Vendor Spotlight – The Westin Cleveland
Welcome to the first installment of a series of blog posts featuring wedding venues! Over the next few months, check back here as we tour Cleveland’s best spaces to hold your next event. This week, Melanie and Monica from the Westin Cleveland were kind enough to spend some time with me to tell me all about the Westin Cleveland. Certainly the perfect, unique and locally-minded space for your wedding reception.
The Westin strives to enhance each guest’s life with their Six Pillars of Well-being. Consequently the wedding experience is no exception.
Urban Farmer is the full-service restaurant adjacent to The Westin. It strives to honor CLE through building relationships with local farms, ranches and fisheries. Crafted at Westin is a mixology program that uses fresh, preferably local artisanal ingredients for drinks exclusive to Westin. The chefs have created menus that not only source sustainable and organic foods farm to table, but emphasize nutrition and style. Above all, the culinary team can always work with a couple to customize packages. They are open to creating something that meets and exceeds their expectations. And when the reception is over, your guests can still eat well with in room dining available around the clock.
Ensuring that you and your guests have a relaxing stay, each guestroom includes an award-winning Heavenly Bed and Sleep Well Lavender Balm.
484 well-appointed guest rooms are available at the Westin Cleveland. Half with an incredible lake view, and the other half with a breath-taking view of the Cleveland skyline. Furthermore, the newly-weds receive a suite upgrade with each wedding package.
Located on St. Clair Avenue, the Westin Cleveland is within walking distance to several Cleveland destinations. Most noteworthy: East 4th St, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Progressive Field, the House of Blues, Quicken Loans Arena and many other ways to enjoy Cleveland to the fullest. Also provided is a late checkout on Sundays at no extra charge, along with extended weekend breakfast hours.
The RunWESTIN program is a concierge guided run of Cleveland that can fit into your guest’s schedule. And if they couldn’t fit their running shoes into their suitcase, no problem! The Westin also offers Gear Lending, a partnership with New Balance, which gives guests access to workout clothes and shoes.
To enhance your guests’ stay overall, the Westin Cleveland incorporates ways to enjoy their environment during your wedding weekend. Featured are thousands of local artists throughout the hotel. As a result, guests can experience Cleveland though a curated collection. Guests can download the free WestinCLE Art Tour App to find more information about the artwork and tour interactively.
The beautiful, open lobby has with natural light filtering in. Furthermore, impeccable customer service and friendliness of everyone at the Westin, your guests feel welcome and at ease.
Hopefully your guests will be able to leave their work behind to fully enjoy your wedding weekend. In contrast, those that may not have that opportunity won’t miss a beat with several features to keep them productive. With a full-service Starbucks and a business center on-site, popping in to get a little work done is easy. If they need a little more, Westin offers Tangent: a flexible work space that is rentable by the hour. Because it is fully stocked with office supplies and audio visual capabilities, it is the perfect meeting space for small groups.
With 16 rooms available for events, the Westin Cleveland Downtown is a full-service venue. Complete packages will include food, bar, linens, centerpieces, uplighting, tables, chairs that can all incorporate the design and look each couple wants. Also, upgrades can be handled in house. While many venues may not be able to accommodate large weddings, the Orchid Ballroom at the Westin Cleveland has 9,000 square feet for receptions up to 450 guests. The Westin Cleveland has over 20,000 square feet available for events. From the rehearsal, to getting ready with an on-site mimosa bar, to the reception and even post-wedding brunch, the Westin Cleveland has you covered.
Finally, their dedicated event planning team has a high attention to detail and a passion for weddings. Begin your happily ever after with a winner of The Knot’s Best of 2018! Contact Monica Dvorak or Katie Korte for a site tour at 440-730-4338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Why you definitely need to check out The Dress Rack
Yay! You’re getting married!
When you’re a bride-to-be, that means you found The One, right? What about the dress? Wedding gown shopping can seem like a daunting task to some brides.
Researching styles and designers… Visiting several shops… Measuring… Ordering… Patiently waiting months and months…
If you’re a bride with a longer timeline and lots of patience, that’s great! If you’re a bride that would love the instant gratification of finding the gown, and taking it home that day… we met your match.
Introducing The Dress Rack.
Sweet little space
Every detail is beautiful
Glamorous yet industrial feel
Inventory changes frequently
Dresses waiting for their perfect bride
Photos courtesy Andrew Smith Photography
Who is The Dress Rack?
