Vendor Spotlight- OZ Nashville
If you use the word artistic or eccentric to describe yourself and you want a unique Nashville venue to host any part of your wedding, then look no further because OZ Nashville is a perfect fit! A cigar headquarters turned art center, this venue will no doubt be a memorable one for all who attend. OZ's event coordinator, Sara, was able to answer some questions about this space and all it can offer for those in the wedding industry:
Tell us about your venue.
OZ is a contemporary space that has been designed to house modern art installations, and host the city’s most elite events. OZ features five distinctly unique areas for truly memorable weddings and receptions. From the dramatic Ultra Lounge Patio with retractable glass doors, majestic views, and romantic fire pit area, to the magically peaceful Zen Garden with exotic foliage–OZ contains one-of-a-kind spaces to create unforgettable moments. The venue also boasts one of the world’s largest walk-in cigar humidors, The Escaparate, which holds over 100,000 premium cigars. A 15,000 square-foot warehouse space provides a sizable canvas to create the environment of your choosing.
What makes your venue different from other venues?
OZ has a hidden gem – our onsite artist Brian Sommerville. He is constantly coming up with new pieces of art to showcase within the space and bringing more pop and pizazz into the space. His work is remarkable!
What is the history of your venue?
Located in the former headquarters of CAO Cigars and owned by brand founders, the Ozgener family, OZ has been deemed by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean as, “the hidden jewel of the city.” The founder, Cano A. Ozgener (CAO), had an early love of all things art. This inspired his early love of meerschaum pipes, beautifully adorned humidors and eventually, cigars. They have taken what was a regular warehouse space and put their mark on it. It’s truly remarkable!
What are some of your wedding and reception options?
OZ prides itself on its staff of creative, helpful, and customer-friendly people. Our team will provide you with attentive, one-on-one service and has a variety of professional resources that will be at your disposal. Our goal is to assist you in creating the occasion of your dreams and one you will cherish for the rest of your life.
Does your venue require use of your preferred vendors, or are brides free to bring their own?
At OZ, our goal is help you personalize your event to your specified budget and aesthetic, which is why we allow you to choose your own vendors. We do have a preferred list of vendors that we encourage you to use, but do not require you to utilize their services; nor do we charge our clients if they decide to use a vendor who is not listed. Our exclusive rental equipment provider is with Nashville's elite rental equipment company, Music City Tents and Events. By partnering with MCTE, we allow for “one stop shopping” with our clients and are able to take one more item off their plate.
In your opinion, which event (or type of event) has most creatively taken advantage of your venue, and what made that event a success?
My favorite event thus far (as OZ’s newest team member, I’ve only been here for 2 weeks) was the OZ Preview Party that was held in May for all of the Nashville industry people. The first thing I noticed while arriving my destination was that the location is a very industrial area. I thought to myself, “What is this OZ space and more importantly, does it have a yellow brick road? And maybe a cocktail.” As I first entered the space, I turned to my colleague and secretly gushed to her “I have to be apart of this space!” It was like a hidden jewel that lit up as soon as I entered the space. As I roamed about, I was mesmerized by the potential this venue had to offer. Not only was it able to house large, corporate events but it also accommodated social events in such an easy and beautiful manner. With each turn I found myself more and more impressed. This is the feeling I hope that every client and every guest of OZ has when visiting.
Some personal questions about Sara:
Mac or PC? I’m a newly converted Mac girl and loving every minute of it!
Tea or Coffee? Neither; Redbull!
iPhone or Blackberry? iPhone
Favorite Song Right Now Boyfriend. At 27, Justin Bieber is helping me hold onto my youth.