Interactive Female DJ in Philadelphia, NYC, DC, Maryland, San Diego, LA, Puerto Rico

Best Fashion DesignersMichelle Lee known as, DeeJay Shelly, is an international, female DJ. She specializes in playing music for large and diverse audiences.

DeeJay Shelly works with top names in the industry such as; The Philadelphia Flyers Charities, bareMinerals NYC, and MGM National Harbor.

In the past, DeeJay Shelly has also performed at events for Betsey Johnson and David Tutera. She’s also been a spokesperson for The Pocono Mountains adventure races.

If you’re looking for a fun, exciting, and interactive female DJ, or spokesperson, DeeJay Shelly is the one for you!

 

 

 

Female DJ for Betsey Johnson clothing launch

DJ for over 5k guests at the Flyers Wive’s Carnival 

DJ For MGM National Harbor Pizza Palooza

Fun & Exciting Parties 

James Bond Themed Mitzvahs

Unique Theme Events 

Dance Parties 

DJ for bareMinerals product launch in NYC

Adventure Races in the Pocono Mountains

Puerto Rico Events

Unique Weddings in Philadelphia: Pafa Weddings

This is “The Love List” by our female wedding DJ, DeeJay Shelly & wedding photographer Stephanie Nolt. Combined we have over 30 years experience in the wedding industry. We want to be the resource for our newly engaged couples! As experts in the industry, we thought we’d share our list of favorite WEDDING VENUES with you. Each Wednesday, we’ll feature one venue we love. If you visit one of our featured venues, please let them know we referred you!

This week’s review? PAFA! Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

What we love…

  • Two unique buildings available for rental! The Historic Landmark building and the Samuel M.V. Hamilton building. 
  • The History! It’s America’s first art museum and first art school!
  • Your rental fee dollars help fulfill PAFA’s mission of educating tomorrow’s artists.

 

 

 

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Look & Feel:

Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building – Sophisticated, urban, loft

Historical Landmark Building – Stunning architecture 

Location: Center City Philadelphia

LGBT Friendly: Yes!

Outside Ceremony: There is outside space that is open and can be tented. However, I urge you to take a look inside the Historic Landmark building. You may decide the best ceremony option is inside!

Staff & Service: Very Friendly & Accommodating

First Impressions:

      Historic Landmark building: You just walked into the 1800’s and you arrived as royalty! 

      Samuel M.V. Hamilton building: Free flowing open space, modern, sophisticated, art gallery.

Parking: Ask you event planner for details.

Hotels Close By: Numerous premier hotels within walking distance.

Corporate Meeting Planners: Perfect for a corporate gala, or a VIP cocktail party. 

Michelle Lee’s Summary:

Are you having trouble deciding between a modern sophisticated wedding, or the magical old world? Do you think finding a venue which could offer both is just a dream? It’s not. I’m about to pleasantly awaken you to PAFA. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has not one, but two unique buildings available for your big day!

One step inside the Historic Landmark building and you’ll feel like the stress of today’s world just disappeared. You’ve arrived to your royal castle. What is there to worry about? UH OH. I forgot. There is that one daunting task… where to take your wedding photos?! With all of the amazing photo opps, you’ll want to book your photographer the extra hour – or two! 

In The Samuel M.V. Hamilton building, you and your guests will love exploring unique art pieces, while sipping on delicious cocktails and dining on one-of-a-kind cuisine. The ceiling to floor windows overlooking North Broad street provide the perfect city backdrop, including a view of city hall.  

If a historic Philadelphia museum, with an unique mix of the old world and modern city life, seems perfect for your wedding, schedule your visit to Pafa today!

For more information, and to rent these unique venue spaces at PAFA, you can contact:

Kate Young
Venue Sales Manager 

Email: KYoung@pafa.org

 

For the photo gallery and rental capacities, you can visit their website: Pafa.org.

We hope you enjoyed this week’s Wedding Venue Wednesday Review! Thanks for reading! – Michelle Lee (aka DeeJay Shelly)

After performing as the DJ for Pafa’s Spring Mixer last year, I received this amazing review. Thanks Pafa!

– Michelle Lee (aka DeeJay Shelly).

“Words I use to describe DJ Shelly / Michelle Lee Entertainment; Stunning!  Fabulous! Professional! Amazing!.. just to name a few.  I was beyond ecstatic with the amount of accolades and positive feedback I received regarding DJ Shelly’s performance at my event. The music she selected fit the event perfectly. She knew how to best read the audience and keep the energy upbeat and professional. If you haven’t already booked DJ Shelly what in the world are you waiting for? Do you want your boss to compliment your successes? Do you want your guests to have an incredible event experience?  Then put Michelle Lee Entertainment on your speed dial now!”

