Toast & Jam is a professional wedding DJ company based in Chicago, Illinois. This team of talented DJs is honored to play at weddings and other special life events. They find excitement in crafting customized playlists for couples' special day. The team understands that your wedding day is about you. They will strive to bring life to the party while ensuring that you remain the focal point.
Toast & Jam carefully curates every playlist to ensure that all songs are well-timed and the party is continuous. Each of their wedding collections includes an initial consultation, MC services, microphones, and a sound/PA system. The DJs are skilled at reading the energy of a crowd, and they endeavor to play songs that will keep everyone entertained. Their vast repertoire includes electronic, hip-hop, indie, jazz, oldies, rock, and pop genres. Couples who choose this entertainment business can avail of the following services:
324 Reviews for Toast & Jam
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Samantha Reed · Getting married on 10/02/2021
Small wedding, huge party!
Chris from Toast and Jam was the absolute best! We went back and forth about whether to have a band or DJ, and having Chris as our DJ ended up being the best decision we could have made. We had a small wedding of 65 guests, but we still wanted to make sure it was a raging party. Working with Chris was super easy and fun--he brought a great energy to the process and made us feel at ease. My husband and I have pretty wide-ranging musical interests, and Chris made sure to incorporate them while also tailoring the music to the energy of the room. Chris not only created a great party, he also did a fantastic job providing sound for the ceremony (he even brought his own DI for a family member to perform a song during the ceremony). From the second dinner ended, the dance floor was full and stayed that way all night--we didn't want it to ever be over! People continue to talk about how great the music was, and we couldn't be happier.Sent on 03/21/2020
Brooke Thornton · Married on 08/29/2020
The absolute best!
I can’t say enough good things about Rachel, Kate and Toast & Jam! They made our teeny little wedding so much fun, and music is so important to us - and it was spot on! Our ceremony was perfect, the sound system was flawless, and the reception was the best! We would recommend them to anyone!Sent on 09/05/2020
Sara Barnowski · Married on 05/05/2020
Rachel from Toast & Jam was amazing
Toast & Jam is a wonderful company to work with for DJ services. My (now) husband and I worked specifically with Rachel Karlic, who was absolutely amazing. She was friendly and responsive and open to us incorporating some unconventional and original music into our wedding. She met with us on several occasions leading up to our wedding and made sure she knew our taste and our concept for the wedding. And on the day-of she executed perfectly; everyone was on the dance floor for the whole night, which was exactly what we wanted. It was amazing to see Rachel dancing along to the music as well. It was so much fun and we received countless compliments on the night. Rachel was definitely instrumental in that.Sent on 05/27/2019
We have a new crop of DJs who have just finished their training period with Toast & Jam and are now booking their own solo events. For the last year they have been shadowing my most experienced DJs at weddings and events all over the city.
Since they are the latest and greatest DJs on staff, we are offering their services a really reduced rate- up to 25% off of our regular rate for up to six consecutive hours of performance, including cocktails, dinner and dance sets. (We can also do your ceremony if it’s onsite - and mic that officiant!). Exclusions apply.
Team of Toast & Jam
DJ Mary Nisi
Fed up with the cheesy antics and shameless self-promotion of typical wedding disc jockeys, Mary Nisi founded Toast and Jam in 2005 based on the idea that brides, grooms and guests should be entertained, not overshadowed. Music-obsessed since childhood, Mary got her start in radio at WLUW in Chicago where she deejayed the Monday morning drive for nearly a decade. She’s deejayed at numerous spots around Chicago including The Whistler, Danny's, Schuba's, The Burlington, Delilah's and Smashing Time, the legendary Saturday night dance party at The Hideout, as well as abroad at All Tomorrow's Parties, the celebrated music festival in Camber Sands, England. She is a founding member of the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) and the CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights, runs the CHIRP Music Quiz and currently hosts "The Noonday Underground" on Mondays from noon to 3pm on CHIRPradio.org. A graduate of DePaul University and a native of Omaha, Nebraska, Mary has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, Chicago Public Radio, Daily Candy, CS Brides, The Knot, Brides Chicago, Martha Stewart Weddings and TimeOut Chicago. She and her husband John live in Logan Square with two cats and an astounding number of single-purpose kitchen utensils. In 2014, Mary gave birth to the cutest, smiley-est baby in the history of mankind and named him Sebastian. He enjoys winning staring contests, crushing it on the playground and, much to his mother’s chagrin, seemingly loves “The Chicken Dance.” He is likely to someday find the cure for cancer. He has also been to more rock shows than most adults.
DJ Norah is a jack of all creative trades. She deejayed clubs and played keyboard in a band called Headache City before she found her musical calling with Toast & Jam. She once ran a craft fair and later worked at a chic modern furniture store (she has a soft spot for mid-century modern pieces and dreams of someday owning a Saarinen Womb Chair). Her most recent creative passion has been making elaborate costumes for her two kids - she's turned her daughter into David Bowie, Colonel Sanders and Steve Martin from “The Jerk”, among others. Last Halloween, the whole family went as Ghostbusters characters, and this year, Norah will transform her brood into the cast of Golden Girls. Norah’s just as creative with her dancefloor playlists as she is with her costume concepts. She is taking care of business M-F, in charge of scheduling, client services and lots of other important stuff. But, if you happen to need Blanche Devereaux to DJ your wedding, who ya gonna call?
PRONOUNS: SHE / HER OR THEY / THEM
Alice was born in the 90s, although you wouldn’t guess it by the looks of her closet, her record collection or band’s set list, which are solidly 60s. Alice’s treasure-trove of polyester dresses, corduroy bell bottoms, silk scarves and groovy vinyl has grown so extensive that she now has a side gig selling vintage clothing and records online. She plays guitar and sings in Thee Casual Hex, a psychedelic revival band that has played at The Hideout and Schuba’s and recently cut its first EP. And while much of this gal’s life lives like a time capsule, it doesn’t stop Alice from thinking about the future. She’s big into astrology, meal prep (fixing up food for the week ahead), and practicing vegan recipes for future dinner parties. She has lots of some-day plans, which include learning how to build guitar effects pedals and getting into audio engineering. Alice startedplaying violin at the age of 8 and majored in music composition at Columbia College, so clearly her present-day interests have been influenced by bygone pursuits.
Toast & Jam is one of the only DJ companies I ever recommend. They know how to keep the party going and all of their DJs are awesome to work with. You will love having them at your wedding!
Best DJs in the 'biz!
Michelle Durpetti Events LOVES working with the talented and personable members of the Toast & Jam DJ's! They consistently have fantastic customer service, enthusiasm and positive attitudes and are always a pleasure to have as part of the team of vendors bringing an event or wedding to life! We whole heartedly suggest Toast & Jam for your next wedding or event!