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Should I go ahead with my wedding during this pandemic?

So weddings are going on as promised.   As a Local Cleveland wedding DJ company we have been actively doing weddings for almost a month now.  The “norm” is no longer the normal….. or is it?

We cannot tell you to go ahead with your wedding as we all know things are changing day by day, state by state, county by county.   We do know that more of our couples are dropping the venues and putting up tents and getting married at their home or a family members property.   This is all well and good, but if you think you can plan a last minute wedding for 100+ people in a tent, your most likely going to be way over your head.. Hire a planner without second guessing it, make sure its a full time planner as they will help you in ways you thought would never be possible.  It will be the best money you will have never saved.

We did an interview with many of our MCs and DJs that have been doing weddings in the field for the past month.. Check out the questions and answers below:

Question: What is the main difference between doing weddings now than last year?

Answer:  1/2 way through the wedding, you would barely know there was a pandemic. It all starts out safe and then that all goes out the window.   So the only true difference is the set up of the dining tables, ceremony chairs and bar.  Everyone is doing things differently, so there is not right and wrong way.

Question: What is the average number of guests you have seen attend?

Answer:  Average number depends on venue size.  Most weddings are at 40-50% of original numbers.

Question: Who’s job is it to keep everyone social distanced? 

Answer: Technically the venue or caterer is responsible for enforcing the rules.   We have seen many caterers and venues try to enforce this at first and then they just don’t have the staff to do what needs to be done to keep this enforced.  A few of our weddings actually pulled the staff off of the floor the last few hours.  As the order reads right now for the state of Ohio, the liquor license/operating license/food license can be suspended if they are caught not enforcing this.

Question: What about photo booths..  what are you doing to keep it safe.

Answer:  We use brand new props so when it comes to the props, when someone uses them, they then go right into the trash..  As for keeping it safe,  for most cases we are bringing rope and stancions and our technicians have been coached on keeping distance in the line, how many go into the photo booth, and mask wearing

Question: I have seen pictures of many weddings where they are wearing their masks, however you say that they are all taking them off later in the night. 

Answer:  110% absolutely.. you may have a few older folks wearing them, but we have yet to see anyone but us and the help wearing them after dinner when dancing starts

Question: I am super worried that no one will dance at my wedding as my hall said they aren’t putting up a dance floor.

Answer:  No worries there.. we always make them clear a spot and with our extremely talented DJs, your guests will be dancing on chairs and tables before the end of the night.. GUARANTEED!

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.   info@selectivesound.com

 

 

 

 

Wedding bistro lighting at Windows on the River

Windows on the River: Exceeding Expectations

Spotlight Cleveland Wedding Venue: Windows on the River

This month, Selective Sound has chosen to highlight Windows on the River, and for good reason. This highly sought after Cleveland wedding venue shares a very personal and similar work ethic goal. This single goal makes both companies top notch, highly respected, and referred by clients time and time again. Exceeding client expectations every single time is what makes Windows on the River an exceptional Cleveland wedding venue. With over 25 years of experience, the sales staff at Windows on the River are masters of planning as well as making sure no detail gets missed. It’s not just a few people trying to ensure your wedding day is perfect. It’s every member in the organization which truly shows at every event.

A Gorgeous Waterfront Cleveland Wedding Venue

If we had to use one word to describe Windows on the River we would choose “stunning”. With high ceilings, exposed brick and tall arched windows, this venue has the capability of molding itself to any style. From modern to elegant, Windows on the River won’t disappoint. Incredible views of Cleveland’s skyline and gorgeous sunsets will undoubtedly wow your guests as they take it all in from the private outdoor patios.

Looking to add a truly unique element to your special day? The coordinators at Windows on the River will help you with the rental process for the Greater Cleveland Aquarium for your cocktail hour. This is sure to have your guests talking for years to come! To ensure that they do, you may want to consider adding live music for ambiance. However, if you don’t have plans to utilize the aquarium then live music would also be an excellent choice for your guests to enjoy on the private patio. From a string quartet to acoustic guitar and vocalist, Selective Sound Entertainment has a wide range of live music for you to choose from.

Thanks to Genevieve Nisly Photography for this gorgeous picture!

Enhancing a Venue that is Near Perfect

Enhancing perfection is what Selective Sound Entertainment, Cleveland’s leading wedding entertainment company, does day in and day out. We are also no strangers to Windows on the River. Infact, we are actually one of their preferred Cleveland wedding DJ companies to work with. Again, that shared work ethic goal. With that said, here is how we have helped past couples enhance their special day at this venue.

Lighting

No matter which room you choose at Windows on the River, the right lighting will undoubtedly elevate the beauty of each one. The architecture is fantastic. In fact, it’s probably one the reasons why you chose this venue so you will surely want to highlight it.

