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!

Michelle and Zach’s Wedding at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

On September 7th, Michelle and Zach celebrated their matrimony in a night no one will forget. They held the Wedding at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. DJ Ian and DJ Brian were on hand to provide audio and music for the beautiful ceremony, as well as curate the party during dinner and dancing. We were honored to serve as an integral aspect of the evening through class and fun.  

At the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, the ceremony was held in the Explore Ballroom, a circular room with large windows on every side that overlooks the heart of the city’s downtown along the Chicago River. The panoramic view looking out is only outdone by the view looking up: a fully glass vaulted ceiling, allowing the night lights to envelope the entire space. 

Zach’s Aunt, Andrea – an ordained Jewish Cantor, led the ceremony. After reading part of the Ketubah signed by Michelle and Zach, Andrea sang with elegance the traditional seven blessings, while siblings and close family came up to read the blessings.    

After the smashing conclusion of the ceremony (“Mazel tov!”) the guests retreated to the Discovery Room for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Around 9:45 they were welcomed back into the Explore Room, newly transformed for dinner. While Michelle and Zach opted for a traditional dinner music backdrop of vocal jazz and classy love songs, Ian snuck in two (appropriately timed) Star Wars songs to Zach’s delight, a famously devout Star Wars fan. 

After dinner, desserts, and camaraderie, Zach and Michelle kicked off the dancing portion of the evening around 11:45 with their first dance to “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. Ian and Brian kept the dance floor packed from start to finish through the ebbs and flows of the night, including a rousing rendition of everyone’s favorite, the Hora.

With everyone leaving to head home or to their rooms after 2 AM, everyone was exhausted in the best of ways, but none more happy than our newlyweds. 

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
Photography: Lorenzo De Gregorio Photography
Floral: Flowers for Dreams

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. 

Sam and Peter’s Wedding at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park

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Sam and Peter got married at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park, and we provided the entertainment.

Sam and Peter were wed on June 15th at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. and we had the great fortune of providing our entertainment services for the event. This couple went all out with the decorations. There was Full room uplighting, impressive dance floor lighting, a vintage L.O.V.E. lamp, and of course music and sound provided by Paul Michaels Events.

Although the details were all expertly arranged and set, mother nature had other plans that day. A brief but stubborn thunderstorm had the venue scrambling for a “Plan B” wedding ceremony. Thankfully veteran DJ Terry along with Assistant Adam were on the scene to help the transition go smoothly. Everything stayed on schedule and the couple was wed to sights and sounds they’ll never forget! The rest of the evening went off without a hitch. One thing was for sure, this couple was here to party.

Terry and Adam, being experts at their craft, kept the energy at a high level all night. From a spectacular bridal party introduction to ensuring the dance floor was full all evening, the reception felt like an elegant nightclub. Add a surprise beat-boxer, some breakdancing, and some very wild guests and you have the makings of a night not many will ever forget.

Check out the pictures below for a quick recap of their wedding!

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Tinley Park Wedding Reception DJ, Tinley Park Wedding Ceremony DJTinley Park Wedding Uplighting

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:

Venue: The Odyssey Venue in Tinley Park
Photography: TWA Photography
Floral: Philips Flowers in Westmont
Cake: Leeson’s Cakes

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. 

Katherine and Brian’s Wedding Ceremony and Reception at Venue West in Chicago

Just recently DJ Paul Michaels and Assistant Jamie provided Chicago Indoor Wedding Ceremony services, and Chicago Wedding Reception DJ Services for Katherine and Brian for their wedding at Venue West in the West Loop of Chicago. 

The venue was split into three separate areas for the couple, so that all guests could attend the ceremony in the center (sadly, we didn’t get any pictures of the setup), cocktail hour in a third of the room, and then the reception was setup and ready to go in the last section.

This group of guests (and of course Katherine and Brian) were on the dance floor from beginning to end!

Check out the pictures below for a quick recap of their wedding!

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Venue West in Chicago
Photography: Gerber+Scarpelli Weddings
Catering: J&L Catering
Cake/Bakery:  J&L Catering
Florist: Elena’s Garden Floral Design and Event Planning
Coordination: J&L Catering and Paul Michaels Events

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. 

Cheryl and Josh’s Wedding at DoubleTree Hilton in Arlington Heights

Mazel Tov!  #BetterWeissUp

Cheryl and Josh tied the knot this November where they had their beautiful Jewish Wedding Ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Arlington Heights, IL. 

Cheryl and Josh met through a dating app called Hinge, where they exchanged a few messages and ended up going out to an arcade for their first date in Logan Square. They never knew where that date would lead them and how it would bring their lives together!

We provided DJ and audio services for their Arlington Heights wedding ceremony, as well as their Arlington Heights wedding reception.  The room looked absolutely beautiful with our full room uplighting.  After all the wedding formalities, we got the night started and kept a busy dance floor until the very end of the night!

Check out the pictures below for a quick recap of their wedding!

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue:DoubleTree by Hilton Arlington Heights
Photography: H Photography

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. 

Emily and Chris’s Wedding at Fishermen’s Inn in Elburn

When Emily and Chris got engaged, they knew who their DJ for their wedding at Fishermen’s Inn in Elburn was going to be immediately!

What an honor!

Back almost exactly one year earlier, Emily’s sister Jen got married, and we provided their DJ services in Maple Park.  As much as we love hearing great things about our DJs and our services, and we love rave reviews, it is a true testament to our services when we are hired back by the same family. That’s exactly what happened here, and it is truly an honor to be doing what we love for repeat clients like this!

For Emily and Chris’s wedding we provided wedding ceremony services on the first floor, and provided a separate DJ system setup for the dinner hall, as well as our full DJ and lighting setup for the cocktail hour and dance hall/area.  We always like to get to know our couples and what they may need for their venues, no matter how unique the venue may be. In this case, that’s exactly what we did, and we brought gear for each room so the guests could move from room to room and we’d always be prepared. 

When we moved everyone into the dance hall/area on the second floor to get the night going, we kept a packed dance floor until the very end of the night when we sent the couple outside for a beautiful sparkler send-off!

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

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Chicago Wedding Reception DJ, Chicago Wedding Cocktail Hour Music

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Fishermen’s Inn in Elburn
Photography: Stephanie Pana Photography
Videography: Windy City Production
Live Musicians: Classical Blast Guys
Floral: Wild Orchid Custom Floral Design
Bakery/Cake: Vanilla Sugar Bakery

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.