5 Top Ways to Engage Your Wedding Guests on The Dance Floor

If you are looking for ways to ensure your wedding guests thoroughly engage themselves at your wedding reception, here are a few very simple tricks to try. These are sure to get all your guests to the dance floor as soon as dance music comes through the DJ’s speakers!

 

  • Have A Spacious Dance Floor

If you want all your wedding guests having a great time on the dance floor, you will need a dance floor that is sized appropriately for your number of guests. They need enough space to show off their dance moves, of course.

Ensure that you put the size of the dance floor into consideration before choosing a wedding venue. Go for one that is spacious enough to accommodate every couple. Your venue will be able to estimate the correct size of the dance floor for your party.

 

  • Give your DJ the necessary information about your guests

While preparing your wedding playlist with your wedding DJ, we advise you to give the DJ the information they will need about your guests.

For example, inform them of the number of guests you are inviting, and the age range of the guests-how many teenagers, adults, etc. will be attending. This information will help the DJ arrange the playlist in a way that will entertain everyone in attendance.

 

  • Get Ready to Dance

Some of your guests might not be too eager to dance but you can change that. Lead by example! Once you set a good example for your wedding guests, we believe they’ll follow suit.

The wedding is all about you and your partner, so all eyes will be on you, which means they’ll be ready to follow if you hit the dance floor first.

One of our tips we give every couple is that your guests want to be wherever you are. They are there to celebrate you. If you’re on the dance floor, your guests will be there with you!

 

  • Play A Lot of Upbeat Dance Songs

Slow songs are great but when it comes to the dance floor at your wedding reception, dance songs work best, for obvious reasons.

When your wedding DJ plays faster songs at your wedding reception, your guests will be more enticed to get on their feet and dance the night away!

 

  • Get a professional DJ

A professional wedding DJ simply makes everything easier. When you secure the services of such a professional, you won’t have to worry about the entertainment at your wedding reception. A professional DJ knows how to set the mood at your wedding and make certain your guests have a wonderful time.

If you need a professional wedding DJ to help handle the entertainment at your Chicago Wedding, Paul Michaels Events is here to answer your call!

We are ever ready to offer our unique DJ and entertainment services to you. Ready to talk? Simply click here to contact us or call us on this number (773) 850-1763, or send us an email at [email protected]

5 Questions A DJ Should Ask Bride and Groom

One way to gauge the experience and expertise of a DJ is from the questions they ask you. A good DJ will ask the clients the right questions to ensure they get the correct information needed to make your event perfect. Below are some questions you can expect your DJ to ask you.

 

  • How Did You Meet?

Good DJs always make an effort to get to know their clients. Knowing you will give them a good idea of your personality as a couple and that will influence the service they deliver to make your day match you.

 

  • What Kind of Music Do You Like and Not Like?

Couples get the option to add their favorite songs to the wedding playlist, of course, but a professional DJ will take the time to know your taste in music. That way they will understand what to play and what not to play on your big day. Meanwhile, if you want the DJ to handle everything, that’s welcomed too as long as they have an idea of what you want for your event.

 

  • Where Is the Wedding Venue?

DJs will ask about your venue in order to make sure they are quoting and providing appropriate sound and lighting gear Sometimes, DJs may need to visit the venue to understand the layout and facilities to correctly wire the setup. Find out if your DJ provides ‘venue site walks’ as a part of their contract.

 

  • What Is the Tone of Your Wedding?

Your wedding style will significantly influence a DJ’s song choices. Is it a traditional wedding? Small wedding? Formal or vintage wedding? Knowing what your event will look like and feel like will help the DJ plan the best strategy to perfectly compliment your event.

 

  • What Are the Names of Everyone in Your Wedding party?

If your DJ is working as the M.C. (or master of ceremonies), they need to be able to pronounce all the names correctly. During one of your meetings with your DJ (after booking) your DJ will want to talk through all the names in your wedding party to make sure they can pronounce them all correctly at your big day.

