Smoothest Groom Dance Ever?

Posted on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

You be the judge. This groom has some slick moves. Ladies, it is time to take your groom to some dance classes so he can move like this!


Selective Secrets – What Wedding Vendors Don’t Want You To Know

Part 1: The Truth Behind The Booth

The wedding industry is a unique environment unlike any others. You have many different companies competing to work at the lowest cost to you. These businesses each have their own specialty – entertainment, floral, venue, dress, cake, and limo services just to name a few. Without one, the other could fail. You could have the most beautiful venue (like the Cuyahoga County Courthouse), but without proper lighting and audio, it will be drab and unappealing. You can have bridesmaids dressed in the perfect color to match your motif, but if the flowers clash, what good is it?
There are a lot of factors that play into making your wedding successful. Based on what we have learned from being in the wedding industry for over 25 years, we can pin point what you need, who you need, and what to avoid when it comes to bringing your perfect day together.

It is now time for Selective Sound to share these years of knowledge with you. Why would we do this? Because we want to have just as good a time at your wedding as you do! Of course we will be working, but who is to say you can’t have fun at work? It is a wedding after all!

This post is going to focus on a part of the wedding that has seem to become a staple in recent years: The photo booth.

Why A Photo Booth

A photo novelty (photo booth, green screen, slow motion booth, video booth) is a great way to provide an alternative form of entertainment for your guests. If they aren’t big dancers, they surely will have some fun behind the curtains.

Three Most Common Types of Photo Booths

  1. Standard 2 person seated photo-booths (enclosed)
  2. Open air (no drape) photo booths
  3. Open air (draped) photo booths


Open Air Photo Booths

One of the things most open air (no drape) photo booth companies don’t want you to know is that guests don’t frequent the photo booth until later after dinner, generally after a few drinks. This means that you are paying the same rate for minimal usage during the cocktail hour and dinner. When you have an open booth without any drape, guests can see you posing and messing around, which decreases the chances that they will want to visit the booth at the fear of embarrassment.


If your wedding reception has roughly 150 guests, you can figure nearly half of them will want to take a photo. Some companies limit the amount of prints you are allowed for the night. Older photo systems and cheap booth printing can limit the amount of prints, which is why they may stop you at 80-100 photos. Most entry level companies will use a standard ink jet printer, which is not ideal for photo booth printing. Imagine if you brought your home printer to the wedding to print 100 photos. It can already be a nightmare just trying to print a few pages in your office let alone full resolution pictures on photo paper. The time it would take can be up to two minutes per page. And we have all been there when you run out of color ink at home…

When it comes to the camera, what do you think is the best option? Would you use a tiny webcam to take a photo that you want to look professional? If your photo company uses a $20 webcam, how do you think the photos will look? You already know the answer. You want a company that uses a high pixel per inch DSLR camera and external flash. This way you get the photos that are professional lighted and in focus.

Photo Booth Prices

The cost of your photo booth is important. Price also reflects quality. If someone is charging $395 for a photo booth, you can bet they are using a cheap camera, cheap paper (possibly not real photo paper at all), cheap ink, and low-resolution printers.

Placement Of The Booth

The venue will generally tell you, “Just place the photo booth in the back corner so it is out of the way” when they generally do not have an interest in where you want the booth to be. They are looking for functionality of their services, food, and drink. The best place to put the photo booth hands down is right next to the bar. This will be the most trafficked part of the venue. After all, you did pay for the booth, you need to get its moneys worth! Always remember the old saying – out of site, out of mind.

Photo Technician

Be careful as some photo booth companies will tell you there will be someone there onsite, but how helpful are they really? What training do they have? Do they know how to fix the machine if/when it goes down? Do they know how to interact with the guests and step inside the booth each time and assist them with setting up the photo-booth system? Do they know how to print extra photos and how they can get the guests to add them into the scrapbook? If you have an experienced technician, you are going to get a ton more pictures and happy guests.


We will make this one easy. You need some props. Props are what make people laugh! Giant sunglasses, wigs, signs, hats, etc. It makes guests feel like they are someone else hidden behind a mask – and that’s when the fun pictures start to develop!

How To Find The Best Value

First: Look for a booth that is enclosed and that can provide privacy for your guests so they can be themselves behind a curtain. Make sure that the booth can be built onsite so you can fit it just about anywhere. Some older booths have issues with being able to fit into spaces and elevators.

Next: Look for a booth that fits your décor. This is important that you make sure it’s elegant and classy as well as extremely efficient.

Lastly: look for a photo-booth company that has printers that are dye sublimation vs. standard inkjet as printing will be extremely efficient and fast. The printers we use produce two prints at a time that are each 2×6 inches with up to four photos per strip. Average print time is six seconds for a photo strip. This means less waiting for your prints, and more guests can enjoy the booth.

Digital Photos

Make sure you get a copy of your digital photos. The photo booth company should be able to provide you with a UBS drive or DVD disc with your images. In addition, make sure your service posts the pictures for free downloads for your guests. Don’t forget to make sure your guests know where to download the pictures.

These are the Selective Secrets to choosing a photo booth. If you have any questions or want to hear more about the photo booths we offer, feel free to contact us. There are always more secrets we might reveal!

This article was written by Jeremy “Jay R” Rich – VP of Sales & Founder of Selective Sound Entertainment. Selective Sound Entertainment is the sister company of Rock The House. This article was written on opinions from being in the business since 1987 and is not based on exact facts.

