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Weddigns at Landerhaven begin in the atrium.
Weddigns at Landerhaven begin in the atrium.
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Wedding at Landerhaven….. Re-Imagined….

Landerhaven, located in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, has a rich history for many in Northeast, Ohio. Weddings at Landerhaven have always wowed guests because the team here is top notch. Having happily served over hundreds of thousands of people here they have mastered customer service. Not only is Landerhaven a wedding venue, but they also hold other events such as proms, business retreats and rehearsal dinners.  Without a doubt, Landerhaven will always be a leader in the industry.

Landerhaven has multiple indoor outdoor spaces.  The indoor ballrooms make up to 40,000 square feet of space. There is also a plethora of outdoor cocktail spaces. And while weddings at Landerhaven are amazing indoors the dazzling gardens outside make for beautiful outdoor ceremonies.

Weddings at Landerhaven are the Ultimate Experience

Recently, Driftwood catering overtook Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. Driftwood has a bold and amazing plan in place to completely remodel the entire venue. These plans should be complete sometime in 2021, giving weddings at Landerhaven an even more exciting appeal.

Driftwood catering prides itself on redefining the culinary experience. At Selective Sound, a Cleveland wedding DJ company, we have had the honor of working with their teams. Not only does Driftwood catering have impeccable service but their dishes are delectable!

Weddings at Landerhaven also stand out from the crowd because they have so many options as well as customized items to choose from. We have been entertaining and enhancing their spaces with lighting décor since 1992.  Their event planners are some of the most experienced in the industry and are always very proud of every event they put together.

If you’re interested in how we can help enhance this venue for you take a quick look at this article we wrote a few years back. This one has some great pictures as well as descriptions of how we transform the Grand Ballroom at a few weddings at Landerhaven.

Contact us now to learn more about how Selective Sound Entertainment can enhance any experience at Landerhaven.

Beautiful Bride Dancing through a blast from confetti cannons
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Guest table look gorgeous with amber uplighting at Cleveland City Hall Rotunda

25 wedding venues in 25 days..

2020…The year of challenges. This is how 2020 will be known for so many of us. This year has definitely been a bit unusual as well as challenging for our team, just like it has been for the rest of the world. However, those who know us know that we love a challenge. Even though we are kicking back and relaxing with our families, we can’t just sit still the entire time. Therefore, we have decided to challenge ourselves to post about our top 25 Cleveland wedding venues in 25 days.

These wedding venue posts will be in NO particular order. We respect them all equally and enjoy each one differently. In this series of posts, not only will we be describing how we transformed each wedding venue, but we will also be sharing some pictures. Some of the lighting designs we’ve done at these 25 Cleveland wedding venues are just too incredible and unique not to share pictures of.

We are a full service entertainment and production DJ company in Cleveland, Ohio. Not only are we known as one of the leading wedding dj companies in Northeast Ohio but we also specialize in other aspects of the wedding industry. We have specialized teams to meet all of your décor lighting, photo booth and special effects needs. When looking through the pictures in this series of 25 Cleveland wedding venues in 25 days, please note that we can recreate a look. However, we would be even happier to design a whole new unique look just for you at any of these locations.

We hope you enjoy the posts in our series “25 Cleveland wedding venues in 25 days”! And don’t forget to leave us feedback in the comments below. We love hearing from you! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Found Space Masterpiece

It’s probably safe to say that the “raw space” trend has now become a full-fledge staple option for wedding venues. You know one when you see one. They’re the opposite of a hotel in many ways. Lots of words end up in their descriptions such as industrial, raw, and textured. Tenk West Bank  is one of such amazing wedding venues and a lot more. Everything couples would look for in this style of converted warehouse is here including exposed brick, wood and metal beams. There are also windows you would expect from a factory.

This gorgeous building was built in the 1880’s. When you enter, you instantly feel that Tenk was erected in a time when things were built to last. There are many reasons why we think this might be the perfect wedding venue for many couples in Northeast Ohio. However, we have decided to focus on the three we think are its strongest cases.

Grit and Character

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Tenk West Bank, modern with an elegant feel

What is a “Cleveland Wedding”? It’s something we’ve thought about in the context of reception themes as well as reflecting on all our work here in Ohio. If you get down to the identity and soul of Cleveland, it’s blue collar, never pretentious, but squarely urban. Cleveland has actual grit. From our sports teams’ hard fought journeys to the city’s economic evolution, Cleveland has never had it easy. In short, Cleveland has character.

