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We’re thrilled you found us! Meet our new 2016 Edition of Nebraska Wedding Day! This year marks our 13th as a wedding publication and we are delighted to bring you four

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Our top job here at NWD is to do all we can to be your best planning partner! What would make us most happy is for you not only to be able to smoothly plan your ideal wedding, but to actually enjoy this experience in your life without getting bogged down in the stress of it all. So we’re here to help! While stress may inevitably creep in to the intensity of wedding planning, it’s nothing you can’t handle now that you’re equipped with the most comprehensive local resource.

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RELAXED & RADIANT Perfecting your bridal beauty

Once the budget, venue and vendors are decided, you can move on to selecting the final details of your menu, flowers, décor and most importantly, your look. Enjoy this amazing time during your wedding-planning process! Between follow-up phone calls, dress fittings and finishing up handcrafted details, you may likely be distracted from your hair and makeup for the big day. So, rather than considering your beauty consultations as simply items to check off your list, use them as a time to relax and be pampered by the professionals. When deciding on hair and makeup styling, remember that your fiancé fell in love with YOU – he wants to see YOU walking down the aisle, not someone he hardly recognizes. By implementing a few easy suggestions, not only will you be well-prepared for these sessions, you will truly enjoy them!

BRIDAL MAKEUP CONSULTATION When approaching your wedding makeup, remember that less is more. Your wedding day is not the time to try a new smoky eye shadow or bright red lip color if you’ve never worn these dramatic looks before. Your makeup artist will get a great read on your beauty routine, if you follow these few steps. It is important to show your true self on your wedding day, rather than introducing a new alter ego.

Wear Your Everyday Makeup On the day of your consultation, wear your everyday makeup to your appointment. Your makeup artist will see how much makeup you wear on a day-to-day basis and she can discuss with you any features you might like to accentuate. If your daily routine includes only wearing concealer and mascara, discuss some neutral eye shadow colors and light lip gloss options. If you love to wear eyeliner and darker shades, your makeup artist will see that you do not shy away from a bold look. She can consider this when discussing options for the day of your wedding.

Bring Photos Bring a few inspiring images with you, such as photos of celebrities or Pinterest finds. Do not hesitate to pick and choose certain elements from the images! Explain what you like and do not like about each. You may love the rosy cheeks on one and a full lash line on another. Most women have a difficult time describing their makeup wishes, so bringing along an image or two can illustrate for your makeup artist what look you would like to achieve on your big day!

Plan a Night Out The best way to test the longevity of your makeup and to fully enjoy your consultation is to plan an evening out with friends or go on a date with your fiancé that evening. This will not only serve as a test to see if you love sporting those false Image by Attanasio Photography

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lashes for a few hours, but you will enjoy an extended wear time, giving you a feel for your makeup. Snapping a few images of yourself is also a great way to see how comfortable you feel with the results. You want your makeup to look flawless, all the while highlighting your gorgeous features. Be certain to take note of any changes you would like to make after this test.

BRIDAL HAIR CONSULTATION Much like your makeup, your wedding-day hairstyle should be comfortable and reflect your personality and fashion sense. Your fiancé fell in love with you and expects to see your radiant self walking down the aisle without a last-minute bang cut or extra-long extensions. Be true to yourself and wear your hair in a style that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful.

Hair Care Many hair stylists will agree that your “day-after” hair is typically the best to style. By not arriving with freshly-washed, squeaky-clean hair, your stylist will have some texture and body to work with. As always, when scheduling your consultation, ask your stylist for his/her preference.

Come One, Not All Since most salons are smaller spaces, it can quickly become distracting and intimidating for a stylist to practice your wedding-day style with a crowd surrounding the chair. By only bringing one or two guests, you will relieve the stress and boost the enjoyment factor of your session. Remember this is a practice run-through. While you should be very satisfied with your bridal hairstyle before leaving the salon, it is not the time to obsess over every bobby pin in your updo. Focus on (a) how comfortable you feel with the style, (b) how long the look will last throughout the day and into the evening and (c) if you have any desired changes such as more or less volume or curl.

Bring Your Accessories If you plan to wear a veil or other hair accessory, don’t forget to bring it along to your consultation. Allowing your stylist to practice with the piece in advance will

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ensure that the appointment on your wedding day will be a breeze. Plus, you will have the chance to try different positions for your veil or accessory and then snap a few photos of these looks to decide which you prefer.

Wear Makeup If it does not work into your schedule to plan your makeup and hair consultations back-to-back, at a minimum wear your everyday makeup to your hair consultation. Wearing makeup to your hair appointment will allow you to feel more comfortable visualizing your final bridal look and your hairstylist can then consider your personal beauty routine when styling your hair. |NWD|

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A MODERN TAKE Developing a plan for covering your wedding expenses

What a joyous occasion when your engagement is announced! But once the excitement settles down a bit, it is time to discuss the nuts and bolts of planning the wedding. Instrumental in that discussion is developing a realistic budget for all parties participating in hosting the various events that surround this special occasion. At the center of the discussion is the wedding couple. There are a variety of approaches to handling expenses, so the wedding couple needs to thoughtfully consider what is best in their particular situation. Traditionally, the parents of the bride have been called upon to pay for the majority of expenses with the parents of the groom traditionally contributing only to certain minor expenses. But is that still the case? What is the “new norm” for financing weddings? Considering that the average wedding in the Midwest can cost upwards of $30,000, engaged couples are setting aside the traditional standard in lieu of establishing a budget based on a variety of factors.

SPARKING THE CONVERSATION The first step in managing budgetary guidelines is having a candid conversation with the families involved. This is truly the only way to make clear and comfortable financial arrangements with all those participating in the financial support of the events surrounding the occasion. Interestingly enough, it is clear that the traditional arrangement has not been replaced with just one alternative, but rather, families are taking a more customized approach based on a variety of factors. Considerations include financial resources and capabilities, the age of the couple as well as the family dynamic. If the engaged couple have divorced parents or a blended family, these factors also play a role in the allocation of wedding expenses. Typically, step one is for the bride and groom to initiate a discussion with the bride’s parents to explore what they have in mind as to budget and contribution. Step two would involve sitting down with the groom’s parents. It will eliminate stress for all involved if the couple comes to those meetings prepared with any high priority must-have items for the wedding. This information provides a much needed point of reference for all involved in the discussion about an appropriate budget and necessary funding of the wedding. Following the initial discussion with parents of the bride and groom, the couple will be able to develop a more specific game plan and thereby allocate financial responsibility for each element of the budget. Having these details reduced to writing for all involved will eliminate much concern and frustration for the couple as they navigate through the decision-making process. Image by Attanasio Photography

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FINANCING THE WEDDING Some of the more common formulas for allocating the wedding budget include: (1) the traditional arrangement, (2) the 50/50 split and (3) the three-way split, but there are clearly other options. The traditional arrangement is one in which the bride’s parents pay for the vast majority of the wedding. A recent sampling of area brides indicated that about 40% of weddings continue to be paid for in this manner. The 50/50 split is an arrangement in which the parents of the bride and the parents of the groom each pay one-half of the wedding costs. The survey found that about 16% of today’s weddings are financed this way. The three-way split is when the costs are paid for equally by the wedding couple, the bride’s parents and the groom’s parents. The sampling results reflected that about 22% of today’s weddings share expenses in this way. Other methods include the wedding couple paying for the majority of wedding expenses or the groom’s family paying for most of the wedding expenses. Whether you are planning a small intimate affair or a full-blown soiree, the details of who will be handling the costs are critical in making the transition from engagement to wedding one of enjoyment rather than frustration. The approach can be customized to fit the situation and should always include open and honest communication by all involved. The key to a solid plan is that it is understood and agreed upon by all parties responsible. While determining the financial arrangements for your wedding day may initially seem uncomfortable, having the conversation with your parents first to develop budget guidelines will certainly help relieve financial stress. There is no clear common standard for financing today’s weddings, so choosing a realistic approach that suits you and your families will ensure that you will have the stress-free wedding of your dreams! |NWD|

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MORE THAN AN ACCESSORY Selecting the symbol of your love and commitment By Holly Lafferty

You have probably heard that it is important to consider the 4 Cs – cut, color, clarity and carat weight – when it comes to selecting a diamond engagement or wedding ring. A diamond’s cost is based on these elements of quality as these four characteristics are graded and categorized by the diamond industry. The higher the grade, the rarer the diamond and the more expensive it will be. However, equally important to these factors is how it makes you feel when you are wearing it. This is not something measurable and can only be determined by you. We understand that shopping for your engagement and wedding rings can sometimes seem overwhelming when considering the 4 Cs, the price, as well as your emotions. Let us guide you through the basics so when it is time to make the final decision, it will be a comfortable one for you and your fiancé. There are numerous trends and styles available in engagement and wedding rings, and some of the most popular sets have real staying power. If you are not sure where to start, consider whether any of the current trends reflect your own personal style.

VINTAGE RINGS One extremely popular and timeless trend is vintage-inspired rings. Vintage- or antique-inspired rings usually feature intricate details, such as gemstone baguettes or floral accents. A vintage ring will never become outdated because of its timeless character and, often times, the nostalgic sentiment it provides the person wearing it.

CLASSIC RINGS Classic rings are still all the rage and for good reason – they stand the test of time. While white gold is increasing in popularity, yellow gold remains a highly-popular characteristic of a classic ring. A simple round-cut solitaire diamond conveys a very classic feel.

EMERALD-CUT STONES Emerald-cut diamonds are more unusual than the ever-popular princess-cut. Selecting an emerald-cut diamond will set you apart from the crowd. Since these stones are more affordable than other shapes, you can usually purchase a larger stone for the same price as a smaller stone in another cut. However, take note that flaws are more visible in an emerald-cut diamond, so it is important to pick a top-quality gem when selecting this cut.

COLORED STONES Selecting a colored stone for your engagement ring is another way to showcase your personal style. While colored stones have been a celebrity trend for years, it is growing in popularity among the general public. Considering a colored stone also broadens your options. While many brides opt for a colored diamond, it is now totally acceptable to choose an entirely different gem for your ring. Brides are choosing anything from rubies to sapphires to opals as either the primary stone or as accent stones. Anything is possible, and a unique gem will definitely draw attention to your unique sense of style. 22

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MULTIPLE DIAMONDS While solitaire settings are still enormously popular, many brides are choosing a large diamond framed by tiny diamonds. Such a design gives a nod to vintage styling while also creating the illusion of a larger stone. Brides also love the look of either three-stone or five-stone settings, which provide a traditional yet glamorous quality. The broader range of design options available with multiple diamonds adds to the appeal of choosing this style of ring.

MODERN STYLES Think clean and simple, usually in platinum or white gold settings. Tension-set diamonds are characteristic of this look. Modern rings have a sleek appearance that border on plain, but work well for everyday wear. If you desire something cutting edge, a modern design might be the right style for you.

PLATINUM Platinum is still the precious metal choice of many brides. Platinum is much stronger than gold, which makes it a better investment in the long run. It is pricier than gold, which is why some brides who are attracted to the silver color of platinum end up choosing white gold. White gold offers the look of platinum without the higher price tag. However, if durability is very important to you, it is probably worth the added expense of platinum. Once you have settled on your dream engagement ring, you and your fiancé should go shopping together for wedding bands. While engagement rings are still an ideal way to show off your individual style, wedding bands are becoming more personalized as well. Here are some tips when making your selections. • Mix it up. It is not a problem if you and your fiancé have different tastes in wedding bands. A matching his-and-her set is not necessary – although you may save money by selecting a matching set. Each of you should be able to wear what you love, whether it matches one another or not. • Incorporate your personality into your selection. Consider including a special engraving on the ring or adding another meaningful detail. Designers today

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can do just about anything you can think of to make your ring more personal. For instance, you can have the jeweler custom design a new ring with stones from your great-grandmother’s ring. • Think about what you will be doing day-to-day as you wear your ring across the years. Consider that certain stones or softer metals combined with an active lifestyle can diminish the beauty of your ring over time. If your fiancé is in construction, simple is probably better because the ring will endure significant wear and tear. • Stick to your budget. Decide on the maximum amount you can spend before you go shopping and don’t sway from that amount. It is easy to be tempted when you see the vast offerings, so it is important that you and your fiancé hold one another accountable on price. While a common rule-of-thumb is that the wedding rings should account for about 3% of your budget, it is up to you and your fiancé to decide what the right budget is for you. • Think long term. When narrowing the choices, a key question to ask yourself is if you will love it as much in thirty years. If not, continue your search. • Take your time. Visit several jewelers and never feel pressured to buy anything until you are certain it is a good match. • Plan accordingly. To allow for sizing, engraving or any other modifications that will need to be made, purchase your rings two to three months before your wedding date. Don’t wait until the eleventh hour and risk not having a wedding band to slip on your finger for your big day! • Find inspiration online. Viewing ring options online can still be a special time with your fiancé by scheduling it as a date. Cook dinner, pour some wine and settle down in front of the computer for a romantic night of perusing. The best advice when shopping for your rings is to always keep in mind that your engagement and wedding rings are an important symbol of the commitment between you and your partner. Long after your flowers have wilted and the music has faded, your rings will still be on your fingers as constant reminders of the vows you made to one another. Remembering their significance during the selection process will help you make the best possible decision. |NWD|


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WORD TO THE WISE Sorting through the right advice for you By Holly Lafferty

Have you ever felt like something was both a blessing and a curse? Well, that is how you might feel from time to time about the well-intentioned advice offered as you plan your wedding. How will you possibly determine the good advice from the bad advice – the right information from the wrong information? It’s true that what is acceptable now could be very different from what was appropriate at your grandmother’s wedding over 50 years ago. Since the wedding industry is forever evolving, even some advice you receive from a bride of five to ten years ago may no longer apply. That is exactly why Nebraska Wedding Day is here to serve you! We are your trusted resource on all things wedding. Not only do we bring you the latest in wedding fashions, floral design, handcrafted details and so much more, we also aid you in determining what is appropriate and what is not. There will always be information floating around that is not necessarily accurate. We are here to help you sort out the misperceptions and to guide you through the most common wedding myths.

Wedding Myth #1 A wedding planner is an unnecessary expense. Of course a wedding planner will charge a fee for services rendered, but it may be money well spent. Keep in mind that a wedding planner can offer invaluable advice, assist in making decisions and ultimately save you from a multitude of headaches. Additionally, a wedding planner may actually end up saving you money due to his/her business connections within the industry. For example, you are negotiating a group rate with a hotel for your out-of-town guests, but the hotel is not budging from what you consider to be an unreasonable price for your guests to spend on accommodations. You have your heart set on this particular hotel and are beginning to feel frustrated. You’ve been wasting valuable time on an issue that isn’t getting resolved; but, your wedding planner has worked with this hotel before and has brought them business over the years. She can use her business relationship with the hotel sales manager to not only settle on a more satisfactory rate, but also save you the time and effort of trying to work through an issue that wasn’t going your way. Everyone wins!

Wedding Myth #2 Only the bride should wear white. Thanks to the high-profile wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the tradition of white being worn only by the bride is no longer a steadfast rule. After all, if the Duchess of Cambridge doesn’t mind her maid of honor wearing a white dress, why should you give it a second thought when your cousin shows up in white? Ideally, close family members should check with the bride before selecting a white dress for the occasion.

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When it comes to your wedding party, thankfully there is a wide selection of colors, fabrics and styles available to choose from. It is entirely up to you whether your bridesmaids are decked out in the exact same dress or different shades of your favorite color. You can even mix and match similar styles and hues, as long as the end result is tasteful and coordinated. Regarding shades of white or ivory – as long as you are comfortable sharing your color, everyone else should be as well!

Wedding Myth #3 A DIY wedding will save you money. If the truth be told, handmade details can be time-consuming and expensive. You may end up learning the hard way after you and your bridesmaids have logged over a hundred hours creating absolutely stunning handcrafted invitations. Once you have accomplished the invitation project, you realize you also planned on crafting the reception decorations, designing and assembling your own floral arrangements, and creating your own wedding favors for a lengthy guest list. Your head is spinning! But that’s okay because you are saving money, right? Well, not always. Sometimes it turns out that the materials for your beautiful project end up costing more than intended. When factoring in both manpower and materials, suddenly a DIY wedding doesn’t seem so wonderful after all. Cheer up! Handcrafted details do not have to overwhelm, as long as your plans are realistic and achievable. Also, keep in mind that there are hundreds of fantastic wedding vendors waiting to do the job for you. Their sole purpose is to help ease your burden and give you what you desire for your special day. Unlike many DIY projects which you may be trying for the first time and praying it works, these vendors have years of experience to draw upon in creating a perfect product for your wedding day. Taking on everything yourself sets you up for a stress level that can be off the charts. Pick a few handcrafted details that truly speak to you and then decide if those projects are something you can tackle. If not, delegate those details to the professionals. They are always happy to be of service!

Wedding Myth #4 Seating charts are a waste of time. While it’s true that seating charts are not the etiquette requirement they once were, there is still a huge benefit to creating one. Also, keep in mind that if you hire a wedding planner, she can do much of this tedious work for you. Assigned seating shows your guests that you put great consideration into caring about their comfort at the reception. You will certainly breathe a sigh of relief knowing your Uncle Eddie won’t be getting flirty with your friend Alyssa when they accidentally end up at the same table. Remember, there are many fun options for seating charts and cards these days! If you are having an outdoor reception, consider something more creative. Utilize the awesome skills of an artsy friend, a little chalkboard paint and some colorful twine. You can hang the place cards off the backs of the chairs rather than cluttering the tabletop. If it is an elegant indoor reception, have some classy table numbers and place cards printed. This is an easy handcrafted project to accomplish with some nice cardstock, a decorative font style and a good-quality printer. Just remember to always be considerate of your guests as you build the seating chart. It is wise to have your parents and others close to the family review the chart to make certain you have not overlooked an old feud or uncomfortable relationship, thereby unknowingly placing those guests at the same table.

Wedding Myth #5 Buffets are cheaper than plated dinners. It is often assumed that buffets are a money-saving option for dinner receptions. While buffets can be fantastic for offering guests a variety of choices, some food options can still be rather costly, especially when including one or more carving stations. While a self-service buffet minimizes wait staff, it does not allow for portion control. If not properly managed, a self-service buffet can leave the last guests in line with food that is past its prime, cold or even without food at all. One option to control portions is to have your caterer provide wait staff to “serve” portions from one side of the buffet to the guests as they move through the line on the other side of the buffet. This not only provides portion control, but it also allows wait staff to monitor when food needs to be replenished. 32

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Another meal service concept growing in popularity is the “family-style” meal. This food-service style is typically less expensive than a plated meal and your guests will feel the reception is more personal with this style of service. It also eliminates people standing in a long buffet line. A family-style meal is a little less formal – with the food brought to each table on platters and serving dishes to be passed around the table for each guest to serve themselves. The serving dishes remain on the table to be refilled by wait staff as needed. It is important to secure the services of a chef, event planner or venue that has experience with this style of service. Having an experienced wait staff will make all the difference. Also, keep in mind the logistics of the table, as you plan room for serving dishes. With this style of service, you will keep table decorations to a minimum so serving dishes will fit comfortably. Finally, don’t count out the benefits of a plated-dinner reception which can still allow your guests choices while bringing an added level of elegance to your reception. There’s nothing quite like being served a beautifully-plated delicious meal to make guests feel pampered and satisfied. Be certain to include the entrée choices on your response card and track the selections for your caterer.

Wedding Myth #6 A big second wedding is inappropriate. Just because you had a big wedding before, doesn’t mean you can’t do it again. Don’t tone down your wedding simply because things didn’t work out with your previous marriage. Your vows are just as important for your second wedding as they were the first time around, so celebrate your love in a big way if that is what you desire. Every couple deserves their day, so plan a wedding that truly celebrates your union. Your wedding day is about celebrating the love you and your fiancé share for one another. If you want to share your joy by throwing a big party for your guests, it really doesn’t matter who might object.

Wedding Myth #7 It is bad luck for your fiancé to see you before you walk down the aisle. It is definitely not bad luck for the wedding couple to see one another before the walk down the aisle. Honoring this age-old tradition is a matter of choice for the couple. Since great wedding photos are a top priority for some couples, it is much more convenient, and just as romantic, to photograph a “first look” before you walk down the aisle. Plus, think of all the benefits that come from taking photographs early. Your guests will not be waiting for two hours before the wedding party arrives at the reception. Also, you and your soon-to-be spouse will be able to spend much more of the day together enjoying each other. It even affords you the time to sneak off and take some wedding couple photos in a unique location, capturing precious memories from your big day. If you want to follow tradition and wait for your partner to see you walk down the aisle, there’s nothing wrong with that either. The moment will be special either way. Just decide what is comfortable for you and not what you think you “should” do. Keep in mind there are no longer steadfast rules when it comes to proper decorum for today’s weddings. The best advice is to always be tasteful in your choices and considerate of your wedding party, family and guests. Make your decisions based upon how best you can celebrate your love on this very special day with people that truly care about you. |NWD|

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PART AND PARCEL Making the best first impression with your paper goods By Joy Armstrong

Whether formal or casual, contemporary or classic, refined or quaint – the first impression of your wedding is made by your invitations. In addition to the styling, you will want to give consideration to several other details, such as paper selection, font type and colors. All of these elements factor into making your invitations the best they can be. Below we have outlined the many details that are part and parcel of your invitations. Keep in mind that your paper goods vendor is an expert in his/her field and can answer questions or make recommendations for the best way to accommodate any particular need.

SAVE THE DATE A save-the-date announcement notifies guests to mark your wedding date on their calendar well in advance. It allows out-of-town guests time to plan early for travel arrangements and to plan for time away from home. You can send your save-the-date announcements five to twelve months in advance of your wedding date. A save-the-date can be a postcard, magnet or any other creative medium you choose.

WEDDING INVITATION About four to six weeks before the wedding, guests should receive your invitation in the mail. Upon opening that special envelope, your wedding style will be revealed and from the invitation your guests will know what type of wedding you have planned. So choose carefully when selecting your invitations, and remember to have fun with them! Your invitations should be a reflection of your style and personality as a couple. Are you and your fiancé modern, classic, fun or funky? Traditionally, wedding invitations utilize two envelopes, an inner and an outer envelope. However, current trends omit the inner envelope. If your selection includes an inner envelope, the invitation is inserted into the inner envelope facing the back flap, with the names of those invited handwritten on the front. The inner envelope is addressed as follows and if children are invited, do not use “and family." Each family member should be listed by name, such as: Mr. and Mrs. Williams and Bennett, Riley and Pearl An address is not included on the inner envelope. Also, this envelope holds other pieces of the wedding invitation such as a reception card, RSVP card and envelope, accommodation card and a map or directions card. After the inner envelope is properly addressed and stuffed, it is slipped into the outer envelope. The inner envelope can be ordered with a colored liner, which may increase the invitation cost slightly, but adds a splash of color and style. All envelopes should be handwritten. If your handwriting is Image by Nikki Moore Photography

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not legible, consider using a calligrapher or asking a friend with pretty handwriting to address the invitations. If neither option is available, run the envelopes through your computer printer selecting a cursive font that coordinates with your wedding style. It’s best to have your return address pre-printed on the outer envelope flap.

