What To Expect From Your Wedding DJ in 2020

A DJ is one of the ingredients that gives a wedding that unique and lovely flavor it needs. They can either make a wedding lively and unforgettable or boring.

 

When signing an agreement with any vendor, you should know what to consider before you secure their services and sign a contract. This is particularly important for when you hire a professional wedding DJ. Below we have listed some things you should expect from an experienced DJ.

  • Arrival

Your DJ should arrive before the guests-at least 2 hours before the start of the program.  This will give them time to unpack and set up equipment, do some soundcheck, and play background music as the guests arrive. At Paul Michaels Events, we generally have a three hour set-up time for weddings. This makes sure that we are ready with plenty of time and can double check to make sure everything is set up well.

  • Music

A DJ is responsible for playing music and creating a playlist for each special moment at your wedding. However, if you have special songs you would like to hear at your wedding, you should discuss it with your DJ. At Paul Michaels Events, we play a role in helping you organize the event especially with the timeline, however the DJ is not your party planner. Make sure to know what services your DJ offers.

  • Dance Floor Opening 

Wedding ceremonies come with different special dances like the first dance, father-daughter dance, wedding party, etc. Your DJ is expected to announce these dance moments and accompany it with a song of your choice. For our couples, we go over all of the introductions ahead of time to make sure we are announcing everyone correctly. You should also expect your DJ to open the dance floor with an upbeat and lively playlist during dance hour.

  • Master of Ceremony

You should know that a professional wedding DJ does a lot more than just play music. Many DJs double as the master of ceremony. Asides playing music, they make announcements such as cutting of the cake, the arrival of the couple, dance time, etc. They occasionally engage with guests too by saying a few words to keep them entertained. We like to play an active role in getting the party started, but once everyone is dancing, we are sure that the couple is the center of attention and not us.

  • Contract

Your DJ should offer a contract when you decide to hire them. This will ensure you are on the same page and all your needs are met. This contract is very important to make sure you and your DJ are on the same page for expectations.

 

Paul Michaels Events is the No. 1 DJ company in Chicago! We provide unrivalled music and entertainment services to clients to ensure their wedding day is lively and memorable. If you wish this for your wedding, we’d love to talk to you!

 

With our experience and the positive feedback from our previous clients, expect nothing but the best and highest quality services from Paul Michaels Events!

 

Get started with us today or send us an email at [email protected]

The Ultimate Guide for An Amazing Bridal Shower

Having a bridal shower before your wedding day is an amazing pre-wedding event for many brides. A bridal shower is often an intimate and small-scale affair, and yet, it requires planning if you want it to be a success. Below are some tips to help you with planning your bridal shower.

 

  • Venue

As with every celebration, you need a venue to throw a bridal shower. However, because it’s a small party, sourcing for a venue is pretty easy. Bridal showers can be held at restaurants or at a relative’s house. But if you feel like being more out-of-the box, there are a lot of other venue options for you: a posh restaurant, a spa, a banquet hall, etc. 

 

  • Theme

Choosing a theme is optional but it certainly makes a bridal shower more fun. Centralizing a bridal shower will not only make it unique but can also make planning easier by establishing a theme to connect everything to.

 

The theme should be personalized in a way that reflects the bride’s uniqueness. You can coordinate  the outfits to the menu and decor ideas of the party to the theme.

 

  • Decor

Once you’ve decided on a theme, the next is to start purchasing or sourcing decor items that fit the theme. You can try to DIY your décor after getting inspiration from sites like Pinterest. You can also hire an expert if you feel a professional’s help is better.

 

  • Menu

No party is complete without excellent food. While planning the menu, you need to consider the size of the guest list, your guests’ needs and how you will be serving the food. 

 

Although small treats and finger foods are the most common in bridal showers, you can explore and do other ways of serving food to fit your event. Make sure whatever your caterers serve is enough to go round and you consider if your guests have allergies or special food needs.

 

  • Music and Games

Bridal showers should involve some great games to keep guests entertained. Plan and have fun games like trivia, icebreakers, bingo, etc. that will involve everyone. 

