Just Press Play Productions
Azar and John at Firehouse Chicago
September 9, 2018
Just Press Play delivered exactly what we were looking for. A simple setup with our own music.
We were able to stay hands-off, and trust our DJ, Nick, to keep the party going, and to bring
the next deadline/transition to our attention when necessary. Nick was helpful and flexible,
offering suggestions for setup and moving speakers for our indoor/outdoor events through the
night. I’d be happy to recommend Just Press Play.
Rebecca and Gregory at The Haight in Elgin
August 18, 2018
We had Alan for our MC and prepared our own playlists for him to use throughout our wedding. Alan got in touch with us a few days before to finalize some details, and proceeded to clarify questions the day of as they specifically applied to our event space. While our venue had promised WiFi to accommodate requests, we lost the connection part way through the ceremony. Alan was able to bring this to my attention quickly and quietly and we found a solution while continuing the night without a hitch. Very knowledgeable MC and was able to read the vibes of the night as we proceeded to keep the party going. Absolutely would recommend!
Brittany and Tyler at Morton Arboretum
July 1, 2018
We are so happy we chose Just Press Play for our wedding. Leading up to the event, Jeff was always quick to respond to my emails with questions and I felt like we were in good hands working with him and his team. The day of our wedding Miguel, our MC, setup all the equipment (in three different spaces!) and ran the event perfectly. I would not hesitate to recommend JPP they were an integral part of helping us realize our wedding vision.
Jenna and Roger at Hotel Indigo in Naperville
May 4, 2018
Hi guys, Just to let you know that I really want to thank you for your great job: Miguel was on time and delivered exactly what we needed. He was nice and accommodating, which I appreciated greatly.
Taylor and Sean at Independence Grove in Libertyville
May 26, 2018
This is the 5th time we have hired them and all we hear from our guests is best wedding music. They dont talk a whole bunch and just let the party go. If the song is a dud it gets faded out and the he keeps the party going. We have had Jeff the owner 4 x and a new guy (sorry cant remember the name) but he was great. Only critique would be maybe dress up a bit. Tuck in your shirt. But thats it - they are awesome. AND you cannot beat his prices!
Elise and Jose at the Four Points Mirage in Schiller Park
April 20, 2018
I had an amazing experience with Just Press Play Productions. My wedding day was absolutely perfect. Zach did a great job at playing the different types of music evenly, even when he wasn’t familiar with most of the songs. I would highly recommend them for your wedding or event!
Vinci and David at Gallery 1028 in Chicago
March 10, 2018
We rented audio equipment from Just Press Play for our wedding because we decided we didn’t want to go with a DJ or band and instead we wanted to make our own playlists. We also booked an MC with them to help with starting the ceremony and announcements throughout the evening.
We worked with Jeff during the whole wedding planning process, and he was very helpful and accommodating in providing us all the details and tips for making our own playlists. We were able to get a standard Bose speaker for the ceremony and reception, along with a mini speaker in the other room for cocktail hour. We also had a mic to use throughout the evening. All together, they had very competitive pricing for all the equipment we got for the night and their service was exceptional.
Nick, our MC, called us the week of the wedding to go through all the details and also the pronunciation of our names (which is not easy). He showed up 3 hours early at the venue to make sure that everything was set up correctly and to do a sound check. Everything went well and according to plan, and there were no bumps whatsoever. They made the whole process pretty stress free, and we would recommend them to anyone looking to forego a DJ or band for their event.
Jo Ann in Lincolnshire
October 13, 2017
I just want you to know how happy we all were with the great job that you did at Nicole's 40th surprise birthday party on Friday night. Your professionalism and dedication was noticed and much appreciated!! Everything went off just the way it was supposed to!!
It has been a pleasure working with Just Press Play! I was so happy that we all worked so well together!! I hope that we will be able to use your services in the future!! I would certainly recommend Just Press Play to anyone!!
Tyler and Angie at The University Club of Chicago
September 2, 2017
Just Press Play was the perfect option for our wedding. They filled our 25oo square foot reception hall with awesome music and managed the dance floor perfectly with music that my wife and I had assembled into a playlist beforehand. - Our MC Zach was awesome. He listened to our suggestions, played our music excellently. - Affordable and awesome experience!
