Updated: Sep 2, 2020
Brooklyn, NY for Thao and Richard
by DJ Ben Boylan
Scroll to the bottom for the cost of a wedding at Celestine
Celestine is a restaurant in Brooklyn with beautiful views. It is located in the DUMBO neighborhood and opened a year and a half ago. From anywhere in the restaurant you get breathtaking views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. And of Manhattan too.
Celestine is a great place to have a small wedding. They can fit about 80 guests for a seated dinner. There is an outdoor patio for your ceremony. The food is Mediterranean and delicious. And the staff are helpful and good at their job. If you are having a small wedding and want to impress your guests, this place is perfect.
Thao and Richard had their wedding ceremony outside. Their matron of honor and best man walked in to an instrumental version of "All I Have to Give" by The Backstreet Boys and Thao's processional song was an instrumental version of Nsync's "I promise you."
Their friend officiated this Celestine wedding. Since it was his first time I took good care of him. He did an excellent job. Their guests enjoyed the beautiful views of the bridges and Manhattan during the ceremony. The new couple left the ceremony to "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis & the News.
Cocktail Hour and Reception
After the ceremony, guests took a group photo with the Manhattan bridge in the background. Then they turned around to enjoy cocktail hour. There was a bar and music inside and out. Everyone enjoyed a classic oldies playlist chosen by Thao and Richard.
When guests had taken their seats for dinner. I started the introductions. Richard and Thao's guests had great energy! The couple entered the room to everyone applauding like crazy. Once they took their seats, there were four toasts during dinner. They all used my wireless mic and sounded great.
After dinner finished, Thao and Richard gave a brief speech. Then they cut the cake and did their first dance. They danced to Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight." When they were finished, Richard stayed on the dance floor. His mom joined him to dance to "One Hundred Ways" by James Ingram. I love that song.
And then we started the dance portion of this Celestine wedding. My first song of the set was "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire and everyone was line dancing to it. I was told that's the Filipino way. It was awesome. Richard and Thao chose a mix of old school hip-hop and r&b, as well as house music.
The dance floor was packed with their friends and family for at least 2 hours. They did the dollar dance which was another Filipino tradition. They chose All 4 One's "I Can Love You Like That" as their last song. When it finished, there was a roomful of people chanting "one more song!" So, I played "Love on Top" by Beyonce to send them off.
Ben was fantastic. During the planning phase he was very responsive and really helped us put together a great itinerary and schedule. The wedding itself was spectacular. He knew how to keep the party going and was instrumental in making it an unforgettable evening. - Richard
Thank You Thao and Richard for including me in your
Thank you to Rachel Bailin of Celestine
Celestine Wedding Cost
Here Comes the Guide wrote:
Package prices vary depending on:
Day of week
Time of day
Time of year
All packages include rental of the space itself, including the open-air terrace, food & beverage with a full open bar, a dedicated Event Manager and staffing, in-house serviceware (including glasses, plates, cutlery, & napkins), furniture, and some décor, including votive candles and decorative bud vases.
On-site ceremonies require an additional fee, which covers a half-hour extension of the rental time plus ceremony setup and breakdown. Hourlong extensions are also available à la carte.
Tax, 20% gratuity, and a 4% administrative fee are additional.
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