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58 Gowns: Experience the Magic 74 The Bride Who Broke All the Rules

Trends 12 Details 14 Colors

Real Weddings 23 Four Stunning Celebrations

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Style 67 Gown Trends 68 Support System

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CELEBRATING OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY!

Volume 11 Issue 1 SPRING-SUMMER 2013 Editor in Chief Chris Christen 402-444-1094 Chris.Christen@owh.com Creative Director & Designer Ananda Spadt 402-444-1351 Ananda.Spadt@owh.com Copy Editor Amy LaMar Imaging & Production Coordinator Patricia “Murphy” Benoit Production Manager Wayne Harty Contributors Marguerite Happe, Daisy Hutzell-Rodman, Lindsey Anne Baker, CTW Features

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FROM THE EDITOR IT'S OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY!

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his is a special time in your life, and we're delighted to be part of your planning process. As you pour through our pages (and our blog site, weloveweddings.omaha.com), you'll see

example after example of couples who bucked tradition (just a little) and had the time of their lives planning a wedding that truly reflected who they are together. I hope that you and your fiancé will embrace the opportunity to let your personalities shine as well. My favorite wedding of 2012 took place in Switzerland, of all places. I admit to being a little

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partial since the celebration involved my cousin's daughter, Carmen. Her marriage celebration was sweetly simple and 2008

squarely focused on faith, family and friends. The ceremony took place in a quaint chapel on a hilltop overlooking the Lake of Zurich. The bride, I was surprised to learn, was cool, calm and collected in the hours leading up to the The florist hung this gorgeous rose-covered heart above the main entrance of the chapel. Its symbolism: Love enters here.

ceremony. That's because in Swiss tradition, the maid of honor handles most of the wedding arrangements. (Talk about trust!) In a sweet tribute to her American-born mother's family, the bride wore the gown her maternal grandmother from Nebraska wore in 1942 and her aunt from Minnesota wore in 1973. Heart-shaped coffee cake bites in personalized boxes served as place cards and favors. The treat was baked by the groom’s mother (who is Swiss) in a loose translation of an American tradition: the groom’s cake.

STEAL THIS IDEA! The bride and groom made their way to the altar from the main aisle, but exited together through a side aisle to symbolize their new path as husband and wife.

Now it's time for you to carry on some traditions, and start a few

2011 We talked to a couple who was featured in our first issue in 2003. We were thrilled to find them happy and healthy and still living in the Omaha area, now parents of three children. We've watched the trends go from elaborate updos and puffy sleeves to today's flowing hair and mermaid silhouette. Some things never change, however. The final quote in our first magazine still rings true. "Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you." -Walter Winchell

new ones as well. Congratulations and happy planning! Traditional Anniversary Gifts & Flowers Chris Christen Editor in Chief Wedding Essentials Instead of bridesmaids, Carmen had seven flower girls! They wore dresses of their choice, but Carmen provided fresh-flower wreaths for their hair. The girls were all giggles scattering petals as they walked down the aisle. Their reward: A cupcake tree of their very own at the reception. In a brilliant move during the ceremony, the pastor called all the children to the altar and put them to work on a wedding day poster while he delivered his message.

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T R E N D S details All these trends are Idea Show finds!

New Must-Haves 1. Multitaskers. Dinner menu, place card and party favor – all in one – from inclosed Studio. 2. Noisemakers. For guests young and old to wave as you exit the church: Dowels dressed up with colored ribbon and tiny bells. 3. Wash tape. Japanese paper tape comes in a wide selection of colors and patterns. It's lowtack adhesive makes it perfect for adding flair to invites, signage and even straws. 4. Nightcap. Send guests away with a midnight snack or a nightcap. Hot chocolate and fudge brownie bites, anyone? 5. Sticks! Think vertical when presenting food. There's something festive about eating something on a stick.

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6. Laser-cut designs. Set the tone for an elegant wedding with an invitation that's a work of art. 7. Backdrop. Even the fanciest venue could use a backdrop that matches your theme. 8. Monogram. An elegant addition, choose a monogram that you can use as a couple for the rest of your lives. Mug and glass customized by Méldeen.

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Pink & Navy

A fresh take on traditional pink and black. Great for the bride who wants a classic palette – with a twist. Offset the bold hues with cream and slate neutrals.

SPOT-ON TREND This custom invite by Méldeen features a spot-gloss treatment in a design inspired by a dot pattern on the bride’s dress. The technique looks expensive, but it’s actually an economical way to spice up an invite, says designer Kaleigh Wiese. DANIEL JOHNSON

How to get him to say 'yes' to pink A pink palette might not be your guy’s ideal wedding color scheme. But from fashion, to flowers to favors, here are some groom-approved ideas. COMBINE & CONQUER Make pink more pleasing by pairing it with other colors that might appeal to a typical male's sensibility. By adding gray tones, you bring a level of sophistication and formality to an otherwise very romantic and soft tone. Combine pink with navy for a more casual affair, or for an autumn or winter wedding, metallic tones like pewter or copper can add a more masculine feel.

BE SELECTIVE Flowers: Your flowers are the most obvious place for pink tones, but mix your blush-colored blooms with flowers in other hues. Clothes: Include a subtle detail on the groomsmens' attire. Paper: On the back of a menu or the envelope liner. Monogram: Add a touch of pink to your monogram, and incorporate it on printed items, the cake, ribbons or favor bags. Candy bar: Everyone loves sweets, no matter the color. Plan a spread of coated chocolate cotton candy and gum.

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THE NAME Avoid the word “pink” altogether. There are numerous variations of the color, so simply say "strawberry sorbet," "tropical rose," "fandango" or "Camellia." -CTW Features

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Gray & Yellow

This palette's popularity has grown over the past two years and shows no signs of fading. Update the look with patterns and textures that add dimension to your grays and yellows and make your event POP! Invitation suite by inclosed Studio

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Idea Show find!

Mint & Peach

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Mint (aqua, sea foam, robin's egg – whatever you like to call it) was all the rage last summer in fashion. Now it's a hit in bridal. Coral has been mint's favorite mate, but soft peach and blush are equally gorgeous pairings.

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Trendy & Timeless Bridal takes a fair share of its color cues from the fashion runways of Paris, New York, Milan and London. The classic beauty on the color wheel, however, is black and white. Here's how to put your own spin on the combo.

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PURPLE & BLUES These pretty colors will add the perfect touch to a spring or summer wedding. Mix deep purples and light blues together with gorgeous results. To find the right combination, lay several of your favorite shades side-by-side. Rearrange the sequences until you arrive at a dreamy, cohesive flow of color.

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POPPY RED Red may win the popularity contest for weddings. It’s the color of love. Poppy Red is also one of Pantone's fashion colors of 2013. It looks great on its own, and makes a bold statement (with a modern twist) when paired with yellow, pink and mint. Classic brides will love a black and white wedding with poppy accents.

GREENS Pantone's Grayed Jade is a subtle natural beauty. Pair it with peacock feathers and gold accents. But beware: Our lighting designer friends warn that green isn't particularly room-friendly when it comes to specialty lighting. Blue, however, can be a knockout.

What's In, What's Totally Out Tradition used to say that the bride’s parents paid for the entire wedding, which didn’t give a lot of brides much voice in the arrangements or the guest list. Today, etiquette has relaxed the rules, giving you the green light to make the day your own. That's especially true if you’re footing most, if not all, of the bill.

Out: Bridezilla No wedding goes exactly as planned, but the day is too short to throw an ugly fit over the slightest little thing. Let your carefree spirit prevail and be remembered as a cool, calm and collected bride.

In: Giving back Honeymoons involving volunteer work, registries for charities or gestures honoring special people are meaningful ways to give back as a couple.