INVITATION VERBIAGE When deciding on the appropriate verbiage for your wedding invitation, you will want to be mindful of both families. Using the proper language is important as your family circumstances may be a delicate matter when parents of the couple have separated or divorced, passed away or are no longer part of the couple’s lives. From time to time the bride’s parents, together with the groom’s parents, host the wedding. We have provided examples that are helpful when addressing these sensitivities. You will find these examples in the FROM OUR NOTEBOOK “Invitation Guide” at the back of this issue. Please note that the more formal phrase “the honour of your presence” is traditionally reserved for weddings that take place in a house of worship. For less formal ceremonies, “the pleasure of your company” or “the honour of your company” usually indicates that the ceremony will not include a worship service. When deciding on the use of “honour” vs. “honor,” consider the style of your wedding and your personal preference. For formal invites you should use “honour,” which is applicable with more formal functions. Also, be consistent by using “favour” instead of “favor,” when utilizing a reply card. While informal wording is becoming more common, remember to make it perfectly clear whether guests are being invited to a wedding ceremony or to the reception only. An example is, “…would be delighted by your presence at the marriage of their children” or “invite you to join them at the wedding reception of…” The key to properly wording the invitation is to be socially appropriate while remaining comfortable with the verbiage. When the bride’s parents are divorced, the invitation is often issued by the parent who raised the bride. If both parents raised the bride, the names are listed on separate lines with the mother always named first without “and” between them. If the mother of the bride is remarried, use her married name. While it is not traditional to include a deceased parent, many couples feel strongly about doing so. Appropriate verbiage is suggested in the FROM OUR NOTEBOOK “Invitation Guide” in the back of this issue.

RECEPTION LINE OR CARD When the ceremony and reception are being held at the same location, a single invitation can be issued. If the reception is held at a different location, a separate card is helpful, but not required. NOTE: It is not considered acceptable to invite guests only to the ceremony but not the reception.

R.S.V.P. LINE OR REPLY CARD It is best to include a reply card with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to encourage guests to respond to their invitation in a timely fashion. Even though it is not required by traditional etiquette, doing so increases the probability of receiving a reply.

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If you choose to use an RSVP line on the invitation, proper placement directs it to be printed in the lower left corner. You can also include a mailing address, phone number, email address or website for their response. If you prefer to use a separate card, the traditional fill-in-the-blank version provides the first letter of Mr. or Mrs. or a more casual option reads, "Please let us know whether you will join us" with space for writing. If your reception includes a plated meal wherein the guests choose from a selection of entrees, those options should be printed on the reply card, one per line with a short blank line preceding each selection to fill in a number.

SPECIAL DETAILS ON THE WEDDING INVITATION If your reception will not include a meal, it is courteous to inform your guests by using a phrase such as "and afterward for cocktails" rather than the classic "at the reception." If you wish to stress the importance of the style of dress, for example black tie or casual attire, print that notation in the lower right corner of the invitation or on the reception card. It is important to note that your registry information should never be indicated anywhere on the invitation itself. Rather, you may optionally include such information as a footnote on one of your invitation suite inserts, displayed in a tasteful and discrete manner, for the convenience of your guests. Before ordering your invitations, verify that it contains all critical pieces of information, such as the (1) host, (2) request, (3) couple’s names, (4) date and time, (5) ceremony location, (6) reception location and (7) RSVP. This information can be worded and arranged in a variety of ways to reflect the style of the occasion and the changing times. While it is always important to consider proper etiquette, also consider your personal style when selecting your invitation and the appropriate phrasing. Use our “Invitation Guide” in FROM OUR NOTEBOOK in the back of this issue for more helpful information. |NWD|

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COURTING COUTURE Selecting the perfect bridal gown for your personal style By Holly Lafferty

We all know that reality television is developed with one purpose in mind – to produce interesting programming by maximizing drama. While you may be familiar with the reality show Say Yes to the Dress, it obviously is not always an accurate depiction of the ideal bridal gown shopping experience. More drama equals more stress, so most brides are seeking the exact opposite. We welcome you to a more accurate reality when shopping for your wedding gown. It is completely within your control to make your bridal gown shopping an experience that dreams are made of – rather than nightmares. In the reality show, brides flock to a popular bridal salon with close friends, family members and assorted others to select a wedding gown. As the bride slips into different dresses, her large entourage gushes over each gown. Usually, the bride enters the salon with a budget in mind, but often ends up blowing the budget when the gown of her dreams is significantly more expensive than her budget allows. While the show is highly entertaining, it is not the best model to follow when shopping for the gown of your dreams. So, Nebraska Wedding Day is here to set the record straight on a few key misconceptions that have arisen as a result of this popular show.

TOO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN When you are dealing with a smaller bridal boutique, bringing a large entourage just won’t work. It may sound like a great idea to have your entire family and all your girlfriends there to help you choose your gown, but inevitably the situation will cause more confusion and stress, making the entire experience less enjoyable for you. You will find that everyone has their own opinion. As the bride, you know the only opinion that truly counts is your own. So, while it is nice to receive feedback from one or two loved ones, bringing along multiple people could create unnecessary anxiety. Set yourself up for success by taking along a select few that will provide the quality feedback you seek. There is a simple solution to limiting your shopping crew. Inform others who wish to come along that your mother and your maid (or matron) of honor are going to be helping you with your gown search. Often, that will stem the tide of volunteers as they realize those are the women closest to you. For friends or relatives that still persist with being included, simply ask them to support you later at a gown fitting. If your resolve begins to weaken with an insistent few, find courage to politely decline by remembering that having an unplanned guest along is often more stressful than helpful.

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KNOW YOUR LIMITS Before you set out for gown shopping, make certain you set a budget that reflects the exact amount you can afford. If setting a higher budget for your gown is a top priority, look for other areas of your wedding budget to trim, thereby allocating a little more for your gown. Just be cautious about eliminating any of the necessary elements of your wedding simply to increase your gown budget. Ultimately, you will not be happy if you have not allocated properly to pay for the cake or to provide sufficient tips for the wedding vendors who worked so hard to make your day perfect. If your dress is a priority, make it one of your top budget items. This can work as long as you realize you may need to make other sacrifices – like rethinking those delicious mini-cakes you wanted to provide as guest favors, or the expensive orchids you were having flown in for the centerpieces. If you have a strict budget, you need to honor it. Trying to negotiate more money for a gown from your fiancé or parents can cause stress in all other aspects of your wedding planning, as well as add tension to the relationships.

BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR MAXIMUM BUDGET Nothing causes more frustration for both the bride and the bridal boutique as when you are uncertain about what you can truly afford. If you tell your salon attendant that your budget is around $4,000, she will bring out breathtaking couture gowns within the $4,000 budget. But, if in reality your maximum budget is $3,000, you risk falling in love with a gown that is beyond your means. At some point, you will have to be honest with the salon attendant about your true budget figure and then the process must begin again with gowns that fit your budget. Sadly, you may then find yourself frustrated because you are longing for that $4,000 couture gown you simply could not afford. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment and don’t frustrate your salon attendant by wasting time on gowns you cannot consider purchasing. You will benefit greatly from building a relationship with your salon attendant. When it comes to

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shipping, measurements and all the details of the dress fitting, you will want to make sure you are getting the best service possible. A good relationship goes a long way toward that end. Taking up unnecessary time not only costs the salon money, but it is also disrespectful to other brides waiting to shop for their dream gown. Many salons work on an “appointment only� basis, so those brides with appointments following yours will have to be pushed back or rescheduled to another day if you are not shopping with a purpose. The best approach is to always be totally honest from the very beginning, with both the salon attendant and yourself! The bridal salon will work within your budget – no matter how high or low it may be. Above all else, they want you to leave a happy bride. Being straightforward ensures your gown-buying experience will be a positive one. Nebraska has many wonderful bridal boutiques with knowledgeable attendants just waiting to help you find the perfect gown at the perfect price. Just come prepared with a list of your wants and needs. Above all else, cherish the experience! |NWD|

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FUN + FRIVOLITY Celebration possibilities leading up to the big day

From engagement parties to bridal showers, you will have many opportunities to celebrate your engagement with friends and family. Not only is this an excellent time to share good food and drink with great company, but it also provides a unique opportunity to spend quality time with those closest to you. The team here at Nebraska Wedding Day has compiled this go-to guide for special events leading up to your wedding day, complete with creative party ideas and proper party etiquette.

ENGAGEMENT PARTY Your engagement is an unforgettable and exciting event! Your engagement party is where all of your family and friends have gathered in honor of you and your new fiancé. It can often be the initial meeting for most of your family and various groups of your friends. An overwhelming sense of excitement and sheer joy often sets in at your engagement party. The engagement party is thrown shortly after the proposal and can be an intimate affair, traditionally hosted by the bride’s parents. However, it is entirely acceptable for the couple’s friends or the groom’s family to host an engagement party, should the bride’s parents decline the opportunity. The options for engagement parties are diverse. The guest list may be short, providing for a more intimate gathering, or you may opt for “the more, the merrier” with a large cocktail hour event. The engagement party guest list should be limited to only those guests who will also be invited to the wedding. Both sides of the family should be invited unless due to geographical location, separate parties are held. Some grooms discuss the engagement party plans with the bride’s family prior to the proposal and then surprise the bride immediately following the proposal with a party. Engagement parties can be a simple cocktail party, a special dinner party or even a casual backyard barbeque. Above all, the event should reflect the couple’s style and personality. When possible, a couple is encouraged to create a preliminary gift registry before the engagement party so guests who wish to bring a gift to the party can access the couple’s selection of gift ideas. A good guideline for registries is to select items of varied price points to give guests the most flexibility in choosing a gift. Please note that it is not appropriate to list the gift registry on the invitation. However, since it is likely that some guests will wish to bring a gift, it is perfectly acceptable for you to inform close friends and relatives of your registry preference in case someone asks them. It is important to keep in mind that unless all of your guests bring gifts to the party, it is best to open packages after the festivities to avoid embarrassing those who did not bring a gift. Also, it is proper etiquette for the engaged couple to give the host/hostess of the engagement party a gift as a token of thanks and appreciation.

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BRIDAL SHOWER Bridal showers have been a tradition for many years and are a terrific opportunity to gather with friends and family to honor the bride and shower her with gifts. It is not common for the bride’s mother or family to host a shower, but rather the maid of honor and bridesmaids or friends. A bridal shower should be hosted months or weeks prior to the wedding and only wedding guests should be invited. Also, this is the one occasion that it is appropriate to list where the bride is registered on the invitation. There are many traditional games and activities for bridal showers. However, themed showers are becoming very popular. Depending upon the size of the guest list, bridal showers can become a challenge when entertaining and accommodating guests. Themed showers are fun and provide a unique way to entertain the guests. Below are some of our favorite themes and activities to consider when planning a shower.

BAKING THEME If the bride enjoys spending time in the kitchen, encourage guests to bring a shower gift inspired by baking. Set up a buffet of three to four desserts or baked goods for guests to sample. For the invitations, include a recipe card for each guest to jot down their favorite recipe to bring along to the shower for the bride to include in her recipe box. Send guests home with a jar of jam and a loaf of bread, tied with some colorful string and the recipe.

QUILT This theme is perfect if the bride has a family member who loves to quilt. Prepare fabric squares in the bride’s wedding colors or consider a neutral palette for each guest to write a special message on the square. After the party, have a family member or friend sew the squares together to create a beautiful and meaningful quilt for the bride.

SCRAPBOOK It is always a successful event when guests are able to mix and mingle and easily strike up a conversation. By supplying scrapbooking materials, guests are able to meet one another while engaging in an activity. Encourage guests to bring a few items that remind them of their relationship with the bride. These items may be movie tickets, concert tickets, special notes passed in grade school or even a special photograph. Each guest is given a page to decorate for the bride. The hostess then collects the individual pages and slips them into a scrapbook for the bride to keep and cherish for years to come.

DATE NIGHT The engaged couple alike will love this theme, as it will supply them with months of activities and ideas for date nights throughout their first year of marriage. Encourage guests to bring a date-night themed gift pulled together with items from their gift registry. For example, movie passes and popcorn bowls or a blanket and a bottle of wine. As a shower activity, supply guests with note cards and markers so they can jot down date-night ideas. Ideas can range from free activities, such as a walk at sunset, to more expensive options like a date night at a fine-dining restaurant. Put each note card in a sealed envelope and mark it with an estimated cost. After their wedding day, the couple can pick from the envelopes to fund a unique date-night idea.

PARFAIT BAR Brunch showers are great for larger gatherings. Host a parfait bar for guests to build their perfect parfait with different yogurts, fruits, nuts and granola. This allows guests to mingle and also provides an easy food option for the hostess. This theme could carry throughout the party by pairing a variety of cut fruit, fruit juices and champagne to create a mix-and-match mimosa bar. This is a deliciously light and easy self-serve beverage option for guests. Guests preferring a non-alcoholic beverage could simply opt for the fruit juice.

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invited to celebrate their upcoming nuptials. These showers are typically more casual and relaxed and are ideal for couples who already share many household items. Yard games and cold beverages are perfect for this type of shower, allowing guests to get to know one another and mingle.

BACHELORETTE PARTY Many brides are shying away from bachelorette games for this special event with their closest girlfriends. Some brides are gathering their friends to participate in a local cooking class while others might head out of town to relax by a hotel pool. The most important element of the bachelorette party is for the bride to feel comfortable with the plans, especially since this is a time for her to truly kick back and relax before the wedding day. Looking for some fun and creative activities that are a bit out of the ordinary? Below are a few of our favorite bachelorette party ideas.

COOKING CLASS Perfect for the bride who loves to spend her time in the kitchen, invite a small group of girls to participate in a cooking class. This gives the bride an opportunity to spend quality time with her friends while the guests are entertained and may even pick up a cooking tip or recipe.

VINEYARD TOUR This is a simply fabulous way to host a relaxing bachelorette party. Invite guests to a local vineyard to taste wines while catching up and chatting about wedding plans. The scenery itself will provide a relaxing experience for the bride and her guests.

ART CLASS Give guests an opportunity to create a gorgeous piece of art without the need for any true artistic talent. At some area art classes, guests are given step-by-step instructions to help each guest create a memorable painting, while also affording the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine in celebration of the occasion. |NWD|

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PROTECTING YOUR POCKETBOOK How to manage your wedding budget with ease

Setting your budget is a crucial first step when beginning the planning process. It sets the stage for every element that is included in your special day. In addition, tracking your budget by recording your expenses regularly throughout your planning is critical to avoiding surprises. While tradition calls for the bride’s family to pay for most of the wedding, from time to time couples have relied on alternative methods for allocating their wedding budget. Simply follow these straightforward steps for an easier time establishing your budget and also to prepare you for handling any obstacles along the way.

FIRST STEP: WHO IS FOOTING THE BILL? Parents of the Bride If the bride’s parents are paying for the wedding, it is recommended that the bride sit down with her parents to agree on a specific monetary amount they feel comfortable contributing. Once this amount is established, the bride’s parents and the engaged couple should create a list of their top three wedding priorities. For example, the bride may have her heart set on special wedding photography, while her parents may feel that an open bar during the reception is essential. Once the parties are aware of each other’s wishes, delegating the budget to specific areas of planning will be easier. As wedding vendors are researched, the budget will be a helpful guide in narrowing the various options, as it may be necessary to exclude some vendors that would exceed your budget. The final step in the budget process is determining who will be in charge of tracking each expense along with payments to wedding vendors. This will minimize questions during the final planning process regarding the remaining balance on each account and when that balance will be paid. Since the bride is often very busy during this time, it is wise for the father or mother of the bride to be responsible for tracking the budget.

Parents of the Couple If both families are contributing to the wedding budget, separate conversations should occur between the engaged couple and their respective parents. The first topic of discussion is the monetary amount each family feels comfortable contributing. Some families would rather delegate the budget by paying for specific elements like the alcohol, entertainment and floral design rather than allotting a specific dollar amount for the total budget. Once this is decided, both families will feel more comfortable with the wedding budget. The couple and their families should discuss a payment plan for contributions to the wedding and delegate a single person to track the budget Image by Elayne Woods Photography

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and any balances throughout the planning process. If the couple is overseeing the budget, be certain to clearly communicate necessary obligations to both families throughout the wedding-planning process. Each family will then know their current balance owed and any upcoming payments well in advance of the due date.

The Couple It is not uncommon for many couples to pay for their own wedding, especially if they have been independent for several years or are planning a second wedding. Establishing a realistic budget for yourself is critical when paying for your own wedding. Many financial planners suggest formulating a budget that can be paid one-half before the big day and one-half within the twelve months following. Your wedding budget should never put you in significant debt. You do not want to start your new lives together buried by a mountain of wedding bills! Smart budgeting upfront will prevent that from happening. Simply review your plans and make cuts to expenses that are not essential. The best way to uncover areas that could be considered for budget cuts is for the couple each to write down their top three wedding priorities. Anything outside of that list should be considered for cuts. For the groom, this could be a live band, special transportation and a signature drink. For the bride, this could be floral design, her wedding gown and a professional makeup artist. Once this is considered, it is easier to stay focused on what each other desires most, thereby allowing each to be more respectful of the other’s wishes when making necessary cuts. Also, it often reveals areas you both do not feel strongly about, making the budget cutting much easier. Finally, it may be helpful to hire a financial planner or wedding planner if you are handling the budget yourselves. A financial planner not only can assist in creating a realistic budget and payment plan, but can also establish helpful financial goals and tools for your future as a married couple. A wedding planner can assist in establishing a budget, in monitoring your budget and in assisting with making necessary cuts. The wedding planner may also be able to work with vendors for discounts or specials, which in turn could more than recover the cost of hiring the planning specialist.

SECOND STEP: FORECASTING THE BUDGET It is often difficult to establish a wedding budget when you have no point of reference. The most important thing to remember is everyone views budgets differently. One bride may want to spend a large percentage of the overall budget on her wedding gown and settle for a cake and punch reception. Another bride may want a large wedding with a plated dinner for 400 guests and would trim her budget by purchasing a lower-priced gown. Prioritize your wishes. If you are still unsure after attempting to outline a budget, consider these approximations for local Nebraska weddings: (a) 44% of wedding budgets typically are spent on the venue, catering and rentals; (b) 6% of the budget is typically spent on florals and dĂŠcor; (c) 21% on attire and jewelry; (d) 5% on music and entertainment; (e) 4% on paper goods; and (f) 10% on photography and videography. Nebraska brides usually have large weddings of 170 guests or more, thereby shifting the budget toward accommodating a higher guest count.

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If you are looking at a smaller budget but a large guest list, it may be best to revisit your guest list and consider cutting some guests to stretch your dollars. It is best to breakdown your total budget amount into categories to better forecast how much money you believe each element will cost. This will keep you focused on the smaller dollar amounts that you have allotted when working with each vendor. If you are “under� budget in certain areas, either delegate that amount to another area of need or put that amount aside. Typically, most brides spend 10% to 20% more than budgeted. So, it is wise to place the money aside, rather than finding areas to spend it. This will ensure that you come in on or under budget after all expenses have been paid.

THIRD STEP: STAYING ORGANIZED During your planning process, you will accumulate many contracts, brochures, menus and other paperwork that need to be organized. Delegate a close family member or trusted friend to be in charge of charting and managing your wedding budget and all associated information. This includes forecasting the budget, tracking actual payments, documenting all down payments and scheduling when the payments are due. It is important to have periodic meetings about the status of your budget, addressing areas where you exceeded the target budget and areas where you came in under budget. You will be more comfortable meeting with vendors when you know the status of your budget as a whole and how much money you are able to spend. Any time you become stressed or overwhelmed by your wedding budget, just remind yourself of the bigger picture – your wedding day! Remember your priorities and stay focused on the end result. Most couples have to sacrifice a few elements to afford their dream wedding. Trust in your wedding vendors and allow them to assist you in getting the most for your allotted budget. Finally, if your parents are contributing to your wedding, it is essential that you remain grateful for any financial assistance they provide. By following these simple steps, you can achieve your dream wedding on any budget, large or small! |NWD|

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INSPIRED COLLABORATION Selecting the right planning partners for you

While selecting your wedding vendors is a crucial step in the planning process, it also can be great fun imagining the possibilities with these planning partners. With all that is to be considered, it is easy to forget about asking key questions or expressing whatever concerns you may have. When meeting with a vendor, always bring along information about the basics of your wedding plans (date, time, locations) and keep an open mind to any suggestions your vendors may have. We have laid out some simple tips for ensuring you have a successful meeting with each of your wedding professionals.

FASHION No doubt you have flagged pages from your favorite bridal magazines or scoured the web to save images of your favorite wedding gowns. If you have a certain designer in mind, research where that line is sold. You will want to keep those images handy for your visit to a bridal boutique. However, keep in mind that your favorites may change once you begin to try on dresses. You will see how flattering certain styles look on you. Tap into years of valuable expertise by telling the bridal consultant your wishes, allowing them to incorporate those wishes into your wedding dress selection whenever possible. They are knowledgeable on brands, fabrics and silhouettes, offering great advice and options to create your unique and stunning bridal look.

Whom to Bring Your bridal gown selection process is often the most sensitive and special time during your wedding-planning process. You may have dreamt of your wedding gown for years, but here is where your dreams meet reality. Just remember the importance of feeling stunning, yet comfortable in the gown you select. By only inviting one or two close friends or family members to your appointment, you will feel more at ease. We suggest bringing your mother, sister or maid of honor with you as they know your style and comfort level. They can also gently remind you of your price point. Avoid bringing any small children, as they may distract you from the task at hand.