Tenk West Bank is everything you’d want if you’re embracing in a truly Cleveland wedding venue. It’s not in a suburb or nearby location – this is downtown Cleveland and you can see that from every window. Even the transition from it’s simple exterior to urban-chic interior is quintessential Cleveland because this is a city that defies outside expectations. You won’t find anyone describing this building without immediately mentioning the exposed brick, wood and metal and for good reason. If your aesthetic consists of smooth lines, this isn’t what you’re looking for. Instead, you might prefer hotels and their drop ceiling tiles. The secret of this space is it’s not afraid to be what it is while still accommodating a range of looks clients and designers envision for it.

 

[otw_shortcode_quote border_style=”bordered” background_color_class=”otw-red-background” color_class=”otw-silver-text”]With our downtown location, we have amazing accessibility to all of your favorite photo sites. There are also hotels for your guests to stay in and bars for your after-party! We really are at the center of it all! – Nora Culley, Marigold Catering[/otw_shortcode_quote]

A Wedding Venue Operated by Real Pros

Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of really great venues come and go because the operators didn’t understand events. It takes more than a beautiful building to succeed as an event space. Clients have evolving expectations when it comes to a range of things including amenities, communication, and design needs.

Things like load-in and load-out procedures and other logistics are not on the top of the minds of many building owners but are vital for event organizers. That all said, this a rare and exceptional feature of Tenk that separates it from almost all other venues like this. This is due to the fact that it’s owned an operated by veteran event professionals, Marigold Catering.

Marigold has seen it all and done it all from intimate events to extremely high-profile large-scale functions. That they own the venue verses serving as a preferred vendors is a big deal. It means they take on all responsibilities related to hosting without any disconnects in communication. As a result, we love working with Marigold because they are driven by their passion to create exceptional events and aren’t satisfied with the status quo.

We asked Marigold Catering Event Planner, Nora Culley, what her favorite part of working on weddings at Tenk West Bank was and here’s what she said:

[otw_shortcode_quote border_style=”bordered” background_color_class=”otw-red-background” color_class=”otw-silver-text”]With wedding planning, there is an instant reward! We love seeing all of our happy couples on the best day of their lives and we love knowing that we were a part of that. Since we are a catering company at our core, we handle everything from menu and bar selection, design, and coordination of your vendors. Every time we plan a wedding, we incorporate the couple’s personality and taste into their day so that there’s no other wedding like it! – Nora Culley, Marigold Catering[/otw_shortcode_quote]

Flexible Options

One of our favorite traits of Tenk West Bank is that it’s flexible. You don’t need to have 500 guests for the space to work for you but if you do, they also have you covered. If your event is a cocktail party with stand-up style service they can even double those numbers. The larger event space is North Bay which features concrete floors, exposed brick and large windows. While the atrium is perfect for smaller gatherings. Both work in tandem, if needed, to create a flow with an isolated pre-event space that heightens the drama of the big reveal of the main room.

So many design options work perfectly at Tenk. From retro industrial to modern upscale, the architecture adds to the look you are going for requiring less design compensations than most spaces require. Click here if you want to see the Tenk West Bank floor plan for an idea of what to expect.

Our team was recently brought in for enhanced lighting design in order to create our mutual client’s vision. Working for the planning company, A Charming Fete, our task was to create a “warming atmosphere” that played into the strengths of this wedding venue. We accomplished this through a design that included hanging chandeliers and Edison bulbs. In addition, we added spotlights on the floral centerpiece of the head table that ensured it’s visibility throughout the room. Furthermore, to ensure the space had defined a cocktail pre-event room, dinner site and dance floor, we designed a custom drape line in order to give everything it’s own vibe.

Why Tenk West Bank?

For a great experience in a found space, this is the safest bet. Owned and operated by event industry leaders, lots of flexibility and undeniable character at every turn – having all three of these is almost unheard of. We’re looking forward to offering clients a wide variety of services for their upcoming events here including DJ entertainment, live bands, lighting, and wedding ceremony design and sound. If you want to know more about how we’d enhance events at this exceptional Cleveland wedding venue, e-mail us today!

