Modern elegance, Superb service and Attention to detail at La Vera Party Center
La-Vera Party Center, was founded in 1952 by Larry and Vera Gaudio and is still family owned to this day. Not only is this amazing in itself but the fact that they still honor their family traditions of homemade Italian cooking is almost unheard of. To this day, they still use only the finest ingredients in preparation of their amazing wedding menu.
La-Vera Party center is a spacious and newly remodeled two-room wedding reception venue. Each room has the capability to be customized to the unique needs of each couple and their guests. The venue, as a whole, has the capacity to accommodate events ranging from 100-720 guests. We would describe La Vera as a classic spin on tasteful elegance. To get an even better idea, you should check out our spotlight feature that we did a few years back.
What’s fantastic about LaVera Party Center is that it seems as though they make some type of update every year. This family run establishment isn’t dull or stuck in the past whatsoever. Instead, they are always looking to make things better for their clients. This type of thinking is something we, at Selective Sound Entertainment, can truly relate too.
La Vera Party Center: Customizable and Affordable
We have been doing weddings at La Vera for over 30 years. This is an incredibly affordable venue that provides amazing food as well as impeccable service. With that said, the money you’ll save by using La Vera Party Center can be spent on adding those extra special touches. From enhancing the look of the room with up-lighting to pin spotting your beautiful cake. No matter what you decide, La Vera Party Center is an excellent choice and you will undoubtedly be very pleased with your decision.
Contact us now to find out more on how we can make your wedding reception the talk of the town.
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Where Iconic meets classic... The Cleveland Courthouse
A Cleveland Courthouse wedding is like a fairytale wedding brought to life. Cleveland’s Old Courthouse, or its more formal name, The Cuyahoga County Old Courthouse is a venue unlike any other in Northeast Ohio. They literally don’t make them like this any more! First time guests to this historic property are obvious. They walk in and immediately look up and up and up! The grandeur of this building is jaw-dropping. We’ve written about Cleveland’s Old Courthouse before in our Venue Spotlights. This time we thought we’d take a deeper dive in the hope that you could use this as a resource before hiring.
Wedding receptions at the Cleveland Courthouse can be problematic for some wedding DJ and entertainment companies. Especially for those who have never entertained at this wedding venue. As much as we love the Old Courthouse we have to admit that there are some specific challenges when working here. To name a few, the acoustics and load in. Even so, as a Cleveland wedding DJ and production company, we have successfully completed over 150 wedding receptions at the Cleveland Courthouse. From Incredible lighting to sound reinforcement the correct way, Cleveland Courthouse weddings are a breeze for us at Selective Sound Entertainment.
We a substantial lighting décor background in addition to being trained sound experts.
The Old Cleveland Courthouse is Lighting Designers Dream...
Watching a lighting designer and their team go to work at the Cuyahoga County Cleveland Courthouse is mesmerizing. As a matter of fact, our team finds it to be more fun decorating here than actual work. Placing the lighting correctly is incredibly important. The goal is to always enhance, never to overwhelm. Thankfully, our designers can create a breathtaking scene with almost any lighting budget.
Past Cleveland Courthouse wedding decor lighting and production favorites:
Acoustics and sound reinforcement are NO PROBLEM for SSE
Worried about the echos? As much as we would like to say don’t worry, you really should. To illustrate, real marble from floor to ceiling, as far as the eye can see, will create some serious challenges. With that said, SSE has trained sound technicians that come second to none. They have worked very hard to ensure that the sound balances perfectly within the Old Courthouse. Don’t just take our word for it, look at our reviews all over the internet that talk about our success. Experience at this venue is a must, we can’t stress that enough. If an entertainment company tells you they have worked at this venue before please make sure they have references to back that claim up. Even more, make sure those references are all positive.
While we don’t want to give away all of our secrets we will say this… speaker placement is key! Those DJ’s that place speakers on the ground without the proper height adjustment are not doing you or your guests any favors. In fact, placing the speakers on the ground is just lazy. Proper height adjustments are absolutely needed to help with the throw of the audio.
Microphones for ceremonies and proper speaker placement are even more important. Wireless lapel/lavalier hidden microphones with directional heads are a must. If you have a dedicated and trained sound technician to help throughout the day/evening you will have nothing to worry about. Selective Sound Entertainment and Events prides itself on its high level of experience in this venue.
CONTACT us now to set up a call/video chat to discuss the endless possibilities.
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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.
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.
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!
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For this vlog, we interviewed Selective Sound Entertainment Founder, Jay R Rich. This time we asked him for wedding lighting tips that could help Cleveland couples sort out their expectations from reality. In this video that’s just over 5 minutes long, there are actually 18 wedding lighting tips. His insights touch upon the initial search for wedding lighting, terminology, and what lighting can impact during a reception.
So many questions…These wedding lighting tips will make things easier for you
One of the biggest takeaways is how to explain what you are looking for in lighting to a professional. Unlike catering, you’ve likely never ordered wedding design before. Therefore, chances are you may not get what you actually want. First, you have to understand that a professional lighting designer has spent years interpreting the requests of their clients. The lighting designer is prepared to ask the right questions to get to an understanding. Things you need to determine beforehand are budget, what areas of the room and activities are most important to you, and how you want your guests to feel during the reception. Coming to a meeting with these things already figured out is one of Jay R’s best wedding lighting tips.
