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Special Occasion Events INC

Chicago, Illinois, Cook

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‘21 Certificate of Excellence, 2021

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Special Occasion Events is you premiere one stop shop as we provide the following resources for your event!

Wedding Planners
DJ Service
Photography
VideoGraphy
Master of Ceremonies(Emcee)
Uplighting
Photobooth Services

We provide you with great 5 Star quality and we take every client with sincere and great Hospitality.

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18 October 2021

Rick did an amazing job. We can't thank him enough for his enthusiasm and professionalism during our wedding day. Everybody loved his style and passion as a MC. Definitely a night to remember! Thank you again!! - Best and Brian More...

24 September 2021

There are no words to describe the atmosphere at our wedding! DJ Rick went above and beyond anything I could have dreamt up. Weeks after our wedding, people in our community are still talking about how great Rick and Co. were at our reception. I am so thankful he was available and HIGHLY RECOMMEND him to anyone with a special event coming up. More...

25 August 2021

Rico was such a pleasure to work with! He helped make out wedding day so much fun and kept the flow of events going. Rico is fun, funny, and has great energy. All of our guests loved him!

29 July 2021

As a wedding planner Rico was a pleasure to work with. He was beyond fun and outgoing which made an eventful evening for the wedding couple. If you want to make your guest laugh and have a blast then Rico is the emcee for your event. More...

Reviewed on Thumbtack

28 July 2021

Thank you so much for making our wedding a day to remember.....the way you pumped up the crowd and helped with everything you did such a amazing job and thank you so much. ..... You really know what you are doing More...

29 June 2021

Reviewed on Facebook

17 June 2021

I recently had the pleasure to work with Rick Mangram and his team, I have to say it was a lot of fun!
As a wedding planner I certainly appreciate the professionalism and flexibility of other vendors to make sure the day runs smoothly and couples + guests are well taken care of.
Rick was not only an amazing entertainer, but also extremely easy to work with.
I certainly look forward to working with Special Occasion Events again very soon!
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Reviewed on Thumbtack

18 May 2021

Rick and his team did an amazing job as the MC/DJ's for our wedding! They ensured everything ran smoothly and everyone had a blast. Rick is also very responsive and a pleasure to work with. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a DJ and/or MC! More...

18 May 2021

Rick and his team did an amazing job as the MC/DJ's for our wedding! They ensured everything ran smoothly and everyone had a blast. Rick is also very responsive and a pleasure to work with. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a DJ and/or MC! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

18 May 2021

Rick and his team did an amazing job as the MC/DJ's for our wedding! They ensured everything ran smoothly and everyone had a blast. Rick is also very responsive and a pleasure to work with. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a DJ and/or MC! More...

Reviewed on Thumbtack

7 April 2021

My husband and I hands down recommend this service for a DJ! They are energetic, fun, and my family and friends all ask about them. They even them for their own weddings! They will not disappoint! More...

7 April 2021

My husband and I hands down recommend this service for a DJ! They are energetic, fun, and my family and friends all ask about them. They even them for their own weddings! They will not disappoint! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

7 April 2021

My husband and I hands down recommend this service for a DJ! They were fun, energetic, and all of our family and friends asked about them and even want them for their own weddings! Trust us, they will not disappoint!! More...

Reviewed on Thumbtack

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8 November 2020

DJ

Rick!!!!!! 
I seriously can't thank you enough! I'm receiving so many compliments about you and your awesome DJ! There's no wedding without you guys!  
That's it we're bonded for life whether you like it or not!
Your energy was fantastic, and DJ saved My Life.... I believe that's a song LOL 
Never lose that incredible spirit it's definitely contagious 🙂
From your sister from another mister!
Most Sincerely,
Carol Y
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8 November 2020

Rick!!!!!! 

I seriously can't thank you enough! I'm receiving so many compliments about you and your awesome DJ! There's no wedding without you guys!  

That's it we're bonded for life whether you like it or not!

Your energy was fantastic, and DJ saved My Life.... I believe that's a song LOL 

Never lose that incredible spirit it's definitely contagious 🙂

From your sister from another mister!

Most Sincerely,

Carol Y
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Reviewed on Thumbtack

17 August 2020

Working with Rico for our wedding reception was one of our best decisions. From planning the timeline to music selection, to final walk through, he made the experience painless and not overwhelming. Then at the reception his emcee magic at providing the perfect energy throughout the night is amazing! We received many compliments from our guests for Rico and his DJ. His warm and sincere friendly, energetic personality, and his amazing talents as an emcee, DJ, and dancer made for an unforgettable experience for everyone attending. We give the highest recommendation possible for Special Occasion Events Inc.! More...

