5 Tips for Hiring the Right Wedding DJ

5 tips for hiring the right dj


The entertainment on your wedding day is truly what completes the celebration, so it is extremely important that every couple finds the right  entertainment for them. Whether your goal is to have a packed dance floor at the reception or to have couples slow dance the night away, hiring a wedding DJ is an excellent choice!


When hiring a DJ company, you want to make sure that they are professional, willing to customize the music based on your taste and willing to do everything they can to make your wedding day the best it can be. We picked out a few tips that should help you in the search for  the right DJ for your party: 


Know Where to Look

The first tip to finding a good DJ is to do your research. When you get a name or recommendation, check out the DJ company’s website, ask questions, and see what others are saying about them on websites like WeddingWire or in their Google Reviews.

Meet in them Face to Face

You should meet your wedding DJ before your wedding. Make sure you click with them and make them understand what you want for your wedding. If you can’t meet in person, a video call is also a really great option for getting to know the DJ and if it is a good fit. 

Give the DJ Your Playlist and “Do Not Play” List

DJs often prefer to be left in charge of the playlist so that they can curate the music to match the mood of the room, but your input is important! By letting the DJ know the kind of music that you like can help them know your taste and style and pick out a great playlist for you.   Even more important, don’t be afraid to tell them if there are songs or artists that you don’t like! This will help ensure that you love the music all night long.

Make Sure They Specialize in Weddings

There are so many DJs out there who may not specialize in weddings. Not only is the music at a nightclub completely different from what you hear at a wedding, you want a DJ that can help lead guests through the whole evening. Finding a DJ that specializes in weddings ensures that they know how to make announcements at the right time, have the right gear for the space and can work with your other vendors to make the evening run smoothly.


Do you have an upcoming wedding in Chicago?

Are you looking for the best possible entertainment for the momentous affair, don’t you? Look no further than Paul Michaels Event! We love to make every wedding special for each couple and know how to put on a great party! 

Check out our website, https://www.paulmichaelsevents.com/, or contact us by calling +1 (773) 850-1763 to find out more about us and how we can make your wedding an event to remember!

Vendor Spotlight – Galleria Marchetti


If you and your partner are making a start to your wedding planning, we know that you’ll have a wonderful time bringing your vision to life together. This is a fantastic time to share as a couple, as you work together to secure all of the details for your dream wedding day.


There are lots of different components to sort, and there’ll be a few moments where you feel like you have a to-do list that’s never-ending! But you’ll soon get through it, step by step.


First things first, you’ll want to decide upon a picture-perfect wedding venue. You will probably already know just how key it is to get good recommendations for any vendors or locations that you have in mind, and so we wanted to help you out by sharing one of our favorite spots with you.


So, in this week’s edition of our vendor spotlight blog posts, we’ve decided to shed our spotlight on this magnificent Chicago wedding venue.


The Galleria Marchetti boasts a number of magnificent, ornate spaces that absolutely radiate glamor. These include a combination of indoor and outdoor spots, with picture-perfect courtyards and gardens. The entire venue possesses a distinctive old-world charm, as the ultimate in European-inspired sophisticated style. This bright, light, and luxurious venue is the perfect location for a wedding day that combines a modern aesthetic with romantic, traditional splendor.


When it comes to hosting weddings, the Marchetti family possesses an unparalleled level of expertise. The family has been working in Chicago’s service and hospitality industry for almost a century. Today, the staff are of the highest caliber, providing exceptional service with the highest attention to detail, ensuring that your wedding day will go off absolutely flawlessly.


Now that you’ve got a gorgeous wedding venue in the bag, the next step is securing yourself some fantastic entertainment. At Paul Michaels Events, we also pride ourselves on the sensational quality of our entertainment services. We are professional wedding entertainment specialists and have earnt ourselves an outstanding reputation as one of Chicago’s top DJ companies.


We are committed to working with all of our clients on a close, personal basis, to ensure that the services you receive are bespoke and exactly match everything that you had hoped for on the evening. If you would like to tick another job off your wedding planning to-do list and secure your wedding entertainment with us, you can contact our team here.



Our Favorite 20 Love Songs, For A Stunning Wedding Playlist


Picture this scene: the day has drawn in to the evening, and now you and your partner are celebrating the end of the most magical day of your lives, dancing with your arms around each other, staring deeply into each other’s eyes, surrounded by the people you love…

There are so many sensational elements that go into making that moment (and rest of your wedding) a reality. For us, however, the magic of that moment is enhanced by the beautiful songs that you choose for your evening’s celebrations. 

Whether it’s for your first dance together, background during dinner or getting everyone up on their feet to celebrate the couple at the heart of the day – there are few elements that bring the occasion to life quite like music.