Emily and Michael at Firehouse Chicago
September 16, 2017
Jeff and his team were wonderful. Jeff was very communicative and quick in his responses. He clearly knows what he is doing and his reliable team carries out your event exactly as planned. He was even able to accommodate a keyboard rental we added after our initial contract was signed. Miguel, our MC, reached out a few days before our event to introduce himself and ask questions to get a sense of our hopes for the evening. He curated the evening using our music and our guests had a wonderful time. He was able to troubleshoot and put together a seamless evening. I would highly recommend Just Press Play. They are affordable, professional, and worth every penny.
Angela with Chicago Bungalows at South Shore Cultural Center
July 19, 2017
All these good reviews are true! The reviews are why we decided to call Just Press Play Productions, and we had a great experience working with them that just proved all the positive feedback to be true. Prices are by far the most reasonable we came across. Jeff was very responsive and attentive, the most responsive and competent among sound companies we've tried to work with. Miguel, our Sound Specialist, was on time and made everything go smoothly. We will be using this company again!
Johanna at Heritage Prairie Farm
July 23, 2017
My husband really wanted to create our own playlist for the wedding. Just press play made that easy for us to do! This was so much better than booking a band or a DJ, and it was also nice to have the option of getting an MC to announce things like cake cutting. I highly recommend just press play for your wedding day!
Mark at Revolution Brewery
May 28, 2017
We used Just Press Play for our wedding reception at the suggestion by our wedding venue. We loved that we were able to create the entire playlist, playing only the music we wanted to hear that night. Also, we got a professional DJ, audio equipment, lights, and setup for less than what hiring a DJ for the night would've cost. Super easy to work with and left us with zero concerns on the big day. Would 100% recommend to anyone.
Zoe and Mitch at Heritage Prairie Farm
May 20, 2017
Working with Just Press Play was so easy. Our MC, Patrick, was really great, very easy to communicate with and he did a great job Mcing our wedding. We would definitely use them again!
Hena at Greenhouse Loft in Chicago
April 23, 2017
I used Just Press Play at my wedding in April, because as a music junkie I couldn't stand the idea of using a DJ who might play songs I didn't like! With Just Press Play, I was able to create my own playlist and use great sound equipment. All went smoothly!
Mike and Brian at Revolution Brewery in Chicago
March 18, 2017
This was so much better than I hoped. My friends and I are chronic music requesters. Jeff was awesome to work with and couldn't have been better at the event. He kept the dancefloor packed! I'm so glad I used them.
Rick Denton at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove
October 2, 2016
Very Affordable. More personalized Music Service. Jeff, our MC, was professional, flexible and fun! We originally wanted to have the ceremony outside with hopes the weather would clear, but it didn't. So Jeff quickly setup again in the reception hall. Very accommodating and helpful!
Katie at the Turnberry Country Club in Crystal Lake
October 1, 2016
We LOVED this vendor. Jeff responded to emails very quickly and was so accommodating with my many questions. Patrick was our DJ and he did a fantastic job. I couldn't have imagined it going better. These guys are the best!
Nikki Nino at Morton Arboretum
October 1, 2016
We Used Just Press Play for our wedding in October. It was an early afternoon reception with a morning ceremony. We made our playlists on our iPad. It was easy to do. Jeff gives you all kinds of tips and suggestions on how to do this. It was fun picking out our music. Alan was our Sound Specialist and MC. He was wonderful. He was professional and knew exactly what to do. All I had to do was hand over my playlists and Alan took over from there. He worked together with our photographer to coordinate music and photo moments. I would absolutely recommend Just Press Play.
Jen at A New Leaf in Chicago
September 10, 2016
Just Press Play was exactly what we needed- Jeff was really easy to work with, always quick to respond to emails and super organized (he sends you a detailed questionnaire a couple weeks before the wedding that was very helpful). Our day-of MC, Miguel, did a great job as well. Definitely worth the cost to hire an MC rather than ask one of our friends to man the music. I would highly recommend them to anyone!
