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!

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.

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/.