Should You Hire a DJ or Band for Your Wedding?

Choosing the right music is essential to creating a memorable wedding. Meanwhile, the question of whether to hire a DJ or a band for your wedding reception may come up. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. However, there are some things you can consider to direct you to the right decision.

Try to compare the differences between booking a band or hiring a DJ to determine what best fits your wedding. Below are things to consider to help you with your decision.

 

  • Budget

In many cases, DJs cost less than a wedding band. A band involves a larger group of people, equipment, and instruments, hence the high pay.

If you lean towards a band, that’s fine. However, if you are bothered about the cost, you may decide to go for a DJ’s services. Although some DJs cost as much as live bands, many DJs are less expensive because they are usually a one or two person show.

 

  • Music Varieties

A DJ is a better option if you want a variety of music styles and genres for your wedding. Wedding bands usually have an agreed-upon song list they can perform. Therefore, if you care about music variety, a DJ may be your likely choice. If you prefer live music with a specific style, a live band may be a better fit.

 

  • Wedding Venue

Your venue is another thing to consider when making your decision. Bands generally need a lot of space to allow for multiple band members, and large equipment. Ensure the venue is large enough to fit your band. Some venues have restrictions on the number of equipment and musicians to bring in, so check with your venue before you start hiring.

 

  • You Can Mix Things Up

Some couples hire both DJs and bands for their celebration. If you can afford it, you can have the DJ for the reception and a band or perhaps a Chicago quartet for the wedding ceremony.

 

Need A Wedding DJ? Paul Michaels Events is the DJ company for the job. We play the best of songs that match you as a couple’s taste and create the perfect mood. If you want a wedding filled with great music and entertainment and at an affordable rate, click here to contact us today! You can also send us an email at [email protected]

6 Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

Your wedding is your day, therefore you can make it unique by personalizing your celebration to fit your personality. From the location you choose, to the wedding theme and wedding games, there are multiple ways to customize your event and make it unique. These are some great ideas to make a statement with your wedding!

 

  •         Include Meaningful Details

Special details about your life and love story will make your event unique. Is there a song that means a lot to your relationship? Play it! The story of how you met? Share it!

You can get ideas from your passion and hobbies. For example, if you love books, you can have your cake designed as a stack of books; if you love to travel, design your paper goods to look like a passport.

 

  •         Display Photos

You can include a wall or table or even a slide in the venue where you share photos of you and your partner-or just general pictures. The pictures can be of your family members or even loved ones that have passed.

 

  •         Personalize Your Menu and Signature Drinks

You can have fun by customizing the cocktails too. Let the bartender prepare a custom drink that has a special meaning to you.

Additionally, your food can be designed around your relationship or your roots and where you’re from. For example, if there is a food you both love to eat or a food significant to your tradition, you could have it served at your wedding reception!

 

  •         Include Fun Signage

Including signage is an excellent way to add your stamp on the wedding. You can share custom signage about your relationship. There are many ways you can do this: display your favorite quote, customize and add your initials to the favors, write out a part of your vows, personalize the aisle, and more.

 

  •         Celebrate Your Roots

Celebrate your roots, traditions, and beliefs by showcasing them at your event. For example, if there’s a practice significant to your culture or religion, you can include it in your wedding.

 

  •         Include Music You Love

Celebrate your day by playing music that you love. It is essential because music, more than anything else, adds life to any celebration!

 

At Paul Michaels Events, we are dedicated to offering excellent DJ services to ensure our clients get a fun and entertaining event. We do not believe in one size fits all approach, so we customize our services to reflect our clients’ personalities, thus making their event unique!

Click here to contact us or reach out to us today at [email protected] for a fun, personalized event filled with fantastic music!

2 Important Things a Great DJ Excels in Doing

There is more to DJing than just mixing songs or making playlists. It takes more than that to lead your guests through the entire evening smoothly and entertain audiences at weddings and parties. One good quality of a good DJ is not only do they have a wide database of music to choose from but they know which excellent songs to use when detecting the temperament and mood of guests at an event.

A professional DJ is adept at knowing the right place, moment, and mood to play particular songs. The best DJ is one who is creative enough to know his or her audience and the environment they are DJing. So, to be able to find great DJs from the amateurs, we have listed some tips below so you’ll be sure before you secure the services of a DJ for your wedding.

 

 

  • Reading the Room

A DJ who knows what they are doing, they can read the room and can play songs that induce particular emotions in the guests. A professional DJ will have years of experience with this, so it’s something he or she can easily do.

 

  • The Perfect Time to Play the Perfect Songs

A good DJ knows the right time to play certain types of music. The DJ has control and he must make sure he or she exceeds the audience’s expectations. The DJ must know how to read the time and moment to entertain each and everyone at the wedding venue. Exceptional DJs are those that know exactly what to play and when to play it.

 

If your Chicago wedding is right around the corner and you need a DJ who has perfected the points in this article, Paul Michaels Events would love to talk to you.

We promise to make your wedding a truly fun and memorable celebration. We have the talent, skills, equipment, passion, and drive, and we’ll bring them all to your wedding ceremony and reception!

At Paul Michaels Events, we are committed to providing the right music and entertainment for your event and making sure everyone has a wonderful time

Simply click here to contact us or send us an email here: [email protected]

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 [email protected].

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
Day-of-Coordinator:
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. 

Amber and Corey’s Wedding at Columbus Park Refectory in Chicago

In late September, Amber and Corey held their wedding at the Columbus Park Refectory in Chicago. Columbus Park Refectory is a beautiful landmark showcasing Spanish-influenced architecture, arched entryways, and more, which makes it a very popular destination for weddings.

