Joey Wagner and Ryan Cox, Wedding Connection

| January 20, 2011

Ryan Cox and Joey Wagner

Joey Wagner and Ryan Cox have been friends for more than a decade. But it wasn’t until the last few years that they combined their love of music and entertaining and formed Wedding Connection, a network of wedding-service providers. These guys share the secrets behind the nuptials.

How did the partnership of Wedding Connection come together?
Joey Wagner: We both have entertainment companies. Ryan is a DJ and owns Coxx Events. I emcee and have the J Wagner Group. So we combined our resources and applied them to the wedding field to create a “one-stop shop” for couples who are recently or soon-to-be engaged.

Ryan Cox: It just made sense. With all the friends we’ve had getting married over the past few years, many of them would ask us to provide the entertainment. We soon learned which wedding vendors around town were the best at what they do and decided to align with them in order to form Louisville’s finest network of wedding-service providers., We made Wedding Connection official last summer.

What is the Wedding Connection?
JW: It’s your connection to everything wedding from A to Z, anything and everything you need to plan your special day – we can assist you with and be a source. Our list consists of at least three vendors for every service, something for every budget.
RC: Working with us is your way to get plugged in to vendors, planners, DJs and emcees., We are prepared to consult with couples on anything from the engagement ring to the honeymoon and everything in between.

What makes a Wedding Connection wedding different?
RC: From a planning perspective, less stress! Sifting blindly through countless offers while soliciting vendors can be extremely tiresome. Instead, we send the vendors to you and handle all the billing so its easy to keep track of your money and stay within budget.

JW: We really invest ourselves in it to take it to the next level and make it extra special for the bride and groom.

RC: For the actual reception, we focus on the party aspect, but we aren’t dragging guests onto the dance floor. Instead, we create an environment where people feel comfortable and therefore, usually choose to participate on their own.
We read the crowd. The music is not just a playlist, we improvise with the feel we are getting from the dance floor. This isn’t a juke box or push and play, rather, a smooth and seamless soundtrack designed to captivate the guests.

JW: Our DJs actually mix music. Many wedding DJs just fade in and out from one song to another, leaving gaps that often kill the chemistry on the dance floor. We offer modern options to even the oldest classics.

RC: We find that it’s best to keep people moving so they don’t lose interest in the celebration. Nothing is worse than a wedding reception where the guests are glued to their seats or the bar.

JW: We also cater to all audiences. From younger guests to even the parents and grandparents. You’re going to hear something that appeals to you.

What are some of the most requested songs?
JW: We leave it up to the newlyweds to decide whether or not we take requests, but when we do we get every request under the sun.

RC: Definitely the “Cupid Shuffle.”

JW: The “Electric Slide” gets plenty of airtime and “Don’t Stop Believing” once everyone is feeling good and wants to scream their heads off.

RC: On the other hand, I’d say the “Chicken Dance” is the song that most often lands on the bride and groom’s do not play list.

What is the go-to “get up and dance” song?
JW: Usher’s “Yeah” usually gets people going late night.
RC: The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” is a song I’ve found to transcend all generations and is one of the best songs of all time.

Why is Wedding Connection successful?
RC: Anything we provide is quality. It’s not about us, it’s about the couple. Our goal is to make their wedding planning experience as enjoyable as possible.

JW: One of the main reasons we’ve been successful is in large part due to word of mouth and referrals.

RC: Another reason we succeed is because of our consulting with the bride and groom. It’s their special night, so we want to meet the needs and deliver exactly what they want.

What is one thing you want people to know about Wedding Connection?
JW: Basically that we plan on being around for a long time, so we are going to do everything we can to exceed expectations in hopes of winning a referral somewhere down the road.

RC: We have seven DJs, four emcees and some of the area’s best live bands on staff. So even if someone contacts us and we aren’t personally available to provide entertainment for their date, we can assign other talent of the same quality.

JW: We definitely want to keep a competitive advantage, so we aren’t the highest priced entertainment option out there.

What is some advice you have to anyone planning a wedding?
RC: I recently read that when asked what they would do differently, 80 percent of couples say they would have budgeted more towards entertainment. After the wedding planner, entertainment has the second biggest impact on how couples remember the night. The celebration is about you and not about winning over guests, so don’t stress out about what they’ll think. The success of your wedding depends on you being able to relax, have fun and embrace the experience.

JW: Hire a great wedding planner! We love forming new relationships with wedding planners because they always have their finger on the pulse of the couple. We are so lucky to work closely with Lauren Chitwood’s company LC Events, one of our preferred vendors. She makes our jobs so much easier. It helps when you work with someone who gets it, and who gets you.

For more information, contact Ryan Cox at ryan@coxxevents.com or Joey Wagner at Joey@jwagnergroup.com
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Lauren DePaso
Voice-Tribune Staff Writer Lauren DePaso enjoys being a tourist in her own city, exploring the nightlife and cheering on the Cards. A Louisville native, she currently resides in St. Matthews.

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