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Tips for lighting, entertainment and more for Cuyahoga County Courthouse weddings.

Cuyahoga County Courthouse Tips For Lighting, Entertainment and More

What You Need To Know About The Cuyahoga County Courthouse

We’re back with more information you can use to plan your Cuyahoga County Courthouse wedding! If you haven’t already, check out our previous post about on basics of this downtown Cleveland event space. We’re going deeper this time with more specialized tips including information on catering, entertainment and lighting. This is one of the most sought after and unique venues available to couples and that’s why it’s worth investing a lot of time into looking at the space with open eyes before committing.

It Has Character

While there are venues in Cleveland that are more affordable spaces to rent for a wedding, they usually require you to invest in decor in order to make it more grand looking. This is not the case with the Cuyahoga County Courthouse. Less is more because the venue is bold, big and breathtaking. When comparing venues, make sure to take this into consideration. The money you save on decor might be the difference you need to make the Courthouse fit your budget. Decor choices should be more subtle and reflect your sensibilities more than anything else. There’s no need (and no way) to cover up any of the look of the architecture. The goal should be to embrace the aesthetic and not overdo it. Here are a few tips from our founder, Jeremy “Jay R” Rich:

 

Lighting Design at the Cuyahoga County Courthouse

Not all lighting designs work in this venue. Because the building is not a neutral blank slate, going against its established design features is a waste if even possible. What works here is subtly. Warming up or cooling down the features of the venue is one technique that works and can make for some striking designs. If you start with trying to narrow down the feeling of what you want for the look of the night vs. getting into specifics, you’ll be in a much better place to collaborate with a true lighting designer who understands this venue. Ultimately, it’s your decisions that we’ll go with but we won’t hesitate to inform you on the building’s strengths and weaknesses. When you choose true professionals, you get more than order takers…you get invested consulting. Here’s what Jay R has to say about lighting at the Cuyahoga Country Courthouse:

Sound Works Differently Here

One thing you’ll hear about from any wedding supplier who works at the Cuyahoga County Courthouse is the acoustics are a little different there. This space couldn’t be less like a hotel ballroom with their uniform shaped rooms, typical ceiling heights, and soft sound absorbent surfaces. The Courthouse has none of those features! This is a marble very open space with pillars which would be a challenge for an entertainer less familiar with what they would be getting into there. Here are what Jay R says you should take into account because of the uniqueness of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse:

We hope all these tips we’ve shared as the result of years of experience serving couples at this historic and grand venue make a difference in your planning. If you have a specific question that was not addressed here, feel free to drop Jay R a line!

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50 Answers To Your Wedding DJ and Band Questions

Wedding DJ and Band Questions answered by Selective Sound Entertainment

You Have Questions – We Have Answers!

The website Brides.com has a lot of resources for couples looking to make better wedding planning decisions. Like most of the national publications dedicated to weddings, they also have a number of lists featuring pre-prepared questionnaires such as these wedding DJ and band questions. These are great because they can help you learn more about the vendors you could potentially hire. Over the years, we’ve had a number of first meetings with potential clients who have read off such wedding DJ and band questions. It doesn’t make for the most organic conversation but we’re fine with whatever makes you the most comfortable. As wedding specialists with over two decades of experience, there are never questions that stump us in these lists. Therefore, we welcome the conversations that can come from asking us any wedding DJ and band questions they want.

Here are our answers to this questionnaire in regards to wedding DJ and band questions.

The Basics

First things first, you’ve got to figure out the basics … like, is the DJ or band even available on your desired date. The answers to the following wedding DJ and band questions will help you get a sense of how experienced the candidates are.

Q1. Is my wedding date available?

A1. We are a smaller company that has only 5-6 of the most highly experienced wedding DJ’s. We do sell out quick.

Q2. How long have you been doing this professionally?

A2. Not only has SSE been in the wedding business for 32 years but our youngest wedding DJ on the team has 12 yrs experience.

Q3. How many weddings have you played?

A3. As a company, we have done over 7k weddings

Q4. How long have you been performing together (if you’re interviewing a band)?

