How to choose a limo or party bus for a wedding?

Planning some amazing Lake and McHenry County Weddings is not an easy task, and therefore you will need to be attentive to every single detail. This is the only way you will know for sure that you have managed to plan the best wedding from Northern, Illinois. As you well know, planning a wedding is a demanding task, and therefore you should start in advance the preparations.

Wedding transportation is an important part of your ceremony, and therefore you should accord it the proper attention. Choosing a limo or a party bus for a wedding is not easy, and therefore you will need to take your time. In this situation personal preferences are very important, and therefore you should start thinking about what you really want. No matter if you want to rent a limo or a party bus, you can easily find the best ones from Northern, Illinois, and therefore you should start looking for them.

There have been many beautiful Lake County Weddings, and if you want something unique you should make sure that you have personally selected everything. In this list you should definitely include the wedding transportation, which is an essential part of any wedding, being able to impress all the people from the area.

If you want to choose the best limo or party bus from your area you should definitely make sure that you have seen all the available options. Usually people choose something white, but if you want something unique you can choose a different color. In this way you will be able to make an impression.

Now that you have all this information you should be able to make a great decision. In this way you will have the best wedding from Chicagoland.

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Your Wedding Needs a Photobooth!

Oh, the nostalgia.  The memories.  The good times.  How do you want your wedding to be remembered?  A photobooth rental can do wonders for your wedding and leave a lasting impression on all of your guests.

That’s right, you can rent your very own photobooth for your event.  It is always a big hit with guests, but the even cooler thing is that you get to keep all the pictures in a very unique photobooth guestbook.  The pictures are taken, messages can be added, and then your custom guestbook is assembled.  Looking back at these pictures will always bring back those warm and fuzzy feelings.  For an even more unique twist, your guests can take home their photobooth pictures in an acrylic frame designed especially for the size of the pictures.  The frames start as place card holders at the beginning of the evening and turn to picture frames after all of the photobooth fun for some very neat wedding favors.

The photobooth is authentic, a real one-of-a-kind relic from the past.  Everyone loves to join in on the fun, and the faces captured are always genuine.  Nothing brings out the personality like an old photobooth!  The best part is that for a certain number of hours, you can take an unlimited amount of photos.  So pose with Grandma, your gal pals, or your groom.  There is an endless amount of exciting opportunities to capture memories with everyone.  Then when the night is over, you receive a photobooth guestbook to see what everyone else was up to when you weren’t watching!       If you are near Lake and McHenry County, then you are in luck.  A Chicagoland photobooth rental is right in your backyard.  You will be the talk of the town when you choose to rent one of these gems.  Although you may have a strict budget, it is worth saving up or sacrificing for.  It is something that is worth its weight in gold.

Are you convinced yet?  Do you want that special touch on your special day?  Consider a photobooth rental.. you really can’t go wrong.  You and your guests get to step back in time and have an absolute blast doing so.

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How do I get a Marriage License?

According to the Lake County Clerks office this is what we learned

Marriage licenses obtained in Lake County may not be used in any other county. Both the bride and the groom must apply in person for the marriage license. A license to marry becomes effective in the county where it was issued one (1) day after the date of issuance (unless the court orders the license is effective when issued) and expires sixty (60) days after it becomes effective.

Both applicants must be present to obtain a license and be 18 years of age. However, applicants 16 or 17 years of age may marry if both parents of the minor sign a consent form available from our office. Parents may accompany the minor and complete the form when application is made for the license. Authorizing parents must provide their identification for the notary available in our office. If consenting parents complete the consent form prior to the time of application, their signatures must be notarized at the time of signing.

Identification Requirements
Both applicants must present identification and proof of age. A valid U.S. driver’s license, valid U.S. state identification card, valid U.S. passport, or valid U.S. military identification card are accepted.

If you do not have the above forms of identification, alternative identification accepted includes any two (2) pieces: a certified copy of a birth certificate (certified English translation required for foreign certificates), a valid foreign passport, U.S. naturalization papers, a valid U.S. resident alien card or an official consulate identification card. Personal affidavits are not acceptable.