The Cityview Room can be easily enhanced with LED uplighting to enhance the brick, walls and support beams. Pin spot lighting is also a nice touch to show off your centerpieces and gorgeous cake. This room is also large enough to be able to utilize club lighting on the dance floor as well as Feature spot lighting for the grand introductions and speeches and more.

The Bridgeview room can also be enhanced with LED uplighting. However, if you want to make a different type of statement, custom string lighting through the middle of the room looks fantastic. Want a truly romantic and elegant atmosphere? Chandeliers are the perfect choice!

Some Unique Touches

Sometimes, with all the brick, couples want to find a way to add a little softness to the area. Custom draping is a simple yet elegant solution. Not only will the draping add a soft touch but it can also add a lovely element behind the head table. The draping can even be highlighted with uplighting. For a more unique touch our lighting team can create a personalized gobo to shine on the draping. Not using draping, but interested in a customized gobo? No problem! Let’s shine it on the dance floor for all to see!

If you would like to see how this experienced Cleveland wedding DJ and entertainment company can help you enhance Windows on the River contact us here! We would love to talk with you further about other special entertainment features to add to your special day!

Cleveland botanical garden wedding venue

Wedding Venue Tips – Cleveland Botanical Garden

The Naturally Beautiful Wedding Location

Some wedding reception venues are impossible to duplicate. This is because they serve a very specific purpose outside of their use as a space for events. The Cleveland Botanical Garden is one of those to the extreme. It has a look that you can’t deny is spectacularly unique. This is because its priority is to show off the natural splendor of the vegetation it holds. It’s the furthest look from a hotel. However, if florals are a vital component of your wedding vision, this is the superlative venue to express it.

Cleveland Botanical Gardens Has Dozens of Options

The Cleveland Botanical Gardens is made up of  10 landscaped acres. The formal and natural gardens make it one of the most sought after places in Cleveland for outdoor wedding ceremonies as well as reception options. Some of the most in-demand areas they offer are their Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden, a terrace with a fountain and lily pond and many indoor spots such as the Ellipse (featuring natural sky light and striking view of a Madagascar oasis), Clark Hall, with a sunset view and the Western Reserve Herb Society Herb Garden.

Planning Details

The Cleveland Botanical Gardens exclusive catering partner, Bon Appetit, has lots of custom menu options for wedding guests to enjoy. They will present your guests with innovative cuisine, alive with flavor. The Garden’s reception venues and reception halls accommodate up to 220 people for wedding receptions. Even with this many guests, there is still plenty of space for a dance floor and head table. A wedding ceremony can also be added to your evening rental of the gardens, and can begin as early as 6pm. The Cleveland Botanical Gardens website has a breakdown of each room including capacity for sit-down dinners, cocktail parties, and ceremonies. The seven main spaces have great flexibility as well as ways to combine spots to create a custom flow.

3 Biggest Tips from Jay R

Here are 3 suggestions Selective Sound Entertainment founder, Jeremy “Jay R” Rich, thinks everyone considering this unique Cleveland wedding ceremony and reception venue should consider before they finalize their plans.

Why We Love DJ & Live Band Entertainment Here

Jay R tells us why the Cleveland Botanical Garden is one of Selective Sound’s favorite places to entertain wedding guests. It’s uniqueness of design plays into the atmosphere and emotion of events which are key contributors to having fun.


Lighting at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

Because of the uniqueness of this venue such as the volume of natural light that comes through windows inside the space as well as all the seasonal options outdoors, lighting design is complicated at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. It’s not harder or even inappropriate to bring in lighting fixtures here, it just requires experience and the ability to interpret visions while keeping things realistic. Jay R gives you a few valuable insights to his process with lighting weddings here.

Why The Cleveland Botanical Garden?

Lastly, here are a few reasons for when the Cleveland Botanical Garden would be the perfect location for your wedding ceremony and/or reception. We hope these tips help your planning process go much smoother!

Outdoor view of The Barn at Mapleside Farms in Cleveland Ohio

Spotlight Wedding: The Barn at Mapleside Farms

Spotlight Wedding: The Barn at Mapleside Farms

Apple orchards, rolling hills, 120 acres of nature’s endless beauty. A truly breathtaking backdrop while saying “I do”. And that’s just the start at Mapleside Farms. For your wedding, you will want to keep The Barn at the top of your list, especially if you’re considering a modern rustic wedding.

Photo credit from Genevieve Nisly.

The ceremony

While most venues have a set area to hold your ceremony, The Barn at Mapleside Farms has multiple! What’s even better is that each one overlooks a different unique piece of the property. Being nestled on part of the Appalachians, you are able to pick which natural landscape you prefer.
One option is to say “I do” on the cement pad outside of The Barn. Here, you and your guests will enjoy the view of Mapleside’s pond and apple orchard. At this site, there is also a built in pergola. Many couples have had their florists come to decorate the pergola to enhance the area to an even greater level.

