New Trier High School Takeover 2015

This year marks year 4 that Charizma will join forces with New Trier High School for probably one of the most insanely fun school dances this side of the Mississippi. Everyone is decked out, dressed to impress and ready to have a blast, including us! If you haven’t taken the time to check out the video above… do so now… we’ll wait.

2 DJs, 1 MC, a live band, and probably the most technologically advanced lighting setup to ever be constructed at a high school. On Sunday May 31st, Charizma Entertainment and New Trier High School will make history. Again.

Ashley & PJ’s Wedding

Charizma Entertainment is back again at Beau Jolie, but this time in the Chocolate Room for Ashley and PJ’s wedding! The room was absolutely stunning, the guests were all excited and the energy was electric. When we met with the couple before the wedding they were very specific about wanting to create an authentic, soulful vibe for their friends and family because they were both so into music. We knew a fun blend of soul and rock would be the key to victory for everyone at the event. For any DJ / MC the challenge is always to make sure everyone’s musical taste is being accommodated, and when Ashley and PJ said “Marz gets us… Charizma knows what a wedding needs to be, they feel the vibe and really make sure the clientele knows whats going on” … We knew we nailed it. We have always been believers of ‘Spontaneous Perfection’ – that feeling of living in the moment and making sure its absolutely perfect, which is why we work so hard to make it a reality for our clients. When we are able to look around a room and see 10 year olds, 30 year olds and 70 year olds all dancing with huge smiles on their faces, we know we’ve spread the message correctly. It is this notion that keeps us going, and keeps people coming back. We wish Ashley and PJ all the best – the wedding was a knockout and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store. Make sure you check out the video! Thank you for visiting the Charizma Family.

3rd Annual Resurrection High School Jr. Prom!

The time has come once again for Charizma and Resurrection High School to team up for our 3rd annual Jr. Prom! We’ll be loading up the truck with photo booths, uplights and tons of DJ gear to make this party even more amazing than last year! If you haven’t checked out the video yet, make sure you give it a watch!

Every year before party time, we head over to Resurrection High to meet with all the girls to talk about music. Because this is an all girls Catholic school, we always want to make sure that the party (and music) are within the bounds of the administration and the values that they hold. We make sure the music they are asking us to play is appropriate and ‘radio friendly’. Asking the girls to help us create playlists is a great way to get everyone involved so it feels like their party as much as it is ours. Since school parties generally rely ONLY on music selection, it must be perfect.

We are truly honored to be doing this event for the 3rd year in a row – we always have a great time with these kids, and it’s good to know they have a great time, too. Victoria in the Park is a beautiful venue, big enough for everyone to dance freely, but intimate enough to create just the right mood. Last year was a great year for dance music and we are super excited to have a blast this year!

Traditional Thai Wedding

This week, you’ll get an inside glimpse on what goes into a traditional Thai wedding. Marz and the Charizma crew traveled to Victoria’s Beau Jolie Grand Ballroom for Josh and Wisa’s special day. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful – the guests were all smiles and taking tons of pictures as rings were exchanged, followed by a traditional Thai water ceremony. If you don’t know about the water ceremony, in Thai culture its technically the most important part of the wedding. This is the time where the couple actually becomes husband and wife. Each of the elder guests approach the water pouring table and offer kind words as they pour holy water from a conch shell over the bride and groom’s hands.

From there, the celebration was moved into the Grand Ballroom where friends and family were treated to traditional Thai dancing, incredible food, and of course, a night to remember. For this wedding, Charizma provided uplighting for the room, a photo booth for guests to have fun, DJ entertainment, and a custom monogram written in Thai that was shined on the dance floor. We played traditional Thai music as everyone danced and smiled, then had some fun with the American classics to finish off the night. Josh and Wisa were ecstatic!
This was Charizma’s first traditional Thai wedding and it was an absolute blast. We love learning  about and engaging in new cultural experiences and really getting a feel for how it all works. We pride ourselves on our ability to keep with tradition but still make it fun for everyone. We truly hope that we will get to experience another Thai wedding in the future!

A Quinceanera Celebration with Charizma

One of the coolest things about being in the event and entertainment business is no two events are ever the same. In essence, a mitzvah is a mitzvah and a wedding is a wedding, but each party has its own unique personality and character that is never duplicated. In addition, each group of people we have the pleasure of interacting with have their own set of traditions and ways of doing things that are special to them and very special to us. We pride ourselves on the ability to adapt to all of these situations and provide our clients and friends with our brand of Spontaneous Perfection no matter what.

The Charizma crew had the pleasure of traveling to the Crowne Plaza Chicago Northbrook for a quinceanera, and it was nothing short of amazing. The room was electric, and everyone had smiles on their faces as traditional dancing and music happened all around. For this event, we provided a custom monogram for the dance floor, beautiful drapery around the room, incredible uplighting and of course DJ entertainment. As you’ll see in the video above, uplighting is a great way to really make your room come alive and interact with the music. When its a slow song, the lights scroll through colors slowly and completely change the feeling of the room, and when it’s everyones favorite dance song, the room explodes with vibrant colors and turns the energy all the way up.

No matter what event you have in store, Charizma is here to make it happen – from super traditional to ultra casual, we have a blast and make sure you do, too. We specialize in preserving traditions and taking the weight off of your shoulders so you can sit back and enjoy the incredible party that’s in front of you. If you’re considering entertainment for your next event, we truly appreciate you considering our family at Charizma.

