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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.

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

9 Common Misconceptions About Your Wedding DJ

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.

Wedding DJ guest interaction being shown through game by bride and groom

Tasteful, Fun ways to involve your guests..

Selective Sound Entertainment Believes in Wedding DJ Guest Interaction

One of the biggest issues with weddings of today is wedding DJ guest interaction. Interaction is needed more than ever these days. However, most couples have seen such distasteful DJ’s that they are totally turned off and are afraid to have that at their receptions. Wedding DJ guest interaction doesn’t have to be corny and in most cases will boost the fun in the atmosphere. Thus, it will get your guests to dance and enjoy themselves more throughout the evening.

You are paying your DJ/MC a lot of money. Therefore, if your wedding needs a boost, your DJ needs to show you that they will go out of their way to show that they are trying to get your guests involved. There is NO SUCH THING as a bad crowd.

Interaction is a broad term and in the entertainment world, can be described on many different levels.  One way to describe interaction is tastefully involving your guests in the fun without embarrassing anyone. Leaving early will be inevitable for your wedding guests if your DJ can’t find a way to keep them engaged. Let’s give them a reason to stay and build the atmosphere to where fun is contagious.

 Ideas on how to get all of your guests out of their chairs

1. Cocktail hour:   Have your MC/DJ stand by the door and greet guests. This is a great way to break the ice and your guests are more likely to come up later to request a song.

2. Dinner: Kissing names announcement. Tired of the clinking on the glasses? Try providing names of all of your married couples on separate pieces of paper. Each time the clanking on the glasses occurs, the DJ picks a name and then announces for the couple to stand up and show the newlyweds how a married couple should kiss.

3. The shoe game:  (We at SSE have not tried this yet, but some DJ’s use this) Seat the bride and groom back to back and have them hold one of each of their shoes in their hands. Your DJ/MC will ask a series of questions and they will answer with the shoes. Click on this Link for an example.

4. Conga line: Your guests are just sitting around and your wedding reception needs a jump start. Try getting everyone into a conga line (we use Shake Senora by Harry Belefonte) and bring them towards the bar and around the room and outside the room if necessary to get some people. Bring it back on the dance floor and go into limbo once around and then into something like Old Time Rock ‘n Roll.

5. Soul train line dance : Who doesn’t love doing this? This is, without a doubt, a great way to get young and old involved on the dance floor.

6.  The Anniversary dance: This is usually done in lieu of the garter/bouquet toss. However, doing both is okay too. This is a great way to get young and old up alike. While playing a few songs, your DJ/MC excuses guests from the dance floor into a circle as they count down the years of marriage. This will have you find the LONGEST married couple (never say oldest).

7. Open up the dance floor with a slow song right after dinner to begin with and have every couple join. Use some unique songs and get them out their chairs.

8. Novelty songs are always a comfort thing and need to be discussed prior. However, they seem to always work. For example, Electric Slide, Cupid Shuffle. Cha Cha Slide, etc..

To summarize…

The above are just a few examples of things your DJ/Emcee can do to enhance you and your guests experience at your wedding reception. At Selective Sound Entertainment our wedding DJ’s are highly trained and skilled. By the same token, getting the crowd up and moving is something our DJ’s are always ready for. Without doubt, it is ALWAYS our goal to make sure everyone leaves with the most awesome and memorable experience. Contact us so we can show you exactly how we can make your wedding reception be the one that everyone happily remembers.

Thank you to Genevieve Nisly for the great photo below. Such a fantastic shot of how SSE gets everyone on the dance floor!

Wedding DJ guest interaction means all guests are on the dance floor

Wedding DJ guest interaction is never an issue with Selective Sound DJ’s. Young or old, they know how to get everyone on the dance floor!