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weddingday nebraska

2014 EDITION

PUBLISHER CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Marjie Grove Megan Cooper Spring | Summer Lindsey Grove Fall | Winter

ART DIRECTOR

Judi Privett

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Paula Moser Photography SALES DIRECTOR

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We are so pleased that you are here and finding all that you need to plan your wedding! Whether your special day is coming up in a month, a year, or a date yet unknown – it is never too early, nor too late to tap into all that we have to offer. You will find in this issue fresh inspiration, stunning imagery, and valuable information to bring the wedding of your dreams to life! We bet it’s no surprise to you that all of us here at Nebraska WeddingDay are hopeless romantics! So we simply must share with you a touch of sweet wisdom that we hope will guide you through the highs and lows of your wedding-planning journey. While your wedding is a true celebration of the love shared by you and your fiancé, the celebration also includes those closest to you. During this process, we ask you to consider this, “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein While this is a certainty for the wedding couple, it is also true for each and every one of your wedding guests. If you endeavor to create a wedding celebration that not only makes you happy as a couple, but also generates joy and happiness for your loved ones in attendance, you will find that your day will no doubt be everything you had ever imagined.

Megan Borgmann Kelcie Keeling Studio Graphics Suzi Velinsky Megan Cooper Suzanne Geist Marjie Grove Joy Armstrong Holly Lafferty

FOR THE WEDDING PROFESSIONAL If you have a product or service for the bridal market, Nebraska WeddingDay offers an array of advertising opportunities along with bride lists, a fresh new website, and a twice-daily blog – all geared specifically to the wedding industry. NEBRASKA WEDDINGDAY Published annually by Uncommon Delivery, LLC © Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any part of this publication without the express written consent of the publisher is strictly prohibited. Nebraska WeddingDay is a registered trademark. The use of the trademark is strictly prohibited. The information in this publication is believed to be accurate; however, Nebraska WeddingDay cannot and does not guarantee accuracy. Nebraska WeddingDay cannot and will not be held liable for the quality or performance of goods and services provided by advertisers or by any other portion of this publication.

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Keep in mind that where you have been and where you are headed is all part and parcel of this fabulous journey. We have found the same to be true for Nebraska WeddingDay, as we continue to evolve and transform our planning resources into all you will need. Enjoy our beautiful magazine, our completely-redesigned website, and our ever-lovely daily blog. We have a passion for being the best that we can be for you during this special time in your life. We are simply over the moon about what we do and we are proud to introduce you to so many marvelous wedding professionals who share in our passion for serving brides. Please enjoy all that we have to offer and never forget that, along with our partners, we are always here to help!

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Nebraska WeddingDay Phone: 402-489-0531 info@neweddingday.com neweddingday.com neweddingdayblog.com SPRING COVER Photo by Chelsie Moreland Photography on location at the Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens, Gown from Bridal Traditions, Earrings from Elisa Ilana Jewelry, Hair by Vanessa John for Urbane Salon & Day Spa, Makeup by Ashley Cook for Urbane Salon & Day Spa. SUMMER COVER Photo by Jessica Blex Photography & Design on location at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Bridal gown and earrings from Bridal Traditions, Tux from Tip Top Tux, Floral Design by Sweet Cakes & Roses, Inc., Hair by Sarah Knauss for Urbane Salon & Day Spa, Makeup by Ashley Cook for Urbane Salon & Day Spa.


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IN THIS ISSUE 2 0 14 N e b r a s k a W e d d i n g D a y

FEATURES

38 FLORAL CONFECTIONS

A Delightful Display of Cake Artistry

96 OUR SEASONAL INSPIRATION

Fashion Décor Real Weddings

136 SWEET BEGINNINGS

A Cozy Engagement Celebration

180 HONEYMOON DIARIES

A Closer Look at Paradise

185 FROM OUR NOTEBOOK

A Go-To Guide for Planning

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Bellus Photo + Film

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Beauty 12

Getting Your Gorgeous On

Fashion 24 27 33

The Belle Of The Ball Menswear Collection With This Ring

DĂŠcor 38 45 50 56 66 72 80 82 88

Floral Confections Working Hand In Hand Make It Your Own The Art Of Stationery A Winning First Impression Asked & Answered Selecting The Boutonniere Distinctive Design Well-Meaning Advice

Home 94

Right At Home

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Ceremonies & Receptions 104 108 112 120 124 128 132 140 148 152 154 157

Honoring Your Union The Right Time And Place Mixed Company Guest List Development Fair To Partly Cloudy On A Smaller Scale Please Take A Seat Here Or There Surrounded By Love Making Beautiful Music Party Planning Protocol Venue Guide

Honeymoon 180

Honeymoon Diaries

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Planning 18 97 102 116 136 144 166 170 173 176

In A Supporting Role Flavorful Pairings Officially Yours A Balanced Budget Sweet Beginnings Bridal Festivities Movie Night Money-Saving Strategies Let The Celebrations Begin Well Rehearsed

Bridal Tools 184 185

Tying Up Loose Ends From Our Notebook Planning Checklist Registry Guide Party Prep Guide Invitation Guide Seating Guide Tipping/Weather Guide Ms. to Mrs. Guide


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GETTING YOUR GORGEOUS ON Enjoying the beauty treatment

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

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

Wear Your Everyday Makeup On the day of your consultation, wear your everyday makeup to your appointment. Your makeup artist will see how much makeup you wear on a day-to-day basis and she can discuss with you any features you might like to accentuate. If your daily routine includes only wearing concealer and mascara, discuss some neutral eye shadow colors and light lip gloss options. If you love to wear eyeliner and darker shades, PHOTOGRAPHY BY Attanasio Photography

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your makeup artist will see that you do not shy away from a bold look. She can consider this when discussing options for the day of your wedding.

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

Plan a Night Out The best way to test the longevity of your makeup and to fully enjoy your consultation is to plan an evening out with friends or go on a date with your fiancĂŠ that evening. This will not only serve as a test to see if you love sporting those false lashes for a few hours, but you will enjoy an extended wear time, giving you a feel for your makeup. Snapping a few images of yourself is also a great way to see how comfortable you feel with the results. You want your makeup to look flawless, all the while highlighting your gorgeous features. Be certain to take note of any changes you would like to make after this test.

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

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

Come One, Not All Since most salons are smaller spaces, it can quickly become distracting and intimidating for a stylist to practice your wedding-day

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

Bring Your Accessories If you plan to wear a veil or other hair accessory, don’t forget to bring it along to your consultation. Allowing your stylist to practice with the piece in advance will ensure that the appointment on your wedding day will be a breeze. Plus, you will have the chance to try different positions for your veil or accessory and then snap a few photos of these looks to decide which you prefer.

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

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IN A SUPPORTING ROLE One mom’s calming influence throughout the planning process By Suzanne Geist

THE DAY I HAD BEEN WAITING FOR HAD finally arrived – my daughter’s wedding day. This day brought with it many mixed emotions. I was happy for her and her future, bittersweet that my baby was no longer my baby, and relieved that the day was finally here. Now that this memorable day has come and gone, I reflect on it from time to time asking myself, “If I had to do it again, what would I do differently?” Inevitably, the day passes much too quickly. Several times since the wedding, friends have asked my advice on navigating the year-long journey as Mother of the Bride. What worked well for me was to operate by a few well-chosen principles.

THE BRIDE’S DAY This is your daughter and future son-in-law’s day. That seems like an obvious statement, right? Well, not so fast! Keeping this simple fact in the forefront can be challenging, especially if you are paying for the wedding. It is so easy to get caught up in planning a gathering for your friends and theirs that you momentarily forget the true focus of the day. You must always remember that the little touches and personality of this event should reflect the couple – and no one else. Keep them involved! Ask questions about what they like, ask about their vision, and remember to ask what they do NOT want as part of their day.

LET HER TAKE CENTER STAGE Sorry Mom, it’s not about you. I know I just said that, but it bears repeating. This is where many plans hit the skids. You must step aside and let your daughter take center stage. Keep this guiding principle at the top of your mind and plan accordingly. First things first – be mindful of your attire. Many people will be in attendance, so you want to look your best; but your daughter is the one who should be grabbing their attention. Select attire that suits your body style and personal style, yet PHOTOGRAPHY BY Chelsie Moreland Photography

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|planning| does not distract from the wedding party. The colors need to blend nicely. You definitely don’t need to match the bridesmaids, but you don’t want to clash with the color palette either. Beware of plunging necklines or high hemlines. It will be a long day and those choices limit your ability to move about freely as well as compromise the comfort of you and your guests. As you tackle the long list of details, keep repeating, “It’s not about me, it’s about the kids.” If you do this, you will be on the right path toward planning a wedding that is truly personal to the couple while keeping the relationship with your daughter intact.

