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We’re happy you found us! Meet our brand new 2017 Edition of Nebraska Wedding Day! This edition marks 14 years of NWD and we are thrilled to celebrate that by bringing you our ever-better work! Each of our four new seasonal issues are designed to inspire and

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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 into the intensity of

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BEVY OF BAUBLES

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choosing a ring that reflects your style & love

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 can only be determined by you, regardless of the grade. 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 that when it’s 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 have real staying power. If you are not sure where to start, consider whether any of the current styles reflect your own personal tastes. 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 A vintage ring will never become outdated because of its timeless character and, often times, the nostalgic sentiment it provides the person wearing it.

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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- or square-cut solitaire diamond with a simple metal band 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 also 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 still growing in popularity among the general public. Considering a colored stone certainly 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.


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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. LAB-GROWN DIAMONDS An emerging trend in the jewelry world that is appealing to the younger generation is man-made, lab-grown diamonds. New to the market within the last year or so, you'll find these diamond varieties available at select jewelers. Created in a lab, rather than formed by nature, these new diamonds alleviate concerns for those worried about the ethical and environmental consequences of the worldwide mining process. As a bonus, these stones cost on average roughly 30 percent less than the traditional mined diamonds. Not only will these stones provide peace of mind as to their origins, but they'll give your pocketbook a break too! 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 to ensure your ring will withstand the test of time.

WEDDING BANDS 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. Do you and your fiancé have different tastes in wedding bands? No problem! A matching set is not necessary – although you may save money if your jeweler offers a package discount. You each should be able to wear a style you love! Also, the mixed metal trend is very popular in jewelry, freeing brides up to incorporate different metal types into their accessories. Do you love rose gold as much as platinum? No need to choose just one! Have fun mixing it up! + Incorporate your personality into your selection. Consider including a special engraving on the ring or adding another meaningful detail. Designers today 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 greatgrandmother’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! 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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A FISCAL ARRANGEMENT

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You’re engaged – YAY! But once the excitement of the engagement settles down a bit, it’s time to discuss the nuts and bolts of planning the wedding. Instrumental in that discussion is developing a realistic budget for all parties involved with hosting the various events that surround this special occasion. There are a variety of approaches to handling expenses. With no one-size-fits-all, each engaged couple needs to thoughtfully consider what is best in their particular situation.

candid conversation to ensure that they’re on the same page. The traditional arrangements have not been replaced with just one alternative; but rather, couples 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 dynamics. If the engaged couple has divorced parents or a blended family, these factors also play a role in the allocation of wedding expenses.

Traditionally, the parents of the bride pay for the majority of expenses with the parents of the groom 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.

The next step is for the engaged couple to meet together with each of their parents to explore what each parent has in mind to contribute. 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 will provide a needed point of reference for all parties about an appropriate budget and necessary funding of the wedding.

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responsibility for each element of the budget. Having these details reduced to writing will eliminate concern and frustration for the couple as they navigate through the decision-making process. 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. With the traditional arrangement, 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 themselves or the groom’s family paying for most of the wedding expenses. Whether you are planning a small affair or a full-blown soirée, 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 your situation and should always include open and honest communication. 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 upfront 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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BEYOND THE VEIL

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mapping out your bridal beauty look

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. 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 and wants to see YOU walking down the aisle, not someone hardly recognizable. 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 debut 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

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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 can discuss with you any facial 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 and 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 different images! Explain what you like and do not like about each. You


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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 (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 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 you are not able to schedule your hair and makeup consultations back-to-back, at a minimum wear your everyday makeup to your hair consultation. Wearing makeup will allow you to feel more comfortable visualizing your bridal look and your hairstylist can consider your personal beauty routine when styling your hair. // NWD

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COLLECTIVE KNOWLEDGE

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sifting through words of wisdom

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 your trusted resource on all things wedding. There will always be information floating around that is not necessarily accurate. We are here to help you sort out the misconceptions and to guide you through the most common wedding myths. Wedding Myth #1 // A wedding planner is an unnecessary expense. Often times the additional cost of a wedding planner will 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 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

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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. 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, as well as 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 ended up costing much more than intended. When factoring in both manpower and materials, suddenly a DIY wedding doesn’t seem so wonderful after all.

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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 Jennifer when they accidentally end up at the same table. Remember, there are many neat options for seating charts and escort cards! Do you do amazing hand lettering? You can always DIY this element! Or utilize the awesome skills of an artsy friend or relative if you have one. You can also always talk to your paper goods vendor about incorporating escort cards into your wedding suite package if you would rather farm it out. There are no rules so have fun playing with a unique design, size, or shape. Even play with the placement of the card, trying something unique rather than just the standard plate placement. 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 also 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. 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, wedding 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

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of the table as you plan room for serving dishes. With this style of service, you will want to keep tabletop décor to a minimum so that serving dishes will fit comfortably. Finally, don’t count out the benefits of a plated-meal 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 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 // It’s bad luck for your fiancé to see you before the ceremony. 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 many 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 appreciate not having to wait around 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.

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Whether formal or casual, contemporary or classic – the first impression of your wedding is made by your invitations. In addition to the styling, you will want to consider several other details, such as paper selection, font type and color palette. All of these elements factor into making a splash with your invitations. After all, this will be your first chance to set the tone for your guests on what to expect for your wedding! We have outlined some of the many details that are part and parcel of your invitations. 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 save-the-date announcements anytime between five to twelve months in advance of your wedding date. A save-the-date can be a postcard, magnet or any other creative medium of your choosing.

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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 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. Traditionally, wedding invitations utilize two envelopes, an inner and an outer 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. Bennett and Pearl, Emily and Loralei


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. 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 with 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.

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.

All envelopes should be handwritten. If your handwriting is 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 is best to have your return address pre-printed on the outer envelope flap.

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.

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. It is also helpful to take into account the role each family is playing in the wedding as far as hosting responsibilities when deciding on the invitation verbiage. We have provided examples that are helpful when addressing these sensitivities. You will find these examples in the FROM OUR NOTEBOOK “Invitation Handbook” at the back of this issue. Note that the more formal phrase “the honour of your presence” is traditionally reserved for weddings held 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” versus “honor,” consider the style of your wedding and your personal preference. Be sure to remain consistent by using “favour” instead of “favor,” when utilizing a reply card.

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 Handbook” at 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 to the ceremony but not the reception. RSVP 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. 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

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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 entrées, 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. For instance, a New Year’s Eve wedding invitation might state “New Year’s Eve attire is encouraged!”, signaling to guests that you wish for them to dress festive for both the holiday and the occasion. 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 discreet 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 couple. 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 Handbook” in FROM OUR NOTEBOOK at the back of this issue to tap into more helpful information. // NWD

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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. 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 we are here to set

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the record straight on a few key misconceptions that have arisen as a result of this popular television series. 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 who will be helping you shop. 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. 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 with your fiancé or parents can cause stress in 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 bridal consultant 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 consultant – and yourself – about your true budget and then

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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 frustrate your bridal consultant by wasting time on gowns you can't consider purchasing. You will benefit greatly from building a relationship with your consultant. When it comes to shipping, measurements and all the details, 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 boutique money, but it is also disrespectful to other brides waiting to shop for their gown. Many salons work on an appointmentonly basis, so those brides with appointments following yours must be delayed or rescheduled to another day if you are not shopping with a purpose. The best approach is to always be honest from the very beginning, with both the consultant and yourself! The bridal boutique 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 consultants 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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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 drinks 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! The party celebrating your engagement 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. The engagement party is typically thrown shortly after the proposal and is 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. There are many options for an engagement party. 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. Whether it’s a simple cocktail party, a special dinner party or even a casual backyard barbecue, the event should above all reflect the couple’s style and personalities. It is important that the guest list for the engagement party should be limited

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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. Couples are 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. For your registry, it is best 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 inquires. 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 anyone who did not bring a gift. Also, it is proper etiquette for the engaged couple to give the host(s) and/ or hostess(es) of the engagement party a gift as a token of thanks and appreciation. There will be many people who lend you a helping hand along your wedding-planning journey, assisting either with planning or celebrating. It is important to remember to acknowledge those special individuals along the way, even if it’s only as simple as a sweet handwritten note expressing your gratitude.


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 common for the maid of honor and bridesmaids or friends to host the bride’s shower. A bridal shower should typically 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 baking sweets, 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 or simple jute 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. Memory Book It is always a successful event when guests are able to mix and mingle and easily strike up a conversation. By supplying simple arts + crafts 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 photograph. Each guest is given a page to decorate for the bride. The hostess then collects the individual pages and slips them into a keepsake book for the bride to keep and cherish for years to come. Date Night The engaged couple 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 colorful 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 find a unique datenight idea. Brunch Brunch showers are great for larger gatherings and can be a hit when you pull together a yummy brunch menu. 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. Guests preferring a non-alcoholic beverage could simply opt for the fruit juice. COUPLES SHOWER Bridal showers have been evolving over the years into couple showers and often include the soon-to-be newlyweds and their respective friends. Friends of the

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engaged couple often host a shower where the couple’s friends are 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 refreshing beverages are perfect for this type of shower, allowing guests to get to know one another and mingle.

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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 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 + Wine Tasting 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.

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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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Setting your budget is an important first step when beginning the planning process. It sets the stage for every element that is included in your special day. Properly managing your budget is crucial in achieving your ideal wedding full of all your must-have wishes. 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 easy management of your wedding budget while preparing you to handle any obstacles along the way. ONE | 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

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three wedding priorities. For example, the bride may have her heart set on top-of-the-line 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.

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 contribute to the budget by paying for specific elements like the alcohol, entertainment and floral design rather than allocating a specific dollar amount towards the total budget. Once this is decided, both families will feel more comfortable with the wedding budget. The couple and their


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families should discuss a payment plan for contributions to the wedding and delegate a single person to track the budget 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 under 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 to each 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.

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count. If you are looking at a smaller budget but a large guest list, it may be best to revisit your 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. THREE | STAYING ORGANIZED During your planning process, you will accumulate many contracts, brochures, menus and other paperwork that needs 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 payments, documenting all down payments and scheduling when upcoming 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. Anytime 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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finding a good fit with your planning partners

Selecting your wedding vendors is a crucial step in the planning process, and can also 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 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 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 favorite designer, 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 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 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

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dreams meet reality. 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. 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. What to Wear // Nude undergarments are encouraged when trying on bridal gowns. They do not distract and look the best under sheath gowns. Also, wearing makeup and doing your hair will allow you to feel more confident and comfortable when trying on dresses. Be certain to bring along heirloom sashes, broaches or other items you wish to incorporate into your look.


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-byside 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. Be sure that the floral designer’s natural aesthetic fits well with your styling of the wedding. 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 a key element of your 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 demonstration of love

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 modern options. Consider utilizing an equally poignant gesture in a way that better represents you as a couple. The team at Nebraska Wedding Day offers some ideas on creative alternatives to the traditional unity candle, while still honoring the significance of that special moment.

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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.

BRAIDED ROPE For this simple gesture, use a decorative cord or rope, selecting two different complementary colors or styles of rope for your materials. Fastening the two pieces together at the top, intertwine the strands by overlapping them creating a decorative braid. This can even be a décor item for your home.

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. Also consider using an hourglass as the receptacle. It is a beautiful and lasting keepsake to be enjoyed throughout the years. When you pour two colors of sand into the hourglass and seal it, the sand becomes inseparable. When you turn over the hourglass and the colors blend, they become so entwined that they are impossible to separate – signifying your inseparable bond of marriage.

HAND FASTENING Similar to the braiding 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.

SOIL As an alternative to using sand, you and your fiancé can each bring a sampling of soil from your childhood homes or other special location 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

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special plant or tree sapling already planted in the pot to which you add your 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 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 and notes written during the courtship. 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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developing your guest list

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

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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 clear guidelines that will assist you in making a final decision on appropriate sites. 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 potentially 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 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 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 from high school or college. The final category, “C,” is like-to-haves that may include neighbors, 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 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 (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 exceptions for other children attending, as this could cause hurt feelings among your guests. // NWD

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considerations for planning an entertaining & productive rehearsal dinner

The dÊcor has been selected, the arrangements made and the plans set in motion. Time to savor each moment as the wedding weekend unfolds. 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 affair to a casual barbecue. 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 sets of parents, grandparents or close friends and family. It is recommended that the host of this event confer with the couple regarding the theme, menu, decorations and location. This assures that the event does not conflict with any of the other 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 couple, wedding party and family members an opportunity to relax and unwind before the wedding day.

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WHOM TO INVITE Depending upon the budget, 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-oftown 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 barbecue or anything in between. It is often a great time for out-of-town guests to visit with family and spend time with the couple before the big day. Stumped on what type of dinner to host? Here are some of our favorite ideas.

