Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Brittany Mullett: I have always loved staying organized and helping other people. I have always been service oriented and have loved our National Park. Once I heard about the Conservancy, I was automatically intrigued by their mission to enhance our park right here in Northeast Ohio. By coordinating weddings with the Conservancy, I am able to help brides make their vision come to life while helping the park at the same time, it’s a win-win!
BM: Our wedding style is rustic chic to the fullest. We love the idea of having an event that is one with nature, while being elegant and functional at the same time. Happy Days is the best of both worlds with the windows showing off the beautiful park outside, but we are protected from the elements with both heating and air-conditioning 🙂
DJ AJ9: What are some of the most favorite creative new trends or tried-and-true styles you’ve seen at Happy Days Lodge Weddings, during your career?
BM: Happy Days Lodge is where we see all things rustic. Mason jars are a crowd favorite, but I also love wooden planter boxes that allow for bountiful floral arrangements. I think that having a living centerpiece truly brings life into your décor. I also love it when people coordinate some formal/glamorous aspects to their rustic décor such as chandeliers, crystals, and formal glassware and chargers.
DJ AJ9: What are some of the most common ways that wedding clients use the spaces? What are some options or opportunities most people generally miss?
BM: Most people have their ceremony on our porch at Happy Days followed by a reception in the Great Hall. I had one couple rent a tent outside for their ceremony so they could have their cocktail hour on the porch. After the ceremony, guests could go outside under the tent all night to play games and take a break from dancing. I think our lawn space is the greatest missed opportunity.
BM: I graduated with honors from The Ohio State University where I was ServSafe and ManageFirst certified in numerous fields. I am blessed to be going back to school currently for my masters in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Kent State University with a focus on parks.
BM: My favorite time at each wedding is the look on the guests’ faces when the see the reception hall decorated for the first time and their full vision come to life. Making that moment happen for people is my never-ending goal.
BM: I think the most important consideration is one for your guests. You have to make sure your guests are going to be comfortable and happy, and that you hire the right people to make that happen for you.
BM: I think clients are shy to over-communicate. I just want everyone to know that I do not mind! We can email back and forth every week if you’d like. The more I know about your wedding, the better I can serve you.
BM: A vendor dream team would be anyone who has as much respect and love for our historical building and the park as I do. When we serve these weddings, it is easy to forget that we still must protect the wonderful space we have been blessed with. I am excited to work with this group of professionals because I think they “get it.” They see our mission and are excited to work in our space. They also know how to serve our guests above and beyond what is expected by industry standards.
DJ AJ9: What do you look for in a great DJ and what are your DJ pet peeves? How can your DJ “co-workers” help you, hurt you, or irritate you throughout the day? How can Something New Entertainment do better, or how have we already excelled?
BM: I look for the whole package—someone who provides extensive coordination for both ceremony and reception. I like for the DJ to “drive” the event. My #1 DJ pet peeve is a messy “DJ booth” with cords all over, outdated signs, and total apathy for appearance. The DJ area is a main focus and should look the part. A DJ who plays longer than expected or completely runs off schedule can truly hurt the flow of an event (of course, a DJ can go slightly off schedule to please a crowd, but we also have to keep in mind getting everything done before closing time). I believe that Something New Entertainment excels in all of the manners I have discussed—coordination, appearance, and logistics.