Be Upfront While absolutely loving your final selection is a top priority, a critical consideration is staying within budget. Always be honest with your bridal consultant about your price point. She will be able to select gowns without breaking the bank or breaking your heart. Also, be upfront with your style and fashion preferences. If you dreamt of an all-lace trumpet silhouette, tell your bridal consultant that lace is very important to you. She will appreciate your honesty when pulling gowns for you to try on. But also remember to give other styles a try. Wedding dresses usually look very different on your body than they do on the rack. Stay open-minded during the selection process. Even if you try on a dress that is not really you, it will ultimately give you greater confidence about your final selection. 60

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What to Wear Nude undergarments are always encouraged when trying on bridal gowns. They are not distracting and look the best under any sheath gowns. Also, wearing makeup and doing your hair will allow you to feel more confident and comfortable when trying on dresses. If you have any heirloom sashes, broaches or other items you wish to incorporate into your gown, bring them along as well.

FLORAL AND DÉCOR Finalizing your décor and floral designs often is one of the most difficult areas of wedding planning for many brides. After dreaming of your perfect wedding, it becomes challenging to commit to ideas and designs, fearing you may change your mind. Keeping an open mind to suggestions made by the floral designer and event planner will allow you to create a wedding day exactly how you pictured it – often times better!

Selecting a Designer It is nearly impossible to compare floral designers side-by-side without asking very detailed questions regarding supplies and labor. When interviewing floral designers, be upfront about your budget and what elements are important to you. Keep an open mind to their ideas and vision; trust in their knowledge and expertise as designers. They know what type of flowers will be in season, what will last through your wedding day and they will have fresh ideas and designs that you may love. The best designers work within your vision to create your perfect day. Remember, you are not paying for just a floral designer, but rather you are paying for an event-design partner who will help formulate your entire wedding-day décor.

What to Bring As always, arrive prepared with your wedding details in hand. Gather information beforehand about what is available to use at your ceremony and reception sites. Have a ballpark budget in mind to share with your floral designer during the first consultation and stay true to that figure. This allows your designer to offer options on how to create your ideal arrangements within budget. You can also bring along any images of floral arrangements and bouquets so your designer can gain a sense of your taste. Come prepared to discuss what you like about each image so the designer can pick up on any trends or styles you favor. Remember to focus on the overall look you wish to impart, rather than the specific flower. This will dramatically expand options for the designer to create what you truly desire, all within your budget. |NWD|

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A SYMBOL OF UNITY Honoring your union with a symbolic element By Holly Lafferty

You and your spouse may choose to demonstrate to one another and all your guests that you are truly committed to the union. This symbolic gesture represents the joining of you and your partner as a team – a united front. Lighting the unity candle to represent two becoming one can be a uniquely intimate moment during the wedding ceremony. But if the thought of marking this special moment with the typical candle lighting seems outdated to you, there are other options. Consider utilizing an equally poignant gesture in a way that better represents you as a couple. Nebraska Wedding Day offers some ideas on creative alternatives to the traditional unity candle, while still honoring the significance of that special moment.

A KNOT CEREMONY For this simple gesture, use a decorative cord or ribbon. You tie a knot on one end and your partner ties a knot on the other. Then, tie the two knots together as a symbol of your coming together as one. This tradition comes with many cultural variations.

HAND FASTENING Similar to the knot-tying ritual, you can have your officiant gently tie you and your spouse’s hands together with a decorative cord, ribbon or special strip of cloth. This gesture symbolizes the act of marriage – binding you to one another. Hand fastening is an ancient Celtic wedding tradition and also a wonderful way to honor your Celtic heritage.

FLOWERS Consider having you and your fiancé’s mother each bring a small vase of flowers to the front at the beginning of the ceremony. During the unity tradition, you and your beloved can transfer the small bouquets into a larger vase, symbolizing the beauty of your relationship and your union.

SAND Pouring two containers of sand into one larger container is another meaningful way to represent your unbreakable bond. You can purchase two different colors to represent the blending together of yourselves. Have your mothers bring forward the sand and pour it into two individual containers that you and your spouse will then pour into one.

SOIL As an alternative to using sand, you and your fiancé can each bring a sampling of soil from your childhood homes to pour into a beautiful receptacle or pot. The soil will signify your childhood dreams being realized with the two of you having found one another and becoming one in a new life together. A variation might include having a special plant or tree sapling already planted in the pot to which you add your Image by Kelsey Buss Photography

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soil. Later the plant or tree could be transplanted when you purchase your first home. For example, a jasmine plant denotes love or a lavender plant signifies protection, love and longevity.

TIME CAPSULE Another unique option includes you and your partner both bringing a variety of items that represent different elements of your relationship – a CD with your special song, a ticket stub from your first movie date, a photo of the two of you together. You can place the items in a time capsule to be opened on your tenth wedding anniversary. Rediscovering the items long forgotten so many years later will be a special moment for the two of you to share.

WINE If permitted at your ceremony venue and as long as you don’t mind making a little noise, you and your spouse can place a bottle of wine into a special box and together nail on the lid. This is another tradition that can be celebrated on your tenth anniversary. Like a fine bottle of wine, your marriage only gets better with age. On your anniversary, open the box and enjoy!

PLANT Another variation includes planting a tree or other shrub together after the ceremony. If you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, this is a wonderful way to create a natural lasting bond between you and your beloved. As a bonus, it is a perfect gesture for couples hosting an earth-friendly wedding. These are only a few suggestions as there are truly an endless number of ideas for representing your unity at the conclusion of your wedding ceremony. Any variations on these ideas that will serve to make it your own are also perfectly acceptable. If you have a unique idea, don’t hesitate to go for it! If it honors the relationship between you and your spouse, it is guaranteed to be a special moment you will remember forever. |NWD|

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HAPPY TO HELP A helping how-to for the maid of honor and bridesmaids

You have just been asked to be a bridesmaid or maid of honor at an upcoming wedding. After the tears of joy and squeals of excitement, what’s next? You’ve been invited to be a part of the bride-to-be’s wedding day – one of the most exciting and significant events of her life. Whether you’re a bridesmaid or maid of honor, there is a list of responsibilities associated with each role. Chances are, you may have questions regarding etiquette, responsibilities, attire and duties for the big day. So we have put together an easy-tofollow guide for potential bridesmaids and maids of honor to help you ace your role! As either a maid of honor or bridesmaid, you are considered to be one of the bride’s closest friends or family members and while there are some general guidelines for you to follow, every bride has her own idea of what she expects from her maid of honor and bridesmaids. From pre-wedding activities to day-of responsibilities, you may be unsure of your specific duties. So before jumping into the role of being a bridesmaid or maid of honor, sit down with the bride to discuss her expectations. Be upfront with her if you have any financial concerns. The bride will appreciate you taking the time to be certain you are both on the same page. Here are some general guidelines to follow if you have been asked to be a part of a bride’s special day.

BRIDESMAID • Help with pre-wedding planning. When the bride is preparing for her wedding day, she may ask her bridesmaids to help with a number of tasks in preparation for the big day. This could include stuffing envelopes, making wedding favors, helping with DIY projects or addressing invitations. • Buy bridesmaid dress and accessories. While some brides may be able to purchase the bridesmaid dresses and accessories for her entire bridal party, it is traditionally the bridesmaid’s responsibility. The bride will pay for your bouquet and some brides may pay for hair and makeup. Remember, if you have financial concerns, it is important that you discuss those obligations with the bride. • Assist with planning the bachelorette party and bridal shower. While this is generally a task left for the maid of honor, an aunt or a friend, bridesmaids are always welcome to lend a hand. • Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Even if you are an out-of-town bridesmaid unable to attend the bridal shower or bachelorette party, it is important that you are in attendance at the ceremony rehearsal and rehearsal dinner to get all the important details from the bride about the wedding day. • Assist with out-of-town guests. The wedding party can be a big help to the bride in making any out-of-town guests feel welcomed. This may include meeting guests

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at the airport or possibly preparing and delivering gift baskets to guests’ hotel rooms. Welcome baskets or totes may include a personalized note, a map of the area, important phone numbers, a list of area activities and a few of the couples’ favorite local goodies. • Assist with last-minute details and errands. The bride cannot easily run last-minute errands on the morning of her wedding day. Offer to take care of those errands and to assist with final details with wedding vendors.

MAID OF HONOR • Help with pre-wedding planning. Serving as the maid of honor is both a great honor and a great responsibility. You are the bride’s right-hand gal during the entire wedding-planning process. So be willing to help her in any way you can. This could include attending hair and makeup appointments, dress fittings, setting up appointments and even doing a little weddingplanning research. • Plan the bachelorette party and bridal shower. While the bridesmaids often assist with planning the bridal shower and bachelorette party, the primary planning is done by the maid of honor. Talk with the bride to make sure her wishes are fulfilled and the parties go off without a hitch. • Handle wedding-day details. It is important that the maid of honor be aware of the wedding-day timeline to keep everyone on schedule – from hair and makeup appointments, to the ceremony details to the final dance. The wedding day can be very stressful for the bride, so to alleviate stress, be willing to keep everyone on track and act as the contact person for the day. • Assist the bride during the ceremony. During the ceremony, it is the maid of honor’s responsibility to be sure everything runs as smoothly as possible and the bride looks her best. This can include making sure the flower girl and ring bearer make it down the aisle, repositioning the bride’s train at the altar, holding the wedding bands and holding the bride’s bouquet during the vows. • Make a speech at the reception. As the maid of honor, you have a special relationship with the bride that likely will grow even closer during

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the wedding-planning process. You will be by her side through all the preparations and you will stand beautifully next to her during the ceremony. The bride will be deeply touched as she listens to your reflections on your friendship as you toast the happy couple. Whether you are the maid of honor or a bridesmaid, you are an essential member of the bride’s support system as she is planning her wedding. There is no doubt that she will appreciate your love and support through the ups and downs of the planning process. Just remember to listen to the bride, make her laugh, tell her how much you love her and always be supportive as the big day approaches. You will both look back on this unique experience with great love, affection and the fondest of memories. To be fully prepared to help, check out our “Must-Have Manual” in FROM OUR NOTEBOOK in the back of this issue. Coming prepared with these items on the big day will ensure you can assist the bride no matter what oddity may arise! |NWD|

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YOURS ON LOAN Enhancing your wedding style through rentals

When it comes to weddings, rental pieces have the power to enhance your venue in ways that you never imagined. Regardless of the space, they can add a special touch or be completely transformational. Rental pieces can revamp the venue into a stylish and personalized atmosphere – just for you. Our rental walk-through will assist you in selecting pieces, outlining what to expect and illustrating why it is all worth it.

SEATING The most important consideration when formulating your perfect reception is to envision the tables in the space. What will be the size and shape? If you are working with a large venue, consider using rectangular and square tables. This will give you a sleek look while seating guests comfortably. Long, banquet tables will give guests a more intimate and interactive experience. If you opt for long banquet tables, keep the size of your guest list in mind. This setup typically works best for weddings of 75 or less. Also, your linen costs may increase when dressing tables that are not round. Consult your wedding or reception planner about the options. They will know what will work best in the space and with your guest list. These professionals also know how many different linens you will need. For seating options, there are many different styles and treatments to transform reception chairs. The most popular chair rental is the chiavari, an elegant spindle-back chair that can be rented in a variety of colors. Although these chairs are a fabulous option for completely transforming the space, they may not be one of your top budget priorities. If this is the case, consider chair covers. There are many different styles and treatments to choose from in chair covers. You can consider covering the entire chair or just the back. If you plan on covering your chairs, again, keep your guest count in mind. Completely covering a large numbers of chairs (150-200) can quickly make your space look like a sea of fabric. It is important to consider the entire scene, all the while keeping the table centerpieces the main focus.

TABLE TREATMENT The options for table linens are virtually endless. There is a rainbow of colors available in standard linen fabrics along with a varied selection of colors in textured linens. Simply covering tables in floor length linens will dress them up and add significant interest to the space. Many reception venues include china in the facility fee. If you are looking to save on china rentals, simply dress up the standard white china with colored napkins and plate chargers. If your vision includes stepping it up a bit more, Image by Jessica Blex Photography & Design

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consider renting china and flatware. Utilizing gold flatware and gold-rimmed china will create an elegant and sophisticated ambiance. Remember to bring along your menu when selecting china rentals to ensure you are choosing the appropriate dishes. The best way to make guests feel special is to pay attention to the details. Providing a unique table experience will leave a lasting impression. It is easy to add special touches through napkin rings, menu cards or small tokens of thanks. Having your guests find a thoughtful touch at their place setting will immediately make them feel comfortable.

FILL THE SPACE Many reception venues are large, open rooms. To create a cozier atmosphere, separate the space into smaller sections. Consider renting lounge pieces to create unique areas for guests to gather after dinner. Another rental essential is an assortment of cocktail tables, allowing guests to easily socialize during the cocktail hour.

VINTAGE RENTALS Vintage rentals are very versatile and can be used with any theme or style of wedding. If you love the rustic look, renting vintage birdcages, suitcases or lanterns would be a great way to incorporate that look and feel. Looking for a more refined reception? Vintage rentals often carry gold and silver pieces that can be used for floral centerpieces or serving trays, imparting sophistication and charm. Regardless of your style, vintage rentals can add a unique look and old-world comfort to your dĂŠcor.

OUT OF THE ORDINARY There are many rental items available that would never come to mind prior to planning a wedding. Many companies rent dance floors, partitions and lighting. Special lighting can be a significant enhancement to your reception venue. Consider spotlighting important elements such as your wedding

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cake or simply lighting the walls with your wedding colors to pull guests into your distinctive atmosphere. You can use lighting to showcase elements that you want guests to notice or to disguise aspects of the space that you wish to downplay. Whether you are hosting your reception in a tent, a barn or at a traditional reception venue, rentals are terrific tools to transform the setting. Don’t hesitate to use them in unique ways to add interest to your space.

HOW TO RENT RIGHT Here are some quick tips and tricks to keep in mind when considering wedding rentals. Know Your Numbers – Always ask if they have enough of each item to accommodate the size of your guest list. If you have a large guest list, consider combining two colors to get the volume you need. Know Your Needs – Ask your venue what is included in the facility fee. If they provide the tables, chargers and china, budget dollars may become available for upgraded rental chairs and linens. Delivery Fees – Clarify your venue’s rules and guidelines on rental delivery and pick up. It is likely that your venue and the rental company have worked together on prior events, so they are probably very familiar with the protocol and the space. Also, inquire about rental company delivery or late fees. Limit Your Helpers – Only bring one or two others when selecting your rentals. In fact, it may be best to make the visit solo or only with your fiancé. There will be many choices to consider and decisions to make. Making your selections can become more difficult when too many opinions are interjected into the process. When in doubt, keep it simple because little touches do make a difference. |NWD|

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SMART SELECTIONS How to make the most of your wedding gift registry

With so many options to choose from, your registry experience might be a bit like being a kid in a candy store. From basics such as linens and cookware, to potential heirloom pieces like silver candlesticks and serving platters, your gift registry will cover a large array of household wants and needs. As you plan for your home together, you will likely find this part of the wedding-planning process filled with fun and excitement. We share with you here just a few suggestions to consider before reaching for the scanner to register.

WHEN TO REGISTER Some wedding professionals suggest registering for a few items immediately after you announce your engagement. These selections provide close friends and family with ideas for engagement gifts. This is especially helpful if you are planning an engagement party. If you are not planning an engagement party, you can create your gift registry six to nine months prior to any showers or your wedding date. Keep in mind that many products you list may become unavailable over time, so periodically check on your registry accounts to determine if you should select additional items.

WHERE TO START It is best to select two to three stores when registering for your wedding. These stores should include gift selections with prices spanning from low to high. Since guests will need to follow their own budget when selecting your gift, it is thoughtful to include options across a wide array of price points. Also, keep in mind where your guests are located. If you select retail stores that are not located within driving distance to your guests, it will force them to purchase your gifts online. While this may be convenient for out-of-town guests, it may be an added expense for those who live in the area. Registering with a store that provides either option is an added convenience for guests. An important step in determining where you wish to register is to educate yourself on the store’s registry set up and return policy. Large retail stores have simplified the registry process. These stores are able to record your guests’ purchase history and any shipping addresses, thereby making thank-you notes a breeze. However, some stores may limit the number of returns or exchanges without a proper gift receipt, making it difficult to return or exchange duplicates. A one-of-a-kind boutique or smaller retail store may have a printed copy of your registry available in the store, but not available to out-oftown guests. Simply ask the store (1) about their return policy, (2) if they keep a purchase history of your items and (3) how guests will be able to access your registry selections. Another option increasing in popularity is online-only gift registries. There is a wide variety of sites offering services – some with a particular niche appeal, such as a site for the environmentally-conscious bride. On this site, a couple can register for gifts from green merchants as well as cash gifts, 92

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such as donations to charities. Many sites also include a “partial” gifting option to accommodate the couple that wishes to include more expensive gifts. Some sites even include the option for guests to contribute a cash gift to the wedding couple’s honeymoon fund or house fund. Whether using a cash or productdriven online registry site, a benefit is that guests can save time and money by avoiding busy stores, expensive gift wrapping and possibly shipping costs. Should you decide to register with an online service, remember it is important (1) to make certain the site is user friendly, (2) to fully understand the associated fees for the site and (3) to understand the site’s registry and return policies.

GETTING STARTED Before you begin selecting items for your registry, take a thorough inventory of your belongings and those of your fiancé to determine your needs. Are you still using towels from college? Do you have an incomplete dishware set? Take note of any items that you are currently missing or that need replacing. TIP: Compile your list categorized by room so you can easily remember these items when you hit the stores. Another consideration before you visit the store is to envision your home in five to ten years. You may not host dinner parties now, but will you in a few years? Do you see yourself hosting holiday events such as Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? Before skipping over certain areas like serveware, anticipate your future lifestyle. That wine decanter may not seem like a good fit now, but in a year or two you may find a need for it. Just like wedding planning, you should first cover your basics when developing your gift registry. Items like sheet sets, mattress pads, towels, pots and pans, cutlery and stemware are everyday needs that you will use for many years to come. When looking at the basics, we suggest sticking to white or ivory in color. Crisp white sheets and towels not only match any change of décor, but are easy to treat and protect. Investing in a neutral palette will extend the life of your gifts beyond those trendy animal prints that you may desperately want in your master bathroom.

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After you cover your basics, move on to other items that you wish to acquire. Items like crock pots, kitchen mixers, coffee makers, laundry baskets, decorative lamps and soap dispensers are great registry selections that guests love to choose. Keep in mind that selections should include low, medium and high price points. The last items that you should add to your registry should be unique and special gifts like china, silver serveware or engraved picture frames. These items may appeal to close family members and friends who wish to give you a wedding gift that will become a true keepsake, standing the test of time. These items should not be trendy, but rather classic and timeless in design, thereby assuring you will use them over and over again. If you can’t resist something on the less practical side, by all means select a few fun and charming items that strike your fancy. They will likely become conversation pieces in your home for years to come.

FINAL STEPS After you complete your selections, check back with each store from time to time. You might wish to add items that you missed the first time around or to rebuild the list after receiving items from your showers. When receiving gifts prior to the wedding day, it is proper etiquette to send a thank you note within a week or two, so the guest knows their gift arrived and that it is deeply appreciated. If there are gifts remaining on your registry after your wedding, many stores offer a completion program. This program may provide you a discounted price, often 10% to 20%, off any items remaining on your list. Some stores send a completion coupon several weeks after your wedding date, so it may be wise to hold off splurging on big ticket items until then. For more ideas on what items to include on your wedding registry, check out our “Registry Collection” in FROM OUR NOTEBOOK in the back of this issue. |NWD|


AN INTIMATE AFFAIR Knowing when an intimate wedding is the right fit for you By Holly Lafferty

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a large wedding, but when the budget is a factor, a more intimate affair can be just as stunning as a large gathering. Actually, intimate weddings are very popular. For a multitude of reasons, a supersized wedding is a rarity these days. Before considering which is right for you and your fiancé, take a few moments to consider the many advantages of a smaller wedding. Everyone can fit into that quaint chapel you’ve been dreaming about. You may have thought that picturesque little church with a seating capacity of only 75 was not an option. But if you trim the guest list, you can say your vows in a lovely little space that truly speaks to you and your fiancé. Exotic locale, here we come! Consider allocating the money you will save by downsizing your wedding plans towards an unforgettable honeymoon. Enjoy an awesome adventure in paradise and still have the wedding of your dreams. Cut loose with your DIY talent. Special little details that would be overwhelming with a larger guest list become more manageable with a smaller wedding. Handcrafting name cards for 50 guests rather than 400 becomes an enjoyable project instead of a chore. You and your guests alike will reap the rewards of your personal attention to detail. Trim those guests you were hesitant to omit. If it’s only immediate family and a few close friends, you don’t have to worry about offending your second cousin twice removed or the former co-worker that you only see once a year. Simply say, “We are only including immediate family.” While there may be some disappointment, everyone will understand if you are consistent with your guest list. Revel in the extra time you can spend with those closest to you. Fewer guests in attendance will mean more time with each guest. You will be able to take a few extra moments with each and every loved one, instead of flitting from table to table for a quick hug and thank you. A more intimate affair will also make your guests feel special for being included. Save yourself time. If you are having 40 guests instead of 300, you won’t be spending nearly as much time addressing invitations, designing a seating chart, handcrafting favors and writing thank-you notes. Everything will be on a smaller scale, including your time commitment. Take the pressure off. Don’t worry about impressing all of your distant relatives and former co-workers. Hosting a smaller wedding will mean less people-pleasing and more fun for you, your partner and your guests. If the thought of a huge guest list makes you feel overwhelmed and overextended, maybe it’s time to think about paring down your list. You can have the wedding of your dreams without having a big headache to go along with it! |NWD|

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Talk about impressive – Tyrell ran the entirety of a half marathon hiding an engagement ring box in his running clothes so that he could surprise Kelly after their run with a proposal right in front of Memorial Stadium! A Type-A personality to the core, Kelly admits that every part of the wedding planning was important, as was achieving cohesion with every aspect. Inspired by timeless style, Kelly set out to combine the ruggedness of the outdoors with the delicate styling of a classic wedding. Ultimately though, she was really planning for a feeling. “I wanted my guests to feel important, content and well fed,” shares Kelly. A favorite memory for the bride was having her brother, who had been stationed in Afghanistan, present during this wedding. Kelly’s father escorted her during their first intimate ceremony months prior, so she chose her brother to walk her down the aisle this time. “We are so thankful that we had such overwhelming support on our big day,” says Kelly. “Our wedding day was full of love, laughter and macaroni & cheese – how could it get any better?”