A4. Our party band has been together for 6 years

Q5. How many weddings do you do in an average weekend?

A5. Some weekends its 1-2, some its 6, it all depends on availability.

*Why you need to know this: If the band or DJ is playing ’round the clock all weekend, their performance might suffer. Therefore, if they are running on empty, you might want to rethink about booking them.

Q6. Do you perform at more than one event in a day?

A6. One wedding per day

Q7. Will you be the DJ/bandleader personally playing at our wedding? Which band members should we expect?

A7. We only have one party band so the members are almost always the same unless they are sick or out of town. You will get to meet with and work with your actual DJ beforehand.

*Why you need to know this: Bands usually have a roster of performers, and might alternate who’s playing based on their availability. If you’re choosing a band based solely on the fact that you love one musician or singer in particular, make sure they’re the performer who will actually be playing your wedding.

Q8. Have you done events at my wedding venue?

A8. Due to being in business for 32 years, chances are we have done events at your venue.

Q9. What sets you apart from your competition?

A9. Talent and experience by far. Knowing how to run weddings and give guidance to help keep things running smoothly and knowing when to play the right music at the right time to pack your dance floor.

Q10. Can you describe your style?

A10. Classy, Tasteful and extremely fun.

Q11. Are there any other services that you provide, such as lighting design or a photo booth?

A11. We have a full lighting division as well as an array of special effects. We also offer Videography and live music.

Q12. Can you provide me with recent couples that I can contact for references?

A12. Certainly! However, what’s easier is checking out the KNOT.com, Wedding Wire, Facebook as well as Google for recent reviews from REAL couples.

The Music

You probably already know a little about the wedding band or DJ since you were interested enough to interview them. Learn more about them and their style so there are no surprises on the big day.

Q13. Do you have a CD of your music or a video from a prior wedding where you performed?

A13. Sure, we could pull playlists, but every wedding is so unique to each couples style, so it surely will all be customized.

Q14. Can you help me choose the music for my processional, recessional, father-daughter dance, etc.?

A14. Absolutely.. in addition to your MC/DJ or band leader helping you, you will also have access to one of the most innovative online wedding planners in the country. You can listen to each track as well as see the lyrics, with the touch of a button.

*Why you need to know this: If you’re having trouble choosing music for a first dance song or father-daughter dance, etc., a DJ or wedding band undoubtedly know a thing or two about choosing the right music. They can definitely be a helpful resource!

Q15. How extensive is your music library or song list? What genres can you cover?

A15. Anything from the 30’s to today. Our party band specializes in 80’s to today, but play montages of 50’s, Motown and 70’s.

Q16. Do you have a go-to list of wedding songs you play or perform for weddings?

A16. We have our “core” go to list, but every wedding is so different, it may differ on the styles of each couple we meet with.

*Why you need to know this: You should certainly ask ahead of time if your DJ/band has a list of songs they recommend playing throughout the wedding. If they leave that list up to you, be sure to provide them with the songs you want to get down to on the dance floor before your wedding swings around.

Q17. How do you keep your music collection up-to-date?

A17. We subscribe and pay for a DJ only music club to be sure that we have CLEAN and edited MP3 tracks monthly.

Q18. If the DJ or one of the band members scheduled for my event is unable to perform for some reason, do you have a backup replacement ready to go?

A18. Indeed! We have DJ’s and staff on-call at a moments notice.

Q19. Do you take any breaks? How many and when?

A19. Our band does indeed take 15-20 minute breaks, depending on how long they are playing for. No need for any breaks for your DJ.

Q20. What music will be provided during the breaks?

A20. If our party band is playing, we would be playing a mix of fun music or formality music that is discussed beforehand.

Q21. How many band members will perform that day?

A21. Our party band can consist of up to 7 members

Q22. Do you act as the emcee and make all of the announcements?

A22. Without a doubt! We do all of the tasteful announcements. Our party band also includes a MC/DJ. Not only do things run smoother but your guests won’t get bored. Therefore, it will be easier to get your guests up and dancing.