17 August 2020

Working with Rico for our wedding reception was one of our best decisions. From planning the timeline to music selection, to final walk through, he made the experience painless and not overwhelming. Then at the reception his emcee magic at providing the perfect energy throughout the night is amazing! We received many compliments from our guests for Rico and his DJ. His warm and sincere friendly, energetic personality, and his amazing talents as an emcee, DJ, and dancer made for an unforgettable experience for everyone attending. We give the highest recommendation possible for Special Occasion Events Inc.! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

17 August 2020

Working with Rico for our wedding reception was one of our best decisions. From planning the timeline to music selection, to final walk through, he made the experience painless and not overwhelming. Then at the reception his emcee magic at providing the perfect energy throughout the night is amazing! We received many compliments from our guests for Rico and his DJ. His warm and sincere friendly, energetic personality, and his amazing talents as an emcee, DJ, and dancer made for an unforgettable experience for everyone attending. We give the highest recommendation possible for Special Occasion Events Inc.! More...

Reviewed on Thumbtack

7 November 2019

Best MC I could ever ask for ! Rico is your hype man and life of the party ! He made sure me and my husband had our time to shine ! Highly recommend

10 October 2019

If you are planning a party and want people to have an amazing and unforgettable time you HAVE TO hire Rico. He was just a great MC! He kept people dancing and having fun during the entire night. He also did a special salsa dance with my wife (it was her surprise bday party) that she will remember forever! More...

10 October 2019

If you are planning a party and want people to have an amazing and unforgettable time you HAVE TO hire Rico. He was just a great MC! He kept people dancing and having fun during the entire night. He also did a special salsa dance with my wife (it was her surprise bday party) that she will remember forever! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

26 September 2019

We hired Valerie to be our Day of Coordinator for our wedding and she helped in assisting in our final setup. Val was great in making sure we took care of every detail and helped us line the timeline up accordingly. On the day of the wedding, she was great! She was there anytime we needed something and helped with little issues so we didn't have to deal with them. Val was exactly what we were looking for! More...

26 September 2019

We hired Valerie to be our Day of Coordinator for our wedding and she helped in assisting in our final setup. Val was great in making sure we took care of every detail and helped us line the timeline up accordingly. On the day of the wedding, she was great! She was there anytime we needed something and helped with little issues so we didn't have to deal with them. Val was exactly what we were looking for! More...

Reviewed on Better Business Bureau

23 September 2019

Working with Rick and Special Occasion Events for our wedding was easily one of the best things about the event! Music was on point. Rick was incredible at keeping the energy up! Would HIGHLY recommend! More...

16 September 2019

BEST EXPERIENCE EVER!

If you do not hire Special Occasion Events for your DJ, MC & Photography needs, you are going to be missing out on the best event, ever!

My wife and I knew right when we met Rick (Our MC) that he was going to make our wedding the best party of the century! He exceeded that!

Rick was there for us for 13 months before the wedding all the way to midnight and beyond. We were always in contact with his team and he pretty much organized our entire wedding for us. He took all of our stress away from us and worked with ALL of our venders beautifully. The MC and the DJ had the dance floor FULLY PACKED THE ENTIRE NIGHT!!! People were still dancing when the venue was kicking us all out!

I wish we had enough words to describe how amazing Special Occasion Events was, but there simply aren’t enough words in the English language to do them justice.
All I can say is, Hire them and see for yourself. You will not regret it!

To the Special Occasion Events team, thank you for giving my wife and me the best day of our lives.
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16 September 2019

BEST EXPERIENCE EVER! If you do not hire Special Occasion Events for your DJ, MC & Photography needs, you are going to be missing out on the best event, ever! My wife and I knew right when we met Rick (Our MC) that he was going to make our wedding the best party of the century! He exceeded that! Rick was there for us for 13 months before the wedding all the way to midnight and beyond. We were always in contact with his team and he pretty much organized our entire wedding for us. He took all of our stress away from us and worked with ALL of our venders beautifully. The MC and the DJ had the dance floor FULLY PACKED THE ENTIRE NIGHT!!! People were still dancing when the venue was kicking us all out! I wish we had enough words to describe how amazing Special Occasion Events was, but there simply aren’t enough words in the English language to do them justice. All I can say is, Hire them and see for yourself. You will not regret it! To the Special Occasion Events team, thank you for giving my wife and me the best day of our lives. More...

