5 Ways to Make the Most of Meeting with Your Wedding Vendors

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Vendor meetings can be fun as well as stressful, but should be productive. Sometimes, clients and vendors need to go back and forth until they finally arrive on the same page and see the same vision for the wedding.  While email and phone conversations can be effective, one-on-one meetings can be  advantageous as well. Below are some tips to communicate your needs, ideas, and concerns about your wedding to a prospective vendor.

 

  • Know Your Budget and Priorities

 

It’s important to have a budget set before you meet any vendor. While browsing the web for vendors, go with those whose prices or packages you can afford or are generally within your price range.

 

You should also prioritize your budget based on your needs and style. For example, you may prefer  to spend more on food  or entertainment and cut back on flowers.

 

 

  • Come Prepared

 

Before meeting with vendors, make sure you have a list of things you will be discussing with them. Identify the questions you want to ask and the ideas you want to discuss before scheduling a vendor meeting. Also, after you’ve chosen and contracted your vendors, be sure to share every detail of your wedding with them even if it doesn’t directly relate to their services. Tell them what you want and expect so they can help you with your vision. Sharing this level of detail  is very helpful not only to you, but also to them.

 

 

  • Be Open to Suggestions

 

You may already have a clear idea of what you want and need but that doesn’t mean you should reject every suggestion your vendor makes. Listen to them carefully and you may just pick some inspirations or get more ideas from them. Keep in mind, they have done hundreds or thousands of events and generally have an idea of what works and what doesn’t work as well.

 

 

  • Bring Your Partner 

 

Your partner’s opinions really matter during vendor meetings. Vendors like DJs always love to meet the couple to determine their style and taste. This will help them personalize their services based on your taste.

 

 

  • Beware of Rip-Offs

 

Before signing the contract, ensure that every detail and specifics are in it. This includes the agreed price, date,  time, services being provided, etc. Check the authenticity of the vendor before working with them by checking online sources and reviews on third party sites like Google, or their facebook business page. See what others are saying about them ahead of time.

 

At Paul Michaels Events, we love to have  one-on-one meetings (either through video chat, or in-person when it’s possible) with our clients to help us understand their needs and taste. That’s only one out of dozens of reasons why we are Chicago’s premier wedding DJ and entertainers!

 

Paul Michaels Events offers unique DJ and entertainment services to clients utilizing a boutique approach that sets us above the competition. When we perform, we guarantee you the only outcome will be a thrilling and fun celebration!

 

Want a happy fun wedding? Just click here to contact us or call us on this number: +1 (773) 850-1763. If you prefer to reach us via email, email us at: info@paulmichaelsevents.com.

5 Wedding Entertainment Ideas That Will Impress Your Guests

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A unique and varied line-up of entertainment options will not only excite your guests but also create a fun atmosphere for your event. While the dance floor may be entertainment for some crowds all night long, adding a few extra touches to entertain the guests can be great additions to your wedding. If you’re looking to surprise and entertain your guests, these 5 ideas will do wonders for you.

 

 

  • Photo Booth

 

Taking photos with your friends is always fun. A photo booth is perfect for having a fun time putting on props and posing with your friends, but it also helps create lasting memories of your wedding for you and your guests.  Because we can print out multiple copies, everyone can take a copy home. At Paul Michaels Events, if you use our DJ services, we give you $200 off of the premium photo booth package. The package comes with a backdrop of your choosing, props and a book of all of the photos taken throughout the night for the new couple to take home (so you can see what your friends and family were up to all night!).

 

 

  • Food Fiesta

 

While food can satisfy and incite the taste buds, it can also be a source of fun. Try to be creative with the food options and the menu. You can serve ‘entertaining’ wedding food like cotton candy, sushi, midnight snacks, chocolates and more. You’d be surprised how much your guests will appreciate this twist!

 

Also, food trucks have gained quite a momentum in wedding receptions. You can be creative with the food styles and options in a way that excites your guests.

 

 

  • Games

 

Games are always a fun activity and you can bring that fun to your event! Lawn games, casino tables, Jenga, space hopper, musical chairs, bingo, bouncing castle etc. Games are an idea that  both kids and adults can enjoy.