Out: Strapless gowns Brides and their maids are so ready for something new, and designers are delivering. After 10 years of strapless-dominated inventories, we’re seeing three-quarter-length lace sleeves and illusion necklines (sheer fabric from the bodice to the neckline). Finally, gown styles for those with less-than-perfect collarbones!

In: Handwritten notes Put pen to paper for anything that communicates directly to your guests. Hand-address your invitations and place cards, for example. On the morning of the wedding, be adorable and send a love note to your betrothed. After the wedding, set aside time to thank your guests in your own handwriting for their gifts.

Out: Over-documenting If you are a digiterati who announces your engagement via Facebook and reads your vows from an iPhone, this doesn’t apply to you. For everyone else: Imagine gazing into your loved one’s eyes during your ceremony and realizing that no one is looking at you. Instead, they’re looking at the LCD screens on their cameras and smartphones. Encourage your guests to unplug with this phrase in your program: “We respectfully request that all guests honor the sanctity of this ceremony by turning off cell phones and cameras.” -Ananda Spadt

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REAL WEDDINGS

Lynn Walters & Rippi Rekhi Morton Barns, Lied Lodge & Arbor Day Farm 05.19.12

COLORS Jade green, orchid purple, tomato red and gold. PERSONALIZED CEREMONY The bride’s

family is German/Irish/Polish and Catholic. The groom’s family is Indian (but the groom grew up in Brazil) and Hindu/Sikh. “There was no way that we could have a wedding that honored us and our commitment while paying homage to our families and heritage unless we wrote it ourselves. We walked down the aisle to Brazilian Samba music, and played traditional Indian wedding music as people were being seated." At the reception, the DJ kept the dance floor packed with a mix of Indian Bhangra, Latin and classic rock hits. TRADITIONS The couple’s Nebraska City ceremony included the Hindu tradition of exchanging flower garlands. First, the groom’s father and the bride’s uncle presented the bride and groom with a garland representing their respective families. The bride and groom then exchanged those garlands to symbolize the welcoming of each other into their respective

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families. MORE BLESSINGS The day after the ceremony, the couple attended Mass at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Nebraska City, where their marriage was blessed by a priest. On Christmas Eve, the newlyweds flew to India for a Mehndi ceremony, as well as a Sikhi ceremony followed by an Indian reception with Rippi’s family. STEAL THIS IDEA To give international guests a taste of the Midwest, the couple hosted a catered barbecue, hayride and bonfire at Morton Barns the night before the wedding. HONEYMOON A tour of India with family members. TIES TO NEBRASKA The bride grew up in Lincoln, where her mom and brother still live.   weddingessentialsmagazine.com 

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GREAT IDEA: Friends and neighbors contributed homemade sweets for a cookie bar at the ceremony site. “It was a total showing of love and support! We had recipes from all over the world.” During the reception, a beanbag toss kept guests of all ages entertained.

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THE DETAILS Hair and makeup Curl Up and Dye Salon, Nebraska City Attire The bridesmaids were assigned a color and were told to buy a dress that they liked. The groomsmen wore medium-gray suits from their own wardrobes. Rings Custom designs, Boston Platinum Flowers Super Saver Floral, Lincoln Caterer Lied Lodge Cake Char Roth Cakes, Lincoln Music Complete Music Photo booth Big Red Photo Booth Photographer Lane Weddings The butterflies on the wedding cake were in memory of the bride’s father. “Ever since he passed away, there seem to be butterflies in the most random places. When we toured the Lied Lodge, butterflies kept landing on the clipboard we were using for notes. It felt as if my dad was stopping by to let us know that this was the right place to get married.”

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Megan Duster & Jamie Locatis Weiss Studios and Gardens, Springfield, Nebraska 09.01.12 Photographs by Tin Box Weddings NATURAL LOCATION "We looked at many

places before realizing that my aunt and uncle’s rural setting was the perfect venue for us." NUMBER OF GUESTS 250. THEME Nature and adventure. "We love the outdoors. We used a lovebird motif throughout the wedding, beginning with our invitations and continuing through the reception." DIY FRENZY "With help from both families, we were able to make most of the decorations, favors, flower arrangements and centerpieces." FAVORITE ELEMENTS Old-fashioned directional arrows, a

movie theater-style popcorn machine and good beer, including Samuel Adams Oktoberfest. Guests had several dessert choices, including cupcakes, ice cream cake and even large pieces of a cookie cake. TEAM EFFORT "We decided everything together – colors, menu, flowers. Everything was personally selected by us for sharing with all." MEMORABLE MOMENT "Seeing each other for the first time that day. Jamie had been waiting for me in the shade of a giant willow tree for nearly 30 minutes, and was starting to get hot. I approached from behind and tapped him on the shoulder. It was an absolute surprise to him to find me standing behind him. The sparkling smiles on our faces set the tone for the rest of the day! In his words, 'The wait was worth it.'" HOW HE PROPOSED "My best friend took me to Gene

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T H E D E TA I L S Women's attire: David's Bridal Men's attire: Men's Wearhouse Bride’s hair and makeup: Parlour 1887 Flowers & catering: Hy-Vee Bridal cake: Mother and aunt of the bride Ceremony music: Karen and Mark Benson and Jason Fuller Reception music: Festival of the Heart Photography: Tin Box Weddings

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REAL WEDDINGS

Amelia Atilano & Jason Cooney Bella Terre Reception Hall & Vineyard, Glenwood, Iowa 08.18.12

THEME Rather than work around a theme, the bride aimed for a day of "romantic elegance." COLORS Burnt orange and chocolate brown. FOND MEMORY You could almost hear Amelia

Atilano's prayer: "Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day." And it did. Amelia and Jason were preparing for a ceremony delay when, as if on cue, the rain stopped and the sun's golden rays broke through the clouds. "It was our favorite part of the day," the bride said. NUMBER OF GUESTS 225. IDEA WORTH STEALING Amelia and Jason chose not to see each other before the ceremony. Instead of a “first look” photo, the photographer snapped a series of playful shots of the couple reaching around a door to hold hands and pretending to kiss. WHERE THEY LIVE NOW Council Bluffs. OCCUPATIONS She is a registered nurse; he is a network administrator. LUCKY INTRODUCTION Amelia and Jason met in 2003 at Bluffs Run

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Greyhound Park, where they both worked at the time. Amelia liked Jason immediately and gave him her phone number. SWEET ASIDE "Jason walked me to my fifth-hour class almost every day during our senior year of high school." HOW HE PROPOSED "We were talking about our future, when Jason asked to see the promise ring he had given me for our fifth anniversary of dating. We continued to talk, and I forgot that Jason still had my ring. On the way to our car, Jason said, 'Here's your ring.' He got on his knee and pulled a ring from his pocket. When I saw that it wasn't my promise ring, I teared up and asked him, 'Are you serious?'"

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T H E D E TA I L S Makeup: Your Day, Your Look Bridal gown: Ellynne Bridal, Lincoln Attendants' dresses: Bridal Traditions Tuxes: Gentleman's Choice Rings: Borsheims Flowers: Hy-Vee Catering: Hy-Vee Cake: The Cake Specialist Music: ShowTime Music

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Gina Murante & JJ Bartlett Sacred Heart Catholic Church; Happy Hollow Club 08.25.12

THEME Romantic and intimate with lots and lots of flowers. The bride chose romantic, full

blooms in shades of ivory and pink. The arrangements and bouquets featured garden roses, ranunculus and white and pink hydrangea. COLORS Light pink, vanilla and ivory. TIMELESS TRADITIONS Something borrowed and blue: The mother-of-the-bride’s blue topaz ring.