 

Also, don’t forget the music! It’s good to have a musical background for the celebration. If you are looking for some help with the entertainment, you can hire a DJ to entertain your guests or provide audio services. 

 

At Paul Michaels Events, we offer DJ services for weddings to clients across Chicago and its suburbs. Each couple and event is unique and we understand how to set the mood and create a fun and memorable party  for your wedding!

 

We take time to sit with our clients, know them, and understand their individual wants and needs.  Thus, we provide unique entertainment and experience to each of our clients.

 

If you want a fun and unforgettable wedding ceremony, simply let Paul Michaels Events help! Contact us today or send us an email [email protected] to get started.

5 Tips to Get the Most from Your Wedding DJ

DJs are professionals who excel at using music to bring fun to any kind of event. They know how to read the crowd and keep them happy and excited. Conversely, because every client is different and has different needs, it is important to have some conversations with your DJ to get the most from them.

 

  • Your Input Greatly Matters

If you want the DJ to dictate all the songs to be played at your event, there’s no problem with that. Just give them some genres to start from and your DJ can take it from there. However, there’s no harm in creating your own playlist for them. While you shouldn’t try to plan every song that is played, feel free to create a list of your favorites for your DJ to work with. 

 

  • What Kind of Music Do You Like?

Your DJ will be in charge of playing music, right? Well, why not give them a hint on the type of music you like and want? You have the option to add your favorite songs to the DJ’s playlist too. Also, if you prefer some songs or genres over others, discuss with your DJ. Every client is unique and your day should reflect your taste.

 

  • What Music Do You Not Like?

Your “Do Not Play List” is just as important as your “Must Play” list. Ensure your DJ knows the songs or genres you don’t want to hear at your event. There may be many reasons that songs end up on the “Do Not Play List”, while your DJ doesn’t need to know the reasons, try to think of any song or artist that you (or an important guest) may have a negative reaction to.

 

  • What’s the Tone of Your Wedding?

Different wedding settings sometimes need different music playlists. For example, a ‘90s themed wedding will definitely require a different playlist from a traditional wedding. Let your DJ know the theme and tone of your wedding to enable him tailor a playlist that aligns with your event. 

 

  • Entertainment Options

There are so many other ways to have fun with music asides just dancing. You could play games like musical chairs, have a dancing competition, or a sing-a-long! If you’ll be playing a game or want something special that requires music, let your DJ know before the day so they can prepare for it.

 

At Paul Michaels Events, we understand that every client is different and we make it our job to have an in-depth conversation with our clients before the day. This enables us to understand their needs, their taste and tailor a playlist that suits them.

 

Want amazing music, fun and more fun at your wedding event? Click here to contact Paul Michaels Events today! You can also send us an email here, [email protected], to get started.

5 Tips for Planning A Destination Wedding

Planning a wedding is a big thing on its own and planning a wedding happening miles away from you requires more effort. Hopefully, with some tips like the few gathered below, planning a destination wedding will be lots of fun.

 

  • Pick a Destination 

You probably already have a setting and destination in mind for your wedding. However, if you don’t or have multiple options, the first step is to decide on one. Depending on your budget and needs, find a city or venue that will work well with what you want. When thinking about destinations, you should make sure to think about the full experience and not just the ceremony and reception. For example, what might your guests do while they are visiting this destination? How will your guests get to this location? How much will this trip cost your guests?

 

  • Select a Date

You have to take into consideration the weather and season of the destination before you pick a date. Usually, the best time for a destination wedding falls during the tourist season. This means there will be large crowds, and it means many of the hotels and venues will be booked as well. If you want to do your wedding during those times, planning far in advance is especially important. Also, be sure to let your friends and family know about your plans so they can start their own travel plans around your event.

 

  • Check Out Your Wedding Destination in Advance

It’s necessary to take a scouting trip before your wedding day. In fact, if you can take more than one trip before the day, do so. This will let you have a first-hand experience of your wedding site and help you plan key aspects of the wedding better so there will be less surprises the day of. It will also help in scouting for a venue, hotel, wedding vendors etc.