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Using the perfect cover story (family photo session) with the assistance of an accomplice (their photographer friend), Josh was able to keep Amera in the dark on his surprise proposal ‘til that special moment when he got down on one knee. With a romantic proposal such as this, it was no surprise that Amera and Josh’s wedding day would be a lovely romantic affair as well. The most important aspect of the wedding-planning process for Amera was to find the perfect wedding gown. Her long-sleeved lace gown and dramatic flowing veil were stunning choices that paired beautifully with their classic wedding style. A favorite wedding-day memory for Amera was seeing her soon-to-be husband during their first look. “It was very emotional,” shares Amera. She reminisces that their wedding day flew by in the blink of an eye. “I made sure to take a few moments every once in a while to just soak it all in,” says Amera. “It was an amazing feeling knowing that all of the people around us on this day loved and cared about us so much and were there to support our love.”

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STYLED YOUR WAY How to make your personality shine through your décor details

Couples are quickly discovering the truth behind the paint, glue, ribbon and rhinestones of handcrafted details. When you rely on your own crafting talent, it doesn’t always save you money and without a doubt, it requires an investment in time. The do-it-yourself craze has been prominent for many years and we truly love what such elements bring to wedding styling. So below we have outlined some considerations to keep you sane while creating an event that incorporates your unique touches.

BALANCE We have spent a fair amount of time contemplating what would be the perfect balance of handcrafted details for the average bride. In a perfect scenario, you could have your dream wedding, stay within budget and hire Martha Stewart herself. Well, we are here to tell you that you don’t need Martha to do it. You can pull off a wedding that is perfectly balanced by simply focusing on just a few distinctive design elements.

SIGNAGE By adding interesting signage to your ceremony and reception space, you are not only adding function, but you are adding style and personality as well. When determining signage options, take a good look at the space you are using. Are there any remarkable focal points you would like to highlight? Did you catch yourself missing a critical turn that attendees would need to recognize? If so, these are great opportunities to create some signage for your guests. The key to successfully executing any handcrafted project is to focus on practicality. Chalkboards serve well to greet guests, display menus or designate table numbers. A larger version can even serve as a fun photo booth backdrop. Purchase a can of chalkboard paint for less than $20 and transform a thrift store silver tray or ceramic serving platter for a menu board to be displayed at the start of your buffet line. Certain fabrics, like canvas, can be painted with your names, monogram or even a simple “welcome” and hung from a flag hook. Remember to use the same font and/or motif throughout your designed pieces to provide a common style across all signage. If you do not have the highest confidence in your own calligraphy skills, you can hire a calligrapher to work on select pieces for a reasonable price.

PLACE CARDS Are plain white place cards not your style? Good news! There are literally hundreds of unique and cost-efficient ways to direct your guests to their designated tables. Some of our favorite double-duty place cards include wrapping a petite baguette in parchment paper or placing your favorite pastry Image by Attanasio Photography

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item in a personalized muslin bag. Just add a simple tag with the guest’s name tied on with baker’s twine and you have both a place card and a component of your guest’s meal! Another option would be to consider a fun and unique way to display traditional place cards. Craft a frame from chicken wire and tie on each place card with colored string. Even mimicking bowties with scraps of fabric tied and glued onto the place cards can add interest and creativity for minimal cost.

TABLE NUMBERS Grab your guests’ attention with unique table numbers. Use a numerical rubber stamp on fabric or carry your chalkboard signage through to table numbers by using small white ceramic dinner plates. Paint the center of the plate with the chalkboard paint and then use plate stands to prop up each plate on the table.

Purchase a neat set of dinner plates at a thrift store or collect unique plates from flea markets or garage sales. Painted papier-mâché letters look great and can make a big statement as well. For a more rustic feel, scraps of wood can be simply stunning adorned with white lettering.

PLACE SETTINGS You do not need to break the bank to wow your guests as they arrive at their seats. Small details like sprigs of herbs or fresh greenery make a huge impact on white china or linens. Some of our favorite ideas include menus printed on craft paper or small muslin bags stamped with a monogram or emblem, then stuffed with salted caramels or salt water taffy and tied off with ribbon or twine. Using striped ribbon or twine tied around a simple folded napkin can also make a large impact for just a few dollars.

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Many couples are opting out of giving guests wedding favors due to the potential price tag; but here is one solution to that concern – double-duty your guest favors to stretch your budget. Items like mini mason jars filled with fruit crisp or cobbler doubles as a favor and a dessert. Another fabulous idea is to fill small craft-paper bags with gourmet popcorn or chocolates. Tie the bags closed with ribbon or fold down and seal with a monogrammed self-adhesive sticker. Display them on a cake stand to add another décor element to your cake table. This also allows guests to easily serve themselves and take their favor home with them. The key to keeping your handcrafted projects stress free is to know your limits and consider your timetable. Many brides become overwhelmed with the countless projects they have planned and often fail to calculate the true time needed to complete each project. Our advice is to simply focus on the basics. Use an idea you have seen and make it your own. The smallest detail added to a place card or menu may be all that is needed. Remember, often less is more. In the end, your guests will be impressed with the thoughtfulness behind your day rather than the extensive projects you have displayed in every corner. |NWD|


HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO How to discreetly pinch a few pennies while still having your perfect wedding

Whether you prefer a grand event or an intimate affair with close friends and family, there are always opportunities to save a little cash during your wedding-planning process. These money-saving strategies just might allow you to splurge on that amazing honeymoon you have always wanted.

SPENDING SECRETS: THE VENUE Rental prices for your reception venue may vary depending on the month you are looking to wed. Typically, prices are lower in the off-peak months of November through April. So, if you don’t have your heart set on a summer or early fall wedding, saying “I do!” in the cooler months may save you significant dollars on your reception venue. Consider selecting a weekday or Sunday as your wedding day. Many couples are opting for a Thursday or Friday evening or even a Sunday celebration, simply to save on wedding costs. Not only do many reception venues have special pricing for weekday or Sunday weddings, but other wedding vendors also may offer discounts to couples who wed on a weekday or Sunday. If you feel a single evening is just not enough, consider making your Friday wedding into a weekend celebration with friends and family. It can be a great way to celebrate the occasion and gather the entire family together for a few days. Many reception locations provide rentals in their venue rental price. Items may include tables, chairs, linens, basic china and stemware. However, if you’re looking at an outdoor venue or even a non-traditional location, you may be faced with larger rental fees. If you are pinching your pennies, consider celebrating at a location that provides all the essentials. This may save you some money that you can devote to bringing in vintage china or allowing for an upgrade from your standard white linens to something with a texture or pattern.

SPENDING SECRETS: FOOD AND DRINK Many couples select a buffet option for their reception because they believe they are getting a better value and the most food for their money. But often times they are spending more than they would if they selected a plated dinner. Not only are plated dinners often less expensive per person because of portion control, but your guests’ dining experience is more relaxing without the interruption of standing in a buffet line. Drink options are many and varied. For those couples who do not wish to have an open bar at their reception, the perfect solution would be to provide guests a complimentary signature drink during the cocktail hour and dinner. Another option is to host beer, wine and a special signature drink Image by Attanasio Photography

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instead of a full open bar. This provides your guests a selection of beverages without the risk of a hefty price tag. Work with your bartender for a customized drink that reflects (1) your personality as a couple, (2) your wedding style and (3) the season. It is common practice to host a cocktail hour with appetizers between the ceremony and reception. Many couples shy away from a cocktail hour because they don’t have room in their budgets to spend an extra $5 to $8 per guest. But, if you are looking to save some cash without sacrificing your cocktail hour, ask your reception coordinator to have appetizers butler passed, rather than hosting a buffet table. This controls the number of appetizers needed to appropriately serve your guests, and in turn controls the cost.

SPENDING SECRETS: FASHION AND ATTIRE If you’ve always dreamed of wearing a designer gown, but can’t afford the price tag, look into local trunk shows at area bridal salons. Often these events are posted online or you can even be notified by social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Trunk shows give you the opportunity to purchase a designer gown at a discounted price. If you have your heart set on a certain designer, visit their website for any listed trunk shows in the area. Another way to save some money when purchasing a wedding gown is to attend sales events hosted by local boutiques. In order to make room for new wedding gowns hot off the runway, boutiques often have blowout sales for gowns that are from the last season or two. Not only will you score a stunning designer gown, but you will also save money that you can put towards new bridal shoes or accessories. The tradition of “something borrowed” has taken on a modern twist when it comes to bridal jewelry. Rather than borrowing your grandmother’s string of pearls, borrow expensive and stylish jewels from websites like adorn.com or renttherunway.com. Both of these sites offer weekend rental pieces that will make you sparkle at a fraction of the retail price.

SPENDING SECRETS: FLOWERS Rather than focusing on the type of flowers in your bouquet and centerpieces, focus on the color and shape of the blooms. Brides often set their hearts on certain flowers, such as peonies which only bloom in the spring. But by focusing on the hues of your favorite flowers, the floral designer is free to use different stems that may fit your budget better while still giving you the look and feel you desire. If you simply cannot imagine your special day without white peonies, use them sparingly by limiting their use to your bridal bouquet. Most wedding guests do not notice your bridesmaids’ bouquets, but their attention will be on you, the bride. Ask your florist to use a few stems in your bouquet and you will have the look you love without blowing your floral budget. Using plenty of mixed greens is not only on trend, but can also help stretch your floral budget. Be open to using different textures and colors with your floral stems to create a unique and stylish centerpiece. Trust in your florist’s vision when discussing floral elements, but be sure to ask questions if you are unsure of what they are suggesting. After all, they are the floral experts and may have some beautiful budget-friendly ideas that you will simply love.

SPENDING SECRETS: PAPER GOODS Paper goods add character and flair to weddings and often carry the theme from ceremony to reception. If your wedding budget is unable to accommodate much in the way of custom paper goods, get crafty with handmade embellishments. Opt for a simple wedding invitation suite and purchase some embellishments, such as baker’s twine, ribbon or a customized stamp. Not only will you have a gorgeous, well-printed invitation from a designer, but you are saving money by creating the finished product yourself. There are no rules when it comes to ceremony programs. If you are looking to cut costs, opting out of a ceremony program can help trim your budget. If you still want something to outline your ceremony procession, consider designing your own program. Many websites offer free fonts for a customized look. After designing your program, take it to a copy center for printing. You can double-duty your save-the-date announcements by reusing them as place cards or even as a guest book at the reception. Some fun ideas include asking guests to jot down their favorite recipe, love advice or scripture passage and then mail back their save-the-date cards. Once returned, the cards can be displayed in a recipe box or on a wishing tree at your reception. This is a fabulous way for your guests to feel more intimately involved in your wedding and as an added bonus, can save you some cash by replacing the traditional guest book. Simply speaking, the key to saving money while planning a wedding is to think outside the box. Work closely with your wedding professionals and be upfront about your budget. It will cause undue stress and will not serve you or your vendors well to agree to expenses that are beyond your means. Finally, listen to their ideas and be flexible with design and décor. Local vendors hold a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Wedding professionals understand that couples are working within a budget and therefore, they are willing to be accommodating. |NWD|

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GUEST LIST GAME PLAN Mastering your guest list using simple strategies

The guest list is a significant element in shaping your wedding day and creating the guest list can be one of the most stressful aspects of planning your wedding. With parents and family requesting the inclusion of coworkers and distant cousins, it can quickly become a bit challenging to navigate the “in” and “out” lists. By following a few simple guidelines, you can avoid any social blunders as you develop your ideal wedding guest list.

MANAGE YOUR BUDGET The most significant wedding budget item is the amount spent on your guests’ food, drink and entertainment. A traditional buffet or plated dinner will cost anywhere between $15 and $50 per person, depending upon the meal selection and venue. After you decide the budget for your reception food and drink, you will need to do the math with your guest list. If you are over budget, reevaluate your guest selections and make the necessary cuts. If your parents are paying for the wedding, they may wish to include their friends on the guest list. Discuss your vision for the wedding day and the number of guests you wish to have in attendance. Also, establish a reasonable number of guests to be invited by each set of the couple’s parents. This will eliminate any misunderstandings and will relieve additional stress.

SELECTING YOUR LOCATION It is ideal to have settled on your budget and your guest list before selecting your ceremony and reception venues. This will provide you clearer guidelines that will assist you in making final decisions on a site. However, if you have your heart set on a country chapel wedding, your guest list should reflect the intimate size and feel of the location. Think realistically when coordinating the size of your guest list with the capacity of your location. Ask yourself what is most important – the venue or the number of guests. If the number of guests cannot be scaled down to accommodate your dream venue, look for a larger space. It is better to relocate the reception than to crowd guests around tables with little room to move and no room for a dance floor.

CREATING THE LIST The first step after reaching an estimated guest count is to divide that number by three. List the names of all the people you wish to invite on one of three worksheets. (Microsoft Excel is common software that can be used to organize these lists and allow for easy changes as needed.) The first sheet should represent the couple’s guest list. The second sheet should include the one set of parents’ guest list and the third sheet should delineate the other set of parents’ guest list. In the first column on each sheet, enter the guest’s name. In the second column on each of the three lists, designate “A”, “B” or “C” next to the name. The names designated as “A” are must-haves that include siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. Your “B” names are should-haves, such as good friends, distant relatives, etc. This is the most difficult category to decide. Many couples struggle with coworkers or friends 112

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from high school or college. The final category, “C,” is like-to-haves that may include neighbors, sorority sisters, former coworkers, and the like. Should it become necessary to trim the guest list, sorting the names by category will allow you a clearer picture of who could be omitted. Also, as RSVPs are returned, you may find some expected guests cannot attend. At that time you can reevaluate your cut list to reconsider extending an invitation to any of those guests. You could send out a second group of invitations, but only if just a brief time has passed since mailing the first group so as to avoid hurt feelings for those not included in the first mailing. If you need help organizing your guests’ contact information, consider opting for a digital address book via Postable (www.postable.com). This site allows your guests to electronically submit their contact information to your confidential online address book, which allows you to stay organized by keeping all the information in one place. Once you’ve collected all your guests’ addresses, you can then export the information to an Excel document, transfer to another address book or print them directly on your paper goods. The best part, it’s free!

ESTIMATING THE RSVPS The invitation RSVP will assist you in estimating the actual attendance at the wedding. The standard RSVP estimation tool calls for you to double the number of invites you send (since an invitation usually includes two people) then subtract 33%. In other words, two-thirds of your guest list will most likely attend your wedding. While this rule of thumb usually rings true, there can be factors that affect attendance. If your guest list includes a high percentage of out-of-town guests, your rate of attendance may be a bit lower due to guests not being available to travel. One thing is certain, there are always a few surprises when receiving RSVPs. When guests are asked to write in their names and the number attending, they may add a friend or child that you were not including on your guest list. Should this occur, do not despair as most likely it will not affect your budget. Should a guest add multiple children’s names and you do not wish for children to attend the wedding, politely call and explain your wishes. Just be certain to make no exception for other children attending, as this could cause hurt feelings among your guests. |NWD|

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REHEARSED AND READY How to plan an entertaining and efficient rehearsal dinner

The dĂŠcor has been selected, the arrangements made and all the plans set in motion. Now is the time to savor each moment as the wedding weekend unfolds with family and close friends. The rehearsal dinner is often the first scheduled event of the weekend. Depending upon the guest list, budget and wishes of the hosts, the rehearsal dinner can be anything from a formal sit-down affair to a casual outdoor barbeque.

WHO SHOULD HOST Traditionally, the groom’s parents are the hosts of the rehearsal dinner. However, given that many couples are paying for their own weddings, the dinner can be hosted by both set of parents, grandparents or close friends and family. It is recommended that the host of this event confer with the wedding couple regarding the theme, menu, decorations and location. This assures that the event does not conflict with any of the wedding plans. The cost of a rehearsal dinner can vary widely as there are several factors to consider. Some factors include the size of the wedding party, the size of the families, the venue for the dinner as well as the menu chosen for the event.

WHEN TO SCHEDULE Rehearsal dinners often follow the ceremony rehearsal the evening before the wedding. However, the rehearsal event can be a brunch or lunch and is most often found to be a casual and informal event. If it is a dinner event, it is recommended that the festivities conclude relatively early in the evening to allow the wedding couple, wedding party and family members an opportunity to relax and unwind before the wedding day.

WHOM TO INVITE Depending upon the budget and capacity of the venue, the hosts of the rehearsal dinner decide the number of guests to invite. The soon-to-be newlyweds, wedding party, parents of the couple, officiant and spouse, readers and their guests must be invited to the dinner. However, you may also wish to include out-of-town guests and close friends to make the event more of a welcoming party for them. Written invitations are not required; however, it is a good idea to send invitations when the guest list includes more than family. Unless all wedding guests are invited to the rehearsal dinner, no information regarding the rehearsal event should be placed on your wedding website.

SETTING THE TONE Rehearsal dinners can be a terrific way to give guests a warm and welcoming experience for the weekend festivities. It can be a plated gourmet dinner, a tasty backyard barbeque or anything in between. It is often a great time for out-of-town guests to visit with family and spend time with the wedding couple before the big day. Stumped on what type of dinner to host? Here are some of our favorite ideas.

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Backyard Barbeque Hosted at a family member’s home or acreage, this option is relaxed, budget friendly and perfect for couples with large families and small children. To make things easy and enjoyable, consider including yard games, setting up a selfserve beverage stand or hosting a bonfire for roasting marshmallows.

memories, stories and well wishes for the couple. If the groom’s parents are hosting, the groom’s father will often greet guests and offer a toast to the couple. The father of the bride can toast next, followed by any of the attendants or guests who wish to speak. The newlyweds also have the opportunity to greet guests, to say a few words of thanks and to present any gifts to the members of the wedding party in thanks for their support.

Food Truck POTENTIAL SCHEDULE If your ceremony is at an outdoor location such as a public park, it is a welcome change of pace to hire a food truck to arrive after the rehearsal. Prepackaged dinners are a fun way to treat guests and this option is perfect for a rehearsal dinner that includes the wedding party only. Bring some refreshments for the rehearsal and picnic blankets for guests to relax on the lawn and enjoy their dinner picnic style.

Restaurant For small rehearsal dinners, hosting the meal at a restaurant is ideal for the parents of the couple. This option minimizes any stress or mess the evening prior to the wedding. Either allow guests to select their meals off a limitedselection menu or ask them to RSVP with their favorite option. It is always recommended to include a note on the dinner invitation addressing dress code.

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Rehearsal 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Travel to Venue 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Cocktail Hour 7:45 p.m. – Toasts and Dinner The best advice is to always focus on your guests’ comfort while showing appreciation for their time commitment. Your wedding day is about your vows and celebrating with friends and family, but your rehearsal dinner should honor the loved ones present who may have made a long drive or difficult flight to celebrate and support your marriage. Treat your guests to an evening of fun entertainment, tasty food and refreshing beverages to kick off a weekend that they will never forget. |NWD|

Reception Venue Many reception venues offer a discounted rate when you also host your rehearsal dinner at their facility. Some locations have both large and small areas to accommodate any size guest list. This option is truly ideal if you are both getting married and hosting your reception at the same venue site. Consider an “appetizer only” menu as an alternative to a full meal to slim down your rehearsal dinner costs while still providing a fun and relaxed evening for guests.

PROPER PROTOCOL Toasts are often a large part of the evening and can sometimes even be spontaneous. In this casual setting, guests feel more comfortable sharing

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TRADITIONAL REDUX Tips for putting your own twist on wedding traditions

Like many special occasions, a wedding is full of traditions that date back generations. Often, but not always, these common traditions are key in making your wedding day meaningful. We are here to tell you that you don’t have to feel bound by any of the “wedding rules” if the tradition doesn’t hold meaning for you or if it is simply not a good fit. Whether referred to as rules, guidelines or traditions, we have outlined some common wedding customs that are okay to dispense with if they are not appropriate to your situation. At the end of the day, your wedding should be unique to you and your partner and a true representation of your taste, style and personality as a couple.

FOOTING THE BILL Traditionally, the parents of the bride are expected to step up to cover a hefty portion of the wedding expenses, leaving the rehearsal dinner and a few minor wedding-day essentials for the groom’s family to absorb. Keep in mind you don’t have to follow this tradition. In fact, many would agree that it is common to find the couple paying for much of their own wedding – especially if the bride and groom are a little older, more financially established and settled down on their own. This doesn’t mean parents can’t contribute to the wedding expenses. The bottom line is that there are no steadfast rules that must be followed. The discussion of who will contribute how much should be addressed early in the wedding-planning process and should be revisited if a significant change in budget or circumstance occurs. Depending upon ability and willingness to pay, the bride and groom should have a conversation with each set of parents to discuss the budget and their respective contributions. Regardless of tradition, no one should pay beyond what they are able to afford.

WEARING WHITE Have you ever wondered where the tradition of the bride wearing white on her wedding day originated? This custom dates back to the white lace gown worn by Queen Victoria in 1840. The Queen selected white as most brides wore gowns of color during that period. Current trends indicate that many brides are backing away from true white and turning to designers who are showcasing an array of bridal gowns in blush tones and light grays. Whether you opt for a subtle shade of blush or decide to turn tradition on its heels with a bolder color or pattern, remember to keep your wedding-day details in mind. Before finalizing your choice, be certain to ask yourself if your dress choice coordinates with the style and theme of your wedding-day décor? No doubt, you will be the star of the show, so select a color or pattern that will complement your wedding style rather than to gain attention. If you choose to step outside of the traditional boundaries with color, consider opting for a classic style for balance to ensure an appropriate bridal look. Image by Elayne Woods Photography

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MATCHING BRIDESMAIDS It is time to focus on your leading ladies. We all know the popular look for bridesmaids is to outfit them in the same color, style and look. However, choosing one dress style for all of your maids may present some challenges due to the variety of body types, ages and even personalities. Instead, consider offering your maids a choice. This allows your gal pals to choose the style and shade of dress that best complements them. Remember to set boundaries and don’t complicate the process with too many choices. It is important that your bridesmaids maintain a coordinated look. By sticking to one color palette and letting your bridesmaids mix and match from a selection you provide, your supporting cast will be excited to participate in the decision-making process and also be outfitted in a fashion that thoughtfully considers their opinion.

NO PEEKING BEFORE Is it bad luck for the couple to see one another before walking down the aisle? There was a time when it was common for the bride and groom to avoid seeing one another in their wedding attire before the moment the bride walks down the aisle. This tradition stems from a time when arranged marriages were common and the bride was not allowed to show her face until the final moment before the ceremony. Many couples still follow the “no-peeking” tradition to build anticipation before the ceremony, yet others embrace the opportunity to steal away a quiet moment together. Just the bride and groom (and the photographer) step away from all the commotion for a few minutes, simply to concentrate on this momentous occasion. A first-look session with the photographer before the ceremony often provides some of the most precious memories of the occasion. So why is a “first look” so important to many couples? It not only gives you that unique photo opportunity with a beautifully-completed look, it also gives you time to be alone with your soon-to-be spouse. If you are a traditionalist, but still yearn for those first-look photos or a chance to hold hands with your groom for a minute, you can arrange to meet with a door separating you or consider each wearing a blindfold. This allows you to take a moment to catch your breath and relax before the ceremony without losing the anticipation and excitement of your first look while walking down the aisle. It is as simple as talking it through as a couple to determine what best fits your style.