KEEP YOUR POISE Staying poised is sometimes easier said than done. Planning a wedding will present stressful times. This is where you can shine! Freak-out moments are had by most; but if you stay calm and rational, it will give your daughter so much assurance that things are well in hand. Also, it is contagious. Almost every detail can be fixed, adapted, or worked around. I made it my goal to assure the planning was as stress free as possible for my daughter. Now, I am definitely not Wonder Woman and I cannot control every event. I just realized that if I was a “mom-zilla” to the florist or had a meltdown over the color of the party mints, my daughter was likely to feel that stress. She should not have to worry about my behavior along with all the details of planning. So if you take care of those concerns, you will have a wonderful event. Behind every relaxed, beautiful bride is a mother with strong shoulders who can deflect any negativity and keep smiling. Do your best to dispel any frustrations and the day will be grand!

COMMUNICATION IS KEY Keep communicating! Talk about the details as much as time will allow. Talking through the day will almost always bring up something you haven’t thought about. Also, it is imperative to talk with the groom’s family. They often wish to be involved in some aspect of the planning and it is your job to initiate that communication. Visit with the Mother of the Groom about your dress. That will make her more comfortable about her own selection. Communicate about budgets. Whether high or low, talking about it keeps everyone informed and on track. Mom, remember that you are the mood setter, initiator, and allaround problem solver of this event. While no one can guarantee the day will go without a hitch, if you keep these principles in mind, you will look back on the day with great pride, joy, and anticipation about what is to come! |NWD|

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THE BELLE OF THE BALL Bridal gown shopping with a purpose By Holly Lafferty

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

TOO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN When you are dealing with a smaller bridal boutique, bringing a large entourage just won’t work. It may sound like a great idea to have your entire family and all your girlfriends there to help you choose your gown, but inevitably the situation will cause more confusion and stress, making the entire experience less enjoyable for you. You will find that everyone has their own opinion. As the bride, you know the only opinion that truly PHOTOGRAPHY BY Nikki Moore Photography

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counts is your own. So, while it is nice to receive feedback from one or two loved ones, bringing along multiple people could create unnecessary anxiety. Set yourself up for success by taking along a select few that will provide the quality feedback you seek. There is a simple solution to limiting your shopping crew. Inform others who wish to come along that your mother and your maid (or matron) of honor are going to be helping you with your gown search. Often, that will stem the tide of volunteers as they realize those are the women closest to you. For friends or relatives that still persist with being included, simply ask them to support you later at a gown fitting. If your resolve begins to weaken with an insistent few, find courage to politely decline by remembering that having an unplanned guest along is often more stressful than helpful.

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

BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR MAXIMUM BUDGET Nothing causes more frustration for both the bride and the bridal boutique as when you are uncertain about what you can truly afford. If you tell your salon attendant that your budget is around $4,000, she will bring out breathtaking couture gowns within the $4,000 budget. But, if in reality your maximum budget is $3,000, you risk falling in love with a gown that is beyond your means. At some point, you will have to be honest with the salon attendant about your true budget figure and then the process must begin again with gowns that fit your budget. Sadly, then you may find yourself frustrated because you are longing for that $4,000 couture gown you simply could not afford.

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

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menswear

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Photographed by Corey Rourke Photography Located at Chez Hay

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formal attire

Menswear from Tip Top Tux Jewelry from Riddle’s Jewelry

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Menswear from Mr. Tuxedo Jewelry from Riddle’s Jewelry

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Menswear from Tip Top Tux Jewelry from Riddle’s Jewelry

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WITH THIS RING Selecting the symbol of your love and commitment By Holly Lafferty

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

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

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

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

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

MULTIPLE DIAMONDS While solitaire settings are still enormously popular, many brides are choosing a large diamond framed by tiny diamonds. Such a design

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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 fivestone 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 The modern, streamlined trend in home decorating has carried over into bridal jewelry. 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 cuttingedge, a modern design might be the right style for you.

PLATINUM Platinum is still the precious metal choice of many brides. Platinum is much stronger than gold, which makes it a better investment in the long run. It is pricier than gold, which is why some brides who are attracted to the white-silver color of platinum end up choosing white gold. White gold offers the look of platinum without the higher price tag. However, if durability is very important to you, it is probably worth the added expense of platinum. Once you have settled on your dream engagement ring, you and your fiancĂŠ should go shopping together for wedding bands. While


|fashion engagement rings are still an ideal way to show off your individual style, wedding bands are becoming more personalized as well. Here are some tips when making your selections. • Mix it up. It is not a problem if you and your fiancé have different tastes in wedding bands. A matching his-and-her set is not necessary–although you may save money by selecting a matching set. Each of you should be able to wear what you love, whether it matches one another or not. • Incorporate your personality into your selection. Consider including a special engraving on the ring or adding another meaningful detail. Designers today can do just about anything you can think of to make your ring more personal. Have the jeweler design a 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 is the right budget for you. • Think long-term. When narrowing the choices, a key question to ask yourself is if you will love it as much in thirty years. If not, continue your search. • Take your time. Visit several jewelers and never feel pressured to buy anything until you are certain it is a good match. • Plan accordingly. To allow for sizing, engraving, or any other modifications that will need to be made, purchase your rings two to three months before your wedding date. Don’t wait until the eleventh hour and risk not having a wedding band to slip on your finger for your big day! • Find inspiration online. Viewing ring options online can still be a special time with your fiancé by scheduling it as a date. Cook dinner, pour some wine, and settle down in front of the computer for a romantic night of perusing. The best advice when shopping for your rings is to always keep in mind that your engagement and wedding rings are an important symbol of the commitment between you and your husband. 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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Photographed by Nikki Moore Photography Cake by Sweet Cakes & Roses, Inc.

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Cake by Alotta Brownies Bakery


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Macarons by Le Cupcake


Cake and Cupcakes by Gigi’s Cupcakes West Omaha


WORKING HAND IN HAND Matching vendors with your vision

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

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

Whom to Bring Your bridal gown selection process is often the most sensitive and special time during your wedding-planning process. You may have dreamt of your wedding gown for years, but here is where your dreams meet reality. Just remember the importance of feeling stunning, yet comfortable in the gown you select. By only inviting one or two close friends or family members to your appointment, you will feel more at ease. We suggest bringing your mother, sister or maid of honor with you. They know your style, comfort level, and can gently PHOTOGRAPHY BY Bellus Photo + Film

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

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

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

What to Bring As always, arrive prepared with your wedding details in hand. Bring along any information about your wedding date, time, and location. Gather beforehand information 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. Determine that amount prior to your appointment 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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MAKE IT YOUR OWN Harness the powers of 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, outline what to expect, and illustrate why it is all worth it.

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

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|décor| TABLE TREATMENT The options for table linens are virtually endless. There is a rainbow of colors available in standard linen fabrics along with a more limited selection of colors in textured linens. Simply covering tables in floor length linens will dress them up and add significant interest to the space. Many reception venues include china in the facility fee. If you are looking to save on china rentals, simply dress up the standard white china with colored napkins and plate chargers. If your vision includes stepping it up a bit more, consider renting china and flatware. Utilizing gold flatware and gold-rimmed china will create an elegant and sophisticated ambiance. Remember to bring along your menu when selecting china rentals to ensure you are choosing the appropriate dish for each course. The best way to make guests feel special is to pay attention to the details. Providing a unique table experience will leave a lasting impression. It is easy to add special touches through napkin rings, menu cards, or small tokens of thanks. Having your guests find a thoughtful touch at their place setting will immediately make them feel comfortable.

dinner. Another rental essential is an assortment of cocktail tables allowing guests to easily socialize during the cocktail hour.

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

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

FILL THE SPACE Many reception venues are large, open rooms. To create a cozier atmosphere and to separate the space into smaller sections, consider renting lounge pieces to create unique areas for guests to gather after

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

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A WINNING FIRST IMPRESSION Invitation details made easy By Joy Armstrong

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

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

WEDDING INVITATION About four to six weeks before the wedding, guests should receive your invitation in the mail. Upon opening that special envelope, your wedding style will be revealed and from the invitation your guests will know what type of wedding you have planned. So choose carefully when selecting your invitations, and remember to have fun with them! Your invitations should be a reflection of your style and personality as a couple. Are you and your fiancé modern, classic, fun, or funky? Traditionally, wedding invitations utilize two envelopes, an inner and an outer envelope. However, current trends omit the inner envelope. If your selection includes an inner envelope, the invitation is inserted into the inner envelope facing the back flap, with the names of those invited PHOTOGRAPHY BY Megan Pomeroy Photography

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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. Rogers and Marissa, Colin, and Emily An address is not included on the inner envelope. Also, this envelope holds other pieces of the wedding invitation such as a reception card, RSVP card and envelope, accommodation card, and a map or directions card. After the inner envelope is properly addressed and stuffed, it is slipped into the outer envelope. The inner envelope can be ordered with a colored liner which may increase the invitation cost slightly, but adds a splash of color and style. All envelopes should be handwritten. If your handwriting is not legible, consider using a calligrapher or asking a friend with attractive handwriting to address the invitations. If neither option is available, run the envelopes through your computer printer and select a font that coordinates with your wedding style. We recommend that you have your return address pre-printed on the outer envelope flap.

