Chicago Area Highest Rated Most Reviewed for 15 Years

Music By Design – Chicago Area’s Highest Rated Most Reviewed for 15 Years. Music By Design was announced a winner of the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® for fifteen consecutive years, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire.

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019

Music By Design named winner in The Knot Best of Weddings 2019

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019
Chicago, IL (November 29th, 2018) — Music By Design is pleased to announce they have been selected as a 2019 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section featured on The Knot. The Knot is the number-one wedding destination, most trusted by brides.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2019 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the best-of-the-best wedding resources. Whether they’re trying to find the wedding dress salon with the best service in Chicagoland, the most creative wedding photographers, top cake bakers or a chicago wedding dj, engaged couples across the country want the inside scoop on the best from real brides.

Music By Design is also included in The Knot Hall of Fame. Comprised of winners of the annual Best of Weddings, a by-brides-for-brides guide to the top wedding vendors in 80-plus cities across the U.S., the Hall of Fame inducts wedding vendors who have won four or more Best of Weddings awards. This honorable list of 331 inductees includes less than 2 percent of wedding professionals. Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019.

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Wedding Wire Couples Choice 2017

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2017

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2017
Music By Design, Ltd. Honored For Excellence With The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2017

Chicago, IL  – January 10, 2017 – WeddingWire, the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and event industry, announced Music By Design as a winner of the esteemed 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® for Disc Jockeys in Chicagoland!

The Couples’ Choice Awards recognize the top five percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. The prestigious awards are given to the top local wedding professionals across more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Music By Design. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“The Couples’ Choice Awards’ ninth year features one of the most impressive groups of dedicated and acclaimed wedding professionals yet,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “It is our honor to work with high-caliber merchants, such as Music By Design, who not only make a couple’s big day possible, but also contribute to the more than 2.5 million U.S. reviews represented on WeddingWire. We congratulate all of this year’s winners on their achievements.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Music By Design is highlighted on WeddingWire, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals in the U.S.

Music By Design is thrilled to be one of the top Wedding Experts in Chicagoland. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We truly value all of our clients and appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn a 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award.

For more information about Music By Design, please visit Music By Design Online.
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About WeddingWire, Inc.

WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers around the world are able to read over 3 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses globally. It provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 15 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including,, and more. The company employs more than 800 and maintains global headquarters in Washington, DC and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

Groomsmen at Work

When it comes to getting assistance from your bridal party, chances are that the bridesmaids are pulling more weight than the groomsmen. The ladies are the ones you go to for advice on the dress, help with the flowers, and input on the centerpieces. The men, on the other hand, usually manage to skirt by doing little more than throwing a wild bachelor party. If you’re looking for extra help or ways to get the groomsmen more involved in the wedding planning, here are a few simple tasks to send their way…

Heavy Lifting: There are always going to be things that need to be lifted, moved, hauled, carried, or set up. Put your guys to work helping with the set-up and teardown of some of the wedding events. Whether you need a tent assembled for the engagement party, tables moved around for the rehearsal dinner, or chairs set up for ceremony, don’t be afraid to ask the groomsmen to put in a few hours of manual labor to save the expense of hiring workers.

Transportation: Out-of-town guests and family members will need to be driven to and from the airport, carted around between wedding events, and often taken to run last-minute errands. Employ your trustiest groomsmen to serve as chauffeurs for out-of-towners.

Ushering: Save yourself the hassle of finding a few good men to serve as ushers and have the groomsmen pull double-duty on your big day. The guys should be waiting in the foyer of the ceremony site to usher guests to their seats (and to the proper side of the church or hall).

Tux Selection: It’s obviously the guys’ responsibility to be fitted for their tuxes, but, assuming you trust their taste, they can also help out with the tux selection. Let the men have a day out together to shop for suits and tuxedos and help the groom choose an appropriate style for the wedding.

