5 Ways to Make the Most of Meeting with Your Wedding Vendors

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Vendor meetings can be fun as well as stressful, but should be productive. Sometimes, clients and vendors need to go back and forth until they finally arrive on the same page and see the same vision for the wedding.  While email and phone conversations can be effective, one-on-one meetings can be  advantageous as well. Below are some tips to communicate your needs, ideas, and concerns about your wedding to a prospective vendor.

 

  • Know Your Budget and Priorities

 

It’s important to have a budget set before you meet any vendor. While browsing the web for vendors, go with those whose prices or packages you can afford or are generally within your price range.

 

You should also prioritize your budget based on your needs and style. For example, you may prefer  to spend more on food  or entertainment and cut back on flowers.

 

 

  • Come Prepared

 

Before meeting with vendors, make sure you have a list of things you will be discussing with them. Identify the questions you want to ask and the ideas you want to discuss before scheduling a vendor meeting. Also, after you’ve chosen and contracted your vendors, be sure to share every detail of your wedding with them even if it doesn’t directly relate to their services. Tell them what you want and expect so they can help you with your vision. Sharing this level of detail  is very helpful not only to you, but also to them.

 

 

  • Be Open to Suggestions

 

You may already have a clear idea of what you want and need but that doesn’t mean you should reject every suggestion your vendor makes. Listen to them carefully and you may just pick some inspirations or get more ideas from them. Keep in mind, they have done hundreds or thousands of events and generally have an idea of what works and what doesn’t work as well.

 

 

  • Bring Your Partner 

 

Your partner’s opinions really matter during vendor meetings. Vendors like DJs always love to meet the couple to determine their style and taste. This will help them personalize their services based on your taste.

 

 

  • Beware of Rip-Offs

 

Before signing the contract, ensure that every detail and specifics are in it. This includes the agreed price, date,  time, services being provided, etc. Check the authenticity of the vendor before working with them by checking online sources and reviews on third party sites like Google, or their facebook business page. See what others are saying about them ahead of time.

 

At Paul Michaels Events, we love to have  one-on-one meetings (either through video chat, or in-person when it’s possible) with our clients to help us understand their needs and taste. That’s only one out of dozens of reasons why we are Chicago’s premier wedding DJ and entertainers!

 

Paul Michaels Events offers unique DJ and entertainment services to clients utilizing a boutique approach that sets us above the competition. When we perform, we guarantee you the only outcome will be a thrilling and fun celebration!

 

Want a happy fun wedding? Just click here to contact us or call us on this number: +1 (773) 850-1763. If you prefer to reach us via email, email us at: info@paulmichaelsevents.com.

5 Wedding Entertainment Ideas That Will Impress Your Guests

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A unique and varied line-up of entertainment options will not only excite your guests but also create a fun atmosphere for your event. While the dance floor may be entertainment for some crowds all night long, adding a few extra touches to entertain the guests can be great additions to your wedding. If you’re looking to surprise and entertain your guests, these 5 ideas will do wonders for you.

 

 

  • Photo Booth

 

Taking photos with your friends is always fun. A photo booth is perfect for having a fun time putting on props and posing with your friends, but it also helps create lasting memories of your wedding for you and your guests.  Because we can print out multiple copies, everyone can take a copy home. At Paul Michaels Events, if you use our DJ services, we give you $200 off of the premium photo booth package. The package comes with a backdrop of your choosing, props and a book of all of the photos taken throughout the night for the new couple to take home (so you can see what your friends and family were up to all night!).

 

 

  • Food Fiesta

 

While food can satisfy and incite the taste buds, it can also be a source of fun. Try to be creative with the food options and the menu. You can serve ‘entertaining’ wedding food like cotton candy, sushi, midnight snacks, chocolates and more. You’d be surprised how much your guests will appreciate this twist!

 

Also, food trucks have gained quite a momentum in wedding receptions. You can be creative with the food styles and options in a way that excites your guests.