INVITATION VERBIAGE When deciding on the appropriate verbiage for your wedding invitation, you will want to be mindful of both families. Using proper language is important as your family circumstances may be a delicate matter when parents of the couple have

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|décor| separated or divorced, passed away, or are no longer part of the couple’s lives. From time to time the bride’s parents, together with the groom’s parents, host the wedding. We have provided examples which are helpful when addressing these sensitivities. You will find these examples in the FROM OUR NOTEBOOK Invitation Guide at the back of this issue. Please note that the more formal phrase “the honour of your presence” is traditionally reserved for weddings that take place in a house of worship. For less formal ceremonies, “the pleasure of your company” or “the honour of your company” usually indicates that the ceremony will not include a worship service. When deciding on the use of “honour” vs. “honor,” consider the style of your wedding and your personal preference. For formal invites you should use “honour,” which is used for more formal functions. Also, be consistent by using “favour” instead of “favor,” when utilizing a reply card. While informal wording is becoming more common, remember to make it perfectly clear whether guests are being invited to a wedding ceremony or to the reception only. An example is, “…would be delighted by your presence at the marriage of their children” or “invite you to join them at the wedding reception of…” The key to properly wording the invitation is to be socially appropriate while remaining comfortable with the verbiage. When the bride’s parents are divorced, the invitation is often issued by the parent who raised the bride. If both parents raised the bride,

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the names are listed on separate lines with the mother always named first without “and” between them. If the mother of the bride is remarried, use her married name. While it is not traditional to include a deceased parent, many couples feel strongly about doing so. The verbiage should make it clear that the deceased parent is not issuing the invitation and courtesy titles are omitted.

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

R.S.V.P. LINE OR REPLY CARD It is best to include a reply card with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to encourage guests to respond to their invitation in a timely fashion. Even though it is not required by traditional etiquette, doing so increases the probability of receiving a reply. If you choose to use a RSVP line on the invitation, proper placement directs it to be printed in the lower left corner. You can also include a mailing address, phone number, email address, or website for their response. If you prefer to use a separate card, the traditional fill-in-the-blank version provides the first letter of Mr. or


|décor| Mrs. or a more casual option reads, “Please let us know whether you will join us” with space for writing. If your reception includes a plated meal wherein the guests choose from a selection of entrees, those options should be printed on the reply card, one per line with a short blank line to fill in a number preceding each selection.

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 or the invitation or on the reception card. It is important to note that your registry information should never be indicated anywhere on the invitation or the inserts. Before ordering your invitations, verify that it contains all critical pieces of information, such as the (1) host, (2) request, (3) bride and groom, (4) date and time, (5) ceremony location, (6) reception location, and (7) RSVP. This information can be worded and arranged in a variety of ways to reflect the style of the occasion and the changing times. Use our Invitation Guide included in the FROM OUR NOTEBOOK section of this issue. While it is always important to consider proper etiquette, also consider your personal style when selecting your invitation and the appropriate phrasing. |NWD|

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ASKED & ANSWERED A guide to gathering all the details By Holly Lafferty

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

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|décor| EVENT PLANNER QUERIES 1. Will you come up with a timeline and communicate it to all vendors? This one is fairly basic, but many brides make the assumption a planner will do this without confirming it. When the big day arrives, the bride may be shocked to learn that her planner didn’t confirm set-up times with the vendors. Do not let this simple expectation be overlooked! 2. Are you willing to do the “dirty work” for me? In other words, if your future mother-in-law is overstepping her bounds or your maid of honor is complaining about helping, will your planner be okay with stepping in and addressing the situation so you don’t have the added stress? 3. Do you have connections with other wedding professionals? Often the added expense of a planner can be justified simply because her relationships with vendors will provide you special discounts. This is a huge plus and definitely a selling point for certain planners. 4. Are you well versed in wedding vendor contracts? You want your planner to be familiar with a wide variety of vendor contracts. She should also be familiar with the fine print that may be part of a contract. It may save you significant grief if she catches something that would have resulted in substantial additional cost. 5. Will you stay within my budget? You don’t want a planner that tries to pressure you into hiring her favorite photographer if that photographer costs more than you budgeted. Your planner should respect your budget limitations and work within them rather than try to push you beyond your means.

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

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

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

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

FLORAL DESIGNER QUERIES 1. Will you be handling my floral design personally or will someone else? If you make a strong connection with your floral designer and you love his/her style, you want to be certain that particular designer will be the one creating your designs. If that particular designer does not work on the day of your wedding, that may or may not be a concern. If your floral designer works as part of a team, you will want to confirm that she/he is part of that team. 2. What floral recommendations would you make for my budget? You may have a specific floral design in mind, but your designer should be able to direct you to alternative blooms that will assure you stay within budget while maintaining the design scheme you envisioned. The designer should be knowledgeable about trends and also adept at incorporating desired details into your style. 3. 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. 4. How many weddings do you typically schedule for one day? This is a critical question when considering whether the floral designer or team can provide you the services you require on your special day. Some vendors are smaller operations that can only handle a limited number of events across any given weekend. However, a larger floral operation may be able to comfortably accommodate a multitude of weddings/events due to the large team of professionals involved in the process.

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Ask the question and listen carefully to how it is handled. If you are uneasy about their ability to make your day a priority, it might be best to consider other floral vendors. 5. What design styles are you comfortable executing? Every floral designer has a distinct style, so you will want to confirm that your visions align. If the floral designer leans toward modern and cutting-edge but you are looking for something traditional, you may end up taken aback on your wedding day. The designer should have a portfolio of real wedding designs that are similar to your vision. Carefully considering the responses you receive when asking questions will help eliminate any surprises on the day of your wedding.

CAKE ARTIST QUERIES 1. How do you price your cakes? Some cake artists price their creations by the slice, with certain styles and flavors costing more than others. In addition, some cake artists have a required minimum per-person cost. With numerous options available, confirm that you are clear on the associated costs before finalizing your cake selection. 2. What flavors do you offer? Nearly every cake artist provides traditional white cake. If you want something outside the norm, confirm that your prospective baker offers the fillings, cake coatings, and decorations that you have in mind. Without a doubt, taste tests are an important and delicious element of the interview process! 3. Are additional fees charged for delivery and setup of the cake? Many cake artists will include delivery and setup in the pricing structure. However, don’t assume anything. Ask about these details as some vendors may bill such services as an additional charge. This is especially true if your venue falls outside the normal service area. 4. What happens if the cake is damaged during delivery or setup? While this is unlikely, occasionally it occurs. Ask if someone will be available for last-minute repairs or touch ups. Also, inquire as to whether a refund or adjustment in price will be issued should such an unfortunate event occur. 5. Am I able to create a custom cake or are there specific designs from which I choose? If you have a specific cake design in mind, provide photos to the cake artist. The artist should be able to create the cake based upon the photos and description you provide. However, if you have nothing particular in mind, most cake artists will have examples that may provide you inspiration.

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|dĂŠcor| that will be served. Since the list of options may be long and varied, it might be helpful to contact the caterer prior to the appointment to have them send you information. Many caterers have a website with their menu options listed. (Be aware that often pricing is omitted from online menu information.) Review any information prior to your appointment to narrow your choices and to minimize the chance of leaving the appointment without all the information you need to make a final decision. At the meeting, a good place to start is by asking about a minimum cost per person. Also, ask if the gratuity is included in the per-person cost or if it will be an additional charge. It is critical that you fully understand the pricing structure and how your caterer will bill you. 2. What do you recommend for my event? Given your guest list and the location of your wedding, your caterer should have suggestions about whether a buffet or plated dinner will work best. As a seasoned professional, the caterer will also have some suggestions for you about the type of food that would work well with the style of your event. 3. How will you present the food? Most caterers will have put some thought into presentation and how the food will be arranged on the buffet table or plated for service to the guests. 4. How much and what type of catering experience do you have? Find out how long the caterer has been in business. Ask how many weddings they cater per year. The answers to these questions will provide insight into the depth of their experience. 5. Will there be someone to manage things on-site the day of the wedding? It is important for your caterer to have an adequate number of servers on hand and also to have an experienced banquet manager assigned to your event. This will ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. The banquet manager will coordinate with your wedding planner to make certain food and drink service is executed at the designated time. 6. Do you provide a tasting of the menu items we are considering? If the answers to the previous questions are a good fit for you and your budget, you will want to arrange a time to sample the menu items under consideration for service at your reception. As you can see, there is 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|

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DISTINCTIVE DESIGN Keeping it simple and true to your style

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

BALANCE We have spent a great deal of time contemplating what would be the perfect balance of handcrafted details for the average bride and we have crafted a fantastic scenario. What if you could have your dream wedding, stay within budget, and look like you hired Martha Stewart herself? We are here to tell you that you don’t need Martha to do it. You can pull off a wedding that is in perfect balance by simply focusing on a just a few distinctive design elements.

