Stacy Raker and Mike Howlett
The Palmer House Hilton Chicago
Doug McGoldrick Photography
Norah kept the dance floor full ALL NIGHT LONG and I had to give her some kudos! She did a fabulous job of mixing our very eclectic music choices to keep our families and friends jamming late into the night. She made this night so special and fun for my husband and I as well as our guests. She had a fantastic knack for knowing just which song to play when, for going with the flow when we changed our plans and even deftly handled tough family situations with ease and a comforting touch. She carefully curated the list of songs to reflect what we had requested and was able to accommodate a guest singer during the ceremony and timed our processional perfectly with multiple music selections to be played at various times. Our guests loved her fun and playful nature and enjoyed bantering with her to get their wacky requests played. Norah literally made our day - it would not have been the same without her. We didn't have to worry about a thing and people are still raving about the party. Thanks to Norah and Toast and Jam!
Lindsey + Lisa
Adam Novak Photography
When we were looking for a DJ, my spouse and I were worried that our request only to play music made by women at our wedding would be met with skepticism. During our first meeting with Emily, we found out that she studied women in music for her graduate degree and she seemed genuinely stoked to be working within our parameters. If there is such a thing as wedding DJ kismet, this was it. Every part of working with Emily felt special, even though we were planning our Chicago wedding from Washington, D.C. Emily was communicative, intuitive, well-organized, huh-larious, and so knowledgeable about music from every genre imaginable. She deftly managed the flow of the ceremony and reception and we felt comfortable knowing that she was running the show. Toast & Jam made it easy to pay for everything, and the sweaty guests on the dance floor at the end of the night were a testament to how worthwhile the service was. Emily is an incredible talent and Toast & Jam has a good thing going. You will not regret booking them!
Kierstn & Josh
Sullivan & Sullivan Photography
I can not gush enough about Toast and Jam, and Shannon in particular! The company made booking our wedding DJ super easy and convenient. We were assigned Shannon to work with, and I could not have been happier! She was so fun to work with, and extremely accommodating. She was so great with facilitating all of the different parts of the wedding like the bridal party introductions, bouquet toss, etc. She was absolutely perfect in sensing when a good time for a slow song was, and when it was time to dance! We got a ton of compliments on the music, and everyone at the reception had a great time. Thank you to Shannon and everyone at Toast and Jam!
Catherine and Daniel
Mid America Club
Kat Eye Studios
From our initial meeting, Norah made us feel comfortable and excited about our wedding. She had a wonderful blend of professionalism and fun that was exactly what we were looking for. Norah made me feel comfortable, too, when the answer to what kind of music do you like was “exclusively 90’s pop.” We really struggled with the songs to choose for our first dance, processional, recessional, and parent dances. Norah was patient and helpful as we tried to make these very important decisions. The father-daughter song that I chose was fairly obscure, and Norah worked hard to find it. She set realistic expectations of whether or not she would be able to make it happen, and in the end, she did! During the wedding, the dance floor was always packed. She even came up to us toward the end of the night to let us know about how many songs we had left to go and to make sure that we got to hear everything we wanted (which we already had because she had done such an amazing job with our request list). Something that really stood out to us as we worked with Nora was how helpful she was in all aspects of the planning. She was a great resource for any questions that we had and we felt like we could bounce ideas off of her. We were partners planning together and that made a huge difference. Everyone, including my very particular father, spoke very highly of her after the wedding and have commented about how great the DJ was at our wedding in the months since. We would highly recommend Nora! She’s fantastic!
Jeremy & Steven
Jeremy Lawson Photography
Tabitha!!! We could not have asked for a better person to bring our special even to life!!! We cannot recommend Tabitha enough. Our wedding was at the MCA in Chicago - on two different levels in three different spaces. Tabitha was super accommodating in making suggestions on how to manage the entertainment for the multiple spaces in a way that ensure our guests would be happy and in a way that offered us value. During the planning process we had specific requests which were always honored, but she also made great suggestions for playlists and genres of music based on our preferences. In the end - the wedding was a fantastic event - the dance floor was always crowded and everyone had a GREAT time; Tabitha definitely left the guests wanting more!. Two weeks later we are still getting complements specifically about Tabitha and her DJ abilities. We can confidently recommend her to you for your event.
Mark & Michaela
City View Loft
Anna Zajac Photography
Emily was fantastic to work with! In our meetings leading up to the wedding she was very collaborative and made sure that our musical tastes were incorporated into the plan for the big day. On the day of, the dance floor was packed the entire night! We wanted to make sure that EVERYONE danced and Emily did an incredible job of reading the room and playing the right song at the right moment to keep the crowd moving. We highly recommend Toast & Jam!
Rachel and Jack
We booked Toast and Jam for our January wedding at Belly Q. After meeting with our AMAZING DJ Karin, the decision was easy. We had multiple friends use the company for their weddings and had had a blast dancing the night away. Our wedding was no exception! I spent the entire night on the dance floor! Karin was great to work with. She made the process easy, asked the right questions and made sure the night went off without a hitch! I can not recommend Karin enough!
JAM (Justin & Maggie)
Butterfield Country Club
DJ Jess was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was responsive to our requests and laid out a great way to run a reception, not just the dancing component. I would highly recommend her, let alone Toast & Jam, for any wedding or event.
Laura & Bryan
Chicago History Museum
Lindsey Kay Photography
My husband and I decided we needed to have Shannon from Toast & Jam as our DJ over two years before our wedding (even before we were engaged!) when we attended our friends’ wedding that she was working and had the best time dancing all night. We had the same experience at our own wedding and were so happy we chose to work with Shannon. We met with her two times prior to the wedding so she could get to know us and we felt really comfortable with her from the beginning. We didn’t give her too much direction with specific requests, but she still managed to play music that we loved and keep our guests on the dance floor. There were so many moments when I was off doing something else when I had to run back to the dance floor because she was playing the perfect song. Even when we had a last minute request to change the last song of the night, she stayed calm and was quick to suggest an alternate. Overall, working with her was awesome and we would definitely choose her to DJ another event for us or recommend her to others.
Jon and Katie Cordell
We can't say enough good things about Emily! My wife and I are from out of town and did most of our planning via e-mail/facetime. Emily was great and accommodated every request. She read the floor, the room and vibe and kept everything going all night. Even those who normally wouldn't find their way to a dance floor were having a blast! Great company to work with, e-mail responses were prompt and she worked around our (ridiculous) schedule. Also the comfort of knowing there's a whole team of DJs in the background just in case something happened was reassuring. Loved our experience, had a blast and can't thank Emily enough.