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WHITE WEDDING CAKE If a traditional white wedding cake with white frosting does not tickle your taste buds, do not despair! Options abound with cake and icing flavors, fillings, colors and styles. From layer cakes to cupcakes to specialty cakes, the choices are endless. Now if wedding cake just isn’t your style or if you happen to have an insatiable sweet tooth, you could consider treating your guests to a wedding-day dessert bar that serves up a mix of your favorite sweet treats. There are many options available to complement or replace the traditional wedding cake at your reception. Many alternatives also offer the added advantage of serving a variety of tastes. Be certain to keep your budget in mind when choosing your dessert alternative as some delectable desserts may actually have a cost per serving greater than you anticipated. If you are having a larger wedding, consider having a dessert bar with only bite sized goodies. This will allow your guests to mix and match whatever small-bite desserts catch their fancy. Have as many desserts as your heart desires, but just remember to incorporate a cohesive element of décor to tie your choices together. Wedding-cake alternatives can be as original as your personal style. For example, if you and your fiancé have a fond habit of making Sunday morning donut runs, create a donut tower for you and your guests to enjoy. You can even add a singletier cake to the top for you and your spouse to cut. Decorate your donut tower to incorporate your wedding style. It will add a little flare to your tasty treats and put a unique spin on the traditional wedding cake that your guests will love! A few other sweet ideas include pies, macarons, meringues, cookies, brownies, bars, cheesecakes, tarts or even cream puffs – mini or full-sized – the sky’s the limit! Other non-traditional options include a fruit tower, cheese tower or even a wedding cake made of crepes. If you choose a creative alternative, consider ordering a small cake or dessert you and your groom can cut to symbolize the beginning of your life together. So whether you follow traditional wedding customs or decide to break with tradition, it is your day and it should reflect the true beauty and style of you and your groom. |NWD|

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CROSTINI roasted cherry tomatoes + garlic on goat cheese, topped with fried basil + bacon roasted squash + kale atop goat cheese with shaved parmesan - beets sweet-sauteed with goat cheese quenelle + arugula

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PERFECTING YOUR PLAYLIST Making the most of your reception with musical entertainment

Did you know that you are able to influence the mood and actions of your guests? Music can be used to cue guests for room movements, mood changes or program transitions. Consider the tone you would like to set when making musical selections for your cocktail hour and reception. Use music to set the tone for each progression of the reception and to guide your guests throughout the evening.

SELECTING THE MUSIC While it is not necessary to develop an extensive playlist, it is a good idea to discuss genres, decades and artists with your deejay or band. If you are hosting an elegant ballroom reception, light jazz plays wonderfully. If you are hosting your reception in a barn and want to keep the tone casual, consider playing light country tunes. Giving guidance to your deejay can be helpful, but don’t construct such a detailed playlist that your musical professional does not have any flexibility. Sometimes strict guidelines can create an unnecessary challenge. Give your professional deejay or band their own creative license and let them use their expertise and experience when reading the crowd for your event.

ON THE MIC If you prefer that the deejay is not involved in announcing activities or releasing tables, speak up. Often deejays may mingle throughout the reception and interact with guests. Many guests will be reuniting with family and friends and might prefer not to be disturbed throughout dinner with casual banter or announcements. If you wish the deejay to only announce your entrance and the toasts, remember to provide an itinerary on each table so guests know when to expect the cake cutting and first dance.

TIMELINE The standard sequence of events begins with a cocktail hour filled with light, soothing music, followed by dinner. Keep the volume of the music low so guests can enjoy their meals and converse with one another. Following dinner, the Father of the Bride will address the guests, thanking them for coming. He will then turn the microphone over to the Maid of Honor and Best Man. Once the toasts are complete, the first dance takes place. The best time to shift the mood and encourage guests to dance is following the first dance. Upbeat music will encourage guests to take to the dance floor for the remainder of the evening.

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typically take a few 15-minute breaks to rest and refresh. Your deejay is able to take breaks throughout the evening while keeping the music playing. Since these professionals work long hours with an early afternoon setup, music during your reception and a late-night tear down, remember to notify your caterer to provide food to them during dinner.

BE PREPARED Ask your vendor in advance about any additional equipment rental fees. Also inquire about their contingency plan should a band member or deejay not show or become ill. Remember to address what the deejay or band plans to wear as they should be properly dressed for the wedding’s level of formality. When planning an outdoor reception, design a contingency plan should the weather take a turn for the worse. |NWD|

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#DIGITALWEDDINGDAY How to manage social media on your wedding day

Living in the digital age provides the opportunity for every bride, groom and guest to have immediate access to social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Wedding plans can be shared in the months leading up to the big day, as well as the big day itself. Some couples will revel in the idea of sharing this precious event through social media, cherishing every Tweet, Instagram photo and Facebook post from their wedding day. Others may choose not to have their plans unfold publicly among the social media sites. For those couples who embrace social media as a priceless tool in sharing the news and events of their wedding plans, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can play a helpful role in wedding-day preparation. So we have laid out some helpful tips for incorporating social media into your special day.

THE ENGAGEMENT Your beloved has popped the question and you have accepted the marriage proposal! Congratulations! Now before rushing forward with getting the word out, be certain to take a few moments to revel in the occasion and truly enjoy this special time with your fiancé before announcing the engagement to your family and friends. While you are certainly excited to share your boundless joy and good news, remember to pause and embrace the joy you are both feeling – just one on one. After you have taken in the moment as a couple, you can then take a deep breath and consider how best to communicate the news. You definitely do not want your parents, siblings, grandparents and closest friends to find out through social media. Make a list of those that you need to talk to, in person or by phone, before considering your social media announcement. Those closest to you will appreciate hearing the big news from you and your fiancé personally. Once the news has been shared with loved ones, consider announcing your engagement through social media. Posting a creative photo of you and your fiancé with the obvious inclusion of a beautiful ring on your left hand is one way to go. Remember that your Facebook and Instagram friends want to celebrate this special moment with YOU, so make the social media announcement about your commitment to one another and not just about your ring. After the well wishes and congratulatory comments start coming in, take the time to individually respond and thank those who are sharing in the excitement. It is important to write a personal response to each message. The response does not need to be lengthy, but the personal touch goes a long way toward making them feel included during this special time.

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PLANNING The emergence of social media and online inspiration boards has changed the wedding-planning process for many engaged couples. After the engagement, some brides immediately turn to Pinterest and wedding inspiration blogs in search of inspiration. Clearly, it is important to develop a wedding style that truly represents the personality and taste of the couple. Wedding blogs and inspiration boards are a great starting point for brides to begin sorting out different elements of their personal style. Pinterest offers an endless array of ideas for wedding-day details, so it may sometimes seem overwhelming. Obviously no two couples are alike, so in the early stages of the planning process it is best to simply absorb the information you favor and later sort through whether it is truly a best fit for you and your fiancé. Keep in mind that some brides enjoy using Pinterest as a helpful tool to share ideas with the wedding party, family members and wedding vendors so they can weigh in on different options. We encourage you to visit our website at www.neweddingday.com and our blog at www.neweddingdayblog.com for the latest wedding inspiration and information on the area’s most experienced wedding professionals. You can easily connect with area vendors in over 25 categories with just a click. As a registered bride on our website, you can also SAVE your favorites to revisit as your planning process continues. Don’t miss our ONLINE VENUE GUIDE with more than 80 venues to compare as you are selecting the most appropriate venue for your wedding. When done tastefully and in moderation, sharing information on social media during your wedding-planning process is a wonderful way to keep your friends and relatives feeling included and in touch with this momentous occasion. You might consider posting progress updates, registry information or an occasional photo of you and your guy enjoying this uniquely special time in your lives.

THE WEDDING DAY Some couples are using social media throughout their wedding day to document the joyous event. Creating a wedding hashtag for your guests to use on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook is the first step. Then share your hashtag via appropriate signage to notify your guests. Creating a hashtag unique to your event will allow you to go back after your wedding day and take a look at your wedding from the perspective of your guests! Using social media during your wedding will also allow you to share your special day with guests who could not attend through guest posts or live streaming of your event.

UNPLUGGED WEDDING A social media wedding may not be the best fit for all couples. You may prefer to see the faces of your guests during the ceremony instead of the back of their smart phones. An unplugged wedding also limits the chances of your guests interfering with your photographer capturing those must-have photos. Restricting social media during the ceremony and reception may be the best option for those couples who want their guests to remove themselves from technology and simply enjoy the special day with the newlyweds. If you choose to have an unplugged wedding, what does that mean? Do you want to have just an unplugged ceremony where your guests tuck away their phone only for the vows? Or do you want to have an unplugged day, where your guests are asked not to take photos with their phones for the duration of the festivities? Once you decide, you will want to find the best way to communicate your wishes to your guests. You can consider implementing one or all of the following: (1) include the announcement discreetly on the wedding program, (2) create signage to place at the entrance to the ceremony, (3) have your bridal party spread the word and (4) ask your officiant to make an announcement once everyone has been seated. Whether you have a full-blown social media wedding day or a discreet unplugged ceremony, the key is to tell your guests so they aren’t left guessing whether or not they can share your day online. Be clear whether it’s okay for them to post any special moments while in attendance. Your guests will be happy to follow your requests and enjoy your wedding day with or without social media. |NWD| neweddingday.com

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HOW TO GET HITCHED An easy guide to marriage license details

A license to legally marry is required by every state in the country and obtaining a marriage license is the responsibility of the couple. In Nebraska, both parties about to marry need to sign the application in person at the local county clerk’s office. Identification is necessary and proper proof can be fulfilled by a driver’s license, military identification, passport or birth certificate. Social security numbers must be included on the application and the marriage certificate. A validly contracted marriage under the laws of another state or another country is effective in Nebraska.

WHAT ABOUT A PREVIOUS MARRIAGE? In Nebraska, if you or your partner have been divorced or have widowed, the date of divorce or date of the previous spouse’s death must be provided. A divorce decree dissolving marriage becomes final six months after the decree was rendered or upon the death of one of the parties. A new license will not be issued and you cannot remarry until at least six (6) months and one (1) day have passed from the date the divorce decree was signed by the judge and filed with the district court clerk. The applicants will be required to submit the date the previous marriage ended. A divorce obtained in another jurisdiction is not effective if both parties are Nebraska residents at the time the divorce proceedings were begun.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? The fee for a marriage license is $15.00 with an additional $5.00 fee for a certified copy of the license, payable at the time of application. The certified copy is required to execute any legal name changes and will be mailed to you after receiving the completed marriage license. Additional certified copies may be purchased at a cost of $5.00 per copy. Nebraska no longer has a requirement for a blood test. Also, Nebraska no longer has a waiting period. So if all required information is provided, you will leave with the license when you apply. The license is valid anywhere in the State of Nebraska for a period of one year.

HOW DO WE GO FROM LICENSE TO MARRIAGE? You have your license and so now you can get married. No particular elements are required in the marriage ceremony, although each party must solemnly declare in the presence of the officiant and witnesses that they take each other as partners for life. The ceremony may follow the rites and customs of the religious society to which the parties belong, with the moderator or officiant completing and returning the certificate of marriage to the appropriate county clerk. Every judge, retired judge and clerk magistrate, as well as every preacher authorized by the church to solemnize marriage may perform marriage ceremonies in Nebraska. After the ceremony, spouses, witnesses and your officiant sign the marriage license. The officiant then files for a certified copy of the marriage license and a marriage

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certificate. The difference between the marriage license and marriage certificate is that the marriage certificate is more of a keepsake. You will receive an original of both the certified license and the marriage certificate.

HOW DO I CHANGE MY NAME? Changing your name is a very personal decision. You may certainly choose to keep your name. However, if you decide to change your name legally, you should complete the paperwork as soon as possible after you are married or after returning from your honeymoon. Below is a list of items that may need to be updated with a name change. • Social security card • Bank, credit union, investment accounts • Vehicle registration • Drivers license • Mortgage • Medical and dental records • Health, life, auto and homeowners insurance • Credit cards • Deeds and property titles • Passport • Voter registration • IRS forms Many entities will require you to present a certified copy of your marriage license as proof of legal status to make your name change. We recommend that you request a few extra copies of the marriage license ($5.00 per copy) because when changing your name, many of these entities require you to provide an original copy. Please call your local county clerk’s office well in advance of your wedding date to confirm details about requirements. Check out FROM OUR NOTEBOOK in the back of this issue to find our handy “Name Changing How-To”. |NWD|

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KNOWING WHAT TO ASK Easy steps for gathering the right information and organizing your wedding details By Holly Lafferty

We have all been in situations where we needed to gather information, but didn’t have a clue of what questions to ask. After all, how can we be aware of what we don’t know? One of the challenges you will face during your wedding-planning process is how to best handle gathering and organizing the volumes of information you will compile relating to vendors and their services. How do you know if you’re asking the right questions or if they are providing you all the details you need to make an informed decision? Luckily, Nebraska Wedding Day is here to help you! Below is a list of critical queries we believe will help minimize the possibility of incurring unexpected costs or enduring unpleasant surprises due to a lack of information. Consider this list simply as a foundation, as you likely have a great number of questions rolling about in your head to add during the interview process. Come to your appointments prepared. It is wise to review your questions shortly before the meeting. Bring along a notebook or journal to jot down all the information rather than relying solely on your memory for logging all the details. During the planning process, you will have many appointments and dozens of conversations, so taking notes is a great way to stay organized. Once you have completed your research, you will have a comprehensive set of organized notes for reviewing all the options. This information will be a lifesaver as you make decisions regarding your vendors. Begin by requesting from each vendor at least three references. This step is an important part of the process. From there, you can use the following questions as a guide. You will find the questions divided into categories by vendor to provide an organized reference guide. Keep in mind this list is not all inclusive. Just remember that your vendors want to ease any concerns you may have about using their services, so ask away!

EVENT PLANNER QUERIES 1. Will you come up with a timeline and communicate it to all vendors? This one is fairly basic, but many brides make the assumption a planner will do this without confirming it. When the big day arrives, the bride may be shocked to learn that her planner didn’t confirm set-up times with the vendors. Do not let this simple expectation be overlooked! 2. Are you willing to do the “dirty work” for me? In other words, if your future mother-in-law is overstepping her bounds or your maid of honor is complaining about helping, will your planner be okay with stepping in and addressing the situation so you don’t have the added stress? 3. Do you have connections with other wedding professionals? Often the added expense of a planner can be justified simply because his/her relationships with vendors will provide you special discounts. This is a huge plus and definitely a selling point for certain planners.

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4. Are you well versed in wedding vendor contracts? You want your planner to be familiar with a wide variety of vendor contracts. He/she should also be familiar with the fine print that may be part of a contract. It may save you significant grief if he/she catches something that would have resulted in substantial additional cost. 5. Will you stay within my budget? You don’t want a planner that tries to pressure you into hiring his/her favorite photographer if that photographer costs more than you budgeted. Your planner should respect your budget limitations and work within them rather than try to push you beyond your means.

PHOTOGRAPHER QUERIES 1. What is your style? One style is classic/traditional with formal shots. Another style is photojournalistic with artistic, editorial and illustrative shots. The only way to get a true read on a photographer’s style is to see their work. It is key to mesh a photographer’s style with your preferences. Caution: Don’t consider someone based solely on pricing, because you most likely will not be happy with the end result. You need to stay within budget, but pricing is only one consideration. Always ask to see a full wedding portfolio rather than just the highlight photos. Consider how many useable photos the photographer captures when shooting 1,000+ images. Think about your style when reviewing the portfolio – do you like what you see? 2. How many photographers will be shooting the wedding? If they have someone else shooting with them, this can be crucial to ensuring all of the special little moments are captured. However, you also want to confirm you will not be charged extra to have another photographer on hand. Make sure you inquire about potential hidden costs, such as for overtime or an additional photographer. 3. Can you provide me with a list of photos to be taken? When it comes to posed family photos, your photographer should either provide a list of common shots or accept from you a list of the images you wish to

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capture. Since you cannot recreate the day, it is important to talk beforehand about all the shots that are meaningful to you. 4. How does proofing/printing work? Many photographers provide access to online proofs from which you choose images for printing. Other photographers provide you a disc of all images shot. It is important for you to know (1) exactly when to expect your images to be available, (2) how you will be able to view them and whether others will be able to view them, (3) how to order images and (4) what is included in your selected photo package. Find out what desired add-ons will cost, such as photo booths, digital archiving, wedding albums, etc. These questions apply to your engagement session as well. Be certain to ask whether the engagement session is included in the wedding package. 5. Have you shot weddings at this venue before? It is quite helpful when a photographer is familiar and comfortable with your venue. However, if a photographer has not shot a wedding at the venue you selected, do not count them out. If he/she is willing to schedule a walk-through to check out the property before the wedding, that should be enough to alleviate any concerns. Willingness to take the time for a walk-through provides you reassurance that customer service is a high priority to the photographer and that she/he is motivated to do excellent work.

VENUE QUERIES 1. Is my wedding date available? How many people can the space accommodate? Will there be other events going on during my wedding? Are outside caterers welcome? These are important qualifying questions to ask at the very beginning of the interview. While they seem obvious, it is very important to clarify these details before moving forward with the balance of your questions. 2. What is the inclement-weather contingency plan? If you are having a tented or open-air outdoor ceremony and/or reception, does your location have a back-up space available in case of inclement weather? You may not want to risk an outdoor ceremony/reception if your venue does not have another option.

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3. Are tables, chairs, linens and glassware/dishware available? If so, are you going to be charged extra to use them or are these items included in the rental price of the space? If not available, does the venue arrange for rental or will you need to secure these items? Rental companies can provide all the items you should need, but factor in the cost of outside rentals when selecting your venue. 4. What are your accommodations for entertainment? Does the venue have an area for a live band to perform or is there only room for a deejay? How large is the dance floor? How late can the band or deejay perform? Answers to these questions will impact your entertainment options. 5. What are the service charges? Be fully informed about all service charges, including those that may not seem necessary at the time of booking. You never know what may become necessary as the planning unfolds. Don’t forget to inquire about applicable taxes as well. Lastly, clearly understand all deposit and refund policies.

FLORAL DESIGNER QUERIES 1. Will you be handling my floral design personally or will someone else? If you make a strong connection with your floral designer and you love his/her style, you want to be certain that particular designer will be the one creating your designs. If that particular designer does not work on the day of your wedding, that may or may not be a concern. If your floral designer works as part of a team, you will want to confirm that she/he is part of that team. 2. What floral recommendations would you make for my budget? You may have a specific floral design in mind, but your designer should be able to direct you to alternative blooms that will assure you stay within budget while maintaining the design scheme you envisioned. The designer should be knowledgeable about trends and also adept at incorporating desired details into your style. 2. Are you familiar with my ceremony and reception locations? It is important for your floral designer to be knowledgeable about your venue as you will want the floral design to enhance the positive

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attributes of the site, while accommodating your style. Similar to the photographer, the floral designer should be willing to tour the space if he/she is not familiar with the location. 4. How many weddings do you typically schedule for one day? This is a critical question when considering whether the floral designer or team can provide you the services you require on your special day. Some vendors are smaller operations that can only handle a limited number of events across any given weekend. However, a larger floral operation may be able to comfortably accommodate a multitude of weddings/events due to the large team of professionals involved in the process. Ask the question and listen carefully to how it is handled. If you are uneasy about their ability to make your day a priority, it might be best to consider other floral vendors. 5. What design styles are you comfortable executing? Every floral designer has a distinct style, so you will want to confirm that your visions align. If the floral designer leans toward modern and cutting edge but you are looking for something traditional, you may end up taken aback on your wedding day. The designer should have a portfolio of real wedding designs that are similar to your vision. Carefully considering the responses you receive when asking questions will help eliminate any surprises on the day of your wedding.

CAKE ARTIST QUERIES 1. How do you price your cakes? Some cake artists price their creations by the slice, with certain styles and flavors costing more than others. In addition, some cake artists have a required minimum per-person cost. With numerous options available, confirm that you are clear on the associated costs before finalizing your cake selection. 2. What flavors do you offer? Nearly every cake artist provides traditional white cake. If you want something outside the norm, confirm that your prospective baker offers the fillings, cake coatings and decorations that you have in mind. Without a doubt, taste tests are an important and delicious element of the interview process!

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3. Are additional fees charged for delivery and setup of the cake? Many cake artists will include delivery and setup in the pricing structure. However, don’t assume anything. Ask about these details as some vendors may bill such services as an additional charge. This is especially true if your venue falls outside the normal service area. 4. What happens if the cake is damaged during delivery or setup? While this is unlikely, occasionally it occurs. Ask if someone will be available for last-minute repairs or touch ups. Also, inquire as to whether a refund or adjustment in price will be issued should such an unfortunate event occur. 5. Am I able to create a custom cake or are there specific designs from which I choose? If you have a specific cake design in mind, provide photos to the cake artist. The artist should be able to create the cake based upon the photos and description you provide. However, if you have nothing particular in mind, most cake artists will have examples that may provide you inspiration.

CATERER QUERIES 1. How is your pricing structured? This element of the planning can often be the most expensive. Ask all the questions you deem important to become comfortable with the decisions you need to make about the food and drink that will be served. Since the list of options may be long and varied, it might be helpful to contact the caterer prior to the appointment to have them send you information. Many caterers have a website with their menu options listed. (Be aware that often pricing is omitted from online menu information.) Review any information prior to your appointment to narrow your choices and to minimize the chance of leaving the appointment without all the information you need to make a final decision. At the meeting, a good place to start is by asking about a minimum cost per person. Also, ask if the gratuity is included in the per-person cost or if it will be an additional charge. It is critical that you fully understand the pricing structure and how your caterer will bill you.

