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.

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Wedding Vendors

wedding venue/vendor

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.

4 Myths About Wedding DJs

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It’s no secret that some couples are reluctant to hire a DJ because of the misconceptions surrounding them and their work. The misconceptions are not true! That’s why they are called misconceptions. Having a DJ at your wedding ceremony is a clever investment. Not only do  they make your wedding fun and lively. Listed below are some of the most common myths associated with DJs and their services.

 

 

  • Anyone Can Play Music

 

Yes, anyone can play music. But DJs go beyond the scope of utilizing Spotify and other similar services to play music at your wedding, because their music expertise can help them pick out the best song for each moment. Music is just one part of a DJ’s many roles. They also act as emcees, and set the mood of your event. They are responsible for entertaining everyone at your event. Obviously, that isn’t something just anyone can do.

 

 

  • All DJs at the Same

 

No, all DJs aren’t the same. There are DJs who thrive  with parties at clubs and bars; while some specialize in formal events and others excel at providing entertainment at wedding events. It is best to hire a DJ who has experience with weddings; the professionalism and gear required at a wedding will be different from that of a club, bar, birthday party, or corporate event.

 

 

  • It’s Easy to Be A DJ

 

The best DJs have invested time and money to improve and perfect their skills. For example, they have worked on mixing music, time management, event planning, mic technique, and audio knowledge, which aren’t easy to master. Like other careers, it requires a lot of hard work to become a pro. 

 

 

  • DJs just put on a Playlist 

 

As said earlier, being a DJ isn’t as easy as it looks. Playlists are for individuals listening to music on their headphones. A professional DJ reads the crowd and creates a mashup/playlist that will fit the audience and this in itself requires special skills. 

 

If your Chicago wedding is approaching and you’re looking for a DJ in Chicago, look no further than Paul Michaels Events. We are professional wedding DJs who excel at making weddings memorable and entertaining. We have entertained couples in countless events over the years, so we’re more than qualified to entertain you and your guests on your most special of days.

 

Arrange a consultation today by calling +1 (773) 850-1763 or visit our website, https://paulmichaelsevents.com/ to learn more about what we do and how we can make your wedding ceremony something to remember!

6 Common Wedding Misconceptions You Shouldn’t Believe

Chicago bride tossing her bouquet

One of the best things about weddings is the fact there’s no standard or specific way to hold it.  Different people have different tastes, traditions, and beliefs. One rule simply can’t apply to all. Conversely, many misconceptions and ‘rules’ still attempt to alter or dictate the way weddings should be held. Below, we listed a number of misconceptions that we believe can be disregarded if it doesn’t match your style.

 

 

  • You Need to Leave for Honeymoon the Day After the Wedding

 

If you want to have a honeymoon immediately after your wedding, great!. But if you need time to unwind,your work schedule won’t allow it or you don’t have the money for your dream honeymoon, it’s okay to hold it off! The honeymoon should be fun and fit your schedule.

 

 

  • The Bride Must Wear White

 

Brides are often associated with white wedding gowns. Even though this is now labeled tradition, it’s not a hard and fast rule. Brides can wear anything they want and in any color they want. There is a unique range of looks and styles for every kind of bride and it doesn’t have to be white.

 

 

  • Groom Can’t See the Bride 

 

If you want to see your bride before the wedding, then go see her! Some people believe  that it’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding.  If you are not one of those people, then it’s perfectly fine to see your partner before the wedding.

 

 

  • You Need A Cake

 

A traditional wedding cake is not fitting for every couple. Or maybe you don’t find value in a formal wedding cake. There are lots of other, innovative ways to forgo a formal wedding cake, or cake at all! Maybe try a small cake just for cutting, or do a completely different dessert display! 

 

 

  • You Have to Get Married on Saturday 

 

While this is the most popular day of the week for weddings, you don’t have to have yours that day. It’s fine if you prefer a Friday or even the middle of the week, like a Tuesday-if that works well for your schedule. Just make sure to also think about if that will work for your guests. 