Liz and Jake at Morton Arboretum
September 17, 2016
Just Press Play Productions allowed us the complete voice on what we were playing and having someone make sure it ran smoothly. I loved every minute of our wedding reception, music was seamless and the MC Alan was very helpful with the process. He was also funny, great and helpful on our special day. He worked well with us to keep everything as close to on time as possible to keep the day running smooth. I will definitely be recommending Just Press Play to everyone for their events.
Lydia at Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn
August 28, 2016
Seriously fantastic! What an affordable and reliable option for fantastic music. We were nervous about putting together our own playlists for the wedding, but Just Press Play provided great information for compiling awesome playlists and our DJ Patrick did an excellent job MC'ing for the evening. We had several compliments afterwards that the music was great and it was truly a team effort!
Wynnona at Morton Arboretum
July 31, 2016
Just Press Play Productions was prompt to answer any of my questions/concerns. Even after making several changes in the contract, Jeff was still patient with me and made sure all the alterations were recorded. On the day itself, I wasn't worried one bit about how the sound system set-up would turn out. Reliability and trust are guaranteed with this team. 10 of of 10. Would work with them again!!
Sung Eun Jung at the Quadrangle Club
July 17, 2016
Hiring Just Press Play was an excellent choice! All we did was create some playlists on our Spotify and our Sound Specialist/MC, Phil, played the songs in the order that he thought flowed best for the night. We have no regrets at all about choosing Just Press Play and would highly recommend them for a wedding DJ. You save so much more than a regular DJ and their service is spectacular.
Phil helped us with making all the important announcements as well and checked with us on how we wanted things to be done if we forgot to discuss in advance. I also appreciated the efforts at pronouncing some of our family names, which were challenging, but he did a great job!
Phil was Chill and yet meticulous. His choice in the order of songs to play for our dance time was absolutely perfect! After moving from the ceremony to the reception area, setting up speakers and other equipment took time. But Jeff had already given us the heads up about it before the event.
Other things we loved about Just Press Play:
-Flexibility in terms of deciding how the songs are played etc. and attentiveness as our MC kept checking to make sure things were done the right way.
-Jeff was always prompt with communicating with us during the whole process especially compared to the other vendors we had.
-Our MC Phil was on time and very careful to cater to our taste. Both his attitude and outfit were very professional. Really appreciated his formal attire.
Jacqui Neidhardt (Khatib) at Byron Colby Barn
June 18, 2016
After booking our wedding at the Byron Colby Barn, we began our search for various vendors. Just Press Play came highly recommended by the barn, our caterer and bartending service. After looking into their service, my fiance and I decided to go ahead and book Just Press Play. Our experience was wonderful! We experienced great customer service during the planning process and our MC, Alan, was amazing on the night of our wedding. He was organized and responsive. He definitely helped make our night special using the playlists we created. He was great at mixing the music and playing it in an order that kept the party going all night. We would definitely recommend Just Press Play for their great service and MC's!!
(I especially liked that we were able to make our own playlists and that we knew we would enjoy every song on our special day.)
Michelle and Nate at Old Orchard Country Club in Mt Prospect
May 7, 2016
Alan was absolutely perfect!! He kept everyone on the dance floor and we honestly couldn't thank him enough for helping make our night so perfect! Nate and I are soooooo happy!!
Cory at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake
October 17, 2015
We highly recommend Just Press Play after using them for our wedding. In the planning process Jeff was amazing. He always responded to my emails right away and was extremely helpful. Our mc, Phil, was great as well! Our dance floor was packed the entire night. We chose all of the songs ourselves but Phil did an excellent job mixing the songs to keep the dance party going strong!
Katie and Jason at Morton Arboretum
Just Press Play was just the right fit for our wedding! They provided simple, professional service and ensured the music equipment setup for our ceremony and reception were exactly what we envisioned. We definitely recommend them!
Kelly and Tyler in Lake Villa
From the get go, our experience working with Just Press Play was seamless and very professional. They paired us with a great DJ Alan that we loved. Alan was awesome, highly recommend him for future friends and family. Big fans of Just Press Play!