At Paul Michaels Events, we do not offer a one size fit all approach to our clients. We understand that all clients are different, so we ask the right questions to help us deliver the best services possible.

We care about your taste and needs, and we make time to get to know our clients to help us play the right music. Click here to contact us, and we promise we’ll entertain you like no other Chicago DJ can! Or, send us an email here: [email protected] for a personalized music service you’ll never forget!

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.

6 Ways To Keep Guests Happy On Your Wedding Day

Your wedding day is obviously about you, but the truth is, it’s important to think about your guests when making plans. Even though it’s your day, your guests will appreciate it if you make them feel special too.  Below we listed some tips to help you keep your guests happy.

 

  •         Formal Invitation and Plenty of Notice

Even with social media, phone calls, and emails, guests still appreciate a hard copy invitation letter, especially beautifully designed and addressed to them.

Your invitations should include vital information like date, time, venue, directions, and other basics they will need to know. You should also give a lot of notice to help your guests plan ahead and make sure they don’t have any conflicts.

  •         Location

Location can matter a lot. A great location will add to the guest’s experience and the best location is the one that’s convenient for your guests. Things to consider are accommodation options, size, aesthetics, comfort, availability of restrooms, and anything related to the guests  services.

If it’s an outdoor wedding, make arrangements according to the weather. Find an option that provides shade or warmth for your guests if the conditions call for such.

 

  •         Travel and Accommodation Arrangement

If you’re having a destination wedding, try to have a travel and accommodation arrangement for your guests. They will be pleased as well as make the event run even smoother for everyone.

 

  •         Food

Food is one of the essential parts of your wedding. Having varieties of great food and drink options will make your guests happy. No celebration is complete without delectable food!

 

  •         Favors

Your guests will appreciate a small token to remember the night. When it comes to wedding favors, there are a lot of options you can choose from, but you don’t have to be extravagant. You can go for something simple or even explore edible gifts. Something with your names and wedding dates is ideal!

 

  •         The Right Music Mix

What’s a party without good music? For your wedding, good music means playing songs your guests will enjoy and love to dance to. Have a DJ play songs that will appease your guests’ diverse tastes and create a party atmosphere. Only a professional wedding DJ can cater to this!

Need a DJ to help create a happy wedding with fun memories? Go for Paul Michaels Events! We are Chicago’s No. 1 wedding DJ company, and the rave reviews our past clients leave us is just one of the many reasons we are Chicago’s’ favorite entertainers!

We offer exceptional and quality music services at wedding events, and we want to perform and entertain everyone at your wedding! Contact us here or reach out to us on [email protected] to get started!

5 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Couples

We all have things going on in our lives, add a wedding to the mix, and it can get overwhelming and time-consuming. For a busy bride or groom who doesn’t have a lot of time to spare, planning their wedding could be very difficult. However, here are some wedding planning hacks to save you time.

  • Hire a Wedding Planner 

One of the best ways to save time is to hire a wedding planner to handle your event. Wedding planners are skilled professionals who can guide you through the whole planning process. They can handle up to 90% of your wedding tasks!

The best thing about hiring a planner is that you decide how much control you want to give them. Partial planning? Full planning? Day of planning? They can customize their services to your preference.

  • Find An All-Inclusive Venue 

Some venues offer extra services to help couples reduce the stress of sourcing them out themselves. Some venues provide catering services, cake/bakery, wedding planning services, and more. Some also work with other wedding vendors like photographers, florists, etc., that will take care of your event.

  • Delegate Your Tasks

You don’t have to do it all alone. Reducing tasks you have to handle will save you a lot of time. Some people would be willing to help with your tasks, enlist their help. Delegate some of the tasks to your family and friends to make things simpler.

  • Use Time-Saving Technology 

There are wedding-related apps and programs designed to keep you organized and save time. With these programs, you can create a checklist, guest list, budget outline, track your progress, set deadlines, record ideas, and more.