With all of this in mind, we wanted to dedicate this week’s post to our top must-haves for any great wedding playlist. Check out our round-up of our all-time favorite love songs:

  1. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
  2. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – Michael Jackson
  3. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
  4. Greatest Day – Take That
  5. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  6. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  7. Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson
  8. Lucky – Jason Mraz feat. Colbie Caillat
  9. Endless Love – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
  10. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams
  11. Marry Me – Train
  12.  Your Song – Elton John
  13.  This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
  14.  You Make It Real – James Morrison
  15.  I Get the Sweetest Feeling – Jackie Wilson
  16. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Andy Williams
  17.  One Day Like This – Elbow
  18.  Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
  19. Everything Has Changed – Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran
  20.  Come What May – Ewan McGregor & Nicole Kidman


At Paul Michaels Events, we know just how to provide an evening of unforgettable entertainment, with these magnificent, timeless love songs. We are professional entertainment specialists, and our exceptional industry insight has earned us our reputation as one of Chicago’s top DJ companies.

We work on a personal level with all of our clients. Our experienced team is dedicated to creating entertainment experiences that are completely bespoke and of the absolute highest quality. So, if you’d like to book one of our talented DJs to provide your wedding entertainment, just get in touch with our team.

Vendor Spotlight: Esenam Photography

It goes without saying really but, because a wedding day is quite simply the most magical day of your life, you want to make sure that every single element within it is absolutely perfect. However, it’s easy to spend all of these hours making sure that the flowers look stunning, then choose the first wedding photographer that you come across, assuming that the photos will look great just because they’re a professional photographer.


But it’s not always that easy. Yes there are loads of extremely talented photographers out there, but you want to ensure that the photographer that you choose for your wedding day is passionate about their craft, and will ultimately create priceless keepsakes for you, preserving all of the wonderful moments that occur in this special day. This is why recommendations are so key to finding the perfect wedding photographer for you.


At Paul Michaels Events, we have extensive experience in the wedding industry and so we have worked with countless other external vendors, including a number of absolutely sensational photographers. So, as we wanted to share this knowledge with you, we decided to dedicate this week’s edition of our blog’s vendor spotlight series to one such professional wedding photographer, Esenam Photography.


Based in Chicago, Esenam is an exceptionally talented photographer, who has received an amazing amount of praise and rave reviews, even being named one of the best wedding photographers in Chicago by CBS Chicago.


The images that he creates are bright, light and beautiful, images that radiate raw emotion in a way that is truly authentic to how these feelings and moments were experienced on the day. In his own words, ‘My goal is to create images that transcend trends and fads to become timeless, an heirloom. Images to be enjoyed by future generations as much as you will enjoy them in your lifetime.’


So, while you and your partner are stuck in lockdown together (with very little going on to distract you), we’d recommend taking some time to have a look at Esenam’s stunning online portfolio of images. We chose to spotlight this gifted photographer in our blog because we share his passion for his craft, and the exceptional quality of the bespoke service that he offers to his clients.


At Paul Michaels Events, we specialize in providing weddings across Chicago with superb entertainment services that are personally tailored to meet the exact wishes of our clients. Our fantastic experience in the industry means that we can provide you with flawless wedding entertainment for an evening that is absolutely unforgettable. So, if you’d like to find out more about our sensational range of entertainment services, you can quickly and easily get in touch with us through our website.

Vendor Spotlight: Elizabeth Nord Photography

There are so many elements that go into making up a perfect wedding day. A couple will spend countless hours making sure that everything that happens, even the little details, are absolutely perfect. After the time and effort, it is only right that you treat yourselves to hiring a professional wedding photographer, who will capture the special intricate touches and the magical moments.


We’ve had the opportunity to work alongside a huge number of amazing vendors,  so we wanted to use our experience to provide our clients with recommendations of some exceptional companies who we’ve worked alongside. In the upcoming weeks we will be presenting a spotlight series of our favorite vendors.


In this week’s edition of our vendor spotlighting series, we focus on the amazing work of Elizabeth Nord. She is a wedding photographer based in Chicago who is an absolute master of her craft.


Elizabeth Nord (also known as Liz) is a bright, friendly and bubbly lady. She forges a wonderful working relationship with her clients, always leaving them absolutely delighted with the images that she produced and smiles on their faces.


Liz is dedicated to capturing the intimate, joyful and unforgettable moments that happen in a wedding. The images that Elizabeth creates are glamorous and sophisticated, while also remaining heartfelt and full of sentiment. You and your partner will be sure to treasure her photos forever. In her own words, ‘being able to meet people like you and capture those precious and ever-so fleeting moments is one of my biggest joys’.


Elizabeth Nord Photography does photography sessions for many different events. This includes engagement, newborn and maternity sessions. Be sure to check out her work on her website!


We love Elizabeth’s dedication to her craft, as well as the way in which she works so closely with all of her clients. At Paul Michaels Events, we create personalized weddings for each of our clients and are committed to working with each couple on a very personal basis. We take the time to get to know our clients and so that we can be sure to make their wedding day special. In our experience, this is the best way to achieve absolute perfection. So, if you’d like to find out more about what we can offer you for your wedding day, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.