Venue Spotlight – Tenk West Bank
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
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]
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!