Backyard Barbecue 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 self-serve beverage stand or hosting a bonfire for roasting marshmallows.


Food Truck If your ceremony is at an outdoor location such as a public park, it is a welcome change of pace to hire your favorite local food truck to arrive after the rehearsal to treat everyone to a yummy meal. Paired with some refreshments that you can bring, along with picnic blankets for guests to relax on the grounds, you can enjoy a relaxing 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 meal off a limited-selection 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. Additionally, some restaurants even offer the option to rent the entire space for your event, in which case they’ll close it to the public so that you can enjoy a private rehearsal dinner at your favorite spot!

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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 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. 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 invested in lengthy travel 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

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deciding whether to adopt traditional wedding customs

Like many special occasions, a wedding is full of traditions that date back generations. Often these common customs can be key in making your wedding day meaningful. You don’t need to feel bound by any of the “wedding rules” if the tradition doesn’t hold meaning for you. 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 a good fit. 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 couple should have a conversation with each set of parents to discuss the budget and their

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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. MATCHING BRIDESMAIDS It is time to focus on your leading ladies. We all know the traditional 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,


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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. With that, just the couple (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, captured to enjoy for years to come. 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 pause and catch your breath while sharing a moment alone with your soon-tobe spouse. If you are a traditionalist, but still yearn for those first-look photos or a chance to hold hands with your beloved 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 both your wishes when it comes to this custom.

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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 flavors, fillings, colors and styles. From layer cakes to cupcakes to specialty cakes, the choices are endless. If wedding cake 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 sweets. There are many options available to complement or replace the traditional wedding cake at your reception. Be certain to keep your budget in mind when choosing your dessert alternatives as some sweets 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 charming donut stack for you and your guests to enjoy. You can even add a singletier cake to the top for you and your spouse to cut. Select donut decorations that incorporate your wedding style with the color of frosting or sprinkles. It will add a little flare to your tasty treats that your guests will love! Other sweet ideas include pies, macarons, meringues, cookies, brownies, bars, cheesecakes, tarts or cream puffs – 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 partner can cut to symbolize the beginning of your life together. So whether you follow traditional wedding customs or decide to redefine the norm, it is your day and should reflect the true style of you and your fiancé. // NWD

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setting the mood with music

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 can be helpful, but don’t construct such a detailed playlist that your musical professional does not have any flexibility. 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, be sure to 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

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dinner with the distraction of 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. TAKING CARE OF YOUR PROFESSIONALS Regardless of whether you hire a live band or a deejay, there will be breaks needed throughout the evening. Bands typically take a few 15-minute breaks to rest and refresh between sets. Your deejay is able to take short breaks throughout the evening while still keeping the music playing with an automated system. Also, please don’t forget to feed your musicians! Be certain to notify your caterer to provide food for them during dinner. These


professionals work long hours on the day of your wedding with setup and sound checks in the early afternoon, music throughout the entire event and then late-night tear down. Not only will your music vendors greatly appreciate this gesture, but it will be paid forward to you to have your hard-working vendors fed and energized to provide great jams through the entire party! BE PREPARED Ask your vendors in advance about any additional equipment rental fees, in addition to any need-to-know information about making arrangements for their equipment setup at your venue as well as sound checks that would need to occur before guests arrive. 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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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, Instagram and Snapchat. 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. While others may prefer not to have their plans unfold on social media.

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the word out, be certain to take a few moments to soak in the occasion and truly enjoy this special time with your fiancé. 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 before announcing the engagement to your family and friends.

For couples who embrace social media as a priceless tool in sharing the news and events of their wedding plans, social media can play a helpful role in wedding-day preparation. We have laid out some tips to easily navigate the role that social media will play in your big day.

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 with, in person or by phone, before releasing your social media announcement. Those closest to you will appreciate hearing the big news from you and your fiancé personally.

THE ENGAGEMENT Your beloved has popped the question and you have accepted the marriage proposal – CONGRATULATIONS! Now before rushing forward with getting

Once the news has been shared with loved ones, consider how you’d like to announce your engagement on social media. Posting a creative photo of you and your fiancé with the obvious inclusion of a beautiful ring on your

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left hand is one way to go. Remember that your Facebook and Instagram friends want to share this amazing occasion with YOU, so make the social media announcement about this special moment in your life and not just about your ring.

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After the well wishes 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. PLANNING The emergence of social media and online inspiration boards has changed the wedding-planning process for many couples. After the engagement, some brides 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 what is truly a best fit. 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. Visit neweddingday.com and neweddingdayblog.com for the latest wedding inspiration and information on local wedding professionals. As a registered member on our website, you can SAVE favorites to revisit as you continue planning.

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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 partner 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.

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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 couples who want their guests to remove themselves from technology and simply enjoy the special day. 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 phones 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 wedding 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 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


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making the marriage license easy

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 who are set to wed 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 are 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 $25.00 with an additional $9.00 fee for a certified copy of the license. A certified copy is required to execute any

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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 $9.00 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, 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 pastor or priest authorized by the church to solemnize marriage may perform marriage ceremonies in Nebraska. After the ceremony, the newlyweds, witnesses and the officiant sign the marriage license. The officiant then files for a certified copy of the marriage license and a marriage 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 + Driver's 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 ($9 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 our handy "Name Changing How-To" in FROM OUR NOTEBOOK at the back of this issue. // NWD

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transforming your space with 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. HOW TO RENT RIGHT Let’s start with a few overarching tips to keep in mind when considering wedding rentals. Limit Your Helpers // Bring along only 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. Selecting rentals can become more difficult when too many opinions are interjected into the process. When in doubt, keep it simple because even little touches do make a difference. 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. Mix & Match // Love the look of luxe details and décor but don’t have the pocketbook to afford it? No worries – you can still have your ideal

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tablescape! Consider decking out your head table or sweetheart table with different rentals than the guest tables. Have fun mixing & matching – as long as you opt for selections that coordinate, you’ll still achieve a balanced look. This is a great way to incorporate some finer, high-end details that would otherwise be unaffordable to do on a large-scale basis. 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. Don’t forget to confirm when the rental company will need a final number from you for items selected. Ask About Delivery // 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 fees and late fees. 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 to give you a sleek look while seating guests comfortably. If you are planning an intimate wedding with 75 guests or less, long banquet tables


will give guests a more interactive experience. 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. Just keep in mind your linen costs may increase when dressing tables that are not round. For seating options, there are many different styles and treatments to transform reception chairs. The most popular chair rental is the Chiavari, an elegant spindleback 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 (150200) 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. BEYOND TABLES + CHAIRS While the foundation of your layout begins with placement of the tables and chairs, event rental companies have so much more to offer. From table linens to centerpieces and backdrops to cake stands, consider elements that will prove to be a cohesive complement to your space and your style. TABLE TREATMENTS The options for table linens are virtually endless. Tablecloths and napkins are available in a rainbow of colors and a variety of fabrics. You will find a multitude of options in standard linen fabrics along with a varied selection of colors in textured or specialty 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

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plate chargers. If your vision includes stepping it up a bit more, consider renting china and flatware. Utilizing gold flatware and gold-rimmed china will create an elegant and sophisticated ambience. Remember to bring along your menu when selecting china rentals to ensure you are including all the appropriate dishes. Whether you choose round, rectangular or square tables for your set up, the centerpiece design is truly at the heart of the tablescape. Be certain to ask about the various options and confirm quantities available for each. All your centerpieces do not need to be identical; however, they should certainly complement one another. Consider mixing it up while maintaining a coordinated look with tall centerpiece options on some tables and shorter versions on others. This combination creates a more dynamic landscape. Keep in mind that renting the perfect container rather than purchasing can ease your budget and save you from dealing with disposing of them after the event. 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, menus or small tokens of thanks. Having your guests find a thoughtful detail at their place setting will make them feel welcomed. FILL THE SPACE Many reception venues are large, open rooms. To create a cozier atmosphere, separate the space into smaller sections. Consider renting backdrops and lounge pieces to create unique areas for guests to gather after dinner. Another rental essential is an assortment of well-dressed 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 suitcases, lanterns or beverage dispensers would be a great way to incorporate that look and feel. Looking for a more refined reception? Vintage rentals often have gold and silver pieces that can

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OUT OF THE ORDINARY There are many rental items available that would never come to mind prior to planning a wedding. When it comes to the outdoors, you can rent tents and even portable restrooms for venues that do not have bathroom facilities. Many rental companies provide dance floors, partitions, and lighting. Special lighting can be a great enhancement to your venue. Consider spotlighting elements such as your wedding 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. FINAL DETAILS Damage to rental items is always a concern, but there are a number of ways to limit that exposure. If you are using wax candles, be certain to purchase dripless candles and place all candles in candleholders. Also, let the soft wax cool before removing the holders from the tables. It is also a good idea to have the same person unpack and repack your rental items to ensure they are all accounted for and packed properly for transport. It is smart to ask your venue for the best place to store the rental boxes during the reception so they are not accidentally thrown away.

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Last but not least, do not forget to line-item read your rental order carefully at least one week before the event to confirm the accuracy of the order. Actually, we recommend you have two separate people read it carefully to cover the bases. This should assure that any errors are caught well before your big day. When reviewing the order, remember to confirm the delivery and pickup time noted on the order. You certainly don’t want the stress of waiting around for the truck to show up.

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making smart selections for your gift registry

With so many options to choose from, your registry experience might be a bit like being a kid in a candy shop. 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. Here are 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.

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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


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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-of-town 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.

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Another option increasing in popularity is online-only gift registries. There are 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, 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 product-driven 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 to (1) make certain the site is user friendly, (2) fully understand the associated fees for the site and (3) 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.

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Also, before you visit the store, 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? 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 neutral colors. 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. After your basics, move on to other items you wish to acquire. Items like slow cookers, kitchen mixers, coffeemakers, laundry baskets and decorative lamps are great registry selections. 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. These items should be classic and timeless in design, thereby assuring you will use them over and over again. If you can’t resist, 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. AS TIME PASSES 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 on your registry after your wedding, many stores offer a completion program. This program may provide you a discounted price off 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 at the back of this issue. // NWD

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when an intimate wedding is the right fit

There is 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. Before considering what is right for you, take a moment to consider the advantages of a small 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 putting the money you will save by downsizing your wedding 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 coworker that you only see once a year. Simply say, “We are only including immediate family.” While

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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 coworkers. Hosting a smaller wedding will mean less people-pleasing and more fun for you, your partner and your guests. All of these factors show why an intimate wedding may be appealing. Saving money is only one benefit among many. If the thought of a huge guest list makes you feel overwhelmed and overextended, it might be time to think about paring down your wedding plans. You can still have the wedding of your dreams – only without having a big headache to go along with it! // NWD


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This sweet love story dates back to grade school days for Katie and Jim. Having grown up together during their school years, their first official date was milkshakes + cheeseburgers the day after Katie’s 16th birthday. Years later, Jim’s proposal of marriage would come on the very steps of the place that first brought them together. Having thoughtfully planned his proposal around the holidays in order to include all of their siblings + family, the couple celebrated their engagement at a champagne dinner party that evening. Katie and Jim knew they wanted a large wedding in order to celebrate with everyone who played a part in their decade-long romance. As the couple got down to planning the details of their ceremony and reception, they kept in the forefront the importance of creating an intimate celebration despite their robust guest list. They were committed to making choices that reflected their personal style, which Katie describes as modern fused with traditional, “we only included things that made sense to us and our relationship,” she shares. “Our wedding day was incredible. . . .we spent the entire year dreaming up the perfect day and couldn’t have been happier with how the day turned out.” As Katie reflects back, she admits every single detail wasn’t perfect, but they were surrounded by friends and family who had traveled near and far to be with them and that is what really mattered.

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A magnificent mountaintop was the backdrop for Trey’s swoon-worthy marriage proposal to Lauren. Amidst freshly-fallen snow, he dropped to one knee and pulled off the quintessential romantic proposal during a weekend getaway to Colorado. During their whirlwind engagement, Lauren set out to plan a whimsical wedding affair and focused her attention especially on hanging décor in her barn venue. From drapery and string lights, to chandeliers and greenery, Lauren and Trey’s reception was decked out in lush décor that transformed the rustic barn space. Lauren selected a long-sleeved wedding gown to wear for her big day, a nod to honor the women in her family, as her mother and her mother’s mother had both worn classic, sleeved gowns for their weddings. When reflecting back, Lauren reminisces about the heartfelt notes her groom wrote to her – Trey had pre-arranged with the maid of honor to give Lauren handwritten notes starting on the eve of their wedding. Another followed when she woke on their wedding day and a third was presented while she was getting ready. The final note was given to her just before they met up for their reveal. Lauren notes how important it was for them to soak up as much of the day as they could, “our day was never just about us, but about all of the people who helped us get to where we are today.”