The Murphy's in Round Lake, IL
We wanted a Full DJ Service without the cost. Just Press Play gave us just that and more with our iPod DJ. Our MC made sure to help with the flow of all events whish is important. He was always a step ahead making sure to make our day run as we had planned.
Brandon from Chicago
Just Press Play took the guesswork and hassle out of the music and run of our event. We were happy knowing they were mixing the music we wanted while keeping us all on schedule.
Michelle from Catering By Michael's
From start to end the level of service is A#1. Friendly and thorough staff, on time, always delivers and takes the extra step.
Allison and Michael at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village
June 12, 2015
We hired Just Press Play for the ceremony and the reception and were very happy with them! Our DJ was Phil and he was AWESOME! We had very specific verbiage we asked him to use and specific rules about taking requests, etc. which he followed without a problem. He was so nice an attentive and made the night run smoothly for us. Definitely recommend!
South Loop Animal Hospital
I can't say anything but excellent things about Just Press Play. The Sound Specialist they sent was very professional, courteous and helpful. He arrived and I swear everything was setup up by the time I turned around! He gave me his personal contact info to reach him during the event if there were any issues. And he stayed close by the entire time. Highly professional and excellent quality of equipment. I would recommend Just Press Play to anyone!
Nora in Elburn
Alan and Jeff were so easy to work with. They're professional, yet very easy going and make you feel comfortable. During an extremely chaotic/stressful time with lots of decisions to make, they made me feel at ease.
Bryan at Morton Arboretum in Lisle
September 27, 2014
We booked Just Press Play Productions upon recommendation of one of our friends, and it turned out to be the biggest difference-maker of our event. At first, we thought, we only needed an iPod with our playlist. So we ordered that. Then we thought, "hey, we could use a wireless microphone for our toasts." So we tacked that on, too. And then we thought, "hey, they offer a DJ to man the music and playlists for the event at a very reasonable price. Why not add that on, too?" And that has made all the difference. A couple of weeks before the wedding, we came into contact with Jeff Ilardi from JPP Productions. We laid out every important detail about our event, and he took note of every scheduling minutiae. The two big impacts that Jeff and JPP Productions had was 1) Providing exactly the music we wanted, when we wanted, at the perfect volume 2) Often, during the event, Jeff would essentially become our on-site event coordinator, coming up to me and reminding me that "in one minute, you have your toasts coming up!" or "Did you want to cut your cake right now, as scheduled?" We found out that, during the wedding, it is too easy to lose track of time and timelines, and Jeff was absolutely professional and helpful with keeping everything on track all along the way. So, if you're considering hiring Just Press Play Productions for your event -- stop wondering and just book them. They will be responsive, prompt, and professional.
Angela at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake
June 29, 2014
Just Press Play Productions is PERFECT for all weddings! Jeff is very professional and timely in communication. He did a phenomenal job! You choose and provide all your own music - so you know it will be good. JPPP provides helpful guides on how to organize your playlists and a day-of order of events document, where you indicate how you want things announced/played/etc. I highly recommend JPPP!
Erica and Sean in Chicago
Just Press Play was EASY to work with, very communicative and was bale to give us exactly what we were looking for in terms of sound for our ceremony. Robert our MC was so helpful. He was great. It rained that morning so we had planned to have everything inside but it was sunny during our ceremony so we moved outside and he made it happen!
Kelley Shields in Chicago
Just Press Play was the perfect choice for my event. For an art opening I wanted background music to play from my computer through their speaker system. It was so easy and reasonably priced. The System sounded great. They set it up and took it down. It was perfect.
Jessica and Chris in Chicago
This is the ideal service. It made our wedding more personal to have our own music. I loved that we could select our own music and essentially just have JPP manage it!!
Carla in Lisle
This is a great option for "DJ'd Services." It is a bit labor intensive but in return you get to hear all of your favorite songs. We got everything together in 6 weeks, if you had more time this would be easier. Use Spotify, pay the $10/month and you will have just about every song at your fingertips. Really this is the only way to go!
