6 Moments You’ll Need Music at Your Event

Guests dancing at a wedding reception

Your wedding will be a huge collection of memorable events. From your entrance to the cake-cutting, each special moment deserves a song that captures how wonderful it is. During our planning process, we help our couples pick out songs for the special moments throughout the wedding day. Below are some of the moments that we believe deserve their own special songs.


  • Ceremony Prelude 

This is usually background music; and generally something light and exciting so you can set the tone for the event. While you might not be hearing it a lot, it will play as guests are getting seated and the ceremony is just a few minutes away from being started. We often like to suggest some instrumental pop songs.



  • Reception Grand Entrance


It’s your wedding day, so it’s only fitting that you make a grand entrance. Your entrance is one of the most memorable moments of your ceremony. Guests, friends, family, and loved ones will all have their eyes on you, excited from the beautiful ceremony and ready to celebrate with you. We recommend that you use a song that will pump up the crowd with a lot of energy or a song with a big surprise something to make it even more breathtaking. Depending on your choice, you could dance in with your groomsmen or you could walk in with the ambiance of king and queen.



  • Cake Cutting


This is your chance to pick a fun or silly song if you would like. Or it can be sentimental. Either way, pick one that will make you smile as you enjoy this sweet moment.



  • First Dance


The first dance is always a sentimental and passionate moment. Most couples usually prefer a slow song, or one that has a lot of meaning in their relationship. But if you are more on the adventurous side you can definitely choose something that increases tempo or is more upbeat. 



  • Father-Daughter and Mother-Son Dances


Parents’ dances will usually follow the first dance. A parent-child dance can be wonderful and full of emotions, so it is important to find the right song for you. You could go for a song that sparks shared memories or just a song that you both think is a beautiful choice. 



  • The Last Dance


After a night of fun and excitement and new memories, it is hard for the celebration to come to an end. But alas it will end as all good things do. The last song is a great opportunity to pick the note that you want to end your evening. It can be a slow song to sway to while singing with your friends or something fun and funny to end with lots of energy!


If you are planning to host a wedding in Chicago, or anywhere we can travel, Paul Michaels Events would be delighted to work with you, and make your wedding an event that will be remembered by everyone in attendance.

At Paul Michaels Events, we understand how important each moment at your event is and we make sure the perfect song is played at each important moment. Music brings fun and entertainment to your event, and we can make it happen for you. Contact us today at info@paulmichaelsevents.com or visit our website https://www.paulmichaelsevents.com/  and let’s help you make every moment memorable.

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.

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Wedding Vendors

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Planning a wedding isn’t a one-man job. From the photography, to the venue, to music, and more, you need vendors to help take care of things. When it comes to choosing and hiring wedding vendors, there are a lot of things to consider, because your vendors will play an important role in the wedding coming together. We have listed the most common mistakes couples make when hiring wedding vendors.


  • Forgetting About Your Budget

Your budget is one of the most important factors to consider when hiring a vendor. Create a budget broken down into categories and specific vendors. This will make it easy to hire a vendor that fits that budget and provides the services you need.



  • Not Checking the Venues Approved Vendor List

Some wedding venues have approved vendors that can work in that venue. This can help some couples narrow down their search. But for couples who already have a particular vendor in mind, can be a problem. Be sure to ask your venue if they have an approved vendor list and if they are willing to create exceptions in case they do.



  • Not Researching Your Vendors

Before hiring vendors, make sure you see what others are saying about them. Check out reviews, their websites (if there’s one), and the previous weddings or events they covered.



  • Not Meeting the Vendor

It is crucial to talk with your vendors before hiring them. You should ask your wedding vendors questions to ensure they are right for you. Speak with your vendors, build a relationship with them, and ensure you’re on the same page.



At Paul Michaels Events, working with us couldn’t be easier, because we know and appreciate the amount of work that goes into making a wedding a success. We value face-to-face consultations (or in these times video calls) because it gives us an avenue to know our clients and help us understand them better.


Want a fun, music-filled, and entertaining wedding party? Leave it to us at Paul Michaels Events; Chicago’s No. 1 DJ company. Get started today by calling +1 (773) 850-1763 or send a mail to info@paulmichaelsevents.com.