Photos from our recent Tenk West Bank Wedding

Custom event lighting at Metropolitan Centre in Canton, Ohio

Wedding Reception Venue Tips That Could Save Your Day

In almost every occasion, your wedding reception venue will be your first and largest financial investment you make towards your wedding. This is true if you live in Cleveland, Ohio or Cleveland, England – reception venues are a big deal. The stress comes in because there is a very real pressure to hold your ideal date at your ideal location and it’s also very difficult to do any other planning without knowing your venue.

Our mission is to enable you to have the experience of your dreams while making the entire planning process as stress free as possible. As event professionals, our job is to educate you first before you make any decisions. So while we’re not in the reception venue rental business, we’ve spent many years in many spaces. More than that, we’ve surrounded ourselves with a network of planners and coordinators who make venue selection their business. We asked a few of our professional friends three questions. These three questions should make you more prepared than most in your position. Reception venues are a big investment and they set the tone for every other decision you make after that. We hope these insights arm you with knowledge that will make the rest of your journey less anxious, more organized, and better prepared for the day of your dreams!

3 Questions for  15 Ohio Wedding Reception Venue Experts

Nina Filler, Banquet Manager – Dinos Catering

Take a tour of the venue so you have a chance to see every aspect

What’s the most common misconception couples have about booking a venue for their reception before meeting you?

Most commonly, couples are not entirely sure of what they are walking into when they first tour our space. Once we have been able to show them around, and create the visual experience of their reception, the pieces start to fall into place.

What’s the best question to ask a wedding reception venue sales person when trying to determine if this is the right space for your guests?

The best question to ask is in regards to how many guests the space/venue will actually comfortably hold. I think that getting the venue sales person’s opinion can make a big difference for couple’s and their guests on the day of their wedding and reception.

What’s your favorite part of working with couples on their big day?

I think my favorite Part of working with my Clients is seeing how Happy they are when they 1st walk in the room and seeing how happy they are at the end of the evening.

 


Bekim Sylaj, Sales Manager – A Taste of Excellence Catering

When visiting a venue be sure to bring a list of questions with you so you will know what extras are provided or not provided

What’s the most common misconception couples have about booking a venue for their reception before meeting you?

That not all venues have an all inclusive package price. They don’t realize the amount of customization that each venue may require.

What’s the best question to ask a wedding reception venue sales person when trying to determine if this is the right space for your guests?

A personalized question regarding the clients most important wedding desires. We want to know more about what you want.

What’s your favorite part of working with couples on their big day?

The surprise and excitement when they first walk into their dream space.

 


Medeana Hobar, Sales Manager – Taste of Excellence Catering

Don’t just assume something will be cheaper because it’s “easier”, always ask!

What’s the most common misconception couples have about booking a venue for their reception before meeting you?

How many guests will fit that venue comfortably is a common misconception. Also what kind of meal they would like to serve their guest. example: buffet, family style or action stations or a plated served meal. Most people assume a buffet is less costly. It all depends upon the items on the menu.

What’s the best question to ask a wedding reception venue sales person when trying to determine if this is the right space for your guests?

How many hours do they have for set up, reception & clean up afterwards? Does the venue provide tables & chairs or do they need to rent from an outside vendor?

What’s your favorite part of working with couples on their big day?

I love to see their personal touches they add to create a one of a kind reception. My favorite part is also the ceremony. I still get goose bumps when I witness a union! I think because I have been happily married for 24 years & I’m excited for their future adventures together!

 


Nancy Zaroogian, Catering Sales Manager – The Union Club

Just because it’s a package doesn’t mean everything is included.

What’s the most common misconception couples have about booking a venue for their reception before meeting you?

The most common misconception couples have prior to meeting with us is that they have to be a member of The Union Club. All weddings do need to have a member sponsor a wedding, however the couples don’t need to be members.

What’s the best question to ask a wedding reception venue sales person when trying to determine if this is the right space for your guests?

The best question would be to ask what is and isn’t included in the wedding packages. We offer our wedding packages inclusive of gratuity, tax and valet parking.

What’s your favorite part of working with couples on their big day?

The favorite part of working with couples on their special day is seeing it all come together. All of their hard work has paid off when all of the vendors come together to make it very memorable!! Priceless….

 


Bobbi McCartney, Sales – Windows on the River

Have your vision ready when you go to book your venue.

What’s the most common misconception couples have about booking a venue for their reception before meeting you?