Lake Forrest Country Day School’s Father / Daughter Dance

The time has come yet again for Charizma to take part in the Lake Forrest Country Day School’s annual father / daughter dance! We love doing this event year after year because seeing the relationship between a father and his daughter is something that seriously pulls on the heart strings. Men dress their best for the little ladies in their lives, dancing and smiling in the moment – we wouldn’t miss that for the world (especially when the dads dance to Taylor Swift just to put a smile on their daughter’s face)

This year’s dance was Renaissance themed, and it was nothing short of a spectacle. There were entertainers dressed to impress everywhere (including Marz) doing flips, playing songs and putting smiles on faces. The reason we like themed parties so much is because it gives everyone a middle ground to really show off personal creativity – headbands, traditional hats, ruffles and tights – the whole nine yards!

Make sure you check out the video above to get a better feel for why we care so much about this event. Also, feel free to contact us regarding any questions about an event you may be having – we’d be happy to help in any way we can.

As always, we know you have a choice when it comes to entertainment, and we truly thank you for considering Charizma.

Charizma rocks the Kanter family for a 2nd time!

Marz and the Charizma crew headed out to Ivanhoe Country Club in Mundelein for Hailey Kanters Bat Mitzvah! This was the 2nd party Charizma has done for the Kanter family and it was an absolute blast. Seeing the same faces of friends and family again years later is always a great feeling when joining a family for a special celebration. We started off the night with a little cocktail hour trivia to see how well Hailey’s friends knew her, then we moved it into the main room where we had the music pumping and the uplights shining. We’re not trying to sell you on an uplighting package, but it REALLY does make a huge difference. Having the ability to transform the mood and color of a room with a single click is truly something that will make your event that much more memorable.

For this event, a lot of the friends and family that came from out of town were from the Southern parts of the US so our music choices definitely had to be on point. We played a lot of country favorites and everyone had a great time singing and dancing along – there’s nothing a country crowd likes more than singing, thats for sure! The kids and adults were all super fun – we would do parties with the Kanter family over and over and over again.

We know you have a choice when it comes to entertainment, so we thank you for taking the time to check out Charizma and read our blog – make sure you inquire about our services for your next party, we promise you won’t be disappointed!

Marz has a blast at Amanda and Randy’s wedding

“I am now with the girl of my dreams… and the DJ of my dreams” – What a night it was with Amanda and Randy! Marz and the Charizma crew headed out armed with a custom funky mix and a trunk full of LED uplights and simply transformed the room into a full blown party. The bride, groom and guests were thrilled beyond belief and danced the night away until someone had to kick them out! Like every bride before the big day, Amanda had a million things going through her mind, and it was our true pleasure to put her at ease so all she had to do was sit back and enjoy the celebration. Like we tell all of our couples – Our job is to make it feel like you’re a guest at your own event. We don’t want you worrying about ANYTHING other than having the time of your life. Then after its all said and done, you are able to look back and say “wow, that wedding was spectacular” – spontaneous perfection… it’s what we do. Make sure you take some advice from Amanda and Randy and give us a call – we’d be delighted to be part of your special day, and we think you’d feel the same about us. We know you always have a choice when it comes to entertainment, and we thank you deeply for choosing Charizma!

Marz Rocks Christine and Ryan’s Wedding

Anybody who attends a wedding, whether its the guests, wedding party, catering staff, photographer, DJ… they all hope for one thing: fun. Christine and Ryan’s wedding definitely didn’t lack anything in that category!

When Marz headed out to Metropolis Ballroom in Arlington Heights to set up, he was really surprised by how spacious and beautiful the room was. That evening, Charizma provided a photo booth and DJ entertainment to maximize the fun, and the guests weren’t disappointed – all night everyone was up on their feet with huge smiles on their faces.

As you’ll see in the video, beautiful bride Christine started off the evening wearing her gorgeous, full length wedding dress, then after all the ‘traditional’ wedding fair, she changed into a little white party dress so she could move a little more on the dance floor! Typically, you won’t see this happening at a wedding, but we’ve seen it happening more and more this year especially with younger couples who really want to make sure they have a good time and nobody is stepping on (and possibly destroying) the beautiful traditional ceremony dress.

We know you have a choice when it comes to entertainment, and as always, we thank you for taking the time to check us out online and read the blog! If you’re considering booking entertainment for your next event – look no further – you’ve got Charizma.

Arianna brings Charizma to Molly and Jeremy’s wedding

Molly and Jeremy had to make a million and one decisions before they said “I do” – Where should the reception be? What kind of food should we serve? What colors? What sights? What sounds? Luckily for us, the LAST thing they had to worry about was the entertainment for the evening. Arianna rocked out at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Illinois for a beautiful night to remember. The crowd was electric and full of energy, and deserved nothing but the best Charizma has to offer. The room was warm and beautiful, the guests were smiling and happy, and most importantly, Molly and Jeremy were nothing short of blown away.

If you’re planning on getting married, or know someone who is, make sure to suggest Belvedere Banquets as a party destination, and of course, Charizma as the entertainment! (only if you want a fantastic party, of course)

We know you always have a choice when it comes to entertainment, and reading blogs, so we thank you from the bottom of our collective hearts for choosing Charizma! We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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