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How do you top a sweet hometown marriage proposal to your high-school sweetheart under the water tower behind City Hall? Well, you have your family lying in wait, ready to pop out with hugs and well wishes! That’s exactly what Kyle did and after Annie said yes, they set out to plan a fun + festive boho-style wedding, giving top priority to finding an experienced photographer and knowledgeable florist to help execute their ideal wedding. Luckily, they found just that! Along with the help of their vendors, this couple created a charming + cozy atmosphere, filling their wedding day with personal touches and amazing celebration. Annie shares, “Looking back, it happened in a flash! So much is happening at once and it is a cluster of emotions. Yet, it was better than we could have ever imagined.” Annie also imparts a bit of wisdom to all the engaged couples out there, “To the bride, don’t forget to treat yourself. It is stressful, so take breaks and enjoy it! To the groom, just shake your head and smile!”

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Couples are discovering the truth behind the paint, glue and ribbon 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. So below we have outlined some considerations to keep you sane while creating an event that incorporates your unique touches. We recommend simply focusing on just a few distinctive design elements to incorporate your personalities. 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 into 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

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from a 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 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. Incorporating a largescale installation that displays your seating cards can be both functional and a showpiece for your guests to admire. 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. FAVORS 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 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

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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,

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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 instead of a full open bar. This provides your guests a selection of beverages without the risk of incurring a hefty price tag that would otherwise bust your budget. 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 on our website (neweddingday.com) 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 wedding-day 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,

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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 certainly 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.

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

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.

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LISTEN UP, MAIDS!

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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? 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-to-follow guide for potential bridesmaids and maids of honor to help you ace your supporting role! 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, chat 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.

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+ 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-oftown 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 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 couple’s favorite local goodies.


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+ 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 wedding-planning 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.

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gathering the right information & managing your wedding details

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?

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 type 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!

Luckily, Nebraska Wedding Day is here to help you! Below is a list of critical queries that 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.

+ 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!

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+ 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?

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Come to your appointments prepared. It is wise to review your questions shortly before the meeting. Bring along a notebook 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.

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+ 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.


+ 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. + 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 + 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 usable photos the photographer captures when shooting 1,000+ images. Think about your style when reviewing the portfolio – do you like what you see? + 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 the addition of a second photographer. + 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 capture. Since you cannot recreate the day, it is important to talk beforehand about all the shots that are meaningful to you. + How does proofing/printing work? Many photographers provide access to online proofs from which you choose images for printing. Other photographers provide you a USB key 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. + 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 walkthrough 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 + 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. + 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. + 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 neweddingday.com

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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. + 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. + 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 + 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 florals. 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. + 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 aesthetic of the design you envisioned. The designer should be knowledgeable about trends and also adept at incorporating desired details into your style. + 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 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. + 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. + 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 + 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. + 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! + 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

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+ 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. + 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.

+ 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.

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CATERER QUERIES + 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 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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+ 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. + 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. + 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. + 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. Knowing how the chefs will execute those dishes will allow you to invite a conversation about making tweaks if there is anything that you decide you don't like. As you can see, there are a broad range of questions that are important to ask your vendors. The responses you receive will provide valuable information that will aid in your decision-making process as well as put your mind at ease. This list is by no means all-inclusive, but it should give you a good start as you meet with your prospective vendors. Since these professionals play a critical role in executing your big day, they understand the importance of outlining for you all the 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 neweddingday.com

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The main focus for your reception should be to make your guests feel comfortable with their surroundings and to put them at ease with the event. Think of your reception as a large dinner party at your home wherein you would want each and every guest to feel at home, welcomed and completely comfortable.

offend any of your family or friends, who are supporting you by being a member of your wedding party, by excluding their significant other from your festivities. Not only would that put a damper on their evening as one of your guests, but it would likely diminish your friend's enjoyment of your wedding as well.

Seating charts can be an essential element when creating a welcoming atmosphere for your guests. Although it seems logical that guests would enjoy sitting with whomever they wish, an open seating plan may cause stress for many 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.

By including the wedding 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 plus one. 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 within the reception, while still allowing you to converse with your bridesmaids and groomsmen.

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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. Regardless of which option you choose, the head table should be the main focus of the reception space since the attention will always be on you – the couple – throughout the event. 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 décor is not too tall however, so guests can enjoy watching the special toasts as well as first dances from their various vantage points.

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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. 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 to avoid any awkward situations. When designating guest placement on your seating chart, only assign table numbers. This way they are free to select their seat at their assigned 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.

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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. // NWD

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considerations for planning 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 else 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 Mother Nature’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.

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 recreation department. Many city parks require event permits and may have other regulations that you must consider.

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 sun-setter app on your smart phone that will track the placement of the sun throughout your wedding day. Also be sure to check the weather report to know what to expect.

OUTDOOR ELEMENTS Serving refreshing drinks, such as iced tea, lemonade or water, as people arrive at your summertime outdoor celebration will keep guests cool and comfortable. To avoid bug bites and sunburn issues, offer guests insect repellent wipes ($21 for 48 individual packets on Amazon) and/or sunscreen wipes ($32 for 48 individual packets on Amazon).

If both the ceremony and reception will be held outdoors, think in terms of functionality. How will guests transition through the day? What outdoor spaces will provide shade for guests? Be courteous and avoid seating your guests in direct sunlight or facing them into the sun.

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 salad with pasta salad or tomato selections, such as bruschetta, are great summertime food 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.

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

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FLOWERS AND DÉCOR 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.

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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 large chandeliers will add sophistication to the venue and provide plenty of ambience and lighting for guests.

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FAVORITE OUTDOOR RECEPTION IDEAS Tent Tents can be glamorous and perfect for a 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.

No doubt outdoor weddings are beautiful, romantic and memorable. Keep in mind the importance of thinking through possible weather threats in advance. 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. // NWD

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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. 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.

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a guide to a successful pre-reception party

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! 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 trying to kill time before the reception begins. The cocktail hour should be a relaxing atmosphere where guests can mix and mingle, sip and sample, while the wedding party makes its way to the reception. Consider this to be a little sneak peek for your guests as the evening begins to unfold. The cocktail hour can be styled in many different ways. Here are 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 wine pairings. 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.

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As you plan, consider the following: + The space should be free-flowing so guests find it easy to mingle. + Music can influence mood, so include appropriate background music. + Situate rental pieces to create an open floor plan. + Incorporate yard games if your space allows. + Arrange food and drink to be easily accessible. + Keep the area well lit to encourage easy movement. 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. Think in terms of food and drink pairings, such as wine and cheese, beer and burger sliders or margaritas and mini-tacos. The cocktail hour is the perfect time to show off your personal style with “his” and “her” menu picks. 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


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pairings with a little style. This bit of personalization will create an unforgettable experience for your guests. If you are working with a caterer, 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. 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. For a jazzy presentation, serve the drinks in specialty glasses with customized stir sticks featuring both of your first initials. 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 or lemonade. 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, consider an acoustic artist or instrumentalist to perform 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!

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THE TIMETABLE Try to keep your cocktail hour to sixty minutes. It is called a cocktail “hour” for a reason. An hour is the perfect time frame for your guests to relax and mingle while the newlyweds regroup for the reception. Etiquette dictates that keeping your guests waiting any longer than that is discourteous. If you do anticipate that your cocktail hour will run long, you should provide hors d'oeuvres to your guests during that time. 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 newlyweds 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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handling with poise 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 evoking grace. 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

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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. To accommodate any children you did not expect to be in attendance, ask your caterer to have a plan in mind for a simple children’s meal. It’s also a good idea to have a few children’s activities, such as coloring books and crayons, on hand just in case. WEDDING GIFTS Traditionally, gifts should be sent to the home of the couple. However, the majority of guests usually present their gifts at the reception. To accommodate these gifts, prepare a table in a thoughtful location. 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 misplaced.


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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. 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. RECEIVING LINE Many churches do not allow a receiving line 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 dinner courses. 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.

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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 indulge and really get down on the dance floor, you may want to reconsider utilizing the open bar concept. Consider having a “hosted” bar instead, 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. During the last hour of your reception, consider shifting to only non-alcoholic options and stocking the bar with some simple snack options. This usually does not increase the cost of your reception as you are shifting alcohol expenses to snacks. Utilizing a snack bar will help sober up guests before they depart. Popular ideas include sliders or pizza. You can even have your favorite local food truck deliver a late-night snack! Finally, don’t lose sight of your own alcohol consumption. Avoid having more than a few drinks and be certain to eat throughout the day and during the event. This way, you will 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 at the back of this issue. Assigning your maid of honor or a bridesmaid to come prepared with these items on your wedding day will ensure you can tackle any oddity that may arise! // NWD

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a variety of venue options for all tastes

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 prior. 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 barn 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

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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 dÊcor. The bonus with this venue option is that you can usually arrange for certain galleries to be open for a limited time during your event, which can allow your guests a chance to peruse the artwork during the cocktail hour. PARK Depending upon your ideal landscape, a reception comfortably nestled 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 ambience, 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 owner or general 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 private event room. Some restaurants may even offer the option to rent the entire space for your event, in which case they’ll close it to the public. 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 neweddingday.com for our ONLINE VENUE GUIDE. // NWD

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bidding your guests farewell in style

Once the 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. 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! 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 photos 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 dÊcor. Setting up a confetti bar can serve

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as a fun addition to your reception. Guests can enjoy creating the perfect blend of confetti to shower you with love! 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. 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 petals customized to match your wedding color palette. For a personalized look, create customized paper cones full of petals to pass out to your guests. This romantic wedding-day farewell creates beautiful photos of a stunning exit. RIBBON WAVE Ribbon wands are a terrific alternative that are completely mess free.


Guests can send off the happy couple by waving these graceful 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 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 grand exit.

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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 amazing photos as their guests shower them with love. 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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tying up those post-wedding loose ends

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 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, 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 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.

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PRESERVATION You spent significant time and money selecting and purchasing your wedding gown. Before hanging it up and forgetting about it, take your 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 gifts prior to your wedding day, you should immediately send a thank you acknowledging the gift’s arrival. 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 with the guest 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 are the steps required to change your name. If you plan to take your partner’s name, you will need to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Social Security Administration, your bank and your insurance agency in the weeks following your wedding. 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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For those couples looking to start their life together with an adventure, a destination wedding might be a good fit! Destination weddings have exploded in popularity; however, planning your wedding hundreds or even thousands of miles away presents a set of challenges completely different from planning a wedding in your hometown. We offer this crash course on how to plan your wedding from afar. CHOOSE YOUR DESTINATION Think carefully about the locale of your wedding. Is it best to select somewhere that will not require significant travel for your guests – like the Rocky Mountains? Or would you prefer to go all out and enjoy the sand and surf of Hawaii or Jamaica? Do you dream of a European destination? There are countless breathtaking locations that would be ideal for a destination wedding – from Estes Park to Tahiti to London. Just be certain to educate yourself on which locale is best, as the options are vast. An all-inclusive resort can be an excellent money saver if it fits with

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your dream destination. Most destination wedding locations have special packages available for out-of-town weddings. Do not forget to take into account the weather conditions that are inherent to a particular location and season. You don’t necessarily want to plan a Florida wedding during hurricane season. Likewise, a fabulous winter affair at Lake Tahoe could be beautiful, but not if many of your guests are trapped in a snowstorm. Be sure to consider all factors! SEND OUT YOUR SAVE THE DATES Proper etiquette dictates mailing your save-the-date announcements at least six months in advance, thereby allowing your guests adequate time to plan. Some may wish to turn the wedding trip into a family vacation, while others may need time to save up for such a special trip. Giving your guests plenty of notice will be deeply appreciated and will provide you plenty of time to receive accurate RSVP responses. The attendance count becomes highly critical when planning from afar. Be


sure to include important travel information in your save-the-date announcement, such as passport requirements, destination airport suggestions and lodging recommendations. You should communicate to guests that a reserved block of hotel rooms has been arranged for their convenience. Providing this information to your guests early in the planning process is important. HIRE AN EXPERT For all the things you believe you can accomplish from a distance, there are twice as many little details that are more difficult to attend to from afar. Hire a wedding coordinator in the area or look for another expert to assist you. Travel agents are excellent resources for everything from booking a venue to finding great rates for you and your guests. Hotel coordinators will also be helpful, as many have a wealth of knowledge and experience assisting brides when planning destination weddings. This person will be your advocate in your absence. More and more hotel coordinators are taking on full planning responsibilities – particularly if it is a popular destination wedding spot. CONSIDER LOCAL WEDDING PROS Countless talented local vendors love to travel for destination weddings. The travel costs often balance out, as destination vendors may charge much more for their services. There are numerous benefits to hiring local vendors, many of which you can find through Nebraska Wedding Day. Hiring a local vendor can assure better communication during the planning process, as well as ease your stress about hiring a competent wedding professional across the miles. Meeting face-to-face is often the best option and is obviously easier to accomplish when utilizing local vendors. Some local vendors may also be able to help you in choosing a location, as many have traveled to a variety of areas and are willing to recommend favorite spots. You will enjoy the benefits of a seasoned, proven professional who may also be familiar with your destination location – truly a win-win! PLAN A VISIT Ideally, you will want to visit the location of your destination wedding at least once before you head there to pronounce “I do.” Scout out special spots where you want to exchange your vows. Most likely if you are planning a destination wedding, you are looking for the perfect outdoor scenery. Whether beachside or mountaintop, you will want to select the best backdrop available. Also during your preview trip, make it a point to visit with as many of your longdistance vendors as possible, such as your wedding planner, florist, officiant, photographer, caterer and cake artist. This will not only ensure you are able to clearly communicate your wishes for your wedding day, but will also establish a positive rapport between you and your destination vendors – a vital element to successfully executing a fabulous event planned from afar.

