Adriana and Michael’s Wedding at the Inn on Broadway in Rochester NY

Paul was recently back on the road for another destination wedding in Rochester, NY. Adriana and Michael tied the knot at St Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church for a traditional Ukrainian wedding ceremony. 

Later in the day, the couple and their guests made their way to the Inn on Broadway where DJ Paul Michaels and assistant Jamie were to celebrate with them in the beautiful reception hall gorgeously decorated by Erin McDonald and his team.

Of course, Paul Michaels Events is based out of Chicago, but we do provide Destination Wedding DJ Services all over based on special request. In this case, we were able to partner with Full House Entertainment in Rochester to source most equipment locally. 

Adriana and Michael couldn’t have been luckier with timing and New York State’s COVID restrictions. Just the week before their wedding, the state opened up restrictions to allow fully vaccinated guests to roam the reception hall without masks.

Photographer Natalie and videographer Darren were there to capture every incredible moment throughout the evening. We were able to work with the couple to make sure we blended special traditions and moments from their heritages and religions into the reception to make it a perfect blending of families and welcoming of the couple into the community (as part of a Ukrainian tradition).

From the time the dance floor opened until the very last song, DJ Paul and Assistant Jamie kept the dance floor packed!

Adriana and Michael – it was a pleasure and an honor to be able to come to New York for your destination wedding in Rochester to celebrate with you and your families! 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Destination Wedding Reception DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Inn on Broadway in Rochester New York
Photography: NSP Studio in Rochester
Videography: Jacquelyn Daley Photography
Florist/Decor: Erin McDonald Co

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

Annie and Alex’s Destination Wedding in Grand Beach, MI

bride and groom dancing at wedding in grand beach michigan

In times like these, it’s inevitable that couples trying to have the wedding of their dreams will face countless challenges. Thankfully Annie and Alex discovered Paul Michaels Events, which had the pleasure of providing their services for their celebration of marriage in early October 2020.

Their wedding took place in the beautiful, modest village of Grand Beach, Michigan. It started off with a wonderful ceremony near the village clubhouse. The ceremony was filled with familiar faces and voices, with the bride’s brother serving as their pastor,  and the worship pastor from their home church was able to provide delightful musical selections.

The reception took place in the backyard of a lovely house down the road. It may have looked small but looks can be deceiving!

We sent two of our DJs – DJ Brian and DJ Shannon who added a new level of energy and charisma, keeping the guests delighted all night long.

No dance floor, no problem! For this COVID-era wedding, we kept the music bumping, while guests social distanced all night. Our lights electrified the fun lawn games, and with this amazing group of people, the party never stopped!

For Grand Beach being such a small town, we’re pretty sure that this event ranks near the top of the list for the most incredible parties in the area, and we’re over the top that Paul Michaels Events could help make that happen! It was an amazing experience to be a part of Annie and Alex’s special day, and Paul Michaels Events hopes to be a part of many more to come for this couple and their friends!

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:

Ceremony Venue: Village of Grand Beach Michigan
Photography: Annette Isabelle Photography
Catering: CK Catering
Rental House (Tents, Tables, etc): AAYS Rentals

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

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

Sara and Brad’s Wedding at the Surf Hotel and Chateau in Buena Vista, CO

What an incredible day for Sara and Brad!

The challenges of 2020 couldn’t stop Brad and Sara because they could not wait to marry each other. While Brad and Sara are originally from Chicago, they moved to Denver. So, they wanted to have a Destination Wedding to share what they love about Colorado with their family. So, they brought their family out to Colorado, and they also brought Paul Michaels Events!

The wedding took place in Buena Vista, Colorado, a cute town on the edge of the mountains. The venue, the Surf Hotel was right in the center of town but also had beautiful views and nature in every direction. The ceremony took place outside overlooking a river and gorgeous scenery. Paul Michaels Events provided the sound and equipment for the ceremony. It was a very special ceremony because it was officiated by the Bride’s aunt!
Guests enjoyed a lovely cocktail hour outside the ballroom, before filling into the ballroom and enjoyed a delicious dinner. Brad and Sara enjoyed their first dance together as a couple, and then they each shared a dance with their Moms! When the dance floor opened, it immediately filled with both friends and family enjoying the music and celebrating Brad and Sara. DJ Paul Michaels played some current favorites and some of the couples favorite throw-backs. As the celebration on the dance floor continued, guests enjoyed a photobooth and a courtyard area that had an outdoor fireplace blankets. If the smoothness of a wedding is any indication of the couple, then Brad and Sara have nothing to worry about because the wedding couldn’t have been more perfect.
We are so glad the Brad and Sara included us as part of their destination wedding. We wish them many years of happiness and adventures together.