Something old: A crystal brooch from the bride’s late grandmother, pinned to the bridal bouquet. Something new: teardrop Swarovski crystal earrings. SHE GAVE HIM Tag Heuer Carrera watch from Borsheims. HE GAVE HER Cultured pearl and diamond earrings from Tiffany & Co. HOW THEY MET Mutual friends set them up. Their first date was on New Year's Eve in 2010 at the Slowdown. HOW HE PROPOSED It was the weekend of a friend’s wedding in Kansas City. They were walking in Country Club Plaza, when JJ suddenly

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stopped in front of a fountain and surprised her with the ring. He even had arranged for photographers to capture the moment. SPECIAL MEMORY “There were so many amazing moments of the day and evening," Gina says. "The wedding ceremony was absolutely beautiful. All of the songs we chose were unique to the theme and to us. Seeing our parents, families and friends smiling throughout the entire day definitely was special, too.” SWEET ANECDOTE The bride shopped for her dress with her parents. “Seeing their reaction when

I tried on the dress is a memory I'll never forget. It was a very special moment for the three of us.” FAVORS Lemon drops and mini bottles of limoncello. OCCUPATIONS The bride, a graduate of Duchesne Academy and Creighton University, is the marketing manager at Aesthetic Surgical Images. The groom, a Creighton Prep and Texas Christian University grad, is a treasury services officer at First National Bank. The couple lives in Omaha. HONEYMOON Ten nights at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua, Maui.

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John & Christine Deitering 10.13.12 Bridal gown: Pronovias, The French Door, Sioux Falls, S.D. Groom's Tux: ASOS Venue: The Durham Museum Catering: Attitude on Food Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes Rentals: AAA Rents Flowers: Garden Flowers Lighting: TMS Rings: Goldsmith Silversmith Photographer: Bellus Photo + Film

M E E T " M I S S D E CO " Th i s d o - i t-yo u r s e l f b r i d e a n d h e r gro o m s p e nt a ye a r c ra f t i n g, g l u e i n g a n d fo l d i n g – a n d s h a r i n g t h e s te p s o n o u r b l o g s i te, we l ovewe d d i n g s. o m a h a . co m .

The bridesmaids picked their own dresses (one already had hers!) and the groomsmen wore black suits from their own wardrobes.

Things John and Christine Deitering learned: 1. Weddings involve a lot more time and money than planned. 2. Tasks need to be spaced out so that you aren't stressed with last-minute projects the week before the big day. 3. A great photographer is a must for preserving wedding memories for years to come. 4. D.I.Y. projects are time-consuming, but they do add a personal touch to your wedding and can be done as a team. 5. Be creative. 6. Don't be afraid to make your wedding day your own! Get the steps to John and Christine's D.I.Y. projects, including the invitations they designed and printed themselves, at weloveweddings.omaha.com/ category/miss-deco

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"We created a backdrop for our ceremony from a very large piece of fabric that we painted and my mother hemmed. The backdrop features the lyrics to "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes from the first concert we saw together."

"We scanned and printed family wedding pictures, arranged several at a time into a wreath-like shape and glued each photo into position as centerpieces for our rehearsal dinner and wedding reception. The rings of photos were excellent conversation-starters."

"With lots of help from a co-worker with a sewing machine, we made 50 covers for throw pillows on lounge furniture and benches at The Durham Museum. The furniture and specialty lighting gave the space a nifty club feel."

"For guests' cards, we borrowed a decorative suitcase from John's mother and decorated it with the same ribbon (an etsy. com find) that we used in our centerpieces and vintage postcards of our venue."

"We had a fun D.I.Y. photo booth. Our photographer set up the backdrop, and we provided the painted picture frames."

"We screen-printed our logo onto 30 table runners in one long afternoon session. For the centerpieces, we collected wine bottles from friends and family and soaked them in soapy water to remove the labels (a little scrubbing is necessary). We glued thrift store books together and made paper flowers from pages of an old book."

"John designed menu cards for our hot hors d'oeuvres buffet. On the back of each card, we included a fun fact about the two of us."

"The countdown to our wedding – created with magnets on the back of our apartment door!"

"We printed individual seating cards for our guests. For the message board, we coated a piece of foam core with chalkboard paint and placed it into a gilded picture frame."

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A D V I C E from our bride bloggers

MEET "MISS HEARTLAND" H e r co u nt r y c h i c we d d i n g wa s s t a g e d s o b e a u t i f u l l y, yo u 'd h ave t h o u g ht yo u we re o n a m ov i e s e t. N at u a l e l e m e nt s a n d p e r s o n a l to u c h e s we re t h e s t a r s o f t h e d ay.

Kate & Mike Hewitt 05.19.12

Location: Twin Lakes Ranch, a family friend's acreage near Malcolm, Nebraska Photographer: Taura Horn Photography Caterer: Catering Creations Band: DFunk Flowers: Stem Gallery Bridal gown: Ellynne Bridal Men's shirts and ties: Men’s Wearhouse Her ring: 14 Karat Graphic designer: Amalia Van Bloom

From Kate Hewitt's post about her wedding: "The Monday before our wedding, I was checking the extended forecast every hour. It called for a 30 percent chance of rain and 85 degrees, which wasn't bad for an outdoor wedding. As soon as we were pronounced husband and wife, we ran down the aisle toward the reception tent. We had just ducked under it when the rain came pouring down! Our guests sprinted toward the tent as well. But hey! A little rain on your wedding day is supposed to bring you good luck in your marriage. I could have done without the 60-mile-perhour winds that nearly knocked the tent over. But what can you do?" See more photos from their wedding, read how they met and how Mike proposed at weloveweddings.omaha.com/ category/miss-heartland

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A D V I C E from our bride bloggers

"As we said our vows, a pair of geese (which mate for life) flew overhead. Everyone at the ceremony was awestruck. Someone even asked if we orchestrated the fly-by. We didn't. We considered it an omen."

"The wedding site in Malcolm, Nebraska, looked magnificent – like it was straight out of a movie. I was speechless. As the tent was being set up and our wedding planner was running around finalizing this and that … I was surprisingly calm."

"A leaf, tea-stained paper and a pencil tied to raffia were so simple, yet so lovely at each place setting. We asked guests to write a piece of advice for us on the paper. Price tags – tea-stained to look vintage – served as our seating cards."

"We spent the rest of the evening soaking it all in as husband and wife. We danced to an amazing band called DFunk; talked to all of our guests; and laughed and cried. Every minute was simply amazing."

"When Mike proposed, I was so excited I forgot to say 'yes.' My ring is from 14 Karat and has a hidden diamond, just for me to see."

"We built the bar ourselves, painted it black and then added our wedding logo in white paint. It had the look of a chalkboard, but the lettering didn't rub off as guests leaned against the bar to get a drink."

"We got married at a family friend's farm. They were so nice to let us use their house to get dressed and prepare for the day."

"We set up a Hewy Mojito station on the lawn for our guests to enjoy after the ceremony. The downpour, however, required a change of plans!"

"We had fun coming up with a variety of favorite things to serve at the reception. White Wedding Munch was a hit."

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A D V I C E from our bride bloggers

MEET "MISS JUNE" She can't wait for "our golden years, hand-in-hand looking at the photos of the d a y w h e n w e p r o m i s e d e a c h o t h e r f o r e v e r ."

