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Your Elite Celebration

Orland Park , IL
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LOCATION

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

PHONE

708-921-3032

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

At Your Elite Celebration, we are not your typical wedding DJ. From the pre-call to the Celebration Planner, we go over every detail to ensure that the day of your celebration is as... Read more
At Your Elite Celebration, we are not your typical wedding DJ. From the pre-call to the Celebration Planner, 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.
Wedding Ceremony / Reception - ( Contact us for a quote) -Itinerary typed up by me, approved by you -Early setup (usually 2 hrs in advance) -All announcements and instructions (master of ceremonies) -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) -Custom GOBO to display your name or initials & wedding date (optional) -Photo Booth to capture your guests having a great time (optional) -Your choice of DJ dressed in tux, suit or casual -Wireless microphone, microphone stand if needed -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?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Classic Rock, Country, Dance, Hip Hop, Oldies, Pop, R&B, Rock, Strings
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, simple as that.
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 laser that's really impressive. I have 3 LEDs, one for slow and two 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.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I do not require a meal break although getting dinner is nice, it's a long night. I'm pretty tough on myself and try not to ask too much of the client.
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 will run $100, but I like to give brides the option of a flat rate to avoid any overtime.
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. If a show is significantly far from me I may have to 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

REVIEWS

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Helen
Wedding:
7/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Rick is the BEST DJ ever. He totally made our reception perfect by playing exactly what we asked him to. I would recommend him to anyone.
Services Used: DJ
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thank you Helen, it was a pleasure.
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Megan
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Rick did an amazing job at our wedding. :) We would definitely recommend him. He is extremely thorough and he made sure he had all the details to our wedding ceremony and reception down to a T. He pronounced everyone's names correctly and the dance floor was always full! Rick was flexible with all of our requests and was more than helpful to give any ideas or suggestions that we needed. I give him an A+!
Services Used: DJ
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thank you Megan. All your planning paid off. The reception area looked great, right down to the free flip flop section for dancing feet. But once the day came you guys let loose and enjoyed your day. I mean, you guys really had fun, brides could learn a lot from this. It was my pleasure, great venue btw. Loved the ceremony area.
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Samantha
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Rick from elite celebrations was great!
We hired him to DJ our wedding and he was wonderful. Very professional and gets back to you right away. Would highly recommend.
Services Used: DJ
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thank you Sam, your group can best be described as the engergizer bunny. You had some amazing marathon dancers out there. All the best Mrs. Brady!
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Ashley
Wedding:
4/4/2014
5.0/5.0
We used Rick for our big day & couldn't be any happier! He was also very familiar with our venue which was a huge plus. We had our ceremony upstairs & our cocktail reception in another room. He set everything up in both rooms & made the transition run very smooth! He also made sure the whole night ran smooth for us...keeping an eye on time, lining up the bridal party..etc etc. He listens & gives great feedback. You can tell he's done this before & enjoys it. He is good at feeling out the crowd & gets everyone on the dance floor. Everyone kept raving about the music after the wedding. If you want a fun, professional, inventive & reliable DJ then hire Rick - you will not regret it!!!
Services Used: DJ
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Wow! Thanks Ashley, you made me blush. I love this review; this is what I work for. btw your love story is very heartwarming; you guys make an amazing couple. And you have the best taste in music. ;-)
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John
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Very professional, organized, & high quality service.
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thanks John!
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Beth
Wedding:
10/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Rick Howell at Your Elite Celebration exceeded our expectations! From the time we booked him until the day of our wedding, he was so easy to work with, friendly, funny, and really made everything easy for us. He made helpful suggestions, and also followed our playlist- we had a great mix of the music we loved, and good flow to keep our guests entertained and dancing!
He kept everything organized and everything was smooth sailing until the end of the night!
We also rented uplighting for our reception venue, adding a nice pop of color and elegance in our wedding colors. He is able to match the lights to any hue you need. They turned out beautifully.
Thanks for everything, Rick
Services Used: DJ, Rentals & Photobooths
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much Beth! I think the music worked out great, a really nice mix. You had some pretty amazing dancers too. You guys get the credit though, you two handled everything like true pros. Congrats!
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Christina
Wedding:
10/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Rick did a great job at our wedding! The dance floor was packed the entire night! He was wonderful to work with and even put together a special song compilation we requested. We would absolutely recommend him! Frank & Christina
