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Bride and groom saying their vows at Gervasi Vineyard.
Bride and groom saying their vows at Gervasi Vineyard.
Photo credit: Sabrina Hall Photography
wedding guests seated in pavilion
vineyard wedding ceremony
Wedding indoor ballroom with leaves on dance floor
wedding venue ballroom

A Gervasi Vineyard wedding is a one-of-a-kind Weddin

Gervasi Vineyard, in Northeast Ohio, is one of the most elite wineries in the area. It is also the ultimate choice for a vineyard wedding. No only does it have some of the most incredible sights and atmospheres but there is also so much to do on the property. For example, the vineyard has 3 different dining experiences for visiting guests as well as accommodations for overnight stays.

Gervasi Vineyard is specifically located in Canton, Ohio and known for its Tuscan theme. Guests from all over Ohio travel to spend anywhere from a few hours to a few days here. While here, folks can dine in peace with luxury amenities. The picturesque landscaping and breathtaking views of the lush vineyards and spring fed lake, make Gervasi one of a kind. It is also what brings people back time and time again.

Selective Sound Entertainment has had the honor of visiting Gervasi Vineyards on many occasions. As a Cleveland wedding DJ company, this is one of our favorites.

Gervasi weddings are fairly common and there are 3 different main venues to have wedding receptions.

  1. The Tuscan inspired Pavilion. This is their signature wedding choice for guests up to 300.  It has a beautiful open air design with views of the winery and Spring fed lake. Your guests will be in awe of these gorgeous views.
  2. The Villa Grande. This is an elegant ballroom and will hold up to 120 guests. Not only is it very spacious but it has a warm welcoming atrium as well.
  3. The conservatory. This is a greenhouse with lush greenery and is the best choice for more intimate ceremonies and receptions up to 40 guests.

A Wedding Experience at Gervasi Vineyard is a High-class Experience

From outdoor ceremonies in multiple locations to intimate receptions under the pavilion or in the ballroom, you just can’t go wrong at Gervasi Vineyard. Here, they pride themselves on their first class service and delectable food. Their staff is always very accommodating and will help customize the reception of your dreams.

Many of the ceremonies we do outdoors require our top ceremony sound systems with dedicated sound technicians. Therefore each guest can hear the vows and feel like they are a part of the ceremony. Warm accent lighting in any space is a way to add a bit more intimacy and enhanced the natural beauty of the Tuscan themed pavilion.

Selective Sound offers many different options, from award winning DJs to our popular party band, we have you covered to keep your dance floor hopping the entire night.

Contact us now to discuss how we make your dream wedding possible at Gervasi Vineyard.

Wedding guests dancing to the best wedding DJ

Their Answers Will Tell You A Lot

Couples need to find and work with the wedding DJ they are meant to. It is our intention is to arm you with the right questions so that you can find yours. We’ll be the first to tell you we aren’t the right fit for everyone. We have a lot of experience and we plan on continuing to offer our services for years to come. That means we don’t make a lot of compromises when it comes to anything that could affect our client’s weddings or our reputation. We are not risk takers.

Everyone has different sets of values but if what we just described sounds like values you share, we can tell you the right questions to ask prospective wedding DJ’s and MC’s in order to determine how aligned you are before you sign a contract. These are ten questions we feel will get to the heart of the question “Is this DJ the right fit for our wedding reception?”

Experienced Cleveland wedding DJ

It is imperative that the wedding DJ you choose has actual experience working weddings

1. How Long Have You Been DJing Weddings?

Weddings are fast. In a few hours a room goes from being empty to hosting a family’s biggest day and empty again. There’s not a lot of room for errors and there are no do-overs. The more “shows” under the belt of a performer is what separates competent from great. To be great, you have to have a focus. Wedding DJ’s have to be able to collaborate with vendors, motivate a dance floor, and make sure all of your important moments happen exactly how you planned. Each venue has quirks, some vendors have different requirements of those they work with and situations arise that no one could have foreseen. These are all reasons why experience matters. Besides, if you are looking for a wedding DJ to create a unique experience for you, it helps if have they can draw on many examples of what worked and what didn’t.

2. What’s your backup plan if you get sick or something happens to you on the day of our wedding?

We have nothing against “solopreneurs” (who are often called “single-ops”, as in singular operators). The amount of employees you have or don’t doesn’t determine how much passion you have or how good you are as an entertainer. It is, however, a riskier proposition for weddings. As we mentioned, weddings aren’t a corporate monthly meeting. You don’t get another chance to get it right.  There is a reason there are so many ways to say “Stuff happens” and “The show must go on”. Event professionals are real professionals when they have Plan A, B, C, etc. People get sick at their jobs every day but when your job is to provide entertainment for someone’s wedding, you don’t just get to call off. Our company has wedding DJ’s and MC’s on call at our warehouse every weekend to help eliminate risks. If something happens, we’ve already planned for that possibility.

