Catherine and Drew’s Wedding at Pinstripes in Streeterville Downtown Chicago

Only two weeks since our last wedding at Pinstripes in Streeterville, and we’re back again to celebrate Catherine and Drew’s Wedding! Catherine and Drew came to us almost a year before their wedding (one week short of a year) as a referral from the venue due to our great track record there. We talked with Catherine and Drew about what they were looking for (and what they didn’t want for their wedding) and we knew we’d be able to provide them a perfect evening to be able to celebrate with their family and closest friends.

We set the room uplighting to a light blue/cyan color which really added some color to the room, matching with the couple’s color scheme. After cocktail hour, we really kicked it into high gear and set the tone for the night with their bridal party introductions. Based on the responses (physical, verbal, etc) from the couple’s guests, we were able to start to get a feel for the vibe that we thought would keep everyone on the dance floor throughout the party. Something that stood out about Catherine and Drew is how they barely provided any song requests before their wedding. This isn’t a bad thing at all. When we confirmed this with them during our final planning meeting, they made it clear that they only cared about a few songs, and wanted us to do what we do best! We love them for that comment!

When the dance floor opened, DJ Paul Michaels and Assistant Evan rocked with Catherine and Drew and their guests all night!

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer.

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Chicago Wedding Reception DJ, Chicago Wedding Uplighting

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Pinstripes Chicago
Photography: Angela Garbot Photography
Floral: Flowers by KH
Transportation: Windy City Limo  

Melanie and Anthony’s Wedding at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont

In Mid September we were able to help bring Melanie and Anthony’s perfect wedding to fruition. They held the wedding at the Loews O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont. We met Melanie and Anthony back in September (2019) at the Bridal Expo Chicago bridal show at Drury Lane. Right when we met them we knew we had immediately built a relationship with them, and we think at that time, they knew we would be their perfect DJs for wedding.

Melanie and Anthony had a mixed Persian/American wedding that was DJed by DJ Paul Michaels and DJ Shannon. Because of their wedding being a mixed ethnicity wedding, they knew they’d have a few out of the ordinary requests for their DJs. At Paul Michaels Events, we’ve always said that we LOVE unique weddings. Sure, we can do a ‘cookie-cutter’ wedding, but we’d much rather help make our couple’s weddings unique.

For their wedding, we brought out a larger than average sound system to cover the large ballroom at the Loews Hotel, and it sounded awesome!

While we’re always happy to work with couples to play any type of ethnic music, of course, we may not have any of our DJs who are truly familiar the music. 

Because of this, the couple additionally hired an Assyrian DJ to play the Persian and Assyrian music, since he’d be familiar with the popular songs, lyrics, etc. We were of course happy to work with him and spend time with him to make sure that we were all aligned before the couple’s wedding to make sure the transitions between DJs would be smooth and that the couple had nothing to worry about.  Of course, we were successful here!

We had a blast rocking with Melanie and Anthony and their guests until 1:30 in the morning!

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Rosemont Wedding Reception DJ, Rosemont Wedding Uplighting

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Loews O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont
Photography: Ben Ramos Photography
Videography: Old North Film Company
Photobooth: Big Hugs Photobooth
Floral: Kio Kreations
Cake/Bakery: Cake Chicago

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Michelle and Zach’s Wedding at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

On September 7th, Michelle and Zach celebrated their matrimony in a night no one will forget. They held the Wedding at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. DJ Ian and DJ Brian were on hand to provide audio and music for the beautiful ceremony, as well as curate the party during dinner and dancing. We were honored to serve as an integral aspect of the evening through class and fun.  

At the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, the ceremony was held in the Explore Ballroom, a circular room with large windows on every side that overlooks the heart of the city’s downtown along the Chicago River. The panoramic view looking out is only outdone by the view looking up: a fully glass vaulted ceiling, allowing the night lights to envelope the entire space. 

Zach’s Aunt, Andrea – an ordained Jewish Cantor, led the ceremony. After reading part of the Ketubah signed by Michelle and Zach, Andrea sang with elegance the traditional seven blessings, while siblings and close family came up to read the blessings.    