SIGNAGE By adding interesting signage to your ceremony and reception space, you are not only adding function, but you are adding style and personality as well. When determining signage options, take a good look at the space you are using. Are there any remarkable focal points you would like to highlight? Did you catch yourself missing a critical turn that attendees would need to recognize? If so, these are great opportunities to create some signage for your guests. The key to successfully executing any handcrafted project is to focus on practicality. Chalkboards serve well to greet guests, display menus, or designate table numbers. A larger version can even serve as a fun photo booth backdrop. Purchase a can of chalkboard paint for less than $20 and transform a thrift store silver tray or ceramic serving platter for a menu board to be displayed at the start of your buffet line. Certain fabrics, like PHOTOGRAPHY BY Christine McGuigan Photography

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|décor| canvas, can be painted with your names, monogram, or even a simple “welcome” and hung from a flag hook. If you do not have the highest confidence in your calligraphy skills, rent or borrow a projector to perfect any monogram or text. Remember to use the same font and/or motif throughout your designed pieces to provide a common style with all signage.

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 are old-fashioned soda bottles with name tags tied around the necks. Or, how about using mini loaves of bread wrapped in parchment paper? Just add a simple tag with the guest’s name tied on with baker’s twine. Another option would be to consider a fun and unique way to display traditional place cards. Craft a frame from chicken wire and tie on each place card with colored string. Even mimicking bowties with scraps of fabric tied and glued onto the place cards can add interest and creativity for minimal cost.

TABLE NUMBERS Grab your guests’ attention with unique table numbers. Use a numerical rubber stamp on fabric or carry your chalkboard signage theme 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 at flea markets or garage sales for about 50 cents each. Painted papier-mâché letters look great as well and make a large statement for about a dollar each. 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

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|dĂŠcor| muslin bags stamped with a monogram or emblem, then stuffed with salted caramels or salt water taffy and tied off with a 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 arrange small craft paper bags full of gourmet popcorn or chocolates tied closed with ribbon or folded down and sealed with a monogramed self-adhesive sticker. Display them on a cake stand for pretty decor at your cake table. This also allows easy access for guests to take 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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WELL-MEANING ADVICE Sifting through the many words of wisdom By Holly Lafferty

HAVE YOU EVER FELT LIKE SOMETHING WAS both a blessing and a curse? Well, that is how you might feel from time to time about the wellintentioned 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 WeddingDay is here to serve you! We are your trusted resource on all things wedding. Not only do we bring you the latest in bridal fashions, floral design, handcrafted details, and so much more, we also aid you in determining what is appropriate and what is not. There will always be information floating around that is not necessarily accurate. We are here to help you sort out the misperceptions and to guide you through the most common wedding myths.

WEDDING MYTH #1 A wedding planner is an unnecessary expense. Of course a wedding planner will charge a fee for services rendered, but it may be money well spent. Keep in mind that a wedding planner can offer invaluable advice, assist in making decisions, and ultimately save you from a multitude of headaches. Additionally, a wedding planner may actually end up saving you money due to his/her business connections within the industry. For example, you are negotiating a group rate with a hotel for your out-of-town guests, but the hotel is not budging from what you consider to be an unreasonable price for your guests to spend on accommodations. You have your heart set on PHOTOGRAPHY BY Nikki Moore Photography

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this particular hotel and are beginning to feel frustrated. You’ve been wasting valuable time on an issue that isn’t getting resolved; but, your wedding planner has worked with this hotel before and has brought them business over the years. She can use her business relationship with the hotel sales manager to not only settle on a more satisfactory rate, but also save you the time and effort of trying to work through an issue that wasn’t going your way. Everyone wins!

WEDDING MYTH #2 Only the bride should wear white. Thanks to the high-profile wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the tradition of white being worn only by the bride is no longer a steadfast rule. After all, if the Duchess of Cambridge doesn’t mind her maid of honor wearing a white dress, why should you give it a second thought when your cousin shows up in white? Ideally, close family members should check with the bride before selecting a white dress for the occasion. 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 guest list of 200. Your head is spinning! But that’s okay because you are saving a bunch of money, right? Well, not always. Sometimes it turns out that the materials for your

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|décor| beautiful project ended up costing much more than originally intended. When factoring in manpower and materials, suddenly a DIY wedding doesn’t sound so wonderful after all. Cheer up! Handcrafted details do not have to overwhelm, as long as your plans are realistic and achievable. Also, keep in mind that there are hundreds of fantastic wedding vendors waiting to do the job for you. Their sole purpose is to help ease your burden and give you what you desire for your special day. Unlike many DIY projects which you may be trying for the first time and praying it works, these vendors have years of experience to draw upon in creating a perfect product for your wedding day. Taking on everything yourself sets you up for a stress level that can be off the charts. Pick a few handcrafted details that truly speak to you and then decide if those projects are something you can tackle. If not, delegate those details to the professionals. They are always happy to be of service!

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

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close to the family review the chart to make certain you have not overlooked an old feud or uncomfortable relationship, thereby unknowingly placing those guests at the same table.

WEDDING MYTH #5 Buffets are cheaper than plated dinners. It is often assumed that buffets are a money-saving option for dinner receptions. While buffets can be fantastic for offering guests a variety of choices, some food options can still be rather costly, especially when including one or more carving stations. While a self-service buffet minimizes wait staff, it does not allow for portion control. If not properly managed, a self-service buffet can leave the last guests in line with food that is past its prime, cold, or even without food at all. One option to control portions is to have your caterer provide wait staff to “serve” portions from one side of the buffet to the guests as they move through the line on the other side of the buffet. This not only provides portion control, but it also allows wait staff to monitor when food needs to be replenished. Another meal service concept that is growing in popularity is the “family-style” meal. Family-style food service is typically less expensive than a traditional 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 out to each table on platters and serving dishes to be passed around the table for each guest to fill their own plates. The serving dishes remain on the table

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|décor| and are 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 really make all the difference. Also, keep in mind the logistics of the table itself as you plan room for the platters and serving dishes. With this style of service, you will keep centerpieces and table decorations to a minimum so that serving dishes will fit comfortably. Finally, don’t count out the benefits of a plated-dinner reception which can still allow your guests choices while bringing an added level of elegance to your reception. There’s nothing quite like being served a beautifully-plated delicious meal to make guests feel pampered and satisfied. Be certain to include the entrée choices on your response card and track the selections for your caterer.

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

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WEDDING MYTH #7 It is bad luck for the groom to see you before you walk down the aisle. It is definitely not bad luck for the wedding couple to see one another before the bride walks 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 brides, it is much more convenient, and just as romantic, to photograph a “first look” before you walk down the aisle. Plus, think of all the benefits that come from taking photographs early. Your guests will not be waiting for two hours before the wedding party arrives at the reception. Also, you and your groom 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 man to see you walk down the aisle, there’s nothing wrong with that either. The moment will be special either way. Just decide what is comfortable for you and not what you think you “should” do. Keep in mind there are no longer steadfast rules when it comes to proper decorum for today’s weddings. The best advice is to always be tasteful in your choices and considerate of your wedding party, family, and guests. Make your decisions based upon how best you can celebrate your love on this very special day with people that truly care about you. |NWD|


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RIGHT AT HOME Basics for making the most of your gift registry

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

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

WHERE TO START It is best to select two to three stores when registering for your wedding. These stores should include gift selections with prices spanning from low to high. Since guests will need to follow their own budget when selecting your gift, it is thoughtful to include options across a wide array of price points. Also, keep in mind where your guests are located. If you select retail stores that are not located within driving distance to your guests, it will force them to purchase your gifts online. While this may be convenient for out-of-town guests, it may be an added expense for those who live in the area. Registering with a store that provides either option is an added convenience for guests. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Megan Pomeroy Photography

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An important step in determining where you wish to register is to educate yourself on the store’s registry set up and return policy. Large retail stores have simplified the registry process. These stores are able to record your guests’ purchase history and any shipping addresses, thereby making thank you notes a breeze. However, some stores may limit the number of returns or exchanges without a proper gift receipt, making it difficult to return or exchange duplicates. A one-of-a-kind boutique or smaller retail store may have a printed copy of your registry available in the store, but not available to out-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. Another option increasing in popularity is online-only gift registries. There is a wide variety of sites offering services – some with a particular niche appeal, such as a site for the environmentally conscious bride. On this site, a couple can register for gifts from green merchants, as well as cash gifts, 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 it is important (1) to make certain the site is user friendly, (2) to fully

understand the associated fees for the site, and (3) to understand the site’s registry and return policies.

