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]

Secrets to an Awesome Wedding Dance Floor

One of the best and entertaining parts of a wedding is music and in extension, the dance floor!  An empty or boring dancefloor is a nightmare we’re sure everyone would want to avoid. Below are some suggestions that will help your guests make their way to the dance floor and keep it rocking!

 

  • Create the Right Mood

It’s essential to set the right mood. The mood for your party is usually set during cocktail hour.  With proper lighting and music, this can enhance your guests’ vibe. When you’re ready to get the dancing part of the night started, work with your DJ to pick an upbeat song to get the wedding started!

 

  • Timing

Timing is important. You don’t want to stop the dancing because it’s time for speeches, and then expect your guests to all return to the dancefloor with the same vibe. Consider having essential wedding activities completed before dancing starts.

 

  • Make Sure There’s Enough Space

Small dance floors will discourage your guests and limit their dancing. Therefore, ensure you pick a venue with enough dance floor space. The ideal size is to have 3 square feet of space for every two guests, which means about 200 guests will need 18 x 18 area.

 

  • Provide Flip Flops for Female Guests

Sore or blistered feet from high heels can obviously kill the vibe for your guests. Consider providing flip flops or socks for female guests to keep them dancing.

 

  • Hire an Awesome DJ

An excellent wedding DJ will help make a fantastic dance floor. Great DJs can read the crowd and know the songs to play to get people on the dance floor.

They also have an exciting and diverse playlist that will get people excited to be on the dance floor. Want a packed dance floor? Invest in a great DJ!

 

  • Trust Your DJ

Don’t teach the DJ how to do their work. Let your DJ lead the music services. Song requests are great ideas, but you don’t want to try to turn your DJ into a jukebox playing from the list you provided exactly.

 

  • Set the Lead

Don’t underestimate how contagious your energy is. Taking the lead to hit the dance floor will encourage the guests to join you. Your guests are there to be with you. If you’re on the dance floor, that’s where your guests will be!

 

Need a DJ that will deliver fantastic music services and keep the dance floor packed? Go with Paul Michaels Events! With our services, you can’t go wrong with your wedding reception entertainment. We offer personalized services tailored to the couple and guests’ tastes, and we are never satisfied until our clients are!

Contact us today to get that dream wedding dance floor.

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. 

Kristina and Tim’s Wedding at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

DJ Paul Michaels and assistant Michael were recently honored to celebrate with Kristina and Tim for their wedding at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. 

Kristina and Tim held their wedding ceremony earlier in the day at Second Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Later in the day when they arrived at the reception venue, the room was ready to go and looked beautiful for them to celebrate with their family and friends.  As you can see in the gallery below, the Renaissance in downtown Chicago event venue space makes for a great place to hold a celebration, with an incredible view of the skyline of downtown! 

In addition to a cocktail hour setup for music in the pre-reception area, Paul Michaels Events provided full room uplighting with our elite wedding package which includes moving head lights on lighting totems. Of course, everything went exactly as planned and it was a celebration that will be happily remembered by all!

We had a blast celebrating with Kristina and Tim as well as their family and friends!

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
Photography: Prudence 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. 

Hillary and Jeff’s Wedding at Bartlett Hills Golf Club Event Venue

For Paul, it’s always an honor to provide his top tier Chicago wedding DJ services for a friend from college! DJ Paul Michaels and assistant Michael were recently honored to work the wedding for Jeff and Hillary at Bartlett Hills Golf Club Event Venue. Paul met Jeff at Bradley University where they both went to school.

Jeff and Hillary held their wedding ceremony earlier in the day at St. Matthew United Church of Christ in Wheaton, IL. Later in the day when they arrived at the reception venue, the room was ready to go and looked beautiful for them to celebrate with their family and friends.  As you can see in the gallery below, the Bartlett Hills golf club event venue space makes for a great place to hold a celebration. 