Christina and Aaron in Arlington Heights
Just wanted to say that you guys did a great job. Through out the whole process, you were always so quick in responding to my emails and make me feel at ease. Our MC, Robert, was awesome too. He communicated well with Aaron and I and made sure everything was going great. Thank you so much!
Nikki Rudolph in Chicago
I am recommending JJP to my step sister who is getting married and I would to everyone else. No annoying blinking disco lights that make your venue look cheap and stupid. Simple set up that you barely see. So cost effective! You pick your music. JJP responded to questions quickly and with detail. I am so happy I decided not to go with the full on DJ service b/c JJP did it much better. I even used their MC which was perfect.
Pearson and Melissa in Oak Park
Just Press Play Productions was affordable and exactly what we were looking for! Just Press Play is perfect for those who want toput together their own playlist because it is so easy! Just hook up your computer and go! Couldn't have been better. JPP was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. They helped us figure out what was the best option for our event. We would definetely use JPP again!
Cathy in Schaumburg
Just Press Play Productions did a great job servicing my business networking groups holiday party in December, 2012. Jeff made contact with me months in advance...up to event date. Everything was great!
Mount Prospect Wedding
Just Press Play DJ'd our recent wedding. They were awesome! The MC did a fantastic job! He was friendly and so easy to work with! He did a wonderful job of playing music that kept everyone on the dance floor all night long! He also did a great job of fading out the music at just the right time for the ceremony. Jeff, the owner, was very easy to work with and quickly responded to all my emails and thoroughly answered all my questions. He also had great advice regarding how to make the playlists. He was also knowledgeable with what equipment I would need for the space and the number of guests. The music sounded great and the DJ was awesome...all at an affordable rate! I would highly recommend Just Press Play for any wedding or party!
Jill and Brad in Glenview
Great price, fair policies, excellent service. I don't know why there aren't more companies providing this type of service in an age where everyone has their own digital library of music and DJ chatter has become simply intolerable. I'm thrilled that we were able to work with Just Press Play for our wedding. Jeff, the owner, is wonderful. I swear he responded within half an hour to every email I sent. He was clear about our responsibilities and provided useful tips for creating our playlists. The day of our event, he was punctual (actually, I think he was early!), friendly, and efficient. I'll be honest. I miss him. Just Press Play is a diamond among the wedding industry rough.
Using Just Press Play was the best decision we made, as you get to pick all of your songs! We also opted to have lights, the MC, and gave him authority to shuffle the dance songs, which turned out to be great! We had so many compliments on our music and couldn't be happier. The MC option costs a little more, but is totally with it, as they do all the announcements for you. I would highly recommend them, to everyone, especially people that have a lot of songs they want to play. They are extremely reasonably priced, about 1/3 the cost of most DJs I got a quote from. Also, on the rsvp card, we put a line for a song request, and tried to put a good amount of those on the playlist-people get really excited when their song comes on!
Promontory Point Wedding
This service is for anyone who a) doesn't want to pay a fortune for a dj b) likes to hear their own music and c) doesn't want to hear or see a corny dj all night long who won't play their requests! Amazing service, just what we wanted. JPP provides all the music and hook ups. You supply the source (ipod, ipad, etc), you supply the playlist, and they supply everything else. This was perfect for our Promontory Point wedding in Chicago IL. Less than $700 and we had all the equipment and an emcee to announce us and all the other highlights of the night.
Meagan in Evanston
One of the best decisions I made for my wedding, besides the husband, was Just Press Play. So competitively priced and an wasy to use professional system. So much fun! I'll definitely use again and recommend.
Jackie and John in Palatine
JPP was the best decision we made, as we love music and didn't want the typical wedding music to be played. Not only did we get to play what we wanted, we got great service, a great MC, and so many compliments! Not to forget, though, JPP is ESTREMELY reasonable as far as pricing goes. JPP was very helpful with the planning of the playlist, and they really do a great job with going over the names, the collecting of songs, etc. I really can't say enough great things about them!