The sister store of Medina’s well-known The Dress, The Dress Rack was born in January and has partnered with several bridal dress boutiques to provide designer bridal gowns that a bride can carry out of the store same day for a smaller price. All of the gowns are brand new, tags on, unaltered and ready for you to come play dress up in.
All of the most popular bridal dress designers are featured: Stella York, Essence of Australia, McKayla, Calla Blanche, Martina
Julia, The Dress Rack’s Lead Consultant, was kind enough to meet last week and talk about how The Rack is a different kind of bridal shop experience.
The Dress is widely known for giving brides-to-be a five star experience when shopping for their designer gowns, and The Rack is no exception. When you visit The Rack, you will have a dedicated and knowledgable consultant, and the opportunity to sort through the racks of beautiful gowns available at their leisure. Julia advises to come in with an open mind. She says many brides come in just to look, but wind up leaving the store with a gown they didn’t expect to fall in love with. Since all of the dresses are sold off the rack and are not guaranteed to be there the next day, its never too early to look.
The Five Star Experience with a Bonus
Every detail in the shop has been carefully considered to give every bride a personal and beautiful experience. After trying on your first round of gowns, you’ll have the opportunity to keep browsing the racks after putting on the adorable robe provided in the fitting room, while your friends and family will be able to relax in the charming and comfortable space. And when you find the dress of your dreams, The Rack celebrates you with a champagne toast, a goody bag, and the opportunity to take a photo with their adorable sign that reads “I found and love The Dress!”
To complete your wedding day look, of course there are lots of accessories to try on with your gown. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, belts, hairpieces, and veils. Even if you’ve already bought your gown elsewhere, Julia says she can still set you up with an appointment to try your gown on in the store to pair it with jewelry and other accessories so you know everything will look perfect together.
Inventory is constantly changing with new dresses coming in frequently. Brides typically come in with a budget of about $1000. You will find most dresses ranging from $650-1600, give or take. And although The Rack only carries bridal gowns, if you purchase the gown of your dreams, a 10% off all bridesmaid dresses discount is available for you at The Dress!
Get more info about The Dress Rack here:
Located: Lower Level, 281 S Court St, Medina, OH 44256
To be able to provide the best possible service, Julia strongly recommends making an appointment before stopping in to look.
Hours for The Dress Rack:
Sundays – Closed
Mondays – 12 – 8pm
Tuesdays – 12 – 8pm
Wednesdays – 11am – 5pm
Thursdays – 12 – 8pm
Saturdays – 10 – 4pm (by appointment only)
We believe wedding planning should be fun rather than overwhelming, so we’re inviting our favorite wedding partners to help you through the process! This post is part of a series highlighting wedding vendor, and you can find more wedding vendor highlights HERE!
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What’s happening in Cleveland, lately?
Sooooo you know what takes up the majority of your photo and barely gets any love? Your backdrop! Everyone loves props and a good pose, but you can’t forget to consider backdrops in the overall look of not only your photos, but how it will look in your event space. For example, if you’re hosting a garden party wouldn’t a solid black backdrop look out of place? How about a lovely watercolor floral wreath instead?
Enter… (drumroll please….. no really, drumroll……)
Six new pretty backdrops available now from our Cleveland office!
These are just quick iPhone snaps as soon as we received them, so you’ll have to stay tuned for snazzier pictures of them in action, but we were so excited we had to share them with you ASAP.
Can you imagine the pretty themes and spaces you can bring these into?!
Watercolor Winter Backdrop
White Weathered Wood Backdrop
Watercolor Floral Wreath Backdrop
Vintage Polka Dot Backdrop
Bokeh Autumn Backdrop
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We’ve been thinking outside the booth at Clear Choice Photo Booth.
360 Degree GIFs
“3…2…1… snap” is classic and fun, but may we present to you a fun alternative: Burst GIFs in 360 degrees with the new Photo Spot 360 Xperience, and it’s brand new in our Cleveland office! 360 Degree GIFs are here.
360 Degree GIFs
We got to test it out for the first time at an event this past weekend and it was a blast. And obviously all of the capabilities you expect from CCPB are still part: great quality photos, social sharing, amazing photo booth hosts, and a sleek set up in your event.