After the smashing conclusion of the ceremony (“Mazel tov!”) the guests retreated to the Discovery Room for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Around 9:45 they were welcomed back into the Explore Room, newly transformed for dinner. While Michelle and Zach opted for a traditional dinner music backdrop of vocal jazz and classy love songs, Ian snuck in two (appropriately timed) Star Wars songs to Zach’s delight, a famously devout Star Wars fan. 

After dinner, desserts, and camaraderie, Zach and Michelle kicked off the dancing portion of the evening around 11:45 with their first dance to “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. Ian and Brian kept the dance floor packed from start to finish through the ebbs and flows of the night, including a rousing rendition of everyone’s favorite, the Hora.

With everyone leaving to head home or to their rooms after 2 AM, everyone was exhausted in the best of ways, but none more happy than our newlyweds. 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Chicago Wedding Reception DJ, Chicago Wedding Ceremony DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
Photography: Lorenzo De Gregorio Photography
Floral: Flowers for Dreams

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

What You Need to Know About Catering Alcohol for Your Corporate Event

When you are charged with the task of putting together a corporate event, either as a one-off or because it is your career, a lot of components go into making the event a success. The menu, amenities and guest list are all items that must be checked and crossed off your to-do list. As you are planning the menu, you have to decide whether to cater alcohol to your corporate event guests. It is odd that you have to think twice before you make this decision because you are catering to adults. Most professionals have at least one story to tell involving a corporate event attendee and alcohol, though. Here’s What You Need to Know About Catering Alcohol for Your Corporate Event.

Hire a Professional

Hiring a professional bartending staff for your corporate event is a great way to accomplish limiting the amount of alcohol that your guests consume. Professional bartenders are trained to spot the signs of a person who has had enough to drink for the night. Additionally, you can always consult with the bartenders regarding your concerns. They can inform you about their best practices, and then you can move forward with a plan.

Know What You Will Serve

Deciding which drinks to serve is helpful so that you can avoid providing the types of alcohol that cause magnified results, especially when they are mixed together. Wine is a popular option when a meal is going to be served to guests. Plus, wine is a tamer alcohol option. It also sets the tone of the event. Beer is another popular option because, although it raises the blood alcohol concentration level of the drinker, it does not do so as quickly as hard liquor would. It is generally a good idea to stay away from serving hard liquor at corporate events. 

Limit Consumption

The reason why a corporate event planner has to take into consideration the amount of alcohol that will be served is that if something goes sideways, the planner, corporate sponsor and even the venue could be liable. Limiting consumption is one way to limit liability. You can set up something similar to Happy Hour and have a window of a few hours to serve alcohol. If the event ends at 11 p.m., and you cease serving alcohol by 9 p.m., it gives guests two hours to sober up. You could also hand out drink tickets so that each guest is limited to the number of tickets they are given. Two is a popular number.

Open or Closed?

Some corporate events do provide open bars, usually due to the size, magnitude and total amount of days the event will last. For an event that will be just a single evening, you might want to consider taking the closed bar route. First, it cuts down on your costs since guests will be paying for their own drinks. Second, if guests do not have unlimited drinks at their disposal, they are more likely to consume less. When people drink less, there is a decreased risk of something going sideways due to too much alcohol consumption. 

Limit Liability

There are many ways to limit your company’s liability against any guest who decides to consume more than enough alcohol during the event. If it is a casual company get-together, a memo can be passed around addressing etiquette. You can also request that guests sign waivers. If it is a more formal gala with a wider scope of guests, making it impossible to pass around a memo, you are encouraged to procure the necessary insurance to cover anything negative that may result due to excessive consumption of alcohol. Guests who have had too much to drink could get rowdy and not necessarily cause harm to themselves, but they may damage the property, which puts you on the hook for the bill.