Q23. How would you define your emcee style?

A22. Classy, tasteful well informed announcements.

Q24. What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing?

A24. In our 32 years of existence, we have learned a great deal from other DJ’s and bands around the country. Due to this, we have definitely developed tasteful ways to get the crowd involved.

Q25. Do you take requests from our guests?

A25. Absolutely. We also filter them.

Q26. Can we submit a “Do Not Play” list?

A26. Sure can. Not only will we talk about this in our meeting before your wedding, but you will have access to the online planner to submit these.

*Why you need to know this: You never know what your guests are going to end up requesting. Therefore, having a do-not-play list ensures you’re not going to hear anything you and your new hubby hate.

Pricing and Payment

The price tag is one of the biggest factors in choosing what wedding DJ or band to choose, but it’s not as simple as just asking for a price. You need to find out exactly what that price includes because you definitely don’t want to discover any surprise fees after you’ve signed a contract.

Q27. What’s your rate?

A27. We have rates that start as low as $1299.00 and they go up to $1999.99 for the DJ packages. Our party band package includes the band, MC/DJ, dance floor lighting, dedicated sound technician and sound system starts at $4900.00.

*Why you need to know this: When talking about rates, make sure to find out not only if the rate changes based on the day (or even time of day) but exactly how many hours that rate buys you. If the rate is in the ballpark (even if it’s over budget), great! If it turns out that DJ or wedding band is the one, you might be able to negotiate a discount, or increase your budget to be able to use that DJ or band.

Q28. Does that rate include setup and breakdown between ceremony and reception locations? What, if anything, isn’t included?

A28. Yes, everything is included with no extra charges. However, if your event is more than one hour away, it may require a travel fee.

Q29. How much would you charge for overtime?

A29. $75.00 per 1/2 hour for your DJ. Band overtime is $500.00 per set which is 45 minutes.

Q30. Are there any additional fees that could accrue that I am not taking into account, like travel expenses or charges for special musical requests?

A30. No additional fees as well as no hidden costs.

Q31. When will I receive a written contract?

A31. We would email an e-sign contract as soon as you wanted to review one. We do recommend sooner than later as we do fill up quickly.

Q32. How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? Do you offer a payment plan?

A32. Deposit/Retainer fees all depend on which package you go with. It could be as cheap as $500.00 or as much as $2500.00.

*Why you need to know this: See if you can pay them before (or after) the wedding. Trying to pay wedding vendors on the day of your wedding is complete chaos.  Due to this, we suggest you always pay beforehand.

Q33. What is your refund/cancellation policy?

A33. The Deposit/retainer fee is non refundable due to already taking that date off the calendar. If you cancel within 120 days before your wedding reception, you would not be responsible for the balance.

Q34. How far in advance do I need to book you for my wedding?

A34. We recommend one year out or more.

Q35. What information do you need from me before the wedding day?

A35. We will reach out to you to discuss the timeline, names, music, etc..

Q36. Are you insured?

A36. Without a doubt! Fully insured with a 3 million dollar policy

*Why you need to know this: Ideally, your wedding DJ or band will carry liability insurance. It covers any damage that can occur to the performers themselves as well as the equipment. Many venues require DJ’s and bands to carry liability insurance, so it’s important to know upfront if they have it.

Logistics

Now for the less exciting but still critical details, like power supply and scheduling.

Q37. Can you provide wireless mics for the wedding ceremony?

A37. Absoultely (additional fees for additional equipment)

Q38. Does any of your equipment require special electrical outlets that I need to inform my wedding site about?

A38. Nope.

Q39. Do you bring backup equipment?

A39. Absolutely. We also have staff oncall at our warehouse to bring us out any special equipment if needed at a moments notice.

Q40. What kind of space or stage do you require for the DJ or band? If my site doesn’t provide what you need, will you make arrangements for the stage or am I responsible for renting it?

A40. Our band requires a 12×10 area at the least while our DJ’s require at least a 6×6 area.

Q41. Do you set up a sign or banner with your equipment?