JANINE MCCLINTOCK STUDIOS

Ashley & Brad Hall 06.15.12

Location: St. Cecilia’s Cathedral; The DoubleTree by Hilton Photographer: Janine McClintock Studios Music: Showtime Music Flowers: Flowers for Special Occasions Bridal gown: Ellynne Bridal Men's tuxes: Tip Top Tux Rings: Nebraska Diamond

From Ashley's blogs: "The first moment you see each other is ... so wonderful. A couple of friends stood by the door keeping the church empty so that Brad and I could have a moment together in private. I felt like that was the moment we got married, even though it officially came about an hour later. I was in the dress; he was in the tux; everyone was ready. That's when it all seemed real. I’ll never forget bawling my eyes out during the daddy-daughter dance. He told me that he thought Brad was the perfect man for me, and that 'perfect' was the only way he could describe what he thought of me as his daughter." Ashley isn't afraid to call it as she sees it. See her reviews of vendors and tips for getting exactly what you are dreaming about on our blog site, weloveweddings.omaha.com/category/miss-june

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"My something blue was a blue bird in my bouquet. It was from my Grandmother Shirley, my mom’s mom. It was in her bouquet when she got married."

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"It took our team of five people many hours to fill and finish more than 300 favor boxes ‌ but they were a great finishing touch for the tables and a yummy treat for our guests. Start making your favors early! The favor boxes and monogram stickers came from Michael’s, and the ribbon came from Walmart stores across the city!"

"Whatever makes you feel like a hottie, you should do it. Run. Do pilates. Use your apartment gym. Sometimes life gets busy, but you have to make sure you feel good. Don’t do the crazy diets. I have done them all, and they're not the solution to looking and feeling your best for a lifetime."

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OMAHA TEMPERATURES Rain on your wedding day is considered lucky. Sweltering heat is not. ON AVERAGE July is the warmest month. January is the coolest month. May is the wettest month. January is the driest month and has the most cloudy days. October has the most clear days.

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APRIL

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HERE COMES THE SUN Consider timing your outdoor wedding for sunset when your guests will see you say your vows in the warm glow of the sun. If you’re having a daytime outdoor wedding, orient the ceremony so that the sun stays at your guests’ backs, not in their eyes.

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Ultimate IN VENUES

We've taken the guesswork out of your search for the perfect place to celebrate your marriage.

A View in Fontenelle Hills | p. 51 402-291-2582 aviewfh.com A View, on the lush grounds of Fontenelle Hills Golf Course, offers a stunning, spacious backdrop for your special day.

Unique upper-level ceremony site; the perfect reception space below.

A View West | p. 51 402-991-9872 aviewwestomaha.com

The Club at Indian Creek | p. 70 402-289-0900 theclubatindiancreek.com

An atrium with 30-foot ceilings creates a grand entrance, and an outdoor patio area with towering trees broadens your options for entertaining your guests.

With seating capacity for 400, an outdoor veranda and gorgeous golf course views, The Club at Indian Creek is the ideal setting for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception.

Anthony’s Steakhouse | p. 67 402-331-7575 anthonyssteakhouse.com The Grand Ballroom has 9,000 amazing square feet for dinner and dancing, while the patio boasts a waterfall and a gazebo.

Creighton University Skutt & Harper Centers | p. 73 402-280-1493 creighton.edu/reservations Proximity to St. John’s Cathedral and ample parking make both venues convenient.

Archdiocesan Retreat & Conference Center | p. 83 402-558-1442 archomaha.org/pastoral/arcc/

DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown 402-636-4900 omahadowntown.doubletree.com

Art Deco venue for your reception, ceremony and next-day brunch.

The icing on the cake, from rehearsal dinner to ceremony, reception and honeymoon suite.

Bella Terre | p. 88 402-657-5543 bellaterre.com

Embassy Suites Downtown and Embassy Suites Omaha - La Vista | p. 41 402-346-9000 and 402-408-5470 embassysuites.com

The experience of being in Italy's wine region is recreated here. Elegant outdoor party space; menu to match. Molto buona!

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Sleep, eat and celebrate all in one location. Several ballrooms; state-of-the-art sound system

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ultimate guide Fountains Ballroom West, The | p. 5 402-496-3000 thefountainsballroom.com Mix the charm of an Italian villa with the crisp feel of the Greek Islands and the grandeur of a Bollywood wedding and you have The Fountains Ballroom West. First Central Congregational Church | p. 82 402-345-1533 firstcentral.org When a church wedding is important, First Central is one of Omaha's most welcoming congregations. Lovely stained-glass interior. The Fountains Ballroom & Vineyard | p. 5 712-526-2426 thefountainsballroom.com Situated on 10 acres of rolling hills, this setting includes a tiered waterfall, stone platform with pergola, pond and stream. Ballroom has a 30foot vaulted ceiling and grand staircase.

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Lauritzen Gardens | p. 71 402-346-4002 lauritzengardens.org Exquisitely decorated gardens and reception spaces include the Great Hall and smaller rooms for intimate events. Millard Plaza Ballroom | p. 32 402-891-0779 millardplazaballroom.com This ballroom has a beautiful and traditional setting, but still provides you with a unique décor and catering.

Mid-America Center 712-323-0536 midamericacenter.com Flexible ballroom space with banquet seating for 1,500 guests; expert catering staff; easy access to Interstates 80 and 29.

Hilton Garden Inn Omaha East Council Bluffs 712-309-9000 omahaeastcouncilbluffs.stayhgi.com

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | p. 69 402-738-2088 omahazoo.com

Versatile wedding space for up to 300 guests in the River City Ballroom.

The conference center wows with a tropical reef aquarium, wave wall and lighting effects.

Hilton Omaha 402-998-3400 omaha.hilton.com

Omaha Marriott 402-516-3617 marriott.com

Two ballrooms, a professional wedding coordinator and a top-notch culinary team are available at this downtown Omaha hotel.

Guest rooms, a formal ballroom and an elegant outdoor courtyard offer the flexibility you need for a wedding weekend.

Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha and Holiday Inn Lincoln Southwest | p. 26 402-341-0124 and 402-421-1893 holidayinn.com

Orpheum Theater | p. 52 402-345-0202 omahaperformingarts.org

Space for every event from the reception to gift-opening; on-site event specialists.

Crystal sconces, mirrored walls and antique chandeliers fashioned from Czech crystal await at this extravagant Omaha landmark.

Holland Performing Arts Center | p. 52 402-345-0202 omahaperformingarts.org

Omaha Press Club 402-345-8008 omahapressclub.org

Located on Gene Leahy Mall, this dramatic venue has a two-story glass staircase and a contemporary ambience.

Omaha’s premier private club offers a panoramic view of the downtown skyline and an elegant dining room for 250 guests.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse | p. 73 402-289-9210 johnnysitaliansteakhouse.com

The Players Club at Deer Creek | p. 82 402-963-9950 playersclubomaha.com

The perfect choice for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding brunches and catered receptions.

Venue has a newly expanded clubhouse, breathtaking golf course views and professional catering and event staffs.

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ultimate guide Regency Lodge 402-617-8310 regencylodge.com

Strategic Air & Space Museum | p. 45 402-944-3100 sasmuseum.com

Central location. Professional wedding coordinator. Formal ballroom with seating for 300. Complimentary whirlpool suite.

Your guests dine amid historic military aircraft. Open catering policy and unique possibilities for a memorable day.

Scott Conference Center 402-778-6313 scottcenter.com Versatile midtown venue – with room for 500 guests – offers an onsite coordinator, talented culinary team and a neutral backdrop for any style of décor.

Warm hospitality and custom menus featuring the finest steaks and seafood, as well as an impressive wine cellar.

Scoular Ballroom | p. 15 402-449-1424 scoularballroom.com

Tiburon Golf Club | p. 29 402-896-1323 tiburongolf.com

This historically renovated space is sophisticated with magnificent architecture and is convenient to downtown. Flexible catering.

Stunning golf course views, exquisite dining room, expert event planning staff.

Sheraton Hotel Omaha | p. 46 402-516-1246 starwoodhotels.com Two ballrooms, customizable menus and professional staff provide competitive options for your special day, whether elaborate or understated.