– Don Blyler III, previous venue sales manager at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Photo gallery by Stephanie Nolt:

Corporate Reviews

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“I am so glad Gina found you! You are the perfect fit for our brand. You added so much energy and excitement to the event”

– Dawn Costello, bare Minerals District Manager, Metro New York & New Jersey

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“Mario said you were AMAZING throughout the entire event. We received such positive feedback regarding your energy and music from our last event that we’d love to have you back for our next event series!”

– Gina Chang, bare Minerals Corporate Event Planner  

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“Hey ECE Team! I have to share this.  DJ Shelly is, far and away, THE BEST DJ I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. She goes above and beyond and is WORTH EVERY PENNY. I just received this review from my client, ‘Everyone has been raving about her! They loved her music, style and personality! They thought she added so much to the party! My New York and Baltimore friends all want to use her, so I have given out your contact info to them.  She was absolutely perfect!’ Nuff said. Book her with confidence. Shelly is the BOMB!!” – Rob Cross, East Coast Entertainment – Washington DC.

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“We LOVED having DeeJay Shelly as the DJ & MC for our event. She was FABULOUS!” – Denise Sullivan, Development Director for the Philadelphia Flyers Charities – Toyota Flyers Charity Classic RUN/WALK/BIKE 2017).

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“She will go ABOVE and BEYOND to make you feel like you’re her only client and will prioritize your event as if it were her own!”

– Erin Crofchick – President Elect, International Live Events Association Philadelphia Chapter

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“This amazing lady grasped our concept and ran with it. I cannot thank her enough for helping create a SUCCESSFUL, CLASSY, and FUN event!” – Allery Elder, Director of Special Events for Philadelphia Area Chapter Meeting Planners International (PAMPI)

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“Betsey Johnson herself approved DJ Shelley (Michelle Lee) for this event and said she’s the PERFECT female DJ. They’re so glad I found her! DJ DeeJay Shelly was the PERFECT CHOICE if I do say so myself! She ADDED SO MUCH to the day!” – Mary Jane Event Planner Lord & Taylor.

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“We LOVED You!” – Micah Jesse (Betsey Johnson’s personal MC).

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“Michelle Lee was AWESOME last night! We had a blast on the dance floor thanks to her contagious energy and song selections! Our only complaint is that next year we may need a bigger dance floor!” – Young Audiences – Denyce Myslon, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

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“We’re so excited to book Shelly! Her and her team always bring a happy & fun vibe to every event!” – Kate, event planner with Linder and Associates Washington, DC – Corporate Gala at the Warner Theatre Atrium.

Palomar Weddings Philadelphia

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This is “The Love List” by our female wedding DJ, DeeJay Shelly & The Michelle Lee Entertainment team! Combined we have over 30 years experience in the wedding industry. We want to be the resource for our newly engaged couples! As experts in the industry, we thought we’d share our list of favorite WEDDING VENUES with you. Each Wednesday we’ll feature one venue we love. If you visit one of our featured venues, please let them know we referred you! Thank you – Michelle Lee (DeeJay Shelly)

This week’s review: Palomar Philadelphia

What we love…

1) Unique decor! You’ll find this venue is ALIVE with “Art in Motion.”

2) Comforting vibes. It’s your home away from home!

3) Incredible city skyline views!

Palomar Check List!

Look & Feel: Artsy and trendy with a warm, cozy feel 

Location: Historic center city – one block from Rittenhouse Square

LGBT Friendly: Yes! The Palomar is dedicated to making everyone feel at home. 

Ceremony options:  YES! You have the top two floors (24th and 25th) as your private event space with amazing city skyline vieBest LGBT Weddingsws!

Staff & Service: Extremely friendly and accomodating – starting with the valet!

First Impressions: Did someone build this hotel just for me? If you love art, you’ll feel the same way!

Parking: Same day parking is discounted for special events!

Hotels Close By: It is a hotel!

Michelle Lee’s summary:

What is most important to you when looking for the perfect venue for your wedding? Excellent customer service? Exceptional cuisine? A piece of history? A place where your guest can enjoy Palomar Philadelphiaunique pieces of art? Amazing city line views? What if I told you there’s one place in Philadelphia where you could find all of the above?

The Kimpton brand is known for exquisite, historic and unique venues. I can tell you first hand, they didn’t settle for less with the Palomar Philadelphia.

As I drove up to the Palomar valet, I was greeted with warm welcome smiles from their valet staff. I thought to myself, “Wait a minute… I didn’t even step inside the venue and I already feel welcome?”  – HUGE.

Next, I entered the lobby. I immediately felt it was my “home away from home.” A projected TV screen on a gorgeous marble wall, cozy couches, and unique art pieces. Ok. I’ll come clean. I don’t have the marble wall.