3. What is your insurance policy?

The bride and groom who rent the venue for the night are techically responsible for anything that happens inside that venue from your guests. This means that if the DJ is rolling equipment in and breaks the $6,000 glass front door from being carless – YOU, THE CLIENT, are technically responsible. The client can technically get into legal trouble if someone trips and falls over a tripod or light stand and gets hurt. If the DJ or entertainment company has insurance, it is a buffer to protect them. That all said, $1,000,000 in liability insurance should be the minimum for anyone you hire.

4. Why do you love performing at wedding receptions?

Asking this question will tell you if the entertainer is passionate for weddings or if this is just a profit center for them. There are a lot of ways to make more money than being a wedding DJ. We don’t want you to be scared of sharks trying to take you for all you have, but there are varying levels of passion for this type of event. We love changing peoples perspective the second they get to a wedding. Most think that they’re going to eat some cold food, have a few drinks and listen to the same music they hear at every other wedding. This isn’t the case with what we do. We change the atmosphere through the right music choices, and keep the evening moving so guests are never bored. If we build the atmosphere they will dance.

Could you show us 3rd party reviews

A reputable DJ should be able to easily show you 3rd party reviews

5. Could you show us third-party reviews from your clients?

Reviews on pages like WeddingWire and The Knot can give you insights from couples who have worked with the DJ you are considering. Look for genuine reviews that truly look like you would have written them and not a DJ company “faking a review” after reading a dozen or so reviews from other companies, you will know which ones are real and genuine. Everyone has their own scale and ranking system so make sure the company you are looking for has enough reviews that it all balances out.

6. How many meetings will we have leading up to the wedding?

Asking this question will give you insights into their processes. Do they have automated reminder e-mails, questions you need to answer before your wedding day, systems, checklists, etc. A lot of what you are looking for in a wedding DJ is preparedness and organization.

7. What will you be wearing during the reception?

These questions exist to help you find the right entertainer for your sensibilities. There are a lot of options for attire for entertainers at weddings. We don’t believe there is a right or wrong answer for everyone. There just needs to be communication and a clear understanding. That’s why you should ask! We generally wear black formal wear like a suit, not a penguin suit or colored vests, as we don’t want to be the centerpiece or stand out. We’re very open to other options, however. We have even worn toga at weddings before as well as Halloween wedding costumes. It’s your party, we’re just there to compliment your vision.

what if there is a technical issue?

A good wedding DJ will have a back plan. Make sure you ask!

8. How many hours are included in the reception package?

Being told the price for another hour of reception entertainment during your wedding is definitely not a surprise any couple wants to deal with on their special day. Negotiate how many hours your reception entertainment price will cover up front to eliminate bad surprises later.

9. What’s the plan if there is a technical issue with your equipment during the reception?

Technology is the best…when it works right! When it doesn’t, it can really ruin the fun. Like with the single-ops, having back-up plans separates the risk takers from the prepared. We have backup equipment onsite. Packed backup speakers and computers are standard protocol for teams on-site. We also have runners at our warehouse standing by for any issues. When a company charges a little more for their services, these are the reasons…they have done their due diligence to ensure you get what you paid for – no excuses!

10. What are some of the ways you motivate a dance floor that hasn’t loosened up yet?

This question is once again about sensibilities. Every veteran wedding entertainer has tricks to get energy on the dance floor at the beginning or during any lulls. Entertainers may teach dance moves, we’ve heard of a few who get on the microphone and sing, while others might go out and find grandma for a dance. Asking this question lets you know more about a DJs strengths and also prepares you for what they might be doing on the day of your wedding.

There are some tasteful ways to get guests to the dance floor that work EVERY SINGLE TIME. We’re confident that we can get 80% of the guests to dance the first open dance song of the evening every time. GURANTEED! To learn more, schedule a call or meeting.

We hope these questions provide you with a resource you can use to find the right wedding entertainer for your wedding. Regardless of who you choose, asking the right questions now can make your entire planning process much less stressful.

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When Your Wedding Event Trends Needs More

Most events just need their bases covered with typical event offerings. Venue, catering, entertainment…and they’re all set. There’s nothing wrong with a straight forward approach to event trends and their design. The goals of the event and a scale that is balanced is what matters the most.