Previous Marriages / Civil Unions
We must know how a previous marriage or civil union ended, including the date, county and state in which it ended. If a prior marriage or civil union ended within the last six months, the County Clerk’s office must see a certified copy (a photocopy is not sufficient) of the death record, dissolution or annulment decree.

If either applicant resides in another state, a license will be issued only if the marriage would not be prohibited by the state of residency.

Effective Date
Marriage licenses must be obtained at least one day prior to the marriage. The marriage must take place in Lake County and occur within 60 days of the date the license is issued. After 60 days, any license not completed (no marriage performed), is invalid.

The fee to apply for a marriage license is $25.00. Payment may be made in cash or by check/money order payable to the Lake County Clerk. Some credit and debit cards are accepted and include an additional $2.50 processing fee. Certified copies of the completed Marriage License may be ordered and pre-paid at the time the license is issued. The first certified copy is $8.00 and additional copies are $4.00 each. Certificates are mailed once the completed license is returned by the officiant.

Medical Examination
No medical tests are required in Illinois.

Clergy or Judge Services
Judges for the 19th Judicial Circuit Court are available to perform marriage ceremonies at the following times (no appointment is necessary and witnesses are not required). Prior to getting married by a judge, couples must obtain their marriage license from the County Clerk’s office. Click here for business hours

Need more help?  Visit Lake County Clerks Office

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How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

You’ve put so much time and effort into planning your wedding you’ll want every special moment captured for your photo album.  But how do you know which photographer is right for you?

Here are the questions you should ask those photographers who’ve made your short list, to ensure that the one you ultimately choose is a good fit for you and your wedding.

The Basics

Jasmine Wang Photography

    1. Do you have my date available? NOTE:Obviously, if the answer is NO and you’re not willing or able to change your date, don’t bother asking the rest of these questions.
    2. How far in advance do I need to book with you?
    3. How long have you been in business?
    4. How many weddings have you shot? Have you done many that were similar to mine in size and style?
    5. How would you describe your photography style (e.g. traditional, photojournalistic, creative)? NOTE: It’s helpful to know the differences between wedding photography styles so that you can discuss your preferences with your photographer. For descriptions of the various styles, click here.
    6. How would you describe your working style? NOTE: The answer should help you determine whether this is a photographer who blends into the background and shoots what unfolds naturally, or creates a more visible presence by taking charge and choreographing shots.
    7. What do you think distinguishes your work from that of other photographers?
    8. Do you have a portfolio I can review? Are all of the images yours, and is the work recent?
    9. What type of equipment do you use?
    10. Are you shooting in digital or film format or both? NOTE: The general consensus seems to be that either format yields excellent photos in the hands of an experienced professional, and that most people can’t tell the difference between film and digital images anyway. However, film takes longer to process than digital.
      For a detailed article on the subject click here.
    11. Do you shoot in color and black & white? Infrared? NOTE: Photographers who shoot in a digital format can make black & white or sepia versions of color photos.
    12. Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?
    13. Can you put together a slideshow of the engagement session (along with other photos the couple provides) and show it during the cocktail hour? What about an “instant” slideshow of the ceremony?
    14. What information do you need from me before the wedding day?
    15. Have you ever worked with my florist? DJ? Coordinator, etc.? NOTE: Great working relationships between vendors can make things go more smoothly. It’s especially helpful if your videographer and photographer work well together.
    16. May I have a list of references? NOTE: The photographer should not hesitate to provide this.