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2. What do you recommend for my event? Given your guest list and the location of your wedding, your caterer should have suggestions about whether a buffet or plated dinner will work best. As a seasoned professional, the caterer will also have some suggestions for you about the type of food that would work well with the style of your event. 3. How will you present the food? Most caterers will have put some thought into presentation and how the food will be arranged on the buffet table or plated for service to the guests. 4. How much and what type of catering experience do you have? Find out how long the caterer has been in business. Ask how many weddings they cater per year. The answers to these questions will provide insight into the depth of their experience. 5. Will there be someone to manage things on-site the day of the wedding? It is important for your caterer to have an adequate number of servers on hand and also to have an experienced banquet manager assigned to your event. This will ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. The banquet manager will coordinate with your wedding planner to make certain food and drink service is executed at the designated time. 6. Do you provide a tasting of the menu items we are considering? If the answers to the previous questions are a good fit for you and your budget, you will want to arrange a time to sample the menu items under consideration for service at your reception. There is a broad range of questions that are important to ask. The responses you receive provide valuable information that will aid in your decision-making process and put your mind at ease. This list is by no means all-inclusive, but should give you a good start as you meet with your vendors. Since these professionals play a critical role in executing your big day, they understand the importance of outlining procedures, policies and details of their services. Once you become comfortable with all your vendors and the services they offer, your mind will be at ease and you will have greater confidence that your special day will unfold without a hitch! |NWD|

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SITTING PRETTY Creating a comfortable atmosphere for your guests

The main focus for your reception should be to make your guests feel comfortable with the surroundings and to put them at ease with the event. Although it seems logical that guests would enjoy sitting with whomever they wish, an open seating plan may cause stress for many guests. Think of your reception as a very large dinner party at your home wherein you would want each and every guest to feel welcome and completely comfortable. Seating charts can be an essential element when creating a welcoming atmosphere for your guests. Assigned seating has the added advantage of putting your guests at ease since they will not find themselves in search of an open seat. Whether you design a seating chart or decide upon an open plan for your reception, there are some important aspects to keep in mind.

HEAD TABLE It is proper etiquette that your wedding party should never be separated from their dates or spouses during your reception. By including the bridal party and their dates at the head table, everyone will be more comfortable and will not be retreating to other tables to visit and check in on their loved ones. If your wedding includes a large bridal party, there are several options for seating arrangements. The first option is to construct a large rectangle with your bridal party situated around all four sides. This can be arranged as a beautiful focal point, while still allowing you to converse with your bridesmaids and groomsmen. The second option is to seat your maid of honor, best man and their respective dates with you and your spouse at a table. This allows you to spend the dinner hour with them, while allowing your bridal party to still sit together with their dates at nearby tables. The final option is to have a sweetheart table. This table is set for only you and your beloved allowing for some private time together. The head table should be the main focus of the reception space since the attention will always be on you throughout the evening. You can showcase the head table in a variety of ways, such as with a larger floral arrangement or a collection of candlesticks. Make certain your table dĂŠcor is not too tall however, so guests can enjoy watching the special toasts as well as first dances from their vantage point.

RESERVING TABLES If you are opting for an open seating plan, arrange a few tables for immediate family members or special guests near the head table. Your parents, grandparents, ushers, readers and special attendants should be the closest to you. By placing a few reserved signs on nearby tables, other guests will know that these should remain open. Prior to the reception, inform your family members and special guests that they will be seated at these designated tables so they know their seat has been prearranged.

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STAYING ORGANIZED The key to any seating chart is organization. Start assigning guests to tables as soon as your RSVP cards come in the mail. Group guests by mutual friends, family members or simply common interests. A thoughtful hostess always thinks of her guests’ comfort first and foremost. If you know two family members often clash, simply seat them at separate tables. When designating guest placement on your seating chart, only assign table numbers. This way they are free to select their seat at the table and you will have less stress planning each and every seat. Keep the number of guests at each table low. The highest number of guests at each table should be twelve. Most often, you will seat eight at a standard round table. Guests should be able to sit comfortably and enjoy the meal without feeling crowded. When you plan a realistic number at each table, it provides an opportunity for guests to visit with each other around the table.

SAVING SPACE To ensure each guest has a place to sit at your reception, regardless of whether they have sent their RSVP or not, leave several spots open at tables while also planning an extra table for last-minute RSVPs. Keep track of any tables that have not reached capacity so you know exactly where to place any guest who attends your reception without notice. If your reception will have an open seating plan, it is especially important to provide extra space for guests. Since those in attendance will be able to select their own table, they may leave an odd number of chairs at some tables. By planning an extra reception table or two, you will ensure all guests have a place to sit even if they arrive late. For a quick reference guide to seating, check out our “Seating Tips + Tricks” in FROM OUR NOTEBOOK in the back of this issue. |NWD|

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS Considerations for an outdoor wedding celebration

Beauty is often found in the most natural of settings. It’s hard to beat the Midwest countryside, city skyline or about anything in between for a stunning wedding backdrop. Despite our beloved region’s reputation for variable weather conditions, outdoor weddings can offer a uniquely beautiful experience if you get the weather’s cooperation. So if you have been dreaming of an outdoor wedding, we have provided a few tips to consider while planning your big day with an outdoor element.

LOCATION When considering the location of your outdoor ceremony and/or reception, determine where in the sky the sun will be positioned at the time of your event. To determine this, you can download a smart phone sun-setter application that will track the placement of the sun throughout your wedding day. If both the ceremony and reception will be held outdoors, think in terms of functionality. How will guests transition through the evening? What outdoor spaces will provide shade for guests? Be courteous and avoid seating your guests in direct sunlight or facing them into the sun. You would not want sun glare to interfere with their view or enjoyment of the occasion. Also, depending upon the time of year, the temperature may be a factor. You will want to do everything possible to make your guests comfortable in an outside environment. If covered or shaded areas are limited, consider having a mid-morning or early evening wedding to avoid everyone being subjected to the heat. Depending on your outdoor site, consider all rules and regulations for the location. A local park may make a beautiful backdrop for your wedding. However, before you order a tent, tables, chairs and other necessities, check with your local parks and recreations department. Many city parks require event permits and may have other regulations that you must consider.

OUTDOOR ELEMENTS Serving refreshing drinks, such as iced tea, lemonade or water, as people arrive at your outdoor celebration will keep guests cool and comfortable. To avoid bug bites and sunburn issues, offer guests insect repellent wipes ($20 for 48 at lafreshgroup.com) and/or sunscreen wipes ($30 for 48 lafreshgroup.com).

FOOD AND BEVERAGE It is best to avoid serving heavy foods when hosting an outdoor reception. Guests will appreciate a fresh and light menu when trying to beat the heat. Replacing potato salads with pasta or tomato selections are great alternatives. You will also want to avoid serving fried foods as they will become soggy in short order due to the humidity. Baked chicken and fresh vegetables are always a crowd pleaser that will remain tasty despite a warm environment. If you are hosting a summer reception, guests will often drink more to stay cool. Be certain to offer guests non-alcoholic beverages and keep plenty of ice water within reach. By offering

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non-alcoholic beverages, guests can enjoy fun and fruity drinks without mixing highalcohol beverages with high temperatures.

FLOWERS AND DECOR Be aware of the challenges that the outdoor elements will create when selecting flowers. Choose blooms that will be able to stand up to the heat, such as orchids and roses. Keep arrangements in the shade and out of the wind to extend their life. Avoid tall décor pieces as they may become hazardous on a windy day. Elements like driftwood, clear lantern candles, low floral arrangements and heavy vases are great outdoor décor alternatives that should withstand whatever the weather presents.

LIGHTING Rent outdoor lights or hire a company to hang outdoor lighting to enhance the setting and to keep guests safe. Strings of large bulbs are a gorgeous way to add ambiance to your reception space. Battery-operated lanterns look beautiful hanging over a dance floor. If you plan to hang mason jars or tea lights from trees, opt for battery-operated candles to avoid any fire hazards.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR RECEPTION IDEAS Tent Tents can be glamorous and perfect for a Nebraska spring, summer or fall wedding. They offer protection from most weather elements while also allowing guests to enjoy the great outdoors. Tent rentals can vary, so discuss your ideas with your rental company. The multitude of options span from traditional white canvas tents to see-through roofs allowing you to dine under the stars.

Barn If you have a friend or family member with a spacious barn, this can be an easy way to host a rustic wedding. If you don’t have a personal connection to a barn space, you can find venues that offer a barn for rent. The key to hosting a dinner in an old barn is to clean, clean and then clean some more! Sweep and power wash all floors if concrete; rake dirt floors for debris. Hanging lights or chandeliers will add sophistication and provide plenty of ambiance and lighting for guests.

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Garden For a smaller wedding, hosting your reception in a garden is as romantic as you can get. A long, family-style dinner table is very elegant and brings an intimate feeling to a smaller reception. Renting lounge furniture and a dance floor will encourage guests to sit, relax and enjoy the evening surrounded by fresh flowers and the moonlit sky. No doubt outdoor weddings are beautiful, romantic and memorable. Keep in mind the importance of thinking through possible weather threats. Walk through your reception venue more than once, considering the experience from the vantage point of your guests. You will want to be assured of their safety and comfort throughout your special day. Finally, always have a backup plan if the weather takes a turn for the worse. Being prepared will allow your day, no matter the weather, to be everything you dreamed it would be. You will find a quick reference “Weather Directory� in FROM OUR NOTEBOOK at the back of this issue. |NWD|

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START THE CELEBRATION A guide to kicking off your pre-reception party

It is important to keep in mind that you have sixty minutes to set the tone for your reception and kick off the party. Why not do it in style! Far too often, the cocktail hour is an afterthought in wedding planning. But actually, the cocktail hour is a lovely opportunity for your guests to seamlessly transition from the ceremony to the reception rather than floundering about trying to kill time before the reception begins. The cocktail hour should be a relaxing atmosphere where the guests can mix and mingle, sip and sample, while the wedding party makes its way to the reception. Keep in mind that this is a little sneak peek for your guests as the evening begins to unfold. The cocktail hour can be styled in many different ways. Nebraska Wedding Day has compiled a few pointers to help transform your cocktail hour into an unforgettable experience, as well as setting the stage for your reception.

THE SETTING Take a moment to reflect on how you want your guests to feel as they move from the ceremony to the reception. View the space as a whole and consider the atmosphere you hope to create. For example, you may choose to have your guests led on a stroll through the “countryside,” encountering a local farmer’s market serving artisan cheeses with grapes, baguettes and complementary wines. Setting up the cocktail hour with satellite drink bars and food stations will create a casual feel, whereas serving drinks and appetizers via wait staff is a more formal approach. As you plan, consider the following: • The space should be open and free-flowing, so guests find it easy to mingle. • Music can influence mood, so don’t forget to include appropriate background music. • Select pieces to rent (chairs, settees, love seats and benches); situate to create an open seating plan. • Incorporate yard games if your space allows. • Arrange food and drink to be easily accessible. • Keep the area well lit to encourage guests to mingle.

THE MENU You have finalized the menu for your reception, so now you need to zero in on details of the cocktail service. You may want to develop a signature drink (both an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version) to coordinate with your hors d’oeuvres menu. Don’t forget to think in terms of food and drink pairings. Some of our favorite pairings include wine and cheese, beer and burger sliders or margaritas and mini-tacos. The cocktail hour is the perfect time for you to show off your personal style with a “his” and “her” picks menu. Infuse the cocktail hour with your favorite foods and local flavor. This is your opportunity to include personal favorites that may not be included at your reception. Be creative and present your pairings with a little style. This bit of personalization will create

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an unforgettable experience for your guests. If you are working with a caterer, you may want to ask about specialty drinks as an addition to the regular offerings. Some couples are opting for an array of micro-brew beers, signature drinks, mojitos or martini bars. If you’re looking for a festive beverage, champagne is always a special option. Additionally, it coordinates well with most celebrations and is a tradition in toasting. Plus, champagne cocktails pair nicely with hors d’oeuvres, as well as wedding cakes. Consider going for a jazzy presentation and serve the drinks in specialty glasses with customized stir sticks. As you are working through your options, be certain to consider the weather. Guests often prefer a lighter drink, such as wine or champagne, in warmer weather and a richer drink option, such as cranberry cocktails or mint mojitos in cooler weather. You could even consider warm-drink options in cold weather such as hot apple cider spiked with apple brandy or butterscotch schnapps. We recommend that you provide a variety of seasonally-appropriate beverage choices during cocktail hour and don’t forget to include a few non-alcoholic options. We are always charmed by the nostalgia of root beer floats and old-fashioned soda pop.

THE ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT Keep your guests entertained while they pass the time waiting for your wedding party to arrive. For example, hire a string quartet to enhance the mood of your cocktail hour. If a string quartet isn’t quite your style, ask a friend to play guitar as your guests mix and mingle. Yard games, dancers, silhouette artists and photo booths are other fun options to entertain your guests during the cocktail hour. Remember to think a little outside the box. Consider adding an unexpected element to the occasion to maximize your individuality. Guests will be smiling and talking about it all night long!

THE TIMETABLE Be sure to keep your cocktail hour to sixty minutes. It is called a cocktail “hour” for a reason. Sixty minutes is the perfect timeframe for your guests to relax and

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mingle while the wedding couple regroups and the wedding party prepares for the reception. Etiquette dictates that keeping your guests waiting any longer than sixty minutes is discourteous.

THE TRANSITIONS The planned transition from the ceremony to the cocktail hour and then to the reception can be conveyed to guests in several different manners. We recommend including information about the cocktail hour on the wedding program. Verbiage on the program might read something like, “Following the ceremony, the happy couple invites you to a Mix & Mingle Cocktail Party at 6:00 p.m. preceding dinner.� When it comes time to announce the wedding party, instruct the master of ceremonies (MC) or your deejay (DJ) to invite guests to grab a drink, take a seat and welcome the bride and groom as the wedding party makes their entrance. The MC or DJ, a parent, a special friend or a spiritual leader should announce dinner after the wedding party has arrived at the reception. |NWD|

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WITH GRACE Tips to graciously deal with any oddities that may occur

The flowers have been selected, the menu finalized and the bridal gown fitted, but now how do you properly handle those odd little occurrences that may pop up? While most of the details are nailed down, a few elements to the planning still require thoughtful consideration. These situations usually relate to proper decorum and require just a little patience and poise to navigate. Traditional etiquette and modern manners sometimes differ in the best approach to resolving such matters. So carefully consider what seems most appropriate to you in each situation. We have given you a guide to dealing with some of the most common social blunders, all the while maintaining proper manners and handling each with grace and poise.

UNEXPECTED GUESTS The overarching emphasis whenever handling surprises is to always make your guests feel welcome. Regardless of whether your guest brought their date without including them in the RSVP or you spot an uninvited distant relative, everyone should feel welcome and comfortable. The key to accommodating unexpected guests is to be prepared by assuming more guests will attend than have replied. Rent three to five percent more of any linens, chairs, plate chargers and china. Also, when designing your seating chart, don’t completely fill every table. This will allow room for a guest to join at the last minute, even if they are not specifically included on the seating chart. To accommodate children you did not expect, ask your caterer to have a plan in mind for a simple children’s meal. Finally, if a guest informs you at the last minute that they cannot attend, remove their seating card immediately.

WEDDING GIFTS Tradition suggests all wedding gifts should be sent to the home of the wedding couple. However, the majority of guests in the Midwest present their gifts at the reception. To accommodate these gifts, prepare a table in an out-of-the-way spot. Ask a relative or close friend to direct guests where to set their gifts upon arrival. Many guests will bring a card, so it is wise to prepare a basket, box or other decorative receptacle to collect them thereby avoiding the chance of any being lost.

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION TIMELINE There are many reasons why your reception may not begin immediately following your ceremony. Often, it is because the church will not allow wedding ceremonies to take place after a certain time on Saturdays. If you are facing a lengthy gap between your ceremony and reception, it is important to consider the comfort of your guests. If the majority traveled from out of state and are spending the night, they are able to retreat back to a hotel room to freshen up. If the majority live in town, they are able to return to their home for a few hours before arriving at the reception. However, if your guests do not have an appropriate place to go before the reception begins, consider hosting a trolley tour of the city. Arrange for guests to take a tour of local landmarks or attractions. It is nice to prepare bottles of water and some light snacks for the ride. Another option is to provide your guests a map with local highlights, allowing them to take a self-guided tour if they desire. 156

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RECEIVING LINE Many churches no longer allow a receiving line to take place after the ceremony due to an overlap with services. If this is the case, consider greeting guests near the entrance of your reception venue or at their tables between courses during dinner. It is important to make each guest feel welcomed and special. However, also take time to enjoy your new spouse and your reception without getting stuck in conversation the entire time.

INTIMATE CEREMONY + LARGE RECEPTION Many couples prefer a small private ceremony, but would like to invite all of their friends and family to help celebrate at their reception. The key to having the best of both worlds is proportion. To avoid any hurt feelings, keep the number of invited guests to the ceremony to a minimum. A good rule of thumb is to have a 1-to-10 ratio of ceremony guests to reception guests. An example of this would be to invite 15 people to the ceremony if you are expecting 150 to attend your reception. However, keep the meaning of your wedding day in mind as well. Guests wish to share in your excitement, love and the promises you make to one another. By including them as guests at your ceremony, they will feel honored and blessed to witness your vows.

ASSIGNING WEDDING ROLES It is an honor to be asked to stand by your side as a bridesmaid or groomsman, or to serve as an usher or reader. Often brides try to include as many friends and family members in their wedding day to avoid any hurt feelings. However, unless the role is something truly special, think twice before reaching out to your cousins and distant relatives. Small children will be overjoyed to hand out bubbles or programs, but your 16-year-old cousin may not. Sometimes it is best to keep wedding roles to a minimum and allow your friends and family to enjoy the day celebrating.

BALANCING GUESTS AND ALCOHOL If your family members love to drink and really get down on the dance floor, you may want to reconsider utilizing the open bar concept. Guests are not as likely to order a drink when the drinks are not complimentary. Consider having a

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“hosted” bar serving beer, wine and a signature drink. This will cater to all tastes without allowing guests to order strong alcoholic beverages or shots of liquor. If you simply must host an open bar, yet wish to ensure your guests do not overindulge, ask the bartenders to use a light touch when mixing drinks. Also, during the last hour of your reception, consider shifting to only nonalcoholic options and complementing the drink bar with a simple snack bar. This usually does not increase the cost of your reception by much, as you are shifting alcohol expense to snacks. Utilizing a snack bar will serve to sober up guests before they depart. Some popular ideas are sliders, nachos, tacos or pizza. Finally, don’t lose sight of your own alcohol consumption. Avoid having more than a few drinks and be certain to eat some food throughout the day and during the event. This way, you will fully enjoy your wedding reception while maintaining your grace and poise. To be fully prepared for your big day, check out our “Must-Have Manual” in FROM OUR NOTEBOOK in the back of this issue. |NWD|

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A PLACE TO PARTY Venue options for every taste

There are many uniquely beautiful reception venues available to you, depending upon the size of the guest list and your wedding budget. The reception venue sets the tone for your wedding and is a crucial element in implementing your planned décor and design. From a wistful blooming garden to a well-manicured country-club lawn, here are a few options to help you discover your ideal venue.

BANQUET HALL Some banquet halls provide full-service packages thereby making the planning process easier and more affordable. Others have a “preferred” list of wedding vendors, allowing for choices within certain parameters. Depending upon the space, banquet halls are easy to transform into your dream wedding space. Also, the staff members are experienced and have worked with many local wedding vendors, creating an easier flow of communication. The only challenge for this venue is the possible turnaround time for decorating, especially when an event is scheduled the evening before.

BARN Many couples love a rustic barn setting for their reception venue. It provides shelter while also allowing guests to dance under twinkling lights or a moonlit sky. A barnyard reception can also serve as a special nod to family history or a cultural significance. The toughest challenge for this venue is arranging catering, restrooms and entertainment. Also, remember to consider the seasonal temperatures as usually a barn is neither heated nor air-conditioned.

COUNTRY CLUB If you dream of a classic space, a country club may be your most fitting option. Set on tailored greens, country clubs offer a sophisticated style and space. One of the few challenges posed by this venue is that your event may not be totally private due to club members accessing the pool or grounds.

GARDEN Nestled around fragrant blooms and a beautiful landscape, a garden reception can be transformed into a dreamy affair. Allow the garden setting to speak for itself. With nature as your backdrop, your table arrangements and other décor can be simple and subtle. For this reception venue, be certain to outline a rain plan, just in case the weather is not in your favor on your special day.

HOTEL If you picture a large wedding in a grand ballroom, a hotel reception may be perfect for you. Hotels are easily able to accommodate a large group and usually are able to arrange an appropriate space more suitable for a smaller guest list. The staff is knowledgeable and experienced with events. The only challenge is that you may be sharing the venue with a neighboring wedding or other large event on the same day or evening.

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MUSEUM Surrounded by beautiful works of art, a museum is a stunning and sophisticated venue for your reception. Many museums have staff members who are experienced in executing weddings and can offer great insight for creating your ideal event. You may find that some museums may have a list of preferred vendors, which may limit your options for catering or dĂŠcor.

PARK Depending upon your ideal landscape, a reception comfortably settled in a park may be just the casual venue you are looking for. Arranging family-style tables, with your ceremony location nearby, gives guests a wonderfully intimate feeling. Prior to making your arrangements, be sure to check with the city offices for any necessary permits or special permission. Also, scope out the space to make certain there are adequate restroom facilities and sufficient resources to meet your electrical needs.

PRIVATE HOME There are countless fabulous weddings arranged at private homes. This venue provides a private and special space, uniquely your own. While most parents may shy away from the option due to the workload and preparations, hosting your reception at a family estate can be very intimate. The toughest challenge to overcome is arranging adequate kitchen space, restrooms and parking. If you are planning your event at a private home, inform the neighbors of your plans so they will not be frustrated by the traffic and possible noise that evening. If they know what is going on, they will be more understanding of the special occasion and not call law enforcement with a complaint.

RESTAURANT If you are planning a small, intimate wedding, a restaurant is an excellent option. With possibilities for a unique menu and cozy ambiance, this type of reception venue is stress free and relaxed. You could even allow guests to order directly from the menu. Prior to booking your reception, consult with the restaurant

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owner or manager regarding space limitations and noise level of the restaurant during the time frame you are considering. If the noise inherent in a restaurant environment concerns you, simply inquire about the availability of a separate area for your reception, such as a party room. Otherwise, just prepare yourself not to be overwhelmed or distracted by other diners during your event.

