A Very Important Word for Choosing Your Wedding Band

One of the most important words to consider when selecting Chicago wedding bands is finesse. What I mean by that is the ability of the bandleader and the musicians to adapt to the various changes that happen during the course of both planning and executing the wedding. Just like any sports team that is presented […]

The Big Picture of Reviewing Chicago Wedding Bands

One of the most important decisions you can make for your wedding is choosing the right band. When researching Chicago wedding bands, it’s important to take other factors into consideration beyond just the music. The role of the band is to not only provide incredible live music, but be the life of the party, and […]

Musical Food

When considering the dance music for your wedding, think of it as a huge menu with all of the different songs and styles you’ve ever enjoyed dancing to in your life. On that menu will include a variety of different styles, tempos and artists for you to choose from. Within this menu are subcategories, such […]

What Will You Really Remember?

What your guests will remember the most is how much fun they had at your wedding. and the Chicago wedding band you choose

Wedding Bands Versus Real Bands

Let’s take a look at the differences between real bands and wedding bands when looking for great Chicago wedding bands.

Choosing the Right Band

Finding the best Chicago wedding band for your wedding doesn’t have to be a grueling process with our help

The Humanness of a Chicago Wedding Band

No place in your wedding is the difference more vivid than when it comes to choosing a Chicago wedding band or DJ/iPod.

Don’t make this mistake for your Wedding!

Let’s say you’ve got a very important meeting with your largest client. While you’re making your presentation, the CEO starts reading a magazine about his favorite sports team.  How would you feel? Now consider your wedding…You’ve spent the last year planning every little detail. You can’t wait to start the dancing. The Chicago wedding band starts playing […]

How do I stay Organized for my Wedding?

There are many details to keep track of for your Chicago Wedding. This how we can help you stay organized. Once you have signed the contract, you will receive a template of your wedding schedule. Once the form has been completed then simply email it back to me. I will confirm your schedule with you. […]

Would you call a plumber for new shoes?

If you injured your shoulder would you go to your mechanic? If you needed to get your hair done would you go to a hardware store? If you needed to have your computer fixed would you call your dentist? Then why would you consider having your uncle do the video for your wedding? This applies […]

Will you learn a new song ?

We welcome your requests. Jeff Sanders is our music director and arranger. Just give us the song titles as soon as you know them, and we’ll have them ready for your Chicago Wedding. Not all Chicago wedding bands want to learn new songs, they’d rather just play the same stuff every week over and over again. This is […]

What are your payment terms?

To reserve our music company for your date, we require a 20% security deposit along with the signed contract. This deposit is non-refundable, but is transferable if your date is cancelled or postponed. The remaining balance for weddings, anniversaries or private parties is due one week prior to the date of your celebration. Overtime will be […]

How do we select the songs?

Once you are contracted, I will email you our current song list. Over the next several months prior to your event, you simply highlight songs you really like and cross out songs you really don’t like. If there are additional songs not found on our list, we can have those songs arranged for you free […]

Do you perform outside Chicago?

Yes, we have performed for events throughout the U.S. We have a travel agent we work with who can provide the exact costs involved in bringing us out for your event. Depending on your schedule, we usually prefer to have the musicians arrive the day before your event. David will schedule a meeting at the venue […]

Are there any additional expenses not listed?

There are a few additional expenses not found on our pricing packet: Parking– The client is required to cover all parking expenses for musicians and sound personnel. This only applies to events in downtown Chicago. Meals – We only require meals for musicians performing 3 hours or longer. Staff meals are far less expensive than […]

How to hold a Microphone for toasts…

For the microphone to pick up a clear and undistorted sound it must be held about one to three centimeters from your mouth. Hold the mic at a constant distance so the volume of your voice doesn’t keep changing. Try to keep the mic steady and don’t let it wave about. Do not press the microphone […]

When is my Final Payment due?

The final Balance is due during the week of your wedding. We accept Checks, MasterCard and Visa. There will be a 3% fee for using a credit card.  If you’d like to make a payment prior to your wedding, we do accept early payments. We will give you a receipt and keep track of your payments. We […]

Is Everybody Creative?