The Shoot

Hoffmann Photographer

    1. Are you the photographer who will shoot my wedding? If so, will you have any assistants with you on that day? If not, who will be taking the pictures and can I meet them before my wedding? NOTE:You should ask the questions on this list of whoever is going to be the primary photographer at your event, and that photographer’s name should be on your contract.
    2. Do you have backup equipment? What about a backup plan if you (or my scheduled photographer) are unable to shoot my wedding for some reason?
    3. If my wedding site is out of your area, do you charge a travel fee and what does that cover?
    4. Are you photographing other events on the same day as mine?
    5. How will you (and your assistants) be dressed? NOTE: The photographer and his/her staff should look professional and fit in with the style of your event.
    6. Is it okay if other people take photos while you’re taking photos?
    7. Have you ever worked at my wedding site before? If not, do you plan to check it out in advance? NOTE:Photographers who familiarize themselves with a location ahead of time will be prepared for any lighting issues or restrictions, and will know how best to incorporate the site’s architectural elements into the photos.
    8. What time will you arrive at the site and for how long will you shoot?
    9. If my event lasts longer than expected, will you stay? Is there an additional charge?

Packages, Proofs and Prints

    1. What packages do you offer?
    2. Can I customize a package based on my needs?
    3. Do you include engagement photos in your packages?
    4. What type of album designs do you offer? Do you provide any assistance in creating an album?
    5. Do you provide retouching, color adjustment or other corrective services?
    6. How long after the wedding will I get the proofs? Will they be viewable online? On a CD?
    7. What is the ordering process?
    8. How long after I order my photos/album will I get them?
    9. Will you give me the negatives or the digital images, and is there a fee for that?

Contracts and Policies

  1. When will I receive a written contract? TIP: Don’t book a photographer—or any vendor—who
    won’t provide a written contract.
  2. How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? Do you offer a payment plan?
  3. 37. What is your refund/cancellation policy?
  4. 38. Do you have liability insurance?

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  1. Do I feel a connection with this photographer as well as his/her photos? Are our personalities a good match?
  2. Am I comfortable with this person’s work and communication style?
  3. Has this photographer listened well and addressed all my concerns?
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Lake County Bridal Website

You have found the site for Lake County, Illinois  Wedding Vendors.  This elite group is filled with Djs, Photographers, Florists, Venues, Wedding Planners and many more. Whether you are at the beginning stages, or just putting on the finishing touches, this is a great site for your big day.


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Top Questions to Ask a Wedding DJ

These are the 40 most important questions to ask any professional disc jockey you are considering for your wedding, and will help you accurately gauge the professionalism, reliability, and honesty of any wedding DJ you are considering.

1. Do you offer a written contract?

All of the wedding disc jockeys you interview may not have the same standards of professionalism. A written, legal contract is one of the first indicators of whether a DJ is professional and reliable. Furthermore, a contract establishes the DJ’s obligation to the client and outlines what is required for the DJ’s success, by outlining his setup requirements and other factors related to his performance. For this reason, a written contract is absolutely essential and any DJ not using a written contract should not, in our opinion, be considered for a wedding reception.

2. Will you be the DJ at our wedding?

Often, the person you speak with is not the person who will be your DJ on your wedding day. This is a very common practice among large agencies. It is absolutely paramount that you have an opportunity to interview, in person, the specific DJ that you will be working with and determine whether you feel comfortable with them. You should also expect that the individual DJ’s name is specified on your contract – it is the only way you can be guaranteed his or her services at your wedding.

3. May we meet with you in person before we sign a contract?

Many wedding DJs attempt to conduct their interviews over the telephone and through email instead of meeting face-to-face with prospective clients. In our experience, there are two reasons a disc jockey would do this – either they don’t feel you are worth their time, or they have something to hide. Some deejays are very different in person than on the telephone and what is presented on their website, and you should insist on meeting in face-to-face so you can judge for yourself whether they are a good match for you and your wedding.  Your “gut” feeling is very important in selecting the right disc jockey, and it’s practically impossible to make this evaluation unless you are together in person.

4. How long will you hold our date for us?

When you contact a professional disc jockey, they should be willing to hold your date for you for a reasonable amount of time in order to give you a chance to meet with them. They should also give you ample time after your meeting to make a decision and give you time to interview other DJs. Some DJs will use pressure sales tactics to “hard close” you at your meeting, offering a special sale that ends that day, or claiming that another couple is meeting with them for the same date – attempting to pressure you to make a decision on the spot. Any DJ that uses these types of tactics is unprofessional and is most likely doing so in order to keep you from meeting other DJs (whom they know you’ll like more than you like them). One week is a reasonable amount of time to expect your date to be held for you following an initial meeting. At MyDeejay, we give two weeks.

