Bow Tied Weddings

13 Reviews

Oh hey, you found Bow Tied Weddings™... a Wedding Planner AND Wedding DJ duo!

Who are we? We are Karese and Matthew, and we are traveling wedding professionals who love to throw a good party!

But who are we really? Well, we are young, fun loving wedding professionals who believe black lives matter, love is love is love, and science is real. And we love working with couples and vendors who believe the same. We also love a good dance party, we hope you do too!

What can we do for your wedding? We genuinely enjoy going above and beyond for our couples by providing either wedding weekend management or full service wedding planning, and of course professional Wedding DJ entertainment. We call ourselves Directors of Music and Ceremonies.

So what does that mean? We not only help to create an impeccable playlist that will get auntie and your besties on the dance floor all night long, but we are also your wedding experience chauffeur, helping with suggestions during planning and working with your other vendors on your wedding day to ensure everything runs smoothly. More often than not, we become good friends with our couples well before their last dance.


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Chelsey 10/22/21
Wedding Date: 09/11/2021 Venue: Hanover Tavern

Book Them!

Matthew and Karese have been so helpful through the planning process. From the moment we booked even until after our wedding they made sure we had a great experience. I can go on and on about why you should book them but one thing that stands out more than the rest to me is on the day of our wedding, Matthew noticed our crowd liked to be outside rather than inside where he originally had setup. Recognizing that, he asked us if we would be ok (after the formalities finished) if he moved his set outside to better serve our guests. Of course we said yes and it took him 5 minutes to switch locations mid wedding and nobody even noticed because he had music playing on a speaker inside the whole time he moved his stuff. Bow Tied Weddings definitely goes above and beyond for their couples! I recommend booking them for any event!

Ben 11/02/20
Wedding Date: 10/03/2020 Venue: The Estate at Independence

Exceeded Expectations

Bessan nailed it. Timing, transitions, and sound quality were excellent. Ability to read the room, song choice, and MC skills also excellent. He had a ton of professionalism and was great to work with.

Mackenzie 11/02/20
Wedding Date: 09/26/2020 Venue: The Barns of Kanak

AMAZING DJ for our Wedding!

Bessan and Matthew were an amazing team for our wedding with Bow Tied. Matthew's responsiveness when we first hired their group and all throughout the craziness of changing plans because of COVID was unmatched. They got on the phone/video chat with us multiple times just to talk through our party vision, music and just to get to know them more! Bessan did a great job on the day adjusting the music to the vibe of the party and kept the dance floor going all night. This group is a step above the rest for their customer service alone; they are so personable and outgoing. We seriously were so satisfied with this group. If you want a beautiful ceremony and an unbelievably fun reception, hire Bow Tied!

Kaitlyn 04/14/20
Wedding Date: 09/07/2019 Venue: Cousiac Manor

Best Party Ever!

Matthew and Bow Tied Weddings are amazing! They provided all of the music for our wedding from the ceremony through the reception. Matthew does an excellent job of reading the crowd and updating his playlist in real-time so that the dance floor is never empty. In fact, I don't think I left the dance floor all night. Our guests have told us that this was one of the best "dance party" weddings they have ever attended! If you want someone who will listen to your needs and provide an amazing atmosphere then book with Bow Tied!

Lisa 04/14/20
Wedding Date: 09/01/2019 Venue: Dominion Club

DJ, MC, hype man

Matt was soooooo awesome!! For my wedding I told him to play what he felt like people would know and love and he did just that! He reads the crowds incredibly well and helped out so much with my timeline it was amazing. Brides are so busy on their wedding day that it really helps to get vendors who really know what they are doing. Matt is that! Highly recommend.

Jessica 04/14/20
Wedding Date: 07/20/2019 Venue: Estate at Independence

Best dance party!