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Sullivan's Steakhouse | p. 68 402-342-0077 sullivanssteakhouse.com

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Truhlsen Campus Events Center | p. 37 402-559-5192 unmc.edu/eventscenter Large glass atrium with granite floors; state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities; professional staff; midtown location.

CTW FEATURES

I D E A S dietary restrictions

D I N N E R F O R E V E R YO N E Guests with special dietary considerations will appreciate a veggie supreme menu. But don't skimp on the portions. Meat-eaters will be filling their plates with these proven hits too. FOUNTAINS BALLROOM

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kip standard bland dishes and treat non-meat-eating guests to an entree with fantastic flavor. - In fall or winter, serve rich, savory pastries such as portobello Wellington with mashed potatoes

and blackened Brussels sprouts or spinach and goat cheese strudel.

- In the summer, layer seasonal vegetables with bean or cheese purees (e.g., summer squash and smoked

mozzarella gratin with creamy polenta and sautéed green beans). Or stuff squash with grains, beans and/or cheese. Either way, you have a visually stunning, fresh and hearty entrée.

Basics for Gourmet Vegan & Vegetarian If you’ll have a number of non-meat-eaters, food stations or heavy appetizers may be the way to go, as they will allow you to offer a lot of different options for vegetarians and carnivores alike. But before you make your final catering selections, it may be helpful to know that a vegan is a vegetarian who excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients from his or her diet. “Just because a dish does not contain meat does not mean it is vegan,” says Nathan Newhouse,

catering chef at Attitude on Food. “A lot of pasta dishes have a chicken base. Condiments often contain meat too." Even cake contains butter! Vegans – and everyone else on your guest list, Newhouse says – will appreciate and enjoy: • Fresh Thai spring rolls • Vegetarian sushi rolls • Portobello mushrooms stuffed with spinach and artichokes • Poached fruit - Daisy Hutzell-Rodman and CTW Features

Passed hors d’oeuvres • Truffled grilled cheese • Camembert shooters with asparagus • Fresh bruschetta with tomato concasse, avocado oil and preserved lemon

Main dishes and sides • Butternut squash ravioli with brown butter and crispy sage • Beet spaghetti with baby broccoli, red onion, olive oil and olives • Gouda mac and cheese • Wild mushroom quinoa   weddingessentialsmagazine.com 

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I D E A S cakes These cakes (not the doughnuts) are Idea Show finds!

S AY I T W I T H C A K E Let your theme decide your cake. Nothing is taboo, so get imaginative! Explore flavors and themes for that perfect tiered treat.

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Soft & Feminine

Carefree & Natural

Tailored & Refined

A full, frothy layer of buttercream icing looks modern and traditional at the same time. Work with your cake decorator and florist to mimic the flowers in your bouquet for a showstopping cascade. Cake design: Alotta Brownies

A non-traditonal bride calls for a nontraditional cake. This one is plainspoken but still sweet and pretty. The drizzled frosting adds artful dimenson and a little rowdiness for good measure. Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Less is more with a plain satin ribbon wound around stacked tiers and a crown of fresh flowers. But the rock candy accents? Well, we think they're simply brilliant. Cake: Hy-Vee

Vintage Couture

Hip & Sassy

You can find inspiration in anything – ruffles, lace or pleats on your dress, a poem, a postcard, a wallpaper pattern, your mother's cake. Cake: Simply Elegant

Alternating bands of ribbon and scattered orchids gives a classic design a burst of sassy sophistication. Cake: Hy-Vee

Just Plain Fun

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Cupcakes were so 2012. Doughnuts are so 2013. Glazed, sugared or frosted – any style or flavor will be snatched up and enjoyed any time of day. Doughnuts: Krispy Kreme

The Walters Photographed by Tin Box Weddings

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I D E A S lighting Some venues offer reception up-lighting without having to contract with a lighting company. Fountains Ballroom (pictured) and the Henry Doorly Zoo, for example, have up-lighting built into their reception areas.

Scoular Ballroom

R E C E P T I O N T H AT W O W S Flip a switch to transform a room. Not just for rock stars anymore, up-lighting is a hot trend that is more affordable than you might think.

SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATIONS

L

ights up! Transforming a space from dull to dynamic is easy with up-lighting. The trend essentially involves painting a room with light through projections, gobos (a template in front

of a lighting instrument to control the shape of the emitted light), spotlights and colored gels. Why the recent surge in popularity? Pat Bressman of Theatrical Media Services pins it on LED lighting. Ambient lighting used to require a generator and a lot of hot, hot light. “Now I can bring in a light that simply does not get hot,” he says. Whether you’re using icy blue lights for a winter wedding, a customized monogram projected on the floor or wall or a variety of colored lights along a room's perimeter, up-lighting can warm up your reception – figuratively, of course. -Marguerite Happe FOUNTAINS BALLROOM

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I D E A S seating The Chiavari ballroom chair looks lovely on its own, but its beautifully sculpted spindles and slats offer so many decorating possibilities that we don't know why anyone would ignore them. Lush fabrics like silk, taffeta, organza or tulle can be woven, draped, fringed or tucked to give chairs a dreamy quality. Burlap sashes or bows (DIY night!) would be perfect for a shabby chic, vintage or rustic feel. Accent the burlap with apples on string, dried wheat, curly willow branches, clusters of bay leaves or sprigs of lavender – even herbs from your garden. Or skip the sashes and attach the accents on their own.

Chair rental: $6 to $7.50 each Common colors: silver, gold, fruitwood, black, white, mahogany and clear acrylic

Our editors fell in love with these chair treatments at the Wedding Essentials Idea Show last October. From top, tutu-fringed chair cover, Events in Bloom; cover with pick-up skirting and ruffled half-chair cover, both from Events in Bloom; iridescent swag tied in rosette knot, United Rent-All.

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LANE WEDDINGS

Magic NATALIE NAVIS SEQUINNED SILVER LINING

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DANIELLE LEMKE FOR CHANEL AT VON MAUR

ANANDA SPADT

Legends by Romona Keveza gown, $3,510, Chapel Length Veil with floor-length blusher, $320, both from Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}; Ross Bennett Collection gloves and top hat, stylist’s own.

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Pronovias gown, $3,825, Sublime Bridal Couture; Tessa Kim hat, $200, My Blue Whimsy; Jessica McClintock clutch, $62, Nina bracelets, $75 each, all from Von Maur; 18K gold diamond engagement ring, courtesy of GC Gems

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Sue Wong gown, $798, Von Maur; Jenny Yoo Collection belt as headpiece, $440, Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}; Mary Frances clutch, $348, Ralph Lauren necklaces, $58 and $78 each, Nina necklaces (worn as bracelets), $75 each, all from Von Maur.

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Matthew Christopher gown, $2,100, Tessa Kim headpiece, $90, both from My Blue Whimsy; earrings, $64, Von Maur; Hello Holiday gloves, stylist’s own; Nadri bangles, $80 each, Von Maur. Facing page, from left: (On Toni) Claire Pettibone gown, $5,500, My Blue Whimsy; Inez Gill headpiece, inezgill.com; (On Sarah) Sue Wong gown, $568, Von Maur; Swarovski crystal headband, $129, David’s Bridal; Margaret Rowe Couture bracelet, $295, from Von Maur; 18K gold diamond engagement ring, courtesy of GC Gems; bouquet by Florals Etcetera.

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Oleg Cassini gown, $700, David’s Bridal; Swarovski crystal headband, $129, David’s Bridal; Kate Spade shoes, $328, Von Maur.

