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Shocking engagement statistics….

Posted on December 26, 2016 in Uncategorized
Given that we’re in the heart of engagement season, we wanted to quantify some of the specifics of American proposals. While data Given that we’re in the heart of engagement season, we wanted to quantify some of the specifics of American proposals. While data on average marriage age exist, there isn’t much out there on the specifics of engagements.

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So, we surveyed 10,000 recently-engaged brides, posing questions like: How old were you when you got engaged? How old was your partner? And, how long were you dating prior to your engagement? After compiling these responses, we sorted them by geographic region (West, Midwest, South, and Northeast).

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engagement age in the United States is 27.2 years for women, and 28.7 years for men

nearly half of all engagements occur two years or less into a relationship On average, women (27.2 years) tend to be 1.5 years younger than their partner (28.7 years)

About 2.2% of Americans get engaged under the age of 20, 74% in their 20s, 15% in their mid-30s (30-34), and about 8% at the age of 35 or older.

Only 19% of women in the Northeast get engaged at age 24 or younger. Meanwhile, in the South, this figure is more than double, at 43%. Men in the Northeast present a similar case, with nearly 10% less engagements below age 24. In the West, the relatively high percentage of younger engagements might be partially explained by Utah, where 60% of the population are of the Mormon faith. In the Mormon culture, young marriages are common , with the average hovering around 23 years of age.

And if you’re over the age of 27.2 and single, take note that the age of engagement (and marriage) has been on the rise for years: in 1990, the average woman tied the knot at 23. The norm for what constitutes as "marriageable age" changes quickly in America. average marriage age exist, there isn’t much out there on the specifics of engagements.
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The shocking truth: former couple speaks out….

When it comes to your wedding day, it only makes sense that you would be looking for the perfect vendors to help facilitate and make sure everything runs smoothly. However, with so much riding on this big day, needless to say the pressure is on. With so many entertainment options to choose, you probably find yourself asking, "Which one will put me in good hands?" Brad and Melissa Hewitt asked themselves the same question, and here is what they had to say after choosing Selective Sound Entertainment for their wedding services.

Brad and Melissa got married in March of 2016 at the Cuyahoga County courthouse. Before any step of the planning process, the couple's first priority was to find the right wedding planner for them - Assuming that a good wedding planner would be able to point them in the direction of other, recommended vendors. When Brad and Melissa had it narrowed down to only two candidates, they asked the question "Whom do you recommend for our wedding entertainment?" Both planners responded with the same answer: Selective Sound Entertainment. To be sure SSE was right for them, the soon-to-be Hewitts had three criteria that needed to be met; Their DJ needed to be informative, highly creative, and knowledgeable in the wedding industry. After a short meeting with SSE President Jay R Rich, it was clear that they had found the company they were looking for. This first meeting was only the beginning of planning what was sure to be an unforgettable day, as Jay R continued to meet with Brad and Melissa over the next few months.

"We met with Jay R countless times during the wedding planning process.  Each time, we felt we moved forward significantly from where we were before.  From the beginning, we had an idea of what we wanted to accomplish from the entertainment standpoint but at each step, Jay R offered more ideas to not only bring our ideas to life, but also to execute them in a way that were both unique and imaginative." - Brad Hewitt


  Though the couple was originally looking for DJ services, SSE resulted in providing all lighting and audio services, staging construction, incorporating TVs and other wireless services, and even brokered the videographers for the wedding as well. Though SSE seemingly put over 100 hours into this single wedding, Jay R and the SSE team never once seemed bothered or overworked, but instead, appeared to be just as excited for the day as the Hewitts were! BUT, that excitement may have had something to do with the super secret surprise that was in store...

   

Before long, Brad and Melissa's big day had arrived. All the details were set in stone, but there was one BIG detail that Brad never told Melissa about regarding the entertainment. Though Selective Sound was contracted originally for their DJ services, Brad organized a surprise appearance by one of Melissa's favorite artists and the singer of their first dance song, Mark Wills. Keeping this a secret for Melissa was very important to Brad, and he knew he needed a company that was experienced in working with live bands. SSE failed to disappoint, as Mark and his band were hidden from view and revealed mere seconds before their first dance! Words couldn't describe the reaction of Melissa, but the look on her face had said it all; The wedding of her dreams had become a reality. After playing for about an hour, Mark passed the entertainment into the hands of Selective Sound, who kept the unbelievable party going for the rest of the night.