We Provide Entertainment, But What Else Do You Need?

Posted on January 22, 2015 in Akron Wedding DJ,Cleveland Wedding DJ,Uplighting

So this is the year for your big day. You are probably about six months out and locking down your vendors, flowers, entertainment, and venue. We are here to save you lots of time, and more importantly lots of headaches. No we aren’t going to toot our horn about our entertainment value. We don’t need to. You already know Selective Sound is going to provide the best music, lighting, and entertainment for your wedding. We want to talk about how you can save yourself the hassle of everything else you need.

Julie Elizabeth Event Styling can help you plan the add-ons to your wedding at an affordable price with high quality service. Julie has her degree with interior design, so she understands the room. She can help create, design, and decorate any space to give you the grand wedding you might be looking for.

Here is an example of Julie’s repertoire:

– Event Design

– Centerpiece Design

– Rentals – Linens – Tablecloths, overlays, napkins, chair covers, etc.

– Chiavari chair caps and sashes

– Charger Plates

– Vases and Candleholders

– Centerpieces and Candelabras

– Personalized Stationary – Save-the-dates, invitations, place cards, menus, etc.

– Floral Arrangements

– Creative Consultations

– Event Planning Services

The above services are perfect for not only weddings, but birthday parties, showers, bar and bat mitzvahs, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and special occasions.

We have worked with Julie several times and every time we see a bride talk to her, there is a special glow and smile that you just don’t see at every wedding.

Julie is easy to work with, and that is why we highly recommend her services. Our mission of providing couples with the most elegant wedding day without any hassle is perfectly inline with Julie’s work. Visit her website and set up a meeting to see how she can help add that special touch to your wedding day. Check out our services to see how we can make your wedding a reception no one will ever forget!

Selective Sound and Marigold Catering – An Unbeatable Duo

Posted on January 12, 2015 in Cleveland Wedding DJ,Uncategorized

Catering Done Right With Service To Match

When you are in an industry like ours, word of mouth references become a big part of the business you gain. Every now and then we like to do a special thanks to some of the best people we know in the wedding business.

Marigold Catering have been providing their services to weddings and other events for the past 14 years. They have been a staple in the wedding world and we have had the pleasure of working with them on hundreds of events.

Starting in 1997, Joan Rosenthal began her catering business with a simple idea: Provide good food for events where catering is not readily available. This has blossomed into the business that was named Cleveland’s Top Off-Site Caterer by CBC Magazine.

Our relationship with Marigold Catering has been going on as long as they have been around. We both have an understanding for the wedding industry, which is to provide high quality standards and collaborate with others to create a unique experience for every guest at the reception.

If you are looking for the best catering service in the Cleveland area, we highly suggest Marigold Catering. They are one of the best in the business and will make your special day even more magical.

Five Must Read Wedding Planning Tips for Newly Engaged Couples

Posted on January 3, 2015 in Cleveland Wedding DJ

Let me guess…. you just got engaged and your so excited you started contacting vendors from every major wedding category and you don’t even have a date or a venue yet.


My name is Jay R and I am the founder of Selective Sound Entertainment. As an expert in the wedding industry with nearly three decades worth of tips and tricks, I am here to share some information that you will be thanking us for years from now.

weddingtipsTip #1 – Email  Go to gmail or yahoo right now and set up a WEDDING ONLY email address. Try your name plus your future spouse’s names and the wedding year for easy remembrance – This will prevent getting spam wedding emails to your personal account long after your special day has come and gone.

Tip #2 – Price   Do not base your decisions on the best price. You are not shopping for airline tickets or electronics. Contact about 5-8 vendors after doing online research and then schedule a phone consultation or in person meeting to see the true differences. Remember, these are major decisions that can effect the outcome of your reception.

Cleveland wedding lighting, cleveland photography, cleveland djs, cleveland wedding lighting,cleveland uplighting, downtown cleveland receptions, Wyndham hotel, Westin cleveland,Rock , Ritz Carlton, Silver Grille,windows on the river, taste of excellenceTip #3 – Budget What is your true budget? Have you discussed with any family that may be contributing to your wedding?  If not, do this right away. The biggest mistake brides and grooms make is not being thorough about their true money situation. Estimate lower budget to prevent going over.

Tip #4 – Bridal Shows Are they for you? If you go to any bridal shows, you should know what you are getting into. They are usually filled with hungry vendors that are just waiting to book you on the spot. Your strategy should be simple – Go to these shows first thing when they open or towards the end before they close.  Make sure you take the time to gather information, but do not make any commitments until you research them. Our friends at Today’s Bride have two of the largest and most thorough shows around (January 11th in Akron, and January 17-18th in Cleveland).

TIP #5 – Venue Don’t spend 90% of your budget on your venue. That leaves you with little to no money left for qualified vendors. The outcome of your wedding will suffer if you hire lower price/less qualified photographers, DJs, bands, entertainment, etc.

For more tips contact a representative from Selective Sound Entertainment today.


About the writer: Jay R has been in the wedding industry for 29 years. He has booked more than 6000 weddings and met with over 15k brides and grooms.  He loves giving advice and helping couples along their journey in planning by recommending many venues and vendors in the wedding industry. Jay R and Selective Sound are known for going out of the way to help others. Check out Selective Sound on WeddingWire.

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