We first met Melanie Tindell of Oak & Honey Events in the spring of last year. She had been working with the team at Supa Fresh and reached out to us after the show to get together for dinner to talk about our businesses.
Justin and I met for dinner with her and her husband, Matt, just a few days later at the Burntwood Tavern in Brecksville and had a nice time, and just a short time later, we began working on the second Handpicked Event (2014) with Baci Designer, then design for a big open house that Old Carolina Barbecue was planning at Happy Days Lodge, then the Something White 2015 Boutique Bridal Bazaar…
And — of course — we’ll be joining forces with Melanie, AGAIN, this coming week. Melanie is our featured event planner and designer for the upcoming Bridal Open House at the Piggery at Anna Dean Farms, the Akron area’s newest (and oldest) “white space.” If you want to get in on that event, though, HURRY. Tickets will probably “sell out” in the next few hours, so claim your complimentary Something New Entertainment VIP admission, NOW.
Needless to say, we’ve crossed paths with Melanie’s sunny disposition and eco-friendly flair quite a few times in under a year, bringing her very quickly into the center of the trusted circle of reputable and talented friends we call the Vendors We Adore.
Something New Entertainment’s DJ Anna-Jeannine “AJ9” Herman: What first interested you in planning and designing weddings?
Oak and Honey’s Melanie Tindell: I have always had a passion for color palettes and spacial design, years ago I had the opportunity to help a family friend’s design and plan their wedding. After their wedding I was hooked!
DJ AJ9: How long have you worked in the design industry?
Melanie Tindell, Oak & Honey Events: I started Oak & Honey Events in January of 2014 but have been an interior designer for the last 8 years using my design skills in a difference application.
DJ AJ9: How would you describe your wedding planning style?
Melanie Tindell, Oak & Honey Events: I love beautiful color palettes that can be executed with simplicity and organic design.
DJ AJ9: What do you enjoy most about being a wedding planner?
Melanie Tindell, Oak & Honey Events: I work a little different since I have a design and project management background so I enjoy not only seeing my clients fall in love with a design I present but also enjoy the sendoff at the end of their reception and seeing how much they enjoyed their day without any worry.
DJ AJ9: How should a couple decide how much help they need?
Melanie Tindell, Oak & Honey Events: I think each couple is always in a different stage in planning and are looking for different levels of involvement, so I always recommend we sit down and discuss where they are in planning and how much “work” they would like to do.
DJ AJ9: What is the most important consideration couples should make when hiring a planner for their wedding?
Melanie Tindell, Oak & Honey Events: I think it is very important to make sure you connect with the planner you are interviewing with and they understand your vision for your day.
DJ AJ9: What’s the biggest misconception you think other vendors might have about wedding planners?
Melanie Tindell, Oak & Honey Events: I think some vendors are under the assumption that planners like to make all the decisions and are not open to ideas from other vendors.
DJ AJ9: What’s the biggest misconception you think couples might have about wedding planners?
Melanie Tindell, Oak & Honey Events: I think many couples think that the wedding planner is going to take over their day and make all the decisions without checking in with the couple.
DJ AJ9: What’s your favorite “must-have” moment during the day?
Melanie Tindell, Oak & Honey Events: My favorite must have moment is not for myself but for the couples! I always make sure that the couples have a moment to themselves at some point during the night. I really think this is important so they can soak in the day and how amazing it was.
DJ AJ9: What are some ways that couples can prepare for their wedding day to help ensure a smoother, more memorable event?
Melanie Tindell, Oak & Honey Events: I love when couples come to me with great ideas that really will make their guests remember their big day! I had a couple in 2014 who did a choreographed first dance to Singing in the Rain. All the guests were so surprised by the dance, they were raving about it.
DJ AJ9: What’s the question I’m not asking you but you wish I would, or What’s the question that clients usually don’t ask you but you wish they would?
Melanie Tindell, Oak & Honey Events: I wish clients would ask why should I look at having an environmentally friendly wedding day?
DJ AJ9: What do you look for in a great DJ and/or lighting designer and what are your DJ/lighting designer or peeves? How can your DJand lighting design”co-workers” help you, hurt you, or irritate you throughout the day?
Melanie Tindell, Oak & Honey Events: I am always looking for DJ and lighting designers that can see the couples’ vision and really incorporate it into their day.
DJ AJ9: How can Something New Entertainment do better, or how have we already excelled?
Melanie Tindell, Oak & Honey Events: You already excel by participating in events we are a part of as well as challenging and encouraging growth in design.
About Melanie Tindell: Melanie comes from an Interior Design background that she has decided to redirect to wedding planning.
She is now taking her volunteer event organizing skills from the past 12 years and applying them to her own business.
Melanie has taken color design classes and has been a designer for 8 years so it’s in her nature to create and design sustainable events.
About Oak & Honey: Oak & Honey is an event and wedding planning business that specializes in unique weddings with a local focus. In 2014, Oak & Honey Events won a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award.