 

 

  • Games

 

Games are always a fun activity and you can bring that fun to your event! Lawn games, casino tables, Jenga, space hopper, musical chairs, bingo, bouncing castle etc. Games are an idea that  both kids and adults can enjoy.

 

  • Fireworks 

A popular option for entertainment is to have a spectacular display of fireworks towards the end of the wedding reception. Think of it as the grand finale that ends the ceremony with a bang. Sparklers also work for a similar effect at a smaller scale!

 

 

  • Dance and Choreography 

 

Music helps set the mood at a wedding reception and where there is music, there is dancing and fun. You and your new partner might want to have a choreographed dance, or you could bring back something from the bachelor or bachelorette party.

 

Paul Michaels Events is a top wedding DJ based in Chicago. We always bring endless fun and unique excitement to every event wedding we cover!

 

Our DJs are handpicked to fit our clients’ tastes and when we perform at your wedding, even the music will be an extension of you!

 

We start by getting to know our client’s personally. This brief but strong bond we forge gives us what we need to create a service perfect for our clients’ needs. Contact us here or call us at (773) 850-1763 or send an email to info@paulmichaelsevents.com to know more about our services!

Vendor Spotlight – Esenam Photography

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We’ve worked with different wedding vendors over the years and it’s always such a wonderful shared experience. From photographers to wedding planners to officiants, they always bring their uniqueness to every event they touch. One of those vendors is Esenam of Esenam Photography; one of the most sought-after photographers in Chicago.

 

He is a remarkably talented photographer whose work is  emotionally driven. Esenam is also very versatile, as he does photojournalism for weddings, nature photography and more. We are so excited to have him on our vendor spotlight today!

 

 

  • What’s it like to work with him?

 

Working with Esenam is always an experience to cherish. He is easy to work with, kind, and gets along with everybody. By his unique services and excellent results, you will immediately know Esenam is an experienced photographer who loves what he does.

 

 

  • What photography items do they offer?

 

Esenam offers different wedding packages. After the event, clients can get albums, digital files, flush mount, prints, etc. He has many different options.

 

 

  • Are his services restricted to Chicago only?

 

No, they are not. Besides Chicago, Esenam is available to capture weddings across the United States and beyond. He will travel to where he is needed!

 

 

  • What does he hope to achieve with his pictures?

 

Esenam is more than just a photographer; he is a storyteller. His photographs reflect the raw emotions of the couple and everyone in attendance. Every picture he takes is unique, natural, and authentic. His ability to give a natural edit to pictures is also incredible.

 

Esenam Photography is a great option if you are looking for a photographer that will capture your special moments on your most special day. No matter what your wedding theme is, your persona will shine through the pictures. 

 

His works are so exceptional, and he treats every client like a close friend or family. Get in touch him by calling (630) 674-2405 or learn more about his services at www.esenamphotography.com

 

Paul Michaels Events has everything you need to make your event fun and entertaining. From music to entertainment options, Paul Michaels Events is that DJ company that brings its best game to every event. We are Chicago’s premier wedding DJ and no one throws a party like we do!

 

Our services are personalized to each client so that their style and taste is reflected through our work. Get in touch with us here or call us at +1 (773) 850-1763 or send a mail to info@paulmichaelsevents.com and let’s help you have a fun event!

How To Pick Wedding Reception Music that Suits Your Style

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Creating a unique soundtrack for your wedding day is not something to trifle with. Whether you decide on the classics, traditional, or modern, the music you choose will help set the mood and atmosphere of your wedding.

 

Before choosing the music for your Chicago wedding reception, it’s important to think about yourself, your wedding guests, and the wedding venue. For example, if you’re having a traditional wedding or a wedding in a church, you can’t just play any kind of song because it might be deemed inappropriate. Below are a few tips that we suggest for picking out the right music for your wedding.

 

 

  • Decide on a DJ or Musician 

 

The first thing to do when planning the music for your wedding is to decide who’s in charge of the playlist. Sometimes, couples hire musicians for their ceremony and then a DJ for the reception. Your DJ can play music, including instrumentals to cover the ceremony as well. 

