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At Selective Sound, quality is our #1 goal. With over 27 years of experience at more than 6,000 wedding receptions, the entertainment is customized to meet your needs. Your ideas and feelings are listened to very carefully!Welcome to Selective Sound!
The entertainment for your wedding reception is one of the most important decisions you will make. 10 Years from now, your family and friends might not remember what they ate at your wedding reception, but they will recall Old Uncle Jack dancing the night away with your family and friends.
About Our Cleveland Wedding DJs
A qualified and professional Cleveland Wedding DJs will enhance the experience of your wedding reception while remaining in the background, keeping the focus where it needs to be… On You!
Our Cleveland Ohio Wedding DJs and MCs love what they do and it shows! Their enthusiasm is contagious. Our entertainers are skilled in interacting with guests and tastefully involving them in the fun.
We are dedicated to provide you with a level of entertainment beyond your every expectation.
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It seems that in today's wedding market, there are people everywhere you turn that are eager and willing to provide DJ services for you and your partner's big day. This competition has caused some DJs to lower their rates astronomically; and while the price may look good on paper, are you sure you're making the right investment? Weddings can be very expensive events, but cutting corners on your entertainment don’t find the solution to a budget problem. As the saying goes, "you get what you pay for"... and wedding DJs are not exempt from this old adage. If your spending $20,000.00 or more for your wedding day, this article is a MUST READ!
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when booking a cheap DJ for your wedding.
Do They Promise DJ Insurance?
Your DJ is a major working component of your wedding day, which is why it is so important that they are able to guarantee you their services no matter what! When you book a DJ for a cheap rate, there is a good chance that they will be working the wedding alone and not with a partner. MC/DJ pairs work very well together for weddings, because it allows one person to focus solely on music and keeping the dance floor packed, and the other to focus on facilitating the events and speaking on the mic. With only one person independently handling all the responsibilities, there are many risks to consider. What happens if your DJ gets sick before your wedding? If their equipment breaks, do they have backup setups to ensure you at least have sound at your wedding? Frankly, if your DJ doesn't offer any insurance, can you be sure they'll even show up to the reception?
Is if the DJ is properly trained and equipped to tackle the variety of surprises that weddings tend to bring? With guests of all ages in attendance, it's crucial that your DJ is able to read a crowd and play the songs that all your guests will want to hear. With cheap DJs, you run the risk of a limited music library, potentially filled with illegally downloaded music, as well as sloppy mixing and inappropriate songs being played. You always want to be sure that your wedding DJ's music selection is digital, non suggested, and clean edited, so you won't ever have to worry about any F-Bombs hitting grandma while ...Read More
Getting asked to make a toast at someone's wedding is a great honor for some, but can be a total nightmare for others. Here are a few tips we at Selective Sound Entertainment suggest keeping in mind before you put your pen to paper!
• Avoid Useless Clauses - One of the most common ways for a person to begin their wedding toast is with one or both of the following phrases; "For those of you who don't know me, my name is _____, and I'm the _____ (best man, maid of honor, etc). If they're at the wedding, there's a very good chance they already know who they are. Skip the filler, and get right to the key points of your legendary speech!
• Don't be Nervous! - If public speaking isn't your strongest suit, you're not alone. Even these days where communicating is easier than ever, speaking in public still sits atop the pyramid of American's biggest fears. However, there's no need to stress! If you were personally picked to do a toast, the couple is looking for you to speak from your heart, not give a valedictorian's speech. Just imagine everyone is in their underwear, and you'll do fine!
• Get Your Speech Proofread - Just because you believe your speech is the best, doesn't necessarily make it so. Be sure to have another person read over your toast before you give it, just to be sure it truly is the best it can be.
• Stand Between The Couple When Speaking - Keeping this tip in mind might just earn you a few brownie points with the wedding photographer. Aside from the beautiful pictures that will come as a result of where you're standing while you speak, it will also ensure you're seen by all of the wedding's guests, and will make your speech much more personal to the couple.
• TOAST, Not ROAST - Everybody likes to poke fun at their friends, but perhaps their wedding isn't the best place for this. Keep the jokes light, and avoid stirring up a topic that may make the guests of honor feel uncomfortable.
• Don't Tell an Unknown Story - There's nothing worse than having to sit through a story that you think may never end.... Especially at a wedding. Try to stay away from stories that only a handful of people at the wedding ...Read More
When looking for a DJ for an event as important as your wedding, it only makes sense that you want to find someone who is the perfect fit. However, there are many things to consider when booking your wedding DJ, and while some may seem like good ideas during the planning stages, they can spell catastrophe the day of your wedding. With that being said, here are nine common misconceptions of your average wedding DJ, hand-picked by our wedding pros here at Selective Sound.
1. I Have To Make A Playlist For My DJ
Myth! If you knew all the music your guests would want to hear, you'd be DJing weddings yourself. A skilled wedding DJ can not only keep the dance floor packed all night but can even take your reception to a whole other level! Your DJ should be able to read the crowd to determine what should be played next, using your input and their judgement to direct their song choices. Feel free to formulate a "must play list" of songs you would definitely like to hear at your reception or even just some song suggestions, but your DJ should be fully capable of taking charge once the party gets started.