 

 

  • You Must Have A Playlist for Your DJ

 

While DJs encourage you to provide a list of songs that you would love for your wedding, they do not want you to create an entire playlist. As a matter of fact, we suggest that you give us some songs and genres and then we pick the music based on the current environment and the vibe you want. Our job is, infact, to pick those songs! 

 

We sit with our clients to understand them and what they want. T then tailor a playlist according to that and handpick a DJ or DJs we believe would suit them well. 

 

If you want a fun, entertaining wedding, simply reach out to us and we’ll make it happen. Get in touch with Chicago’s No. 1 DJ and Entertainment company at  +1 (773) 850-1763 or visit our website at https://www.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!

Our Picks of the Latest 2020 Trends in Wedding Decor

Latest trends in Wedding Decor

When it comes to different trends, themes and decors, weddings are an ever changing – and so a particularly exciting – field to be in. We love being able to spot the rise of beautiful new trends, and witness their featuring in the ceremonies that take place here.

So, for any of our clients who are eagerly planning their upcoming ceremony, we’ve created a list of some or our top picks in the latest wedding decor trends.

1. Flowers, reinventions of the classics

Flowers have, of course, always been a wedding staple. But something that has been on the rise lately is the incorporation of more unusual varieties of white and cream flowers into ceremonies. These can include white roses, foxgloves, peonies, or even lilies.

You can easily create stunning sophisticated posh bouquets with ornate flowers that contain lots of beautiful green foliage too. With the foliage, vines and white flowers in your bouquet, you can also integrate these in both the decor, the table decoration and even to adorn the cake too. This is a beautiful subtle way to create unison and a running theme throughout your decor, so that it all looks polished. They provide a beautiful theme in and of themselves. 

2. A themed color throughout

A super effective wedding decor trend that we’ve seen is couples singling out a single color (it could be bright or pastel, or even a color that might even have a special significance to you as a couple), then using it at special featured points to bring a pop of color to the otherwise classically white, elegant decor. This color can be used in table decorations, ribbons, banners and flowers to add a bit of beauty into your decor.

3. Fairy lights

They’ve been an especially popular trend lately, and it’s easy to see why. These elegant delicate little lights not only add a touch of whimsy and delight to your decor, but the subtle, less harsh lighting that they provide helps establish a really romantic mood throughout your venue. The lights can also be colored, copper, or even take the form of battery-operated candles.

 

We’re one of Chicago’s top DJ companies and at Paul Michaels Events, we will make sure we get to know you both on a personal level, because we know from our experience that this is the best way to ensure that the experience that we provide you with is entirely unique, and that your wedding day has every detail and meets expectation that you could have ever hoped for. After all, we’re perfectionists too!

Tips for hiring the right DJ for your wedding

Bride and Groom Kissing Surrounded by Bridal Party
DISCLAIMER: Let me start out by saying this is a blog post, written by me (DJ Paul Michaels). Even though this is not written by an objective third party, I will write this as objectively as possible, as if I was giving advice to a friend who couldn’t possibly hire me for their wedding.

With your big day coming up, odds are that you have never planned a wedding before (unless you happened to be the maid of honor at your friend’s wedding). You’re probably looking for a Chicago Wedding DJ who can not only play great music and be a professional emcee/host, but also someone who can partner with you to help coordinate and plan your event so you can actually enjoy your event on the day-of instead of sweating all the small details. Below are questions that you should be asking every DJ you meet with or interview.