GETTING STARTED Before you begin selecting items for your registry, take a thorough inventory of your belongings and those of your fiancé to determine your needs. Are you still using towels from college? Do you have an incomplete dishware set? Take note of any items that you are currently missing or that need replacing. Tip: Compile your list categorized by room so you can easily remember these items when you hit the stores. Another consideration before you visit the store is to envision your home in five to ten years. You may not host dinner parties now, but will you in a few years? Do you see yourself hosting holiday events such as Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? Before skipping over certain areas like serving ware, think of your expected 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 every day needs that you will use for many years to come. When looking at the basics, we suggest sticking to white or ivory in color. Crisp white sheets and towels not only match any change of décor,

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

FINAL STEPS After you complete your selections, check back with each store after your bridal/couple showers. You might wish to add items

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that you missed the first time around. This also will serve to rebuild the list after receiving items from your showers. When receiving gifts prior to the wedding day, it is proper etiquette to send a thank you note within a week or two, so the guest knows their gift arrived and that it is deeply appreciated. If there are gifts remaining on your registry after your wedding, many stores offer a completion program. This program may provide you a discounted price, often 10% to 20%, off any items remaining on your list. Some stores send a completion coupon several weeks after your wedding date, so it may be wise to hold off splurging on big ticket items until then. |NWD|

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Warmly welcome bright and cheerful blooms back into season with these stunning creations. Photographed by Christine McGuigan Photography


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Luminous Rose Dripping in pearls, sequins and rhinestones, this creation is dazzling and dreamy. Orchids grace the coordinating bouquet with a soft mixture of milky white and radiant blush pink. Floral design by Flowers for Special Occasions spring | seasonal inspiration


Sunlit Canary A burst of goldenrod, canary and amber creates an inviting combination of blooms. Rich texture and greenery adds a rustic charm to this bouquet.

Floral design by Brandy Schreiner Freelance Florist

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Radiant Violet

With a botanical feel, this vivid amethyst centerpiece creates a striking visual for guests to enjoy. The addition of kale in the bouquet blends the radiant hue with natural greens. Floral design by Florals Etcetera spring | seasonal inspiration


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molly and matt RUSTIC CHIC

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Like true high school sweethearts, Molly and Matt dated for nearly eight years before becoming engaged. “It’s like we just always knew each other. We grew up in the same small town and went to the same school. I always thought he was so cute and used to tease my friend, Sarah, that I was going to date him when he got older,” recalls Molly. With her heart set on a spring wedding date, Molly planned a reception that would be inviting and relaxed. “I wanted our reception to feel very much like we had just invited everyone out to an open field and decided to decorate with whatever was around us – some old metal buckets, mismatched candlesticks, bits of lace here and there, weathered barrels, and overgrown wild flowers,” says Molly. When reflecting back on their wedding day, Molly and Matt felt overwhelmed by the love that surrounded them. “Never again in our lives will we have the opportunity to be surrounded by the people who mean the most to us, all at one time,” recalls Molly. Hair Stylist: Mane Attraction // Makeup Artist: Haylie Polacek // Bridal Gown: My Blue Whimsy // Bridesmaid Gowns: Ellynne Bridal // Menswear: J Patrick’s Formal Wear // Paper Goods: Nancy Vrzal // Floral Design: Barb Coffin Designs // Reception Venue: Polk County Fairgrounds // Rentals: AAA Rents & Event Services // Catering: Quality Catering // Cake: Nancy’s Cake Shoppe Ceremony Music: Heidi Beran and Suzanne Haddock // Reception Music: The Rumbles seasonal inspiration | spring


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kayla and jason ELEGANT CHARM

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After meeting through mutual friends, Kayla and Jason instantly connected. As a birthday gift a year later, Jason took Kayla for a romantic hot air balloon ride and proposed during flight. While planning their wedding day, Kayla envisioned a classic, timeless look while keeping a casual and fun feel for their friends and family. “We used neutral colors throughout our wedding to help with the timeless feel including shades of whites, ivories, and champagnes. We used a lot of satin and lace for both attire and decorative elements,” says Kayla. When recalling one of her favorite moments from their day, Kayla adds, “Jason and I took some time after we ate to go up on the rooftop for some pictures. For a couple of minutes we were able to relax a bit and take in the sights as well as have a few moments just to ourselves before heading down to party the night away with our guests.” Second Photographer: Hooton Images - Heather Hooten // Bridal Gown: Suburban Bridal // Hair Stylist: Creative Hair Design - Molly Jurgens and Amy Heller // Makeup Artist: Ambition Salon - Kristin Keifer // Menswear: Perry Ellis // Paper Goods: dSy Designs - Dana Osborne // Floral Design: Farmgirl Flowers // Cake: Janet Judwig // Reception Venue: Tip Top Ballroom // Catering: Brandeis Catering // Music: Complete // Rentals: AAA Rents & Event Services seasonal inspiration | spring


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danielle and clint VIBRANT CELEBRATION

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After dating throughout high school, Danielle and Clint decided to go their separate ways after graduation. “I had big dreams of leaving small town life. He was part cowboy, master angler and the ultimate salesman,” recalls Danielle. After she moved to Las Vegas and he remained in Chadron, they never fell out of love. “After a visit to Chadron on Labor Day weekend, I realized I needed to come back home. After a few weeks, he called. He asked me out that night; he’d already made reservations. Then one sunny morning about two years later, he woke me up and popped the question,” says Danielle. With a wedding date over Labor Day weekend, Danielle and Clint planned the ultimate day. “I wanted our wedding to feel like us -- a little fancy, a little redneck and a whole lot of fun,” says Danielle. When reflecting on their wedding day, Danielle adds, “All I can say is after all the laughter, tears, whiskey, wine and about 12 years — I think we can honestly say we each married our best friend. And we had the day of our dreams.”

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After meeting on a sand volleyball court, Amy and Nate had an instant connection. “I knew there was something special about him. Luckily, we had mutual friends who did their part to help move fate along and introduced us that summer,” says Amy. Several years and countless dates later, Nate surprised Amy by dropping to one knee and proposing during their routine weekend jog. “It was one of the most treasured days of our lives,” recalls Amy. The couple planned their wedding day around a classic, elegant and romantic style. When recalling her wedding day, Amy adds, “I tried to take mental pictures throughout the day because I wanted to take everything in. Stepping into my dress for the first time with my Mom, standing at the end of the aisle with my Dad and my first look with Nate are all memories that I hold close to my heart.”

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PAIRINGS A delicious small bite and refreshing drink can kick o the party with pizazz! Talk with your caterer about cocktail-hour oerings to transition guests from ceremony to reception. Keep selections easy to eat and easy to execute. The options are endless, so let your imagination run wild and make cocktail hour a welcoming experience for guests.

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Strawberry Basil Tart A lovely bite of springtime. A crunchy phyllo cup filled with creamy vanilla Greek yogurt, then topped with fresh ripe strawberries, a hint of basil, and finished with salty chopped pistachios. Meyer Lemon Gin Fizz A refreshing twist on fresh lemonade. Sweet/tart meyer lemon simple syrup blended with gin and topped off with a splash of tonic water or club soda. Recipes available on neweddingday.com

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Cherry Tomato/Goat Cheese CanapĂŠ Summertime tomatoes two ways. A crisp seasoned cracker topped with a smear of tangy goat cheese and fresh cherry tomatoes. Brightened by a hint of tarragon, kosher salt and freshly-cracked pepper. Bloody Mary A spicy palate pleaser. Pack a punch with a handmade mix of tomato and citrus juices accented with spicy horseradish, Worcestershire, and your favorite hot sauce. Served with or without a hefty splash of vodka. Recipes available on neweddingday.com

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Cinnamon Apple Cheddar Panini Bite into fall freshness with an apple/cheddar slice of heaven. Toasty pretzel baguette slices cradle melted sharp cheddar and tangy apple slices dusted with a hint of cinnamon sugar. Light Apple Refresher Nothing goes better with grilled cheese than beer and nothing screams autumn like apples. Enjoy a simple blend of apple hard cider and light beer for a refreshing respite. Recipes available on neweddingday.com

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Griddled Polenta with Caramelized Onions A hearty winter taste treat. A crispy, yet creamy polenta cake topped with savory sweet caramelized onions and a bit of mascarpone cheese dressed with the slightest drizzle of honey. Orange Ginger Hot Toddy Chase the chills away with toasty warm goodness. A steaming mug of spiced orange tea blended with a hint of ginger syrup, a splash of orange liqueur and dose of dark rum. Enjoy with or without a spoonful of honey. Recipes available on neweddingday.com

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OFFICIALLY YOURS Legal requirements for getting hitched

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

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

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? The fee for a marriage license is $15.00 with an additional $5.00 fee for a certified copy of the license, payable at the time of application. The certified copy is required to execute any legal name changes and will be mailed to you after receiving the completed marriage license. Additional certified copies may be purchased at a cost of $5.00 per copy. Nebraska no longer has a requirement for a blood test. Also, Nebraska no longer has a waiting PHOTOGRAPHY BY Mae.Small Photography

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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.