A41. NO… not at all.

Q42. How much time will you need for setup, sound check and breakdown on the day of the event?

A42. We arrive 2 hours before the event begins.

Q43. What time will you arrive at the site and when you will you depart?

A43. We will arrive 2 hours before the event and leave approximately 1 hour after (at the most). It all depends on how much equipment is secured for your event.

*Why you need to know this: You want to get a confirmed arrival time from them before your wedding, and it should be early enough that the performers have plenty of time to get set up. Also find out when they plan to leave. If you want to have them stick around for the after-party, negotiate this into your contract before the night comes.

Q44. Will we meet again before the wedding?

A44. This is a must and will usually take place 4-5 weeks before your wedding reception day.

Q45. When is our deadline for submitting our music requests and event details?

A45. 10 days prior to the wedding reception.

Q46. What will you wear to our wedding?

A46. Black suit/formalwear

Q47. Do you (and each band member, if you’re booking a band) require a meal?

A47. While we do not require a meal it is certainly always appreciated.

*Why you need to know this: It’s something you need to add on to your budget! This can be a significant cost, especially if you’re booking a ten-piece band.

Q48. What is your policy on alcohol or smoking during the wedding?

A48. We do indeed drink at weddings… coffee, tea, water and soda. We save any alchohol consumption on our own time. Also, all of our DJ’s and band members are non-smokers.

Q49. Is there anything we should know about your services that we haven’t talked about?

A49. We are one of the most experienced wedding only DJ companies in N.E. Ohio.

*Why you need to know this: At this point, you’ve probably covered everything, but it never hurts to make sure. Cover all your bases and see if there’s anything that’s been left out from the wedding DJ or band’s point of view.

Q50. Do you have any questions for us?

A50. When you meet with us we have a number of specific questions we ask in order to understand your specific sensibilities, budget, and expectations.

*Why you need to know this: Now that you know everything you wanted to know, find out if there’s any extra info the wedding DJ or band needs.

Now that we have answered all of your Selective Sound wedding DJ and band questions you should have a good understanding of what to expect. Even so, we encourage you to browse our site and blogs to get a better feel of what we’re all about. Remember to also look at the other sites to check out past couples’ reviews. If you do have more wedding DJ and band questions for us, feel free to contact us.

The Knot best of weddings Hall of Fame

The Knot – Cleveland’s Best of Weddings 2019 Pick and Hall of Fame

Consecutive Years of Excellence

The Knot best of weddings Hall of Fame

We are excited and honored to have become recognized by The Knot for Best of Weddings Hall of Fame

We’re very proud to announce that Selective Sound Entertainment has been inducted to The Knot Hall of Fame by earning the Best of Weddings 2019 Pick this year.  Being recognized as the Best of Weddings Pick for the past four years has been an honor but the Hall of Fame means so much more. This is for our contributions to Cleveland wedding receptions. Offering our clients superior entertainment, lighting, audio / visual production, photos booths and more, we’ve prided ourselves on offering the right services for the right clients. Being inducted into this Hall of Fame is wonderful reassurance that our hard work isn’t going unnoticed.

There are many self-described ways for a company to boast about their achievements. However, we find superlatives like this to be more meaningful.  The Knot’s Best of Weddings list requires a company to have consistent, high volume, positive reviews from clients. That means we’re not the ones saying we’re “the best in Cleveland”, our clients are!

A Winning Team receives Hall of Fame Award

Quote: We had numerous guests with music/DJ/performance backgrounds and several came up to us afterwards and mentioned he was the best DJ they've ever experienced. - Katrina M., The Knot

We truly enjoy exceeding people’s expectations.

There are a few ways we ensure consistent favorable reviews by those who hire us. Firstly, we take care of our team. Some companies are seen as “hit or miss”. This is because they have some super star team members and some that are just so-so. Team members train for months and are constantly evaluated. The team members must prove they are worthy to lead a team for a wedding. Then, team members are paired with clients based on personality and client needs.  In order for everyone to get what they want, we always do our best to make sure our DJ and clients will work well together. We’ve had team members work with us for decades because we listen to them and value their contributions.