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Choosing a destination with a personal connection could be a great way to honor your family heritage. If your family is French, a traditional wedding in the Cognac countryside may be a perfect fit for you and your guy. Or perhaps you’re a college transplant looking to get married in your home state of North Carolina with a classic Southern affair. Take your location into account when adding those special details. DOT YOUR I’S AND CROSS YOUR T’S Be certain to check the legal requirements for getting married at a destination locale, including researching the requirements to obtain a wedding license. Each state has its own set of rules and if you are heading out of the country, the rules may become even more complicated. You do not want to have a beautiful wedding abroad to then undertake a second ceremony to make it official once you return home. BE FLEXIBLE! Be aware that a destination wedding is not for the faint of heart. The margin of error and likelihood of miscommunication is definitely greater. If your candles won’t stay lit from the ocean breeze or if your officiant is ten minutes late, keep in mind that it is not the end of the world. Be prepared to accept that things may not go off without a minor hitch or two, so just keep a sense of humor about it. Don’t let the little things ruin a beautiful destination wedding – just remember why you wanted to get married in the first place and enjoy the unexpected! // NWD

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thoughtful gift ideas for expressing your gratitude

From the time of your engagement to the big day, the wedding-planning process may occasionally seem overwhelming. But remember that handling the highs and lows are much easier when you tap into the support from your closest friends and family. As your wedding day draws near, be prepared to thank those members of your support team that truly helped make this special day possible. You will want to give thoughtful consideration to selecting individual gifts for your family members and friends who were by your side throughout the entire process. As the planning portion of your wedding journey comes to a close, shift your attention to selecting gifts of thanks for your wedding party, your parents and possibly a few special others who were key players in making your wedding event the best it could be. We offer up these gift suggestions for your consideration to express your thanks for their love and support. FOR THE BRIDESMAIDS While it’s a great honor for your leading ladies to be a part of your wedding party, it’s also important for you to show them how much it means to you that they have been by your side through the entire process – from dress fittings to planning the bachelorette party and everything in between. Your bridesmaid gifts should be personal and unique – specially selected for each of your maids. Each one deserves a token of your appreciation for all their time, effort and support. After all, can you imagine your wedding day without each and every one of them? We suggest you take the time to truly show your leading ladies that you appreciate them. An easy way to do this

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is to make the gift personal to your bridesmaid. Thoughtfully select an item with special significance in your friendship or consider personalizing the gift with a monogram, date or word that is unique to your bond. Our go-to list of gift ideas for your maids: + Personalized necklace, ring or bracelet + Monogrammed clutch or bag + Customized robe or button up for getting ready on the big day + Personalized stationery or note cards FOR THE GROOMSMEN Your leading gents may not express their love and support quite the same way the ladies do, but no doubt they will be there for you from the get-go! It’s important to show your groomsmen how much they mean to you and how happy you are that they are sharing this special day with you. Your gift will not only serve as a memento of the big event, but also as a constant reminder of your loyalty through thick and thin! Consider the personalities of your groomsmen when selecting gifts. You could even pick a funny gift for one, while selecting a more practical gift for another. The key is to make the gift something he will use. Here is a list of gift ideas for your guys: + Monogrammed card holder or money clip + Monogrammed leather wallet


+ Engraved beer glass or shot glass + Personalized bottle opener and beer bucket + Bottle of wine with personalized label FOR YOUR LOVELY MOTHER If your mom and dad have played an important role in your wedding day and throughout every phase of the wedding-planning process, be certain to thank them with a touching gift to mark the occasion. Say thank you to your mom with a uniquely special gift from you and her new in-law. Below is a list of gift ideas that will show your mom how much you BOTH appreciate her love and support.

FOR THE KIDDOS When it comes to planning the big day, there are two particularly charming key players – the adorable flower girl and the dashing little ring bearer. Since the big day will be an exciting yet exhausting experience for the little ones, take special care to show them how tickled you are that they are a part of the festivities. Here is a list of gift ideas for your little ones:

For the flower girl: + First initial bracelet or necklace + Customized clothes hanger for flower girl dress

+ Embroidered handkerchief

+ Monogrammed purse

+ Monogrammed vase

+ Personalized tote filled with her favorite goodies

+ Personalized jewelry or keepsake box

+ Engraved music or jewelry box

+ Monogrammed necklace or bracelet + Engraved jewelry tray FOR DEAR OLD DAD While you may honor your father with the traditional father/daughter dance, it is important to also select a thank-you gift for dear old dad that truly speaks to your relationship. Show your deep love and appreciation on this special day by selecting a unique gift from these ideas that will help express to your dad just how much he means to you. + Personalized leather travel bag or briefcase + Engraved cuff links + Engraved pocket watch + Framed photo of a father-daughter moment from your wedding, gifted later

For the ring bearer: + Personalized money bank + Personalized backpack filled with his favorite treats + Engraved keepsake box + Engraved dog tags + Monogrammed wallet The most important part of personalizing each gift is to take a little time to handwrite a heartfelt note expressing your gratitude. Be certain in each note to reference a special moment of love or support that you recall from the previous months of planning. If you take a few moments to reflect on the relationship when making your gift selections, you will undoubtedly choose meaningful gifts of appreciation that your family and friends will cherish for many years to come. // NWD

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VENUE GUIDE the venue partners of nebraska wedding day

This handy guide highlights dozens of the area’s premier wedding venues. A great quickreference directory, it will introduce you to the best that local venues have to offer, allowing you to conveniently check info on capacity, amenities and more! These listings only provide a glimpse into these amazing venues. For a full look, visit our website to access our ONLINE VENUE GUIDE, which allows you to filter results based on your preferences. Be sure to also check out our VIRTUAL TOURS for many of the venues you see here!

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1316 JONES STREET

ARBOR HALL

ASHLAND GOLF CLUB

ASPEN ROOM

Located in Omaha’s Old Market, this venue puts you and your guests within walking distance of hotels, restaurants, bars & boutique shops. This historic building on the National Register of Historic Places has a simple, rustic charm with tons of personality. An awesome outside deck with great views of downtown can be used for ceremonies or cocktail hours. Our wedding specialist is a consummate professional who will help you plan the perfect wedding.

With a spacious interior, outdoor garden and ample parking, Arbor Hall is the perfect venue for your wedding reception and ceremony site. With over 11 years of experience, we specialize in stressfree weddings and package pricing. Let us take care of all your wedding needs including food, beverages, cakes, flowers, décor, DJ service, hair and makeup.  

W i t h i t s b e au t i f u l f a c i l i t i e s a n d professional staff, Ashland Golf Club is the perfect site for any event. We specialize in weddings and banquets that provide excellent service for your guests and flexibility with your event planning from start to finish. Image by Shalista Photography

Located in Southwest Omaha, the Aspen Room is a private venue perfectly suited for your wedding reception and rehearsal dinner. We can accommodate all of your wedding ceremony and reception needs, and offer all-inclusive packages. Call or email for additional information and start planning your special day!

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 300 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call or email OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call or email AD PAGE // 78

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 300 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Varies OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // $12.95 + AD PAGE // 99

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 250 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // 143

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 200 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call or email OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Email AD PAGE // 78

402-415-8222 1316 Jones Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.1316jones.com

402-884-2269 14040 Arbor Street Omaha, NE 68144 www.arborhallomaha.com

402-944-3344 16119 Hwy 6 Ashland, NE 68003 www.ashlandgolfclub.com

402-502-1885 9809 M Street Omaha, NE 68127 www.aspenroomomaha.com

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THE BALL ROOM AT ROUND THE BEND

BELLA TERRE RECEPTION HALL AND VINEYARD

BELLEVUE BERRY FARM BUENA VISTA LODGE

BELLEVUE BERRY FARM THE WESTERN BARN

The Ball Room is located just 20 minutes from Lincoln or Omaha, set on the highest point in Cass County with a commanding view of the Platte River and the rolling hills of the countryside. We have plenty of free parking and easy access to I-80. So get out of the city and enjoy the country. The Ball Room… Your celebration central.

Bella Terre is an old-world Italian villa that transports you to Italy just by stepping through our doors; making any event extraordinarily unforgettable.

Our unique Buena Vista Lodge makes the perfect backdrop for weddings and receptions. Fully air-conditioned + heat controlled with two separate levels, it has an outdoor deck and a fully-stocked bar. Included with your facility rental is our all-you-care-to-eat buffet style meal, with two entrees, three side dishes and non-alcoholic drinks. We do allow outside catering for cakes and desserts. The Bellevue Berry Farm sets the tone for your whimsical nature-inspired wedding.

Our largest venue, the Western Barn adds a rustic backdrop for weddings and receptions. Fully air-conditioned and heat controlled with two separate levels, it features a 2nd-floor railing overlooking the main level. Included with your facility rental is our all-you-care-to-eat buffet style meal, with two entrees, three side dishes and non-alcoholic drinks. Outside catering allowed for cakes + desserts. The Bellevue Berry Farm offers endless charm to a rustic country-inspired wedding.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 450 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // 131

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 400 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Varies OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // N/A AD PAGE // Seasonal Section

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 175-225 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call or email OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // $25.00-$26.00 AD PAGE // 130

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 225-350 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call or email OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // $25.00-$26.00 AD PAGE // 130

402-944-9974 30801 East Park Highway Ashland, NE 68003

402-331-5500 11001 South 48th Street Papillion, NE 68133

402-331-5500 11001 South 48th Street Papillion, NE 68133

www.roundthebendsteakhouse.com

402-740-4176 23375 Barrus Road Glenwood, IA 51534 www.bellaterre.com

www.bellevueberryfarm.com/events

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BELLEVUE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER’S HALL

BOTTLE ROCKET BREWING COMPANY

CHEZ HAY

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT & BEARDMORE EVENT CENTER OF BELLEVUE

Located in Old Town Bellevue, the Bellevue Volunteer Firefighter’s Hall is the perfect place for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and wedding. Off-site catering welcome. We offer catering, beverage, decorating and linen services. Let our expert team help make your day a memorable one.

We’re a craft brewery, located in a historic 1940’s seed mill building, showcasing a unique outdoor beer garden and grain bin gazebo. The newly-built event space seats 240+ people and features a catering kitchen, tables, chairs and high-definition projector. The high ceiling, loft and open floor plan make it very versatile for a wide range of configurations and events. Our location in historic downtown Seward includes spacious parking.

Discover the new vibe coming from within our vintage walls. We offer both catering and an event space. At your site or ours, Chez Hay caters to your inspired tastes. By mixing your imagination with Chez Hay’s chic ideas, we break new ground on every occasion – bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, luncheon meetings, holiday gatherings and tailgate parties. Contact us to set up your personal sightseeing tour today!

The Beardmore Event Center offers more than 18,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and event space with a 9,400 sq. ft. ballroom to host up to 740 guests. We offer complimentary wireless internet, event parking for guests and a spacious patio, great for outdoor events and wedding ceremonies for 250 guests. Courtyard by Marriott offers 121 guest rooms and amenities for both leisure and wedding guests.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 235 CEREMONY SITE // No OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // $500-$800 OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // 174

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 25-250 CEREMONY SITE // No OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Varies OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // N/A AD PAGE // 73

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 250 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Email OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Email AD PAGE // 79

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 740 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Email OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // $21.00 + AD PAGE // 155

402-763-9127 2108 Franklin Street Bellevue, NE 68005 www.bvfd-inc.org

402-641-4314 230 South 5th Street Seward, NE 68434 www.bottlerocketbrewing.com

402-489-7445 210 North 14th Street Lincoln, NE 68508 www.chezhay.com

402-287-7300 3750 Raynor Parkway Bellevue, NE 68123 www.bellevueeventcenter.com neweddingday.com

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DOUBLETREE BY HILTON OMAHA DOWNTOWN

THE DURHAM MUSEUM

urban. chic. extraordinary. Experience what will be an Omaha favorite! Featuring 10,000 sq. ft. of flexible event space, the. diamond.room can accommodate up to 450 seated guests to over 600 standing. Located in an extraordinary urban setting, it’s the perfect place for your wedding and reception. Image by Raelyn Ramey Photography

When it comes to making your wedding special, DoubleTree by Hilton™ Omaha Downtown is committed to making every moment memorable. Our planners will help you create a wedding that is luxurious, personalized and unique. Offering upscale accommodations and amenities at our full-service hotel, we can accommodate weddings of all sizes. This is the day you have been dreaming of and we will create the spectacular day you so richly deserve.

