Secrets to an Awesome Wedding Dance Floor

One of the best and entertaining parts of a wedding is music and in extension, the dance floor!  An empty or boring dancefloor is a nightmare we’re sure everyone would want to avoid. Below are some suggestions that will help your guests make their way to the dance floor and keep it rocking!

 

  • Create the Right Mood

It’s essential to set the right mood. The mood for your party is usually set during cocktail hour.  With proper lighting and music, this can enhance your guests’ vibe. When you’re ready to get the dancing part of the night started, work with your DJ to pick an upbeat song to get the wedding started!

 

  • Timing

Timing is important. You don’t want to stop the dancing because it’s time for speeches, and then expect your guests to all return to the dancefloor with the same vibe. Consider having essential wedding activities completed before dancing starts.

 

  • Make Sure There’s Enough Space

Small dance floors will discourage your guests and limit their dancing. Therefore, ensure you pick a venue with enough dance floor space. The ideal size is to have 3 square feet of space for every two guests, which means about 200 guests will need 18 x 18 area.

 

  • Provide Flip Flops for Female Guests

Sore or blistered feet from high heels can obviously kill the vibe for your guests. Consider providing flip flops or socks for female guests to keep them dancing.

 

  • Hire an Awesome DJ

An excellent wedding DJ will help make a fantastic dance floor. Great DJs can read the crowd and know the songs to play to get people on the dance floor.

They also have an exciting and diverse playlist that will get people excited to be on the dance floor. Want a packed dance floor? Invest in a great DJ!

 

  • Trust Your DJ

Don’t teach the DJ how to do their work. Let your DJ lead the music services. Song requests are great ideas, but you don’t want to try to turn your DJ into a jukebox playing from the list you provided exactly.

 

  • Set the Lead

Don’t underestimate how contagious your energy is. Taking the lead to hit the dance floor will encourage the guests to join you. Your guests are there to be with you. If you’re on the dance floor, that’s where your guests will be!

 

Need a DJ that will deliver fantastic music services and keep the dance floor packed? Go with Paul Michaels Events! With our services, you can’t go wrong with your wedding reception entertainment. We offer personalized services tailored to the couple and guests’ tastes, and we are never satisfied until our clients are!

Contact us today to get that dream wedding dance floor.

Mary and Matt’s Wedding Reception in Hampshire IL

Mr and Mrs sign at Wedding

Almost closing out the 2020 wedding season (which was near non-existent, as can be assumed), DJ Paul Michaels and Assistant Mani recently were honored to provide Hampshire IL Wedding Reception DJ Services for Mary and Matt at a private venue in Hampshire, IL.

Matt and his family have been long time friends of Paul Michaels Events. We performed for his brother’s wedding back in 2018, and Matt is personal friends (from high school) with DJ Paul Michaels.

This was a small wedding (per COVID guidelines and requirements) of the closest family members of both the bride and groom. They started with a cocktail hour outdoors, and then moved indoors for dinner and dancing.

As with many of our 2020 weddings, our bride and groom had to be flexible with their plans, and made many adjustments over the course of the year, but they were able to have a beautiful wedding with their closest family and friends there to celebrate with them!

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Hampshire Wedding Reception DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:

Venue: Private Venue
Photography: Joanna and Brett
Florist: Floral Events
Cake/Bakery: Sweet Creations by Tracy
Transportation: Way to Go Limousine

Check out some of our candid pictures below! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

6 Ways To Keep Guests Happy On Your Wedding Day

Your wedding day is obviously about you, but the truth is, it’s important to think about your guests when making plans. Even though it’s your day, your guests will appreciate it if you make them feel special too.  Below we listed some tips to help you keep your guests happy.

 

  •         Formal Invitation and Plenty of Notice

Even with social media, phone calls, and emails, guests still appreciate a hard copy invitation letter, especially beautifully designed and addressed to them.

Your invitations should include vital information like date, time, venue, directions, and other basics they will need to know. You should also give a lot of notice to help your guests plan ahead and make sure they don’t have any conflicts.

  •         Location

Location can matter a lot. A great location will add to the guest’s experience and the best location is the one that’s convenient for your guests. Things to consider are accommodation options, size, aesthetics, comfort, availability of restrooms, and anything related to the guests  services.

If it’s an outdoor wedding, make arrangements according to the weather. Find an option that provides shade or warmth for your guests if the conditions call for such.

 

  •         Travel and Accommodation Arrangement

If you’re having a destination wedding, try to have a travel and accommodation arrangement for your guests. They will be pleased as well as make the event run even smoother for everyone.