The Right Clients

Quote: I love this company! Selective Sound is so professional organized. I never had to worry about anything. - Katrina M, The knot

Everything we do is for our clients to receive the best entertainment experience possible.

Selective Sound Entertainment tries to ensure events are consistently successful. You will see many subjective reviews on The Knot while reading through bad reviews. Consequently, we believe the event partner could have avoided the bad reviews if they had asked the right questions. If a review states that the company didn’t offer enough value, it’s usually because of a miscommunication in expectations. We let our clients know up front before they hire us that we are not the cheapest in Cleveland. What we focus on, instead, is offering value. Because of this, true professionals, who have seen it all, will give you things like insight, a worry-free experience and organized meetings. While that might mean we’re not the perfect fit for everyone, those who do appreciate those qualities will be rewarded.

Passion For Weddings

This isn’t a part-time job for us – this is our full-time focus. There are many ways to earn a living through entertainment and/or audio visual solutions.  We choose this path because our favorite part of our jobs is creating memorable positive experiences for families on these important days. When you compare us to many other organizations offering wedding entertainment, we think that’s an important distinction – focus on a specialty.

Couples have a lot of justifiable fears going into planning a wedding. This is usually due to the size of investment they are making in addition to the fact that most have never hired these services before. We believe that being a wedding professional means that you should also be passionate about education. We make sure our clients know what to expect throughout the process so there are no surprises. Even outside the scope of our offerings, our years of experience and local connections are available to clients on a host of wedding-related questions that they may have. We consider ourselves a resource and not just a vendor.

Quote: We booked with Selective Sound before we booked our venue-lol! We know the entertainment is a HUGE part of receptions and they definitely made ours AMAZING. -Melissa M, The Knot

We’re happy that you’re happy

If you believe your wedding deserves Hall of Fame level service, we’d love to talk. With over twenty years serving Northeast Ohio couples, we’re confident we won’t let you down.

E-mail us today so we can talk about your vision to see if we’re a good fit for you. Who knows, we could be celebrating your wedding’s five-star review soon!

 

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Wedding Event Trends Available In Cleveland Now!

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!

Wedding DJ, Jay R working his magic behind the DJ booth.

Event professionals tell the truth about wedding DJ’s

The Truth About Wedding DJ’s

We love what we do and we’ve been doing it for a long time. That said, event entertainment has always had a low barrier to entry. Being able to claim you are a DJ and truly acting as a professional entertainer aren’t mutually inclusive. The last thing we want to do is say anything negative about our profession nor create fear in couples minds needlessly, in regards to wedding DJ’s. We do, however, have a responsibility to educate our clients. With our wedding clients specifically, there’s a very difficult learning curve for most looking to hire professionals in order for their dream day to be realized. In our experience, very few couples have had significant entertainment negotiations prior to their wedding which often results in undue stress and even bad decision making.

While we could tell you horror stories we’ve heard from our wedding industry friends over the past decade, we don’t want to do that. In all honesty, most wedding DJ’s we’ve encountered are good people who got into entertaining for the right reasons. There is a wild skill level difference between the different ends of the spectrum but we encounter much more instances of altruistic entertainer than charlatans. In our ongoing effort to educate our region on what professional wedding entertainment services should be, we’ve once again asked regional industry leaders what they look out for. It’s our hope that these third-party voices might give you suggestions on things to be aware for not only professional and unprofessional behaviors but also traits that aren’t compatible with who you are.

Brett Yacovella, Creative Director / Wedding Photographer

Making the Moment

Whats a common mistake wedding DJ’s make that negatively impacts the event?

People whispering secrets in one picture and wedding DJ's hand on equipment in another picture

A professional DJ guides your event, they don’t make it theirs.