Whether an intimate gathering or an elaborate affair, you will find the perfect setting at The Durham Museum. The breathtaking array of setting options ensures that your event will be both successful and memorable. One visit to The Durham Museum and you will see why it is considered one of Omaha’s most unique treasures. Create an event with your own special flair by selecting your preferred event planner, caterer, photographer and florist.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 50-1,200 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Varies OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // 154

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 450 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call or email OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // N/A AD PAGE // 57

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 750 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Varies OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call or email AD PAGE // 145

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 1,000 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Email OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // N/A AD PAGE // 101

402-393-7431 11830 Stonegate Drive Omaha, NE 68164 www.dccentre.com

402-915-0177 605 North 13th Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.diamondroomomaha.com

402-636-4900 1616 Dodge Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.doubletreeomahadowntown.com

402-444-5071 801 South 10th Street Omaha, NE 68108 www.durhammuseum.org

EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON LA VISTA

EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON - LINCOLN

EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON OMAHA - DOWNTOWN/OLD MARKET

The Embassy Suites by Hilton™ La Vista offers a beautiful setting for grand gala weddings as well as smaller intimate weddings. Available for ceremonies, wedding receptions, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners, the Embassy Suites by Hilton™ La Vista is conveniently located at I-80 and Giles Road. Contact our professional and experienced catering staff to turn your big day into everything you dreamed it to be.

Make your big day memorable for both you and your guests by holding your wedding at Embassy Suites by Hilton™. With our full-service venues and caring service, we can help you plan, book and celebrate your wedding (and all of its milestones) in style. Image by Jessica Blex Photography & Design

Embassy Suites Omaha, located in the heart of the historic Old Market, offers a perfect location and ideal setting for the perfect wedding day. Experienced catering staff is on site to take care of all the details. Available for ceremonies, wedding receptions, rehearsals dinners, Embassy Suites Omaha offers a lavish menu, all-inclusive packages, and wide-ranging décor selections. Call our wedding specialist today!

Falconwood Park (formerly Sokol Park) sits on 26 acres of wooded green space with multiple ceremony sites, sand volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, a playground + glamorous camping accommodations. We have a 6,000 sq. ft. rustic lodge with exposed-beam wood ceilings, a full-service bar, kitchen for your catering needs, a 3,000 sq. ft. patio + multiple staging options for entertainment. This truly is Omaha’s most unique + diverse wedding venue!

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 1,000 + CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Varies OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // $32.00 + AD PAGE // Inside Front Cover

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 1,490 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // Inside Front Cover

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 500 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Varies AD PAGE // Inside Front Cover

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 30-3,000 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Varies OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Varies AD PAGE // 32

402-331-7400 12520 Westport Parkway La Vista, NE 68128

402-474-1111 1040 P Street Lincoln, NE 68508 www.lincoln.embassysuites.com

402-541-1488 555 South 10th Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.embassysuitesomaha.com

402-210-4747 905 Allied Road Bellevue, NE 68123 www.falconwoodpark.com

DC CENTRE

THE.DIAMOND.ROOM

DC Centre is a classic, timeless venue. We work with you to create an elegant and affordable wedding that’s sure to impress. Up-front guaranteed pricing, all-inclusive rental fees and flat-rate beverage service are just a few things we are known for. We offer special booking discounts throughout the year to accommodate all kinds of dream weddings. Spring, summer, winter or fall, DC Centre will have something for you.

www.embassysuitesomahalavista.com

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THE FOUNTAINS BALLROOM & VINEYARD

THE FOUNTAINS WEST

GERMAN-AMERICAN SOCIETY

Founders ONE • NINE is an urban chic event space in downtown Omaha, and is the most distinctive wedding venue in the metro area. With an outdoor green space, seating up to 400, a bridal suite, experienced event coordinators and award-winning catering, take in the craftsmanship of this event space during your ceremony and reception.

Nestled in the picturesque Loess Hills is this unique wedding venue, designed as a blank canvas for you to create the wedding of your dreams. We’re not just a venue – we offer a variety of services including coordination, design, floral, photography, DJ and more!

Located in the heart of West Omaha is a unique wedding venue. It’s warm, romantic charm allows you to create the wedding of your dreams. We’re not just a venue – we offer a variety of services including coordination, design, floral, photography, DJ and more.

The German-American Society has the perfect setup to accommodate all of your needs. With beautiful landscapes, sceneries and large parking areas, we offer a full-service banquet facility with personal assistance to make your wedding uniquely you and very special. Our menu provides an endless amount of ideas and the ability to match your budget.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 350-400 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // $800-$3,000 OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // $21.00 + AD PAGE // 116

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 450 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // 133

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 250 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // 133

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 650 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Varies OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // $10.00 + AD PAGE // 146

402-558-3272 1915 Jackson Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.foundersomaha.com

712-526-2426 51496 230th Street Glenwood, IA 51534 www.thefountainsballroom.com

402-496-3000 4714 North 120th Street Omaha, NE 68164 www.thefountainsballroom.com

402-333-6615 3717 South 120th Street Omaha, NE 68144 www.germanamericansociety.org

GRADUATE LINCOLN

GREEN GATEAU RECEPTION CENTER

THE GREY PLUME

HAVELOCK SOCIAL HALL

FOUNDERS ONE • NINE

The Graduate Lincoln is part of a wellcrafted collection of hotels. It resides in the city’s downtown Historic Haymarket District providing a flawless backdrop for your picture-perfect weekend. Our ballrooms have been designed to accommodate receptions for 500 while having the ability to transform into the most intimate spaces for smaller celebrations. You’ll find our team is dedicated to making your experience unique and one to remember.

We’re a fully-decorated banquet hall with no room fee, featuring a full-service bar and diverse menu options including buffet, plated meal, hor d’oeuvres and desserts. Let our experienced staff take care of every detail allowing you to relax + enjoy your entire day. Conveniently located in downtown Lincoln, we can accommodate 280 guests with ample parking. Visit greengateau.com for a menu with pricing. Call Cristi for a tour!

We seek to inspire and elevate the way your guests think about food. Our team is committed to culinary excellence, focusing on seasonallydriven menus prepared from locallysourced ingredients. Let us design the perfect menu for your special occasion, from appetizer options to multi-course tasting menus, wine pairings + alcoholic beverage packages. We are proud to be the first and only Certified Green Restaurant in Nebraska.

We are dedicated to providing you a worry-free wedding reception. With over 19 years of experience, we can help you with every detail of your special day. We provide high-quality food, excellent service, and reasonable prices. Amenities include a large dance floor, separate stages for DJ and wedding party and a large parking lot. We offer The Lincoln Room, accommodating up to 400 guests and The Havelock Room, accommodating up to 250.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 500 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // Seasonal Section

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 280 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // None OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // $12.00 + AD PAGE // 79

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 75 CEREMONY SITE // No OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Minimum required OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // $50.00 + AD PAGE // 61

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 250 and 400 CEREMONY SITE // No OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // $675 and $875 OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // $9.00-$18.25 AD PAGE // 63

402-475-4011 141 North 9th Street Lincoln, NE 68508 www.graduatehotels.com

402-477-3444 1024 L Street Lincoln, NE 68516 www.greengateau.com

402-763-4447 220 South 31st Avenue Omaha, NE 68131 www.thegreyplume.com

402-467-3002 4538 North 62nd Street Lincoln, NE 68507 www.havelocksocialhall.com neweddingday.com

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HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN OMAHA

HIDDEN VALLEY GOLF CLUB

THE HILLS VENUE

HILTON OMAHA

Our beautiful country setting, located just outside the city lights is fast becoming the destination for weddings, anniversaries, meetings, and special events.

Our newly-renovated spacious venue is equipped to service you for the entire event. Begin your day in our modern bridal suite. Make your way down the aisle in our outdoor garden patio for the perfect intimate ceremony. Get the party started in our reception space, equipped with A/V system, remote lighting, and customized LED bar lights. Ceiling drapery, crystal chandelier, and a handcrafted focal wall will wow your guests as they enter your event!

Elegance & Style – The perfect marriage at Hilton Omaha – the premier venue for weddings and receptions. We feature 39,000+ sq. ft. of flexible event space including the dazzling 10,000 sq. ft. Grand Central Ballroom and the stunning 7,000 sq. ft. Blackstone Ballroom. We provide a professional coordinator to assist with planning your special day. Other features include catering by our renowned chefs and spa options. Image by Image Society

Be simply blissful! Your day is unique, timeless and elegant. Holiday Inn D ow ntow n O m a h a s i m p l y m a ke s i t h a p p e n . Ou r s t a f f g u a r a nte e s that your special day will be one to remember. Catering is provided by our skilled chefs on property using only the freshest ingredients. We take great pride in providing unparalleled service. Experience simple luxury and extraordinary memories at the Holiday Inn.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 200 + CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call or email OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call or email AD PAGE // 101

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 400 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // N/A AD PAGE // Seasonal Section

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 700 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Varies OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Varies AD PAGE // Inside Back Cover

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 170 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Varies OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Varies AD PAGE // 141

402-434-5154 10501 Pine Lake Road Lincoln, NE 68526 www.hiddenvalleylincoln.com

402-934-4910 7040 North 102nd Circle Omaha, NE 68122 www.thehillsomaha.com

402-998-3400 1001 Cass Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.omaha.hilton.com

402-341-0124 1420 Cuming Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.holidayinn.com/omahadowntown

HOLIDAY INN LINCOLN SOUTHWEST

HOLTHUS CONVENTION CENTER

HOTEL DECO XV

IL PALAZZO OMAHA

Only Wed with the Best! We understand planning a wedding is exciting, yet stressful. Wedding showers, rehearsal dinners, nuptials, receptions, catering, guest accommodations. . . it’s exhausting for any bride-to-be. Thankfully, you have Holiday Inn! Our on-site event specialist works to make your day beautiful and stress-free, creating peace of mind and an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Call or email us to set up a tour and food tasting!

The Holthus Convention Center wants to ensure your special day is flawless. Start your night off with a cocktail hour in our main lobby, which offers a spectacular view of the sun setting to the west. Then move your guests into our elegant and versatile Grand Ballroom for dinner and dancing. This expansive room allows you to create a unique and memorable setting for you and your guests. A night like this is far too important to settle for anything less than perfect.

Hotel Deco XV is Omaha’s most luxurious hotel, the only AAA Four-Diamond Preferred hotel in Nebraska. Designed to serve the most prestigious of guests, Hotel D ec o X V provi d es eleg a nt and exquisite accommodations and exceptional, personalized services. The historic Hotel Deco XV has been completely renovated and furnished in a sleek, neoclassical style reminiscent of its Art Deco design.

il Palazzo Omaha is a beautiful new venue located in northwest Omaha. Plan your special occasion with us! From weddings, prenuptials, receptions, corporate events, family reunions, vendor shows, concerts, lectures to conferences, we will customize your special event to your specifications. This beautiful Italian building has a warm inviting flair every guest will enjoy! Come visit the Palazzo, where together is a beautiful place to be.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 250 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call or email OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call or email AD PAGE // 141

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 800 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // 154

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 20-130 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Varies OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Varies AD PAGE // Seasonal Section

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 400 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // 73

402-421-1893 2500 Tamarin Ridge Road Lincoln, NE 68512 www.holidayinn.com/lincoln-sw

402-363-2675 3130 Holen Avenue York, NE 68467 www.holthusconventioncenter.com

402-991-4981 1504 Harney Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.hoteldecoomaha.com

402-493-8888 | Ext. 2 5110 North 132nd Street Omaha, NE 68164 www.omahapalazzo.com

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INDIAN CREEK, THE CLUB AT

THE JASMINE ROOM BY VENUE

KEARNEY COUNTRY CLUB

LAURITZEN GARDENS

The Club at Indian Creek is the perfect choice for your wedding ceremony and reception. Our banquet facility will accommodate groups up to 400 with an outdoor veranda, beautiful golf-course views, and classic mahogany décor. Our professional event coordinators will give every detail of your event their personal attention to transform your vision into reality.

Join us for an event you’ll never forget inside The Jasmine Room. Presented by Venue Catering & Events, your special day will be surrounded by chefinspired cuisine, professional planners, outstanding hospitality, and historic elegance. Visit with us to start planning your perfect day.