5. Do you work exclusively for this company?

Most large agencies use independent DJ subcontractors to perform their events. Often, these DJs work for several agencies and also accept bookings directly. A disc jockey, or the agency through whom he is booked, should be able to explain the DJ’s obligation to that agency and what will happen if he leaves that agency.  Often, there is nothing more than a verbal confirmation between the independent DJ and the agency for each booking — a frequent cause of problems.  If you choose a DJ who subcontracts for several agencies and books his own events, you need to be clear on what will happen if he is accidentally double-booked for your wedding date, or what would happen to your event if you contract the DJ through an agency and he decides to skip out on your event to book something else for a higher price.  To find out whether your DJ is available independently or through numerous agencies, try performing a web search for their name and the word “DJ”.

6. How long have you been a DJ and how many weddings have you done?

A wedding is such an important occasion, and you don’t want your DJ’s first wedding to be your own. The number of years someone has been a DJ will give you some indication of their experience level, but some DJs only perform for a few events (and fewer weddings) each year. A DJ with half as many years in the industry may have many times as many weddings under his belt, so you should also ask how many weddings the DJ has done.  Also be sure to ask if the DJ has any formal training, either from a DJ company or a DJ school.

7. How many weddings do you do each year?

Just like any other profession, performing for weddings requires one’s skills to be in top form. If a DJ performs for only a few weddings per year, they may not be “at the top of their game” by the time your wedding date arrives. Asking how many weddings they do per year will give you an indication of their level of commitment to your type of event.

8. How many other types of events do you do per year?

Different DJs focus on different types of events – some consider themselves a “jack of all trades” and claim expertise in all types of events, and others are specialists. The ratio between the number of weddings a DJ performs for and the amount of other, non-wedding events they do will tell you where their focus lies. If you are looking for a “low-key” wedding DJ and someone you meet with does mostly school dances or Bar Mitzvahs, they may not be very focused on the type of sophisticated presentation you want for your wedding.

9. Do you perform for more than one event in a day?

Some DJs will do as many events as they possibly can, and often try to pack their weekends with all types of DJ work. If a disc jockey has already done an event in the afternoon before your wedding, they will likely be physically exhausted by the latter half of your wedding, which is exactly when they need to be the most alert and active. This is most common at large agencies, where “weekend warriors” may perform at four to six events over a three-day period. It is hard to believe that any DJ could give that many couples an adequate amount of attention leading up to, and on, their wedding day.

10. What makes you different from your competitors?

Any professional wedding disc jockey will take pride in their work, and be able to answer this question honestly and communicate the things that make their services unique. Some DJs, however, will take this opportunity to “bash” their competition and say negative things about specific DJs or agencies. We consider this type of behavior unprofessional (in fact, doing this is strictly forbidden for members of the American Disc Jockey Association), and is a poor reflection on them. In fact, you may want to consider making it a point to meet any DJ that they say something bad about – DJs that engage in this type of thing will often target the DJs they’re afraid you’ll book instead of them, and they’re probably right!

11. Have you played at our reception site before?

Wedding experience is important, and so is familiarity with your reception site. Every site poses different challenges – different load-in and security procedures, different room sizes and configurations, different acoustics, even antiquated electrical outlets that need to be grounded manually. Hiring a DJ that is familiar with your site will give you peace of mind that you won’t have any surprises on your wedding day. Obviously, even the best DJs can’t have performed at every site in the area (since there are hundreds available in any area), but if he hasn’t been to yours, he should be willing to adequately prepare himself prior to your event by visiting the venue and/or speaking with the site contact and studying a floor plan.

12. Do you act as the “emcee” and make all of the announcements?

Any professional wedding disc jockey should be comfortable with making announcements and serving as the emcee for the wedding, it is a standard part of the job. Some DJs, however, are not comfortable with this and prefer to pass these duties on to someone else, such as a site manager, who may not have a professional voice or experience speaking on a microphone.