I believe we all have an inner artist whether we take the time to get in touch with that side of us. It’s always there waiting inside to be discovered. We live in a society that says we need to be a brilliant artist or we should just be quiet and leave it to the pros. […]

Bridal PARTY!!

DAILY WEDDING TIP: Your Bridal party can help keep your wedding roaring. They are your parents, best friends, brothers and sisters. Make sure they understand they are also leaders of your wedding. Your guests will follow their lead. If they see them dancing like crazy, your guests will join them. If they are all socializing […]

How did you get started?

I grew up in Chicago. I lived behind Wrigley Field until I was about 6. Go Cubs!  We moved out to Elk Grove Village where I went to high school. During 6th grade, I started playing the string bass. Prior to that, I played the violin. Going into junior high with pimples, braces, playing the violin, […]

The Power of Anticipation

Take a few moments the night before or morning of your wedding, to envision everything that you have planned for your big day.Think through the sequence of events. By doing this you’ll feel mentally prepared for everything that’s going to happen. You’ll have a wonderful excited positive attitude that will spread out to all your […]

Preparation is the Key to a Great Wedding!

I recommend having all the details for your wedding finalized about a month ahead of time. This will allow time to make any minor last minute adjustments. Give your vendors all the info they need to do their job. You’ll get their best results and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your big day. […]

Hire Friendly Experts

To fully judge a vendor, try to set up a face to face meeting. This is by far the best way to judge a vendor’s work. Also, consider how comfortable you feel with this person. This is especially important for your Band, Wedding Planner, Venue and Photographer. These are the people you’ll be dealing with […]

What YOU Love!

Fill your wedding with everything you both LOVE. Pick the colors, flowers, music, dresses, food, venue and guests that represent every that says who you are as a couple. Even if Martha Stewart, the Kardshians, or the Knot say it isn’t the hottest trend for 2010 it doesn’t matter. Your wedding has to be YOURS. […]

What Makes a Song Danceable?

The truth is, there is no measurable answer. As you think about what songs you’d like your band to play, try this: Close your eyes and picture yourself at the wedding hearing that song. Would you be inspired to stay on the dance floor? Some songs are great to listen to but not good for […]

Remember to Say Thanks!

After you’ve returned from your honeymoon and are reflecting back on your wedding there’s one important thing you can do to help all the people that helped you. Write reviews about them. They are incredibly valuable not only for the vendors themselves, but also to other couples that are considering hiring them. When vendors speak […]

Hire who you trust and trust who you hire!

You’ve spent a lot of time researching and choosing the absolute best vendors for your wedding, right? The next step is to TRUST them. They have likely performed hundreds of weddings in a variety of sizes and venues and dealt with nearly every situation. They know how to handle everything for you. You hired them […]

Whose Wedding is it Anyway?

As you plan your big day, you will get a lot of opinions. Listen to them all, but ultimately it’s YOUR wedding. What if your cheesy Uncle say you HAVE to the Electric Slide? Or a florist says you HAVE to have $50,000 worth of flowers? Your well meaning parents may base the prices or […]

My Cocktails/Dinner are in different rooms.

Let’s say you are using our Chicago Jazz Trio (Piano, Bass and Sax) for Cocktails and Dinner. The Chicago Jazz Trio can easily move from the cocktail area into the ballroom very quickly and easily. For example, your cocktails are scheduled from 6:00-7:00pm. The Chicago Jazz Trio will play from 6:00-6:45pm and move into the other […]

The Best Time to Book Your Vendors

It’s never too early to be booking your wedding vendors. 
OK maybe over two years is a little much, but in general it’s always to your advantage. By booking well in advance you can get much higher quality vendors because more dates will be available. This will also give you time to be guests at […]

TEAM YOU

DELEGATE! You may feel the need to control every aspect of your wedding, but this is not a good idea. You have the luxury of having great vendors, family and friends that are there to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask them for help and advice. Everyone loves you and is willing to do […]

Can I Help You?