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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:

Venue: Surf Hotel & Chateau in Buena Vista, CO
Photography: Cameron C Photography
Videography: Brendon T. Riha Media
Floral: Growing Wild
Sylvia of Knot Just Another Wedding

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

Samantha and Eric’s Wedding Ceremony and Reception at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse

DJ Ryan recently provided wedding ceremony and reception DJ services for Samantha and Eric at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse in Glen Ellyn. Samantha and Eric got married in November of 2015 but held off on having their ceremony and reception for friends and family. They live in Seattle and wanted to find a good time to have their destination wedding in Chicago (they are both originally from the Chicagoland area). This beautiful couple met at work, and the rest of their story is history from there!

DJ Ryan provided audio coverage for their outdoor ceremony (can be seen in the facebook post below) and then they moved indoors for the rest of the reception where the couple and their guests danced all night!

Cover photo graciously provided by Avant-Garde Videography’s Facebook

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Glen Ellyn Wedding Ceremony Audio, Glen Ellyn Wedding Reception DJ Services

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Lake Ellyn Boathouse in Glen Ellyn, IL
Photography: The Shutter Monkeys
Videography: Avant-Garde Videography
Planning and Decor: Andi Allen Events

Laura and Kendall’s Wedding at the Ritz Charles Garden Pavilion

DJ Paul Michaels and DJ Terry just had the honor of providing ceremony and reception DJ services for Laura and Kendall at the Ritz Charles Garden Pavilion in Carmel, IN.  This was a destination wedding for us due to it being so far from Chicago. This was a really special wedding for Paul Michaels Events since DJ Paul has known Laura and Kendall for years. Paul and Laura went to college together at Bradley University

The original plan for this wedding was to have an outdoor ceremony, but due to the rain (thanks mother nature) we were forced to move the ceremony indoors. Luckily, the venue  had a really wonderful chapel which we were able to use for the couple’s ceremony. After the ceremony we moved everyone to the Garden Pavilion for cocktail hour and the reception. DJ Terry and DJ Paul went ‘back to back’ all night, switching off taking shifts DJing, which made this wedding extra unique. 

Both Terry and Paul had a blast celebrating with the couple and their friends and family all night


Check out the pictures below for a quick recap of the night!

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Ritz Charles Garden Pavilion
PhotographyTessa Tillett Photography
Photo Booth: Happy Snaps Photo Booth
Florist: McNamara Florist
Decor: Indiana Wedding Decorators

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Stephanie and Alex’s Wisconsin Dells Wedding at Vennebu Hills

We recently had the honor to provide wedding reception DJ and uplighting services for Alex and Stephanie’s destination wedding in Wisconsin Dells, WI at Vennebu Hill. Alex and Stephanie were referred to Paul Michaels Events from another Chicago DJ. We were so happy that we were available and could work with the couple and make their dream wedding reality! It is such a big honor for us when we know that we are trusted with helping to shape our clients’ perfect wedding day!

Vennebu Hill is a brand new wedding venue which is really a beautiful wedding venue, and wonderful place for a destination wedding in the area. The venue is a rustic, elegant venue centered around a barn (which is brand new), located on what was originally a fully functioning farm. 

Alex and Stephanie’s wedding ceremony was held outside the venue, and then all guests were moved inside for cocktail hour in the reception hall downstairs. We ran the bridal party introductions and dinner music through the venue’s audio system which made for a great photo op using the buffet line as our make shift DJ booth. 🙂 

After dinner, we moved all guests upstairs to the barn to really get the night going with the dancing part of the night! We had a packed dance floor the entire night all the way through the very last song (where everyone was literally jumping up and down). 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Wedding Reception DJ and Full Room Wedding Uplighting

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Vennebu Hill in Baraboo, WI
Photography:  Emily from Elba Studio
Catering: Gristle Catering Company
Day of Coordinator: Riti Kanwar

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Isabel and Sam’s Wedding at the Lakewood in Chicago

We recently had the honor of working with Isabel and Sam to pull together their last minute “destination wedding” at the Lakewood in Chicago, IL. Let me take a minute to explain what I mean by that last sentence.. Isabel and Sam had originally planned to have their wedding in St. Thomas as a destination wedding, but due to the recent hurricane Irma, they had to change their plans and re-plan their wedding in only one month! 