13. How would you define your “style” when making announcements?

This is an extremely important question to ask because it will tell you whether or not the DJ is the right match for your guests and the atmosphere you’re trying to create. If you are planning an elegant, understated wedding, then utilizing the services of a “party motivator” or “entertainer DJ” may not be what you are looking for. If you know your guests will need a lot of encouragement to dance, then hiring someone who flatly refuses to make announcements probably isn’t the best idea either.

14. What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing?

Different wedding disc jockeys handle this situation in very different ways – some opt to use the microphone to try to “energize” your guests and motivate them to dance. Others would never do something like this and prefer to use careful song selection to ensure dance floor success. You need to know what the DJ would do in this situation, and determine if that is the way you would like the situation handled.

15. What if something happens to you and you can’t make it to the wedding?

Despite meticulous planning and preparation, accidents do happen. If the DJ is injured or otherwise unable to perform on your wedding day, what is the backup plan? Most responsible professionals have some sort of backup strategy should this situation ever arise, but others do not. Often, DJs will be members of a local DJ association, and network with other DJs who could possibly provide backup services for them in the event of an emergency. Others take this planning more seriously and reserve a specific DJ for every date, ensuring that backup is both available and prepared in case of an emergency.  You need to feel comfortable that you will still have a qualified, prepared DJ on your wedding day, regardless of the circumstances, so the answer to this question is very important.

16. Will we meet again before the wedding?

Just as some deejays will prefer not to meet you when you book them, others will prefer to conduct a “final meeting” in the weeks before your wedding over the telephone instead of in person. While having a face-to-face meeting for the final meeting is arguably less important than meeting personally for an initial interview, the DJ should still be willing to meet you in person for a second time if that’s what you prefer.

17. Can we visit you at a performance?

Hopefully the answer to this question is “no.” We’re sure that you wouldn’t appreciate the DJ inviting prospective clients to your wedding to see him in action. A professional DJ should be willing to take a stand for his clients’ privacy and not offer this as a possibility.  Professional wedding DJs never allow this.

18. May we speak to your references?

Speaking to a wedding DJ’s former clients is a great way to get a feel for what it is like to work with them, and any DJ should be ready and willing to allow you to speak with their references. He should also be willing to contact several of these references in advance of providing you with their information, so that they have his permission and so you feel comfortable calling them.

19. How do you keep your music collection up-to-date?

The majority of professional DJs subscribe to at least one of the major music update services in order to keep their collections up-to-date. These services provide the DJ with new, radio edited music, often before it is even playing on the radio. Ask the DJ if they subscribe to any of these. The most common are Promo Only, TM Century Prime Cuts, RPM Top Hits Monthly, and ERG NuTraxx.

20. How involved can we be in selecting music for our event?

This is an important question to ask, because some DJs prefer to control the majority of the playlist and supplement their choices with a small handful of your specific requests. Other disc jockeys prefer to let the client choose the majority of the music, and then use their expertise to make it all work. The DJ should be accommodating of your music tastes, and you should feel comfortable with the DJ’s approach and the amount of involvement you’ll be able to have in choosing the music.

21. When do we need to submit our music requests and event details?

Most professional DJs will give you a printed song list and planning worksheet with which to communicate the details of your event; others will give you access to an online planning system that will guide you throughout the entire process. You should be given ample time to make decisions regarding your music choices and event timeline, but the DJ should also require this information far enough in advance so that he can adequately prepare for your event. A DJ who doesn’t ask for your requests at least a couple of weeks before your wedding may not be able to fulfill them. In addition, the DJ should be willing to accommodate any later changes or additions whenever possible, rather than locking you into a first dance song that you later regret or refusing to alter the order of your toasts.

22. Do you take requests from our guests?

Most DJs are happy to do so, but you should also feel reasonably assured that any request they chose to play would not be something you didn’t like.