 

  • Bring Your Vendors

Of course finding local vendors for certain types of services will be necessary (such as finding a local venue), but you may want to bring some of your vendors with you! If you have a particular vendor that you know and trust, it is worth bringing them to your destination wedding. Especially because so many things are so unfamiliar for a destination wedding, it is good to have a few vendors you can count on. At Paul Michaels Events we have done many destination weddings, especially in other countries. This is usually because a couple may want their more key vendors, like their DJ or coordinator, to be from their own country so they are familiar with the customs of your culture.

 

  • Research Local Marriage Requirements

Your destination country may have different legal requirements when it comes to marriage. For example, you have to arrive 40 days before your wedding in France for your marriage to be legally recognized. If there are strict requirements you may not be able to meet, you can have a civil ceremony at home  before you proceed for your destination wedding.

 

That being said, whether it’s a destination wedding or a wedding in the country, you need entertainment to spice things up!

 

Do you plan on coming to Chicago for your destination wedding? At Paul Michaels Events, we offer DJ and entertainment services and we work with couples planning destination weddings all the time. We have all of our meetings over video chat, and we’d be happy to do a venue site walk for you if you aren’t able to be there in person!! 

 

If your wedding is not in Chicago, Paul Michaels Events is ready to travel with you! We want to help bring your dream destination wedding to reality. We love getting to know our clients and making sure the entertainment is their style, even if it is in a different country.

 

Want a fun exciting wedding filled with amazing music? Let Paul Michaels Events be your DJ! Contact us here or send us an email at [email protected].

3 Reasons Why a Professional DJ is a Necessity for Your Wedding DJ

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Your wedding is a special event that comes once in a lifetime! That alone is enough of a reason why you should make sure everything is taken care of so it runs smoothly that day. You should to have vendors you can rely on, including (but not limited to) your music and entertainment!

Not everyone with a wedding playlist can perform at your wedding. As a matter of fact, not every DJ is prepared to entertain at a wedding. Only a professional wedding DJ with appropriate skill,experience and equipment can handle this.

Here are some reasons why you should hire a professional wedding DJ; excellent reasons why a professional wedding DJ is a necessity at your wedding.

 

 

  • They Are Prepared For Wedding Customs

 

A professional wedding DJ will work with you on weaving the entertainment together with the wedding customs. This includes everything from introducing the bridal party to picking a song for the bouquet toss. With a professional wedding DJ, your entertainment will be integrated into the event to help the night run smoothly.

 

  • They Know How to Set the Mood for Every Event

 

One thing professional wedding DJs are known for is their ability to set the mood at weddings. They know exactly how to make every moment special and memorable at a wedding.

With their skills and experience, they know what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. They always know the right songs to play to keep couples and everyone in attendance entertained and on the dance floor.

 

 

  • They Have the Right Equipment

 

You can be assured that a professional wedding DJ will come with high quality sound equipment, lighting, and backups in the case that any piece of gear were to fail, and they can  set the stage for a promising wedding celebration.

This will help make the entire ceremony and reception something incrediblefor you and your wedding guests. This equipment is necessary to make sure everyone can hear all of the speeches, the ceremony and the music sounds good. Apart from having the right equipment, they will also offer other professional entertainment services to make sure your day is truly memorable. 

 

 

  • You Can Rely on Them for The Best of Entertainment 

 

Professional wedding DJs have the skill and expertise to make your day magical with all the right vibes and party spirit. You can rely on them for exceptional performance at your wedding. They will create the perfect atmosphere for an amazing celebration.  

If your wedding is in Chicagoland, we’ve got the best and most professional wedding DJs for you. We are Paul Michaels Events, the go-to wedding DJ! We offer excellent DJ and entertainment services and rock weddings like no one else can!

If you want  unique entertainment service at your wedding, you can contact us through the easiest method for you: Click here to contact us online, or give us a call/text at +1 (773) 850-1763. You can also send us an email at [email protected]

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: [email protected].

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] and let’s help you have a fun event!

How To Pick Wedding Reception Music that Suits Your Style

Guests dancing at a Chicago wedding

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 [email protected].

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!