I told the couple what I tell everyone: If you stack your list of vendors with some really great, reliable people, who are there to make sure your wedding is perfect, then you have nothing to worry about! 

I think that line couldn’t have been more true for Isabel and Sam. In one month, they were able to pull off a wedding that looked like it took at least a year to plan and organize! Their event coordinator (Emily) from Paramount Events really helped them out and played a huge part in making this happen, including referring the Isabel and Sam to Paul Michaels Events. 🙂 

We provided ceremony and reception DJ services, including full room uplighting (candlelight colored), and we also provided a wireless audio setup for cocktail hour while the venue staff flipped the room from the ceremony setup to the reception setup. 

As you can tell from the pictures, a great time was had by all!

Isabel and Sam: I’m so glad you chose to work with us and trusted us with your wedding day, even if it wasn’t your original plan, I’m glad everything worked out for you guys! Hopefully we’ll see you in the future at your friends’ weddings!


Services by Paul Michaels Events: Wedding Ceremony and Reception DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: The Lakewood in Chicago, IL
Photography/Video: Andrew and Elisha
Florist: Vale of Enna


Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. Click here to see the facebook album which includes some of these pictures!

April 2015 Wedding News Digest

Wedding planning can be stressful! DJ Paul Michaels wants to make your planning process as effortless and fun as possible with this monthly Wedding News Digest. Below are articles with helpful Chicago Wedding tips, or a bit of laughter. Happy Wedding Planning! With warmer weather on the horizon, I thought it might be fun to add a theme to this month: DESTINATIONS!


Location, location, location. Venues are generally the first stop when beginning your wedding planning process. Many venues have contractual agreements with a variety of vendors, insurance requirements, specifications for date holds and more. Wedding-Spot compiles all of that information for you in their easy-as-pie search engine. You can enter in your guest count, type of dinner service, and if you plan on holding a ceremony on-site then BAM! Wedding-Spot will calculate a range of pricing. We love this tool!

If you’re not into the tool websites, Crain’s Chicago Buisness has your list of Best Event Spaces in Chicago! They include formal settings to out-of-the-box locations which will give any planner plenty of food for thought.

DESTINATION: Bachelorette Party

Picture of the Las Vegas Strip

One last fling before the ring, but on a budget because planning a wedding is expensive. PopSugar has your top 24 Fun & Frugal Bachelorette Party Destinations some of which include New York, Miami and Vegas!

DESTINATION: Bachelor Party


Tying the knot, so the groom needs a shot. built a list of top 10 destination bachelor parties from Mexico to Vegas. Hey, maybe a joint bachelor-bachelorette party could be fun in Vegas?

DESTINATION: Destination Wedding

Palm trees overhang tropical beach

Would you prefer a small, intimate wedding but can’t avoid inviting your extended family and college friends? Plan a destination wedding! Destination weddings lower your guest count significantly and provide a built in vacation for your family and friends who will be there on your special day. Check out‘s top 2015 wedding destinations that does not include Vegas, but has the likes of Bali, Italy and Seychelles.


Women dancing on dance floor

A good chunk of your wedding reception is spent on the dance floor. Borrowed & Blue collaborated with their local vendors to show you the top 5 tips to get your guests out of their seats and in their boogie shoes!


Couple on Honeymoon

Honeymoon’s are for relaxing, building your new chapter together, and having fun which can happen at any of the locations from‘s Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2015! They have sorted the list by season, which you can easily correlate with your wedding day. Where will you planning for your honeymoon?

DESTINATION: Celebrity Wedding

Sooooo, we can’t really attend a celebrities wedding without being invited but we can snoop through their released photos. US Weekly Magazine gives us the scoop on Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr‘s March 21, 2015 seaside ceremony in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Let us know what you want to see next month in the comment box below!