DJ selfie with bride and groom

 Get to Know Selective Sound Founder, Jeremy Rich

DJ Jay R Rich with happy couple

DJ Jay R Rich with happy couple

The Selective Sound blog crowd-sources a lot of what you read here from different members of the team as well as industry professionals from all over Northeast Ohio. Our founder, and Cleveland wedding expert, drives most of the content we share here. We do this because he has the most experience when it comes to wedding entertainment. For this post, we asked our Cleveland wedding guru to answer the most commonly asked questions in regards to planning a wedding in Northeast Ohio. These questions aren’t just about services SSE provides but all corners of the wedding planning experience.

Selecting Vendors

Question: What should couples look for when choosing a wedding venue in Cleveland Ohio?

Jay R: When choosing a wedding venue, you need to find out if they have their own in-house caterer or if you can bring in your own. Some venues are full service while others are just the venue itself (with very little that comes with it). You need to research and do reviews of venues you may fall in love with before you commit. Remember, if you find a venue you fall in love with that fits your budget, you must remember that there is a laundry list of items you may have to rent as well. Along with your caterer, you may also need things such as chairs, silverware, tables, garbage cans, etc..

Cleveland wedding tips

Wedding planners are essential

Question: What makes a great wedding planner?

Jay R: A great wedding planner is one that has the right experience and you mesh well with. He/she should understand your vision and  lead you to make the right decisions so that your wedding is one of the best and most stress free days of your life.

Question: What’s your biggest tip for anyone who is looking to hire a Cleveland wedding photographer?

Jay R: My biggest tip when hiring a Cleveland wedding photographer is to make sure that they truly know weddings! A wedding photographer must know how to speak up and control the guests. This is the only way to ensure all of the formal shots come through. If you have a photographer that is shy, it will take more time to get your guests to pose for pictures.

Question: What makes a great wedding videographer based on what you’ve seen in your experiences in Cleveland?

Jay R: A great wedding videographer is always in the right place at the right time. Within seconds, he/she can catch just about any action.

More about Jay R Rich

Question: How long have you been a Wedding DJ in Cleveland?

Jay R: Selective Sound is celebrating its 31st year doing wedding receptions in Cleveland, Ohio.

Question: Why do you like working with clients on uplighting for their weddings?

Jay R: I like working with clients on uplighting because we get to help them make the best choice with colors. I like seeing how happy they are when we can make the most out of their budget.

What Couples Show Know

Cleveland wedding tips

Discuss your vision and your set budget with the professionals

Question: What’s your opinions on wedding bands for receptions?

Jay R: We love working with Bands at weddings! However, if they don’t have a qualified MC and DJ with the band the night may move slower. I strongly recommend a band that has a DJ/MC that has an extreme amount of wedding experience. They have to be able to run the evening and do formal, well rehearsed, well heard announcements.

Question: For couples looking for wedding ideas, where would you suggest they look for inspiration?

Jay R: Pinterest is the best place to start as well as the Remember, the more things you see that inspire you the more all of those ideas will add up. You need to take your ideas and discuss them with professionals in the industry. This way you will know what be financially viable in the end.


Thanks for the answers to these questions, Jay R! You can reach out to him any day and ask him your questions right here!

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We Get It

We know why wedding planning is sometimes compared to a roller-coaster. There are ups, downs, screaming, it moves fast and sometimes you can’t see what’s going to happen next until it’s happening! It’s not really fair that you plan such an important day often before you plan any other events all while having a whole new set of opinions in your ear. Let us know if any of these sound familiar to you…

1. The venue you have fallen in love with has just one major flaw…and you can’t keep from thinking about it.

2. The venue you want is cheaper on a Sunday morning…and you’re somehow seriously giving it some thought.

3. Your combined guest list is about 400% too big for your space / budget.

4. You wonder if you can get away with registering at Tiffany & Co. …

5. Hiring a wedding planner has you feeling like the boss you always knew you were.

6. Someone just mentioned wedding garter removal during your reception.

7. Your anxieties around who to choose for your bridal party are kicking in.

8. Your fiancé has been suspiciously quite about the planning of his bachelor party.

9. “Whatever you want, hunny” is both the right answer and not helpful.

10. Someone just told you that you’re going to need help to go to the bathroom while wearing your dream dress.

11. Trying to make everyone else happy?

12. After looking at 40 wedding photographer websites.

13. During your food tasting.

14. During your cake tasting.

15. As much as you are excited about marrying the man of your dreams…you just can’t stop thinking about the shoes you get to wear!

16. Your fiancé thinks a cigar bar is more important than your ice luge.

17. When you find the perfect floral centerpiece concept.

18. Your officiant might be your new best friend.

19. When you’ve gone over budget.

20. Is it THAT hard to just send in a RSVP card??

21. Why didn’t anyone remind you about your dress fitting during the cake tastings?

22. When you just remembered you didn’t have a plan for videography.

23. When your DJ / MC has coordinated everything you want with all your other vendors before you even asked.

24.When everything went exactly as you planned and if it didn’t who cares, you got married to the person of your dreams.

Want to navigate around the most anxious parts of wedding planning but get everything you want? Our advice is to surround yourself with professionals, communicate clearly, and focus on the things that matter most to you.

Let us know if you need someone to vent to who won’t be surprised if you’re in over your head. After decades in the business, we fully understand that wedding planning can be incredibly stressful and we’re here to help!

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