Ask Questions. Your vendors or potential vendors LOVE questions. Don’t worry if you think it’s silly or that we’ve heard it a million times before. We are all very knowledgeable and sincerely want to help you. We know you’ve never hired a caterer or hired a band before. Don’t worry. Ask away!!

Dancing King and Queen

DANCE! People will want to talk to you all night. Do it during cocktails and dinner. Once the dancing starts, make sure you’re on the dance floor! It will inspire all you guests to keep dancing too. They all want you to be happy. This is YOUR time to celebrate with everyone you love. Don’t […]

Only one chance for a First Impression

“Do I really need live music for my cocktail hour?” YES! The cocktail hour is the first impression your guests will have of your reception. If you use piped in music or no music, your guests will think you have a DJ. A solo pianist or Jazz Trio will create the perfect atmosphere. You know […]

Acknowledging the Death of a Parent

When a parent or other close relative has passed away recently, it’s important to find an appropriate way to remember them without ruining the joyous tone of the wedding. After all, a wedding is a celebration, and while a missing parent is certainly sad, it shouldn’t overpower the wedding day.Some ways to remember a parent: […]

If you could do it over again…

Ask your married friends, “What are three things you wish you had done for your wedding?” It could include tiny aspects. Then make sure you address them for YOUR wedding. This will save you a TON of time and regrets later.

There’s no place like home

One of the best places to start your wedding planning is your home. What colors, textures, and fabrics have you chosen? What style or era is your furniture? What style of clothes do you love to wear? You can get outside ideas from magazines, websites and other people’s weddings, but start with what you already […]

Location, Location, Location

Finding the perfect room for your reception is just like a a great fitting suit. If your room is too big you won’t able to show off your big shoulders etc. Your guests will be stretched out across the room while you lose the focus of the party. If it’s too small you will feel […]

“I have to check with my parents first”

If at all possible, have all decision makers at your meetings for the bigger choices Venues, Music, Food. It’s tricky if you love something and then have to try to recreate the meeting for your parents. You’ll forget a great deal of the info and your parents will mainly just look at the price. Even […]

What do you really want for your wedding?

Before you make one phone call, look at one website, or read one magazine spend some time talking to each other. Talk about all the weddings you’ve been to. What did you like or hate about each of them? Then take some time to examine your personal styles and personalities. The clearer your vision is, […]

What have you done for me lately?

What have you done for me lately? Ask the band or vendor to show you the latest example of their work. Are you more interested in seeing their vocalist’s hairstyle in 1997 or a packed dance floor from two weeks ago? How recent are their reviews? How recent is their video/audio? Think of it as […]

Help Your Vendors Help You

Ask your wedding vendors the following question. “What information do you need from me so you can do your best work?” You want to make sure all your vendors are happy especially those that are with you all day. You will get the best results when you treat them like friendly professionals instead of hired […]

Budget vs. Value

“I’m on a budget.” Of course you are, but don’t let the word BUDGET restrict you from getting what’s important to your wedding. If you shop by price your wedding doesn’t stand a chance. Shop by VALUE. Pay more for what’s crucial. When you set your budget, get a general idea of cost by talking […]

You Called?

When you fill out a form on a website requesting information don’t be shocked when you get a phone call from them following up with you. They are not calling to sell you aluminum siding for your house from a giant list of random numbers. Filling out the form tells the company you are interested […]

Make SURE you do this!

Make sure you keep your bar or sweet table inside the room where you are having dancing. If they are outside the room or way off in remote corners, your dance floor will be diluted. Keep the focus on the dance floor. You don’t want to have three different areas your guests can wander off […]

Features vs. Benefits

I just bought a new car. During this process I learned a lot about cars and desire. Why did I end up buying the car I did? Before I started looking I had a clear idea of the type of car and features I wanted. I did my homework on line for several cars that […]

There are two types of brides…

Consider hiring a videographer to your wedding. What would you pay to see your Parents’ or Grandparents’ wedding? I’m guessing quite a bit, right? Here’s your chance to make sure you CAN show your wedding to YOUR kids. There are two types of brides, those that hired videographers and those that wish they did. Here’s […]

Top 10 Wedding Requests for Solo Harp

Here are the Top 10 Requested for Solo Harp: 10. “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella 9. “A Time for Us” from Romeo and Juliet 8. Handel’s “Passacaille” 7. Bach’s “Prelude” 6. “How Beautiful” by Twila Paris 5. “The Wedding March” by Mendelssohn (for recessional) 4. “One Hand, One Heart” from […]

What do Wedding Vendors REALLY Cost?

