Jake and Elsa
Ignite Glass Studio
When planning our wedding we started making lists of DJs we were going to meet with. The first scheduled was with Norah and it was about five minutes in I knew we would cancel our other meetings. Whether it was discussing the, ‘feel’ of cocktail hour or discussing our, ‘must plays’ Norah was on the same page as us from Jump Street. From the moment the first song started to the end of the night I lost count of the amount of people who came up to us to compliment the job she was doing. We can not recommend Norah and Toast and Jam enough – she made one of the biggest days of our lives even more memorable.
Molly & Jack
Palos Country Club
Elle Rose Photo
We rang in the New Year with Emily from Toast & Jam and could not have had a better experience! Our wedding excitement didn't hit us until after our first meeting with Emily. Talking through our favorite songs, our first dances, and all the crowd pleasers, we knew we would be throwing a great NYE wedding for all of our guests! The dance floor was full the entire night and our guests are still saying what a great party it was and how great the music was! It was an unforgettable night, and we owe so much of that to Emily at Toast & Jam!
Katherine & Trevor
Mission Hills Country Club, Northbrook IL
Friends First Photography
We used Toast and Jam for our wedding in August of this year, and were paired up with our DJ Norah, who was fantastic from our first meeting all the way through to the end of our wedding night. On our first consult with her, she was super professional, and approachable, had a great collection of music styles to choose from. She was instantly able to get a really good idea of the music styles we were looking for, (and even a no-play list for songs we didn't want) We had a fairly atypical wedding, both in the music selection and the timeline of the event. Norah was fantastic at incorporating all of our music style requests including some traditional Polish pop songs, and traditional Assyrian middle eastern songs for our families. In addition, she worked with us on a custom timeline for our evening that included small dance breaks between each meal course, and a variety of slow and fast dance music throughout the night. Her sense of timing, and picking just the right songs to match the mood of the room and dance floor was perfect. Getting specific song requests to her in advance was a breeze, and she got to every request we asked for over the course of the evening. We could not have asked for a friendlier, more helpful, or more talented DJ than Norah, and we we heard from many guests after the fact how much fun they had at our wedding and how much they enjoyed the music selection. We can't thank her enough for helping to make our wedding fantastic. If Norah and the Toast and Jam team are available for your wedding, book her!! You won't regret it!
BROCK AND BETH
Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago
Karin CRUSHED the DJ game at our wedding!! The dance floor was packed the entire night, not a dull moment, and everybody raved about how much fun they had dancing! It would not have been possible without Karin. When we started planning our wedding, we had no idea where to start when it came to picking a DJ, but we are so glad that we picked Toast & Jam. Karin was amazing to work with, and we loved every second of the music during our reception! We can't thank you guys enough!
Katie & Mike Miller
Caitlin Lisa Photography
You guys. Our wedding would not have complete without the incredibly talented team at Toast & Jam. DJ Karin took our chaotic, jumbled vision and created a musical masterpiece. She totally understood our taste in music and crafted an evening of dancing our guests won’t soon forget. Seriously, I’ve never seen so much dancing in my life. I was easily one of the most unorganized brides ever, but Karin helped keep the evening running smoothly and didn’t miss a beat (pun intended). Thank you for an unforgettable night!
Kelly & Kyle
We hired Toast & Jam for our wedding out near St. Charles in November and everything was terrific! Norah and Bonnie were great at the reception making sure all the songs for the particular parts (cake cutting, father-daughter dance, etc...) went smoothly. The playlists for the cocktail hour and dancing were great. Norah worked with us to make sure we had any particular songs we needed to hear but also filled in the gaps so it was easy for us.
Ryan and Paul
The Joinery, Chicago
We learned about Toast and Jam through friends who had booked them for their wedding, and though their big day hadn't come, were very enthusiastic about the preparation and attention to the couples music interests. It's been 2 months since our big day and I can say, unequivocally, this is the BEST DJ COMPANY in Chicago. We were fortunate enough to have DJ Norah! She met with us well before our wedding day, provided us with T&J's comprehensive playlist packet (intended to guide music selection/style for each individual wedding), and really got a sense of what we wanted for our wedding and the social environment we wanted to create. More than that, she really bonded with us--we definitely consider her a friend and someone with whom we would gladly get beers on a Friday night! The entire evening came together just as we intended and DJ Norah exceeded all of our expectations. Our guests continue to gush over how much fun the wedding was and what an amazing dance playlist DJ Norah put together. She was spot on with the songs we absolutely wanted to hear and left out the riffraff! She MC'd the night with professionalism and energy, never missing a cue or mispronouncing a name. She delivered exactly what we were hoping to hear, see and feel with our loved ones. What sets T&J apart is their attention to detail--playing songs that get all of your guests moving, baby boomers included, and avoiding the cheesy songs that are far too overplayed and make you slowly saunter to the bathroom for an extended break. Their equipment/speakers are top of the line and they take care of all of your audio/mic needs. Lastly, they are comprehensive, taking care of all of your MC needs without the famous, annoying DJ cliches. We recently went to our friend's wedding who had recommended T&J to us and, not surprisingly, the night was just as great a hit! If you're thinking of going with any other DJ companies, think again! I can't imagine another company that can provide the quality and level of service that Toast and Jam provides. And to that end, pick DJ Norah! She's truly the best!
Meghann & Naveen
Emily was amazing! About 10 minutes in to my first meeting with her I knew we were in good hands. She understood our music taste and read our guests as well. Everyone was on the dance floor! It was the most I’ve ever danced at a wedding, and it was my own! Emily was organized, prepared, responsive and such a pleasure to work with. She truly made our wedding evening a blast! I cannot recommend Emily and Toast & Jam enough!
Alicia & Jim Smigiel
Chevy Chase Country Club
Jennifer Jackson Photography
Jim & I knew we wanted to use Toast & Jam before we even got engaged. We loved what they were about (no nonsense music) and that they would listen to what WE wanted and not so much our guests (no offense, guys). I didn't want them requesting songs and I didn't want specific songs played. Karin did an amazing job mixing it up and reading the crowd - everybody continues to talk about how good the music was, & honestly, if a wedding has a good DJ then it'll be a good wedding. Music has to be on point or the wedding will be a dud. Loved working with you, Karin!
Lindsay and Nicholas Camarella
Ruth Lake Country Club
Norah Utley was our DJ for our wedding day on June 24th, 2017. I can not begin to express the fantastic job that Norah did. She is extremely professional, personal and had many fantastic ideas for songs to incorporate into our wedding reception. What separates Norah from other DJs, was her ability to truly listen to what we were looking for with song choices. My husband and I took a moment during our reception to see everyone celebrating on the dance floor and it brought tears to our eyes. Our dance floor was packed all night long and even my husband's eighty year old Grandma was shaking her grove thang! Thank you so much Norah for making our wedding day so special and a party of a lifetime!