23. Can we submit a “Do Not Play” list?

Any professional DJ should be willing to honor your requests, including your request for certain songs and genres to not be used. Submitting a “Do Not Play” list will give a DJ a clear idea of your limits and your expectations for their song selection at your wedding.

24. When do you arrive to set up for our wedding?

When dealing with sub-standard DJs, there are often issues with them being punctual and set up well in advance of your guests’ arrival. Professional DJs will always arrive at least a full hour before their scheduled start time in order to have adequate time to set up and get organized before the wedding. MyDeejay’s policy is to arrive at least an hour and a half before our scheduled start time.

25. What will you wear to our wedding?

Most wedding DJs own, and are comfortable wearing, a tuxedo when they perform. If the groom will not be wearing a tuxedo, then it is inappropriate for the DJ to wear a tuxedo. You should also ask what type of tuxedo the DJ wears. Brands are unimportant (most tuxes look practically identical), but ask about the style of vest, cummerbund, and neckwear. Some DJs prefer a classic, understated look and others wear flashy, shimmering or patterned vests and matching bowties. It is important that the DJ’s “look” meets your expectations.

26. What will you wear when you set up and break down your equipment?

This is something that is often overlooked, but can make a big difference. If your guests arrive early for the reception or stay afterward, will they see the DJ in a sweaty undershirt and gym shorts? Professional disc jockeys maintain acceptable appearance standards regardless of the situation, including setting up and breaking down their equipment.

27. How much of a deposit is required to secure our date?

Almost every DJ will require some sort of deposit or retainer in order to secure your date. This is for their protection and yours. The industry standard for deposits is 50%. Some DJs require far less, but this is not always a good idea. If the contract language doesn’t stipulate a specific guarantee of services and clearly outline a cancellation policy, the DJ may only legally be responsible for returning your deposit (sometimes as little as $25) in order to back out of doing your wedding. While it would certainly be considered unprofessional, there certainly isn’t any financial incentive for the DJ if he’s only forced to pay a small fee for backing out on you.

28. What is included in the cost of my event?

DJs use vastly different systems when pricing their services. Most DJs price their services a la carte, charging an hourly rate and adding charges for any additional equipment needed. Others choose to use a flat-rate pricing system and make their packages all-inclusive. You need to be clear about what a DJ is offering for the price they’ve quoted you, so you can compare their package to those of the other DJs you are interviewing.

29. How much would you charge for overtime?

Hopefully your DJ will do such a wonderful job at your wedding that you’d like to keep dancing! Be sure that the DJ’s contract outlines a specific rate for additional time at the end of the night, whether it is a set price or a pro-rated amount based on the original price.

30. What do you require from us?

Every DJ will require a few things that you’ll need to provide them in order to be successful. The most common are adequate shelter, electricity, and a table for their equipment. Make sure that you understand exactly what the DJ needs from you so you can communicate those needs to your reception site and caterer.

31. Do you require a meal?

Some DJs require that they receive a meal at the wedding, and some even demand that they be fed the same food as your guests. Others do not require a meal at all, or simply accept one if you happen to offer. Again, be sure you know what the DJ’s requirements are so you can plan accordingly.

32. Are you insured?

It is absolutely essential that any DJ you consider carries a full liability insurance policy. They are fairly inexpensive (less than $250 per year in some cases), so being uninsured is inexcusable. Some reception sites have even taken the step of requiring all vendors working at their facility to provide proof of insurance before the wedding. Liability insurance protects you and the reception site in the unlikely event that your DJ injures one of your guests or burns your reception site to the ground.

33. Do you take any breaks?

One of the major advantages to using a DJ instead of a band is that a DJ does not need to take breaks, outside of using the restroom and possibly eating a meal quickly in another room (if this is what your site contact or caterer requires). In any case, the DJ should assure you that there will be no break in the music at any point during the reception.

34. What is your policy on alcohol or smoking during the wedding?

A professional DJ will never consume alcohol or take cigarette breaks during your wedding. If you interview a DJ and he tells you he needs a few drinks to “loosen up” while working, you should probably look for a DJ with higher standards of professionalism.