Most of the DJ’s we work with on any given event are professional and help everything go smoothly for our couples (especially the team over at Selective Sound!). However, there are some decisions that (from our perception) can make the event feel a bit funny. The most noticeable is when a well intended DJ makes the mistake of making the event about themselves. Everyone loves a good emcee that will help guide the event, but the more I experience events and listen to feedback from couples, we’re all annoyed by a DJ that showboats too hard; leading the night with long winded diatribes, predictably cheesy jokes and one-liners that they’ve rehashed and re-used throughout past events. In short, speeches and toasts should be reserved for the families or the couple, not for the DJ to become a pseudo-star.

What is a sign that a Wedding DJ really understands their profession?

A DJ really understands their profession when they work hard to understand what the couple wants out of the evening, rather than assuming and working on a pre-formatted script. The best DJ’s I work with know how to influence the night to become what the couple wants; paying careful attention to pace and flow of the night, while working in response to what the guests are providing  (in terms of energy and response) all the while using the couple’s desires as a north-star for the journey. On a professional level, I always feel confident in a DJ when they take the time up front to greet our photography and video staff when we arrive at a venue. It’s SUCH a great show of teamwork when I know the DJ is going to work hard to communicate with our teams to ensure we don’t miss a moment.

Whats one piece of advice you have for couples before they choose a DJ for their wedding?

Trust your friends, your instincts, and your vendors. Ask your friends how they felt about their DJ, would they recommend them? Have you been to an incredible wedding lately? Who was the DJ there? Ask your vendors  (photographers and videographers especially). Each of us are “attending” 20-30 weddings a year, and so really have the opportunity to give good feedback here. The Making the Moment staff knows who the great wedding DJ’s are, simply because we’re fully present throughout the ENTIRE wedding reception. We don’t leave the night early and we stay throughout the entire party. We LOVE experiencing a good wedding reception; not only is it fun for us and our couples, but it also makes the imagery and our wedding films SO much better.


Terry Superchick Goodman, Lead Photographer/Owner

Platinum Photography Ohio

A lady telling another lady a secret. wedding DJ's hand turning up the volume.

It’s important to meet with your DJ to make sure you mesh well

Whats a common mistake wedding DJ’s make that negatively impacts the event?

I find quite a few DJ’s who don’t know how to read a room. I’ve seen many dance floors empty because they just can’t seem to play the right song to pull someone onto the dance floor.

What is a sign that a Wedding DJ really understands their profession?

The sign of a great DJ is when the dance floor is packed and people are dancing the whole night.

Whats one piece of advice you have for couples before they choose a DJ for their wedding?

Talk to your actual DJ in person to get a feel for their personality. Talk to friends and family who’ve already been married and ask if they loved their DJ or not. Then you get a feel for who you should be checking out.


Justin Ketchem, Owner

Justin Ketchem Photography

Quote "Observe the DJ during the intros, speeches and parts of the wedding that require MC work." -Justin Ketchem Photography

Ask your DJ questions before your event to ensure they are well organized

Whats a common mistake wedding DJ’s make that negatively impacts the event?

Not taking the time to learn the names or pronunciation of the wedding party for the introduction.

What is a sign that a Wedding DJ really understands their profession?

Being well organized and knowing when to play certain kinds of music.

Whats one piece of advice you have for couples before they choose a DJ for their wedding?

Observe the DJ during the intros, speeches and parts of the wedding that require MC work. That will give a good indication of the DJ’s preparation, organization and style.


Nicole Sebrasky, Owner/Photography

Brass Key Photography

Quote:"If their personality doesn't match yours, odds are they won't on your wedding day either." -Brass Key Photography

Make sure your personalities blend together nicely so you won’t have any conflicts on your special day.

Whats a common mistake wedding DJ’s make that negatively impacts the event?

Dinner Music! Most DJ’s seem to default to a Frank Sinatra and instrumental playlist for dinner. In my opinion that is the worst thing you can do! What happens when you feed your guests a good meal, turn the lights down and put on slow music? YOU PUT YOUR DANCERS TO SLEEP BEFORE THE DANCE FLOOR OPENS!