Help Attendees Get Home

At the end of the event, even after doing all you can to limit the consumption of alcohol, some guests will probably still require assistance getting home or to a hotel. Therefore, be prepared to help them secure alternative transportation methods. Even though there are many methods at your disposal, you still have to be careful to choose the best one. Taxis are the most popular way for people to get home. One suggestion is to pay a couple of taxi drivers to wait outside the event’s venue in case their services are required. Another option is to try and hold the event near public transportation stops. You can also hire a designated driver program for the evening.

A successful corporate event depends on many factors. Carefully planning regarding the amount of alcohol to serve is an essential consideration. If alcohol consumption will be a part of the event, ensure that you are prepared to handle any potential incidents that could occur.

No event is complete without a DJ and a photo booth. Hire us for your event today!


Featured image via Denver Microbrew Tour

Agata and Rui’s Wedding at the Redfield Estate in Glenview, IL

In August, DJ Terry was able to take our Chicago based Dj services to help Agata and Rui celebrate their wedding at the beautiful Redfield Estate in Glenview, IL.

The bride, being Polish was able to bring a lot of her family members from Poland, while the groom (Rui) was able to have a lot of his family come in from China. We’ve done a lot of mixed culture marriages in the past and we know how lucky this couple is to be able to have so many family members fly in for their wedding. It was a culture clash that just felt right.  Our favorite moment was during the wedding toasts when each speech utilized a translator for both polish and mandarin, so every speech was done in 3 languages (English, Polish, Mandarin).  It was quite impressive, and much appreciated for the visiting guests.

The weather was perfect on this day which took place entirely outdoors at the Redfield Estate.  The ceremony took place next to the mansion, and then after just a short walk down the path, dinner and dancing happened in the pavilion.  We were treated to many Chinese and Polish traditions throughout the night. 

We had the great privilege to be able to watch a very untraditional video dedicated to the bride and groom made entirely of stop-motion sand art. When the couple said they wanted to be able to show a video that was made for them by a family member, we of course said we’d be able to handle this in terms of providing, testing, and setting up a screen and video projector for this special presentation. 

Check out the pictures below where it looks like Agata and Rui got everything they wanted and more from DJ Terry and Paul Michaels Events, and left as happy as could be!

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Glenview Wedding Reception DJ, Glenview Wedding Ceremony DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Redfield Estate in Glenview, IL
Photography: Chi-Town Weddings
Videography: Vivid Visual
Catering: Catered by Design
Cake/Bakery: Oak Mill Bakery in Niles, IL

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Taylor and JP’s Wedding at Northfork Farm in Oswego Illinois

farm wedding ceremony enterainers at northfork farm in oswego

What an incredible wedding!

Last weekend DJ Paul Michaels and Assistant Evan celebrated with Taylor and JP for their rustic wedding at Northfork Farm in Oswego, IL. It was an excellent event and we were honored and proud to have provided our entertainment and wedding DJ services. 

We’ve worked at Northfork Farm a few times and have always had a blast. They have a beautiful venue for these summer weddings. Taylor and JP had held their ceremony outside. It was a serene setting that allowed for us to overlook some beautiful pastures. Horses ran around while the ceremony was taking place. It is great to get away from the city settings sometimes. 

What a view! After the ceremony, everyone moved into the main tent for cocktail hour. Now this wasn’t just your typical tent (like one might set up for a one time event). The tent at Northfork is a permanent structure setup on concrete…plus, it event has air conditioning and all of the comforts of a more traditional wedding reception venue..    

After a slightly delayed start to the festivities, we got the dance floor rocking, and kept it that way until the very last minute of the wedding celebration! 

If you’re looking for something a little different for your wedding or wedding reception, we highly recommend heading out to Oswego at Northfork Farm. I you like, we can assist in coordinating the venue for you. Just reach out to us by clicking here.

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Oswego Wedding Reception DJ, Oswego Wedding Ceremony DJOswego Wedding Uplighting

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Northfork Farm in Oswego, IL
Photography and Videography: Windy City Production
Catering: My Chef Catering
Floral: Carousel Flowers

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer.