Wedding

What happens when you book with TDF?

Welcome to the first of many videos where The DJ Firm (TDF) owners, Eric Sampson (DJ Jem) and Carlington Young (DJ Sye Young) give you a glimpse into the world of TDF. We are kicking off the series by explaining what happens once you decide to book with us. Watch below and then head over to our website by clicking HERE!

Musician Spotlight; Edith Yokley

Ms. Edith is a violinist from Chicago. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and is a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta, along with the Soulful Symphony in Baltimore. She has performed on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show and The Voice. She’s also performed with artists such as; J. Lo, Common, Aretha Franklin and Barry White. The DJ Firm has partnerships with live musicians to bring your event to the next level in entertainment for your guests! For booking or more information on Ms. Edith or other musicians we partner with click HERE.

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Live Life in Color

The DJ Firm has been partnering with The Knot and Wedding Wire for some time and this ‘Live Life in Color’ networking event was a memorable one. The Knot x Wedding Wire Chicago Social brought so many people together for an incredibly colorful night of connecting with local vendors, wedding planners and event coordinators. The Lakewood Chicago was the perfect event space, check out the other vendors below!

Photo by Alexandra Lee Photography

Photo by Alexandra Lee Photography

Photo by Alexandra Lee Photography

Photo by Alexandra Lee Photography

Photo by Alexandra Lee Photography

Photo by Alexandra Lee Photography

Photo by Alexandra Lee Photography

Photo by Alexandra Lee Photography

Photo by Alexandra Lee Photography, Cake by ECBG Cake Studio

Photo by Alexandra Lee Photography, Cake by ECBG Cake Studio

Photo by Alexandra Lee Photography, The DJ Firm’s own Patrick Jasper

Photo by Alexandra Lee Photography, The DJ Firm’s own Patrick Jasper

Photo by Alexandra Lee Photography, DJ Sye Young

Photo by Alexandra Lee Photography, DJ Sye Young

Photo by Alexandra Lee Photography

Photo by Alexandra Lee Photography

Let the Music Do the Talking

Last month The DJ Firm hosted it’s second annual “Let the Music Do the Talking” showcase and networking event. This is an exclusive night we host every year to network with individuals who are currently working in the wedding and event planning industry. This is our opportunity to showcase amazing vendors and musicians, along with The DJ Firm talent and all we have to offer as a company! This year our event took place at the beautiful Ivy Room Chicago located at 12 E. Ohio St. in the heart of downtown Chicago! We partnered with Chi Thee Wed and Modern Luxury Weddings Chicago and had an incredible photo booth experience by; Wave 3-D. Check out some highlights below by our photographer; Andreas Endregaard and if you missed out, there’s always next year!

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2019 Showcase and Networking Event

Let the Music Do the Talking

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Jenny Yoo 2019

We love any opportunity to work with Modern Luxury Weddings Chicago, so we were excited to collaborate with some amazing vendors for the 2019 Jenny Yoo runway show; featuring and celebrating her 2019 wedding and bridesmaid dress collection. If you’re planning a wedding and need some inspiration, look no further, complete vendor list is below!

Collin Pierson-Photography

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel-Venue

Fragrant Design-Florist

Leap Weddings-Videography

Cake Chicago-Sweets

Bowery and Bash-Furniture Rental

BBJ Linen-Linen Rental

Bianca Sansosti Artistry-Hair + Make-Up Collective

The DJ Firm-Music

The Wedding Dresser-Stylist

Instant Party Photo Booth

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Jenny Yoo

2019

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What's on Your Wedding Playlist?

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The DJ Firm can customize the music we play at your wedding or private event to include all of your favorite songs and genres! Here are 15 songs that are guaranteed to get your guests off their seat and onto their feet! After all, a case won is a dance floor packed, and The DJ Firm has a perfect record. Comment below what songs you love to hear at weddings!

  1. Hold On by Wilson Phillips

  2. Twist & Shout by The Beatles

  3. Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard

  4. Happy by Pharrell Williams

  5. Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

  6. Billie Jean by Micheal Jackson

  7. Marry You by Bruno Mars

  8. Walking on Broken Glass by Annie Lennox

  9. Jump Around by House of Pain

  10. The Locomotion by Little Eva

  11. Latch by Disclosure featuring Sam Smith

  12. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

  13. Let Me Clear My Throat by DJ Cool

  14. Apache (Jump on it) by Sugar Hill Gang

  15. My Boo by Ghost Town DJ

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Click here for more information on what The DJ Firm has to offer!