Since both the ceremony, and cocktail hour were planned to be held outdoors, the couple was scared and worried (as can be expected) considering the incredible thunderstorms that rolled through Chicago the night prior.  But, as fate would have it, the weather held out, and just as the ceremony music started, the sun peaked out from behind the clouds for just a few minutes, which made for a moment that won’t be forgotten by any of their guests (or vendors for that matter!)

DJ Terry and Assistant Adam were on the scene to create a music atmosphere every step of the way.  Amber and Corey and their guests got to follow the sounds of Paul Michaels Events every step of the way, since we provided audio coverage for every area (ceremony in the pavillion, the outdoor cocktail hour, the dinner/reception area, and of course the room for dancing!)  Of course, it wasn’t until dancing when we got to see this couple’s true colors.  They really let loose on the dance floor.

Finally, the new Mr. and Mrs. were sent off through a tunnel of sparkers for an incredible sparkler exit created by all their loved ones.  It was a great time with all ups and no downs.  

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Columbus Park Refectory
Photography: Erin Hoyt Photography
Catering: Inspired Catering and Events
Videography: Newlyweds Cinema, Inc
Photobooth: XOXO Photo Box
Floral: Belles and Thistles Floral Design

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. 

Agata and Rui’s Wedding at the Redfield Estate in Glenview, IL

In August, DJ Terry was able to take our Chicago based Dj services to help Agata and Rui celebrate their wedding at the beautiful Redfield Estate in Glenview, IL.

The bride, being Polish was able to bring a lot of her family members from Poland, while the groom (Rui) was able to have a lot of his family come in from China. We’ve done a lot of mixed culture marriages in the past and we know how lucky this couple is to be able to have so many family members fly in for their wedding. It was a culture clash that just felt right.  Our favorite moment was during the wedding toasts when each speech utilized a translator for both polish and mandarin, so every speech was done in 3 languages (English, Polish, Mandarin).  It was quite impressive, and much appreciated for the visiting guests.

The weather was perfect on this day which took place entirely outdoors at the Redfield Estate.  The ceremony took place next to the mansion, and then after just a short walk down the path, dinner and dancing happened in the pavilion.  We were treated to many Chinese and Polish traditions throughout the night. 

We had the great privilege to be able to watch a very untraditional video dedicated to the bride and groom made entirely of stop-motion sand art. When the couple said they wanted to be able to show a video that was made for them by a family member, we of course said we’d be able to handle this in terms of providing, testing, and setting up a screen and video projector for this special presentation. 

Check out the pictures below where it looks like Agata and Rui got everything they wanted and more from DJ Terry and Paul Michaels Events, and left as happy as could be!

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Redfield Estate in Glenview, IL
Photography: Chi-Town Weddings
Videography: Vivid Visual
Catering: Catered by Design
Cake/Bakery: Oak Mill Bakery in Niles, IL

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. 

Taylor and JP’s Wedding at Northfork Farm in Oswego Illinois

farm wedding ceremony enterainers at northfork farm in oswego

What an incredible wedding!

Last weekend DJ Paul Michaels and Assistant Evan celebrated with Taylor and JP for their rustic wedding at Northfork Farm in Oswego, IL. It was an excellent event and we were honored and proud to have provided our entertainment and wedding DJ services. 

We’ve worked at Northfork Farm a few times and have always had a blast. They have a beautiful venue for these summer weddings. Taylor and JP had held their ceremony outside. It was a serene setting that allowed for us to overlook some beautiful pastures. Horses ran around while the ceremony was taking place. It is great to get away from the city settings sometimes. 

What a view! After the ceremony, everyone moved into the main tent for cocktail hour. Now this wasn’t just your typical tent (like one might set up for a one time event). The tent at Northfork is a permanent structure setup on concrete…plus, it event has air conditioning and all of the comforts of a more traditional wedding reception venue..    

After a slightly delayed start to the festivities, we got the dance floor rocking, and kept it that way until the very last minute of the wedding celebration! 

If you’re looking for something a little different for your wedding or wedding reception, we highly recommend heading out to Oswego at Northfork Farm. I you like, we can assist in coordinating the venue for you. Just reach out to us by clicking here.

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Oswego Wedding Reception DJ, Oswego Wedding Ceremony DJOswego Wedding Uplighting

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Northfork Farm in Oswego, IL
Photography and Videography: Windy City Production
Catering: My Chef Catering
Floral: Carousel Flowers

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. 

Sarah and Paul’s Wedding at The Greenhouse Loft: Chicago Wedding Djs

wedding with uplighting rentals at downtown chicago greenhouse loft

We Love Dj’ing Weddings and Receptions

#CallUsTheCrossleys

Sarah and Paul were wed on July 6 at the beautiful Greenhouse Loft in Chicago. Paul Michaels Events had the esteemed pleasure of providing services for their ceremony as well as the reception. This was a very unique venue, smaller than we are used to and with much more exposure from windows covering the entire back half of the room. The room looked absolutely beautiful and was incredibly decorated with greenery by Flowers for Dreams. The decor combined with our state of the art lighting really made this room look stunning!

Sarah and Paul were incredibly nice and easy to work with from the start. The ceremony took place right outside the building in front of the garden area. The rain was threatening to ruin the day, but fortunately, the only thing that came down was sunlight shining on the beautiful couple the entire evening.  It was one of the smoothest ceremonies that we’ve been party to, and that easiness lead to everyone having a great time throughout the evening.  It didn’t matter how many trains rolled by during the ceremony or how long it took for the dance party to start. Sarah and Paul kept smiles on their faces all night… which helped make our experience all the better. We couldn’t have asked for a better couple to work with. It was such an unforgettable and special day.

 

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: The Greenhouse Loft in Chicago
Photography: Kara Evans Photography
Videography: Shawn Boyle Videography
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.