There are questions you should be asking as well to get the most from the planning process. Pinterest Boards are great for helping you decide the colors you plan to be using in your wedding. If you have one make sure to share that with your lighting designer. Speaking of decor, talk to the lighting professional about options before you sign contracts for decor. Lighting has a powerful effect on the overall look of a room that can often eclipse that of decor. This makes it a really budget-friendly decision. Not that it’s lighting or decor – lighting can also enhance the decor decisions you do make which means you should be coordinating your ideas before you commit.
This Vlog is full of really straight forward wedding planning tips like these that will ensure you make the best possible decisions.
Some of the highlights:
Where to start your lighting planning
Areas of a room impacted by lighting the most
Getting the most lighting impact for your budget
How lighting can help you save money
How the right lighting choices can impact guests’ emotions
Watch the above video (or click here) to learn Jay R’s most valuable wedding lighting tips so you can make the best choices for your big day.
Wedding Planning Tips from Cleveland Wedding Expert Jay R Rich
Selective Sound Entertainment (SSE)’s founder, Jeremy Rich, has been helping couples with their dream days for over two decades. While each couple has different tastes, goals, and visions, many experience the exact same pitfalls in their planning experience. The reason for this is varied. Typically, this is due to the enormous amount of pressure and lack of experience in planning their own wedding. A driving force behind this blog is to educate couples in order to avoid these issues regardless if they end up working with our company or not. We want to work for the couples who we are a good fit for. Our goal is to make sure everyone can benefit from the experience. The wedding planning tips we share enable couples to have a much better experience leading up to their ceremony and reception.
We sat down with Jay R in order to document as much wisdom as possible to share with you. As you will hear on the video, Jay R is very passionate about wedding DJ entertainment, lighting design, videography, photo booths as well as live wedding music. However, he spent most of his time discussing how couples end up with up so much stress. This is mostly due to planning and communication issues. Many of these issue can be avoided but it requires everyone involved getting as organized as possible. The following is a compilation of a few of the biggest wedding planning tips Jay R discussed in the interview.
Choosing a Vendor on Price Alone
Meet with the vendor you have in mind before you sign a contract.
The difference between offering value and being the least expensive can be vast. Low price offerings don’t automatically mean an inferior product or service. However, there are usually reasons why a vendor is so much less than their competitors, especially with wedding DJ’s. Wedding entertainment has no barrier to entry. To be a professional DJ doesn’t come with any tests or certifications. In fact, many do it for fun on the weekends while mostly focusing on their day job. While that’s admirable, there’s a level of professionalism and honing of your craft that you never reach unless you put in the time and are “all in”.
Another limitation with working for people with low prices because of a low overhead is a lack of back-up systems. With Selective Sound, we invest money in training our team members before they ever lead an event. We also have warehouse staff, on-call entertainers, and technicians available as runners. If something happens to your entertainer on the way to your wedding or if a piece of technology breaks down, we are always prepared.
Well-paid professionals are also one of the reasons we have maintained a long history in Cleveland as trustworthy professionals. We keep the people happy who are in the position to make or break an event. This is because they are talented and reliable. We’ve seen a lot of the lowest bidding entertainers come and go. This is because they didn’t have a sustainable business and couldn’t maintain their credibility. There’s no do-over for a wedding reception. Therefore, you need to make sure you ask all the right questions when you are choosing who will help make your day the way you want it.
Budget – Be Open and Honest
Open communication is the key to success!
We’ve written before about the importance of setting your budget early before you start the hunt for vendors. This may be one of the most crucial of wedding planning tips. Jay R believes this is a critical point on the road to success for families celebrating a wedding. Make sure everyone with a vested stake in the wedding gets their say and lays out what they are willing to contribute. This form of open communication and organization should follow through to your conversations with those you are willing to hire as well.
While your research online may have turned up pricing and packages for the vendors you want, it’s always worth having a conversation with them. This way you can see if there is something they can offer that would meet your goals while staying in your budget. You’d be surprised by how much creativity and budgets are connected. A true professional isn’t going to change their pricing because they were asked to go lower. However, they can offer you alternative solutions that have less hard costs, such as labor and less products.
All of this is to say that the biggest regrets couples have had seems to center around compromises they made for the sake of their budget. This, unfortunately, resulted in selecting vendors that didn’t perform. The best way to get around this is to talk about budgets early, often and with everyone while asking your preferred vendors to be creative.
Meet Face to Face
Millennials and Generation Z are the most skilled researchers of any generations. That’s because they’re adapt at seeking out online information in order to make better buying decisions. That said, we still advise you to meet with the vendors you are considering face to face. Some wedding pros look better online than they do in reality. This is due to slick marketing. Others could look ideal but when you meet with them you immediately don’t connect.
We think online research is extremely important to decision making for weddings in Cleveland. According to Jay R, listings like The Knot and Wedding Wire work because they are peer reviews. Research can get you 80% of what you need to make a decision so we agree that reviews, videos, testimonials etc. are useful to pick your top few choices. After that, make at least three appointments with the most important vendor types (venue, catering, DJ/entertainment, photographers) in order to have an in-person talk to see if you click. It might seem like a redundant step but it can make a huge difference.
For More Wedding Planning Tips – Watch The Video
Here’s the video of Jay R being interviewed about decisions couples regret making. We don’t want to scare anyone with negativity but it’s important to us that you learn these lessons the easy way before your big day.
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