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This kissing couples choice of wedding reception special effects was confetti cannons
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History and architecture collide at one of Cleveland Ohios most unique wedding venue

Perhaps you’re looking for a wedding venue that your guests  will never forget. Maybe you’ve been searching for that venue with not only beautiful architecture but one that is also rich in historical culture. If so, then the Cleveland Arcade wedding venue will be a perfect solution.

The architecture is absolutely stunning, to say the least. Its endless backlit staircases, substantial balconies, and adorned fixtures, make the Cleveland Arcade wedding venue one of the most unique and epic of settings. In summary, it will undoubtedly be the ideal backdrop for the wedding of your dreams.

What makes the Cleveland Arcade wedding venue so perfect?

We have been in the Cleveland wedding DJ business for almost 35 years now. With that being said, we feel that our experience gives us the opportunity to share our knowledge with you. The Cleveland Arcade wedding venue is one of those venues that you just don’t come across too often. Not only is the staff at the Hyatt Regency always very helpful but the food and service are second to none in the hotel industry.

There are many different ways you can set the floorplan to flow for both looks and dancing.  Ceremonies usually take place on the stairs and the backdrop is breathtaking. Wedding photos in the Cleveland Arcade are a treat for any photographer. The opportunities for truly unique photos are simply endless here.

Some things we recommend to enhance your special day at the Cleveland Arcade:

  • Satellite delay speakers for balanced sound
  • Warm led up-lighting in-between shops on the sills
  • Ceremony sound placed correctly, facing the guests, with lapel/lavalier wireless microphones
  • Cocktail sound system in the upstairs area with microphone to assist with seating guests
  • If you have 200+ guests they usually have some overflow of guests seated upstairs for dinner. Be sure sure you link the sound systems so your guests above don’t get left out.

Want to learn more before making your decision for the Cleveland Arcade wedding venue?  Contact us now! 

Beautiful Bride Dancing through a blast from confetti cannons
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Guest table look gorgeous with amber uplighting at Cleveland City Hall Rotunda

25 wedding venues in 25 days..

2020…The year of challenges. This is how 2020 will be known for so many of us. This year has definitely been a bit unusual as well as challenging for our team, just like it has been for the rest of the world. However, those who know us know that we love a challenge. Even though we are kicking back and relaxing with our families, we can’t just sit still the entire time. Therefore, we have decided to challenge ourselves to post about our top 25 Cleveland wedding venues in 25 days.

These wedding venue posts will be in NO particular order. We respect them all equally and enjoy each one differently. In this series of posts, not only will we be describing how we transformed each wedding venue, but we will also be sharing some pictures. Some of the lighting designs we’ve done at these 25 Cleveland wedding venues are just too incredible and unique not to share pictures of.

We are a full service entertainment and production DJ company in Cleveland, Ohio. Not only are we known as one of the leading wedding dj companies in Northeast Ohio but we also specialize in other aspects of the wedding industry. We have specialized teams to meet all of your décor lighting, photo booth and special effects needs. When looking through the pictures in this series of 25 Cleveland wedding venues in 25 days, please note that we can recreate a look. However, we would be even happier to design a whole new unique look just for you at any of these locations.

We hope you enjoy the posts in our series “25 Cleveland wedding venues in 25 days”! And don’t forget to leave us feedback in the comments below. We love hearing from you! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Cleveland botanical garden wedding venue

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!

Cleveland wedding entertainment company gives tips for Cleveland wedding venue, 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.

The Madison set up for wedding reception with hanging bistro lights and vines.

Cleveland Spotlight Wedding Venue: The Madison

Looking for the newest and hottest spot to have your wedding? Well, look no further than Cleveland’s premier wedding venue, The Madison. Located in Cleveland’s growing and diverse Midtown district, The Madison offers indoor and outdoor spaces, fabulous aesthetics and so much more! Whether you’re looking for a spot to accommodate your wedding ceremony, reception or both, Selective Sound Entertainment believes this amazing space must be at the top of your list.

Wide Open Spaces at The Madison

This historical 22,000 square foot warehouse has minimalist white brick walls, spacious twenty foot ceilings and an amazing open layout. This is the perfect Cleveland wedding venue to make all of your wedding day visions come true without having to try to hide anything. A fantastic blank canvas like The Madison gives you the opportunity to let your your imagination run free. What’s better is that you can do this without having to worry about covering up odd colors and patterns that you may find at other venues. Instead, Selective Sound Entertainment’s lighting engineers can help you fill the space with colors of your choice. From uplighting beams of color to adding strings of bistro lighting, giving a warmer glow to the large space. Whatever you can imagine, our wedding lighting designers are always up for the challenge.

Small or Large, The Madison Accommodates All

Whether you’re looking for a small or large Cleveland wedding venue, The Madison can accommodate all.  “The Foundry Room” may be just what you’re looking for if your guest count includes just your nearest and dearest. You receive all of the benefits of The Madison just in a more intimate setting. This lovely space has the ability to seat up to 300 guests comfortably and if you are wanting it to feel even more intimate, the Madison also has pipe and drape available.

Also, if you are indeed having a large wedding, fear not. The main event space at The Madison can seat up to 500 people easily. And if you have always imagined dancing under the stars…well, The Madison has that covered as well. Their outdoor patio can seat up to 300 guests. With the bistro lights strung above, you will have a beautiful warm glow to create the perfect outdoor ambiance.

If you’re planning to fill The Madison near it’s maximum capacity, then we have a couple tips for you. Firstly, due to the exposed brick walls and ceiling heights our experienced Cleveland wedding DJ’s highly suggest adding additional speakers in the corners of the room. This way, everyone can hear everything as it is meant to be. Our wedding DJ’s also want to emphasize the importance of using an experienced wedding DJ for this particular venue. You’re big day will be as close to perfect as possible if you do. So be sure to do your homework before you choose your Cleveland wedding DJ.

The Madison has Thought of Everything

The Madison has truly thought of everything needed to have the ultimate Cleveland wedding with all the bells and whistles. From high-speed internet, a separate bar room, tables and chairs and more than enough electrical outlets. Be sure to check out their website, to see all of the other wonderful things they provide as well. You won’t be disappointed!

Also, a big thank you to Jenny Haas for these gorgeous photos of a bride’s dream come true! The bistro lighting, by Selective Sound Entertainment, hangs above to provide a warm and romantic ambiance. Not only do the hanging vines and wood chairs give a natural earthy feel but is a fantastic example of a couple letting their imagination run free at The Madison in Cleveland, Ohio.

Let’s Enhance The Madison together!

Selective Sound Entertainment is much more than just the best Cleveland wedding DJ’s. We also have an entire team of visionaries, who are always excited for the next challenge that comes along. And if you’re having a difficult time solidifying a plan, even after hours of browsing on Pinterest, our creative designers are more than happy to help! To the right, you will find a few suggestions that we think would be amazing attributes to The Madison. Leave us a note and ask us what we can do for you!

The following are just a few suggestions to help amplify The Madison into something magical.