"The moment we were introduced as husband and wife for the first time.  It was the culmination not only of our love for each other, but a realization that all our lives had led us to that very moment in time." - Brad Hewitt


We at Selective Sound are honored to have played such a major role in the nuptials of Brad and Melissa, and know it is a night none of us will ever forget!! You can see more pictures of the wedding by following the hashtag #HewittWedding2016 online (an addition initially recommended by SSE, but overwhelmingly approved by the Hewitts). Special thanks to Maria Kovacevich from Elegant Events, Taste of Excellence Catering, and our own Selective Sound Videography for all their help in making the big day a success. To find out how Selective Sound can help you with any details for your wedding, click here.

Fall wedding fail? or not…….

Posted on October 25, 2016 in Akron Wedding DJ,Cleveland Wedding DJ,Uplighting

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Fall is a favorite season to many people, and with all the beautiful foliage on the trees, it's not hard to see why! While this beautiful backdrop may only be around for a short period of time, many couples take advantage of this to accent their wedding. Fall weddings are great aesthetically, but you can tend to run into more speed bumps than a traditional Summer or Spring wedding. However don't get discouraged, luckily you have the award-winning Selective Sound Entertainment team to help guide you in the latest trends for your Fall wedding!

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Outdoor Venues or Barn Weddings

If you're planning on having a Fall wedding, it's probably a safe bet that you pictured it taking place outside. While Fall may be one of the most beautiful times of the year, it can also be one of the most challenging seasons to accommodate to the weather. If your reception is taking place in a tent/outside, how many guests can your venue comfortably hold? If rain arrives, even if just for a quick shower, you'll need to be sure that all your guests have adequate, comfortable cover.

With or without rain, you'll also need to prepare for colder weather. Barns are usually secure structures, but a tent may need walls to help keep out bad weather. Also, set money aside in your budget for portable heaters to be brought in to ensure your wedding remains at an appropriate temperature. These are a proven solution, and with some nights in October falling as low as 30º F, a majority of your guests won't hang around long if they're shivering at your reception.

Another topic to consider with your venue is your catering service, your entertainment choice, and how feasible it is for both of  them to work at the venue you decide. Be sure that your vendors are familiar enough with the location to do their jobs well, and to ensure they can easily get their equipment and materials to your location! Remember that DJs and caters can use ALOT of power with their setups and that special accommodations (generators, extra supplies, etc.) may be necessary. Thankfully, your planner from Selective Sound Entertainment can handle all of your generator needs.

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Atmosphere (Music, Lighting, & More!):

Fall weddings have their own distinct style, and it is important to accent that style with other complementing amenities! Acoustic and Indy-style music selections are good picks for outdoor/barn weddings and can set a great mood of a quaint love story in Fall. Some artists our team recommends include Colbie Calliet, Jason Mraz, and Andy Grammar, or even booking a live act to perform. With such a simple feel for a wedding, you'll want to keep your music selection upbeat, but not too heavy for guests. Lighting plays a large role in setting the mood of any event, and Fall weddings are no different! By using Fall colors such as amber, burnt orange, gold, and accents like blush or a light shade of blue, you can really "warm up" the look of any venue. This works well at ensuring guests keep that warm, toasty feeling throughout the night. Weddings that share the outdoor theme should also have compact setups, with the bar, dancefloor, DJ, and food all being within close proximity to one another. This will ensure your guests don't stray too far from the reception and will help your formalities remain on schedule so that you wedding moves smoothly and seamlessly! While bathrooms don't need to be as close as the bar or dance floor, be sure there are clean facilities available for your guests to use nearby.

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Fall Food Favorites: Choosing food options that reflect your outdoor wedding can really help you set the atmosphere for the night! Adding a smores bar or flavored coffee station is always a nice touch for cooler, Fall weddings. Drinks such as apple cider or cocktails with cinnamon sticks are also good choices to have available to guests, along with possibly a seasonal stout or craft beer. A new trend for Fall Weddings has been serving fresh pies, cooked to perfection for guests to enjoy after their main course at the end of the night. From apple pies to pumpkin pies, this timeless dessert just screams "Fall!"

Other Things to Consider:

We've covered a lot of things in this article including location, weather, and atmosphere, but there are still a few more things to consider before the big day! Provide guests with a reminder that it could get chilly, and that bringing a jacket or sweater of some sort may be a good idea. As for female guests, remind them that heels or open-toed shoes may not be the most forgiving footwear on a hilly or muddy terrain. Check the area around your venue as well for sound ordinances and other restrictions that could hold you back, and be sure that your entertainment is able to play for a substantial amount of time before being asked to turn it down.