 

  •         Food

Food is one of the essential parts of your wedding. Having varieties of great food and drink options will make your guests happy. No celebration is complete without delectable food!

 

  •         Favors

Your guests will appreciate a small token to remember the night. When it comes to wedding favors, there are a lot of options you can choose from, but you don’t have to be extravagant. You can go for something simple or even explore edible gifts. Something with your names and wedding dates is ideal!

 

  •         The Right Music Mix

What’s a party without good music? For your wedding, good music means playing songs your guests will enjoy and love to dance to. Have a DJ play songs that will appease your guests’ diverse tastes and create a party atmosphere. Only a professional wedding DJ can cater to this!

Need a DJ to help create a happy wedding with fun memories? Go for Paul Michaels Events! We are Chicago’s No. 1 wedding DJ company, and the rave reviews our past clients leave us is just one of the many reasons we are Chicago’s’ favorite entertainers!

We offer exceptional and quality music services at wedding events, and we want to perform and entertain everyone at your wedding! Contact us here or reach out to us on [email protected] to get started!

5 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Couples

We all have things going on in our lives, add a wedding to the mix, and it can get overwhelming and time-consuming. For a busy bride or groom who doesn’t have a lot of time to spare, planning their wedding could be very difficult. However, here are some wedding planning hacks to save you time.

  • Hire a Wedding Planner 

One of the best ways to save time is to hire a wedding planner to handle your event. Wedding planners are skilled professionals who can guide you through the whole planning process. They can handle up to 90% of your wedding tasks!

The best thing about hiring a planner is that you decide how much control you want to give them. Partial planning? Full planning? Day of planning? They can customize their services to your preference.

  • Find An All-Inclusive Venue 

Some venues offer extra services to help couples reduce the stress of sourcing them out themselves. Some venues provide catering services, cake/bakery, wedding planning services, and more. Some also work with other wedding vendors like photographers, florists, etc., that will take care of your event.

  • Delegate Your Tasks

You don’t have to do it all alone. Reducing tasks you have to handle will save you a lot of time. Some people would be willing to help with your tasks, enlist their help. Delegate some of the tasks to your family and friends to make things simpler.

  • Use Time-Saving Technology 

There are wedding-related apps and programs designed to keep you organized and save time. With these programs, you can create a checklist, guest list, budget outline, track your progress, set deadlines, record ideas, and more.

Make use of these technologies to help you stay organized.

  • Don’t Wait Until Last Minute To Book Vendors 

Don’t wait up before you start hiring vendors. Any situation may arise, and you may lose your preferred vendors. The earlier you hire your vendors, you’ll have less stress to worry about since your team of trusted vendors will be ready to work with you to make for your ideal wedding.

 

Hire A DJ

The importance of a wedding DJ can not be overemphasized. They bring fun to parties and make your wedding exciting.

Need a DJ? Work with us at Paul Michaels event. We are a DJ Company that provides the best of music services to clients. Contact us today at [email protected] for a lively wedding with a music-filled reception. 

 

4 Things to Know About When to Book A Wedding DJ

So, you already have a wedding date and you want a DJ because you know their presence would make a huge difference at your wedding, right? But when are you supposed to book one? How far in advance should you book one without the risk of losing your ideal DJ to another wedding? Below are things to consider to help you through the booking process.

  • How Popular is Your Wedding Date?

There are some months (E.g. June, August, September, October) and days (E.g.  Fridays, Saturdays) where weddings are popular. These days are usually different by region, and heavily weather dependent. These popular dates will have vendors including DJs in high demand. If your wedding is on a popular date, then you want to book as soon as possible before someone books your ideal DJ.

  • How In-Demand or Popular Is The DJ?

The more a DJ is in-demand, the more you’re likely to lose him or her to another couple if you don’t book in advance. There are some DJs that get booked very far out (up to 2.5 years out!) , so don’t sleep on booking your ideal DJ if this is the case.

  • Do You Have A Specific Vision for Your Wedding?

Some couples leave their wedding playlist completely at the hands of the DJ while some have ideas, specific arrangement, and playlist ideas for their reception.

 

If the latter is the case, you will definitely need to make sure you’re on the same page as your DJ to get  the results you want. This means it’s a great idea to book a DJ as soon as you can because they will need time to put your vision together. 

  • When Exactly Is the Right Time?

There’s really no particular way for you to know how far in advance you should book a DJ. However, it is recommended you book a DJ at least 6 months in advance.

 

Depending on the factors above – like availability and popularity – you may even want to book earlier than 6 months. Get in touch with your DJ of choice as soon as possible to secure a spot. At Paul Michaels Events, we usually book weddings about 13 months in advance, up to 2 years.