Reviewed on Better Business Bureau

6 September 2019

Rico No Suave was great working with! I was amazed on how great he talk and motivated the people to dance and participate in a party a year before my niece's sweet 16 and I asked the DJ I need to hire him for my party! So yes that happen! I love the way he took his role very serious yet very fun, always on time and ready to get my kids to get it moving and feeling motivated! Always had great ideas and his character and his way to talk was great, easy to understand and comprehend! Thank you so much for everything you did in my niece's party! We all love our experience with you! More...

6 September 2019

Rico No Suave was great working with! I was amazed on how great he talk and motivated the people to dance and participate in a party a year before my niece's sweet 16 and I asked the DJ I need to hire him for my party! So yes that happen! I love the way he took his role very serious yet very fun, always on time and ready to get my kids to get it moving and feeling motivated! Always had great ideas and his character and his way to talk was great, easy to understand and comprehend! Thank you so much for everything you did in my niece's party! We all love our experience with you! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

17 August 2019

DJ Rico Mangram is a man who knows how to host any event in mind. He is a cool cat and steady at the wheel.

Reviewed on Facebook

11 August 2019

I highly recommend Rico! I hired him to choreograph the surprise dance for my daughters Quinceanera in July 2019 - and I was beyond pleased with his work. He was professional at all times and made my daughter and her friends feel confident in the performance. Rico was enthusiastic and I will be recommending him and Special Occasion Events to anyone needing similar services. More...

11 August 2019

I highly recommend Rico! I hired him to choreograph the surprise dance for my daughters Quinceanera in July 2019 - and I was beyond pleased with his work. He was professional at all times and made my daughter and her friends feel confident in the performance. Rico was enthusiastic and I will be recommending him and Special Occasion Events to anyone needing similar services. More...

Reviewed on Better Business Bureau

9 July 2019

Rick and Maggie are the best! We hired Special Occasion Events for day-of wedding coordination, and we couldn't be happier with our decision. Rick and Maggie had a plan from our very first meeting (almost a year before our wedding day), and they helped us structure our wedding every step of the way. They went far beyond simple "day-of" coordination, and they were there to help us at every step in our journey. Rick has a charismatic personality that makes him an excellent planner: he was great at getting everyone excited about the wedding day. Maggie is also fun and outgoing, and she is superbly organized. We didn't have to worry about vendor organization or timelines on our wedding day; my husband and I were able to relax and enjoy ourselves knowing that Maggie and Rick had everything under control. On top of everything else, we were able to entrust Rick with the set-up of some of our most personal details - we provided photos and candles, and Rick was able to arrange a beautiful memorial table for us. We have nothing but great things to say about Special Occasion Events, and we would recommend them to anyone getting married in Chicago! More...

9 July 2019

We hired Rick and his team to provide Emcee and DJ service for our wedding and honestly couldn't have wished for better. Rick was incredible in every aspect, he kept the wedding running flawlessly, while at the same time ensuring that the attention was in the right place. Every single person that we have spoken to since the wedding mention how incredible Rick was, I can't thank him enough. I will be actively recommending Rick and his team to anyone and everyone and have already passed his info onto a few people that attended the wedding that have said they want to book him for any event they're doing. Anyone looking for an emcee and DJ service for their wedding or event should definitely book Rick and his team quickly to be sure he's available as I'm sure he will be in high demand! Thanks Rick and team, you truly made our wedding an amazing day! More...

9 July 2019

We hired Rick and his team to provide Emcee and DJ service for our wedding and honestly couldn't have wished for better. Rick was incredible in every aspect, he kept the wedding running flawlessly, while at the same time ensuring that the attention was in the right place. Every single person that we have spoken to since the wedding mention how incredible Rick was, I can't thank him enough. I will be actively recommending Rick and his team to anyone and everyone and have already passed his info onto a few people that attended the wedding that have said they want to book him for any event they're doing. Anyone looking for an emcee and DJ service for their wedding or event should definitely book Rick and his team quickly to be sure he's available as I'm sure he will be in high demand! Thanks Rick and team, you truly made our wedding an amazing day! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

9 July 2019

Rick and Maggie are the best! We hired Special Occasion Events for day-of wedding coordination, and we couldn't be happier with our decision. Rick and Maggie had a plan from our very first meeting (almost a year before our wedding day), and they helped us structure our wedding every step of the way. They went far beyond simple "day-of" coordination, and they were there to help us at every step in our journey. Rick has a charismatic personality that makes him an excellent planner: he was great at getting everyone excited about the wedding day. Maggie is also fun and outgoing, and she is superbly organized. We didn't have to worry about vendor organization or timelines on our wedding day; my husband and I were able to relax and enjoy ourselves knowing that Maggie and Rick had everything under control. On top of everything else, we were able to entrust Rick with the set-up of some of our most personal details - we provided photos and candles, and Rick was able to arrange a beautiful memorial table for us. We have nothing but great things to say about Special Occasion Events, and we would recommend them to anyone getting married in Chicago! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