Fall Weddings can seem a bit overwhelming, but there's nothing our team of Selective Sound can't make possible for you! Contact our team of wedding professionals today to find out more options, or to being planning your Fall wedding today! Photos courtesy of Selective Sound Entertainment and Google Images.

WOW! I just found a wedding DJ online for only $600.00. Read this article before they are all gone!

Posted on September 1, 2016 in Akron Wedding DJ,Cleveland Wedding DJ
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. SSE_DJ_Insurance 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 she's on the dance floor. Terrible_DJ_Setup Are They Professional? Besides the bride, groom, and most of the wedding party, there's not one person your guests will see more throughout the night than your DJ. This is just one of the reasons why you need to be sure your wedding DJ is completely professional in the way they present themselves. This includes the way they speak, the way they interact, and the way they dress. We at Selective Sound have heard many wedding horror stories about an unkempt DJ that drank to an extent where they became unable to properly do their job, but you can be sure that these stories have NEVER been about one of our DJs. A proper DJ/MC should be dressed to the nines, and always practicing courteous behavior. They should also be clear, formal, and well spoken on the microphone. After all, they will be making all of the important announcements throughout the entire evening, and you don't want your guests to be confused! The professional presentation doesn't end at the DJ's wardrobe either, but also extends to include the look and quality of their equipment. Both your DJ and their equipment need to look fresh, sleek, and clean; not like an eyesore when you look back at your beautiful wedding photos. Jay_R_Rich_&_Maria_Kovacevich Are They Experienced? It's a fun idea to think that a person could just go online, spend $2,000 on a basic DJ setup, and walk away as a wedding DJ, but it doesn't quite work that way. As a DJ, experience can't be bought, and we cannot stress the potential costs of hiring an amateur enough. Being seasoned experts in this industry, Selective Sound Entertainment,understands the planning process and structure of weddings, ensuring that your formalities stay on schedule the entire night! Also, keep in mind that your DJ works with all of the other vendors at your wedding as well, and may need to make special accommodations for each venue. Inexperienced Cleveland wedding DJs are likely to have a small network, which can make working with planners difficult, and can be detrimental if they are unfamiliar with your venue of choice. We mean no offense in our comments regarding inexperienced DJs, but the reality is that weddings can be very complex events. Selective Sound Entertainment strives to make our weddings the very best they can be, and even inspires our couples to think outside of the box. Since planning and implementing weddings is our full-time job, there are no limits to what options we can bring to fruition. With all that considered, you run the risk of limited creative options when booking a cheap DJ. Does your wedding DJ have the lighting and production capabilities to make your dream wedding come true? SSE_Happily_Ever_After After you're well on your way to happily ever after and you look back on the day you tied the knot, you'll most likely find that your memories on the dance floor will surpass what you ate, what vehicle you came in, or any other detail of the day. While wedding magazines and online planning guides may be helpful tools, working with an experienced professional for each step of the planning process is unmatched. You don't want to leave the most important day of your life in the hands of a person with little experience and referral, so trust a source you know is reliable; One with a good track record and proven reputation. Don't settle for anything less than your dream-wedding day! Click here to contact Selective Sound's award-winning team of wedding aficionados today! Photos courtesy of Making The Moment Photography, Google Images, and the Rock The House Photo Archive.

Tips on Tackling the Perfect Wedding Toast

Posted on August 3, 2016 in Akron Wedding DJ,Cleveland Wedding DJ
SSE_WeddingToast 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.

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•     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 will know, or you'll risk losing the interest of the guests. That being said, don't be afraid to make your toast short and sweet if you can't think of a good story to tell.

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•     End With a Toast! - You may read this and consider it an obvious point, but it's a whole different ballgame when a person is standing front and center in a room full of staring eyes. After all the time you've spent planning and memorizing what you're going to say at the reception, don't forget to raise your glass to the new couple when you're all finished!

•     Still Nervous? Consult Technology - If you're really struggling to come up with material for your wedding speech and have nowhere else to turn, you can never go wrong borrowing a couple of love's most famous quotes. Search around online for a few to use, or you can click here to find a few good ones too.

While we can't sit here and help you write the perfect wedding toast, we can help you with all the other details that are needed to make your day perfect! Contact Selective Sound's team of wedding professionals today to see just how great your big day can really be! Photos courtesy of Making The Moment.

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