 

Need a great DJ for a wedding in Chicago or its surrounding areas? Secure the services of Paul Michaels Events for amazing DJ and wedding entertainment! We work together with couples to bring their wedding vision alive. 

 

At Paul Michaels Events, we understand the need for lively music at your wedding and that’s exactly what we deliver. Click here to contact us or reach us here: [email protected] to get started.

Tiffany and JJ’s Wedding Reception at River Roast in Downtown Chicago

We recently had the honor of working with Tiffany and JJ for their unique wedding with some fun covid adjustments! 

The couple had plans for their wedding of 200 people at River Roast, located in River North in Downtown Chicago this November. However, as we know, 2020 hasn’t panned out exactly as expected for anyone’s plans. This couple wasn’t going to let this hold them back from getting married, so they moved their wedding up a month to October to be able to take advantage of the Chicago weather.

To comply with the current (at the time) covid guidelines and regulations from the City of Chicago, the couple shortened their guest list to under 50 for the first part of the wedding at River Roast, and then had some additional guests for the second part of the wedding (more to come on that!).

Tiffany and JJ held their ceremony at St Alphonsus Church in Chicago. After the beautiful ceremony, the guests all made their way to the outdoor (but heated) patio at River Roast for cocktail hour with DJ Paul Michaels. After a nice dinner (with a few great speeches) all the guests transitioned once again to the couple’s condo association’s parking lot where DJ Shannon was ready to rock with them for an outdoor celebration!

We really love how this couple adjusted their plans throughout the year so they could celebrate their marriage safely with their family and friends!

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:

Venue: River Roast in Chicago, IL
Photography: Cedar and Moss
Florist: Bella Flora
Cake/Bakery: Bittersweet Bakery
Transportation: 312 Limo

Check out some of our candid pictures below! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

6 Things No One Tells You About Planning Your Wedding

Let’s be honest here:  Planning for a wedding is as exciting as it is overwhelming. If you didn’t know that before getting engaged, you probably do now. Your wedding will be a wonderful day riddled with gaiety and love but planning it can be challenging.  We have found a few tips that most people don’t realize when they are beginning to plan. While they are little things it’s better you know about them now so you’re better prepared. Here are a few things no one tells you about planning a wedding.

  • It’s Hard

Whether you’re throwing a big party or a casual party, it’s hard to organize it. There are so many things and decisions you need to take care off and it may get difficult-especially without the help of a professional. Make sure to find the right vendors who can help make your day run smoothly.

  • Your Wedding Isn’t Your Wedding

Your wedding is your day but someone could easily make it about them. Many people will try to add to your day and end up interfering with your plans, although usually with good intentions. However, these unwanted additions usually don’t turn out as well as the person may hope. Your friends and relatives may contribute solicited (or unsolicited) ideas and opinions which may make  you feel obligated to please everyone to avoid offending them. So, it’s either you take a stand or allow everyone to have a say in your wedding. Neither is easy, we know.

  • Weddings Are Expensive

We encourage you to have a wedding based on your budget, however weddings do cost a lot of money. When doing a wedding on a budget, think about where it is important to spend the money for you . For some people, the food may be the most important thing to spend the money on. For others, it may be the entertainment or decorations. Spend the money where you think it will be most impactful for your day.

  • An Expense Always Pops Up

When planning a wedding, we advise you to set money aside for unforeseen expenses because something that isn’t in your original budget can come up when you least expect it. 

  • You May Fight with Your Partner

Believe it or not, this is quite common. You may have different opinions with your partner about how the day will go. You and your partner may need to find a compromise to keep the wedding plans on track. These decisions will make you a stronger couple as you begin to build a healthy marriage!

  • Not Everyone Will Remember Your Wedding

Your wedding may be the center of the universe for you but it’s not the center of everyone else’s. Be mindful of that. Weeks after the wedding is over, don’t be surprised when people even start forgetting about the little details of your event.

 

What we’re trying to say here is, your wedding can never be as important to your guests as it is to you, so put your happiness first before anyone else’s. Make your wedding as memorable as you can make it for you! Make it a wedding that lives long in your memory and heart.

 

Creating a fun and memorable wedding is hard but we can make it easier for you. With the help of our company, Paul Michaels Events, we will make your wedding just right for you, so that it will be your most exciting and memorable day! We’re a professional wedding DJ company based in Chicago, and crafting a celebration is where we excel!

 

Call us today on 773-850-1763, or visit our website, https://www.paulmichaelsevents.com/, and see what we can do for you. Reach out to us and we’ll make your wedding a day something to remember and a moment forever embedded in your heart.