That they need to know exactly what they want to do at the time of booking.

What’s the best question to ask a reception venue sales person when trying to determine if this is the right space for your guests?

If their wedding date is open.

What’s your favorite part of working with couples on their big day?

Getting to know the couple and seeing their happiness to get married.

 


Julie Solomon, Event Manager – Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center

For many venues, pre-built packages can always be added to so that your wishes and/or needs are met.

What’s the most common misconception couples have about booking a venue for their reception before meeting you?

The most common misconception that couples have about booking a venue is that just because they have pre-built packages, doesn’t mean that there can’t be one customized specifically for you and what you want for your special day!

What’s the best question to ask a reception venue sales person when trying to determine if this is the right space for your guests?

The best question to ask a venue sales person when determining if this is the right space is if your event is the only one taking place that evening.

What’s your favorite part of working with couples on their big day?

My favorite part of working with couples on their big day is when I show them the ballroom all setup for the first time. It is a display of months and months of planning that have been put to life. It is one of the most rewarding moments through the whole process!

 


Katie Coach, Marketing Coordinator/Lead Planner – Mooreland Mansion at Lakeland Community College

A venue coordinator and wedding planner are two different entities.

What’s the most common misconception couples have about booking a venue for their reception before meeting you?

Meeting me is not necessarily the issue, but couples certainly want to see the space; I think that is the more relevant as we are transparent about our role versus that of a wedding planner.

What’s the best question to ask a reception venue sales person when trying to determine if this is the right space for your guests?

What is the capacity of the space and what are some of the caveats or unique aspects of booking here versus other venues.

What’s your favorite part of working with couples on their big day?

I personally love the journey of getting to know them–likes, dislikes, origin stories, love story, their jobs, their connection to Northeast Ohio, their families, their pets–this all helps in assisting with bringing their vision to life.

 


Chris Winter, Vice President – Taste of Excellence Catering

Make sure you understand what extras may not be included at each venue

What’s the most common misconception couples have about booking a venue for their reception before meeting you?

I think the biggest misconception is what each venue offers, as some have tables, chairs, china, glassware and flatware all in house. While other venues you have to bring those items in separately.

What’s the best question to ask a reception venue sales person when trying to determine if this is the right space for your guests?

I think there is more than just one question in determining what venue is the best fit for you and your guest. But I think the biggest one is does this venue fit your style and vision of what you want for you and guests on your wedding day.

What’s your favorite part of working with couples on their big day?

My favorite part of working with couples on their big day is developing those personal relationships and bring there vision to reality.


Taylor Amsden-Winter, Sales Manager – Taste of Excellence Catering

Ask many questions and then ask again. Do not book a venue until you have a full understanding of what is provided and what you will still need to get.

What’s the most common misconception couples have about booking a venue for their reception before meeting you?

Budget- sometimes they will jump the gun and book a space without fully understanding the load-in procedures/rental items needed, etc.

What’s the best question to ask a wedding reception venue sales person when trying to determine if this is the right space for your guests?

Additional costs that may be involved. Same as above- but what additional equipment, procedures, etc could affect the total cost outside of just the rental fee

What’s your favorite part of working with couples on their big day?

The connection- we’ve made a lot of friends over the years!

 


Melanie Tindell, Founder – Oak & Honey Events

Understand what you are paying for and what else you may have to pay for later that’s not included at your Wedding reception venue

What’s the most common misconception couples have about booking a venue for their reception before meeting you?

There are two items that couples have a misconceptions with: that the venue has a coordinator who will be on site all day for their wedding and if the cost of a venue can work within their budget.

What’s the best question to ask a wedding reception venue sales person when trying to determine if this is the right space for your guests?

Having an understanding of what is included in the cost is key. Knowing what rentals are included, if they have vendors you are required to use, and if there are any hidden costs.

What’s your favorite part of working with couples on their big day?

I love creating the vision with them for their big day and seeing their faces when they see it come to life.

 


Molly Coyne, Director of Sales – Windows on the River

Always remember that it is your marriage that is the most important thing.

What’s the most common misconception couples have about booking a venue for their reception before meeting you?

That we are more expensive than we really are.

What’s the best question to ask a wedding reception venue sales person when trying to determine if this is the right space for your guests?

What, if any, are the hidden costs.

What’s your favorite part of working with couples on their big day?