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.

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You have your license and so now you can get married. No particular elements are required in the marriage ceremony, although each party must solemnly declare in the presence of the officiant and witnesses that they take each other as husband and wife. 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, or clerk magistrate, as well as every preacher authorized by the church to solemnize marriages, may perform marriage ceremonies in Nebraska. After the ceremony, spouses, witnesses, and your officiant sign the marriage license. The officiant then files for a certified copy of the marriage license and a marriage 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

Social security card Banks, credit unions, investment accounts Vehicle registration Driver’s license Mortgage Homeowner’s insurance Medical and dental records Health, life, homeowner’s, car insurance Credit cards Deeds and property titles Passport Voter registration IRS Forms

Many entities will require you to present a certified copy of your marriage license as proof of legal status to make your name change. We recommend that you request a few extra copies of the marriage license ($5.00 per copy) because when changing your name, many of these entities require you to provide an original copy. Please call your local county clerk’s office well in advance of your wedding date to confirm details about requirements. Check out FROM OUR NOTEBOOK in the back of this issue to find our handy “Ms. to Mrs. Guide” |NWD|

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HONORING YOUR UNION Creative ideas for demonstrating your commitment By Holly Lafferty

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

A KNOT CEREMONY For this simple gesture, use a decorative cord or ribbon. You tie a knot on one end and your husband ties a knot on the other. Then, tie the two knots together as a symbol of your coming together as one. This tradition comes with many cultural variations. For example, a Mexican tradition has the wedding couple wearing a lasso together over their shoulders.

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

FLOWERS Consider having you and your finance’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 hubby can transfer the small bouquets into a larger vase, symbolizing the beauty of your relationship and your union. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Attanasio Photography

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|ceremonies & receptions| UNITY CUP Have you and your fiancÊ’s mother each pour wine (or a non-alcoholic beverage) into your respective family cups. Then you and your husband can pour a portion from each family cup into a unity cup that you can both drink from together. If you wish to honor your individuality as well, you can each take a sip from your family cup before pouring the drink into the unity cup simultaneously.

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 groom will then pour into one.

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

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LOVE LETTERS This heartfelt alternative holds much emotion that will be cherished for many years to come. Before your wedding day, write a love letter to your spouse and have him do the same. Find a small decorative chest where you can each place the love letters during the ceremony. Make plans to open the chest on your tenth wedding anniversary to read the love letters and relive the day of your wedding.

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

WINE If permitted at your ceremony venue and as long as you don’t mind making a little noise, you and your hubby 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 man. 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 husband, it is guaranteed to be a special moment you will remember forever. |NWD|

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THE RIGHT TIME AND PLACE Options abound to fit your style and budget

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

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

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

COUNTRY CLUB If you dream of a classic space, a country club may be your most fitting option. Set on tailored greens, PHOTOGRAPHY BY Attanasio Photography

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|ceremonies & receptions| 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 dĂŠcor 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.

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

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offer great insight for creating your ideal event. You may find that some museums may have a list of preferred vendors, which may limit your options for catering or dĂŠcor.

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

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

RESTAURANT If you are planning a small, intimate wedding, a restaurant is an excellent option. With possibilities for a unique menu and cozy ambiance, this type of reception venue is stress free and relaxed. You could even allow guests to order directly from the menu. Prior to booking your reception, consult with the restaurant owner or manager regarding space limitations and noise level of the restaurant during the time frame you are considering. If the noise inherent in a restaurant environment concerns you, simply inquire about the availability of a separate area for your reception, such as a party room. Otherwise, just prepare yourself not to be overwhelmed or distracted by other diners during your event.

TENT A tented reception is a fantastic option that can comfortably accommodate a large guest list. While providing guests with shade and cover, everyone is still able to enjoy the sunset and dance into the evening under the stars. A tent company will have many options for you to choose from, including lighting. Prior to finalizing arrangements, we encourage you to complete a walkthrough of the land so you can provide any electrical outlet information to your rental company. For a full list of reception venues, review our reception guide in this issue or visit neweddingday.com for more details. |NWD| neweddingday.com | 111


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MIXED COMPANY Creating an unforgettable guest experience

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

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

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|ceremonies & receptions| • Incorporate yard games, if your space allows. • Food and drink should be easily accessible. • Keep the area well lit to encourage guests to mix and mingle.

THE MENU You have finalized the menu for your reception, so now you need to zero in on details of the cocktail service. You may want to develop a signature drink (both an alcoholic and nonalcoholic version) to coordinate with your hors d’oeuvres menu. Don’t forget to think in terms of food and drink pairings. Some of our favorite pairings include wine and cheese, beer and burger sliders, or margaritas and mini-tacos. The cocktail hour is the perfect time for you to show off your personal style with a “his” and “her” picks menu. Infuse the cocktail hour with your favorite foods, as well as local flavor. Think of this as your opportunity to include some personal favorites that may not be included at your reception. Don’t hesitate to be creative and present your pairings with a little style. This bit of personalization will create an unforgettable experience for your guests. If you are working with a caterer, you may want to ask about specialty drinks as an addition to the regular offerings. Some couples are opting for an array of micro-brewed beers, signature drinks, mojitos, or martini bars. If you’re looking for a festive beverage, champagne is always a special option. Additionally, it coordinates well with most celebrations and is a tradition in

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toasting. Plus, champagne cocktails pair nicely with hors d’oeuvres, as well as wedding cakes. Consider going for a jazzy presentation and serve the drinks in specialty glasses with customized stir sticks. As you are working through your options, be certain to consider the weather. Guests often prefer a lighter drink, such as wine or champagne, in warmer weather and a richer drink option, such as cranberry cocktails or mint mojitos in cold weather. You could even consider warm-drink options in cooler 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 nonalcoholic options. We are always charmed by the nostalgia of root beer floats and old-fashioned soda pop.

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


THE TIMETABLE Be sure to keep your cocktail hour to sixty minutes. It is called a cocktail “hour” for a reason. Sixty minutes is the perfect timeframe for your guests to relax and mingle while the bride and groom regroup and the wedding party prepares for the reception. Etiquette dictates that keeping your guests waiting any longer than sixty minutes is discourteous.

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

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A BALANCED BUDGET Wedding expense management in three easy steps.

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

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

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|planning| Parents of the Bride and Groom If both families are contributing to the wedding budget, separate conversations should occur between the engaged couple and their respective parents. The first topic of discussion is the monetary amount each family feels comfortable contributing. Some families would rather delegate the budget by paying for specific elements like the alcohol, entertainment, and floral design rather than allotting a specific dollar amount for the total budget. Once this is decided, both families will feel more comfortable with the wedding budget. The couple and their families should discuss a payment plan for contributions to the wedding and delegate a single person to track the budget and any balances throughout the planning process. If the bride and groom are 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 Bride and Groom It is not uncommon for many couples to pay for their own wedding, especially if they have been independent for several years or are planning a second wedding. Establishing a realistic budget for yourself is critical when paying for your own wedding. Many financial planners suggest formulating a budget that can be paid one-half before the big day and one-half within the twelve months following. Your wedding budget should never put you in significant debt. You do not want to start your new lives together buried by a mountain of wedding bills! Smart budgeting upfront will prevent that from happening. Simply review your plans and make cuts to expenses that are not essential, such as an ice sculpture. The best way to uncover areas that could be considered for budget cuts is for the bride and groom each to write down their top three wedding priorities. Anything outside of that list should be considered for cuts. For the groom, this could be a live band, special transportation, and a signature drink. For the bride, this could be floral design, her wedding gown, and a professional makeup artist. Once this is considered, it is easier to stay focused on what each other desires most thereby allowing each to be more respectful of the other’s wishes when making necessary cuts. Also, it often reveals areas you both do not feel strongly about, making the budget cutting much easier. Finally, it may be helpful to hire a financial planner or wedding planner if you are handling the budget yourselves. A financial planner not only can assist in creating a realistic budget and payment plan, but can also establish helpful financial goals and tools for your future as a married couple. A wedding planner can assist in establishing a budget, in monitoring your budget, and in assisting with making necessary cuts. The wedding planner may also be able to work with vendors for discounts or specials, which in turn could more than recover the cost of hiring the planning specialist.

