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 [email protected].

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].

4 Myths About Wedding DJs

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It’s no secret that some couples are reluctant to hire a DJ because of the misconceptions surrounding them and their work. The misconceptions are not true! That’s why they are called misconceptions. Having a DJ at your wedding ceremony is a clever investment. Not only do  they make your wedding fun and lively. Listed below are some of the most common myths associated with DJs and their services.



  • Anyone Can Play Music


Yes, anyone can play music. But DJs go beyond the scope of utilizing Spotify and other similar services to play music at your wedding, because their music expertise can help them pick out the best song for each moment. Music is just one part of a DJ’s many roles. They also act as emcees, and set the mood of your event. They are responsible for entertaining everyone at your event. Obviously, that isn’t something just anyone can do.



  • All DJs at the Same


No, all DJs aren’t the same. There are DJs who thrive  with parties at clubs and bars; while some specialize in formal events and others excel at providing entertainment at wedding events. It is best to hire a DJ who has experience with weddings; the professionalism and gear required at a wedding will be different from that of a club, bar, birthday party, or corporate event.



  • It’s Easy to Be A DJ


The best DJs have invested time and money to improve and perfect their skills. For example, they have worked on mixing music, time management, event planning, mic technique, and audio knowledge, which aren’t easy to master. Like other careers, it requires a lot of hard work to become a pro. 



  • DJs just put on a Playlist 


As said earlier, being a DJ isn’t as easy as it looks. Playlists are for individuals listening to music on their headphones. A professional DJ reads the crowd and creates a mashup/playlist that will fit the audience and this in itself requires special skills. 


If your Chicago wedding is approaching and you’re looking for a DJ in Chicago, look no further than Paul Michaels Events. We are professional wedding DJs who excel at making weddings memorable and entertaining. We have entertained couples in countless events over the years, so we’re more than qualified to entertain you and your guests on your most special of days.


Arrange a consultation today by calling +1 (773) 850-1763 or visit our website, https://paulmichaelsevents.com/ to learn more about what we do and how we can make your wedding ceremony something to remember!

6 Common Wedding Misconceptions You Shouldn’t Believe

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One of the best things about weddings is the fact there’s no standard or specific way to hold it.  Different people have different tastes, traditions, and beliefs. One rule simply can’t apply to all. Conversely, many misconceptions and ‘rules’ still attempt to alter or dictate the way weddings should be held. Below, we listed a number of misconceptions that we believe can be disregarded if it doesn’t match your style.



  • You Need to Leave for Honeymoon the Day After the Wedding


If you want to have a honeymoon immediately after your wedding, great!. But if you need time to unwind,your work schedule won’t allow it or you don’t have the money for your dream honeymoon, it’s okay to hold it off! The honeymoon should be fun and fit your schedule.



  • The Bride Must Wear White


Brides are often associated with white wedding gowns. Even though this is now labeled tradition, it’s not a hard and fast rule. Brides can wear anything they want and in any color they want. There is a unique range of looks and styles for every kind of bride and it doesn’t have to be white.



  • Groom Can’t See the Bride 


If you want to see your bride before the wedding, then go see her! Some people believe  that it’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding.  If you are not one of those people, then it’s perfectly fine to see your partner before the wedding.



  • You Need A Cake


A traditional wedding cake is not fitting for every couple. Or maybe you don’t find value in a formal wedding cake. There are lots of other, innovative ways to forgo a formal wedding cake, or cake at all! Maybe try a small cake just for cutting, or do a completely different dessert display! 



  • You Have to Get Married on Saturday 


While this is the most popular day of the week for weddings, you don’t have to have yours that day. It’s fine if you prefer a Friday or even the middle of the week, like a Tuesday-if that works well for your schedule. Just make sure to also think about if that will work for your guests. 



  • You Must Have A Playlist for Your DJ


While DJs encourage you to provide a list of songs that you would love for your wedding, they do not want you to create an entire playlist. As a matter of fact, we suggest that you give us some songs and genres and then we pick the music based on the current environment and the vibe you want. Our job is, infact, to pick those songs! 


We sit with our clients to understand them and what they want. T then tailor a playlist according to that and handpick a DJ or DJs we believe would suit them well. 


If you want a fun, entertaining wedding, simply reach out to us and we’ll make it happen. Get in touch with Chicago’s No. 1 DJ and Entertainment company at  +1 (773) 850-1763 or visit our website at https://www.paulmichaelsevents.com/.


