SETTING THE SCENE
S innin the s ene i e m si dee ays and te h e e ts ma e re e tion ash a hit By Skylar Dubelko Genevieve Nisly Photography
During the wedding planning process, some brides enthuse over glamorous aspects like buying a gown, picking out flowers and taste testing reception foods and cake. But a truly enjoyable wedding reception doesn’t overlook the importance of entertaining guests. So before hiring your cousin’s coworker’s brother to deejay the event for free booze, consider what Troy Entertainment President Pete Troy and Shari Conn of Marty Conn Entertainment have to say. A good deejay has both talent and experience, Troy says. Referencing what he calls “the Amazon effect,” Troy says nowadays, people tend to go for the quickest and most convenient option. “But this is something that is talent driven or, I should say, is magic,” explains Troy, whose company is based in Strongsville. “It’s intangible. It’s not like it has a serial number or a model or a make.” The best way to ensure you’ll be happy with the entertainment on your big day is to see the performer beforehand, whether it be at an event or in a showroom, such as the one Troy Entertainment has. To guarantee a couple will be happy with their wedding playlist, Troy Entertainment creates an online account, allowing them to login anytime and anywhere. In the account, the couple will see a music request form, a planning form and a timeline to fill out. They can listen to songs and create lists like “must play,”“play if you have time,” and “do not play.” The deejay will also meet with the couple prior to the event to go over specifics. “We talk about who’s going to be there, what they like, what they don’t like, what they’ve seen at other events,” Troy says. “We (also) ask questions in regards to the demographics of their guest list.” 88
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If a couple is in search of a live performer, Marty Conn Entertainment works with a variety of regional and national bands from all musical genres. “There’s three stages to a wedding,” Conn explains, listing the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
Conn also works with a number of musicians who will write custom ceremony music for a couple’s big day. “(There could be) a four- or five-piece band just for the music for the ceremony,” Conn says. During cocktail hour, she notes, some jstylemagazine.com