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

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!

View of custom wedding drapery in a sheer light gray

Bringing Visions To Life

Custom wedding drapery
We’re the first people to tell you if you have a vision that isn’t realistic but…that’s not our first instinct. Our goal is to always listen and then advise. After this, we use our experience and passion to see if we can bring our clients’ visions to life. It’s what pushes us to grow and where we get the most satisfaction from our work. We are never afraid of a challenge! In fact, we usually enjoy a good challenge. From custom drapery to entertainment and lighting, we make the intangible – tangible.

More and more often we are given visual sources of inspiration from our clients and are asked to interpret them. Frequently, this comes in the form of Pinterest posts. Our clients ask to see if these ideas are possible for a specific budget and capable in their venue. It’s rare that we re-create designs exactly. There are lots of variables that come into play such as rigging points, adapting the scale of the design, and the specifics of venues to name just a few. For these reasons many in the wedding professional vendor community feel stress when it comes to Pinterest and photo inspirations. Not us.

Event professionals can sometimes feel stress when engaging in conversations with potential clients. This is due to lack of clear communication.  The supplier of the design elements typically knows more about their craft than their client. However, this doesn’t mean that the client can’t be educated in the challenges that can come from adapting an inspirational image. Professionals don’t just take orders, they advise and council their clients. This is exactly what we do at Selective Sound Entertainment. All this is pretense for what we helped create recently at Sapphire Creek Winery.

Custom Wedding Drapery Design

Working with A Charming Fete, our job was to realize a couple’s vision for custom wedding drapery at their wedding reception venue: Sapphire Creek Winery. We have worked there before and knew about the specifics of the venue. For logistical reasons and venue rules, the drape could not be hung from the ceiling to give them the exact look the client was looking for. Based on the size of the drape required to achieve this look, we used special poles and weights in order to create stability. We made sure to prepare for bumps and any unexpected things that can happen at a wedding. No poles or drapes were going to come tumbling down on our watch!

The drapes couldn’t be hung from the ceiling so we had to be precise, down to the inch. This is what separates us from less experienced suppliers – we aren’t cookie cutter. That’s why we’re fine with clients showing us their inspirations and having straight-forward discussions about what is and isn’t possible. Our job is to make your dreams real but that’s a process.

Here’s how this process went:


Set Up

Finished Custom Wedding Drapery Design