That all said, there’s never been a more exciting time than now for creating memorable experiences! The technologies that are available coupled with access to a world of creative examples has empowered those of us who make the visions of event trends real like never before. The core of our company has always been entertainment but entertainment takes many forms. Our entertainers work is complimented by our lighting design, at times enhanced by our Party band, and captured for all time by our videography team.  Beyond that, the sky is the limit because we continuously add products and services we believe can add an extra element to events with the right set of goals.

Entertaining Event Trends

Sparkular

event trend shown: cold spark fountain

Indoor cold spark fountains give that over-the-top experience at your wedding reception

We now offer an indoor cold spark fountain. We can control the height and the moment they go off (for up to 90 seconds each). It’s not a low-end add-on but it’s what your guests will be talking about for years!  We make sure that each venue we are at approves its use, even though they are completely non-flammable, releases no smoke and is not an open flame.

 

CO2 Cryoblasts

event trend shown: Happy couple entering the wedding reception through CO2 blasts

Enter your wedding reception with flare

Looking for an introduction akin to professional sports events? Our CO2 Cryoblasts utilize Liquid nitrogen and raise the level of excitement instantly! These offer a similar wow moment as the Sparkular but with a different look while popping more in well-lit rooms. A popular way to use this equipment is to have the cryo jets shooting up in short controlled bursts when you walk in for intros followed up later in the night with the bride or groom manning our cryo gun which they can shoot their guests resulting in an unexpected rise from everyone! The cryo guns blast compressed air that dissipates instantly and gives them a “wooooooosh” of cold compressed air (often readily appreciated when the dance floor is packed).

Feature Spot Lighting

wedding couple's first dance under a spotlight, a great event trend to show off specific aspects at your event

No doubt all eyes will be on you while you’re under a spot light

An elegant and high-impact option can be our feature spot lighting. If you are in a ballroom without any windows or can get it that dark, we can control a beam of light that draws all eyes to where you want. With featured spot lighting, it’s easy to create an introduction akin to sporting events (complete with that style of announcements!).

 

Custom Bistro Lighting

Event trend shown: decor string lighting at an outdoor wedding

Bistro lighting adds a special feel at your venue

Backdrops and lighting as decor are incredibly “in” right now. We work closely with florists in order to incorporate complimentary lighting with their custom flower/drape backdrops. One of the more popular options is when we add our 3″ edison bulbs in different levels and configurations in front of drape and floral fixtures.

 

Mirror Booth

This unique photo mirror booth is one of our leading event trends

The photo mirror takes up minimal space at your venue while adding a lot of fun for your guests

We’ve written a lot about our mirror booth because it’s incredibly popular. Want to know why?

  • Smaller footprint than traditional booths.
  • Classier looking.
  • We can customize everything.
  • The fun can be seen by guests rather than being in a secluded draped area.
  • I-pad app integration for digital downloads.
  • Options for digital only photos at a greatly reduced rate.

Additional Event Trends

Wedding Hashtags

Asking your guests to use a specific hashtag has become a mainstay of weddings. If you want to increasing the sharing, we offer software that will display your guests posts anywhere we can put screens in the venue.

Caricature Artists

You might not have expected this one but the novelty of this being low-tech and entertaining to watch brings attention to this every time.

Ice luge

Any way to enhanced your guests getting an extra drink or two in them, only helps your chances that they will loosen up more an dance at a wedding (also can look pretty incredible with the right lighting!).

It’s your event. We can offer limitless options for the right entertainment and enhancements to meet your needs and budget. What matters most is the celebration and telling your story. We have the creativity and passion to bring yours to life!

The beautiful Whitehall Columbia is lit in lavender to make for a unique wedding reception

Unique Wedding Reception Venue at Whitehall Columbia

Whitehall Columbia

Our team occasionally runs across a unique wedding venue. Whitehall Columbia is one that we just love. It’s great to entertain in and we always highly recommend it.  Here, we share some pictures of a reception in Columbia Station, Ohio at the beautiful Whitehall Columbia.

Whitehall Columbia is a gorgeous wedding venue. It combines elegance and modern conveniences with the historic charm of a 1938 school building. Whitehall’s focus is always on customer service and satisfaction which is quite refreshing these days. As a result, they are always sure to tend to every last detail.

Ceremony options

Whitehall has an attached Chapel. It’s rustic charm is of that that can only be produced in a 1920’s era building. The Chapel gives off an intimate feel for a unique wedding. With 12-foot ceilings and commanding chandeliers you and your guests will be in awe. The Chapel is located on the same property as Whitehall Columbia. Therefore, it’s able to provide the convenience of having your ceremony and reception in two elegant and historic buildings.