Paul Michaels Events provided full room uplighting with our elite wedding package which includes moving head lights on 2 meter tall lighting totems. With this setup, the guests were sure to be dazzled, and the additional ambiance and feel, along with the wedding guests and party, made this an ordinary wedding reception extraordinary!

Once DJ Paul and Assistant Michael got the night going, they didn’t stop until the very last song (where of course, the guests chanted for “one more song!”). 

We had a blast celebrating with Jeff and Hillary and their family and friends, and we sincerely wish them a great European honeymoon!

 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Bartlett Wedding Reception DJ, Bartlett Wedding Uplighting Services

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Bartlett Hills Golf Club
Photography: Jolie Images
Cake/Bakery: The Baking Institute in Northbrook, IL
Floral: Twigs Flower Shop in Lake Bluff, 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. 

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. 

Catherine and Drew’s Wedding at Pinstripes in Streeterville Downtown Chicago

Only two weeks since our last wedding at Pinstripes in Streeterville, and we’re back again to celebrate Catherine and Drew’s Wedding! Catherine and Drew came to us almost a year before their wedding (one week short of a year) as a referral from the venue due to our great track record there. We talked with Catherine and Drew about what they were looking for (and what they didn’t want for their wedding) and we knew we’d be able to provide them a perfect evening to be able to celebrate with their family and closest friends.

We set the room uplighting to a light blue/cyan color which really added some color to the room, matching with the couple’s color scheme. After cocktail hour, we really kicked it into high gear and set the tone for the night with their bridal party introductions. Based on the responses (physical, verbal, etc) from the couple’s guests, we were able to start to get a feel for the vibe that we thought would keep everyone on the dance floor throughout the party. Something that stood out about Catherine and Drew is how they barely provided any song requests before their wedding. This isn’t a bad thing at all. When we confirmed this with them during our final planning meeting, they made it clear that they only cared about a few songs, and wanted us to do what we do best! We love them for that comment!

When the dance floor opened, DJ Paul Michaels and Assistant Evan rocked with Catherine and Drew and their guests all night!

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.

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Pinstripes Chicago
Photography: Angela Garbot Photography
Floral: Flowers by KH
Transportation: Windy City Limo  

Melanie and Anthony’s Wedding at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont

In Mid September we were able to help bring Melanie and Anthony’s perfect wedding to fruition. They held the wedding at the Loews O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont. We met Melanie and Anthony back in September (2019) at the Bridal Expo Chicago bridal show at Drury Lane. Right when we met them we knew we had immediately built a relationship with them, and we think at that time, they knew we would be their perfect DJs for wedding.

Melanie and Anthony had a mixed Persian/American wedding that was DJed by DJ Paul Michaels and DJ Shannon. Because of their wedding being a mixed ethnicity wedding, they knew they’d have a few out of the ordinary requests for their DJs. At Paul Michaels Events, we’ve always said that we LOVE unique weddings. Sure, we can do a ‘cookie-cutter’ wedding, but we’d much rather help make our couple’s weddings unique.

For their wedding, we brought out a larger than average sound system to cover the large ballroom at the Loews Hotel, and it sounded awesome!

While we’re always happy to work with couples to play any type of ethnic music, of course, we may not have any of our DJs who are truly familiar the music. 

Because of this, the couple additionally hired an Assyrian DJ to play the Persian and Assyrian music, since he’d be familiar with the popular songs, lyrics, etc. We were of course happy to work with him and spend time with him to make sure that we were all aligned before the couple’s wedding to make sure the transitions between DJs would be smooth and that the couple had nothing to worry about.  Of course, we were successful here!

We had a blast rocking with Melanie and Anthony and their guests until 1:30 in the morning!

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Rosemont Wedding Reception DJ, Rosemont Wedding Uplighting

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Loews O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont
Photography: Ben Ramos Photography
Videography: Old North Film Company
Photobooth: Big Hugs Photobooth
Floral: Kio Kreations
Cake/Bakery: Cake Chicago

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.