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SECOND STEP: FORECASTING THE BUDGET It is often difficult to establish a wedding budget when you have no point of reference. The most important thing to remember is everyone views budgets differently. One bride may want to spend a large percentage of the overall budget on her wedding gown and settle for a cake and punch reception. Another bride may want a large wedding with a plated dinner for 400 guests and would trim her budget by purchasing a lower priced gown. Prioritize your wishes. If you are still unsure after attempting to outline a budget, consider this: (a) 40-50% of wedding budgets typically are spent on the reception food, drinks, and rentals; (b) 10% of the budget is typically spent on flowers; (c) 10% on attire; and (d) 10% on music and entertainment. Midwestern brides usually have large weddings of 200 guests or more, thereby shifting the budget toward accommodating a higher guest count. If you are looking at a smaller budget but a large guest list, it may be best to revisit your guest list and consider cutting some guests to stretch your dollars. It is best to breakdown your total budget amount into categories to better forecast how much money you believe each element will cost. This will keep you focused on the smaller dollar amounts that you have allotted when working with each vendor. If you are “under” budget in certain areas, either delegate that amount to another area of need or put that amount aside. Typically, most brides spend 10% to 20% more than budgeted. So, it is wise to place the money aside, rather than finding areas to spend it. This will ensure that you come in on or under budget after all expenses have been paid.

THIRD STEP: STAYING ORGANIZED During your planning process, you will accumulate many contracts, brochures, menus, and other paperwork which need to be organized. Delegate a close family member or trusted friend to be in charge of charting and managing your wedding budget and all associated information. This includes forecasting the budget, tracking actual payments, documenting all down payments, and scheduling when the payments are due. It is important to have periodic meetings about the status of your budget, addressing areas where you exceeded the target budget, and areas where you came in under budget. You will be more comfortable meeting with vendors when you know the status of your budget as a whole and how much money you are able to spend. Any time you become stressed or overwhelmed by your wedding budget, just remind yourself of the bigger picture – your wedding day! Remember your priorities and stay focused on the end result. Most couples have to sacrifice a few elements to afford their dream wedding. Trust in your wedding vendors and allow them to assist you in getting the most for your allotted budget. Finally, if your parents are contributing to your wedding, it is essential that you remain grateful for any financial assistance they provide. Most importantly, by following these simple steps, you can achieve your dream wedding on any budget, large or small! |NWD| neweddingday.com | 119


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GUEST LIST DEVELOPMENT Handling the challenges of who to include

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 selection and make the necessary cuts. If your parents are paying for the wedding, they may wish to include their friends on the guest list. Discuss your vision for the wedding day and the number of guests you wish to have in attendance. Also, establish a reasonable number of guests to be invited by the bride’s parents and the groom’s parents. This will eliminate any misunderstandings and will relieve you from additional stress.

SELECTING YOUR LOCATION It is ideal to have settled on your budget and your guest list before selecting your ceremony and reception venues. This will provide you clearer guidelines that will assist you in making final decisions on a site. However, if you have your heart set on a small 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 PHOTOGRAPHY BY Chelsie Moreland Photography

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|ceremonies & receptions| guests cannot be scaled down to accommodate your dream venue, look for a larger space. It is better to relocate the reception than to crowd guests around tables with little room to move and no room for a dance floor.

ESTIMATING THE RSVPS The invitation RSVP is not only an important courtesy, but it 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%. Or 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 which 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. They do this intending no harm and often unaware that this is a social blunder. Should this occur, do not despair as most likely it will not affect your budget. Should a guest add multiple children’s names and you do not wish for children to attend the wedding, politely call and explain your wishes. Just be certain to make no exception for other children attending, as this could cause hurt feelings among your guests.

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CREATING THE LIST The first step after reaching an estimated guest count is to divide that number by three. List the names of all the people you wish to invite on one of three worksheets. (Microsoft Excel is common software that can be used to organize these lists and allow for easy changes as needed.) The first sheet should represent the bride and groom’s guest list. The second sheet should include the bride’s parents’ guest list and the third sheet should delineate the groom’s 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, sorority sisters, former coworkers, and the like. Should it become necessary to trim the guest list, sorting the names by category will allow you a clearer picture of who could be omitted. Also, as RSVPs are returned, you may find some expected guests cannot attend. At that time you can reevaluate your cut list to reconsider extending an invitation to any of those guests. You could send out a second group of invitations, but only if just a brief time has passed since mailing the first group so as to avoid hurt feelings for those not included in the first mailing. |NWD|

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FAIR TO PARTLY CLOUDY Tips for managing variable weather conditions

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

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

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|ceremonies & receptions| OUTDOOR ELEMENTS Serving refreshing drinks, such as iced tea, lemonade or water, as people arrive at your outdoor celebration will keep guests cool and comfortable. To avoid bug bites and sunburn issues, offer guests repellent wipes ($25 for 48 at lafreshgroup.com) and sunscreen wipes ($5 for 30 supergoop spf wipes at sephora.com).

FOOD AND BEVERAGE It is best to avoid serving heavy foods when hosting an outdoor reception. Guests will appreciate a fresh and light menu when trying to beat the heat. Replacing potato salads with pasta or tomato selections are great alternatives. You will also want to avoid serving fried foods as they will become soggy in short order due to the humidity. Baked chicken and fresh vegetables are always a crowd pleaser that will remain tasty despite a warm environment. If you are hosting a summer reception, guests will often drink more to stay cool. Be certain to offer guests non-alcoholic beverages and keep plenty of ice water within reach. By offering non-alcoholic beverages, guests can enjoy fun and fruity drinks without mixing high-alcohol beverages with high temperatures.

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up to the heat, such as orchids and roses. Keep arrangements in the shade and out of the wind to extend their life. Avoid tall décor pieces as they may become hazardous on a windy day. Elements like driftwood, clear lantern candles, low floral arrangements, and heavy vases are great outdoor décor alternatives that should withstand whatever the weather presents.

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

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

Barn If you have a friend or family member with a spacious barn, this can be a chic way to host a rustic wedding. If you don’t have a personal connection to a barn space, you will find some 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 ambiance and lighting for guests.

Garden For a smaller wedding, hosting your reception in a garden is as romantic as you can get. A long, family-style dinner table is very elegant and brings an intimate feeling to a smaller reception. Renting lounge furniture and a dance floor will encourage guests to sit, relax, and enjoy the evening, surrounded by fresh flowers and the moonlit sky. No doubt outdoor weddings are beautiful, romantic and memorable. Just remember the importance of thinking through all possible weather threats in advance. Also, be certain to 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 with a plan will allow your day, no matter the weather, to be everything you dreamt it would be. You will find a quick reference Weather Guide in FROM OUR NOTEBOOK at the back of this issue. |NWD| neweddingday.com | 127


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ON A SMALLER SCALE The grand appeal of an intimate wedding By Holly Lafferty

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG with a large wedding, but when budget is a factor, a more intimate affair can be just as stunning as a large gathering. Actually, intimate weddings are very popular. For a multitude of reasons, a supersized wedding is a rarity these days. Before considering which is right for you and your groom, take a few moments to consider the many advantages of a smaller wedding. Everyone can fit into that quaint chapel you’ve been dreaming about. You may have thought that picturesque little church with a seating capacity of only 75 was not an option. But if you trim the guest list, you can say your vows in a lovely little space that truly speaks to you and your fiancé. Exotic locale, here we come! Consider allocating the money you will save by downsizing your wedding plans towards an unforgettable honeymoon. Enjoy an awesome adventure in paradise and still have the wedding of your dreams. Cut loose with your DIY talent. Special little details that would be overwhelming with a larger guest list become more manageable with a smaller wedding. Handcrafting name cards for 50 guests rather than 400 becomes an enjoyable project instead of a chore. You and your guests alike will reap the rewards of your personal attention to detail. Trim those guests you were hesitant to omit. If it’s only immediate family and a few close friends, you don’t have to worry about offending your second cousin twice removed or the former co-worker that you only see once a year. Simply say, “We are only including immediate family.” While there may be some disappointment, everyone will understand if you are consistent with your guest list. Revel in the extra time you can spend with those closest to you. Fewer guests in attendance will mean more time with each guest. You will be able to take a few extra moments with each and every PHOTOGRAPHY BY Paula Moser Photography