Whitehall also offers a spectacular outside space.  A seven foot cedar fence surrounds the lawn at Whitehall providing plenty of privacy.  Even more, there is a 100 year old Oak tree. It certainly acts as a beautiful centerpiece to the outdoor area.

SSE teamed up and became an exclusive partner with Whitehall Columbia in 2018. As a result, Whitehall clients will be receiving the most tasteful and classy entertainment that Northeast Ohio has to offer.

Selective Sound Entertainment will be installing a state of the art digital sound system. This system will be concealed to preserve the natural beauty of the reception space. Not only will it sound amazing, but you won’t see any wires, cords, or DJ systems

Contact Whitehall  Columbia today if you are interested in finding out more about what they have to offer. They will certainly under-promise and over-deliver every time. 

A bride and groom enjoy first dance with a snow machine.

Common Misconceptions about choosing a wedding DJ in Cleveland

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 in Cleveland. 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 some 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 would be DJ’ing weddings yourself. A skilled wedding DJ in Cleveland will keep the dance floor packed all night and 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. Between using your input and their judgement to direct their song choices your guests will have a blast! Feel free to formulate a “must play list” of songs you would definitely like to hear at your reception. With that said, 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 at a wedding. A good wedding DJ in Cleveland helps direct guests throughout the night. Your DJ should be professionally handling all formal announcements. They are also responsible for 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. The amount of experience your DJ has will have a direct effect on how well your wedding celebration flows. This is one of the most important reasons why you should make sure your DJ is highly experienced with weddings. DJ’s who are not well versed with how to direct a wedding reception could ultimately set your big night up for disaster.

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 by default, not all requests will be played. 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. Nonetheless, you can always let your DJ know that you are adamant about specific songs or genres that are not to be played on your big night. Make sure you tell your DJ as well as write a list. A good Cleveland wedding DJ will always honor your wishes when it comes to something like this. If they don’t or won’t, find a new one fast!

4. My wedding DJ in Cleveland Already Has Lighting Covered

Cleveland courthouse with lavender uplighting

Lighting can truly make or break the look at your wedding. This lavender uplighting perfectly accentuates the pillars and high ceilings at the Old Cleveland Courthouse.

Lighting is a VERY broad term. Just because a DJ has lights doesn’t mean that they’re appropriate for your wedding venue. It’s easy to assume your DJ has all the lighting handled. However, 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. Real wedding DJ’s have teams of specialized departments, they’re not just a one man show.

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”. Even so, 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 while the band plays your DJ can still coordinate your entire reception! 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. This will also give your reception even more variety.

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

Bride dancing with guests surrounding her to music by a weddign DJ in Cleveland

The perfect wedding DJ in Cleveland can make your special night everything you dreamed of.

It’s 2018, 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. With their experience and industry knowledge, they can 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 can help you create an event timeline. This timeline will be able to satisfy all your wants and makes your celebration one of a kind.

7. I Know Someone Who DJ’s – 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 need an experienced, professional wedding DJ. Your DJ needs to be someone who knows how to run a wedding and has the right equipment to handle the job. They also have to have the ability to voice your announcements both formally and tastefully. Many club/bar DJ’s play a very different style of music than you’ll hear at most weddings. They also don’t have to keep a schedule of events on track for the night. 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 want.

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

Pie chart of how many hours an experienced wedding DJ in Cleveland puts into each wedding.

While being a wedding DJ in Cleveland is fun and has its perks, it is far from the easiest job ever. In reality, a DJ puts about 90% of the work in for a wedding 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, to the left, for a breakdown of how a 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 DJ’s. Here’s why:

  • Outdated Content – Most DJ’s profile pictures or videos can be up to 10-15 years old in some cases. You don’t always get what’s in the picture.
  • Personality – You can’t see a person’s charisma in a picture! How do you know what a DJ’s personality is like from just a picture? There’s just no way to know if they would be a good fit for your group from a picture alone.
  • 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?
  • PersonableA high-end DJ company will meet you and get to know you. They will figure out 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. This is to ensure that you are comfortable with them. Selective Sound is one of those companies!

 

Bride and groom dancing at wedding

An experienced wedding DJ team will be able to provide the perfect lighting to set each mood of every stage of your big night.

In Summary…

As you can see, there’s plenty of things to consider before booking your wedding DJ in Cleveland. Some of these may seem more obvious than others. Even so, many are often neglected by engaged couples during the planning stages. Unfortunately, this can result in an tragic 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 hire an experienced wedding DJ company.

Want to make sure all 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.