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, […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]