Feel free to check out the link to the gallery with all the 360 Degree GIFs from the event, and keep an eye on us as we perfect our technique using our new toy!
Photo Spot 360 Xperience Gallery
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Read why a photo booth is perfect for a birthday celebration.
From weddings to mitzvahs to proms and more, a photo booth rental is the perfect addition to any event. Clear Choice Photo Booth will provide everything you need to make your event stand out from the rest. With thousands of events under our belt, our event staff is here to make sure your special day is pixel perfect. It is our policy to arrive early, therefore ensuring we will have ample time to setup. We bring all of own equipment, so the only thing weʼll need is a dedicated power outlet and an 8′ x 8′ area for our photo booths.
And check out our GIF booths! From animated overlays, to beauty filters theres no limit to the hilarity or creativity. Can’t wait to see you at your next party!
What do you call it when two cookies from the same sheet fall in love?
A batch made in heaven!
Lace Frosted Cookies
DIY Decorating Cookie Kits!
Perfect Cinco De Mayo Cookies
Camera for Clear Choice Photo Booth!
The Wizard of Oz would love these
Thank you favors for your guests sweet enough to eat.
So let’s talk kiddies at the wedding, how are you planning to keep them occupied during the reception? I’ll bet cookie decorating kits didn’t cross your mind, but they’re pretty genius right? Sarah from Custom Cookies by Sarah M visited us this week and she told us all about how you can incorporate cookies into your wedding, and cookie kits were just one of a million things you can pick and chews.
Edible cookie box for the proposal.
What’s sweeter than popping the question? Enjoying your first moments as an engaged couple with a one of a kind cookie-built ring box!
“Proposing” to your bridal party with cookies.
Your “I Do” Crew can’t say no with this delicious way of letting them know you want them to stand by you while you tie the knot.
Give your guests a sneak peek at The Dress.
This is especially fun for Bridal Showers! Cookies can be made as an exact replica of your dress right down to the smallest detail, an adorable way to bake your guests’ day a little cuter.
Welcoming your out of town guests.
Even better, theming them to the city where your wedding is taking place. Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame cookies? Yes, please. Palm tree shaped cookies for a beach destination wedding? Your guests will feel appreciated, and will love a pick-me-up after their long trip.
Save the Dates and Invites.
I mean, yeah, they’ll need to take a photo to keep the information before devouring but, with cookies that cute of course they’re already Instagramming the creativity of a cookie as an invitation.
For the littles
Decorate your own cookie kit.
These are brilliant! Your smallest guests will love getting to stretch their own creativity at the reception and their parents will know you’re one smart cookie.
Remember paper dolls?
How about cookie dolls? Same concept, but sweeter! This can also be used to add a little sugar to asking your flower girl to join in on your special day.
And of course, for the Wedding Day
You’ve seen cookies as wedding favors, but we bet you haven’t seen cookies step up their game in this way. With the recent improvements in technology Sarah says, “You can make anything into a cookie.” Custom shapes to capture the way the met your fiancé. Metallic icing that perfectly matches your wedding colors (we see you, rose gold.) Hand-painted watercolor decorations. Cookies have never been prettier as wedding favors.
Speaking of favors, why not put them to work? There’s nothing better than a guest finding their seating than with a handmade cookie spelling out their name.
Three Dimensional Centerpieces.
So remember when Sarah said anything can me made into a cookie? She wasn’t exaggerating. For example, if succulents are in your floral theme they can absolutely be made into an edible center piece your guests will be talking about for weeks. Or a December wedding can be complimented in a 3D winter scene complete with sugary snow.
No, you read that right. Actual cookie flowers! They’re beautiful, they’re hand painted, and completely unique! And who else can say they got to eat their bouquet after their wedding?
As you can tell, Sarah’s creativity when it comes to including cookies in your big day is endless. Her advice to brides is to never be afraid to ask for something out of the box, or something you’ve never seen. If you can dream it, she can find a way to make it happen.
Not only will your cookies look absolutely stunning, your guests will rave about how delicious they are. Sarah does all of the decorating completely by hand herself out of her bakery in Akron.
Check out more of her work here:
This post is part of a series highlighting wedding vendors. We believe wedding planning should be fun rather than overwhelming, so we’re inviting our favorite wedding partners to help you through the process! You can find more wedding vendor highlights HERE!
Learn More about our Wedding Services Here