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From left: (On Toni) Vera Wang gown, $1,498, Vera Wang belt, $108, both from David’s Bridal; 8K gold diamond engagement ring, price available upon request from GC Gems. (On Sarah) Jim Hjelm gown, $4,075, Ellynne Bridal; headpiece, $99, David’s Bridal. (On Bre) Claire Pettibone gown, $3,500, My Blue Whimsy; Hello Holiday gloves, stylist’s own; Inez Gill headpiece, inezgill.com.

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The Art of Perfection

S T Y L E Gown Trends There will always be a place in wedding fashion for straightforward strapless gowns with a sweetheart neckline and full skirt. But right now the runways are full of surprises, showcasing bridal styles that are anything but ordinary. Here are four of the latest trends, each paired with expert advice on determining if you should take a pass or if you can pull it off with panache.

High-leg slits were a big deal on the fall 2012 runways and the red carpet – who can forget Angelina’s Oscars dress? Complete the look with a chic barrette, side comb or feather in your hair and a pair of long drop earrings; but skip the tiara to avoid ending up with a big picture that feels garish rather than glam. Who should wear it: First and foremost, you need great legs, says Rachel Leonard, fashion director for Brides magazine. “You want to elongate the leg, so stay away from shoes with ankle straps in favor of sexier peep-toe pumps or a pair of strappy sandals with a bit of sparkle."

ILLUSION NECKLINES A sheer fabric overlay that extends from the bust to the collar (and also can include long or cap sleeves or be one-shoulder), illusion necklines have sophisticated drama. A popular example was the lace illusion neckline on Priscilla Chan’s (Mark Zuckerburg’s bride) Claire Pettibone gown, available at My Blue Whimsy in Fremont. Who should wear it: This peek-a-boo detailing typically works best on toned and smaller-busted brides.

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PEPLUMS A short overskirt or ruffle attached at the waistline, peplums are a fabulous choice for accentuating gorgeous curves or for creating a great shape on a bride with a boyish figure. Who should wear it: Taller brides, as it can effectually cut a petite bride in half and make her appear shorter.

COLOR Bold hues like crimson, black and gray have stolen the spotlight at shows for the likes of Vera Wang and Enzoani, but many designers are playing with pinks, plums and blues. A colorful dress can still be big and gorgeous, complete with a train and veil, but make sure it coordinates with the rest of the wedding party. Who should wear it: “The bride who wears color is an individualist – probably an artist, designer or similar creative type,” Leonard says. “And she wants to wear a shade that’s flattering to her skin tone; not just white like everyone else.” -CTW Features

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S T Y L E Support System For every style of wedding gown, there is a correct style of bra. These insider tips are designed to help you create a flawless silhouette.

FOR A STRAPLESS GOWN The obvious go-to is a killer strapless bra. Get fitted by an expert in the lingerie department, and then lean down, raise your arms and shimmy a little to see if the bra stays put. If it does, try it on with your gown to ensure it doesn’t give you a uniboob or create unflattering bulges on your back. Another option is to skip a bra in favor of a bustier. Not only will a bustier provide better support, it will also offer seamless shaping under your dress.

HALTER & ONE-SHOULDER GOWNS While a strapless bra can work here, you may be more comfortable just having cups sewn into the dress. If more support is needed, try a long-line corset. It will help flatten your tummy and enhance your waist, as well as lift your bust. Avoid lacy or patterned styles that could show through. Keep in mind that some fabrics – such as charmeuse, chiffon and crepe – could show bumps from the corset’s boning.

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D.I.Y.

The DIY route may save you money and help you personalize your event – but you should expect hiccups along the way. Here are four possible conundrums and smart solutions.

1. YOU CAN BYOB BUT WHO POURS IT? Your caterer will likely be willing to pour your self-procured alcohol for an additional fee. Otherwise, you should hire servers from a beverage company. The liability is huge if you use a friend or someone who isn’t licensed to pour alcohol. Another option is to enlist servers from a local bartending school. It may be more affordable, and these motivated students are probably more reliable than your buddy who bartends on the weekends.

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2. DIY FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS If you’re the floral designer, consider creating centerpieces out of potted plants and flowers. It’s a way to both save money and prepare the flowers ahead of time without the worry of wilt. If you’d rather have fresh-cut flowers, your safest bet is assigning the task to someone who isn’t in the wedding party. But either way, keep it simple. Only feature one or a few different blooms and use small, slim vases or bottles with small openings so the blossoms will have lots of stem support and sit together naturally.

3. HOME-BAKING Because baking for the masses can be tricky, only attempt it for a wedding with 50 or fewer guests. You’ll be better off foregoing a tiered cake in favor of treats that can be made days ahead. Consider meringues (served with fresh fruit, berry/vanilla spread or ice cream), sheet cake in a few different flavors (topped just before serving with a simple frosting, berries, chocolate shavings or nuts) or assorted fruit tarts.

4. INVITATION DESIGN Complete a sample invitation from start to finish first, and time yourself. Make sure that 100 or more pieces won’t eat up all of your free time. If the task still seems cost-effective and you like the result, you can justify jumping into the project. Order 20 percent more paper than you think you'll need. Or have the invites printed professionally and then assemble them on your own. -CTW Features

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WHERE YOUR CATERER OR YOUR FOOD ARE ALWAYS WELCOME! A D V I C E

Costs

Let’s talk money. Whether you’re the bride, the groom or a guest, a wedding is going to cost you some hard-earned dinero.

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Percent of guests who typically gift from the registry.

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Average amount expected to be spent on a wedding gift for a close family member, down $30 from last year. The average amount expected to be spent on a close friend is $105.

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Percent of bridal couples who prefer cash gifts over registry items. Source: American Express Spending and Saving Tracker, an online survey of 1,500 U.S. adults.

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Guide to Gratuity Whom to tip, how much and when

Hairstylist/Makeup Artist How much: 15 to 25 percent; 30 percent if work is done on-site When: Time of service

Ceremony Musician How much: $20 to $25 per musician When: After the ceremony

DJ How much: $50 to $150 When: At the end of the night or within a few days with a thank-you note

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Rental Delivery People How much: $5 to $10 per worker When: Time of service

Officiant How much: Often a donation to the house of worship – from $100 to $500 – will be made in lieu of payment/gratuity. For nondenominational officiants, $50 to $100 (on top of the fee). An invitation to the reception is a nice gesture. When: After the ceremony How much: 15 to 20 percent, often included in the contract When: Time of service - CTW Features

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Delegate. Put tips and thank-you notes in marked envelopes and give them to a trusted member of your family or bridal party for distribution. You’ll have other tasks to worry about on your wedding day.

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I D E A S flowers

B LO O M S BY S E A S O N Bouquets to complement the spirit o f e a c h p a r t o f t h e ye a r.

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olors, blooms, fillers, embellishments and textures give strong dimension to four classic nosegays with modern personality. As you consider your elements, remember that your bouquet should blend with your dress, not overshadow it. Generally, the more formal the wedding, the more structured the bouquet design.

Natural & Organic Succulents, leafy greens and roses. Hy-Vee Floral

Fresh & Spirited Roses, purple-tipped echeveria and milky pink gemstone spikes. Hy-Vee Floral Idea Show find!

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Flirty & Rustic Hypericum berries, spray roses, solidago, seeded eucalyptus, button mums and wax leaves. Shaun D. Sypal

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Wedding Flowers by Seasons Though you can find most floral varieties all year, seasonal blooms are readily available, less expensive and often live longer. Ask your florist for suggestions based on your colors and wedding date.

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No. 1 Rule

WHITE DIAMONDS MAKE AN ENGAGEMENT RING

She chose

a stone she loved and a setting to match.

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She chose

to wear her favorite color.