35. What kind of equipment do you use?

Any DJ you consider should be proud of his sound system, and should be using professional-grade equipment. Most DJs understand that you are very unlikely to have a working knowledge of  professional DJ equipment, but he should be able to describe his sound system to you. You should not hear very many “home audio” brands in what he describes – the top brands for DJ equipment are Pioneer, Denon, PCDJ, Traktor, Serato, Electro-Voice (EV), JBL, Bose, Mackie, RANE, QSC, and Shure.

36. Do you bring backup equipment with you to the wedding?

Even the very best and most well-maintained equipment will malfunction at some point. Your DJ needs to be prepared in case this happens at your wedding. The only way you will not suffer a setback on your special day is if the DJ brings a full second sound system with them to each and every wedding. Having backup equipment in a warehouse 50 miles from your reception site won’t do much good if there is no music at your wedding for an hour.

37. Do you have a wireless microphone?

Every professional wedding DJ should offer a wireless microphone to be used for your guests’ toasts, blessing, and any other speeches that need to be made. The industry standard for wireless microphones is Shure, and most professional DJs use Shure wireless technology.

38. Do you have a “light show”?

Some DJs also offer “party lights,” either as part of their package or as an additional service they can provide. You should find out whether the DJ plans on setting up lights for the dance floor, and whether this matches your preferences. Also, if you do desire a light show, you may want to ask how this will affect the aesthetics of your reception (in other words, how bulky/cumbersome the setup is) and the quality of your photographs or video. In our experience, most weddings do not need (and practically none of our clients even ask for) a light show.

39. Do you set up a sign or banner with your equipment?

Shameless self-promotion sometimes rears its ugly head at wedding receptions in the form of a sign or banner advertising the DJ’s company name and contact information. These items inevitably find their way into your wedding pictures and video, and ruin what is an otherwise commercial-free event. This practice is repulsive and completely unprofessional, and we believe that any DJ that does this should never be hired for a wedding.

40. Do you belong to any professional associations or trade groups?

If a DJ is serious about his craft and interested in becoming a better performer, they will often join a local DJ association or trade group. These are opportunities for DJs to interact with one another, share ideas, and network with other DJs who might be able to help them should they ever have an emergency. While membership in one of these organizations is not a guarantee of that DJ’s talent level, it does at least show a willingness to grow and improve and become a better DJ.

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What to look for in a DJ for your Lake County Wedding

Hiring a DJ for your wedding may seem like an easy thing to do.  Well, we have news for you… IT”S NOT.  Searching the internet you may find several DJ companies near you, but how do you know if they are a good fit for you?

Here are some ideas of what to look for.  Look at the DJ company web page and browse through who works there.  Look through pictures and bio’s of the employees.  A good DJ company will provide videos of the DJs for you to see as well.

When researching a company you should find a lot more than just prices and packages.  You should find out the important information like who will your DJ be? More important than that, who are they?  DJ company should provide this information for you to view.  If they are hiding this from you I would ask why?

Don’t be dazzled by fancy lighting effects and stock images that show people dancing like crazy.  Look for the thing that really matters.  The people who make the up company that will entertain you and your guests on the biggest day of your life.


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Where to Find Wedding Reviews

Be careful when looking for reviews on wedding vendors.  Always consider the source.  Wedding Wire is a great place to find review on most wedding vendors.  Things to look for is how many reviews does Wedding Wire show for the company you are looking for.  Also most are sorted by the best reviews first so keep in mind to “really” look at the reviews.  Yelp we have found is NOT a good way to learn about companies because they filter reviews that could be very helpful.  The also is a good place to look.

Remember people are very prone to be negative rather than positive so I would put a lot of weight on a good number of positive reviews.  When you come across a negative review I would give the company a chance to hear their side of the story.  Don’t let one negative person change your mind on a great company.