What else can I say about BowTied Weddings or Matthew, other than AMAZING! We had the best time of our lives and so did all of our guests. Matthew worked with us for the most perfect ceremony, cocktail hour, and dance party music ever! We couldn’t rave about him more, you need him for your special day! He does SO much more than just DJ. He pumped us up, helped everything flow smoothly, and is just an awesome person to be around. Great energy and by far our favorite vendor!

Tyler 04/14/20
Wedding Date: 09/14/2019 Venue: Lydia Mountain Lodge

Memorable Day

Matthew helped make our wedding such a fun memorable time! All of my guests commented on how great Our DJ was. He was professional, fun, and took care of everything! I even had issues getting a generator prior to the event (that was 1.5 hours from RVA) and he volunteered to pick it up and bring it to our wedding and return it the next day!

Matthew asked us for music we wanted to play and we gave him a few “must haves”, but mostly to “feel the crowd” He did exactly that. I’ve never been to a wedding with so many guest dancing and I’m so thankful for Bow Tie DJs for giving us such a wonderful ceremony, cocktail and reception!

Stefani 12/18/19
Wedding Date: 07/20/2019 Venue: Marriott Short Pump

From our first meeting through our big day, working with Bessan was more than we could have hoped for!

Going into our first meeting, my wife and I had no idea what to expect or what we needed to do when seeking a DJ to work with for our wedding reception. From the start of our conversation, it was clear that Bessan cares about the people that he works with and really took the time to understand us, our story, our interests, our goals, and how he could best help us create the type of experience we were envisioning. It took no more than a walk to the car for us to make a decision to move forward with him.
During the weeks before our wedding, Bessan was easily accessible, responsive and eager to accommodate. At our reception, Bessan was so great with engaging everyone in the room in the party and reading the room throughout the evening to really create an experience we will never forget! For anyone who is looking for a genuinely good person to work with, and someone who really cares about the people, I couldn't think of anyone better than Bessan and the folks at Bow Tied Weddings!

Jessica 10/19/18
Wedding Date: 08/05/2017 Venue: Independence Golf Club

Amazing Wedding DJ

Matt from Bow Tied Weddings was the perfect DJ for our event! He was organized and willing to meet with us as many times as needed before the big day. We were very clear that we wanted a PARTY for our reception and, man, did he deliver! It’s been over a year and people still tell us our wedding was the most fun wedding they’ve been to. I can’t recommend Bow Tied Weddings enough!

Emily 10/10/18
Wedding Date: 09/01/2018 Venue: Cousiac Mannor

Matthew was amazing!!

He was so helpful and professional. He was very flexible during the planning process and implemented all of our ideas perfectly. We did not have a day of wedding coordinator, so he was a big help with keeping the timeline on track. He definitely got the party started and kept it going!

Alexandra 04/28/17
Wedding Date: 08/15/2015

Responsive, Flexible, and Fun!

Our wedding took place a little earlier- 4pm to 8pm- than a normal Saturday wedding. Even so, Matthew had people on the dance floor having a great time. Towards the middle of our reception, when people gravitated more outside, He put on some appropriate background music too. From the very beginning Bow Tied Weddings was responsive and involved and very easy to work with. They read the vibe of our wedding and understood what kind of music we were going for. My husband and I would recommend Bow Tied Weddings for your special event!

Sarah 04/28/17
Wedding Date: 03/25/2017 Venue: Veritas Vineyards and Winery

Fantastic DJ

Matthew was fantastic! From the meetings before hand, to the actual day of, everything was a breeze and he was so easy to work with! Our guests have told us they had a fabulous time and that his music selection was perfect, and I agree! We truly feel lucky to have had him as our DJ!

Chelsea 04/28/17
Wedding Date: 04/08/2017

Amazing wedding DJ!

Matthew was an amazing DJ to work with from start to finish. He was readily available to help with any questions we had along the way. He even helped us find other vendors. When it came to the actual "big day", he was very prompt and ensured all our requested songs were played. He was engaging with our guests and everyone had a fantastic time. Definitely make him your wedding DJ!

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