Venue Spotlight: River Roast

Picture from River Roast in Chicago

Situated in downtown Chicago, perched on the iconic Chicago River, you’ll find the lively restaurant which is a firm favorite with locals and tourists alike. River Roast is a restaurant that specializes in contemporary popular US foods done in a way that pays a true testament to these beloved national dishes.


This top Chicago river hot spot has a menu that is the very definition of a crowd-pleaser. It reads like a list of the nation’s favorites, and that’s what we absolutely love about it. Thanks to the extremely talented Executive Chef Cedric Harden, everything from succulent ribs and meat that is carved table side, to game changing roast corn and fried chicken (of course!) is up for grabs – so there’s no worries when it comes to bringing guests here, you know everyone will be spoilt for choice!


Choosing this spot for your wedding reception dinner is a sure fire way to provide your day with a vibe that is charming and truly heart-warming, and this restaurant will certainly breathe old fashioned charm and quintessentially American family feel into your celebrations.


River Roast also provides guests with the perfect spot to gaze out at stunning views of both the city and an outlook over the river too. The whole venue is designed with these views in mind, meaning for the diners, both inside and out, the backdrop to your meal is dramatic and magnificent.


We wanted to spotlight this gorgeous restaurant in our blog because our clients have always found that it makes for the perfect spot for their celebrations. It combines ‘soul warming’ (as they describe their intentions behind their dishes) food which brings all of your loved ones together, with an atmosphere that is warm, friendly and intimate.


If you’re drawn to this venue, whether it be the sound of its happy vibe or even just the read of the menu, we’ve worked alongside the team at River Roast so we can wholeheartedly recommend their services to you.


Now that you’ve got the food sorted, we can give you a hand with the entertainment for your wedding too. At Paul Michaels Events, we are Chicago’s most trusted DJ and entertainment company. Our fantastic levels of customer satisfaction comes from the way in which we work to really get to know each of our clients personally, because we know that this is the best way for us to achieve perfection for them on their wedding day. If you’d like to get to know us or find out a little bit more about what we do, just get in touch, we’d be delighted to hear from you!

Our Picks of the Latest 2020 Trends in Wedding Decor

Latest trends in Wedding Decor

When it comes to different trends, themes and decors, weddings are an ever changing – and so a particularly exciting – field to be in. We love being able to spot the rise of beautiful new trends, and witness their featuring in the ceremonies that take place here.

So, for any of our clients who are eagerly planning their upcoming ceremony, we’ve created a list of some or our top picks in the latest wedding decor trends.

1. Flowers, reinventions of the classics

Flowers have, of course, always been a wedding staple. But something that has been on the rise lately is the incorporation of more unusual varieties of white and cream flowers into ceremonies. These can include white roses, foxgloves, peonies, or even lilies.

You can easily create stunning sophisticated posh bouquets with ornate flowers that contain lots of beautiful green foliage too. With the foliage, vines and white flowers in your bouquet, you can also integrate these in both the decor, the table decoration and even to adorn the cake too. This is a beautiful subtle way to create unison and a running theme throughout your decor, so that it all looks polished. They provide a beautiful theme in and of themselves. 

2. A themed color throughout

A super effective wedding decor trend that we’ve seen is couples singling out a single color (it could be bright or pastel, or even a color that might even have a special significance to you as a couple), then using it at special featured points to bring a pop of color to the otherwise classically white, elegant decor. This color can be used in table decorations, ribbons, banners and flowers to add a bit of beauty into your decor.

3. Fairy lights

They’ve been an especially popular trend lately, and it’s easy to see why. These elegant delicate little lights not only add a touch of whimsy and delight to your decor, but the subtle, less harsh lighting that they provide helps establish a really romantic mood throughout your venue. The lights can also be colored, copper, or even take the form of battery-operated candles.


We’re one of Chicago’s top DJ companies and at Paul Michaels Events, we will make sure we get to know you both on a personal level, because we know from our experience that this is the best way to ensure that the experience that we provide you with is entirely unique, and that your wedding day has every detail and meets expectation that you could have ever hoped for. After all, we’re perfectionists too!