9 July 2019

Rick and Maggie are the best! We hired Special Occasion Events for day-of wedding coordination, and we couldn't be happier with our decision. Rick and Maggie had a plan from our very first meeting (almost a year before our wedding day), and they helped us structure our wedding every step of the way. They went far beyond simple "day-of" coordination, and they were there to help us at every step in our journey. Rick has a charismatic personality that makes him an excellent planner: he was great at getting everyone excited about the wedding day. Maggie is also fun and outgoing, and she is superbly organized. We didn't have to worry about vendor organization or timelines on our wedding day; my husband and I were able to relax and enjoy ourselves knowing that Maggie and Rick had everything under control. On top of everything else, we were able to entrust Rick with the set-up of some of our most personal details - we provided photos and candles, and Rick was able to arrange a beautiful memorial table for us. We have nothing but great things to say about Special Occasion Events, and we would recommend them to anyone getting married in Chicago! More...

Reviewed on Better Business Bureau

8 June 2019

Rick was awesome! I had a small wedding but he turned my reception into a total dance party like no other. 5 stars for you, Rick and your team. My family members and friends were so impressed and all said amazing words about him. If you are looking for an MC, look no farther. Maggie and the DJ were outstanding too. Rick's coordinating and hosting skills are not just professional but he was also very compassionate making sure that I and my fiancé were comfortable and guests were well attended. Maggie was so sweet, like a sister helping us out and making sure things are flowing smoothly. I had very good feedback from guests saying that they had so much fun! All thanks to Rick and his team. FYI Special Occasions Events is also affordable, you will be getting more than your money's worth! Thank you, Rick -- from Ross and I. More...

8 June 2019

**** was awesome! I had a small wedding but he turned my reception into a total dance party like no other. 5 stars for you, **** and your team. My family members and friends were so impressed and all said amazing words about him. If you are looking for an MC, look no farther. ****** and the ** were outstanding too. ****'s coordinating and hosting skills are not just professional but he was also very compassionate making sure that I and my fiancé were comfortable and guests were well attended. ****** was so sweet, like a sister helping us out and making sure things are flowing smoothly. I had very good feedback from guests saying that they had so much fun! All thanks to **** and his team. FYI Special Occasions Events is also affordable, you will be getting more than your money's worth! Thank you, **** -- from **** and I. More...

Reviewed on Better Business Bureau

7 June 2019

Rick was awesome! I had a small wedding but he turned my reception into a total dance party like no other. 5 stars for you, Rick and your team. My family members and friends were so impressed and all said amazing words about him. If you are looking for an MC, look no farther. Maggie and the DJ were outstanding too. Rick's coordinating and hosting skills are not just professional but he was also very compassionate making sure that I and my fiancé were comfortable and guests were well attended. Maggie was so sweet, like a sister helping us out and making sure things are flowing smoothly. I had very good feedback from guests saying that they had so much fun! All thanks to Rick and his team. FYI Special Occasions Events is also affordable, you will be getting more than your money's worth! Thank you, Rick -- from Ross and I. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

30 May 2019

Reviewed on Thumbtack

24 May 2019

Was on time, responsive, very professional. We were very happy with The MC plus DJ format. They rocked it.

Reviewed on Thumbtack

17 May 2019

Getting a choreographer isn’t easy , Rico made everything understandable and is really full of joy.He made my daughters quince practices very fun and took his time with her and her Chambelanes He was always on time and fit to schedule he even showed when we couldn’t make it on time He makes choreography really fun and look very well. He also has services for a Dj and an photographer.The photographers are amazing they’re really into taking pictures and made my daughters seem like a princess .I definitely would get Rico as a choreographer again. More...

Reviewed on Thumbtack

29 April 2019

Rick was absolutely amazing! If you are looking for a DJ for any type of
event stop looking and go with special Occasions. He turned our wedding
into a party! We really didn't give him much to work with and he turned
the night into a full on dance party! Everyone was dancing! I know I
will be using him for any type of DJ needs in the future. Everyone after
the wedding asked where I found this Gem. He is also a steal, he is
worth 3 times what he charges. Thank you so much Rick for making our
wedding AMAZING!!! He was the highlight of the entire day!
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