BUDGET. Think of it more of a guideline. Ask a variety of vendors what they charge, DON’T get a cost from a random wedding magazine or website. Even if they tell you a photographer should cost $300 you’ll be VERY disappointed when you can’t find one for that price. Get the best quality you can […]

Wedding Bands are Better than Club Bands

There is a huge difference between a wedding band and club band. Even if they are your all time favorite band and you are best friends with the singer. Bands that play in clubs: 1.  WON’T: Play the music YOU want them to play. 2.  WON’T: Know how make introductions. 3.  WON’T: Play music designed for […]

Give them what they want most!

The key to building a great website is really knowing who your target audience is and what they are looking for. It’s your job to give it to them in the clearest, simplest way possible. People will leave your site quickly if they can’t find what they want in under 10 seconds. This is your […]

Investment vs. Cost

For all business owners- don’t refer to your prices as the COST. Explain to your potential clients that they are making an INVESTMENT. To me a cost is a bill like Com Ed. An investment is something that gives you something back ideally worth more than you paid. Also change CONTRACT to AGREEMENT. Try these […]

The Power of the 2 Minute Call

The Power of the two minute call. I do about 20 two minute calls a day. Use them to confirm meetings, stay in touch or just let someone know you’re think of them. They will appreciate your respect for their time and show that you care about yours. Get more done and raise your profile […]

A Thousand Words

If you are a wedding vendor and have a website, use only the top quality photos. People will run away if they are out of focus, poorly lit or are too close or far away. Visitor’s standards are MUCH higher now. If it’s a bad photo leave it off. Remember a photo says 1,000 words. […]

Let’s Talk!

Make sure every page on your website includes an inquiry form or at least your contact information. Make it as easy as possible for your potential clients to take the next step. Your site must also have a SEPARATE Contact Us page. It should also be located all the way to right with your heading […]

Wanna Hear a Great Story?

Tell Stories about SPECIFIC weddings, brides and situations. This is FAR more effective than just general ideas. “We care about our clients” vs. “Last October we played a wedding at the Omni Hotel. The beautiful blue eyed bride Julie was crying since one of the ushers suddenly became sick just before the ceremony. I gave […]

You Never Know…

If you have a nice encounter with someone while out running errands, socializing, riding the bus etc… Give them your business card. I might say something like “I’ll even give you the Target discount price.” I’ve booked several BIG weddings just by doing this. Use your judgment of course, but look for these little opportunities. […]

The Blog that ate Detroit!

What’s a Blog? A blog is page on your or a separate website. A professional blog contains articles that provide clients with helpful information related to what you do. You can also describe recent events with your company. Ideally it shouldn’t be a direct sales tool. By providing quality info you will be considered an […]

THANKS!!

Say Thanks! One little way to bring good Karma to all your relationships is just to say thanks. Sometimes it means sending flowers, sometime a hand written note or even just a handshake/hug, a look in the eye and saying “thanks”. Do this to EVERYONE who does anything to help you big or small. It’s […]

Remember to SMILE!!

SMILE! When you meet with clients, don’t forget to smile, make eye contact and use their name as much as you feel comfortable. Also be ENTHUSIASTIC!! Not like an used car salesman. Show your clients how much you sincerely believe in what you do and how you can help them. They WILL feel it. Remember […]

Have you got a Card?