No. 2 Rule

THE BRIDE MUST WEAR WHITE

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Rule

No. 3

YOUR SINGLE FRIENDS MUST COMPETE FOR THE BOUQUET

She chose

to thank an influential woman in her life by presenting the bouquet to her.

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No. 4 I T ' S H E R B I G D AY

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No. 5 Rule

THE CAKE IS THE CENTERPIECE OF THE EVENT

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Rule

No. 6

A REGISTRY IS FOR CHINA, H O U S E WA R E S A N D L I N E N S

She chose adventure

Gift ideas: A piece of local fine art, like a work by Karen Schnepf from the Dundee Art Gallery. Season tickets to the Creighton Bluejays or a show at the Orpheum. Camping gear. Tools. Camera gear. Donation to a travel fund. Cooking classes, like the Everyday Extraordinaire sessions at Metro Community College. Subscription to a wine club.

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FACEBOOK

If you haven’t been introduced to the mother of all social media, this is the start of a beautiful new relationship. Facebook is the go-to for many wedding vendors offering giveaways or special information, and most businesses have everything you need to know about them on their pages. Research is simplified since you can bookmark your pages into an “interest list” for easy access to all the news from each vendor. Facebook is also the perfect way to share wedding photos with friends and family members both near and far. Caution: Be mindful of over-posting. Friends who didn't make the guest list might not want to know every detail of your plans.

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With instantaneous status updates, Twitter is another way to share news about the wedding with your guests and family. Creating a Twitter hashtag for your wedding will put everything from the bachelorette party to the big day in one news feed. It can also help with decisions that need to be made immediately, such as which dress to choose while you’re at the bridal shop. Have your Twitter followers help! Caution: Not everyone in your wedding party is on Twitter (i.e., your parents), so make sure that everyone receives pertinent updates from you instead of them being relayed secondhand.

PINTEREST

The founders of this image database didn’t intend for it to turn into the virtual wedding planner that it has, but the platform has taken off as the perfect way to create boards full of wedding inspiration. You can “pin” images as a bookmark from any website (while giving due credit, of course). Creating different boards for different aspects of your wedding, such as the reception, dress, food and bachelorette party, is an easy way to find new ideas, while sticking to the concept of your dream wedding. Caution: If you are concerned about being the only wedding in town to do a certain idea, pin it to a private board.

INSTAGRAM

Your guests can upload photos from the wedding, and by adding a unique hashtag such as “#maryanddavidswedding,” all the pictures will end up in one place for you to view. Instagram is also a way to snap impromptu behind-thescenes moments on the big day, such as when you and your hubby are newly married and are riding in the limo on the way to the reception. Capturing those details is what it’s all about, right? Caution: This application is limited to those who have a smartphone. -Marguerite Happe

Social media is changing the way today’s brides get married. Here's a breakdown of how brides are using different technologies.

BRIDES’ DIGITAL HABITS

79% of brides keep up

on wedding websites and blogs

77% become fans of wedding brands 61% download wedding-planning apps 78% still buy wedding magazines,

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RELATIONSHIP 'STATUS'

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66% of brides consider logging onto

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75% plan to share photos from their honeymoon on their social networks

GUEST RELATIONS

64% of brides say it’s OK to use digital

invitations for wedding-related events – but not the wedding itself

62% of brides say they like that their

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VENDOR CONNECTIONS

Brides also use social media to keep in touch with vendors

49% connect on Facebook 19% stay in touch via Pinterest 7% of brides use Twitter to connect 6% use Instagram to interact

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The Groom's Checklist FROM THE BEGINNING  The engagement ring: Know her ring size. Don't guess.  Pop the question: Make it memorable.  Pick a wedding date.  Select a reception site; book it now.  Choose best man, groomsmen & ushers.

 Start working on the guest list.  Meet with your officiant.  Choose the music: band or DJ? Get references from friends. Meet with candidates; size up their personalities and decide who's best for you.

6 MONTHS BEFORE  Plan your honeymoon. Apply for a passport.  Shop for wedding rings.  Finalize the guest list.  Secure transportation to the ceremony & reception. FOUNTAINS BALLROOM

2-3 MONTHS LEFT  Select and order tuxes.  Book your honeymoon.  Select and order wedding bands.

 Meet with the person who will perform your ceremony; finalize details.  Plan rehearsal dinner.  Weigh in on flower arrangements.

30-DAY COUNTDOWN  Buy your bride a personal & memorable wedding gift.  Schedule final fittings for tuxedos; verify order.  Purchase gifts for best man, groomsmen and ushers.  Take care of business and legal affairs. Add bride to insurance policies, medical plans & bank accounts. 2 WEEKS  Obtain marriage license with your bride-to-be.  If moving, fill out a change-of-address card. Arrange utilities in your new home.  Learn to tie the type of tie you'll be wearing.  Gear up for bachelor party. JANINE MCCLINTOCK STUDIOS

7 DAYS  Pick up tux.  Make sure best man and ushers have their wedding attire.  Re-confirm all honeymoon reservations. If flying, make sure you have the plane tickets.  Remind attendants of rehearsal; review their duties with them.

 Give ushers instructions for special seating arrangements.  Give your wedding license to the officiant at the rehearsal. Fill it out properly so it can be signed and returned to you after your wedding.  Attend rehearsal dinner. Relax!

THE WEDDING DAY. CONGRATULATIONS!  Eat a good breakfast with carbs, fat and protein to keep hunger at bay.  Make sure your luggage is in the car or hotel where you'll stay on your wedding night.

 Dress for wedding.  Give best man the bride's wedding ring.  Prepare the officiant's fee and hand envelope to best man for delivery after the ceremony. SOURCE: GROOMSONLINE.COM

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Kid-Friendly

T H E K I D CO N U N D R U M With a little planning and a little luck, the little ones on your guest list will stay happy and content all wedding-long. PHOTOS BY JANINE MCCLINTOCK STUDIOS

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f course, you're not required to invite children to your wedding (some venues don’t allow it or demand licensed sitters on-site). Nor are you responsible for helping parents figure out or pay for child care. But if you have a lot of guests with wee ones, it’s worth considering your options.

WHEN CHILDREN AREN’T INCLUDED The proper way to let parents know that their kids aren’t invited to the wedding is to omit the children’s names from the invitation’s outer envelope. If you get RSVPs with the kids included, politely explain in person or in a phone call (not an email) that although you adore their kiddos, the wedding is adults-only. To prevent hurt feelings, be consistent and don’t allow any children. However, one frequent exception is newborns who may be nursing every couple of hours, aren’t mobile on their own and won’t stay late. If you have out-of-town guests who are traveling with their kids, be thoughtful and research the best sitter options for them.

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WHEN THE KIDS ARE INCLUDED If you opt to allow kids, it’s the parents’ responsibility to care for them during the event. That said, there are a few things you can do to make the experience more pleasant. Serve kid-friendly foods like mac-and-cheese, chicken fingers and fries. To avoid boredom-induced tantrums and poorly timed chatter, place a favor/activity bag at each child’s seat, or arrange for a kid's table stocked with coloring books, colored pencils or crayons, picture books, puzzles, games and quiet toys. -CTW Features

ADVICE

The Registry

I T E M S TO H AV E A N D TO H O L D Compiling a thoughtful and diverse registry is a gift to both you and your guests.

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few long-lasting quality-brand items should be at the top of your list. Even if you don’t use them immediately or even frequently, you never will regret asking for them because they'll be forever associated with the giver and your wedding day.

A recent registry survey conducted by TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com found that while the average guest spends about $70 for a wedding gift, family members tend to spend twice that much. You might register at Dillard's, Nebraska Furniture Mart and Bed Bath & Beyond, for example, for household staples but then add Pottery Barn, WilliamsSonoma and Borsheims for higher-end items that you'd love to have around forever – and guests who know you really well would enjoy giving to you for that reason. ETIQUETTE ALERT: It’s never appropriate to ask for cash or to put your registry details on the invitation. Spread your registry info word-of-mouth or put it on your wedding website.