With the best view in Kearney, the Kearney Country Club is the perfect venue for your special day. Beautiful scenery, excellent food and service second to none, we cater to wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and showers. Book a visit to our private Country Club or contact us by email or phone to get started on your night to remember.

Simply elegant. Naturally beautiful. When a perfect event is ready to bloom, there is no better place than Lauritzen Gardens. Located in Omaha’s riverfront hills, timeless beauty is in constant evolution at this urban oasis. We offer a variety of stunning indoor facilities and ever-changing outdoor gardens. From small, intimate gatherings to large, festive celebrations, our experienced staff will work with you to customize your event details and bring your vision to life.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 400 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // 138

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 50-450 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Email OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Email AD PAGE // 75

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 150 CEREMONY SITE // No OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Email OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Varies AD PAGE // 146

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 10-300 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // $300-$4,750 OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Varies AD PAGE // 147

402-289-0900 | Ext. 25 3825 North 202nd Street Elkhorn, NE 68022 www.theclubatindiancreek.com

402-488-8368 | Ext. 211 129 North 10th Street Lincoln, NE 68508 www.yourvenue.net

308-234-3151 2800 19th Avenue Kearney, NE 68848 www.kearneycountryclub.com

402-346-4002 100 Bancroft Street Omaha, NE 68108 www.lauritzengardens.org

LIED LODGE & CONFERENCE CENTER AT ARBOR DAY FARM

LINCOLN FIREFIGHTER’S RECEPTION HALL

THE LINCOLN MARRIOTT CORNHUSKER HOTEL

THE LIVING ROOM

Outdoor, indoor, historic + inspiring – these are the spaces where your love shines. Say “I do” in the one-of-a-kind setting of Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm, the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. Our on-site wedding specialist and other experienced staff focus on the details that make your wedding an event you’ll cherish forever. Contact us today and let’s get started making your wedding day uniquely yours.

We offer modern conveniences and affordable elegance to create the perfect atmosphere for your special day! We have a dynamic entertainment space that can accommodate your reception and even your ceremony. Your booking includes all-day access, table + chair set up, choice of your own caterer and use of our kitchen. We also offer a projector/ screen, bar service with staff, centerpiece items and more! Be sure to ask us about our decorating and lighting services!

Host your celebration in our elegant ballrooms & event spaces for ceremonies, receptions + rehearsal dinners of all sizes. With menus focused on fresh, vibrant flavors and overnight accommodations starting at $99, we create memorable experiences. Making your special day flawless is our focus – our Marriott Certified Wedding Planners provide distinguished service & attention to detail. We invite you to see for yourself all that The Cornhusker has to offer.

Envision your wedding against the backdrop of industrial brick, exposed ceiling timbers and clerestory windows. At The Living Room, you’ll find the ambience you’re looking for and so much more. Image by Scarlett Crews Photography

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 250-300 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // 58

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 300 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // N/A AD PAGE // 155

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 700 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // TAB at Seasonal Section, p. 96

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 50-200 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // $1,500-$3,000 + OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // N/A AD PAGE // 95

402-873-8705 2700 Sylvan Road Nebraska City, NE 68410 www.liedlodge.org/weddings

402-477-6001 241 Victory Lane Lincoln, NE 68528 www.firefighterhall.com

402-479-8226 333 South 13th Street Lincoln, NE 68508 www.bestnebraskaweddings.com

402-739-9154 1111 North 13th Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.livingroomomaha.com neweddingday.com

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LUCILE’S OLD MARKET

MID-AMERICA CENTER

NEBRASKA CHAMPIONS CLUB

THE NEBRASKA CLUB

Lu c i l e ’s O l d M a r ke t i s t r u l y a n architectural gem and is one of the Old Market’s oldest buildings. The setting for your event includes 1,900 sq. ft. of elegant entertaining space, which includes the grand living room, the spectacular dining room, magnificent foyer and courtyard garden. The attached courtyard and elegant indoor space provides intimate ambience for the ceremonies and receptions you are looking for.

Capture excellence and beauty for your big day! Just five short minutes from downtown Omaha, the Mid-America Center is easily accessible to travelers from both sides of the river. Whether it is your wedding ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinner, the Mid-America Center serves as the perfect backdrop for weddings of all sizes! Call today to schedule a tour and let our amazing staff take care of all the details.

The Nebraska Champions Club is 50 feet from the west entrance of Memorial Stadium. Floor-to-ceiling windows on the east side of the club provide guests with a close-up view of the home of the Huskers. Free parking, multiple catering options, high-definition video wall and an event manager on-site will make your day unique. Space is open to the public with discounts for NCC members and Nebraska Alumni Association Life members.

Our 20th floor view of downtown Lincoln, along with our outstanding kitchen and professional approach to events, has made The Nebraska Club a traditional location for events, banquets, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. From expert culinary advice to the flawless coordination of event details, we will help make your special day one everyone will remember.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 50-100 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Email AD PAGE // 78

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 50-1,000 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // 139

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 325 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // $2,000-$3,000 OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // $16.00 + AD PAGE // 147

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 250-300 CEREMONY SITE // No OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Varies AD PAGE // 142

402-341-3100 510 South 10th Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.lucilesoldmarket.com

712-326-2268 One Arena Way Council Bluffs, IA 51501 www.midamericacenter.com

402-472-2841 707 Stadium Drive Lincoln, NE 68501 www.huskeralum.org/venues

402-476-3228 233 South 13th Street, 20th Floor U.S. Bank Building, Lincoln, NE 68508 www.nebraskaclub.net

THE OLD MATTRESS FACTORY

OMAHA DESIGN CENTER

OMAHA MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN AT THE CAPITOL DISTRICT

OMAHA’S HENRY DOORLY ZOO AND AQUARIUM

Join us at Omaha’s most fashionable event destination! Our 30,000 sq. ft. venue can accommodate parties large + small. Finishes include polished concrete floors, sheer draping, 22-foot ceilings, 50inch chandeliers, marble + granite countertops. We are fully equipped with all the extras, including a beautifullyappointed green room + patio. Our event concierge will help you make the most of your big day all within budget! Image by Michael Herod Photography

The Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District, opening summer 2017, will be the perfect setting for your storybook wedding. From exceptional customer service, delectable cuisine and an opulent ballroom, we have everything you desire to create your dream wedding. Be one of the first to experience your grand event at Omaha’s new number one hotel destination.

Say “I do” at the Zoo and make your wedding a day to remember! Have your ceremony and reception at one of our unique locations. We offer upscale indoor and outdoor options for your special day including our newest venue, the African Lodge, the Durham TreeTops Restaurant & Lied Jungle, Scott Aquarium, Garden of the Senses or Education Conference Center. Celebrate with us and make your dream day come true!

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 250 + CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Email OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call or email AD PAGE // 153

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 2,000 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call or email OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Varies AD PAGE // 22

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 1,000 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Email OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Email AD PAGE // TAB at Seasonal Section, p. 96

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 300 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // $1,500-$5,000 OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // N/A AD PAGE // 55

402-346-9116 501 North 13th Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.themattomaha.com

402-819-8792 1502 Cuming Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.omahadesigncenter.com

222 North 10th Street Omaha, NE 68102

402-738-2088 3701 South 10th Street Omaha, NE 68107 www.omahazoo.com

Our beautiful historic building offers an ambience unique to any other venue in Omaha. Our banquet facility and upper deck, with a spectacular city view, can accommodate up to 250+ guests. Make your wedding a fun, lifelong memory. . . o nly at The Matt.

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ONE THOUSAND DODGE

THE PAXTON BALLROOM

THE PELLA AT BLACKSTONE

PLATTEVIEW GOLF CLUB

A restored warehouse in downtown Omaha’s Capitol District, One Thousand Dodge offers a spacious and versatile venue with amazing access to all of downtown’s amenities. The open floor plan can be configured numerous different ways – the sky is the limit! Envision your wedding against the backdrop of the industrial brick, exposed ceiling and open windows, as the gorgeous light filters through the east and south windows.

The Paxton Ballroom is one of downtown Omaha’s premier wedding and reception venues, rich in character and Art Deco design. Offering a gorgeous ballroom for all types of events, this venue puts your guests within a few blocks of Omaha’s best boutique hotels.

Located in the heart of the revitalized Bl a c k s to n e D i s t r i c t , T h e Pe l l a at Blackstone is a unique and spacious venue that blends elements of modern and historic architecture. The Pella at Blackstone boasts soaring ceilings and an open floor plan that is very versatile for a wide range of configurations and events.

Congratulations on your engagement! At Platteview Golf Club we pride ourselves in making your wedding day as inclusive as possible. Our rental fee includes set-up and break down, chairs, tables, linens, chair covers 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.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 250 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call or email OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call or email AD PAGE // 78

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 300 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call or email OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call or email AD PAGE // 78

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 250 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call or email OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call or email AD PAGE // 78

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 180 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // $2,000 OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // $14.00-$28.00 AD PAGE // 84

402-415-8222 1002 Dodge Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.onethousanddodge.com

402-342-1403 1403 Farnam Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.thepaxtonballroom.com

402-415-8222 303 South 41st Street Omaha, NE 68131 www.thepellaatblackstone.com

402-291-5883 4215 Platteview Road Bellevue, NE 68123 www.platteviewcc.com

THE PLAYERS CLUB GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

PROVISIONS BY THE GREY PLUME

REGENCY LODGE

RULE G

The Players Club is a full-service, private country club that welcomes outside guests to become members for the day. Our 27-hole course provides breathtaking views from our wrap-around deck as well as gorgeous photo opportunities. We offer an in-house caterer and full-service bar that boasts many five-star reviews.

For a singular experience, consider our uniquely intimate environment at Provisions. Our culinary staff is at the ready to craft an intimate reception, rehearsal dinner or party for your special guests. For the more adventurous, we invite the opportunity to pass along some culinary know-how through an interactive chef-instructed cooking class for your guests. In addition to our Private Dining Room, we are available for inhome catered events.

Distinctive surroundings, extraordinary events . . . Regency Lodge Hotel is the perfect location to host your Omaha wedding. From the ceremony to the reception, enjoy exceptional accommodations in a unique atmosphere. Regency Lodge will assist you in creating memories that will last a lifetime.

We bring the ultimate event venue to the Railyard in Lincoln’s Haymarket, featuring three unique areas – Rooftop Patio, Spin Room, and Ultra Lounge. The Rooftop Patio is the perfect setting for a wedding reception or rehearsal dinner, with an incredible view and outdoor air conditioning/heating. We offer fullservice event planning with attention to detail. Whether planning for 50 or 250, we can customize a food and beverage package for your special day.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 325 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // $750-$1500 OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // 83

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 22-35 CEREMONY SITE // No OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Minimum required OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // $50.00 + AD PAGE // 61

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 250 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Email OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Email AD PAGE // 151

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 25-250 CEREMONY SITE // No OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Varies OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Email AD PAGE // 142

402-963-9950 12101 Deer Creek Drive Omaha, NE 68142 www.playersclubomaha.com

402-763-4447 3157 Farnam Street Omaha, NE 68131 www.thegreyplume.com

402-991-3293 909 South 107th Avenue Omaha, NE 68114 www.regencylodge.com

402-310-3222 350 Canopy Street, Suite 300 Lincoln, NE 68508 www.rulegnightclub.com neweddingday.com

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SANDHILLS CONVENTION CENTER

SCOTT CONFERENCE CENTER

SCOULAR BALLROOM

SHELDON MUSEUM OF ART

The Sandhills Convention Center is the perfect setting, offering impeccable service for your special day. Our guests have come to appreciate and expect the personalized attention, professional service and quality of food for which we are known. Our experienced wedding coordinators work closely with you to create a carefree day, filled with memories to be treasured forever. Great events don’t just happen – the Sandhills Convention Center makes them happen!

Scott Conference Center is the ideal backdrop for an unforgettable reception. We’ll handle the details so you can enjoy your special day and all the days leading up to it. Our aim is to make your wedding 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!”

Scoular Ballroom shines as a hidden gem within the historic Scoular Building. Behold the sophisticated elegance – from magnificent marble floors to fairy-tale balconies overlooking the spacious ballroom. An adjacent banquet room may be used for a buffet or bar. Features include a lushly-draped stage, quaint corner loges, bridal suites, surroundsound and projection system, custom up-lighting, tables + black Chiavari chairs, reserved off-street parking + much more.