 

Before you hire a DJ…

Items to think about or ask before you hire a DJ for your Chicago Wedding

  • Responsiveness to emails and phone calls
    • Expect a response within 24 hours on a weekday. Keep in mind – on weekends (especially during busy season) the response may take longer if they are out performing for events.
  • Willingness to meet with you
    • Picking a DJ for your wedding is one of the most important wedding choices you will make. I recommend meeting your DJ in person if you’re able to do so. If you’re living out of town up until your wedding, that’s a different story, but check to see if the DJ is willing to video chat with you (the next best thing)
  • Price too good to be true
    • Some people seem to find and book the DJ after all their other vendors. I usually recommend (especially when your wedding is during the middle of busy wedding season) booking the venue first, and then immediately start searching for your DJ. You do not want a cut rate DJ or entertainer at your wedding, as this is the one vendor that could potentially ruin your special day if you aren’t hiring a true professional.  Hiring the cheapest DJ out there will generally backfire, however if you use this post as a guide, you more than likely wouldn’t end up with one anyway!
  • Do you like the DJ?
    • Sure, part of the purpose of meeting the DJ either in person or through video chat is to chat about what services this DJ can offer you, and see if the pricing works for you, but the other half is to see if you like the DJ! You need to have a connection with this person and have the confidence in them that they will make your wedding into a memory you and your friends and family will talk about for years!
  • Do they use professional grade equipment?
    • Just like services, you get what you pay for with gear. Sure, some of your friends may say “I have a PA system and a microphone, and I can play music off my laptop, so why does this DJ charge so much money?”. The biggest difference (speaking strictly about gear, and not experience) is that a professional DJ uses professional gear which is made to last and be used in live performance settings as opposed to gear made for hobbyists.
  • Do they have a contract?
    • Some of the cheaper DJs don’t actually have a contract and just send an invoice in place of a contract. The invoice will not hold up in court, and does not guarantee that your DJ will show up for your wedding. The contract is in place to protect both you as the client, as well as the DJ, and ideally should be co-signed (meaning signed by you as the purchaser, as well as the DJ).
  • Will they meet with you AFTER signing the contract?
    • Your DJ should be more than willing to meet with you again for at least one (assuming you’re within a reasonable distance of them) planning session after you sign your contract with them. The majority of the wedding planning can be accomplished in one meeting, and then perhaps 1-3 video chats or phone calls between the date of the meeting and your actual wedding.
  • Who will be the actual DJ for your wedding?
    • The difference between “Multi-Ops” (such as Paul Michaels Events) and “Single-Ops” is that with a single op, you’re meeting with the DJ for your initial consultation all the way through to your wedding date. This could be a good thing and a bad thing. At a “multi-op”, you may meet with the sales person and build a great connection with them, but they won’t actually be the one at your wedding, nor will they be the one planning your wedding with you! At Paul Michaels Events, you meet with Paul (the owner) and plan your wedding with Paul, but your DJ is involved the entire time, and you know who your DJ will be at the time of contract signing. 

 

 

Other important questions to ask your Wedding DJ

Keep in mind – for some of these there are no right or wrong answers, they are just good questions to ask, and understand the answer

  • Are you available for my date?

  • Do you have any other weddings the same weekend?

  • How much do you charge?

  • Do you charge for travel, set-up, or tear down?

  • How early will you arrive for set-up, and how long will it take you for tear-down?

  • Do you have any special offers or promotions running right now?

  • Do you let my guests make requests?

  • Can we provide you a list of our requests ahead of time?

  • What will you do if I have a special request and you don’t already have the song or the correct version of the song?

  • What lighting is included in the price?

  • What is the process to reserve our wedding date with you?

  • Do you have any other DJs on standby in case something were to happen to you right before our wedding?

  • Do you come alone to the wedding, or do you have other staff/assistant(s) with you?

  • Are there any additional costs or hidden fees?

  • Have you played at my venue before? If not, will you be able to do a site-walk ahead of time?

 

I sincerely hope this helps many of you throughout your search for your perfect Chicago wedding DJ!

If you’re interested in having Paul Michaels Events for your wedding, please feel free to read more on the weddings page, or contact Paul today!