Make use of these technologies to help you stay organized.

  • Don’t Wait Until Last Minute To Book Vendors 

Don’t wait up before you start hiring vendors. Any situation may arise, and you may lose your preferred vendors. The earlier you hire your vendors, you’ll have less stress to worry about since your team of trusted vendors will be ready to work with you to make for your ideal wedding.

 

Hire A DJ

The importance of a wedding DJ can not be overemphasized. They bring fun to parties and make your wedding exciting.

Need a DJ? Work with us at Paul Michaels event. We are a DJ Company that provides the best of music services to clients. Contact us today at [email protected] for a lively wedding with a music-filled reception. 

 

4 Things to Know About When to Book A Wedding DJ

So, you already have a wedding date and you want a DJ because you know their presence would make a huge difference at your wedding, right? But when are you supposed to book one? How far in advance should you book one without the risk of losing your ideal DJ to another wedding? Below are things to consider to help you through the booking process.

  • How Popular is Your Wedding Date?

There are some months (E.g. June, August, September, October) and days (E.g.  Fridays, Saturdays) where weddings are popular. These days are usually different by region, and heavily weather dependent. These popular dates will have vendors including DJs in high demand. If your wedding is on a popular date, then you want to book as soon as possible before someone books your ideal DJ.

  • How In-Demand or Popular Is The DJ?

The more a DJ is in-demand, the more you’re likely to lose him or her to another couple if you don’t book in advance. There are some DJs that get booked very far out (up to 2.5 years out!) , so don’t sleep on booking your ideal DJ if this is the case.

  • Do You Have A Specific Vision for Your Wedding?

Some couples leave their wedding playlist completely at the hands of the DJ while some have ideas, specific arrangement, and playlist ideas for their reception.

 

If the latter is the case, you will definitely need to make sure you’re on the same page as your DJ to get  the results you want. This means it’s a great idea to book a DJ as soon as you can because they will need time to put your vision together. 

  • When Exactly Is the Right Time?

There’s really no particular way for you to know how far in advance you should book a DJ. However, it is recommended you book a DJ at least 6 months in advance.

 

Depending on the factors above – like availability and popularity – you may even want to book earlier than 6 months. Get in touch with your DJ of choice as soon as possible to secure a spot. At Paul Michaels Events, we usually book weddings about 13 months in advance, up to 2 years.

 

Need a great DJ for a wedding in Chicago or its surrounding areas? Secure the services of Paul Michaels Events for amazing DJ and wedding entertainment! We work together with couples to bring their wedding vision alive. 

 

At Paul Michaels Events, we understand the need for lively music at your wedding and that’s exactly what we deliver. Click here to contact us or reach us here: [email protected] to get started.

Tiffany and JJ’s Wedding Reception at River Roast in Downtown Chicago

We recently had the honor of working with Tiffany and JJ for their unique wedding with some fun covid adjustments! 

The couple had plans for their wedding of 200 people at River Roast, located in River North in Downtown Chicago this November. However, as we know, 2020 hasn’t panned out exactly as expected for anyone’s plans. This couple wasn’t going to let this hold them back from getting married, so they moved their wedding up a month to October to be able to take advantage of the Chicago weather.

To comply with the current (at the time) covid guidelines and regulations from the City of Chicago, the couple shortened their guest list to under 50 for the first part of the wedding at River Roast, and then had some additional guests for the second part of the wedding (more to come on that!).

Tiffany and JJ held their ceremony at St Alphonsus Church in Chicago. After the beautiful ceremony, the guests all made their way to the outdoor (but heated) patio at River Roast for cocktail hour with DJ Paul Michaels. After a nice dinner (with a few great speeches) all the guests transitioned once again to the couple’s condo association’s parking lot where DJ Shannon was ready to rock with them for an outdoor celebration!