CARDS. How many times have met someone you wanted to stay in touch with but realized you just ran out of business cards? You could write your name on the back of their card or piece of paper, but that will likely be thrown away. Here’s the solution- Keep cards EVERYWHERE! 1. Wallet/Purse 2. Car […]

You Look Marvelous!

How we dress says a lot about the pride we take in ourselves and our work. Make sure your suit/tux fits, shirts tucked in and right from the cleaners, ties tied properly, shined black dress shoes. Cuff links and pocket squares are a nice touch too. Pretend it’s YOUR wedding. Make sure co-workers do the […]

Ready, Set, Go!!

Keep everything related to your business up to date. The Equipment, Cases, Business Cards, Website, Computers, Car, Cell phone, Videos, Photos, Suit/Tux all promo Materials etc… By staying up to date will show that you are a leader in the field. Take each item one by one and keep improving. Now is the time to […]

Social Networking

It is no longer OK to have a company without a website, Facebook/Twitter page etc… We are so fortunate to live in a time when we can access more brides than ever. Don’t be intimidated by technology, embrace it. Ask experts questions. The more you learn, the easier it gets. Brides expectations are much higher […]

Be a Friendly Expert!

DAILY VENDOR TIP: Learn as much as you can about your clients as people before you say one thing about your company. Use their names right way and throughout the meeting. Adjust your presentation based on THEIR personality and specific needs. Couples don’t care about Features, they ONLY care about Benefits. How will your special […]

There’s No “I” in Team

DAILY VENDOR TIP: Be a team player. Even though you may have never worked with these vendors before, you must bond ASAP. Introduce yourself right away, exchange card and be positive! Weddings are no place for big egos. Make sure you know the schedule. If you need to change your lens, charge your battery or […]

Do your Homework!

DAILY VENDOR TIP: I dedicate at least an hour a day to studying. One easy way to do this is to buy books on CD. I LOVE these. So instead of listening to NPR to learn about the history of Ugandan Bees, listen to a book about marketing, business or becoming a better person. Instead […]

Can I get your Signature?

DAILY VENDOR TIP: Your email signature can be a great marketing tool. How many emails do you send out everyday? I’m guessing 50-100. Each time you send an email you have a chance to tell vendors and clients about you. Include your name, company name, email address, website, Facebook Fan Page. Other options include Slogan/Logo/Photo, […]

Three Types of People

DAILY VENDOR TIP: There are 3 types of people: Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic. Visual people want to imagine how things would LOOK. Auditory: Want to hear how it would SOUND. Kinesthetic: How it would make them FEEL. Figure out which ones your clients are and present your info in THEIR style. Visual: Show them. Auditory: […]

It’s Their House!

DAILY VENDOR TIP: Each venue has their own policies for loading, parking, etc… Ask about these details PRIOR to the event. Keep a log, so you are prepared for next time. Arrive with a POSITIVE attitude. Leave extra time. Learn the staff’s names. If they help you, thank and tip them. You’ll build a great […]

There’s a Reason Why!

DAILY VENDOR TIP: You’ve just booked a terrific wedding. Now is the perfect time ask them an important question, “Why did you choose me over my competition?” Really listen to what they have to say. You will learn a lot about your company and your competition. Better yet, ask clients you DON’T book. There are […]

Check Your Ads!

DAILY VENDOR TIP: Spend some quality time reviewing all the websites you advertise on. Make sure your photos, links and contact information is current. Make sure all your descriptions represent what makes your company special and the experts in your field. Enter your name into Google. See where you are listed. You may be surprised […]

Rabbits vs. Turtles

VENDOR TIP: Don’t worry if your website is up or down one or two positions in Google. Look for patterns. Just keep doing the right things to increase the amount of content and number of inbound links to your website. You will get there. You don’t workout at the gym and then weigh yourself once […]

SMILE!!!