Planning a Wedding? Legal Issues to Address Before You Tie the Knot

A wedding is much more than just a ceremony for two people to show to the world how much they love each other. It is a binding contract that is not supposed to be taken lightly. In a world with many rules and laws to follow, marriage has its own to follow.

Some of the Legal Issues

When you sit down to plan out your wedding, you are probably thinking about colors, themes, seating arrangements, and a myriad of other little details that will make your day perfect. But you may not consider the legal aspects that will make your day run smoothly and your new life continue in the same fashion. You know you need a marriage license, but have you thought about changing your name and getting new legal documents, writing a new will, or signing a prenuptial agreement? These don’t often come up in the discussion, but they are pretty important to talk about.

Changing Your Name

While no longer a given, many women change their last name when they get married. While it seems like this should be pretty easy to do, it is actually a pretty complicated process. Most places require you to have an original copy of the marriage license, not a photocopy. You will need to change your name on your social security card, your driver’s license, your passport, and your bank account. These all require various amounts of paperwork, and it can be a little tedious to go through. Once you’ve gotten those names changed, you can work on changing it with less important groups, such as school or your employer.

Writing a Will

It seems a little counter-intuitive to think about writing a will when you are getting married, but this is a protection for you and your spouse in case the worst happens. Even if you don’t have a lot of money or assets, creating a will allows you to provide for your spouse and any children or dependents you may have. This step is especially important if you have been married before. Don’t leave your spouse vulnerable, just because you think you will live forever.

Signing a Prenup

This is a tricky topic, especially for engaged couples. No one believes that they are going into a marriage that is going to end, but so many of them do. While this may not seem like a big deal when you are young and poor, hopefully you won’t stay that way. And if you already have significant assets, such as property or a business, signing a prenup is a way of protecting those investments in the worst possible scenario. This isn’t a step for everyone, so make sure you do your research before you decide whether or not you need a prenup.

 

When it comes down to it, your wedding should be a happy occasion. Don’t let these legal issues derail you or your spouse. Take care of them early and enjoy your perfect day.

Old School Wedding Traditions You Can Upgrade

Bride Throwing Bouquet

The American wedding comes with a variety of wedding traditions. While some are certainly here to stay (first dance!), in today’s wedding scene, couples have much more leeway to tweak, personalize, or completely ax wedding traditions that aren’t their vibe.

Guest Book:

To be honest, I’ve never fully understood the point of a formal guest book. I just can’t imagine sitting down with my future hubby on the couch and perusing the signatures of people who came to our wedding. Instead of the formal book, many couples opt for guests to leave their marks on items that can easily be displayed in the couple’s future home. Some of my favorite examples include having guests sign a bourbon barrel inscribed with the wedding date, or signing a copy of the couple’s favorite record.

Bridesmaid Clones

Long gone are the days of bridal parties wearing carbon-copied poofy-sleeved atrocities. Many brides today approach their bridesmaid’s dresses with a much kinder heart, permitting each lady the option to choose the dress style that’s most flattering, while sticking within a specific color or color palette. If you’re a really lucky maid, you’ll even find something that can be worn post-nuptials.

Bouquet/Garter Toss

While this wedding tradition is still largely going strong today, if the idea of your new husband getting all-up-in-there while your grandfather looks on makes you squeamish, there are other options. Perhaps a simple toast to the bride from the gentleman in the crowd will suffice. On the flip side, if bouquet toss comes around and you’re not comfortable pouring salt in the wounds of your single friends, there are certainly alternatives. Hand your bouquet over to your flower girl as a thank you, or give it as a sweet gift to the couple who’s been married the longest.

Wedding Favors

Realistically, your guests aren’t going to walk away from your wedding with their parting gift making the biggest impression of the evening. They’re going to leave full of memories of the amazing time they had! While favors are certainly a lovely cherry-on-top, one of my favorite alternatives was a couple who made a donation to a charity close to them, and left explanatory notes on the dinner tables.

Are there any wedding traditions you’re putting a new spin on for your big day? Let us know in the comments!