We really love how this couple adjusted their plans throughout the year so they could celebrate their marriage safely with their family and friends!

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:

Venue: River Roast in Chicago, IL
Photography: Cedar and Moss
Florist: Bella Flora
Cake/Bakery: Bittersweet Bakery
Transportation: 312 Limo

Check out some of our candid pictures below! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

6 Things No One Tells You About Planning Your Wedding

Let’s be honest here:  Planning for a wedding is as exciting as it is overwhelming. If you didn’t know that before getting engaged, you probably do now. Your wedding will be a wonderful day riddled with gaiety and love but planning it can be challenging.  We have found a few tips that most people don’t realize when they are beginning to plan. While they are little things it’s better you know about them now so you’re better prepared. Here are a few things no one tells you about planning a wedding.

  • It’s Hard

Whether you’re throwing a big party or a casual party, it’s hard to organize it. There are so many things and decisions you need to take care off and it may get difficult-especially without the help of a professional. Make sure to find the right vendors who can help make your day run smoothly.

  • Your Wedding Isn’t Your Wedding

Your wedding is your day but someone could easily make it about them. Many people will try to add to your day and end up interfering with your plans, although usually with good intentions. However, these unwanted additions usually don’t turn out as well as the person may hope. Your friends and relatives may contribute solicited (or unsolicited) ideas and opinions which may make  you feel obligated to please everyone to avoid offending them. So, it’s either you take a stand or allow everyone to have a say in your wedding. Neither is easy, we know.

  • Weddings Are Expensive

We encourage you to have a wedding based on your budget, however weddings do cost a lot of money. When doing a wedding on a budget, think about where it is important to spend the money for you . For some people, the food may be the most important thing to spend the money on. For others, it may be the entertainment or decorations. Spend the money where you think it will be most impactful for your day.

  • An Expense Always Pops Up

When planning a wedding, we advise you to set money aside for unforeseen expenses because something that isn’t in your original budget can come up when you least expect it. 

  • You May Fight with Your Partner

Believe it or not, this is quite common. You may have different opinions with your partner about how the day will go. You and your partner may need to find a compromise to keep the wedding plans on track. These decisions will make you a stronger couple as you begin to build a healthy marriage!

  • Not Everyone Will Remember Your Wedding

Your wedding may be the center of the universe for you but it’s not the center of everyone else’s. Be mindful of that. Weeks after the wedding is over, don’t be surprised when people even start forgetting about the little details of your event.

 

What we’re trying to say here is, your wedding can never be as important to your guests as it is to you, so put your happiness first before anyone else’s. Make your wedding as memorable as you can make it for you! Make it a wedding that lives long in your memory and heart.

 

Creating a fun and memorable wedding is hard but we can make it easier for you. With the help of our company, Paul Michaels Events, we will make your wedding just right for you, so that it will be your most exciting and memorable day! We’re a professional wedding DJ company based in Chicago, and crafting a celebration is where we excel!

 

Call us today on 773-850-1763, or visit our website, https://www.paulmichaelsevents.com/, and see what we can do for you. Reach out to us and we’ll make your wedding a day something to remember and a moment forever embedded in your heart.

What To Expect From Your Wedding DJ in 2020

A DJ is one of the ingredients that gives a wedding that unique and lovely flavor it needs. They can either make a wedding lively and unforgettable or boring.

 

When signing an agreement with any vendor, you should know what to consider before you secure their services and sign a contract. This is particularly important for when you hire a professional wedding DJ. Below we have listed some things you should expect from an experienced DJ.

  • Arrival

Your DJ should arrive before the guests-at least 2 hours before the start of the program.  This will give them time to unpack and set up equipment, do some soundcheck, and play background music as the guests arrive. At Paul Michaels Events, we generally have a three hour set-up time for weddings. This makes sure that we are ready with plenty of time and can double check to make sure everything is set up well.

