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Your Elite Celebration

Orland Park , IL
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LOCATION

17338 Brookgate Dr.
Orland Park, IL 60467 US (map)

PHONE

708-921-3032

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ABOUT US

At Your Elite Celebration, the idea is to do make the ceremony and reception worry free. We are not your typical wedding DJs. We go over every detail to ensure that the day of your... Read more
At Your Elite Celebration, the idea is to do make the ceremony and reception worry free. We are not your typical wedding DJs. We go over every detail to ensure that the day of your celebration is as seamless as possible. Our experience in Wedding ceremonies and receptions are tailored to meet your needs on your day. This unique custom service makes us in demand and affordable. Professionally trained and award winning service is the key.
Wedding Ceremony / Reception - ( Contact us for a quote) One on one consultation Itinerary typed out by me, approved by you Early setup (usually 2-3 hrs in advance) All announcements and instructions (master of ceremonies) 2nd system (PA system) with music for on-site ceremony Wireless microphone, microphone stand if needed Coordination with photographer, videographer & hall manager Extensive music collection Top of the line equipment - professional sound system LED Dance lights and Lasers included Uplighting to match your wedding colors Optional Photo Booth to capture your guests having a great time Optional Your choice of DJ dressed in tux, suit or casual Wired microphone Clean, sharp presentation 708-921-3032 yourelitecelebration@gmail.com Click here for My Website! Check us out on Facebook! Event Pics! Read less

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INFO FOR DJ

What music genres are in your collection?
70s, 80s, 90s, Classic Rock, Country, Dance, Hip Hop, Oldies, Pop, Rock
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Describe your DJ style:
I'm very approachable as I see anyone as a potential future customer. But as far as music goes I play what the client wants, I have everything. I only listed some in my profile as those are the genres of music people most associate with.
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
No
What is your usual attire?
Tux or suit at weddings but honestly I dress how the client wants me to dress as it is their event.
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
Of course not, if I don't have a song I'll purchase it. The only time would be if the song is very obscure and not available online.
How many other DJs do you work with?
I am the primary DJ. I have a trusted backup DJ just in case.
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
No amount of time is too small.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Yes, I do provide client meetings. We will agree upon a neutral public location (Starbucks usually).
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
I wouldn't say "specialize", but no event intimidates me. As long as I have a plan of attack and an itinerary I will be prepared.
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
Yes of course.
Do you bring your own equipment?
Yes I bring everything I need.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
I have a couple lasers. I have 4 LEDs, one for slow and three for fast. I also offer LED uplighting to fill the reception room and match a bride's main wedding color.
How much time do you usually need to set up? Do you require that the site or client provide a table for you to set up on?
Comfortably I need 2.0 hours because I run a series of checks and make sure the display is clean and well presented. No I do not need a table I have my own. I will arrive earlier if a bride requests uplighting as that takes extra time to set up.
Do you have any extra space requirements?
Typically about 10ft, the table is 6ft long and the speakers sit off to each side. If I had to I could put the light tree in front of me.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Yes I have a small sign that reads "Your Elite Celebration". It sits in front of the mixer on the table and serves two purposes as it hides some wiring.
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
At a wedding there is only a certain amount of talking a DJ should do, I speak when appropriate. Not sure there is much say if anything between songs. Of course at weddings I act as the master of ceremonies and make announcements and introductions.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
Simply playing songs is not enough. I have a series of icebreakers I like to use. Here is where you might hear me more as I get the crowd going. But generally I have music method to bring people out on the dance floor that I discuss with clients on calls when they are interested in the service.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I don't really take breaks, however, I do require to eat at dinner. It's a long night especially if I'm setting up at 4pm for a 6pm wedding that ends at 12, plus breakdown and travel time.
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
If I need to visit the restroom I'll pick a good time but the music won't stop.
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Not much will keep me from working a show I have booked. Only in the most extreme circumstance would I miss a show. If that were to happen (and it never has) I have a trusted DJ that I've worked with who is my backup. Being my company I don't ever intend to miss a show.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
No I don't.
What is your overtime rate?
An extra hour beyond the agreed upon time depends on the event type.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
I do not charge for travel but keep in mind that all my shows are typically no more than 30-40 minutes away max. If a show is significantly far from me I may have to charge simply because of gas and time.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
$250 and it can be done through PayPal using any major credit card.

INFO FOR RENTALS & PHOTOBOOTHS

What items are available for rental?
Lights, Photo Booth
Do you offer delivery, setup, and breakdown services?
Breakdown, Delivery, Setup

INFO FOR LIGHTING & DECOR

What type of events do you produce?
Corporate Events, Private Parties, Weddings
Which of the following services do you provide?
Day-of Coordination, Entertainment, Event Lighting, Event Planning