DAILY WEDDING TIP: You’ve got your Dream Dress, The Best Band, Incredible Food, Beautiful Flowers, All Your Favorite Guests and The Love of Your Life. You’ve prepared every detail for the last year. Now there’s only one thing missing. It’s one of the most important things: A warm, loving, enthusiastic and appreciative attitude. Dance, Laugh, […]

How to Give a Great Wedding Toast

Hey guys –  Boring your guests, insulting your inlaws, and pronouncing your love for your best friend’s wife are all pretty much faux pas in the game of life. So why the temptation when making a speech at a friend or family member’s wedding? Well, here are a few pitfalls to avoid, and a few […]

How to Stay in love while planning your Wedding

Planning a Chicago wedding can be stressful. Likely you’ve never done this before. How can you prevent the arguments and stay in love during this time? A couple told me their secret for keeping their relationship happy during the sometimes stressful time of planning a Chicago wedding. What they do is set aside one night […]

What is Dancing Between Courses/East Coast Style Wedding?

First let’s define what dancing between courses is. It is used for all weddings on the east coast and amazingly enough called East Coast style. It has become very popular for weddings throughout the country because of the many benefits. The biggest difference is that the dance orchestra starts at the beginning of dinner instead of after. […]

What can I do to get my wedding dress to fit me perfectly? By Ces Lopez

One of the unforeseen wedding costs is the alteration of the wedding dress or bridesmaid dress… • Wedding dress alterations can range from $300 to $700 depending on the style, design and size of the dress and take a minimum of 8 weeks to complete. Bridesmaid’s dresses take an average of 2 weeks to complete […]

Get Organized for Wedding Planning! by Stacey Agin Murray

You’ve had friends to your home for dinner. Maybe you’ve hosted a Super Bowl party or two. But have you ever planned and coordinated an event for 50-300 guests? If you haven’t, then welcome to the world of wedding planning. Caterers, florists, and other wedding-related companies will be banging down your door to get your […]

Wedding Reception Styles from Classy Wedding Favors.com

When it comes to wedding receptions, this is your special event and a way of thanking guests for participating in your special day. For this reason, most bride and grooms want to look at all their options to choose the one that will best match the wedding, the budget, and the guests. Once you know the […]

Is it important to use a Professional Emcee for my Wedding?

Remember back in junior high, what did we do when we had a substitute teacher? We knew they didn’t know what they were doing, so we didn’t really listen to them or take them seriously, right? Why did this happen? There wasn’t a strong leader. The same applies to your Chicago wedding. Things don’t just […]

How is my Wedding like a Movie?

Think of the last great movie you saw. Each scene had its own feel to it. A chase scene uses fast exciting music to add to the drama. A romantic scene uses beautiful sweeping love songs to enhance the mood. What if you used the same music for both? What would that romantic scene be […]

What is Dancing Between Courses/East Coast Style Wedding?

First let’s define what dancing between courses is. It is used for all weddings on the east coast and amazingly enough called East Coast style. It has become very popular for weddings throughout the country because of the many benefits. The biggest difference is that the dance orchestra starts at the beginning of dinner instead of after. […]

What does cooking have to do with my Wedding?

Think about the best meal you’ve had recently. Now imagine it without one of the key ingredients. How does it taste now? Remember in College making Macaroni and Cheese with water instead of milk? Those same cheap substitutes can ruin your wedding. I’m not saying you need to get the very best of everything for […]

How do I make the best decisions for my wedding?

Planning a wedding requires many small and large decisions. There are many decisions that make a wedding reflect your style. Where do you start?! Define your style: The first decision is to spend some quality time looking at your home, your car, how you dress, what you do for fun, your job, the colors you […]

What’s the most important word for a Great Wedding?

MOMENTUM What does that have to do with a great Chicago wedding?
 Think about a great date, hopefully with your fiancé. Remember the great energy of the conversation, the connection, the eye contact? You just couldn’t wait until the next date. Even when they called, your heart fluttered. Time just flew along. Now remember one […]

The absolute worst idea for a Wedding

THE RECEIVING LINE…. This out dated tradition was never a good idea. Here’s why…. First let’s define how it works: Mother of the Bride Mother of the Groom Bride Groom Maid of Honor Stand shoulder to shoulder at the entrance to the ballroom. All the guests line up and one by one say congratulations to […]