Sheldon Museum of Art is one of Nebraska’s most architecturally-stunning venues. As a ceremony site, reception facility, or a combination of both, Sheldon’s Great Hall and outdoor spaces provide a backdrop that is far from ordinary. Located on the UNL campus, Sheldon is situated near downtown hotels and restaurants, making navigation convenient for your guests. Contact our Event Operations Manager to learn more about customizing your day.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 700 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // 85

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 500 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // $700-$1,300 OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Varies AD PAGE // 129

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 300 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Email OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Email AD PAGE // 94

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 250 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call or email OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // N/A AD PAGE // 102

308-535-6166 2102 South Jeffers Street North Platte, NE 69101 www.sandhillcc.com

402-778-6317 6450 Pine Street Omaha, NE 68106 www.scottcenter.com

402-449-1424 2027 Dodge Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.scoularballroom.com

402-472-1170 12th and R Streets Lincoln, NE 68588 www.sheldonartmuseum.org

SHERATON OMAHA HOTEL

SIMPLY BALLROOM

SLATTERY VINTAGE ESTATES

SUITE ONE ELEVEN

Plan your perfect wedding celebration at the Sheraton Omaha Hotel, and enjoy over 10,000 sq. ft. of gorgeous banquet space, a personalized wedding specialist, custom wedding packages and first-class service. Whether it’s a rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception or gift opening, let our team help you create the celebration of a lifetime.

Simply Ballroom provides everything you need! Tables, chairs, table linens, table skirting, chair covers, centerpieces, backdrops, arches, pillars and more! Hire your own caterer, DJ and bartender. All taxes, gratuities, set up, clean up, banquet staff and security are included in our fee. We also provide a slideshow of photos on our big screen TVs, free parking for your guests, and hotel discounts with free shuttle service.

Located halfway between Omaha and Lincoln, Slattery Vintage Estates offers the best of both indoor and outdoor facilities. The 164 acres of beauty are the perfect setting for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception – SVE has it all. We offer an on-site chef or use of 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.

Suite One Eleven is a sophisticated, contemporary, suburban event space. Hosting events from weddings to business luncheons, we set our style apart from the alternatives in the field. Indulge your senses in the unique and speciallycustomized interior that exceeds expectations in complete personalized ambience, for every guest, for every event. Holding 250 guests seated or 300 cocktail, makes us an intimate yet accommodating venue for your event.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 50-250 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // 149

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 300 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // $1,050-$1,800 OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // N/A AD PAGE // 99

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 200 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // $900-$2,700 OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // $13.50-$19.50 AD PAGE // 102

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 250-300 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Call OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // N/A AD PAGE // 143

402-516-1246 655 North 108th Avenue Omaha, NE 68154 www.sheratonomaha.com

402-933-6678 2679 Farnam Street, Suite 204 Omaha, NE 68131 www.simply-ballroom.com

402-267-5267 8925 Adams Street Nehawka, NE 68413 www.svevineyards.com

402-417-6540 6891 A Street, Suite 111 Lincoln, NE 68510 www.suiteoneeleven.com

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TIBURON GOLF CLUB AND BANQUET FACILITY

UNMC TRUHLSEN CAMPUS EVENTS CENTER

Best Reception Venue and Best Banquet Facility 2015 + 2016, Wedding Reception Venue OWH Choice Award 2016. Our exclusive caterer is Catering Creations, Best Catering 2010-2016. Our outdoor wedding experience is unsurpassed, accommodating 500+ guests. Patio cocktail receptions are very popular. We offer two ballrooms each accommodating 250 guests, ready rooms for brides + grooms plus great midtown location, complimentary parking + more.

Tiburon is a full-service banquet facility and ceremony site. The Great White Ballroom can accommodate up to 400 guests and offers breathtaking views. We have a new outdoor ceremony site that can seat up to 300 guests. Easy access off I-80 and Hwy 370 on 168th Street.

Housed in the Michael F. Sorrell Center on UNMC’s campus, the Events Center is an affordable and spacious venue that features modern architecture with neutral colors throughout, an atrium with large glass windows, the option to select from a preferred caterers list, and accommodates up to 350 guests.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 25-2,500 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Email OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // N/A AD PAGE // 58

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 250 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Varies OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Varies AD PAGE // 174

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 400 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // $750-$1,925 OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // $19.25-$24.95 AD PAGE // 1

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 50-350 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Email OUTDOOR SITE // No CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // N/A AD PAGE // 138

402-597-2065 11691 South 108th Street Papillion, NE 68046 www.sumtur.org

402-554-3368 6705 Dodge Street Omaha, NE 68182 www.thethompsoncenter.org

402-896-1323 10302 South 168th Street Omaha, NE 68136 www.tiburongolf.com

402-559-5192 619 South 42nd Street Omaha, NE 68198 www.unmc.edu/eventscenter

VFW POST 2503

WESSELS LIVING HISTORY FARM

WICK ALUMNI CENTER

WILDERNESS RIDGE

Budget friendly. Bring your own food. Our two spacious ballrooms and garden patio include a dance floor, entertainment stage, private bar and ample parking. Our rental-room coordinator is pleased to help with planning details and making sure your event runs smoothly. We offer internet access, big-screen TV and sound system for wedding slideshows.

Wessels is a living history museum – a farm set in the 1920s. From spring to autumn, we have friendly farm animals + hands-on activities for all ages. Our onsite church, farmhouse porch, beautifullymanicured lawn, horse barn and the outdoor spaces are all available as the backdrop for your event. Full vintage charm with modern amenities including restrooms, catering kitchen and easy-tofind location – Wessels is that something different! Image by Gregg Sutton

The Wick Alumni Center features contemporary design, soaring windows, three-story high cathedral ceilings and a recently-renovated garden open to the public for ceremony and reception rentals. A prime campus location, 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. Image by The Leekers

From small, intimate dinners to showstopping affairs, Wilderness Ridge is your premier destination event venue. Situated on one of Nebraska’s most prestigious golf courses, Wilderness Ridge is a 37,000 sq. ft. log and stone lodge with several banquet rooms of varying sizes. The unparalleled beauty and ambience, combined with the professional, experienced staff and amenities for events of all occasions sets Wilderness Ridge above the rest.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 10-500 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // $550-$650 OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Varies AD PAGE // 174

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // Varies CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // Yes ROOM RENTAL FEE // Varies OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // N/A AD PAGE // 135

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 275 CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // $1,350-$2,000 OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // $16.00 + AD PAGE // 147

MAXIMUM CAPACITY // 10-300 + CEREMONY SITE // Yes OUTSIDE CATERERS // No ROOM RENTAL FEE // Varies OUTDOOR SITE // Yes CATERING PRICE PER PERSON // Call AD PAGE // 59

402-943-9067 8904 Military Road Omaha, NE 68134 www.vfwpost2503.org

402-710-0682 5520 South Lincoln Avenue York, NE 68467 www.livinghistoryfarm.org

402-472-2841 1520 R Street Lincoln, NE 68508 www.huskeralum.org/venues

402-434-5121 1800 Wilderness Woods Place Lincoln, NE 68512 www.wildernessridgegolf.com

SUMTUR AMPHITHEATER

THE THOMPSON CENTER

A welcoming wedding venue t h at em b r a c es d i ver s i t y , S um Tur Amphitheater is quickly becoming the premier outdoor wedding location in the Omaha metropolitan area. While suitable for all types of events, SumTur is perfect 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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from our notebook the most tried-and-true info, guides + tools from our notebook to aid your wedding-planning needs

t h e w e d d i n g t o |d o l i s t Here’s our chronological checklist for planning your wedding. Discover additional planning tools when you register online at neweddingday.com.

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Announce engagement

9 to 6 months out □

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 a 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

Reserve ceremony and reception venues

Discuss rehearsal dinner plans

Prepare tentative guest list

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

Select and book photographer

Select and book videographer

6 to 4 months out

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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from our notebook the most tried-and-true info, guides + tools from our notebook to aid your wedding-planning needs

t h e w e d d i n g t o |d o l i s t Here’s our chronological checklist for planning your wedding. Discover additional planning tools when you register online at neweddingday.com.

3 to 2 months out □

Shop for + purchase wedding rings

2 to 1 week out □

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

Confirm guest accommodations

6 to 4 weeks out □

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

Design and execute signage for wedding décor

wedding week

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

Pick up bridal gown

post-wedding

3 weeks out

Return rentals

Return groom and groomsmen attire

Gather décor 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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registry collection 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 need. Aim to create a complete

blender coffeemaker coffee grinder electric kettle

red wine glasses (8 to 12) white wine glasses (8 to 12)

pillow shams (2 to 4 sets) pillowcases (2 to 4 sets) flat sheets (2 sets) fitted sheets (2 sets)

champagne flutes (8 to 12)

bed skirt

mugs (8 to 12)

winter duvet summer duvet

steak knives (8 to 12)

duvet cover

slow cooker

serving utensils

knife set

salad bowl and servers

skillets (2)

serving dishes

cutting board set

serving platters (2)

clothes hamper

2-quart saucepan

chip & dip set

bath towels (6)

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 to 12)

shower curtains (1 to 2)

muffin pan + bread pan

napkin rings (8 to 12)

shower curtain hardware

round cake pans (2)

place mats (8 to 12)

lotion dispenser

cooling racks (2)

tablecloths (2)

soap dish

set of measuring spoons (2)

trivets (2)

tissue holder

b e d

sets of silverware (8 to 12)

waffle maker

cotton or wool blankets (2) alarm clock bedside lamps (2)

set of mixing bowls

toothbrush holder

set of wet measuring cups

wastebasket

serving spoons (3) wooden spoons (2) whisk ice cream scoop & bowls

storage baskets (4 to 6)

storage baskets

candles and candle holders

magnifying mirror

wall clock

scale

wall mirrors framed art photo frames

ice cream maker

coasters

spice rack

decorative bowls

oven mitts (2)

decorative vases

dish towels/cloths (4)

throw pillows

paper towel + napkin holder

throw blanket(s)

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salt shaker/pepper grinder

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drinking glasses (8 to 12)

pillows (4)

can opener

set of dry measuring cups

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cups and saucers (8 to 12)

b a t h

toaster

dinnerware settings (8 to 12)

+

food processor

d i n i n g

stand mixer

d é c o r

k i t c h e n

registry that provides a spectrum of items + price points. To help you along, we’ve listed a collection of registry essentials. For more info, read our “Handpicked” article on page 92.

vacuum cleaner grill grilling tools gardening tools garden hose and hose reel handyman tools


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invitation handbook 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. For more info, read our “The Goods” article on page 34.

HOST E D BY T HE BR ID E ’S PAR E NT S

W H E N DI VO RC E D PAR E N TS S E N D A J O I N T IN VITATION

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Gilmore request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Georgia Jean to Henry Lawrence Pratt Friday, the tenth of February two thousand and seventeen at five o’clock Sacred Heart Catholic Church Omaha, Nebraska

Ms. Ginny Gilmore [Mrs. Ginny Danes, if remarried] and Charlie Christopher Gilmore request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Georgia Jean to Henry Lawrence Pratt +

M I LI TARY TI TLE S F O R B R I DE O R GROOM HOSTE D BY BOT H SE T S O F PAR E NT S Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Gilmore request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Georgia Jean to Henry Lawrence Pratt son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Pratt Saturday, the twenty-seventh of May two thousand and seventeen at six o’clock Sacred Heart Catholic Church Omaha, Nebraska

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Gilmore request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Major Georgia Jean Gilmore United States Army to Commander Henry Lawrence Pratt United States Navy +

P RO F E SS I O N A L TI TLE S F O R PAR E N TS Doctor and Mrs. Charlie Gilmore request the honour of your presence, OR

HO ST E D BY R E L AT IVE S The relationship between the host and the bride replaces “their daughter” on the invitation.

HO ST E D BY T HE C O U PL E The honour of your presence is requested at the marriage of Ms. Georgia Jean Gilmore to Mr. Henry Lawrence Pratt Friday, the twenty-third of September two thousand and seventeen +

WHE N A PAR E NT IS D E C E ASE D The pleasure of your company is requested at the marriage of Georgia Jean daughter of Charlie Gilmore and the late Ginny Gilmore to Henry Lawrence Pratt + +

Doctor Ginny Gilmore and Mr. Charlie Gilmore request the honour of your presence, +

W H E N B OTH TH E MOTH E R + FATH E R ARE D OCTORS Doctor Charlie Gilmore and Doctor Ginny Gilmore request the honour of your presence, +

M I LI TARY TI TLE S F O R PA R EN TS Captain and Mrs. Charlie Gilmore request the honour of your presence, OR Mr. Charlie Gilmore and Major Ginny Gilmore request the honour of your presence, +

insert additional details {day, date, time, place, city + state} as shown in the first two samples +

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must-have manual 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 info for vendors

garter

nail file

super glue

phone #s for wedding participants

menswear

nail polish

mini sewing kit

marriage license

perfume/cologne

polish remover/wipes

safety pins

tip/payments for wedding vendors

brush/comb

manicure scissors

rubber bands

letter/gift for your spouse

blow dryer

hand sanitizer

compact steamer

wedding vows (if writing your own)

curling iron + flat iron

stain remover wipes

lint brush

speech (if applicable for reception)

hair pins + ties

white chalk

band-aids/first-aid kit

wedding rings

hair spray

antiperspirant

insect repellent wipes

wedding dress

dry shampoo

toothbrush + toothpaste

water bottles + drinking straws

veil + hair accessories

lip stick/gloss/balm

floss + mouthwash

snacks

jewelry

makeup

razor + shaving cream

breath spray/mints/gum

fancy shoes

cotton swabs

tissues

lighter/matches

comfy shoes

makeup remover/wipes

dress tape/double-stick tape

pain reliever

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

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PHOTOGRAPHER + VIDEOGRAPHER

a personal gift is appropriate, given at the beginning of the day

HAIR + MAKEUP

15% to 20% tip, given after services have been provided

OFFICIANT/CLERGY

a donation is appropriate, given before the ceremony

CEREMONY MUSICIAN

optional tip of 15% to 20% of the fee, given after the ceremony

BAND

optional $20 to $50 tip per musician, given after the reception

DEEJAY

optional $25 to $150 tip, given after the reception

RECEPTION/CATERING STAFF

when not included with the cost, 15% to 20% tip, given after the reception

TRANSPORTATION

when not included with the cost, 15% to 20% of the fee, given after final transportation

EVENT PLANNER

15% of the fee at the time of payment or personal gift at the beginning of the wedding day


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name changing how-to 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.