 

  • Fireworks 

A popular option for entertainment is to have a spectacular display of fireworks towards the end of the wedding reception. Think of it as the grand finale that ends the ceremony with a bang. Sparklers also work for a similar effect at a smaller scale!

 

 

  • Dance and Choreography 

 

Music helps set the mood at a wedding reception and where there is music, there is dancing and fun. You and your new partner might want to have a choreographed dance, or you could bring back something from the bachelor or bachelorette party.

 

Paul Michaels Events is a top wedding DJ based in Chicago. We always bring endless fun and unique excitement to every event wedding we cover!

 

Our DJs are handpicked to fit our clients’ tastes and when we perform at your wedding, even the music will be an extension of you!

 

We start by getting to know our client’s personally. This brief but strong bond we forge gives us what we need to create a service perfect for our clients’ needs. Contact us here or call us at (773) 850-1763 or send an email to info@paulmichaelsevents.com to know more about our services!

Vendor Spotlight – Esenam Photography

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We’ve worked with different wedding vendors over the years and it’s always such a wonderful shared experience. From photographers to wedding planners to officiants, they always bring their uniqueness to every event they touch. One of those vendors is Esenam of Esenam Photography; one of the most sought-after photographers in Chicago.

 

He is a remarkably talented photographer whose work is  emotionally driven. Esenam is also very versatile, as he does photojournalism for weddings, nature photography and more. We are so excited to have him on our vendor spotlight today!

 

 

  • What’s it like to work with him?

 

Working with Esenam is always an experience to cherish. He is easy to work with, kind, and gets along with everybody. By his unique services and excellent results, you will immediately know Esenam is an experienced photographer who loves what he does.

 

 

  • What photography items do they offer?

 

Esenam offers different wedding packages. After the event, clients can get albums, digital files, flush mount, prints, etc. He has many different options.

 

 

  • Are his services restricted to Chicago only?

 

No, they are not. Besides Chicago, Esenam is available to capture weddings across the United States and beyond. He will travel to where he is needed!

 

 

  • What does he hope to achieve with his pictures?

 

Esenam is more than just a photographer; he is a storyteller. His photographs reflect the raw emotions of the couple and everyone in attendance. Every picture he takes is unique, natural, and authentic. His ability to give a natural edit to pictures is also incredible.

 

Esenam Photography is a great option if you are looking for a photographer that will capture your special moments on your most special day. No matter what your wedding theme is, your persona will shine through the pictures. 

 

His works are so exceptional, and he treats every client like a close friend or family. Get in touch him by calling (630) 674-2405 or learn more about his services at www.esenamphotography.com

 

Paul Michaels Events has everything you need to make your event fun and entertaining. From music to entertainment options, Paul Michaels Events is that DJ company that brings its best game to every event. We are Chicago’s premier wedding DJ and no one throws a party like we do!

 

Our services are personalized to each client so that their style and taste is reflected through our work. Get in touch with us here or call us at +1 (773) 850-1763 or send a mail to info@paulmichaelsevents.com and let’s help you have a fun event!

How To Pick Wedding Reception Music that Suits Your Style

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Creating a unique soundtrack for your wedding day is not something to trifle with. Whether you decide on the classics, traditional, or modern, the music you choose will help set the mood and atmosphere of your wedding.

 

Before choosing the music for your Chicago wedding reception, it’s important to think about yourself, your wedding guests, and the wedding venue. For example, if you’re having a traditional wedding or a wedding in a church, you can’t just play any kind of song because it might be deemed inappropriate. Below are a few tips that we suggest for picking out the right music for your wedding.

 

 

  • Decide on a DJ or Musician 

 

The first thing to do when planning the music for your wedding is to decide who’s in charge of the playlist. Sometimes, couples hire musicians for their ceremony and then a DJ for the reception. Your DJ can play music, including instrumentals to cover the ceremony as well. 

Whatever you decide on depends on your music taste. DJs offer more variety, can easily shuffle between different types of genres and don’t need breaks. If that appeals to you, we would suggest that you hire a DJ.

 

 

  • Start with The Big Songs 

 

When curating a playlist, it’s necessary to start with the big moments. There are important moments at your wedding that need unique songs: Your first dance, processional songs, introductions, cake cutting song etc. At Paul Michaels Events, we walk you through the whole timeline of the evening and help you pick out songs to play at each of these special moments. 