  • Music

A DJ is responsible for playing music and creating a playlist for each special moment at your wedding. However, if you have special songs you would like to hear at your wedding, you should discuss it with your DJ. At Paul Michaels Events, we play a role in helping you organize the event especially with the timeline, however the DJ is not your party planner. Make sure to know what services your DJ offers.

  • Dance Floor Opening 

Wedding ceremonies come with different special dances like the first dance, father-daughter dance, wedding party, etc. Your DJ is expected to announce these dance moments and accompany it with a song of your choice. For our couples, we go over all of the introductions ahead of time to make sure we are announcing everyone correctly. You should also expect your DJ to open the dance floor with an upbeat and lively playlist during dance hour.

  • Master of Ceremony

You should know that a professional wedding DJ does a lot more than just play music. Many DJs double as the master of ceremony. Asides playing music, they make announcements such as cutting of the cake, the arrival of the couple, dance time, etc. They occasionally engage with guests too by saying a few words to keep them entertained. We like to play an active role in getting the party started, but once everyone is dancing, we are sure that the couple is the center of attention and not us.

  • Contract

Your DJ should offer a contract when you decide to hire them. This will ensure you are on the same page and all your needs are met. This contract is very important to make sure you and your DJ are on the same page for expectations.

 

Paul Michaels Events is the No. 1 DJ company in Chicago! We provide unrivalled music and entertainment services to clients to ensure their wedding day is lively and memorable. If you wish this for your wedding, we’d love to talk to you!

 

With our experience and the positive feedback from our previous clients, expect nothing but the best and highest quality services from Paul Michaels Events!

 

Get started with us today or send us an email at [email protected]

The Ultimate Guide for An Amazing Bridal Shower

Having a bridal shower before your wedding day is an amazing pre-wedding event for many brides. A bridal shower is often an intimate and small-scale affair, and yet, it requires planning if you want it to be a success. Below are some tips to help you with planning your bridal shower.

 

  • Venue

As with every celebration, you need a venue to throw a bridal shower. However, because it’s a small party, sourcing for a venue is pretty easy. Bridal showers can be held at restaurants or at a relative’s house. But if you feel like being more out-of-the box, there are a lot of other venue options for you: a posh restaurant, a spa, a banquet hall, etc. 

 

  • Theme

Choosing a theme is optional but it certainly makes a bridal shower more fun. Centralizing a bridal shower will not only make it unique but can also make planning easier by establishing a theme to connect everything to.

 

The theme should be personalized in a way that reflects the bride’s uniqueness. You can coordinate  the outfits to the menu and decor ideas of the party to the theme.

 

  • Decor

Once you’ve decided on a theme, the next is to start purchasing or sourcing decor items that fit the theme. You can try to DIY your décor after getting inspiration from sites like Pinterest. You can also hire an expert if you feel a professional’s help is better.

 

  • Menu

No party is complete without excellent food. While planning the menu, you need to consider the size of the guest list, your guests’ needs and how you will be serving the food. 

 

Although small treats and finger foods are the most common in bridal showers, you can explore and do other ways of serving food to fit your event. Make sure whatever your caterers serve is enough to go round and you consider if your guests have allergies or special food needs.

 

  • Music and Games

Bridal showers should involve some great games to keep guests entertained. Plan and have fun games like trivia, icebreakers, bingo, etc. that will involve everyone. 

 

Also, don’t forget the music! It’s good to have a musical background for the celebration. If you are looking for some help with the entertainment, you can hire a DJ to entertain your guests or provide audio services. 

 

At Paul Michaels Events, we offer DJ services for weddings to clients across Chicago and its suburbs. Each couple and event is unique and we understand how to set the mood and create a fun and memorable party  for your wedding!

 

We take time to sit with our clients, know them, and understand their individual wants and needs.  Thus, we provide unique entertainment and experience to each of our clients.

 

If you want a fun and unforgettable wedding ceremony, simply let Paul Michaels Events help! Contact us today or send us an email [email protected] to get started.