Whatever you decide on depends on your music taste. DJs offer more variety, can easily shuffle between different types of genres and don’t need breaks. If that appeals to you, we would suggest that you hire a DJ.

 

 

  • Start with The Big Songs 

 

When curating a playlist, it’s necessary to start with the big moments. There are important moments at your wedding that need unique songs: Your first dance, processional songs, introductions, cake cutting song etc. At Paul Michaels Events, we walk you through the whole timeline of the evening and help you pick out songs to play at each of these special moments. 

 

 

  • Think About Your Wedding Style

 

Make sure the music you choose is comfortable for your guests and matches your wedding style. If you’re going with a vintage theme, add a few good classics. If it’s a backyard wedding, country music works great, of course. Going with a mix is the best because playing different genres from different eras appeals to the different generations of guests in attendance.

 

 

  • You Don’t Have To Pick Out Every Song

 

While you may want to pick lots of songs for your evening, you don’t have to, and you shouldn’t need to do this! DJs are professionals at picking out the right song for the right moment for your guests. We call this “reading the crowd”. Give the DJ some songs or genres that you like, but if you don’t want to pick out a huge playlist, there is no need!

 

At Paul Michaels Events, we love to help you create your wedding atmosphere through music. We will work with you throughout the entire planning process so that we play the right music for you and your guests.

Paul Michaels Events is a DJ company in Chicago that has entertained couples and rocked countless weddings. Our job is to help make your wedding a night to remember! If it’s a great party you seek, simply click here to contact us! You can also call us on +1 (773) 850-1763 or send a mail to info@paulmichaelsevents.com.

Venue Spotlight – Pinstripes

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Over the years, we’ve worked with multiple event venues, each of them boasting with their own unique features that make them excellent wedding venues. The Chicagoland locations of Pinstripes are easily some of the best dining and entertainment venues we’ve had the privilege of working with!

 

Situated in multiple locations including North brook, Oak Brook, and Downtown Chicago in Streeterville, Pinstripes is a beautiful event space that’s perfect for your special events. We have worked here on many occasions and our couples agree with us that Pinstripes is an excellent choice for a memorable wedding.Join us as we welcome Pinstripes to our weekly vendor spotlight series!

 

  • What does Pinstripes look like?

 

Pinstripes locations each have something special about their environments. Whether it be a great outdoor patio with fire pits, or a beautiful view of the water in Downtown Chicago, their venues are remarkably gorgeous. Whether you’re planning an event of 20 people or 1000 people, this venue offers various spaces that can accommodate a large number of guests.

 

 

  • What other entertainment do they offer?

 

Bowling lanes and bocce courts are just some of the many entertainment options awaiting couples at Pinstripes. This unique venue is appointed with amenities that guarantee you’ll have a fun time. Pinstripes also offers after-party celebrations, which makes it a great fit for couples leaning towards a wild yet fun wedding.

 

 

  • Do they offer other kinds of services?

 

Apart from the distinctive venue, Pinstripes offers set up services, decorations, a standby wedding manager, and more. This will save you the hassle of sourcing all these for these yourself. They also have a professional event team to work with you to ensure your ceremony goes smoothly and the reception is fun and memorable.

 

 

  • What is their menu like?

 

They serve American/Italian cuisine that always seems to be a hit. They also have great wine and beverage options.You can choose between family-style serving or something formal like a five-course meal. Each dish is made by talented chefs with locally-sourced ingredients.

 

 

 

  • What type of weddings can they host?

 

Whether you want an outdoor or indoor wedding, an intimate or grand wedding, we definitely  recommend Pinstripes because weddings held there look amazing.

 

Choosing this wedding venue will give your event a flair and vibe that few other event spaces can achieve. And because of how accommodating they are, you will be saved from the many inconveniences associated with other, less equipped wedding venues.

 

Aside from weddings, Pinstripes hosts birthdays, office meetings, and other special events too.

