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9 Common Misconceptions About Your Wedding DJ

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

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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

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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, but the wrong lighting elements can be distracting during dinner, irritating for guests, and can leave your reception looking messy. When choosing your wedding DJ, trust the pros who have lighting designers and production departments to transform your wedding’s atmosphere.

5. You Can Have Either a Band or DJ, But Not Both

Untrue! Having both a band and a DJ may seem “over the top”, but they can actually compliment each other very well. As we said in Myth #2, the DJ has many responsibilities aside from just playing music, so they can still coordinate your entire reception while the band plays! Also, when the band takes a break, the dancing doesn’t have to stop. Your DJ can take control of the dance floor, making sure your guests are entertained all night long! Additionally, the DJ provides an opportunity for guests to hear songs that the band may be unable to play.

6. I Have To Do All The Classic Formalities That Everyone Else Does

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It’s 2016, and you don’t have to do anything at your wedding that you don’t want!  A good wedding DJ can work with you to help formulate unique ideas for your reception, using their experience and industry knowledge to make your day unlike any other! Even if you want to keep things traditional but aren’t looking for the same old wedding, a seasoned DJ will work with you to create an event timeline that satisfies all your wants and makes your celebration one of a kind.

7. I Know Someone Who DJs – They’ll Do Just Fine

Weddings draw a wide variety of guests and are very different compared to most other shows a DJ may face. Therefore you don’t just want a DJ; You want an experienced, professional, wedding DJ. Your DJ needs to be someone who knows how to run a wedding, has the right equipment to handle the job, and has the ability to voice your announcements both formally and tastefully. Many club/bar DJs play a very different style of music than you’ll hear at most weddings. You want to be sure that the DJ you hire has a vast knowledge of music and will be able to play any genre or style you or your guests may want.

8. DJs Have The Easiest Jobs Ever!… And They Only Work For A Few Hours!

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While being a wedding DJ is fun and has its perks, it is far from the easiest job ever. In reality, about 90% of the work a DJ puts in for a wedding is done before the big day even arrives! There are many hours behind the scenes full of planning, coordinating, and preparing to make your special day flawless. Check out the pie chart above for a breakdown of how a Cleveland wedding DJ at Selective Sound prepares for your event.

 

 

9. I’ve Seen A Picture/Video of My DJ, and They’re The Perfect Fit

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but they may not be the words you’re looking for. At Selective Sound, we get many people wondering why we don’t have video profiles or head shots of our DJs. Here’s why:

  • Outdated Content – Most DJs profile pictures or videos can be up to 10-15 years old in some cases.
  • Personality – You can’t see a person’s charisma in a picture! How do you know what a DJ’s personality is like and if they would be a good fit for your group?
  • Prepared – Is your DJ familiar with the location of your wedding? How are they going to plan audio, power, and other production aspects for the day of setup?
  • Personable – A high-end DJ company will meet you and get to know your feelings, wants, likes, and more before placing you with the perfect DJ. Let the company decide the DJ best fit for you; Who knows them any better?
  • Peace of Mind – Some DJ companies actually have you meet with your DJ 4-5 weeks before the reception to ensure you are comfortable with them. Selective Sound is one of those companies!

 

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As you can see, there’s plenty of things to consider before booking your wedding DJ. Though some may be a bit more obvious than others, many are often neglected by engaged couples during the planning stages, but can result in an unfortunate outcome when the big day finally arrives. If you’re going to go through all the work of planning a wedding and truly want to make it a night to remember, be sure to trust an experienced wedding DJ company.

Want to make sure all nine of these misconceptions are handled on your special day? Reach out to our team of wedding professionals to get started today! Photos by Genevieve Nisly Photography, Marc Anthony Photography, & Making The Moment Photography.

Chills, Thrills, and Mark Wills

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.

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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.

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Show Time

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 pictures. Once the reception started, the white panels came down and Mark was set up on stage with his acoustic keyboardist.

As for the bride’s reaction…well you can check it out below!

After Mark performed, he took pictures with almost everyone at the wedding. He later came up to us and said that when he saw the bride’s reaction, he started to get “choked up with emotion,” which was pretty cool to hear a celebrity say!

Some special touches we added were acoustically adjusting the music, uplighting, and feature lighting.

This event took more than 100 hours of planning and coordinating, just on our end, to make sure all of the surprises happened flawlessly. We were able to combine the groom’s surprise with the bride’s surprise for one epic celebration. Congratulations Brad and Melissa!

Worried About the Acoustics at Your Wedding? Here’s Our Advice.

Posted on April 27, 2016 in Akron Wedding DJ,Cleveland Wedding DJ

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

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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 for granted.  Make sure you get a few referrals from these previous events, or speak with the caterers that may be doing your reception to see if they have worked with them before.  Most experienced entertainment companies have the options of adding computer delayed satellite speakers. These will delay the main front speakers by allowing the system to calculate the building’s specs, it understands how to effectively utilize the sound equipment, giving you and your guests a lot less echo and a more pure, clear sound at your reception.

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When a venue looks great, but doesn’t sound so great

If your venue is the perfect setting, but just needs a little boost in the sound department, make sure you do you your research. Qualified sound technicians like Selective Sound Entertainment, will go though all of the proper steps with you to ensure a great sounding event.

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ProTip: When selecting DJ’s, be sure to go with a company that will not just put speakers on the floor, but instead elevate them. This will ensure that guests will hear the sound at a comfortable level.  

Other things to be aware of

In most cases, your reception venue will not help you with sound acoustics. Also, if deciding to hire a band, understand that they are typically a lot louder than a traditional DJ. This not only can lead to headaches for you and your guests, but also could actually cause your guests to leave early.

If hiring a band, it is imperative to make sure that the band you have hired has qualified sound technicians that have this proper equipment to handle the space.

ProTip: Ask to speak with past brides or other clients about their experience with bands vs DJ’s. They are a great resource and can help you made an educated decision.

Bottom line

Do your research! Having great sound at your wedding can really bring the energy and ensure everyone has an enjoyable and entertaining time.

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Some great officiants we just met.

Posted on April 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

Clients are always asking us who the recommend for officiants.  The below are a few names that we refer.

 

Why do we refer them… simple…because they have the talent and experience to deliver what YOU the client want and expect.

 

Marrymecleveland.com

ourweddingofficiant.com

 

 

 

A room transformation in less than 20 hours

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Check out our latest lighting design at Executive Caterers @ Landerhaven.  The amazing drapery was from Party Decor and none of this would be possible without the amazing planner from Elegant Events by Maria

With less than 20 total hours to transform the Grand Ballroom at Landerhaven.. this masterpieces was just breathtaking.  Selective Sound Entertainment & Lightscaping really took this one to the next level.  As one of Clevelands “top wedding lighting design firms” they truly know how to put the WOW into wow factor.

 

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