TENT A tented reception is a fantastic option that can comfortably accommodate a large guest list. While providing guests with shade and cover, everyone is still able to enjoy the sunset and dance into the evening under the stars. A tent company will have many options for you to choose from, including lighting. Prior to finalizing arrangements, we encourage you to complete a walk-through of the land so you can provide any electrical outlet information to your rental company. For a full list of venues and more venue details, review our VENUE GUIDE in this issue or visit www.neweddingday.com for our ONLINE VENUE GUIDE. |NWD|

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AN EXIT STRATEGY Ideas for how to bid your guests farewell in style

Once the ceremony and reception has concluded, the bouquet has been tossed and the final song has ended, it’s time for you and your spouse to make your grand exit as partners for life. This timeless send-off tradition, which makes for a beautiful photo opportunity, dates back to the age-old custom of tossing rice at the newlyweds to symbolize prosperity and good fortune. This unique moment you share with your guests is one you will surely remember as all guests in attendance gather round to provide a joyous farewell bursting with love! Couples are now opting for a more unique approach to this long-standing tradition. From confetti to ribbons, here are a few creative ideas to make your grand exit truly memorable with a little help from your guests.

CONFETTI SHOWER Many couples love the look of a confetti send-off for their wedding day. Confetti provides beautiful pops of color for the wedding photographs while allowing the newlyweds to completely customize the look of their grand exit. Include confetti in a couple different shapes, sizes and colors to coordinate with your wedding dĂŠcor. Setting up a confetti bar can also serve as a fun interactive addition to your reception. Your guests can have fun creating the perfect blend of confetti to shower you with love as well as heaps of vibrant confetti! If this send-off option appeals to you, first make certain your venue allows the use of confetti and be sure you understand any restrictions as to usage and materials. You certainly do not want to forfeit your rental deposit due to a misunderstanding.

FLOWER-PETAL FAREWELL Flower petals are no longer only for the flower girl to toss during the ceremony. They make a delightful alternative to paper confetti. Many couples are choosing this as an alternative for their wedding send-off. You can have your guests toss bloom petals that are customized to match your wedding color palette or include petals from blooms that are incorporated into your bridal bouquet. For a personalized look, create customized paper cones full of petals to pass out to your guests. This romantic wedding-day farewell creates beautiful photographs of a stunning exit.

RIBBON WAVE For a ceremony or reception venue that has rules prohibiting tossing confetti or blooms, ribbon wands are a fun alternative that are completely mess free. Guests can send off the happy couple by waving these graceful colored wands and they also double beautifully as wedding favors! The wands can even be used throughout the ceremony and/or reception to create an interactive element to the festivities. With an unlimited number of ribbon styles, widths and Image by Jessica Blex Photography & Design

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textures to select from, customizing your ribbon wands to fit your color palette is a breeze. Your guests will have a blast waving their well wishes of love and joy throughout the day as well as when you make your exit as life partners.

SPARKLER SHOW For a reception ending after dark, opt for a glamorous farewell with one of the most popular tried and true wedding send-offs. Present your guests with sparklers in a customized wrapper unique to your wedding dĂŠcor. The key to capping off the celebration in style is to purchase wedding sparklers that burn longer. It is also important to have venue staff or family members prepared with butane lighters to light the sparklers for your guests. A stunning display of the newlyweds surrounded by a sea of light will provide some amazing photos as their guests shower them with love.

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WISH LANTERNS For a breathtaking nighttime send-off, make a memorable impact with your guests by launching lanterns into the night sky. Traditionally used in Asia for celebrations and festivals, couples are using this romantic element as a means for their guests to present well wishes for the newlyweds on their wedding night. Gather your closest friends and family members to participate in this memorable farewell and create an incredible photo opportunity. You and your spouse will be in awe as you take in the stunning nighttime visual with your loved ones. If you are interested in this option, be sure to do your homework first. Lanterns are a potential fire hazard, making it important that you obtain approval from your venue as well as verify applicable laws within your community before planning a wish lantern send-off. No matter the method, you can be certain that your grand exit will be bursting with love and joyous best wishes from all in attendance! |NWD|

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POST-WEDDING PROCEDURE Wrapping up the final post-wedding details

A good time was had by all, yet a few tasks still remain. To wrap things up once the wedding festivities have concluded, just follow these simple steps for stress-free handling of the final details.

RENTAL RETURNS You may have a few rental items, such as linens and cake stands, to return to your rental company. If this is the case, designate a family member or friend to gather the rentals as directed and return them on the first business day following your wedding. If rented, your groom’s tux will also need to be returned. Often policies require all rentals to be returned the next day as most formal attire shops are open on the weekends. Make certain to check any pockets for keys, money, heirloom handkerchiefs or other items. Ask your father or father-in-law to return your groom’s tux along with his. If you plan to open gifts with family over brunch the day after your wedding, this is a perfect opportunity for the men to hand off their rentals to the designated person for an easy return.

CLEAN UP Items like picture frames, guest cards, table numbers and other décor will be left at your reception venue. Many venues allow you to store these leftover items with them until the following day, allowing your wedding night to be stress free. Remember to ask a family member or friend to pick up these items and/or discard them following your wedding day.

PRESERVATION You spent significant time and money selecting and purchasing your wedding gown. Before hanging it up in a closet and forgetting about it, take your bridal gown to a professional cleaner who specializes in stain removal and preservation. These professionals know how to thoroughly clean your gown, treat it for stains and preserve it, allowing you to enjoy it well beyond your special day.

THANK-YOU NOTES The general rule for preparing thank-you notes after the wedding is to handwrite and mail them no later than eight weeks following the wedding. If you receive any gifts prior to your wedding day, you should immediately send a thank-you note acknowledging the gift’s arrival. Avoid writing generic thank-you notes. Your guests have taken time to select a special gift for you, so mention the gift and also how you plan to use it. If you wish, you can also include a special memory you shared on your wedding day. Guests will recognize and appreciate the care and kindness that went into personalizing their note.

CHANGING YOUR NAME Often, the most tedious process after the wedding day is the steps required to change your name. For easy reference, check out our “Name Changing How-To” in FROM OUR NOTEBOOK at the back of this issue. |NWD|

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A VIEW FONTENELLE IL IN PALAZZO OMAHAHILLS

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LIED LODGE & CONFERENCE ARBOR DAY FARM ACENTER VIEW INAT FONTENELLE HILLS

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The Lincoln Firefighter’s Reception course, Hills golfHall the Fontenelle Overlooking a large entertainment space thatofcan your vision to capture the is sure AhasView accommodate to 300 peoplewindows, for your this day. Withupfloor-to-ceiling dream reception,venue and even your ceremony. offer its your guestsWewith will charm intimate modern conveniences and affordable elegance characteristics. rustic to create the perfect atmosphere for your special day! Amenities include all-day access, table/chair set up, choice of your own caterer, use of our kitchen, projector and screen, bar service with staff included, centerpiece items, decorating/lighting options, and much more!

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MEADOWS A VIEW IN COMMUNITY FONTENELLECENTER HILLS

A VIEW MID-AMERICA IN FONTENELLE CENTER HILLS

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A VIEW IN FONTENELLE HILLS OMAHA DESIGN CENTER

A VIEW IN MARRIOTT FONTENELLE HILLS OMAHA HOTEL

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Say “I do” at the Fontenelle Zoo and make wedding golf course, Hills your Overlooking Have the yourvision ceremony of yourand sure to capture Viewtoisremember! Aa day reception one floor-to-ceiling of the unique locations this windows,that day.atWith dream its Omaha’svenue Henrywill Doorly Zooyour andguests Aquarium with has charm intimate to offer.characteristics. We offer upscale indoor and outdoor rustic locations for your special day including the Durham TreeTops Restaurant and Lied Jungle, Scott Aquarium, Garden of the Senses and our Education Conference Center. Celebrate with us and make your dream day come true!

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The Paxton Ballroom is oneHills of downtown golf course, the Fontenelle Overlooking weddingthe and reception of your vision sure to capture View is premier AOmaha’s venues,day. richWith in character and Artwindows, Deco design. this floor-to-ceiling dream Offering venue a gorgeous ballroom all types withofits guests yourfor will charm intimate events,characteristics. this venue puts your guests within a few rustic blocks of Omaha’s best boutique hotels.

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Congratulations your engagement! Hills golf course, Fontenelle the on Overlooking Platteview Club wethepride ourselves of your vision to capture is sureGolf AAt View this in making day aswindows, inclusive as floor-to-ceiling Withwedding day.your dream possible.venue Our rental fee includes set-upwith andits your guests will charm intimate break characteristics. down, chairs, tables, linens, chair covers rustic with assorted sashes, bartenders, a dance floor, security and a wedding coordinator who will be there for your entire day! Please call with any questions as we like to tailor each wedding to fit your needs.

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402-933-2929 402-310-3222 350 1102 Canopy Country Street, ClubSuite Court 300 Bellevue, Lincoln, NE NE 68508 68005 www.rulegnightclub.com www.aviewvenues.com

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ASCOTT VIEW CONFERENCE IN FONTENELLE HILLS CENTER

A VIEW IN FONTENELLE HILLS THE SCOULAR BALLROOM

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golf course, Scott Conference Center is Hills the ideal backdrop the Fontenelle Overlooking the vision an unforgettable reception. Fromoftheyour moment is sure to capture AforView you stepday. inside, handle thewindows, details sothis you floor-to-ceiling With we’ll dream can enjoyvenue your will special dayyour andguests all the with daysits charm intimate leadingcharacteristics. up to it. Our aim is to make that special rustic day uniquely yours, while relieving some of the stress. Our professional and experienced staff specializes in providing quality customer service and guaranteed satisfaction. We have all the resources needed to make your reception your “Dream Come True!”

Hills golf Minutes fromthe downtown Omaha, the course, Scoular Fontenelle Overlooking of yourwithin visionlocated the gem a hidden capture sure to as View is shines ABallroom windows, the historic Building. Rental of thethis With floor-to-ceiling day. Scoular dream with its guestsballroom, Scoular Ballroom the grand charm your venue willincludes intimate adjacent buffet room, atrium and two bridal characteristics. rustic dressing suites. Custom up lighting, A/V, security, plus tables and chairs are included with the rental of the ballroom.

Plan your perfect wedding celebration at the Hills golf course, the Fontenelle Overlooking of your visionover Hotel, and 10,000theenjoy sure to capture View is Omaha ASheraton square-feet of gorgeous banquetwindows, space, athis floor-to-ceiling day. With dream with its personalized specialist, custom your guests will charm venuewedding intimate wedding packages and first-class service. characteristics. rustic Whether it’s a rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception or gift opening, let our team help you create the celebration of a lifetime.

course, Located in the Mid-Town of golf Omaha just Hills Fontenelle thenew Overlooking Interstate, are of theyour ideal vision thewe to capture sure the View is from Aseconds this choice day. for wedding receptions and countless windows, With floor-to-ceiling dream with its other functions. Advantages: off-street guests charm yourFree venue will intimate parking, close to hotels, shopping and characteristics. rustic restaurants, seconds from the Interstate, use your own caterer, decorate as you wish! All tables, chairs, linens and set up of these items are included in the rental rate. Come see Omaha’s best-kept secret!

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402-933-2929 402-516-1246 1102 Country Club Court 655 North 108th Avenue Bellevue, NE 68154 68005 Omaha, NE www.aviewvenues.com www.sheratonomaha.com

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402-933-2929 402-933-6678 1102 Country ClubSuite Court 2679 Farnam Street, 204 Bellevue, NE 68131 68005 Omaha, NE www.aviewvenues.com www.simply-ballroom.com

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A VIEW SUMTUR IN FONTENELLE AMPHITHEATER HILLS

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Located halfway between Omaha andcourse, Lincoln, Hills golf the Fontenelle Overlooking the best of both of your the vision captureoffers sure toEstates View isVintage ASlattery indoor day. and outdoor facilities. Our 164 acres this windows, With floor-to-ceiling dream of naturalvenue beauty the perfect setting with for aits your guests willischarm intimate bridal characteristics. shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony or rustic reception - SVE has it all. We offer an on-site chef or use your own licensed caterer. Lodging and areas for getting ready for the big day are available. Call to schedule a visit with Barb Slattery. We want to make your day unique and special.

Sokol Park sits 26 acresHills of shaded green golf course, theonFontenelle Overlooking multiple ceremony sites, ofsand your the vision to capture is sure Viewwith Aspace volleyball, horseshoes, a playground this windows, With floor-to-ceiling day.badminton, dream and glamorous camping We your guests with its charmaccommodations. venue will intimate have acharacteristics. 6,000-square-foot rustic lodge with open rustic exposed-beam wood ceilings, a full-service bar, kitchen for your catering needs, a 3,000-squarefoot patio and multiple staging options for entertainment. This truly is Omaha's most unique and diverse indoor/outdoor wedding venue!

A welcomingthe wedding venueHills thatgolf embraces course, Fontenelle Overlooking Amphitheater is quickly of your the vision sure to capture View is SumTur Adiversity, becoming premiere outdoorwindows, wedding this floor-to-ceiling With day.the dream location venue in the Omaha metropolitan area. its withWhile your guests will charm intimate suitable for all types of events, SumTur is perfect characteristics. rustic for the relaxed, affordable wedding. Talk to us about our fall two-day package special which features the rehearsal, a hayrack ride, a bonfire dinner and the wedding!

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Celebrate your day atHills Thegolf Thompson course, Fontenelle thespecial Overlooking elegant, affordable facility of your the vision to capture sure View isOur ACenter! accommodates many as 350windows, guests, isthis floor-to-ceiling day. Withas dream beautifully decorated, centrally located,with andits your guests will charm venue intimate perfectcharacteristics. for weddings, receptions, and prenuptial rustic dinners. Your family and friends will enjoy our country club-like atmosphere, professional and friendly service, and outstanding catering. Outdoor weddings are our specialty – many couples have exchanged vows under our beautiful canopy of shade trees. See it today! (Image by Ben Semisch Photography) Maximum Capacity 325 350 Ceremony Site Yes Outside Caterers Welcome Yes No Room Rental Fee Email Call for forinfo info Outdoor Site Yes Catering Price Per Person Varies Ad Page Number 167

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402-933-2929 402-210-4747 1102905 Country AlliedClub RoadCourt Bellevue, NE 68005 68123 www.aviewvenues.com www.sokolpark.net

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402-933-2929 402-597-2065 11691 1102 Country South 108th Club Street Court Bellevue, Papillion, NE 68045 68005 www.aviewvenues.com www.sumtur.org

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Tiburon is a full-service banquet facility and course, Hills golf the Fontenelle Overlooking site. to The Great the White Ballroom of yourcan vision capture View is sure Aceremony this accommodate to 400 guestswindows, and offers day. Withupfloor-to-ceiling dream with its breathtaking We have outdoor guests youra new will charm venueviews. intimate ceremony site that can seat up to 300 guests. characteristics. rustic Easy access off I-80 and Hwy 370 on 168th Street.

Tower Hall offers you the opportunity to create Hills golf course, the Fontenelle Overlooking special event you’ve always wanted at an of your the vision to capture is sure AtheView affordable With in-house and off-sitethis windows, With floor-to-ceiling day.price. dream catering,venue seatingwillforcharm 450 and of its guests with yourhundreds intimate decorations for you to choose from, we invite characteristics. rustic you to view Tower Hall, conveniently located just ten minutes from downtown Lincoln.

Housed in thetheMichael F. Sorrell Center on course, Hills golf Fontenelle Overlooking the Events Centerofisyour an the vision sure to capture View iscampus, AUNMC’s affordable venue windows, that features this floor-to-ceiling Withspacious day.and dream modern venue architecture with neutral colorswith its your guests will charm intimate throughout, an atrium with large glass windows, characteristics. rustic the option to select from a preferred caterer list, and accommodates up to 350 guests.

Budget friendly. your own Dance golf course, Hills food. Fontenelle the Bring Overlooking two spacious garden of your the visionand to captureballrooms is sure ViewOur Afloor. patio include a dance floor, entertainment stage, windows, this floor-to-ceiling day. With dream private bar and will ample parking. Our rental-room with its your guests charm venue intimate coordinator is pleased to help with planning characteristics. rustic details and making sure your event runs smoothly. We offer Internet access, big-screen T.V. and sound system for wedding slide shows.

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325 400 Yes Yes No Call for info $750-$1,925 Yes Varies $19.25-$24.95 1

402-933-2929 402-896-1323 1102 Country Club Court 10302 South 168th Street Bellevue, NE 68136 68005 Omaha, NE www.aviewvenues.com www.tiburongolf.com

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402-933-2929 402-432-3807 1102 Club Court 108Country North East Street Bellevue, Malcolm, NE 68005 68402 www.aviewvenues.com www.towerhall.net

402-933-2929 402-559-5192 1102 ClubStreet Court 619 Country South 42nd Bellevue, NE 68198 68005 Omaha, NE www.aviewvenues.com www.unmc.edu/eventscenter/

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402-933-2929 402-943-9067 1102 Country Club Court 8904 Military Road Bellevue, NE 68134 68005 Omaha, NE www.aviewvenues.com www.vfwpost2503.org

A VIEW THE INYELLOW FONTENELLE BARNE HILLS

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The Wick Alumni Center features contemporary course, Hills golf the Fontenelle Overlooking three-story your vision ofhigh capture the sure towindows, View issoaring Adesign, cathedral and a recently-renovated windows, this With floor-to-ceiling day.ceilings dream garden open thecharm publicyour for ceremony andits guests with venuetowill intimate reception rentals. A prime campus location, characteristics. rustic multiple catering options, high-definition video wall and an event manager on-site will make your day unique. Discounts available for Nebraska Alumni Association members.

From small, intimate dinnersHills to show-stopping golf course, the Fontenelle Overlooking Ridge the is your premier of your vision is sure to capture View Wilderness Aaffairs, destination venue. Situated on one this of windows, With floor-to-ceiling day. event dream Nebraska’s most courses, with its guests charm yourgolf willprestigious venue intimate Wilderness Ridge is a 37,000 square-foot log characteristics. rustic and stone lodge with several banquet rooms of varying sizes. The unparalleled beauty and ambiance, combined with the professional, experienced staff and amenities for events of all occasions sets Wilderness Ridge above the rest.

A serene acreage with a renovated The course, Hills golfbarn, the Fontenelle Overlooking a country getaway. Featuring of your the vision to capture is sureoffers View Barne AYellow a mature orchard, manicured gardens, pergolas this windows, With floor-to-ceiling day. dream and arbors, thewill country you’ll experience with its your guests charmcharm venue intimate all helpcharacteristics. make The Yellow Barne the venue where rustic you’ll want to entertain your friends for your next event.

Younes Conference Center Hills is central golf course, the Fontenelle Overlooking largest and newest facility, and is of your the vision to capture View is sure ANebraska’s the premier venuefloor-to-ceiling for your special day. Wethis windows, day. With dream provide avenue professional wedding consultant, with its your guests will charm intimate delicious on-site catering, discounted room rates characteristics. rustic for your guests in any of Younes Hospitality’s five adjacent hotels, and a complimentary guest suite for the bride and groom. Younes Hospitality prides itself in offering a superior product at a competitive price.

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275 325 Yes Yes No $1,350-$2,000 Call for info Yes $16.00 Varies + 142

402-933-2929 402-472-2841 1102 Country 1520 R Street Club Court Bellevue, Lincoln, NE NE68508 68005 www.huskeralum.org/venues www.aviewvenues.com

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325 50-350 Yes Yes Call for Email forinfo info Yes No Varies N/A 162

10-300 325 + Yes Yes No CallVaries for info Yes CallVaries for info 151

402-933-2929 402-434-5121 1800 1102 Wilderness Country Club Woods Court Place Bellevue, Lincoln, NE NE 68512 68005 www.wildernessridgegolf.com www.aviewvenues.com

50-100 325 Yes Yes Call for info Yes Varies N/A 151

402-933-2929 402-450-0984 1445 1102West Country Burnham Club Court Street Bellevue, Lincoln, NE NE68522 68005 www.theyellowbarne.weebly.com www.aviewvenues.com

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402-933-2929 308-234-7300 1102 510Country Talmadge Club Road Court Bellevue, Kearney, NE 68845 68005 www.aviewvenues.com www.younes.com neweddingday.com

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TWELVE TO NI NE MONT H S OUT

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□ Announce engagement

□ Select and book ceremony musician and/or vocalist

□ Start gift registry, if having an engagement party

□ Select and book reception entertainment

□ Begin wedding workout routine

□ Select and order bridal gown

□ Research legalities, especially if choosing a destination wedding

□ Select and order bridesmaid dresses

□ Decide on the style, formality and size of your wedding

□ Compile names and addresses for guest list

□ Establish budget

□ Create gift registry

□ Determine expense responsibilities for each event

□ Schedule engagement photography session

□ Select options for a wedding date and check with your top venues

□ Select and order groom attire

□ Set a wedding date

□ Select and order groomsmen attire

□ Prepare tentative guest list

□ Discuss rehearsal dinner plans

□ Reserve ceremony and reception venues

□ Select and reserve rehearsal dinner location

□ Select and book wedding planner

□ Finalize wedding guest list

□ Set rehearsal date and time with officiant

□ Consult travel agent and book honeymoon

□ Determine any pre-marriage requirements, such as marriage classes

□ Select and book paper goods vendor

□ Select wedding party members and invite them to participate

□ Select and order save-the-date announcements

□ Select and book event designer

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□ Select and book photographer

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□ Select and book videographer

□ Schedule hair consultation

□ Select color scheme

□ Schedule makeup consultation

□ Begin shopping for bridal gown

□ Schedule skin care assessment

□ Begin shopping for bridesmaid dresses

□ Begin skin care regimen and schedule spa services

□ Research and reserve caterer, if not determined by reception venue

□ Meet with floral designer to complete selections

□ Select and book floral designer

□ Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

□ Select and book cake artist

□ Reserve accommodations for wedding night

□ Select and book transportation for wedding day

□ Select and order wedding invitations

□ Determine rental needs and book rental company

□ Mail save-the-date announcements

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THRE E TO T WO MONT H S OUT

T WO TO ONE WE E K OUT

□ Shop for + purchase wedding rings

□ Confirm all appointments

□ Check status of wedding gift registry

□ Confirm all ceremony and reception details

□ Confirm plans for bachelor and bachelorette parties

□ Confirm guest count with caterer

□ Schedule hair appointment for wedding day

□ Confirm head count and delivery time with cake artist

□ Schedule makeup appointment for wedding day

□ Finalize seating arrangements and escort cards

□ Confirm bridal gown fittings

□ Finalize entertainment details

□ Confirm delivery date for bridesmaid dresses

□ Finalize photography details

□ Confirm accessory choices for bridesmaids

□ Finalize videography details □ Finalize transportation needs

SIX TO FOUR WE E KS OUT

□ Confirm guest accommodations

□ Address and mail wedding invitations

□ Confirm honeymoon reservations

□ Confirm floral plans with floral designer

□ Check extended weather forecast for the wedding week

□ Finalize ceremony music selections □ Finalize readings and ceremony details with officiant

WE DDI NG WE E K

□ Design and execute signage for wedding decor

□ Pick up groom and groomsmen attire

□ Prepare song list for deejay or band

□ Assign post-wedding tasks to wedding party or family

□ Develop wedding day schedule and send to vendors

□ Prepare envelopes with tips and payments for wedding day

□ Compile RSVP guest list

□ Check weather forecast for your wedding day

□ Pick up wedding rings □ Obtain marriage license

P OST-WE DDI NG

□ Pick up bridal gown

□ Return rentals □ Return groom and groomsmen attire

THRE E WE E KS OUT

□ Gather decor from reception venue

□ Call guests who have not replied

□ Ensure wedding vendors are paid in full

□ Create seating chart and escort cards

□ Write and mail thank-you notes

□ Purchase gifts for spouse, parents + attendants

□ Arrange for bridal gown to be cleaned and preserved

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Whether you’re in need of the basics or already have an inventory of household goods, your registry allows guests to easily gift you whatever you might

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pillowcases (2 to 4 sets)

champagne flutes (8 to12)

bed skirt

mugs (8 to12)

winter duvet

sets of silverware (8 to12)

summer duvet

steak knives (8 to12)

duvet cover

slow cooker

serving utensils

cotton or wool blankets (2)

knife set

salad bowl and servers

alarm clock

skillets (2)

serving dishes

cutting board set

serving platters (2)

2-quart saucepan

chip & dip dish set

6-quart saucepan

cake stand

hand towels (6)

multipurpose pots (2)

pitchers (2)

washcloths (6)

glass bakeware set

decanter

bath rugs (2)

nonstick bakeware set

teapot

bath mat

cookie sheets (2)

cloth napkins (8 to12)

shower curtains (1 to 2)

muffin pan + baking pan

napkin rings (8 to12)

shower curtain hardware

round cake pan (2)

place mats (8 to12)

lotion dispenser

cooling rack (2)

tablecloths (2)

soap dish

set of measuring spoons

trivets (2)

tissue holder

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toothbrush holder

set of wet measuring cups

wastebasket

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magnifying mirror

wall clock

scale

wall mirrors

photo frames

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ice cream maker

storage baskets

candles and candle holders

framed art

whisk ice cream scoop & bowls

storage baskets (4 to 6)

coasters

vacuum cleaner grill

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need. Aim to create a complete registry that provides a spectrum of items + price points. To help you along, we’ve listed a collection of registry essentials.

decorative bowls

grilling tools

oven mitts (2)

decorative vases

gardening tools

dish towels/cloths (4)

throw pillows

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You’re planning the most important party of your life, but now you’ve got to get your guests there. From family dynamics to communicating all the details, we get that it can be hard to know what to include. Here are some invitation samplings to help you through the ins & outs of your paper goods.