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!

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!

The differences between Multi-Op and Single-Op DJ companies explained!

Differences Between Multi-Ops and Single-Ops Explained

You may have heard this verbiage during your hunt for a DJ (or any vendor for that matter). There is no right or wrong here, they are just different. Some people want to work with a “multi-op” and some prefer to work with a “single-op” such as DJ Paul Michaels. Here’s the main differences:


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  • Large company, with many DJs/MCs
  • Can send staff and gear to many events in the same night
  • Has an office with regular business hours
  • You meet with a salesperson to book the wedding
  • You meet with an event planner/specialist to plan your wedding (sometimes the salesperson doubles in this role)
  • Doesn’t usually assign the actual DJ until your wedding is soon approaching
  • Your DJ may not have a connection with you if they were assigned the event randomly
    • NOTE in some cases, the multi-op lets you specifically choose/pick your DJ at the time of booking, and work with that DJ up until your event date
  • Backup plan if the DJ cannot show for your event: Has other DJs within the company that should be able to cover the event

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Single Op

  • Individual person, who usually has assistants or other staff to assist them for your wedding or event
  • Can generally work one event per day
  • Might have an office, but more than likely does not. Has flexible hours, and can usually be personally reached at odd times. Will be happy to meet you at a convenient location for both of you instead of requiring you to come to them
  • You work with the same person the entire time, who is the same as the person who DJs your wedding
  • Personal touch – you build a connection with your DJ
  • Backup Plan if the DJ cannot show for your event: Usually (this should always be confirmed ahead of time) has other colleagues/DJs who have confirmed availability for your event date and can take over if needed


December 2014 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: Wedding Color Combinations

The Knot shows you how to personalize a classic wedding color with these 25 colorful combinations for your wedding. Tell us what your favorite color combinations are, or your particular style!

WEDDING PLANNING TIP: Blocking Hotel Rooms

Chicago is quite the destination city, whether you are from here or not. When planning a Chicago Wedding, it’s always a courteous gesture to reserve hotel room blocks for your out-of-town wedding guests. Most of your out-of-town guests may not be as familiar with the city and will look to you for suggestions. To make it easier on you and your guests, here is some helpful information below:

What is a hotel block?
A hotel will place a group of rooms, usually 10-15, on hold for your guests to reserve at a discounted rate. This hold is usually placed under the wedding name (ie) Jolie-Pitt.  Remember that Chicago is a destination city, so if the Chicago Marathon is also occuring the weekend of your wedding, hotels may not be able to provide a discount.

How do I book a hotel block?

  1. Gather the following information: how many rooms are you looking to block, the dates of your block (typically you would want to include one day before your wedding and one day after your wedding).
  2. Call the Local Group Sales Office at your preferred hotel(s). We recommend asking for a few quotes to get the best pricing. If you have a lot of out-of-towners, you also can block multiple hotels.
  3. Negotiate! Planning a wedding is expensive, but so can be attending a wedding. Get the best deal for your guests who will be staying at a hotel.

Who pays for it?
Unless you decide to pick up the tab for everyone, the guests will pay for the room themselves.

How do my guests book a room?
In your RSVP Card, you should include a one-sheet of pertinent hotel information. Feel free to get creative with this, but be sure to include: Hotel Name, Address, Phone Number, Room Block Names (ie) Jolie- Pitt Hotel Block, Dates Available, Book by Date (ie) Please book your hotel by 09/10/15. 

What if I need more rooms than I blocked?PSA - Don't Drop the Bride!
Call the hotel and let them know how many more rooms you require. Usually, they will be able to add on additional rooms.



As seen in the graphic on the right from weddingful, you want to make sure she’s supporting her own weight on one leg (bending her knee) and the groom should put his own knee forward which will support both of them easily. This may be something worth practicing before trying it out on the dance floor at your wedding.

Choosing a photographer to capture your special day can be stressful and is no easy task! Here is Weddingful.com‘s list of top Chicago Photographers! They will be sure to show you the proper way to dip your blushing bride.

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