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Our editors’ picks for registry items that will stand the test of married time: • Cookware • Kitchen knives • Bed linens • Bath linens • Wine glasses • Mantle clock • Kitchen shears • Salad bowl and serving utensils • Crystal vase • Sterling silver picture frames • Porcelain dinnerware in a timeless color (white) and style

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Nambe butterfly bowl and matching servers, $160, from Borsheims.

Cutco kitchen shears, $122. For representative near you, visit www.cutco.com. Monogrammed sheets and towels. Percale queen set, $496, from bellalino.com. Similar styles at The Linen Gallery, Early to Bed and Pottery Barn.

Porcelain dinnerware, $70 for a 45-piece set, from Bed Bath & Beyond.

Percale duvet cover and matching shams. "Lanene" by Urbanara, about $150. Similar brands and styles available from The Linen Gallery and Early to Bed.

Rachael Ray cookware, 10-piece set, $182, from rachaelraystore.com. Wolfgang Puck, Paula Deen, Emeril and other comparable brands available at Dillard's.

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YO U R F I N A N C I A L TO - D O L I S T Wi t h yo u r n e w M r. a n d M r s. s t a t u s c o m e s n e w practical priorities. How you spend and save your money are tops among them.

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ou and your groom may have already discussed your views on money

YOUR GOOD CREDIT

and have a plan for your family’s finances. If you’ve been avoiding these

There’s nothing scarier than assuming you’re in the black, only to see a lot of digits in the “balance due” box on your credit card statement.

topics, however, it's high time to bring them up. Financial matters can get

in the way of a happy marriage faster than you may think. "Money secrecy is toxic to a marriage, so get it all out in the open and create a plan to pay off debts, monthly bills and put some cash in savings," advises Sharon Naylor, author of "Home From the Honeymoon: The Newlyweds' Guide to the Celebrations and Challenges of the First Year of Marriage" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2009). It’s even important to look further into your financial future – to children and retirement. Setting up a joint budget you both can live with can be the trickiest part of blending your households. “Before you walk down the aisle, you should have talked about all of those issues and hopefully have come to some agreement, says Laurie Hoyt, an associate pastor at Bellevue Christian Center, an Assemblies of God congregation. Often one person in a couple tends to be the spender and the other a saver, says Hoyt, who counsels couples before marriage. It can be worrisome, she says, when both are spenders. Sessions on money management can be useful, especially if you are saddled with school debt, use credit cards indiscriminately and have no real savings plan. Rabbi Aryeh Azriel of Temple Israel sees too many couples come into marriage heavily in debt and with little knowledge of how to manage their personal finances. "Most of them are coming ill-prepared for their financial

• Obtain copies of your credit reports. Aim to get your score higher than 750 to qualify for the lowest interest rates on your first mortgage and other loans. • Pay off credit cards each month. (Credit cards themselves aren't bad. They help establish a credit history.) • Have an emergency fund that can cover at least three months of expenses in case of a job loss, disability or other unexpected problem. • Keep major purchases, savings accounts, loans and credit cards in both of your names so you each have equal access and can build a good credit history. • Review your insurance policies (homeowner's, renter's, life, health and disability) with a qualified specialist to determine if you have adequate coverage.

future. The wedding is 20 minutes. Life after the wedding is a lot longer." - Chris Christen

Sources: “The Everything Wedding Book”(Adams Media, $15.95) by Katie Martin; Bill Hardekopf, LowCards.com; Maria E. Sinley, financial planner and investment consultant, Smith Hayes Financial Services Corp.; World-Herald staff reports.

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STARTING THE 'MONEY TALK' Here’s a primer to help you and your fiancé have a frank talk about those tricky money matters. Step 1: Check your ego at the door. YOUR BUDGET To set up your budget, add your paychecks together plus any other regular sources of income, and then subtract the following expenses: Rent/mortgage, utilities, food, debts (student loans, car payments, credit cards, etc.), insurance, other expenses (child support, gym memberships, etc.) YOUR ACCOUNTS – JOINT OR SEPARATE? Do you combine all savings, checking and other accounts or maintain separate accounts? The answer depends on you as a couple and your financial situation. If you travel for work or run your own business, a separate account makes sense for tracking expenses for reimbursement. Even a hobby such as making, selling and trading items like clothes or craft items can complicate a joint account and might be better handled separately. Individual checking accounts are common among couples who marry later in life and are accustomed to handling their own finances. The most important thing, financial counselors say, is to have no secrets attached to those checking accounts. You might share the monthly bills, but pay for them out of separate checking accounts. This approach allows you to use your own accounts for personal purchases without having to explain them to your partner. You may also prefer separate checking accounts to help each partner handle his or her personal needs and previous obligations, such as child support or alimony, student loans and credit card debt. If that is the case, you can set up a third account for household bills. A joint savings account makes sense for major purchases, including vacations, vehicles and a home. YOUR DWELLING Moving into a new home is a major expense, whether you’re renting or buying. Buying is usually a bigger expense because you will need to come up with a down payment (usually 20 percent of the total cost) and pay closing fees when the final paperwork is processed. Omaha realtor Darcy Beck reminds first-time buyers that “it takes a village to buy a home.” Start with a realtor you feel comfortable with. “A good realtor will hook you up with a good lender, and then you can’t make a mistake.” Too often, she says, first-time buyers qualify for loans that they can’t reasonably afford without changing their lifestyles. “Keep yourself protected by working with an agent who has your best interests at heart.” When you’ve found the house or condo of your dreams and you’re ready to make an offer, a good realtor will work with the seller’s realtor to get the best possible deal for both parties.

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MERGING HOMES There are things – besides each other – that you k n o w y o u c a n’ t l i v e w i t h o u t : C o f fe e m a k e r, m i c r o w a v e, b i g - s c r e e n T V. A n d t h e n t h e r e a r e t h i n g s t h a t o n l y you could love. Here's how one couple compromised on a collection that has a life of its own.

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atie Torpy is a minimalist who loves tidy spaces. J.J. Carroll is a toy collector who isn't bothered in the least by a little chaos. They

found harmony at home in a really cool toy box. J.J., an artist, had just moved back to his native Omaha when he met Katie at his own housewarming party eight years ago. An Omaha native, she had been living in Chicago, where she worked as a dog walker. At the time of Carroll’s housewarming party, she was between apartments. Something clicked between Katie and J.J. – and with Omaha. “It was nice to be home," she says. "I met J.J. and fell back into the community.” The two were married in October 2012. When they moved into their early 1930s house in May 2011, the couple had to address J.J.'s extensive collection of toys and action figures (mostly from the 1960s to 1980s), as well as original comic book PHOTOS BY DANIEL JOHNSON

illustrations and other art. The compromise: J.J. could display his prized collectibles – as long as they were in a tidy display case. J.J.'s collection sits just inside the entryway. It’s organized chaos, neatly balanced by mismatched vintage, mid-century modern-inspired furniture throughout the open living and dining rooms. In their previous home, they hung wall-to-wall art. “This,” Katie says, gesturing around the living room, “is breathable.” It’s all about reducing clutter, Katie says. “It’s artful clutter.” - Lindsey Anne Baker

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The couple compromised on Carroll's toy collection: He could display his toys – as long as they were inside a tidy display case. The abstract is by Kenneth Adkins titled "Uptown." The comic page illustrations are from the 1970s Marvel Comics title "O.M.A.C." by artist Jack "King of Comics" Kirby & Dick Ayers.

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