If you follow me on social media, you know I love music and art. I was so impressed with the art pieces displayed at this venue. I learned the Palomar’s passion is “Art in Motion.” The works they display aren’t the kind you look at and move on – at least not for me. I became intrigued. “Where did it come from? Who created this?”

History buff? The Kimpton brand prides itself in finding unique, historic buildings and restoring them to the astonishing beauties they once were.

Foodie? Me too. I had THE BEST piece of Salmon I’ve ever had dining at Square 1682. I’m a pescatarian. Pretty much wraps up that section.

Views? If Philadelphia city line views are important to you – visit Palomar!

Your wedding venue is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make for your big day. I don’t expect you to go by my review alone. I will however encourage you to take a visit to Palomar. If you liked my review, it could be the the perfect place for your wedding.

Contact their Director of Catering, Gary Ted Abramson, for a site tour. Happy wedding planning!

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

117 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Tel     1 215 525 9509

Fax    1 215 525 9494

Eml   Gary.Abramson@hotelpalomar.com

 

New Year’s Eve Recap from the Sagamore Pendry!

Sagamore Pendry Baltimore Wishing everyone a great 2018 filled with lots of music 🎶 , dancing and fun!

This New Year’s Eve we flew into the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore to perform our “DJ and Bongos!”

Rod and I were so happy to play for such a fun crowd! It was the perfect start to the new year!

For more information about our unique DJ band, visit, DeeJay Shelly’s DJ and Instruments webpage.

Thank you to EastCoast Entertainment for booking us at the fabulous Sagamore Pendry Baltimore! The CEO of Under Armour, Kevin Plank, partnered with Pendry hotels to open up this gorgeous new hotel in the Baltimore harbor area. If you haven’t been there yet, we highly recommend a visit!

This new hot spot is an upscale, trendy hotel and lounge. We found their staff to be extremely friendly and accommodating. Rod and I can’t wait to go back this summer to check out their pool on the harbor!

 

Special thanks to amazing bongo player, Rod Gross, and my cousins for joining me for this super fab party! 2018 is looking GOOD so far!

How to Hire a Wedding DJ

Female DJ Are you a newly engaged couple looking to hire a DJ, or band for your big day? For some of you it may be the first time hiring a DJ for an event (not to mention, one of the most important events of your life). So when hiring a DJ, what questions do you ask? How do you know if they are the right DJ for your wedding?

Throughout my DJ career, I’ve DJ’d hundreds of weddings. I’ve also performed for wedding shows, including David Tutera’s, “Your Wedding Experience Philadelphia” and The Rainbow Wedding Network. One thing I found, is many couples have no idea what questions to

ask when considering a DJ, or band, for their wedding. I decide to write this blog to hopefully help newly engaged couples find the best entertainment for their big day!

“No doubt about it: MUSIC can MAKE or BREAK a wedding celebration. It’s the HEART andSOUL of a reception and can send your guests home with happy feet — or pained grimaces! The fact that you want to hire a talented band or fleet-fingered DJ is a given.” – By Lori Seto The Knot.

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When hiring a DJ, it’s important for you to ask questions! This way, you can determine if they are the right fit for you.

If you already have a DJ in mind, how far in advance should you book them? Most DJs book anywhere from six months to two years in advance depending on the demand for their services, dates, and locations. Saturday nights are especially sought after and book up quickly. “In most parts of the country… June, August, September, October are the most popular” – TheKnot.com. The demand for these favorable dates also causes the prices during these prime seasons to be higher. If you’re searching for the perfect DJ for your big day, hopefully my questionnaire below can help!

DeeJay Shelly’s Top 25 Questions to ask your DJ

1. What makes your wedding services different from the rest? Rachael C Photography

2. Do you have a website and/or videos from past events?

3. What are your wedding packages & pricing? Are there any additi

onal fees?

4. Do you carry liability insurance? If so, how much? (Most venues require liability insurance. Some require policies as high as $2M).

5. How many years have you been in business? And/or how long has your suggested DJ been in the industry?

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6. Can you provide referrals?

7. Is a face to face meeting with my DJ included?

8. How many DJs/MCs are included in my quote? What is the role of each DJ/MC?

9. Is lighting included? If so, what kind? If not, what is the up charge?

10. Who is the DJ for my wedding? If my DJ is replaced by someone else, how far in advance am I notified?

11. Is all set up, break down and travel included in my price?

12. Do you take requests? Do you play all of the requests you receive?

13. Can you give me an example of an uncomfortable situation at a we

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dding and how you were able to troubleshoot it?

14. Can you give me an example of how you go above and beyon

d for the weddings you DJ?