HOST E D BY T H E B R I DE ’ S PA RE NTS

W H E N DI VO R C E D PA R E NTS S E ND A JOINT INVITATION

Mr. and Mrs. Colin Riley request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Savannah Claire to Brenton Ford Scott Saturday, the twenty-seventh of August two thousand and sixteen at six o’clock Sacred Heart Catholic Church Omaha, Nebraska

Ms. Emma Riley [Mrs. Emma Morrison, if remarried] and Colin Lloyd Riley request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Savannah Claire to Brenton Ford Scott +

M I L I TA RY T I T L E S FO R B R I DE OR GROOM HOST E D BY B OT H S E TS O F PA R E NTS Mr. and Mrs. Colin Riley request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Savannah Claire to Brenton Ford Scott son of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Scott Saturday, the twenty-seventh of August two thousand and sixteen at six o’clock Sacred Heart Catholic Church Omaha, Nebraska

Mr. and Mrs. Colin Riley request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Ma jor Savannah Claire Riley United States Navy to Commander Brenton Ford Scott United States Army +

W H E N PA R E NTS , T H E B R I DE OR GROOM HAVE P RO F E SS I ON A L O R M I L I TARY TITLES Doctor and Mrs. Colin Riley request the honour of your presence, OR

HOST E D BY R E L AT I VE S The relationship between the host and the bride replaces “their daughter” on the invitation.

HOST E D BY T H E WE DDI NG COU P L E The honour of your presence is requested at the marriage of Ms. Savannah Claire Riley to Mr. Brenton Ford Scott Saturday, the twenty-seventh of August two thousand and sixteen +

Doctor Emma Riley and Mr. Colin Riley request the honour of your presence, +

W H E N B OT H T H E MOT H E R + FAT HE R ARE DOCTORS Doctor Colin Riley and Doctor Emma Riley request the honour of your presence, +

M I L I TA RY T I T L E S FO R PARENTS Captain and Mrs. Colin Riley request the honour of your presence,

W H E N A PA R E NT I S DE C E AS E D The pleasure of your company is requested at the marriage of Savannah Claire daughter of Colin Riley and the late Emma Riley to Brenton Ford Scott +

OR Mr. Colin Riley and Ma jor Emma Riley request the honour of your presence, +

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Once you’ve filled in the essential information on your spreadsheet, you can begin playing musical chairs and assigning a seat to each guest. We suggest prioritizing by working in this order:

WEDDING PARTY - Assign your bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers first. Remember to include yourself as well. IMMEDIATE FAMILY - Group immediate family members together. Ask your parents with whom they wish to share a table. OTHER FAMILY - Place your cousins, aunts and uncles once you have assigned your immediate family. Pay attention to family dynamics. FRIENDS - Group friends together by social circles. Seat your high school friends together, college friends together, and so on ... FAMILY FRIENDS + COWORKERS - Place other guests together by shared interests, hometowns or workplace.

If you are unable to completely fill a table, it’s okay to leave a few open seats for last-minute replies. That’s actually encouraged! If possible, include one or two empty tables for guests who may have forgotten to RSVP or who are able to attend at the last minute. Highlight any open seats on your Excel spreadsheet so you can easily identify the tables that are incomplete. Finally, once your seating chart is complete, sort your chart by “Table Number” so each table is grouped together. Do a final count to ensure each table has the correct number of guests. Also, verify guest names are accurate if you are printing escort cards from your Excel file.

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While Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable, check out our weather directory below for a brief summary of typical local weather conditions. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, be sure to consider a back-up plan that will allow for indoor accommodations should the weather not cooperate.

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

A V G T E MP : 39° high // 10° low A V G P R E C I P : 0.63 inches

A V G T E MP : 4 0 ° h i g h // 1 8 ° l ow A V G P R E C I P : 0.79 i n c h e s

A V G T E MP : 52 ° h i g h // 2 8 ° l ow A V G P R E C I P : 1 . 93 i n c h e s

low humidity

l ow h u m i d i t y

minimal humidity

moderate ch ance of snow

c h an ce of s n ow

p o ss i b il i t y of s evere we a th er

moderate breeze

m o dera te b re eze

l i g h t to m o dera te b re eze

APRIL

MAY

A V G T E MP : 68° high // 45° low A V G P R E C I P : 3.15 3.1 5 inches inc hes

A VG

T E MP :

A VG

JUNE

A V G T E MP : 8 5 ° h i g h // 6 0 ° l ow A VG P R E C I P : 3 3.. 5 in i n ch ches

75 ° h i g h // 5 0 ° low l ow

PRECIP:

5 inches

m inim a l humidity minima hum idity

mo m o dera te h u m mii d i t y

mo m o dera te h u m iidit dity

possibility of severe weather

p o ss i b il i t y of s evere we a th er

s tro n g p o ss i b il i t y of s evere we ath a th er

light to moderate m oderate breeze

llii g h t to mo m o dera te b re eze

b re ezy ez y

J U LY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

A V G T E MP : 90° high // 66° low A V G P R E C I P : 3.5 inches

A V G T E MP : 87 ° h i g h // 63 ° l ow A VG P R E C I P : 3.5 inches

A V G T E MP : 7 7 ° h i g h // 53 ° l ow A V G P R E C I P : 2 . 92 i n c h e s

high humidity

high humidity

m o dera te h u m i d i t y

s trong possibility of severe weather

s tro n g p o ss i b il i t y of s evere we a th er

s l i g h t p o ss i b il i t y of s evere we a th er

breezy

l ow wi nd co nd i t i o n s

h i g h wi nd co nd i t i o n s

OCTOBE R

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

A V G T E MP : 66° high // 40° low A V G P R E C I P : 2.1 2 .1 inches inc hes

A V G T E MP : 5 0 ° h i g h // 27 ° low l ow A VG P R E C I P : 1.3 inches

A V G T E MP : 35 ° h i g h // 1 5 ° l ow A V G P R E C I P : 0. 9 iin n ch ches

m inim a l humidity minima hum idity

l ow h u mi midity

llow ow h u mi midity

low possibility of severe weather

c h an ce of s n ow

mo m o dera te c h an ce of s n ow

breezy

b re ezy ez y

s tro n g wi nd co ndit nd i t io ions

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Your amazing wedding vendors have assisted you every step of the way. Use our tipping handbook to show your appreciation for all their hard work!

P H OTO G R A P H E R + VI DE O G R A P H E R : HA I R + MA K E U P :

15% - 20% t i p, g i ve n a f ter f i n a l s er v i ce

OFFICIANT/CLE RGY:

a donat i o n i s a p p ro p ri r i a te, g i ve n b e fore th e cere mo m o ny

C E R E MO NY M U S I C I A N : B A ND :

a pers per s o n a l g i ft f t i s a p p ro p ri r i a te, g i ve n a t th e b e g i n n i n g of th e d a y

optio n a l 1 5 % - 2 0 % of th e fe e, g i ve n a f ter th e cere m o ny

optiona l $20 - $50 t i p per mu m u s i c i an , g i ve n a fter f ter th e re ce p t i o n

DE E J AY :

optiona l $25 - $15 0 t i p, g i ve n a f ter th e re ce p t i o n

R E C E P T I O N / C AT E R I NG S TA F F : T R A N S P O R TAT I O N : E V E N T P L A N NE R :

w h e n n ot i n c lu l u de d wi th co s t , 1 5 % - 20 2 0 % t i p, g i ve n a fter f ter th e re ce p t i o n

when not i n c l u de d wi th co s t , 1 5 % - 2 0 % of fe e, g i ve n a f ter f i n a l tran s p or ta t i o n

1 5% of fee a t th e t i me 15% m e of p a yme y m e n t or pers per s o n a l g i ft f t a t th e b e g i n n i n g of th e d a y

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Be prepared for any wedding-day snafus by equipping yourself with the helpful items below. Better yet, pass this list along to your maid of honor or a bridesmaid to ensure your wedding day will go off without a hitch!

contact list of vendors

nail file

phone numbers for bridal party + wedding participants

nail polish polish remover/wipes

payments/tips for wedding vendors manicure scissors marriage license hand sanitizer letter/gift to your groom/bride stain remover wipes wedding vows (if writing your own) white chalk speech (if applicable for reception) antiperspirant wedding bands toothbrush + toothpaste wedding dress veil + hair accessories jewelry shoes garter menswear perfume/cologne

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floss + mouthwash razor + shaving cream tissues dress tape/double-stick tape super glue mini sewing kit safety pins

brush/comb

rubber bands

blow dryer

compact steamer

curling iron + flat iron

lint brush

hair pins + ties

band-aids/first-aid kit

hairspray

insect repellent wipes

dry shampoo

water bottles + drinking straws

lip stick/gloss/balm

snacks

makeup

breath spray/mints/gum

cotton swabs

lighter/matches

makeup remover/wipes

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Planning on taking your partner’s last name? Changing your name can definitely be a hassle and requires you to contact many different offices to get the job done. Below are some simple steps to help you change your name with ease.

M A R R I A G E

L I C E N S E

F I N A N C I A L

P L A N N I N G

To change your name, you will need a certified marriage license including

Discussing your finances early on can be crucial to a successful

the official seal and your new last name. You receive this document after

marriage. Do you want to keep your individual bank accounts or share

filing for a marriage license with your local county clerk’s office. Don’t

a joint account? What are your financial goals? How much do you wish

hesitate to call and follow up as needed!

to invest or put away in savings? Chances are you just returned from a honeymoon and may wish to begin saving your money for a large

S O C I A L

S E C U T I R Y

purchase or new home. The key to any successful marriage is clear and

Fill out the Social Security application (ssa.gov/ssnumber/) for a new

open communication, so take this opportunity to discuss your future

Social Security card. Your number will remain the same, but your new

finances as a couple.

name will appear on your new card. You can visit an office near you or mail your application. This process takes about ten days.

D E PA R T M E N T O F M O T O R V E H I C L E S L O C A L O F F I C E L O C AT I O N S D R I V E R

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L I C E N S E

Visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to obtain an updated driver’s license with your new last name and new address,

OMAHA

GRAND ISLAND

29 2 9 1 0 N . 1 0 8 St .

121 S. P Pin i n e St .

Oma O m a h a , NE 6 8 1 6 4

Grand G rand Is I s l and, and , NE 6 8 8 01

if applicable. You must bring your current driver’s license and official marriage certificate with you.

B A N K

PA P I L L I ON

KEARNEY

12 211 0 Go l de n G a te Dr. D r.

1 5 1 2 Ce n tra l Ave.

P a pil pilll i o n , NE 6 8 0 4 6

Ke a arr n e y, NE 6 8 8 47

LINCOLN

NO R T H P L AT T E

A C C O U N T

The most efficient way to change your bank account information is to visit a local branch of your bank. Bring your new driver’s license and

5 0 0 We s t O St .

3 1 1 N . Vi Vin n e St .

L i n co lln n , NE 6 8 528 52 8

N or th P Pll atte, a tte, NE 69 1 01

official marriage certificate with you. You will need to arrange for new checks, new debit cards and new credit cards.

S O C I A L S E C U R I T Y A D M I N I S T R AT I O N L O C A L O F F I C E L O C AT I O N S

I N S U R A N C E After changing your last name, you will want to review your insurance needs. Meet with an insurance agent as soon as possible to combine any

OMAHA

GRAND ISLAND

6 0 4 N . 1 0 9 th C t .

1 1 5 N . We b bb b Rd. Rd .

Oma O m a h a , NE 6 8 1 5 4

Grand G rand Is I s l and, and , NE 6 8 8 03

LINCOLN

NO R T H P L AT T E

of your current insurance plans or to set up new coverage. You should also discuss life insurance policies and update beneficiary designations. You may not feel the need to cover this information so early in your

1 0 0 Ce n te n n i a l Ma M a ll ll N

3 0 0 E . 3 rd St .

L i n co lln n , NE 6 8 5 0 8

N or th P Pll atte, a tte, NE 69 1 01

marriage, but there is no better time to plan for your future together.

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Lovestru.ck Weddings + Events 190

MUSIC

Omaha Lace Cleaners 190

Memrical Design Studio 158

A Sound Impression 127

Perfect Dress (the) 190

Occasion Designed 33

Complete Weddings + Events | Lincoln-Norfolk 129

Williams Cleaners 57

To a T Decorating 32

Cool J DJ & Karaoke 190

Wedding Planner Omaha, LLC (The) 32

Harris Academy of the Arts 127

F LO R A L DE S I G N

PA P E R G O O D S

Divas Floral Shop and Boutique 58

89 Invites 35

B R I DA L B OUT I Q UE S

Events Etcetera 33

Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal 36

Avenue Bridal 51

Florist of Omaha 51

dSy invitations 36

Blush Bridal Boutique 55

Kearney Floral Co. 50

Letter Bee Paperie 35

Bridal Collection (The) 61

Mulhall’s Floral SEASONAL SECTION

Porridge Papers 36

Bridal Traditions 55

Petals to Platinum 63

Tara’s Designs 36

A R T + DA N C E Simply Ballroom 127

E2 Division of Ellynne Bridal 53 Elegant Occasions Gowns 61 Ellynne Bridal 49 Hello Beautiful Bridal & Formal Wear 50 Nebraska Bridal 51

Wedding Planner Omaha, LLC (The) 32

G U E S T A C C O M M O D AT I O N S Chase Suite Hotel 78

PA R T I E S + S H OW E R S

Lincoln Cornhusker Marriott Hotel (The) 149

Barry’s Bar & Grill 163

Courtyard by Marriott & Bellevue Event Center 139

Kearney Country Club 132

Sheraton Omaha Hotel 170

Venue Restaurant & Lounge 150

CAKES Alotta Brownies Bakery 114 Cake Box 119

Wilderness Ridge 151

HA I R Esquire Hair 12

P HOTO G R A P HY

Salon Amaryllis 12

Attanasio Photography SEASONAL SECTION

Salon DeJa Vu 11

Chelsie Moreland Photography 59

Salon MohVi & Spa 14

Complete Weddings + Events | Lincoln-Norfolk 129

Cake Creations Omaha 100 Cake Expressions, Inc. 100 Goldenrod Pastries 98 Le Cupcake 120 Elayne Woods Photography 31 Pettit’s Pastry 120

H E A LT H + B E A U T Y

Jessica Blex Photography & Design 9

Body Nouveaux Spa 14

Kelsey Buss Photography 71

Dundee Dental Associates 11

MaKenzi’s Photography 147

Lash-Out 14

Megan Kovar Photography 78

Salon MohVi & Spa 14

Millie B, Photographer 37

Russ’s Market 120 Sweet Cakes & Roses 139 Tasteful Indulgence, Cake Art of Seward 114

C AT E R I N G

Moment It Clicks (The) 159

Abraham Catering 119 Attitude on Food 113 Catering Creations SEASONAL SECTION Chez Hay 155

JEWELRY

Moments In Time Images 190

Borsheims SEASONAL SECTION

Nikki Moore Photography 77

Michael Tish Jewelers 23

Taura Horn Photography 54 Veramae Photography 35

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 117 Green Gateau Reception Center 140

MA K E U P

Patricia Catering ... and Cocktails 116

Esquire Hair 12

P R E S E R VAT I O N

Venue Restaurant & Lounge 150

Mary Kay 11

Omaha Lace Cleaners 190

Salon Amaryllis 12

Williams Cleaners 57

CELEBRANTS + OFFICIANTS

Salon DeJa Vu 11

Omaha Wedding Chapel - Chaplain Royal 63

Salon MohVi & Spa 14

REGISTRY Borsheims SEASONAL SECTION

E VE NT DE S I G N + P L A NNI NG

ME N SWE A R

Bride Star 95

Dream Big Events LLC 33

Mr. Tuxedo 61

Nebraska Furniture Mart 93

Events Etcetera 33

Tip Top Tux 64 // FOLDOUT // BC

Ten Thousand Villages 37

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Bellevue Berry Farm - Buena Vista Lodge 146

Meadows Community Center 190

Anthony’s Steakhouse 143

Bellevue Berry Farm - The Western Barn 146

Mid-America Center 153

Barry’s Bar & Grill 163

Bellevue Volunteer Firefighter’s Hall 190

Nebraska Champions Club 142

Chez Hay 155

Bodega Victoriana Winery 151

Nebraska Club (The) 162

Lincoln Cornhusker Marriott Hotel (The) 149

Castle Unicorn 136

NOAH’S Event Venue 159

Kearney Country Club 132

Chez Hay 155

Old Mattress Factory (The) 162

Lauritzen Gardens 170

Club at Indian Creek (The) 166

Omaha Design Center SEASONAL SECTION

Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory 170

Courtyard by Marriott & Bellevue Event Center 139

Omaha Marriott Hotel 24

Meadows Community Center 190

DC Centre 138

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Nebraska Club (The) 162

diamond.room (the) 157

One Thousand Dodge 119

Old Mattress Factory (The) 162

DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown 131

Paxton Ballroom (The) 119

Rule G 163

Durham Museum (The) 150

Pella at Blackstone (The) 119

Embassy Suites - La Vista IFC

Platteview Golf Club 155

Embassy Suites - Lincoln IFC

Players Club (The) 145

Embassy Suites - Omaha Downtown/Old Market IFC

Prairie Crossing Vineyard and Winery 165

Founders ONE • NINE 138

Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center 3

Fountains Ballroom & Vineyard (The) 158

Regency Lodge 137

Fountains West (The) 158

River Inn Resort 166

German-American Society 154

Rule G 163

Green Gateau Reception Center 140

Sandhills Convention Center 147

Havelock Social Hall 134

Scott Conference Center 140

Hidden Valley Golf Club 134

Scoular Ballroom (The) 158

Hillcrest Country Club 135

Sheraton Omaha Hotel 170

Hills Event Center (The) 163

Simply Ballroom 127

Hilton Omaha IBC

Slattery Vintage Estates 167

Holiday Inn Convention Center - Kearney 5

Sokol Park 159

Holiday Inn Downtown Lincoln 141

SumTur Amphitheater 132

Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha 161

Thompson Center (The) 167

Holiday Inn Lincoln Southwest 161

Tiburon Golf Club 1

Holthus Convention Center 154

Tower Hall Banquet Facility 143

il Palazzo Omaha 167

UNMC Truhlsen Campus Events Center 162

VE NUE S

Jasmine Room (The) 150

VFW Post 2503 190

1316 Jones Street 119

Joslyn Art Museum 169

Wick Alumni Center 142

A View in Fontenelle Hills 136

Kearney Country Club 132

Wilderness Ridge 151

A View on State 136

Lauritzen Gardens 170

Yellow Barne (The) 151

A View West 136

Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm 142

Younes Conference Center 5

Anthony’s Steakhouse 143

Lincoln Cornhusker Marriott Hotel (The) 149

Arbor Hall 139

Lincoln Firefighter’s Reception Hall 135

VI DE O G R A P HY

Aspen Room 119

Living Room (The) SEASONAL SECTION

A Sound Impression 58

Ball Room at Round The Bend (The) 146

Lucile’s Old Market 119

Dundee Digital Wedding Films 63

Barry’s Bar & Grill 163

Magnolia Hotel 7

Moments In Time Images 190

Bel Air Banquet Room (The) 155

Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory 170

Wedding Memories of Omaha 190

Sheraton Omaha Hotel 170 Slattery Vintage Estates 167 Venue Restaurant & Lounge 150 Wilderness Ridge 151

R E N TA L S AAA Rents & Event Services 91 Chair Cover Elegance 90 Elite Events Rental 77 Honeyman Rent-All 94 Nostalgia Rentals 91 Party Lyk-A Pro 190 Rustic Rentals 190 Turf Cars 190 United Rent-All 90

T R A N S P O R TAT I O N Leisure Limousine and Sedan 57 Luxury Limousine 63

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