TDF x CHI thee WED

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CHI thee WED is one of the first Chicago-only wedding and inspiration blogs featuring some of Chicago’s top wedding and event vendors. This month The DJ Firm was included in their feature of Emily and John’s beautiful wedding that took place at the Zhou B Art Center back in August. Click here to view the blog post and thank you for rocking with Jem and TDF!

Photographer; Cling&Peck

Photographer; Cling&Peck

MILLER + MILLER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Miller + Miller Wedding Photography consists of a husband and wife team, Ryan & Sarah Miller, who specialize in wedding and engagement photography. Although they are based in Chicago, they also travel the world photographing weddings and have been in business for over ten years! The DJ Firm has had the opportunity to experience their photography style first hand as they were capturing the precious wedding moments-we were providing the soundtrack. They have photographed weddings inside some of Chicago's most elegant venues such as; The Signature Room at the 95th and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel Chicago. You can't go wrong with Miller + Miller Photography & TDF! 

ECBG CAKE STUDIO CHICAGO

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 ECBG Cake Studio specializes in custom cakes, cookies and cupcakes for weddings, celebrations and private events. Erin Martin, founder and owner, opened her business in Chicago in 2011 and believes "cake is so valuable because it helps us celebrate the moments that really matter." We couldn't agree more! ECBG Cake Studio provides high quality and organic ingredients, offers a wide variety of savory and sweet flavors, all while incorporating a personal and custom touch. If you're looking for the perfect sweet to add to your celebration click below for more information! 

Cake created for a @weddingguidechicago photo shoot!

Cake created for a @weddingguidechicago photo shoot!

Beautiful cake created by ECBG Cake Studio Chicago!

Beautiful cake created by ECBG Cake Studio Chicago!

TDF x WEDDING WIRE

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Wedding Wire is a website that allows you to find local wedding venues and vendors in a "stress-free, hassle-free and just plain free way!" Not only can you plan your wedding with the help of Wedding Wire; but you can complete your registry, find inspiration and read the latest reviews before making any important decisions. The DJ Firm is a trusted Wedding Wire vendor, click below to get more information on what we offer and to read some of our glowing reviews! Book The DJ Firm today and let us give you an experience to last a lifetime!  

WEDDING TRENDS: SILENT DISCO

Looking for a new and exciting way to entertain your wedding guests? Look no further! TDF was able to experience the latest trend in wedding fun; a silent disco. With two DJ's going head-to-head your guests can switch channels to enjoy the music they prefer, plus it allows guests who don't enjoy dancing to sit and have a conversation while watching an abundance of different dance moves unfold. Your parents can get down to "Love Shack" while the kids do the "Dougie!" The colors on the headphones will change depending on which channel you choose, producing some friendly competition between DJ's. The DJ Firm had the opportunity to DJ their first silent disco wedding; DJ Jem was on deck with Top 40 hits, while DJ Sye Young provided the throwbacks. If you're looking for a way to throw and epic afterparty without worrying about noise ordinances-visit Sound Off for equipment rental & contact TDF for your DJ's today! 

DJ SYE YOUNG & DJ JEM providing the silent disco soundtrack at The McLaughlin wedding this month! 

DJ SYE YOUNG & DJ JEM providing the silent disco soundtrack at The McLaughlin wedding this month! 

Not ready for the silent disco trend? Looking for something a bit louder? Get ready to rock your wedding with The DJ Firm! 

Learn more about our Chicago Wedding Djs here and request a quote today!

DJ'S & DRUMMERS

What's better than having a professional DJ providing the soundtrack for your wedding night? A professional DJ + a professional drummer playing alongside each other for one unforgettable performance. We'd like to introduce you to Rocky Roppo; a drummer The DJ Firm is proud to collaborate with. When you link Rocky with one of our DJ's you are bound to provide your guests with one memorable experience. Take your wedding night to the next level with TDF! 

Learn more about our Live Entertainment here.

Drummer Rocky Roppo performing alongside DJ Daily at The DJ Firm's 2018 Showcase Event

Drummer Rocky Roppo performing alongside DJ Daily at The DJ Firm's 2018 Showcase Event

Drummer Rocky Roppo and The DJ Firm's own DJ Daily

Drummer Rocky Roppo and The DJ Firm's own DJ Daily

The DJ Firm's 2018 Showcase Event

The DJ Firm's 2018 Showcase Event

9 Wedding Ideas that are TDF Approved!

Here are 9 wedding ideas that are TDF approved! 

1. Informal Save-the-Date Cards 

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Papergoodiesbykim on ETSY

2. Confetti Poppers

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Confetticonecompay on ETSY

3. Polaroid Guest Book

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IG: Loveandlines

4. Guest Song Requests

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Daintydoeprintables on ETSY

5. Unique Table Numbers

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6. Grandmas can be flower girls, too!