 

With this combination of amazing spaces, outstanding services, fine dining, and classic games, Pinstripes has everything it needs to make it one of the best wedding venues in Chicago, and we have everything you need for amazing music and entertainment at your Chicago wedding!

 

At Paul Michaels Events, we offer such excellent DJ and entertainment services that will be nothing less than perfect for your wedding event. We personalize every client’s services; we get to know our clients personally, enabling us to tailor our services in a way that befits their taste and personality.

 

Want to know more about our DJ services? Get in touch with us by calling 1 (773) 850-1763 or sending a mail to info@paulmichaelsevents.com. You can also contact us here and we’ll promptly reply to you and tend to any inquiries you have.

How to Choose a Unique First Dance Song

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Choosing a first dance song may be stressful because there are so many amazing choices. .  You are going to think of this song as your first dance together for the rest of your life! Below are some tips that will help you in figuring out what is the right first dance song for you.

 

 

  • Go Back in Time

 

There are amazing songs from the 50s, 60s, 80s, and 90s that will be perfect for a first dance song. A lot of couples think that you must settle for current or trending songs but classics are unique and will add timelessness to your dance!

 

 

  • Pick Something Special

 

Instead of just choosing any song, you and your partner can decide on a song that means something to your relationship. Perhaps a song you both really love, the song playing the day you met, etc. This will make the song feel personal and make your dance unique.

 

 

  • Consider Covers

 

You can make your wedding unique by choosing a cover song. Many hit songs have amazing covers with a different voice. Great covers are always unique and delightful to listen to.

 

 

  • Check Out Movie Theme Songs

 

Your first dance can also be an instrumental or movie theme song. There are so many of them out there that are unique and many are pretty nostalgic. The Jurassic Park Theme Song, Game of Thrones, and Lord of The Rings all have amazing instrumentals that will make your event unique.

 

 

  • It Doesn’t Have To Be A Slow Song

 

No one is going to be upset if your first dance isn’t a slow, romantic love song! It can be something upbeat and fun if that’s what fits you. Maybe a salsa dance, or a hip hop song if that is more your style.

 

 

  • Work with Your DJ

 

DJs are conversant with matters like picking the first song. If you can’t decide on a first dance song, a conversation with your DJ can solve the problem!

 

At Paul Michaels Events, we create an interpersonal relationship with our clients, we get to know them and what they like, and use all that to create special and personalized wedding moments for them. With us, customer satisfaction is 100% guaranteed and we are never satisfied until you and your guests are well-entertained and happy. Paul Michaels Events knows how to throw a good party, and we can wait to entertain couples at yours!

 

Contact us today or call us at +1 (773) 850-1763 or check our website, www.paulmichaelsevents.com Let’s all work towards making your wedding ceremony a night to remember!

90’s Wedding Ideas That Are Still Awesome!

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Most couples these days are having modern weddings but why not travel back in time and have the ultimate 90s wedding? We’re talking about bright neon colors, 90s music, lots of balloons, and more.

 

The 90s may be over but you can relive that amazing era. And as we know, styles always come back in fashion through beauty trends, band reunions, fashion trends like strappy heels and dad sneakers. Many of us remember the 90s as such a colorful era. So if bringing a bit of the 90s into your wedding is enticing to you, the few tips listed below can help make it possible.

 

  • Invitations with 90s Patterns 

Let your guests have an idea of what your party is going to be like by sending invites with a strong 90s theme. Choose fonts and patterns, like prisms and geometrical motifs that really bring out the era.

 

 

  • A Unique Wedding Dress 

 

To give a 90s vibe, choose a minimalist wedding dress style with 90s details like stylish crop tops and skirts, puffy sleeves, or even a jean jacket!

 

 

  • Suspenders

 

Suspenders were a thing in the 90s and even now, it’s a perfect trend for men. For 90s styles, Grooms and groomsmen can ditch traditional tux for suspenders.

