pretty good about choosing them as our DJ. As time went along I didn't hear from anyone for months and when I emailed Larry to see when we could met with the person who was going to DJ our event he explained to me that he was sick and would have someone contact me soon. Another couple months went by and no communication. I finally emailed Larry again about month before our wedding to see if we could meet with our DJ and he told me I had to fill out their online planning wedding forum and then someone will contact me. So I filled out there online planner which was also time consuming. On my wedding invitations my guests had the option to request songs. So I requested most of my guests songs on the online planner which I figured for sure these songs would be played.
Well someone finally called me two days before our wedding which I was not happy about. It was the owner and he reviewed all the information I requested on the online planner. I did explain to him the importance of playing those requested songs. Also as part of our contract, he was suppose to bring microphones for our ceremony. Well the day of our wedding, when I got to the venue, I was told the DJ did not set up the microphones because they were not the right ones. There was no call to me to let me know just found out when I got there. This was unexceptable. I was told they have done weddings at our venue before so I did not understand why he wasn't prepared! Keith stated he would not charge us for microphones but he did anyways! Also when annoucing our wedding party there were uncomfortable pauses like he didn't know who he was announcing. So much for the online wedding planning because he barely played any of the songs we requested. I know the bride isn't in the reception room at all times to hear all the songs but I have a video from our wedding and when I watched it I was so upset. There we times only a few people were on the dance floor. Thats not good entertainment! I had numerous guest tell me they we not impressed with the DJ.
I had to call Keith Christopher Entertainment to request a refund for the microphones and expressed how I felt. The women who took my information said she would have Keith call me. This was over a week ago and no one has called back. I guess I shouldn't have expected anything more.
Overall I was extremely disappointed with Keith Christopher Entertainment and will not recommend them to anyone!
Darryle was ok.
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