5 Reasons Why a Photo Booth is Exactly What Your Wedding Needs

Looking for a fun addition to your wedding day that will entertain all of your guests? We think we’ve found exactly what you’re looking for.


Photo booths make for the ultimate addition to a wedding day’s entertainment, as a great opportunity for everyone to let their hair down and have a laugh together. Plus, they’re a great way for your guests to make some wonderful fun-filled (and super sentimental) mementos, that they can keep to remember your amazing wedding day by. 


We specialize in providing sensational entertainment for unforgettable wedding celebrations, and our clients always love having such a simple yet super effective piece of entertainment available to use throughout the day. So this is why we wanted to dedicate this blog post to sharing our top 5 reasons why a photo booth is just the thing that you need for your wedding day. 


  • It’s easy to set up and portable – photo booths are designed to be super easy to install, meaning they are a fantastic option suited for any venue.
  • Affordable – don’t worry about breaking the bank, photo booths are a super affordable addition to the day’s entertainment, providing an extra fun thing for your guests to enjoy. 
  • Something that everyone will delight in – because who doesn’t love a photo booth? It’s simple to use and understand, making it the perfect addition for your entertainment. Your whole range of guests (everyone from young toddlers to your grandparents), will absolutely delight in using it. 
  • Custom features – our photo booths even have great fun features that your guests can use to customise their photos and have a lot of fun with. You can choose your own background (you could even have a bespoke one with your names and the day’s date on it), and pick out silly masks and props to play around with. 
  • Keepsakes – photo booths are, of course, brilliant because they leave everyone with a gorgeous little memento to remember the day by. With our photo booths, we provide your guests with unlimited photo sessions, so they can keep coming back throughout the day. Plus, all of the photos are of a brilliant quality, making them the perfect treasured keepsake from your sensational wedding day. 


We are one of Chicago’s top DJ companies and professional entertainment specialists. At Paul Michaels Events, we have extensive experience providing unique, bespoke wedding entertainment that ensures all of our clients experience an absolutely showstopping celebration. If you’d like to learn more about the services that we can offer you, including our fantastic photo booth rental service, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

3 Questions People Ask About DJing

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DJs are synonymous with music, events, and celebrations, but there’s considerably more about them that many people don’t know. As unlikely as this sounds, many people don’t even know DJ is an acronym for ‘disc jockey’. It would be great (won’t be amiss) to learn a little more about DJs and what they entail, especially if you’re planning on adding a professional DJ to your team of wedding vendors. Besides, knowing a bit about the history of DJing can be quite interesting. With that being said, we’ve listed out the 3 questions people ask about DJs.


  • What are the different kinds of DJs?

There are 4 types of DJs but their roles often overlap each other’s roles. Club DJs, radio DJs, mobile DJs, and turntablists are the main types of DJs. Turntablists are arguably the most popular kind of DJs, creating art through scratching, cutting, and exhibitionism. Club DJs ensure the dance floor is never empty, while mobile DJs are the type you’ll see entertaining guests at corporate events and weddings.


  • What do you need to be a DJ?

There’s quite a number of equipment you need but the main ones are headphones, a mixer, decks, and speakers. If you don’t know what some of the equipment does, the mixers blend the music while decks play that music. Headphones are what you use to cue the music, of course.


  • Who invented DJing?

The first live DJ dance party was performed almost a century ago-1943, to be precise. It was performed by a radio DJ called Jimmy Savile. He played jazz records at the Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds (Otley, England). But it was Walter Winchell, the American radio commentator, who conceived the phrase ‘disc jockey’ almost a decade earlier. He used the term to describe Martin Block, an American DJ, who gained fame for playing the most popular recorded music.

Is your upcoming wedding in the Windy City? Chicago has a host of great wedding venues to host your wedding but music and entertainment are part of what ultimately makes a wedding as special as you dream it to be.

Paul Michaels Events craft this kind of music and provide great entertainment for weddings. DJ Paul Michaels, a premier wedding DJ specialist from Chicago, leads this team of talented entertainers. We know what it takes to make every wedding ceremony a unique, special, and wonderful affair, and we guarantee yours will be a celebration and party like no other.

You can reach out to us on our website, https://www.paulmichaelsevents.com/, or give us a call on +1 773-850-1763.chicago wedding dj answers 3 questions to wedding djing

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!

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.