 

 

  • Neon

 

Neon signs were a great trend in the early 90s. Consider having custom neon signs in your venue – around the walls, on tables or on the bride and grooms table. It could say a loving quote or your new Mr. and Mrs. name.

 

 

  • Balloon Arch

 

A wedding venue with a large colorful balloon arch is instantly recognizable as a 90s feature. 

 

  •  Milk and Cookies

Milk and cookies were a favorite back in the 90s and they can still serve as an excellent treat for your guests as a “late night snack”. These could be gourmet cookies from your favorite bakery or your guilty pleasure, like Oreo’s!

 

 

  • Fun Games

 

You can incorporate fun, vintage, and 90s games at your reception. This is an especially great idea if you have children attending your wedding. Ask your entertainment about what games they may be able to lead.

 

 

  • Get That 90s Playlist On!

 

Is it really 90s without 90s music? Pick out your top favorite 90s songs to give to your DJ who will create a great 90s playlist for your event. 

 

For everything entertainment and music, whether you’re going 90s or prefer an elegant modern wedding, Paul Michaels Events will be happy to cover your wedding ceremony!

 

We always have conversations with our clients to understand what they want and ascertain we deliver the best music experience at their wedding. We create a playlist that will match their style and preference, so the entire wedding ceremony ends up being flawless.

Want fun, music, and entertainment at your event? That’s our specialty! Get in touch with us today by contacting us here or by calling +1 (773) 850-1763 or sending a mail to info@paulmichaelsevents.com.

6 Moments You’ll Need Music at Your Event

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Your wedding will be a huge collection of memorable events. From your entrance to the cake-cutting, each special moment deserves a song that captures how wonderful it is. During our planning process, we help our couples pick out songs for the special moments throughout the wedding day. Below are some of the moments that we believe deserve their own special songs.

 

  • Ceremony Prelude 

This is usually background music; and generally something light and exciting so you can set the tone for the event. While you might not be hearing it a lot, it will play as guests are getting seated and the ceremony is just a few minutes away from being started. We often like to suggest some instrumental pop songs.

 

 

  • Reception Grand Entrance

 

It’s your wedding day, so it’s only fitting that you make a grand entrance. Your entrance is one of the most memorable moments of your ceremony. Guests, friends, family, and loved ones will all have their eyes on you, excited from the beautiful ceremony and ready to celebrate with you. We recommend that you use a song that will pump up the crowd with a lot of energy or a song with a big surprise something to make it even more breathtaking. Depending on your choice, you could dance in with your groomsmen or you could walk in with the ambiance of king and queen.

 

 

  • Cake Cutting

 

This is your chance to pick a fun or silly song if you would like. Or it can be sentimental. Either way, pick one that will make you smile as you enjoy this sweet moment.

 

 

  • First Dance

 

The first dance is always a sentimental and passionate moment. Most couples usually prefer a slow song, or one that has a lot of meaning in their relationship. But if you are more on the adventurous side you can definitely choose something that increases tempo or is more upbeat. 

 

 

  • Father-Daughter and Mother-Son Dances

 

Parents’ dances will usually follow the first dance. A parent-child dance can be wonderful and full of emotions, so it is important to find the right song for you. You could go for a song that sparks shared memories or just a song that you both think is a beautiful choice. 

 

 

  • The Last Dance

 

After a night of fun and excitement and new memories, it is hard for the celebration to come to an end. But alas it will end as all good things do. The last song is a great opportunity to pick the note that you want to end your evening. It can be a slow song to sway to while singing with your friends or something fun and funny to end with lots of energy!

 

If you are planning to host a wedding in Chicago, or anywhere we can travel, Paul Michaels Events would be delighted to work with you, and make your wedding an event that will be remembered by everyone in attendance.

At Paul Michaels Events, we understand how important each moment at your event is and we make sure the perfect song is played at each important moment. Music brings fun and entertainment to your event, and we can make it happen for you. Contact us today at info@paulmichaelsevents.com or visit our website https://www.paulmichaelsevents.com/  and let’s help you make every moment memorable.