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rick was a great DJ! All of our favorite songs were played and the dance floor was packed most of the night. Additionally, he provided a great planning tool to make sure our night was perfectly organized. I strongly reccomend going with him!
Rick was a great DJ! All of our favorite songs were played and the dance floor was packed most of the night. Additionally, Read more...
Rick was a great DJ! All of our favorite songs were played and the dance floor was packed most of the night. Additionally, he provided a great planning tool to make sure our night was perfectly organized. I strongly reccomend going with him! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thanks Meg, what a great venue. We did an awesome job getting everyone together and lined up considering the chaos. The dance floor was thumping and it was a blast, thanks for having me!
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Colleen
Wedding:
12/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Rick was awesome! His price was reasonable and he really helped us a lot the day of the wedding with helping the night run smoothly. He ran everything past us before he did anything and played great music. I have never seen so many people dance at a wedding. He did a great job and I highly recommend him!
Rick was awesome! His price was reasonable and he really helped us a lot the day of the wedding with helping the night run Read more...
Rick was awesome! His price was reasonable and he really helped us a lot the day of the wedding with helping the night run smoothly. He ran everything past us before he did anything and played great music. I have never seen so many people dance at a wedding. He did a great job and I highly recommend him! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Colleen your wedding was AWESOME! You guys really know how to have fun. I'm glad you planned for some EDM, I can't recall the last time I incorporated that into a wedding, but your group took to it like fish to water.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Your Elite Celebrations was amazing for our wedding!! Rick worked with us and helped us throughout the whole process. He worked really hard on making things perfect for our introduction song when the wedding party was being announced. He was very flexible when my family threw a curve ball into the itinerary the mascot came in. Rick was the perfect pick for our DJ!
Your Elite Celebrations was amazing for our wedding!! Rick worked with us and helped us throughout the whole process. He Read more...
Your Elite Celebrations was amazing for our wedding!! Rick worked with us and helped us throughout the whole process. He worked really hard on making things perfect for our introduction song when the wedding party was being announced. He was very flexible when my family threw a curve ball into the itinerary the mascot came in. Rick was the perfect pick for our DJ! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thanks Sarah! You guys were so go with the flow, it was great. Cute, intro idea too, I heard a table to my left get excited when I switched to Crowd Chant, obviously they were your Minnesota people. Congrats!
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Megan
Wedding:
11/15/2014
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience with using Rick Howell at Your Elite Celebration for our DJ services! Rick took all the stress out of finding a DJ for our wedding. From our first meeting with him, we knew that he was the right fit for our wedding. He was extremely professional and easy to work with. He made sure we knew exactly what to expect at our reception and put our minds at ease. We received tons of compliments on what a great job he did at the reception and how personable he was with our guests! The dance floor was packed all night long, and he played the perfect combination of music to get people of all ages up and dancing. We HIGHLY recommend Rick at Your Elite Celebration to anyone looking for a great DJ that you can trust completely to make sure your special event is absolutely perfect!
We had a great experience with using Rick Howell at Your Elite Celebration for our DJ services! Rick took all the stress Read more...
We had a great experience with using Rick Howell at Your Elite Celebration for our DJ services! Rick took all the stress out of finding a DJ for our wedding. From our first meeting with him, we knew that he was the right fit for our wedding. He was extremely professional and easy to work with. He made sure we knew exactly what to expect at our reception and put our minds at ease. We received tons of compliments on what a great job he did at the reception and how personable he was with our guests! The dance floor was packed all night long, and he played the perfect combination of music to get people of all ages up and dancing. We HIGHLY recommend Rick at Your Elite Celebration to anyone looking for a great DJ that you can trust completely to make sure your special event is absolutely perfect! Read less
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Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Megan, you had such a fun group, really amazing. Thank you for the great review. Here is a wedding I'd love to do all over again. You guys were such a great couple, probably cause you're Eastern grads.
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Megan
Wedding:
11/15/2014
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience with using Rick Howell at Your Elite Celebration for our DJ services! Rick took all the stress out of finding a DJ for our wedding. From our first meeting with him, we knew that he was the right fit for our wedding. He was extremely professional and easy to work with. He made sure we knew exactly what to expect at our reception and put our minds at ease. We received tons of compliments on what a great job he did at the reception and how personable he was with our guests! The dance floor was packed all night long, and he played the perfect combination of music to get people of all ages up and dancing. We HIGHLY recommend Rick at Your Elite Celebration to anyone looking for a great DJ that you can trust completely to make sure your special event is absolutely perfect!
We had a great experience with using Rick Howell at Your Elite Celebration for our DJ services! Rick took all the stress Read more...
We had a great experience with using Rick Howell at Your Elite Celebration for our DJ services! Rick took all the stress out of finding a DJ for our wedding. From our first meeting with him, we knew that he was the right fit for our wedding. He was extremely professional and easy to work with. He made sure we knew exactly what to expect at our reception and put our minds at ease. We received tons of compliments on what a great job he did at the reception and how personable he was with our guests! The dance floor was packed all night long, and he played the perfect combination of music to get people of all ages up and dancing. We HIGHLY recommend Rick at Your Elite Celebration to anyone looking for a great DJ that you can trust completely to make sure your special event is absolutely perfect! Read less
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Diane
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