15. Do you have a set playlist for the reception, or do you decide on the music as you go?

16. How extensive is your music library? If you don’t have a particular song, can you downloaded it on the spot?

17. Do you carry backup equipment with you to every event?

18. What type of equipment do you use?

19. What does your set up look like?

20. How do you control the sound level at your events?

21. How do you make a wedding special?

22. How do you get the guests excited for the reception?

23. Do you mix live at your events, or do you pre-record your mixes?

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24. Can you provide referrals and/or reviews about your services?

25. Do you provide microphones for the ceremony/reception? Are they included?

There may not be a right or wrong way to answer some of these questio

ns. What they may help you determine is if

a particular DJ is a good fit for your wedding. To find out how our team answers these questions, contact us today!

What’s hot in wedding entertainment?

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I hope this week’s wedding blog was helpful for you! If so, don’t forget

to join me here every “Wedding Wednesday!” Happy Wedding Planning! – Michelle Lee (aka DeeJay Shelly).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia Style Magazine’s Holiday Party 2017

DeeJay Shelly PHILADELPHIA STYLE MAGAZINE’S 2018 HOLIDAY PARTY – Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia.

As a female DJ who loves fashion, I couldn’t wait to fly in to DJ this super stylish party! Before this amazing event, I had to visit my fashionista, Connie, VP Touché Accessories in the King of Prussia mall. All of their dresses are flown in from Paris! I love French fashion! I knew Connie would help me find the perfect design to wear with my gold wings!

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Thank you Philadelphia Style Magazine and my agent, Laura Nikolich, with ECE, for booking me to DJ this super chic party!Thank you @ritzcarltonphiladelphia for their amazing hospitality!

Special thanks to Nathan Barta for helping me with my DJ set up featuring my new Pioneer DDJ-SX2 DJ Controller, and new uplighting to enhance my show! If you’d like to watch my un-boxing of my new controller, or footage from my other events, visit the Sounds By Shelly YouTube Channel. 

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Below is a quick video highlight taken on my iPhone both from my dressing room, and the party. Once I put on this great blue/green dress to go with my gold wings, I had to start filming! I hope you enjoy!  Photo gallery also below. I hope to see you at the next Philadelphia Style Magazine event! – Michelle Lee (aka DeeJay Shelly)

 

 

 

What are the challenges of being a female DJ?

What are the challenges of being a female DJ? Finding dresses! Luckily, I consulted an expert fashionista in the industry – Connie Alexandrian McDonnell, the VP of Touche Accessories!

I am so excited to DJ for Philadelphia Style Magazine’s holiday party this month! I’m trying to find the perfect dress! Which one do you like? Stay tuned here and on my social media where I’ll bring you along to this “Who’s Who” Philly event! On another note….

One of the biggest questions I get from people is, “What are the challenges of being a female DJ?” While dress shopping for big events is one of them, that’s not the biggest one! The biggest challenge is getting people to believe I’m the DJ! I’ve actually had to ask my guy DJ techs not to stand next to me while I DJ! Its seriously so bizarre! Even if guests see me with the bright red headphones and using my controller, they will still refer to the guys on my team as “the DJ!” At one event I even had a guest ask me, “Are you the event planner?” – And you know I was wearing my RED HEADPHONES! LOL I couldn’t help but to giggle!

The next biggest challenge? Wearing heels for 4-5 hrs straight during an event! Many girls come up to me and ask me how/why I do it. The reason is, I market myself as Modern, Exciting, and Different. It’s very important to go along with however you’re branding yourself, which believe it or not, includes your dress. Which is why when my agent booked me to DJ for Philadelphia Style Magazine’s holiday party, I went straight to my fashionista! Touche Accessories in the KOP mall. They have all of their dresses shipped in from Paris! Connie Alexandrian McDonnell, their VP, is an expert in fashion! I was not about to go anywhere else! This party is known for their attendees being the “Who’s Who” of Philadelphia. Not too mention, their the biggest Style Magazine in Philly. So you know I have to look magnifique! Let me know which one you think I should wear!

The other challenge of being a female DJ? You probably guessed! Lugging around the DJ equipment! Most companies are making DJ equipment lighter for all of us DJs, which is soooo great! I do try to stay in shape, so I can pretty much carry all of my equipment. However, I can barely lift my small flight case (that I am currently using for all my XLRs and large cables), and I definitely can not lift my monster case.

Regardless your gender, if you’re a DJ, what challenges are you facing, or have you faced during your career?

As always! Thanks for watching! Coming soon… I brought a new DJ controller!!! I’m going to make a video taking you through my journey of my search for the perfect controller and why I bought the one I did! – Michelle Lee (aka DeeJay Shelly)