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The Art of Choosing Your Wedding DJ

So you’re getting married!!  Congratulations!!  Its time to start booking all the vendors to make your wedding day special.  Lets start with the important ones first.  The venue, the catering, the open bar…. But hold on, you may be forgetting one of the MOST important parts of your wedding night.  The DJ!!  Yes, the DJ is not only one of the most important parts to a wedding, the arguably might be THE most important choice of your wedding.  Think about the most recent wedding you have attended.  What do you remember most?  Is it the venue, the food, or was it how much fun you had?  Did that wedding reception go smoothly?  Did the DJ get all the names correct in the announcements?  Were the photographers and videographers all in place to capture the first dance?  Did the reception start on time?

Well all of these things are the responsibility of the DJ.  The DJ maintains the timeline.  The DJ coordinates with the venue, and the photographers, and the Bride and Groom to ensure that the reception keeps moving without a hitch.  The DJ is the glue that holds your entire reception together and most of all, the DJ is the one responsible for keeping the party fun and energetic.  Choosing the right DJ can make or break your wedding.

So how do you choose the right DJ?  What are some things to look for?  Well, As wedding professionals in the business for almost 20 years, we at Memory Makers Entertainment are going to share with you the things you should really pay attention to and look for in a DJ.

1.  Is your DJ willing to put his mouth where his money is?  –  What does that mean?  Well its simple.  Many DJ’s offer a meet and greet of some kind to meet new brides.  Many Djs will meet with you in person, and many Djs will even have you tag along at a wedding to see them perform.  First of all, NEVER tag along at another persons wedding to see a DJ.  Would you want some stranger at your wedding?  We didn’t think so.  Meet and greets are good because you get to at least meet the guy who will be djing your big night, but the BEST way to pick a DJ is to see them perform.  We at Memory Makers accomplish this by putting on a “DJ Showcase”.  What we do is we perform fake wedding introductions in order to see the DJ’s and get a sense of their style and personality.  It gives you the opportunity to meet, see, and hear them in a public setting and on the mic so that you know what you are getting on your wedding night.  Now we realize that the DJ showcase is a very unique thing that we do, but at least insist on meeting your DJ in person.  That alone is very important so that you can see what type of person he really is.

2.  Try not to use a “Friend” or “Family member” as your DJ – We understand that if you are going to give your money out, why not pay somebody you care about.  We are sure your cousin Bob who spins at “The Thirsty Turtle” club is probably an excellent club DJ.  The question you need to ask yourself is, “Is Bob a wedding DJ?”  Many times the answer is “No”.  Club and bar DJ’s are very skilled professionals at what they do.  They are excellent music mixers, but they many times have NO mic presence.  They have NO idea how to stick to a timeline for a wedding or run an event.  They have NO idea that they need to wait for the photographer before playing the first dance.  Wedding DJ’s are detail oriented.  They take the time to plan the entire evening out to make sure your event runs smoothly.  Another reason not to use a friend or family member as your DJ is because as DJ’s we can assure you that we would much rather attend a good friend or family members wedding than work it.  Friends and family should be given the opportunity to be a part of your big day as a friend or family member.  Leave the work to the pros.

3.  Is your DJ willing to play what YOU want to hear?  – This is YOUR big night.  This is not a night for us as DJ’s to show off our new scratching techniques or house beats.  This is YOUR party and you should be able to hear whatever YOU want to hear.  Your DJ should be willing to play whatever you want.  If you want to hear the entire Beatles compilation for the entire night, that is your choice and your DJ needs to play it with a smile.  Now, what we do at Memory Makers Entertainment is give our brides a DJ planner months in advance to ensure that our Bride and Groom have all of their favorite songs listed and ready to go.  We will also meet with our brides on a one on one basis or via Skype or phone call to go over the planner.  We WILL give suggestions and that is not a bad thing.  Lets face it, as professionals we have been doing thing for a long time and we know what works and what doesn’t, but you in the end have final say over the music because it is YOUR night.

Well there you have it.  We wish you well on your search for your wedding DJ and hope that a few of the tips we provided are very helpful for you.  On behalf of all of us here at Memory Makers Entertainment we would like to congratulate you on your big day.

Until next time.

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The Showcase is coming……..

March Showcase

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