5 Popular Wedding Music Genres

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A wedding ceremony contains all the formalities but the reception is where the fun happens.  Music and entertainment get your guests on the dance floor to create the vibe of the wedding.

 

There are so many different music genres, styles, and themes you can pick from to make your wedding enjoyable. You will want to play some of your favorite tunes and also make sure to work with your DJ to add some crowd-pleasing songs to your wedding playlist. We came up with 5 music styles you and your guests are bound to love!

 

 

  • Rock & Roll

 

Rock & Roll is an excellent choice if you want feet hurrying on to the dance floor. It’s one of the most danceable music types there is for any kind of formal event. And with a wide range of songs from the 50s to 90s, nostalgia will be thick in the air too.

 

 

  • R & B 

 

R & B is always peaceful, romantic, inspiring, and will surely give your ceremony an intimate feeling. Spice up the tunes by mixing classics with contemporary songs. 

 

 

  • Latin

 

Latin music is a very passionate and exciting genre with popular dance styles and steps like salsa, samba, and merengue. This feisty music genre will motivate everyone to get up and enjoy the moment. Not everyone will know the steps but that won’t really matter as long as they’re having fun.

 

 

  • Jazz

 

Jazz comes in a wide variety of styles which makes it suitable for any type of event and ceremony. Whether you want it upbeat, smooth, or chilled, this genre will suit your reception and set the right mood for your guests.

 

 

  • Pop

 

Pop is an ideal genre for a younger and diverse crowd. With a mix of songs from popular artists and all-time favorites, expect an entertaining ceremony with much dancing and sing-alongs. While every wedding is unique, these 5 genres will surely provide you and your guests with a fun-filled experience.

 

Hiring a DJ who has the experience in your favorite genre and across many genres is important for getting the music you love.

 

At Paul Michaels Events, we understand that every wedding reception is different and each client and crowd enjoys different styles of music. We pair our couples up with a DJ that will know your style music  and that’s why we make sure we know our clients and what they seek, then deliver great music and entertainment that’s well above their expectations. 

 

Paul Michaels Events specializes on creating a dance-floor environment that will have guests dancing all night long! Contact us today at info@paulmichaelevents.com or browse our website at https://www.paulmichaelsevents.com/ for more information about us.

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Wedding Vendors

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Planning a wedding isn’t a one-man job. From the photography, to the venue, to music, and more, you need vendors to help take care of things. When it comes to choosing and hiring wedding vendors, there are a lot of things to consider, because your vendors will play an important role in the wedding coming together. We have listed the most common mistakes couples make when hiring wedding vendors.

 

  • Forgetting About Your Budget

Your budget is one of the most important factors to consider when hiring a vendor. Create a budget broken down into categories and specific vendors. This will make it easy to hire a vendor that fits that budget and provides the services you need.

 

 

  • Not Checking the Venues Approved Vendor List

Some wedding venues have approved vendors that can work in that venue. This can help some couples narrow down their search. But for couples who already have a particular vendor in mind, can be a problem. Be sure to ask your venue if they have an approved vendor list and if they are willing to create exceptions in case they do.

 

 

  • Not Researching Your Vendors

Before hiring vendors, make sure you see what others are saying about them. Check out reviews, their websites (if there’s one), and the previous weddings or events they covered.

 

 

  • Not Meeting the Vendor

It is crucial to talk with your vendors before hiring them. You should ask your wedding vendors questions to ensure they are right for you. Speak with your vendors, build a relationship with them, and ensure you’re on the same page.

 

 

At Paul Michaels Events, working with us couldn’t be easier, because we know and appreciate the amount of work that goes into making a wedding a success. We value face-to-face consultations (or in these times video calls) because it gives us an avenue to know our clients and help us understand them better.

 

Want a fun, music-filled, and entertaining wedding party? Leave it to us at Paul Michaels Events; Chicago’s No. 1 DJ company. Get started today by calling +1 (773) 850-1763 or send a mail to info@paulmichaelsevents.com.