Services Used: DJ
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thank You Christina!
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Jessica and Dave
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Rick was a fantastic DJ! All my guests told me he was the best DJ and I couldn't agree more! He really felt the crowd and played a wonderful selection of music. He had our friends, family and most importantly ME dancing all night! Rick is so professional and really knows his stuff. Thanks again Rick for making our wedding a night we will always remember.
Services Used: DJ
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thanks Jess! You guys had a great crowd, I wish you both all the best!
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Marianna
Wedding:
9/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Rick did a WONDERFUL job at our wedding. He played all of the songs I requested, and played a really variety of music for my guests to dance to. He was very helpful, and made sure everything went smoothly. i would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a great DJ, and I am going to recommend him to two of my cousins that are getting married soon, and were at the wedding. Rick is great! Thank you for being a part of our special day!! :)
Services Used: DJ
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thank you Marianna, the minister was right, you guys really are a caring couple. Everyone was so nice, especially your dad. Let your cousin know that I can get whatever kind of music she wants, EDM, DeadMou5, Tiesto, whatever.
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Mike
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Wow! We can't even begin to explain what a great job Rick did DJing our wedding. He was so easy to work with in the weeks prior to the event. He was extremely well prepared, and announced all of the bridal party flawlessly. Everyone at the wedding commented what a great selection of music was played and truly enjoyed themselves! We would highly recommend Rick for any event where music or and emcee is required!
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thanks Mike, you guys were really fun, I can tell your family has a sense of humor for sure. Congrats!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rick was really good helped explain which types of songs you pick for certain events during the wedding. Majority of my wedding was on the dance floor all night. Great job
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thanks Alyssa!
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Issa
Wedding:
6/9/2013
5.0/5.0
What can I say about ricks services besides that it was all well planned, organized, and responsive to our needs . My wife and I had a tall order to fill music selection wise because the diversity that we had among us, being that my wife is Mexican I'm mixed Hispanic and Arab, the music had to be all in que with the family's wants . Rick did not disappoint and made sure there was music that was played all night to all the cultures. He spent hours with us going over what was to be expected at the wedding order of Appearance in the hall and even proper pronunciation of names guidance and advise was always given when we need and was very courteous. If your planning a wedding and need a dj that will listen , help you and of course keep the party going he's your guy highly recommend
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thanks Issa I truly enjoyed your wedding. It's nice to mix it up every once in a while.
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Meghan
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Rick was very easy to work with, and he fulfilled all of our expectations. We used An Elite Celebration for our wedding. He provided a microphone and background music for our ceremony and then uplighting and music for our reception. I got many compliments on him! I pretty much let him choose the ceremony music, music during dinner, and all the music during the reception. The songs he played were perfect and kept everyone dancing. I had several people say the music during dinner was awesome, he played a few 80's tunes (but not the overplayed ones) and people enjoyed it. The uplighting added a very nice touch to the banquet hall. Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to use An Elite Celebration again, and I would highly recommend using him to anyone who needed professional DJ services. Thanks again, Rick, hope to see you again!
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Aww Thanks Meghan! You guys are so easy going and look so happy together, it was pleasure. btw the cake made it home ;-)
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Regep1969@aol.com
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
I can not say enough about Rick and elite!!! He was so quick to respond to any email I sent. I am a terrible procrastinator and very busy and he never got even slightly frustrated with my laid back casual attitude about everything. More than anything else he made our wedding about us!!! I've noticed at many weddings that the dj is so center if attention that people focus on them instead if the bride and groom. He truly made sure we were having a great time and quietly made it the night of our lives. I will tell everyone and anyone to use him!! Thank you so much Rick for making the night amazing for us our kids and everyone that was there!!!
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Awww thanks Kathy, very sweet of you. I try :-)
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Rick was an awesome DJ!!! We planned our wedding very last minute but he was super patient and very helpful from planning our music to guiding us through the itinerary as it was total chaos on our wedding day. He worked out my father-daughter dance to the exact way I wanted it, and it meant so much to me and my dad. I loved that Rick even got on the dance floor to show me the moves to a dance I didn't know. He was really great and took to the little kids very well as they constantly requested music for him to play. I would most definitely recommend your service - especially Rick - to anyone who needs a DJ. It really made our day to have good music and great service. THANK YOU RICK!!!!