With the natural visual scene set, the only other thing you’ll have to consider is the aspect of sound. The first piece of sound you’ll need to consider is the music during the ceremony. What could possibly be more romantic than live musicians? Perhaps a string quartet, an acoustic guitarist or even a harpist! At Selective Sound we have many options when it comes to live wedding music. And the last piece of sound you will definitely want to think about for this venue is a ceremony sound system. We highly recommend wireless lapel microphones so that the sound of you saying your vows will be shared with your guests rather than the hills of the Appalachians.

Rain, rain, go Away

Let’s face it, if having a wedding in the Cleveland area, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, rain is always a possibility. Thanks to A Taste of Excellence, you have nothing to stress about should the rain gods decide to make an appearance at your Cleveland wedding. If those clouds start rolling in, even at the last minute, A Taste of Excellence’s team has their rain plan perfected. This amazing team transition the entire ceremony into The Barn in 15-20 minutes with it still looking fabulous. Likewise for transitioning back into your dream reception area.

Planning

The Barn has so much to offer you and your guests when it comes to your reception. Most importantly, A Taste of Excellence is exclusively contracted with Mapleside Farms and for good reason. Their food is absolutely amazing, they have customized menus and their customer service is impeccable. When you book your wedding at The Barn, an event coordinator from A Taste of Excellence will work with you to help create your unique event. From choosing linens to the menu to the bar menu, you will be in caring and very experienced hands.

Creating Your Custom Look at The Barn at Mapleside Farms

 

When it comes to setting the mood and creating the perfect ambiance at The Barn at Mapleside Farms, you can count on Selective Sound Entertainment to get it just right. As with past couples, SSE is excited to see your ideas and make your visions come true. By adding extra bistro lighting the porch will feel magical after dusk and hanging chandeliers inside will give the rustic charm an elegant feel. To add a soft touch to the wood beams you may want to consider adding some drapery. And for pops of color, to tie everything together, uplighting on the wood beams will look spectacular.

Let the Party Begin!

 

Due to it’s size, The Barn can accommodate both, a wedding DJ setup and a wedding party band, like Rock the House Live! Due to having over 30 years in the business, you have nothing to worry about when it comes to sound. Our Cleveland wedding DJ’s are highly experienced and very familiar with the acoustics at The Barn. They are also the best at getting every guest out of their seats and onto the dance floor! They are passionate about what they do and always have the bride and groom’s best interest in mind. So if you want your wedding to be your guests most memorable one ever, be sure to choose SSE, the most experienced Cleveland wedding DJ company.

Cleveland wedding entertainment company gives tips for Cleveland wedding venue, The Madison

Vlog – Cleveland Wedding Venue Tips for “The Madison”

Downtown Cleveland Warehouse Chic

The Madison is a newer Cleveland wedding venue with some very impressive roots. Built in the early 1900’s, The Madison initially housed the Republic Brass Company. After years of neglect, the 22,000 square foot warehouse was finally restored and transformed into a fully realized event venue.  The Madison brought together historic industrialism with modern minimalism to create an impressive event space.

The space offers white brick walls, twenty foot ceilings, and open layout which makes customization a breeze. The venue has table and chair options available so that couples can avoid the hassle of using a rental company. This one story venue has easy to access loading docks which helps greatly for load-ins. Due to large amounts of natural sunlight and creative design, the bridal party rooms are perfect for getting ready for the big moment. From a large private outdoor patio and 16 new bathrooms to 4 season climate control and track lighting, The Madison has so much to offer as a wedding venue. And from a vendor aspect, it offers many helpful things as well. A catering preparation area and ample electrical outlets help ensure a smooth set up and evening.

Selective Sound Entertainment founder Jeremy (Jay R) Rich has a lot to say about The Madison in his latest vlog.

Takeaways From The Madison Tips

Jay R was able to give an incredible amount of useful information when it comes to having your ceremony/reception at The Madison. You’re in good hands with them! Jay R also discusses the design aspects regarding The Madison. The Madison design, admittedly, is not for all couples. If you want a hotel space that is a traditional look, then this industrial warehouse wouldn’t really be for you. However, if you prefer an open floor plan that offers flexibility, The Madison may just be the perfect Cleveland wedding venue for you.

Features To Look For at this Cleveland Wedding Venue, The Madison

Some of Jay R’s favorite aspects of The Madison are the additional features that were thoughtfully added making this an ideal wedding venue. First, there are a few different options for onsite ceremonies. This makes things easier for couples looking to have everything in one spot. The private patio can be used for a number of different functions with many wedding lighting options including bistro lighting. Depending on your decor choices, these wedding lighting additions can help create an elegant or casual atmosphere. When it comes to both ceremony and dance floor sound, the acoustics are perfect. These types of details are important for anyone looking at Cleveland event venues and they are some of the things that impressed Jay R the most.

If you’re looking for even more information on The Madison, check out our Venue Spotlight.

If you want to talk to Jay R about working at this great venue, send him an email today.