 

 

  • Think About Your Wedding Style

 

Make sure the music you choose is comfortable for your guests and matches your wedding style. If you’re going with a vintage theme, add a few good classics. If it’s a backyard wedding, country music works great, of course. Going with a mix is the best because playing different genres from different eras appeals to the different generations of guests in attendance.

 

 

  • You Don’t Have To Pick Out Every Song

 

While you may want to pick lots of songs for your evening, you don’t have to, and you shouldn’t need to do this! DJs are professionals at picking out the right song for the right moment for your guests. We call this “reading the crowd”. Give the DJ some songs or genres that you like, but if you don’t want to pick out a huge playlist, there is no need!

 

At Paul Michaels Events, we love to help you create your wedding atmosphere through music. We will work with you throughout the entire planning process so that we play the right music for you and your guests.

Paul Michaels Events is a DJ company in Chicago that has entertained couples and rocked countless weddings. Our job is to help make your wedding a night to remember! If it’s a great party you seek, simply click here to contact us! You can also call us on +1 (773) 850-1763 or send a mail to info@paulmichaelsevents.com.

Venue Spotlight – Pinstripes

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Over the years, we’ve worked with multiple event venues, each of them boasting with their own unique features that make them excellent wedding venues. The Chicagoland locations of Pinstripes are easily some of the best dining and entertainment venues we’ve had the privilege of working with!

 

Situated in multiple locations including North brook, Oak Brook, and Downtown Chicago in Streeterville, Pinstripes is a beautiful event space that’s perfect for your special events. We have worked here on many occasions and our couples agree with us that Pinstripes is an excellent choice for a memorable wedding.Join us as we welcome Pinstripes to our weekly vendor spotlight series!

 

  • What does Pinstripes look like?

 

Pinstripes locations each have something special about their environments. Whether it be a great outdoor patio with fire pits, or a beautiful view of the water in Downtown Chicago, their venues are remarkably gorgeous. Whether you’re planning an event of 20 people or 1000 people, this venue offers various spaces that can accommodate a large number of guests.

 

 

  • What other entertainment do they offer?

 

Bowling lanes and bocce courts are just some of the many entertainment options awaiting couples at Pinstripes. This unique venue is appointed with amenities that guarantee you’ll have a fun time. Pinstripes also offers after-party celebrations, which makes it a great fit for couples leaning towards a wild yet fun wedding.

 

 

  • Do they offer other kinds of services?

 

Apart from the distinctive venue, Pinstripes offers set up services, decorations, a standby wedding manager, and more. This will save you the hassle of sourcing all these for these yourself. They also have a professional event team to work with you to ensure your ceremony goes smoothly and the reception is fun and memorable.

 

 

  • What is their menu like?

 

They serve American/Italian cuisine that always seems to be a hit. They also have great wine and beverage options.You can choose between family-style serving or something formal like a five-course meal. Each dish is made by talented chefs with locally-sourced ingredients.

 

 

 

  • What type of weddings can they host?

 

Whether you want an outdoor or indoor wedding, an intimate or grand wedding, we definitely  recommend Pinstripes because weddings held there look amazing.

 

Choosing this wedding venue will give your event a flair and vibe that few other event spaces can achieve. And because of how accommodating they are, you will be saved from the many inconveniences associated with other, less equipped wedding venues.

 

Aside from weddings, Pinstripes hosts birthdays, office meetings, and other special events too.

 

With this combination of amazing spaces, outstanding services, fine dining, and classic games, Pinstripes has everything it needs to make it one of the best wedding venues in Chicago, and we have everything you need for amazing music and entertainment at your Chicago wedding!

 

At Paul Michaels Events, we offer such excellent DJ and entertainment services that will be nothing less than perfect for your wedding event. We personalize every client’s services; we get to know our clients personally, enabling us to tailor our services in a way that befits their taste and personality.

 

Want to know more about our DJ services? Get in touch with us by calling 1 (773) 850-1763 or sending a mail to info@paulmichaelsevents.com. You can also contact us here and we’ll promptly reply to you and tend to any inquiries you have.