Marriage License

Financial P lanning

official seal and your new last name. You receive this document after filing for a

want to keep your individual bank accounts, share a joint account or both? What

marriage license with your local county clerk’s office. Don’t hesitate to call and

are your financial goals? How much do you wish to invest or put away in savings?

follow up as needed!

Chances are you just returned from a honeymoon and may wish to begin saving

Social Security

your money for a large purchase or new home. The key to any successful marriage

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

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

Discussing your finances early on can be crucial to a successful marriage. Do you

is clear and open communication, so take this opportunity to discuss your future finances as a couple.

card. Your number will remain the same, but your new 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 �iver’s License

Visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to obtain an updated driver’s license with your new last name and new address, if applicable. You must bring your current driver’s license and a certified copy of your marriage license with you.

Bank Account

The most efficient way to change your bank account information is to visit a

D E PAR T M E N T O F M OT O R V EHI CLE S L O C AL O F F I C E L O C AT I O NS omaha

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1 2 1 S . Pi n e S t.

O mah a, NE 6 8 1 6 4

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pa p i l l i o n

kearney

1 2 1 0 G ol de n G at e D r .

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Pap i l l io n , NE 6 8 0 4 6

Ke ar n ey, N E 6 8 8 4 7

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local branch of your bank. Bring your new driver’s license and official marriage certificate with you. You will need to arrange for new checks, new debit cards and new credit cards.

Insurance

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 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

S O C I AL S E C U R I T Y AD M I N I ST R AT I O N L O C AL O F F I C E L O C AT I O NS omaha

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6 0 4 N. 1 0 9 t h Ct .

1 1 5 N. Webb R d . , STE 1

O mah a, NE 6 8 1 5 4

G r an d I s l a n d , N E 6 8 8 0 3

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3 0 0 E . 3 rd S t. , #2 0 4

Lin c ol n , NE 6 8 5 0 8

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this information so early in your marriage, but there is no better time to plan for your future together.

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THE MARKETPLACE

flowers for special occasions

Next

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Holly Kamprath | 402.421.1965 next.special.flowers@gmail.com

O m a h a Wedding C h a p e l

C ha p l a i n Roya l

partylykapro@gmail.com

DJ • KARAOKE • PHOTO BOOTH

In clusiveLife.org

402.575.7006 | Weddings@InclusiveLife.org

Event Planning + Day-Of Coordination

www.cooljkaraoke.com | 402.304.2700

Banquet Hall

mollymayevents.com

www.vfwpost2503.org 8904 Military Road, Omaha | 402.943.9067

Bellevue Volunteer Firefighter’s Hall

Omaha Lace Cleaners & Bridal Center Alterations • Cleaning • Pressing • Restoration • Preservation

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VFW

402.419.6565 | molly@mollymayevents.com

Omaha’s Gown Care Expert!

for more information, contact Lyca at 402.980.9147

www.bvfd-inc.org | 402.763.9127

info@master-djs.com • 402-915-0512


INDEX of nwd vendor partners

ALTERATIONS + CLEANERS Omaha Lace Cleaners

Hello Beautiful Bridal & Formal Wear

Omaha Wedding Chapel - Chaplain Royal

174

Perfect Dress (the)

174

Williams Cleaners

50

ART + DANCE 99

Salon Amaryllis

17 133

Molly May Events

174

Occasion Designed

31

Blush Bridal Boutique Bridal Traditions

Dream Dress Express

FOLDOUT

E2 Special Occasions

53

Elegant Occasions Gowns Ellynne Bridal

Salon DéJà Vu

90

I Bloom.

49

Hello Beautiful Bridal & Formal Wear

51

CAKES Cake Expressions, Inc.

115

Cake Specialist (The) Grainolia Bakery

114

131

Jones Bros. Cupcakes

Master DJs, LLC

Le Cupcake Russ’s Market

113

Sweet Cakes & Roses

99

89 Invites 155

141

Holiday Inn Lincoln Southwest

141

RSVP

Attitude on Food

Quality Inn & Suites

85

Catering Creations Chez Hay

SEASONAL SECTION

Greta’s Gourmet Catering Grey Plume (The)

79

75 78

Venue Restaurant & Lounge

Salon DéJà Vu

94

75

19

146 61

102

Venue Restaurant & Lounge

75

Wessels Living History Farm

135

Wilderness Ridge

59

PHOTOGRAPHY

20

blackbird photographie

94

Complete Weddings + Events | Lincoln-Norfolk 21

Emily Jessen Photography

20

G.B.Y Photography

It Works! Wrapping with Brittney

Borsheims 87

SEASONAL SECTION

20

20

133

Jamie Wieseler Photography Kelsey Buss Photography

SEASONAL SECTION

Michael Tish Jewelers

9

153

87 149

Jessica Blex Photography & Design

JEWELRY

CELEBRANTS + OFFICIANTS First Unitarian Church of Omaha

21

Body Nouveaux Spa Dundee Dental

113

Simply Sweet Ice Cream Catering

Graduate Lincoln

Provisions by The Grey Plume

HEALTH + BEAUTY

61

Patricia Catering ...and Cocktails Russ’s Market

149

Creative Hair Design Salon and Spa Salon Amaryllis

Green Gateau Reception Center

TAB

Slattery Vintage Estates

Bella Mia Salon

79

PARTIES + SHOWERS

TAB

Kearney Country Club

HAIR

78 77

36

SEASONAL SECTION

Sheraton Omaha Hotel

Abraham Catering

35

35

36

Tara’s Designs

Cora Calligraphy

CATERING

36

35

Porridge Papers

Omaha Marriott Downtown at The Capitol District 35

36

Letter Lane Design Studio, LLC

SEASONAL SECTION

Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel (The)

Letter Lane Design Studio, LLC

81

81

dSy invitations

CALLIGRAPHY 36

174

Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal

Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha Hotel Deco XV

81

PAPER GOODS

84

Graduate Lincoln

115

SEASONAL SECTION

153

174

Omaha Musicians Live Taxi Driver

Courtyard by Marriott & Beardmore Event Center of Bellevue

114

Pettit’s Pastry

174

113

Chase Suite Hotel

114

81

Harris Academy of the Arts

SEASONAL SECTION

GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS

115

// FOLDOUT // BACK COVER

Cool J DJ & Karaoke

VK Events | Floral | Planning

116

64

Complete Weddings + Events | Lincoln-Norfolk

32

Russ’s Market

115

63

A Sound Impression

Next...flowers for special occasions

Cake Creations Omaha

63

MUSIC

114

Kearney Floral Co. Mulhall’s

Goldenrod Pastries

Mr. Tuxedo

FLORAL DESIGN

51

20

Tip Top Tux

Chocolate Poet (The)

20

Gentleman’s Choice Formal Wear SEASONAL SECTION

FAVORS

50

19

21

MENSWEAR

VK Events | Floral | Planning

54

21

Creative Hair Design Salon and Spa

Dream Big Events LLC

To a T Decorating

54

Bella Mia Salon Mary Kay

BRIDAL BOUTIQUES Bridal Isle

174

EVENT DESIGN + PLANNING Memrical Design Studio

Simply Ballroom

MAKEUP

51

Kimberly Dovi Photography MaKenzi’s Photography

33

137 10

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Megan Kovar Photography Mullers (The)

TRANSPORTATION

157

3

Elite Party Buses

Nick Nova Photo & Film

61

Nikki Moore Photography P&W Photography

Paramount Parking, Inc.

59

Arbor Hall Aspen Room

Williams Cleaners

Nebraska Furniture Mart

Kearney Country Club

101

TAB

142

Old Mattress Factory (The)

153

Omaha Marriott Downtown at The Capitol District Provisions by The Grey Plume

61

Slattery Vintage Estates

Venue Restaurant & Lounge

INSIDE FRONT COVER

Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha Downtown/Old Market

INSIDE FRONT COVER

Hilton Omaha

90

Honeyman Rent-All

91 89

Party Lyk-A Pro, LLC

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Sandhills Convention Center Scott Conference Center Scoular Ballroom

146

SEASONAL SECTION

79

61 63

102 149

99

141 141

154

SEASONAL SECTION

102

143

SumTur Amphitheater

58

Thompson Center (The)

174

Tiburon Golf Club and Banquet Facility

1

UNMC Truhlsen Campus Events Center

138

VFW Post 2503

101

SEASONAL SECTION

174

Wessels Living History Farm Wick Alumni Center Wilderness Ridge

138

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135

147

59

VIDEOGRAPHY A Sound Impression

81

Dundee Digital Wedding Films

73

Indian Creek, The Club at

Simply Ballroom

85

129

94

Suite One Eleven

Holiday Inn Lincoln Southwest

NWD 176

133

INSIDE BACK COVER

il Palazzo Omaha 90

151

Slattery Vintage Estates

Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha

Hotel Deco XV

135

Uptown Events | Weddings + Event Rentals

133

83

61

142

Sheraton Omaha Hotel

116

Holthus Convention Center 174

84

Sheldon Museum of Art

32

Founders ONE • NINE

Regency Lodge Rule G

INSIDE FRONT COVER

Hills Venue (The)

91

145

101

Hidden Valley Golf Club 89

78

Provisions by The Grey Plume

Embassy Suites by Hilton - Lincoln

Falconwood Park

78

Platteview Golf Club

57

Havelock Social Hall

RENTALS

Elite Events Rental

155

55

78

Pella at Blackstone (The)

Embassy Suites by Hilton La Vista

Grey Plume (The)

Chair Cover Elegance

One Thousand Dodge

Players Club Golf & Country Club (The)

Green Gateau Reception Center

59

AAA Rents & Event Services

174

73

154

Graduate Lincoln

75

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

79

German-American Society

102

153

22

Paxton Ballroom (The)

Fountains West (The)

149

Old Mattress Factory (The)

Omaha Marriott Downtown at The Capitol District

Fountains Ballroom & Vineyard (The)

142

Sheraton Omaha Hotel

TAB

147

142

130

Durham Museum (The)

147

139

130

DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown

Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel (The)

Mid-America Center

Bellevue Berry Farm - The Western Barn

diamond.room (the)

146

78

Bellevue Berry Farm - Buena Vista Lodge

DC Centre

Hidden Valley Golf Club

Nebraska Club (The)

131

Courtyard by Marriott & Beardmore Event Center of Bellevue

SEASONAL SECTION

Lucile’s Old Market

Nebraska Club (The)

SEASONAL SECTION

TAB

95

Nebraska Champions Club

78

58

155

Omaha Design Center

Chez Hay

93

REHEARSAL DINNERS

Stahla Services

143

Bottle Rocket Brewing Company

127

Nostalgia Rentals

78

Bellevue Volunteer Firefighter’s Hall

SEASONAL SECTION

Lauritzen Gardens

Living Room (The)

Bella Terre Reception Hall and Vineyard

REGISTRY

Wilderness Ridge

Lincoln Firefighter’s Reception Hall

Ball Room at Round The Bend (The)

174

50

146

147

Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm

99

Ashland Golf Club

Omaha Lace Cleaners

75

Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel (The)

1316 Jones Street

54

PRESERVATION

Rule G

31

81

VENUES

5

Veramae Photography

Graduate Lincoln

Lauritzen Gardens

97

Tori Michelle Photography

Dinner 4 Two

Kearney Country Club

10

Leisure Limousine & Sedan

17

Sara Smith Photography

Borsheims

Jasmine Room by Venue (The)

Nick Nova Photo & Film

61

154

TAB


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