Working with those couples that just want to be married & aren’t all about the frills. The marriage is the most important part of the day. The reception is just a big party to celebrate.

 


Karen Levin, Sales Manager – Taste of Excellence Catering

Research from a Taste of Excellence for cleveland wedding reception

What’s the most common misconception couples have about booking a venue for their reception before meeting you?

The actual cost.

What’s the best question to ask a wedding reception venue sales person when trying to determine if this is the right space for your guests?

The price.

What’s your favorite part of working with couples on their big day?

Seeing all of our planning coming together and their smiles when they see the finished product.

 


Meredith Masaveg, Owner – Rain Wedding Planning

Be sure your wedding planner and venue coordinator work hand in hand for the best outcome. The wedding reception venue will be amazing

What’s the most common misconception couples have about booking a venue for their reception before meeting you?

That venue coordinators and Wedding Planners do the same job. Where there are some similar aspects; we do two completely different jobs. Venue coordinators are only responsible for what happens in their space and first and foremost their job is to do right for the venue. Wedding coordinators over see and direct the entire day along with team of vendors. Your wedding Planner’s focus is on you and will champion for you. Venue coordinators and Wedding Planners can and often work together very well, giving their clients the best experience.

What’s the best question to ask a wedding reception venue sales person when trying to determine if this is the right space for your guests?

Ask to see various floor plans so you know how many guest you can accommodate, as well as other fun add on’s such as photo booth, or special tables you want to add. Sometimes there is not enough space to give you the feel you want for your guest. Also, ask if their pricing is all inclusive or if you need to account for other fee’s. Knowing what your reception budget is will help determine if this is the right fit for you. On average receptions will take about 50% of your over all budget. Before you look it’s best to know how much money you have to spend. Last, never be afraid to ask questions. You want to feel that your venue sales person understands you as a client.

What’s your favorite part of working with couples on their big day?

When they get to be guest and enjoy their day with friends and family. Not having to micro manage your wedding day is truly priceless. If a problem does come up, you have a person who is their to champion for you and make decisions that are in YOUR best interest so you can make memories and enjoy.

 


Madeline Repidonis, Event Planner; Certified Wedding Planner – Landerhaven

What’s the most common misconception couples have about booking a venue for their reception before meeting you?

The price.

What’s the best question to ask a wedding reception venue sales person when trying to determine if this is the right space for your guests?

Location for guests.

What’s your favorite part of working with couples on their big day?

Completing their vision

 


Anthony Verdone, Owner – La Vera

Be sure your venue salesperson will be at your reception just in case something needs to be taken care of on the fly.

What’s the most common misconception couples have about booking a venue for their reception before meeting you?

In most cases it is the cost.

What’s the best question to ask a reception venue sales person when trying to determine if this is the right space for your guests?

Will you be at my reception?

What’s your favorite part of working with couples on their big day?

To see their dream come to life.

 


Jennifer Hartman, Owner – Heart 2 Heart Occasions

On site coordinators are typically obligated to the venue itself; make sure someone will be there for you as well. wedding reception venues

What’s the most common misconception couples have about booking a venue for their reception before meeting you?

The misconception about venues that I see the most is that the “on site” coordinator will take the place of a wedding coordinator. Where many venues have great on site coordinators (I have a list of my favorites), their primary obligation is to the venue, not the couple. So if they are short staffed, or need help plating up food, that is where they will be. Not tending to the couple. And beyond that, the on site coordinator will not be assembling welcome bags for the guests, booking transportation, tracking RSVPs, etc.

What’s the best question to ask a wedding reception venue sales person when trying to determine if this is the right space for your guests?

I have to pick just one? Here are a few….

1. What is max capacity with a dance floor?

2. What tables/chairs/linens are include?

3. Is catering in-house?

4. Do you book other weddings on my wedding day?

5. Do I get the whole day to setup, or is there a specific time I can’t setup until?

What’s your favorite part of working with couples on their big day?

My favorite part is the process getting to the wedding day. Working with the vendors, ironing out the details, mentally walking through the day and foreseeing any needs/issues that may come up. Everything leading up to the wedding day is what MAKES the wedding day so amazing. But if you really want one thing specific on the wedding day…. it would be watching the couple see the reception room for the first time. Second would be watching the grooms face when the bride walks down the aisle. By just this alone, I can see SO much about the type of couple they are.

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