My fiancé and I we not the usual couple who requests a wedding DJ. We are 60 and 67 years old. Rick was so helpful and willing to adjust the music choices to our needs and our guests who were older. It was wonderful and many of our guests commented on how much they liked the music and DJ. We had several specific requests and Rick was able to provide them all. We would highly recommend him for your event.
My fiancé and I we not the usual couple who requests a wedding DJ. We are 60 and 67 years old. Rick was so helpful and Read more...
My fiancé and I we not the usual couple who requests a wedding DJ. We are 60 and 67 years old. Rick was so helpful and willing to adjust the music choices to our needs and our guests who were older. It was wonderful and many of our guests commented on how much they liked the music and DJ. We had several specific requests and Rick was able to provide them all. We would highly recommend him for your event. Read less
Services Used: DJ
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thank you Diane, I'm happy to deliver. You guys were great and looked so happy. I think your story of finding each other is an inspiration to all.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rick was the first and only DJ I interviewed, I knew after one conversation that he would be the right choice (it also helped he had come highly recommended from a friend). Rick was very easy to work with, he took the time to get to know us and made us feel our wedding was his top priority. Rick worked well with our wedding planner and took the lead in ensuring the reception went smoothly which it did. Rick was incredibly professional, knowledgable, and most importantly personable. After my experience, I would highly recommended Rick and wish him continued success.
Rick was the first and only DJ I interviewed, I knew after one conversation that he would be the right choice (it also Read more...
Rick was the first and only DJ I interviewed, I knew after one conversation that he would be the right choice (it also helped he had come highly recommended from a friend). Rick was very easy to work with, he took the time to get to know us and made us feel our wedding was his top priority. Rick worked well with our wedding planner and took the lead in ensuring the reception went smoothly which it did. Rick was incredibly professional, knowledgable, and most importantly personable. After my experience, I would highly recommended Rick and wish him continued success. Read less
Services Used: DJ
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thank you V. I'm glad we were able to communicate so freely over the course of the last year. That really shored things up on the actual day of. It was my pleasure work with you two.
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Rick was wonderful and easy to work with throughout our wedding process. We had a small wedding (100 people) and he was able to keep the dance floor alive all night. He was the perfect addition to our wedding day. I would recommend him to anyone!
Rick was wonderful and easy to work with throughout our wedding process. We had a small wedding (100 people) and he was Read more...
Rick was wonderful and easy to work with throughout our wedding process. We had a small wedding (100 people) and he was able to keep the dance floor alive all night. He was the perfect addition to our wedding day. I would recommend him to anyone! Read less
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Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thanks Jennifer! Your parents were so sweet and the room looked awesome. I don't normally take pics of the chair covers and cake but yours were so cool.
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Lisa
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
Your Elite Celebration was a highly professional, organized company that I hired for my wedding. I had contacted over 15 dj's, and Rick stood out against all other companies. Not only does he play music, he orchestrates the flow of the wedding. He had our timeline and did a perfect job. I came in from photos with my husband to find Rick lining up the entire bridal party for intros with paper, pronunciations, and I just smiled and got to the back of the line. My husband and I truly enjoyed our day, and I honestly think it's because Rick truly had us in good hands. He found my hard-to-find 1940's songs and pronounced every name correctly. I would highly recommend Your Elite Celebration to anyone, hands down.
Your Elite Celebration was a highly professional, organized company that I hired for my wedding. I had contacted over 15 Read more...
Your Elite Celebration was a highly professional, organized company that I hired for my wedding. I had contacted over 15 dj's, and Rick stood out against all other companies. Not only does he play music, he orchestrates the flow of the wedding. He had our timeline and did a perfect job. I came in from photos with my husband to find Rick lining up the entire bridal party for intros with paper, pronunciations, and I just smiled and got to the back of the line. My husband and I truly enjoyed our day, and I honestly think it's because Rick truly had us in good hands. He found my hard-to-find 1940's songs and pronounced every name correctly. I would highly recommend Your Elite Celebration to anyone, hands down. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thank you Lisa. This is a big compliment. I truly appreciate you selecting me over 15 others (no pressure, right?). I do think our organizational styles complimented each other and I'm ecstatic I was able to deliver. Your taste in music was certainly unique, never lose that, it's your individuality. I know you two will live happily ever after.
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kristopher
Wedding:
8/30/2014
5.0/5.0
Dealing with Rick was the easiest part of all the planning for the wedding. He was very helpful in the music choices with plenty of advice that came from his experience. Wedding wise there was not a moment that my guests were not on the floor and having a great time. He is very good when it comes to announcements and even better with getting people up and dancing. He did a tremendous job and helped the wedding flow perfectly. I would highly recommend.
Dealing with Rick was the easiest part of all the planning for the wedding. He was very helpful in the music choices with Read more...
Dealing with Rick was the easiest part of all the planning for the wedding. He was very helpful in the music choices with plenty of advice that came from his experience. Wedding wise there was not a moment that my guests were not on the floor and having a great time. He is very good when it comes to announcements and even better with getting people up and dancing. He did a tremendous job and helped the wedding flow perfectly. I would highly recommend. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Rentals & Photobooths
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thanks Kris. I always try to make my part of the wedding day to be the easiest for the bride and groom. I think part of the excitement was just getting out of that heat during the ceremony. Once everyone hit that cool dance floor all bets were off.

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