5 Popular Wedding Music Genres

bride, groom, and guests dancing at a wedding

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 info@paulmichaelevents.com or browse our website at https://www.paulmichaelsevents.com/ for more information about us.

5 of the Most Common Mistakes Made by Amateur Party Planners

Whether you’re new to party planning or you’ve thrown a party or two, everyone makes mistakes. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 5 of the most common party planning mistakes – and how to avoid them!

1. Not asking for availability

One of the biggest upsets for any party is a lack of people. You can plan the best party, but when only a fraction of the people you invite show up, it can be devastating. Before you plan out your party – especially if you’re renting a venue – poll your invite list. Make sure that most of them are free. Ask for a good week in their schedule so that you can see what overlapping free dates your guests have. The day with the most available guests should be your party date.

2. Leaving music planning to the last minute

So it’s easy to think that you’ll just plug your Spotify playlist into a speaker or connect to a Bluetooth device, or if you’re particularly old-school, that you’ll just pop in some CD’s here and there. But music is an integral part of any party, and you’re going to have to give it some thought. Many guests will have opinions on the music, and if it doesn’t match up to what they want, they aren’t going to engage as easily. If your party’s big, like a wedding or bar mitzvah, you’re most likely going to want a DJ. If not, maybe assign someone to the music, like a friend or family member so that they can be on standby if a particularly dull or disliked song comes on.  

3. Overlooking children’s entertainment

A big pitfall is failing to think about entertaining the kids. They’re small and easily bored, so you need to get them something to do, preferably all together. If not, this could be a big downer for the kids, and the parents who will have to deal with them. There are a variety of party games and children’s entertainment that’s easy to implement: think pinatas, face painting, water balloons, or crafts tables. If you’re willing to add an ‘oomph’ factor for kids, try considering a bounce house with a kid’s cartoon or movie theme. Just make sure the ones you’re going to be renting are lead-free and are cleaned after use (you don’t want your kid guests getting sick after all).

4. Bringing allergies to the table – literally

You should always double check with guests that they don’t have any food or animal allergies. While you might miss more rare allergies like cinnamon and bird allergies, you should always check for the “big” ones. Avoid having live cats and dogs at the party, or serving peanut-based meals just to be cautious.

5. Dismissing a second or backup plan

Focusing on your perfect party plan is excellent. But neglecting a great backup plan can be devastating. There’s always a chance that bad weather, unexpected shutdowns, or some other emergency will change plans. Have a good idea of what you’re going to be doing in case that happens – from moving venues to canceling and rescheduling, and you need to know what’s going to happen if the worst comes to pass.


Being studious, spontaneous, quick-on-your-feet, and methodical are all critical parts of party planning. Enjoy planning the party, and the party-goers will enjoy the end result!

References and Resources:

DJ Services | Paul Michaels Events

Rained Out, Birthday Party Ideas | The Spruce

Lead in Bounce Houses | Center for Environmental Health

Ideas for Kids Party Entertainment | Child Mags

Lead-Free Bounce Houses | Hop N Party

5 Steps to Creating A Weather-Emergency Back-Up Plan | Brides

The 5 Best Wedding Websites You Haven’t Heard Of

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When starting to plan a wedding, it’s easy to get tangled in “The Knot”, or lost down the rabbit hole of Pinterest (so many DIYs, so little time!). While both sites are great resources, they certainly aren’t the end-all be-all of wedding planning websites. Check out five of our favorite wedding websites that we think are worth a click.


  • A Practical Wedding – If the thought of a $10,000 gown sends your jaw to the floor, this may be the wedding website for you. A Practical Wedding (or, APW) takes a laid-back, go-with-the-flow, no pressure approach to wedding planning by normalizing each individual couples’ experience. Planning a Jewish-Italian wedding at a San Francisco Men’s Club (with epic dance party)? Rock it out! One of the strongest features of APW is their spreadsheets section. They offer free, downloadable spreadsheets (and Google Docs!) for everything from your guest list to your day-of-ceremony timeline. A dream wedding website for the type A bride-to-be.


  • Zola – It’s time to register and you’re faced with a dilemma – you love the Kate Spade sheets from Macy’s, but the Cuisinart blender from Bed Bath and Beyond is dreamy, and you simply couldn’t start married life without the mini pumpkin cocotte from Sur La Table (even if you aren’t totally sure what a cocotte is). How do you cover all of your registry wishes without including a list of links that looks like the source page from a college paper? The answer is Zola. This wedding website keeps all of your registry items from various sources in one place. On top of that hugely obvious benefit, they also let the bride and groom control the shipping dates, so your first night home together isn’t spent in a fort of boxes. Zola also allows your guests to collaborate on gifts, includes its own personal app, and helps manage your thank you cards post-“I Do”.


  • Squarespace – For the slightly more tech-savvy couple, Squarespace offers a website building and hosting service that leaves little to be desired. Their pre-made website templates are a feast for the eyes, while the ease of their interface makes the average Joe Groom feel like Mark Zuckerberg. Plus, the ability to create a custom domain name for your personal wedding website adds an air of cool all its’ own.


  • Offbeat Bride – Just as the name implies, this wedding website caters to the more…alternative bride. Showcasing weddings that range from tattooed to Dr. Who’d, Offbeat Bride rejects the one-size-fits-all wedding, and embraces the more unique.


  • HitchSwitch – For brides planning on changing their last name after the “I Do’s” are swapped, this site is a godsend. Instead of spending your first weeks post-honeymoon waiting in line at the DMV, HitchSwitch offers a variety of packages that handle the work for you. After all, time is money, and that’s time that could be spent with your new hubby!

July 2015 Wedding News Digest

July 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!

Wedding Planning Tip: Helpful Wedding Planning Diagrams

Buzzfeed‘s Peggy Wang has combined all the necessary and helpful wedding planning diagrams to make planning your wedding a cinch! Which is your favorite diagram?


Wedding Planning Tip: 2015 Bridal Gown Trends

Bridal Gown Trends

Dress shopping is one of the most exciting times during the wedding planning process. Check out Bridal Guide‘s bridal gown trends for 2015, and let us know which style fits you best. Remember that Marsala is Pantone’s color of the year, check out our January blog for tips and  try adding a pop of that to your beautiful gown!


Bachelor Party Tips: Things you SHOULDN’T do.

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Thrillist has your list of 12 things you and your boys shouldn’t do during your or your friends bachelor party.


Celebrity Wedding News: Justin Timberlake swoons and croons

Jessica Biel’s college roommate, Dana Panzer, got a wonderful surprise from Justin Timberlake as he performed “Senorita” during her wedding reception. Dana married her fiance, Amy Wicker. Cheers to #LoveWins!

Also, we are excited that everyone can equally marry in the United States.



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