Jenny and Eric Alexander :)
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thanks Jenn! For those reading this we even set up a Sox game to go see together. See you guys at tailgate!
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Rachel
Wedding:
4/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Rick was amazing to work with--very professional, knowledgeable, and accommodating! He kept the crowd on the dance floor the entire night. His personality makes it easy to decide to go with him as a DJ. I highly recommend working with Rick!
Services Used: DJ
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Thanks Rachel! You guys were lots of fun!
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Cynthia
Wedding:
4/13/2013
5.0/5.0
RIck did a fabulous job at our wedding! He is extremely professional, kind, courteous and very patient! He played all the songs we requested! Our guests loved the music and are still talking about the great time they had. I have already given out Rick's information to a few of the guests. I would highly, highly recommend Rick if you want and demand the best in the business!
Services Used: DJ
Your Elite Celebration responded with the following comments:

Very kind of you Cindy. Your whole group was a blast! Thanks for having me as part of your special day.
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Emily
Wedding:
2/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Rick was an awesome DJ! He provided up-lighting as well as DJ services. He played all the songs we really wanted to hear and did a great job with the introductions. He is also very affordable compared to other DJs we were considering. I would highly recommend Rick to anyone!
Services Used: DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Our event was actually a Daddy/Daugther Dance rather than a wedding. There was no event category listed as "Dance" but our event did minic a wedding in form and function. Rick did a great job with music, lights, audience involvement, and flexiblity to accomodate our needs.
Services Used: DJ
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MaryKay
Wedding:
11/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Rick did an awsome job for our wedding, you were very professional and did a great job. My guest complemented us on the music and said that the music was just wonderful and that they had an awsome time. I would recommend Rick to anyone who needs a DJ for their special event.You were awsome Rick and would definitely want you again to be my DJ.
Services Used: DJ
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Justine
Wedding:
8/31/2012
5.0/5.0
The music was wonderful, it was exactly how I wanted it to be done. The entire crowd was up and dancing and everyone at my wedding thought he did a wonderful job. I plan on using Elite Celebration for all my events that i plan on having in the future.
Services Used: DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rick was the DJ for our Wedding on July 28, 2012. From the very moment we contacted him, he conducted himself in a very professional manner. Every time we contacted him, he was very quick to respond, and even sent us friendly reminders when deadlines were getting close. We were also able to checkout all his equipment and lights beforehand and even sampled some of the mixes and fades he is capable of doing. Rick did an amazing job sticking to our must play list and did not play any cheesy music. Rick also did our ceremony and cocktail hour music which was set up in three different locations. His flexibility and attention to detail in making our wedding such an amazing day was unprecedented. Again, Rick did awesome and we would recommend him to anyone.
Services Used: DJ
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Stephanie
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Rick DJ'd our wedding ceremony and reception and he was wonderful! We ran into a few electrical problems at first due to it being a backyard wedding, but Rick handled everything wonderfully. The music was great and the dance floor was packed the whole time!!! Once it got dark the lighting was really amazing...Thank you so much!!!
Services Used: DJ

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