How to Choose a Unique First Dance Song

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Choosing a first dance song may be stressful because there are so many amazing choices. .  You are going to think of this song as your first dance together for the rest of your life! Below are some tips that will help you in figuring out what is the right first dance song for you.

 

 

  • Go Back in Time

 

There are amazing songs from the 50s, 60s, 80s, and 90s that will be perfect for a first dance song. A lot of couples think that you must settle for current or trending songs but classics are unique and will add timelessness to your dance!

 

 

  • Pick Something Special

 

Instead of just choosing any song, you and your partner can decide on a song that means something to your relationship. Perhaps a song you both really love, the song playing the day you met, etc. This will make the song feel personal and make your dance unique.

 

 

  • Consider Covers

 

You can make your wedding unique by choosing a cover song. Many hit songs have amazing covers with a different voice. Great covers are always unique and delightful to listen to.

 

 

  • Check Out Movie Theme Songs

 

Your first dance can also be an instrumental or movie theme song. There are so many of them out there that are unique and many are pretty nostalgic. The Jurassic Park Theme Song, Game of Thrones, and Lord of The Rings all have amazing instrumentals that will make your event unique.

 

 

  • It Doesn’t Have To Be A Slow Song

 

No one is going to be upset if your first dance isn’t a slow, romantic love song! It can be something upbeat and fun if that’s what fits you. Maybe a salsa dance, or a hip hop song if that is more your style.

 

 

  • Work with Your DJ

 

DJs are conversant with matters like picking the first song. If you can’t decide on a first dance song, a conversation with your DJ can solve the problem!

 

At Paul Michaels Events, we create an interpersonal relationship with our clients, we get to know them and what they like, and use all that to create special and personalized wedding moments for them. With us, customer satisfaction is 100% guaranteed and we are never satisfied until you and your guests are well-entertained and happy. Paul Michaels Events knows how to throw a good party, and we can wait to entertain couples at yours!

 

Contact us today or call us at +1 (773) 850-1763 or check our website, www.paulmichaelsevents.com Let’s all work towards making your wedding ceremony a night to remember!

5 Popular Wedding Music Genres

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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.

3 Questions People Ask About DJing

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DJs are synonymous with music, events, and celebrations, but there’s considerably more about them that many people don’t know. As unlikely as this sounds, many people don’t even know DJ is an acronym for ‘disc jockey’. It would be great (won’t be amiss) to learn a little more about DJs and what they entail, especially if you’re planning on adding a professional DJ to your team of wedding vendors. Besides, knowing a bit about the history of DJing can be quite interesting. With that being said, we’ve listed out the 3 questions people ask about DJs.

 

  • What are the different kinds of DJs?

There are 4 types of DJs but their roles often overlap each other’s roles. Club DJs, radio DJs, mobile DJs, and turntablists are the main types of DJs. Turntablists are arguably the most popular kind of DJs, creating art through scratching, cutting, and exhibitionism. Club DJs ensure the dance floor is never empty, while mobile DJs are the type you’ll see entertaining guests at corporate events and weddings.

 

  • What do you need to be a DJ?

There’s quite a number of equipment you need but the main ones are headphones, a mixer, decks, and speakers. If you don’t know what some of the equipment does, the mixers blend the music while decks play that music. Headphones are what you use to cue the music, of course.

 

  • Who invented DJing?

The first live DJ dance party was performed almost a century ago-1943, to be precise. It was performed by a radio DJ called Jimmy Savile. He played jazz records at the Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds (Otley, England). But it was Walter Winchell, the American radio commentator, who conceived the phrase ‘disc jockey’ almost a decade earlier. He used the term to describe Martin Block, an American DJ, who gained fame for playing the most popular recorded music.

Is your upcoming wedding in the Windy City? Chicago has a host of great wedding venues to host your wedding but music and entertainment are part of what ultimately makes a wedding as special as you dream it to be.

Paul Michaels Events craft this kind of music and provide great entertainment for weddings. DJ Paul Michaels, a premier wedding DJ specialist from Chicago, leads this team of talented entertainers. We know what it takes to make every wedding ceremony a unique, special, and wonderful affair, and we guarantee yours will be a celebration and party like no other.

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