Jessica and Simon in Elmhurst, IL
We used Just Press Play Productions for our October 2011 wedding. At first we were skeptical, but after talking with Jeff all our fears went away. Jeff was wonderful to work with, very professional, and prompt with answering all of our inquiries. It was great to have the option and use our own IPod, pick our own music; while not having to worry to find a family member or friend to DJ the system. Our DJ Karl was also wonderful to work with! Karl was great with finding any music that we did not have that our guest's requested, he was prompt to our reception, and got the crowd excited with his announcements! We really enjoyed having Karl as our DJ! The only change I would have made is choosing the larger sound system. Even though our wedding reception was small (around 55 people), our family and friends are party goers and love to dance! The larger sound system is a better choice if you want to have clear sounding, nice and loud dance music! Thanks again Jeff and Karl!
Robert and Anne in Oak Park
Just Press Play was the answer to our wedding DJ prayers! We got to pick our music, and the DJ took care of the set up and equipment. JPP answered emails at the speed of light before the wedding. The day of our MC took care of us well and all our ceremony and reception music cues went perfectly. He got 1/2 instruction from the groom on what we wanted and it all came together. It's a great way to save money and get the music YOU want at your wedding.
Alexandra in Kildeer
JPP was by far the easiest of my vendors to work with. The pricing was reasonable, they responded promptly to all my inquiries, and delivered exactly as promised. I was worried that having an Ipod wedding would be a disaster... I've seen it go bad at other weddings. But with a professional sound system, light system and microphone, we had all the benefits of a DJ without the generic music or cheesy ad-libbing. We had a friend make the announcements for the bridal party entrance and first dance, and I announced the cake cutting, bouquet/garter toss myself! The dance floor was full all night, and we got to hear the indie music that we love. It was super fun and I would recommend a Just Press Play Ipod wedding to anyone who's planning a wedding!!!
Lindsey and Eric in Grayslake
JPP was very helpful in navigating our wedding. They kept everything on time. We enjoyed chosing all our music selection so there were no surprises in the middle of dancing the night away.
Maeve and Tony in Grayslake
JPP was very profesional and ensured that the tempo of the reception went according to plan. They were great and helped make our wedding awesome!
Priya and Jason in Barrington
JPP is a great way to save on DJ services if you have your own music. You can control the content and flow and JPP's MCs are very helpful and willing to accomodate. I would recommend them to anyone wanting to use an iPod DJ for their wedding reception.
Dan and Kelli in Lisle
Working with Just Press Play was the easiest part of our wedding. I am so glad we found JPP! From the outset, they were prompt in returning messages, patient and thorough in answering our questions, and totally professional in all our contact with them. I feel the service is VERY affordable for all they provide. The music at our wedding was exactly what we pictured, and our guests enjoyed it as well. I already recomended JPP to one friend and would not hesitate to recommend them to others. You can't go wrong with Just Press Play!
Michael and Allison in Geneva
This is the perfect music company for those who want to pick their own music for their reception. A very professional company to work with.
Brad in St. Charles
If I ever have a big party, or know someone that is having one, Just Press Play will be the first people I call. They were great to work with and just great people. It (the Sound System) was extremely easy to use, equipment arrived promptly and was taken away in the same manner.
Stephanie and Peter in Chicago
Jeff was a joy to work with because he is full of ideas in a non-pushy way. Whenever you ask him a question, he reiterates that it is "up to you but here are some suggestions." He is very responsive to emails and meets with you in person. He is incredibly flexible and just a great guy. Out of all of our vendors, he was the best to work with and he was HONEST which is not always the case in this industry. Everyone loved the music at our wedding and said it was the best they had ever heard. We got that compliment from several guests for half the price of a regular DJ...because of Jeff! His voice is perfect for emceeing and he kept our whole wedding on schedule even before the big day by helping us create a timeline! I plan on my marriage lasting forever, but if we ever have an event where we need a DJ I'm definitely giving Jeff a call. Why pay a guy to yell out to your crowd to do the YMCA or have your grandparents dance to rap songs? Give your list to Jeff instead and have a reception that everyone enjoys!! Thanks so much Jeff!!