2. A DJ Just Shows Up and Plays Some Music
Although you do hire a DJ to show up and play music, that's not even half of their responsibilities when they entertain at a wedding. A good wedding DJ helps direct guests throughout the night, professionally handling all formal announcements and working with vendors during the night to keep your reception running as seamless as possible. One of the DJ's main jobs is to be the Host/Emcee of the night and has a direct effect on how well your wedding celebration flows.
3. I Don't Want My DJ Playing Requests
Even if your wedding guests have the worst taste in dance music, you should still allow your DJ to take requests . Requests help a DJ determine what people may like to dance to throughout the evening. Also keep in mind that not all requests will be played by default, and that it is the DJ's job to filter out requests. If nothing else, it will allow guests to be interactive and feel connected to your special day on a more personal level.
4. My DJ Already Has Lighting Covered
Lighting is a VERY broad term. Just because a DJ has lights doesn't mean that they're appropriate for your wedding. It's easy to assume your DJ has all the lighting handled, ...Read More
Here at Selective Sound Entertainment, we are no strangers to big, extravagant events; including weddings! But when one of our grooms came to us with a “bigger than Texas”surprise for his soon to be wife, we knew we had to help him!
After initially connecting with the groom, Brad Hewitt, through A Taste of Excellence, he informed us that he wanted to surprise is fiancé with a performance from her favorite country singer, Mark Wills. The surprise was to all happen at the Cleveland Courthouse, where their wedding reception was held. We knew we had to not only help him pull this off, but make it a unique and personalized surprise for the couple of their special day.
Once Mark Wills was secured for the event, the fun really began. Along with Selective Sound Entertainment, Brad was also working with event planner extraordinaire, Maria Kovacevich, Elegant Events by Maria.
The Set Up
After meeting several times with Brad and Maria, we decided on a plan. We were to have the MC/DJ set up and the instruments and band hidden during the entire ceremony and at the beginning of the reception. This was so that the bride and none of her guests would know what was going on. We did this with white panels that would be taken down right before Mark and his acoustic piano mate came in.
Now It’s the Bride’s Turn
The groom wasn’t the only one that wanted to surprise his new partner in life. The bride, Model, Melissa Baker, had a surprise up her sleeve as well. We worked on some videos of Melissa and Brad growing up as a surprise. We added two 70’’ LCD monitors so everyone could enjoy the show. A fun little addition the bride wanted was to use socialcast, which is live hashtag posts that show up on screens from everyone they knew, whether they were at the wedding or not.
3 Different Itineraries
Because the groom had a surprise for the bride and the bride had a surprise for the groom, we had to have three separate itineraries. One for the bride, one for the groom, and the real one for all the venders to follow to make sure everything went off without a hitch. Selective Sound Entertainment, we had to be super secretive since we went into multiple meetings and couldn’t hint anything to either of them.
We did sound check with Mark right before the reception. This was also tricky because we had to hide Mark from the bridal party and bride, who were walking around the venue for ...Read More
Its’s finally here: Your wedding day! So far everyone has made it to the ceremony on time, pictures are turning out great, and the cake was more beautiful than you could have imagined it. Then, its time for your Grand introductions, followed by your father giving a heartfelt welcome to his only daughter and then your lifelong friend and Maid of honor giving her toast. The problem… You could barely understand the introductions (your guests as well) and a lot of your guests couldn’t hear what your dad was saying or your sister…
How could this have happened?
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Brides and grooms spend so much time thinking about and planning their big day, but with some of the venues they choose, did they really give enough thought to making sure that the entertainment they chose for the big day had the proper equipment to handle the sound at the space they chose?
The sound at your event could end up being too quiet, muffled or even too loud, causing guests to feel uncomfortable and want to leave early. To make sure the sound doesn’t ruin your big day, take these steps to ensure the acoustics don’t take away from, but enhance your wedding day.
Types of buildings that are more difficult to achieve clear acoustics
Traditionally, buildings constructed before the 1930’s, that were usually constructed of marble and stone, are designed more to carry voices. Because of this, music tends to have an echo effect because the sound waves are bouncing around erratically. If your entertainers do not know the correct way to balance the sound or place the speakers, this could be a recipe for a long night for your guests.
Great examples of venues with challenging accoustics: The Cleveland Courthouse and The Cleveland City Hall Rotunda.
Other challenging venue sites include: barns, outdoor spaces, and non-traditional wedding reception sites. It’s extremely important to make sure you have hired the right people and they have the right equipment on hand so that people aren’t struggling to hear sound clearly.
How to improving the acoustics at a wedding or event
The best option for making sure your reception has the best sound possible, would be to meet with several different vendors to discuss your concerns. In this industry, you may get plenty of vendors that tell you that they know what they are doing and they have played at these venues many times before, however don’t just take that ...Read More