Bachelor Party: Of course the main objective of most groomsmen and the bestman is to plan an unforgettable bachelor party, so this task shouldn’t take any arm-twisting. With that said, it’s important that the groomsmen know it’s their responsibility and that they understand the wishes, desires, and schedule of the groom when planning.

Crowd Control: The groomsmen can be extremely helpful with managing the crowd of wedding guests at the ceremony and reception. Entrust the guys with the task of helping a milling crowd filter out of the church in a timely manner or ensuring that everyone finds their appropriate seats at the reception. The groomsmen can also help gather the guests together for the send-off after the service or reception.

Beyond Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

First Dance Nerves

So you love music, and you already have your favorite songs picked out to play at your reception. But there’s one problem. When there’s music, there’s usually dancing, and that terrifies you. Just the thought of the first dance has you shaking at the knees!

If that scenario sounds familiar, here are a few tips for you.

Identify what terrifies you and rationalize.

Maybe you’re just scared of dancing in front of people. If so, think about it rationally; you’ll be newlyweds! No one is looking to laugh at you or judge your dancing skills. They’ll be too caught up in how happy you two look together. If necessary, plan to dance with your eyes closed, and share your fear with your fiancé so you can support each other.

Take a dance class

Maybe you’re just nervous because you’re not used to dancing. If that’s the case, get yourself and your fiancé along to a dance class. There are group lessons or one-on-one lessons that you can partake in, to learn the moves. The more you practice, the less nervous you’ll be, and the more people you’ll impress with those steps! Be sure to check out Arthur Murray Dance Studio for your lessons.

Get people to join in

While the first dance is a pretty traditional part of a wedding, it’s up to you how closely you follow tradition. If you hate the attention, feel free to invite the rest of the wedding party up to dance a minute or two into the song, so that you don’t have to be in the spotlight the whole time. Here is a first dance mashup remixed by Music By Design.

Don’t take yourself too seriously

Have a sense of humor about it, and just have fun. Dancing is not supposed to be terrifying or add to wedding day stress. Just relax and keep it simple. Talk to your new spouse while you’re dancing, and laugh it off if toes or dresses get stepped on! If you stop worrying about what others will think and just have a good time, then you’ll forget you were even nervous in the first place.

Nix the dancing

This seems like drastic action, but not necessarily, depending on your style of wedding. If you have an occasion that’s more relaxed and laidback, you might find that many people are happy listening to music in the background and chatting with friends and family instead of dancing. If you don’t make a big deal about it, chances are no one will even notice if this traditional feature was skipped. If you don’t want to skip it, sneak a first dance unannounced to your guests, and don’t feel pressured to have your wedding dominated by the dance floor.

Here is another idea…have a “couples dance” dedicated to all the couples from the bride and groom. This dance can start off the dancing (after dinner) and will ease the pressure.

Customer Feedback

Event Date: Sunday, October 10, 2010
Event Location: Bartlett Hills Country Club
Event Type: Wedding
Event Staff: Tony

Quality of Customer Service via Telephone: Good
Quality of Customer Service via Internet: Superior
Quality of Customer Service at Event: Superior
Overall Customer Service: Good
Friendliness of Your DJ: Superior
Promptness of Your DJ: Superior
Professionalism of Your DJ: Superior
Appearance of DJ: Superior
Sound Quality: Superior
Overall Volume Levels: Superior
Music Selection: Superior
Incorporation of Your Requests: Superior
Lighting Effects: Superior
Equipment Appearance: Superior
Planning Assistance: Superior
DJ's Cooperation With Other Vendors: Good
Value for Cost: Superior
Overall Performance Rating: Superior

Is there anything specific we can improve on?

No everything was great.

Additional comments or suggestions?

Hands down Tony did an amazing job. He did what we wanted and asked and even more.

Would you recommend our service to others? Yes
May we share your comments with others? Yes
May we add you to our list of references? No

Name: Brittany Tompkins