Photo by: Brittany Runnels Photography

Photo by: Brittany Runnels Photography

7. Live Entertainment Featuring a Wedding Caricature Artist or a Palm Reader 

Photo by: Leah Valentine Photography

Photo by: Leah Valentine Photography

8. Guests will remember the food (truck!) 

Photo by: Epoch Moment Photography

Photo by: Epoch Moment Photography

9. Prepare for the morning after!

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McParty Shop on ETSY

The DJ Firm Meets The Flower Firm!

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Photo: @flowerfirm

Chicago based company; The Flower Firm was opened by Colette Clancy and James Papajohn in 1997, but has since grown to incorporate a staff of 30 producers, designers and technicians. Similar to The DJ Firm, they take on wedding, corporate, non-profit and private social events. With an extensive clientele list including; Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, American Airlines, Brookfield Zoo and a large number of satisfied brides--this is a company you want to collaborate with! "The Flower Firm transforms your vision into a stunning reality while exceeding all expectations." 

Photo: @flowerfirm, Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Photo: @flowerfirm, Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

 

Looking for a Wedding DJ to go with those flowers? Check out the best Djs in Chicago on our Wedding Dj page.

TDF x THE KNOT

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The Knot is your one-stop-shop for all of your wedding needs from dresses to vendors and from checklists to venues, they've got you covered for your big day. The DJ Firm is a trusted "The Knot" vendor promising to offer wedding, corporate and private clients an unforgettable time. Check out some of our top reviews on theknot.com and book your wedding with us today. A case won is a dance floor packed, and The DJ Firm has a perfect record!

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MILLER + MILLER Photography

Convinced? Learn more about our Chicago Wedding Djs here and request a quote today!

WEDDING TRENDS: CANDY BUFFETS

The DJ Firm specializes in many private events including; weddings. We are lucky to have the opportunity to work with so many amazing couples as they plan out their incredibly special day. Although our main focus is executing an experience that will last a lifetime through music at your wedding; we can't help but notice many new trends popping up. One trend being; candy buffets. What better way to excite your guests than offering an array of your favorite candy and sweet treats in the form of a candy buffet! Chicago based company; The Candy Bar, has you covered. They will work with you to customize the perfect candy bar for your wedding, and it will be the perfect sweet ending to a beautiful beginning. 

Find them on Facebook and Instagram @thecandybarchi. 

Find them on Facebook and Instagram @thecandybarchi. 

The Candy Bar's littlest supporter!

The Candy Bar's littlest supporter!

Isn't it all so sweet? Let's get your wedding ready to rock!

Learn more about our Chicago Wedding Djs here and request a quote today!

I'VE GOT QUESTIONS!

The Top 5 Questions to Ask your DJ

DJ Heavy @roofonthewit cc: @themusictrust

DJ Heavy @roofonthewit cc: @themusictrust

How long have you been doing this professionally? 

You want to make sure your DJ has a history of packing dance floors, and keeping them packed before hiring them. Ask to come and see us prior to your event to get an idea of what to expect! 

What sets you apart from your competition?

We should have at least three solid responses. Our DJ's come from many different backgrounds and have unique talents that set them apart from each other. Let us sell ourselves to you!

How do you customize the music experience? 

Our main goal is to make this event perfect for you based on your preferences. After all, this is your soundtrack and we want to help create a memory that will last a lifetime! 

What do you do to prepare for a successful event?

We want to know what will put your mind at ease. We will meet with you prior to your event, check out the event space in advance and come prepared with our tech guys!

Why should we choose you?

That answer is simple for us, because we are TDF!

FROM BBM TO TDF

The DJ Firm Story

From Big Boy Music to The DJ Firm, Carlington Young and Eric Sampson have come a long way since their early years on the Chicago DJ scene. You might know them as DJ Sye Young and Jem, owners of TDF.

Eric and Carl met in high school where their passion for music and DJing took off. They went from renting out venues to throw parties in college to being hired at some of Chicago's hottest venues. One of their first gigs was at Fitz's Pub in Elmhurst, IL back in 2003, now they can be found spinning all over the mid-west. 

Carl and Eric circa 2008.

Carl and Eric circa 2008.

In 2013, Carl decided to take his business to the next level and had a vision for something that would make an impact on the Chicago DJ industry. He teamed up with Eric and the two of them created The DJ Firm. Since 2013, they have rapidly expanded, not only in the nightlife industry, but in the wedding scene, event production and continue to make connections in the corporate world. They've hired on some of the most talented DJ's to join the TDF team and continue to lock-in new clients every day. 

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The bottom line is; if you want your event executed, you want TDF.