Odds are your guests will be seated with people they either don’t know or haven’t seen in years. They need things to get them to socialize. Food and music are two things where people can find things in common and start conversations. We recommend our couples pick a playlist of their favorite songs that you love to hear but cant dance to. Coldplay, Queen, Smashing Pumpkins, 80’s & 90’s undanceable Hits and ballads, etc. That will get people saying “OMG! I haven’t heard this in forever”. Not only will it keep your non dancing guests around longer if they make a new friends, but it will also get your guests energized and excited for the dance floor to open!

What is a sign that a Wedding DJ really understands their profession?

Your DJ should outline the entire reception timeline. Knowing what is happening when and being prepared for it is key! Your DJ is your emcee for the night and once the reception starts, he is in charge of the flow. Having a game plan in writing that he can share with other professionals is a great way to make sure everyone is on the same page and ready to go when the time comes!

Whats one piece of advice you have for couples before they choose a DJ for their wedding?

MEET THEM! Spend time with them. If their personality doesn’t match yours, odds are they won’t on your wedding day either. If their energy level is low or they don’t speak clearly, you should look elsewhere. Your entertainment will make or break your party. You are paying thousands of dollars, spending months or years and countless hours planning this major event…. if you don’t have someone who can keep your guests happy and having fun, you are wasting all of the effort you are putting in!


Jeff Jones, Photographer

Jeff Jones Photography

Wedding DJ's: "Hire a professional that has many years of experience in the field." -Jeff Jones Photography

Experienced professionals are essential

Whats a common mistake wedding DJ’s make that negatively impacts the event?

Talk to much or sing with the song that they are playing.

What is a sign that a Wedding DJ really understands their profession?

Keeping the guest on the dance floor the entire evening.

Whats one piece of advice you have for couples before they choose a DJ for their wedding?

Hire a professional that has many years of experience in the field.


Heather Morse, Event Planner

Marigold Catering

What no one tells you about wedding DJ's: "Make sure the DJ wants to represent you as a couple through the music." -Marigold Catering

Your playlist should be unique to you and your event, not just a standard playlist.

Whats a common mistake wedding DJ’s make that negatively impacts the event?

Some DJ’s tend to talk a little too much.

What is a sign that a Wedding DJ really understands their profession?

They have a clear passion for the event and all vendors involved. They communicate their needs to vendors/the caterer before an event.

Whats one piece of advice you have for couples before they choose a DJ for their wedding?

Make sure that your wants are more important than theirs. Make sure the DJ wants to represent you as a couple through the music.


Brandi Hamerstone, Owner

All Events Planned

Wedding DJ's. "No matter how good the DJ if you don't "click" with them, they won't work for your wedding day." -All Events Planned

Matching personalities is key

Whats a common mistake wedding D’Js make that negatively impacts the event?

Trying to run the event “their” way vs the way that the client wants the event to run. Suggesting things because they think they “work” better instead of listening to the client and trying to make their way work for everyone. Trying to sell the clients on additional items and upgrades just to make money off of the account. Sometimes the client doesn’t need them and the suggestions are purely out of the desire to make more of a profit.

What is a sign that a Wedding DJ really understands their profession?

They are active in pursuing knowledge in all aspects of the wedding day so that they understand why the timing of the day happens beyond what they see. Great wedding DJ’s are open to clients suggestions and ideas and are always on the look out for ways to better improve who they are and what they do

Whats one piece of advice you have for couples before they choose a DJ for their wedding?

Sit down and interview them either in person or on the phone to figure out if their personality is a good fit. No matter how good the DJ if you don’t “click” with them, they won’t work for your wedding day. NEVER hire a DJ without talking with them.


Now that you’ve read these honest answers to simple questions that we asked veteran industry professionals, you have some homework. What are deal breakers for you when it comes to hiring a DJ for your wedding? How are going to alleviate problems that would cause you stress during your special day before they happen?  Do you have a list of qualities that you’re looking for within the event professionals you are about to hire?

With over two decades of event entertainment experience, we’ve seen a lot but no two events of ours is the same. Our clients stories are as unique as each reception we have the privilege of working on.

Ask us how we’d help express your dream.

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