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|ceremonies & receptions| 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 thankyou notes. Everything will be on a smaller scale, including your time commitment. Take the pressure off. Don’t worry about impressing all of your distant relatives and former co-workers. Hosting a smaller wedding will mean less people-pleasing and more fun for you, your husband, and your guests. It is a little easier to see why an intimate wedding may be very appealing. Saving money is only one benefit among many. If the thought of a huge guest list makes you feel overwhelmed and overextended, maybe it’s time to think about paring down your list. You can have the wedding of your dreams without having a big headache to go along with it! |NWD|

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PLEASE TAKE A SEAT Designing a seating plan to welcome guests

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

HEAD TABLE It is proper etiquette that your wedding party should never be separated from their dates or spouses during your reception. By including the bridal party and their dates at the head table, everyone will be more comfortable and will not be retreating to other tables to visit and check in on their loved ones. If your wedding includes a large bridal party, there are several options for seating arrangements. The first option is to construct a large rectangle with your bridal party situated around all four sides. This can be arranged as a beautiful focal point, while still allowing you to converse with your bridesmaids and groomsmen. The second option is to seat your maid of honor, best man and their respective dates with you and your groom at a table. This allows you to spend the dinner hour with them, while allowing your bridal party to still sit together with their dates at nearby tables. The final option is to have a sweetheart table. This table is set for only you and your groom allowing for some private time together. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Chelsie Moreland Photography

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|ceremonies & receptions| The head table should be the main focus of the reception space since the attention will always be on you throughout the evening. You can showcase the head table in a variety of ways, such as with a larger floral arrangement or a collection of candlesticks. Make certain your table dĂŠcor is not too tall however, so guests can enjoy watching the special toasts as well as first dances from their vantage point.

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

STAYING ORGANIZED The key to any seating chart is organization. The best advice is to 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.

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When designating guest placement on your seating chart, only assign table numbers. This way they are free to select their seat at the table and you will have less stress planning each and every seat. Keep the number of guests at each table low. The highest number of guests at each table should be twelve. Most often, you will seat eight at a standard round table. Guests should be able to sit comfortably and enjoy the meal without feeling crowded. When you plan a realistic number at each table, it provides an opportunity for guests to visit with each other around the table.

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

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Charming Display Sweet tea packaged in mason jars allow guests to easily sip and enjoy. Wooden crates showcasing freshly-baked pies and a vintage silverware caddy from Nostalgia Rentals provides an easy set up for guests to help themselves.

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Simple Details Delicious menu items like freshly-baked pie and chilled iced tea allow guests to mix and mingle while celebrating the newly-engaged couple. Spread quilts and blankets across the grass allowing guests to settle in and relax while you enjoy their company.

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HERE OR THERE? Embrace your adventurous side with a destination wedding By Holly Lafferty

WHEN DONE RIGHT, A DESTINATION wedding can be surprisingly budget friendly – all the while making your day uniquely memorable. Destination weddings have exploded in popularity in the last decade; 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 when it’s beyond your own backyard.

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 which 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 your dream destination. Most destination 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. 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 PHOTOGRAPHY BY Attanasio Photography

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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 WeddingDay. 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 take 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. neweddingday.com | 141


|ceremonies & receptions| Also during your preview trip, make it a point to visit with as many of your long-distance 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. When the time comes, be certain to arrive at your wedding destination with plenty of time before your big day. Allow yourself several days prior to the wedding to make sure the finishing touches are all in proper order. Giving yourself this extra time will ensure everything runs smoothly and will ease the stress of planning your wedding long distance.

EMBRACE THE LOCAL FLAVOR A destination wedding is the perfect chance to go all out. Research the local wedding traditions and unique customs of your destination to create an authentic feel. That does not necessarily mean you need to wear tribal garb for a wedding in Kenya, but you can still add some local flavor to your wedding. Choosing a destination with a personal connection could be a great way to honor your family heritage. Maybe your family is French, so a traditional wedding in the Cognac countryside is

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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.

CHECK THE DETAILS Be certain to check into the legal requirements of getting married in a different locale. Research what must be done to obtain a proper wedding license in that particular locale. Each state has its own set of rules to follow 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 in the Turks and Caicos Islands 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 marry your man and enjoy the unexpected! |NWD|

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Love is Sweet Monochromatic blooms in vintage milk glass from Nostalgia Rentals line the table. Personalized notes on each place setting allows the bride to welcome guests with a special message from the heart. A beautiful sunny-yellow cake by Sweet Art Wedding Cakes adorns the table for guests to enjoy.

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SURROUNDED BY LOVE Enjoying the rehearsal, refreshments, and relationships

THE DECOR HAS BEEN SELECTED, THE arrangements made, and all the plans set in motion. Now is the time to savor each moment as the wedding weekend unfolds with family and close friends. The rehearsal dinner is often the first scheduled event of the weekend. Depending upon the guest list, budget, and wishes of the hosts, the rehearsal dinner can be anything from a formal sitdown affair to a casual outdoor barbeque.

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

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

WHOM TO INVITE Depending upon the budget and capacity of the venue, the hosts of the rehearsal dinner decide the number of guests to invite. The bride and groom, wedding party, parents of the couple, officiant and PHOTOGRAPHY BY Nikki Moore Photography

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spouse, readers, and their guests must be invited to the dinner. However, you may also wish to include out-of-town guests and close friends to make the event more of a welcoming party for them. Written invitations are not required; however, it is a good idea to send invitations when the guest list includes more than family. Unless all wedding guests are invited to the rehearsal dinner, no information regarding the rehearsal event should be placed on your wedding website.

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

Backyard Barbeque Hosted at a family member’s home or acreage, this option is relaxed, cost efficient 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, and 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 a food truck to arrive after the rehearsal. Prepackaged dinners are a fun way to treat guests and this option is perfect for a rehearsal dinner that includes the wedding party only. Bring some refreshments for the rehearsal and picnic blankets for guests to relax on the lawn and enjoy their dinner picnic style.

Restaurant For small rehearsal dinners, hosting the meal at a restaurant is ideal for the parents of the couple. This option minimizes any stress or mess the evening prior to the wedding. Either allow guests to select their meals off a 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.

Reception Venue Many reception venues offer a discounted rate when you also host your rehearsal dinner at their facility. Some locations have both large and small areas to accommodate any size guest list. This option is truly ideal if you are both getting married and hosting your reception at one venue site. Consider an “appetizer only� menu as an alternative to a full meal to slim down your rehearsal dinner costs while still providing a fun and relaxed evening for guests. neweddingday.com | 149


|ceremonies & receptions| PROPER PROTOCOL Toasts are often a large part of the evening and often are found to be spontaneous. In this casual setting, guests often 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 bride and groom. The father of the bride can toast next, followed by any of the attendants or guests who wish to speak. The bride and groom 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.

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

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MAKING BEAUTIFUL MUSIC Setting the mood with musical stylings

DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO influence the mood and actions of your guests? Music can be used to cue guests for room movements, mood changes, or program transitions. Consider the tone you would like to set when making musical selections for your cocktail hour and reception. Use music to set the tone for each progression of the reception and to guide your guests throughout the evening.

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

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

TIMELINE The standard sequence of events begins with a cocktail hour filled with light, soothing music, and then followed by dinner. Keep the volume of the

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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 dances take place. The best time to shift the mood and encourage guests to dance is preceding 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, breaks will be needed throughout the evening. Bands typically take a few 15-minute breaks to rest and refresh. Your deejay is able to take breaks throughout the evening while keeping the music playing. Since these professionals work long hours with an early afternoon set up, music during your reception, and a late-night tear down, remember to notify your caterer to provide food to them during dinner.

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

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PARTY PLANNING PROTOCOL Careful consideration will see you through

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 down, a few elements to the planning still require thoughtful consideration. These situations usually relate to proper decorum and often require just a little patience and poise to navigate. Traditional etiquette and modern manners sometimes differ in the best approach to resolving such matters. So carefully consider what seems most appropriate to you in each situation. We have given you a guide to dealing with some of the most common social blunders, all the while maintaining proper manners and handling each with style and 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 at your ceremony and reception. The key to accommodating any unexpected guests is to be prepared by assuming more guests will attend than have replied. Rent three to five percent more of any linens, chairs, plate chargers and china. Also, when designing your seating chart, don’t completely fill every table. This will allow room for a guest to join at the last minute, even if they are not specifically included on the seating chart. To accommodate children you did not expect, ask your caterer or chef to have a plan in mind for a simple children’s meal. Finally, if a guest informs you at the last minute that they cannot attend, remove their seating card immediately.

WEDDING GIFTS Tradition suggests all wedding gifts should be sent to the home of the bride or groom. However, the majority of guests in the Midwest present their gifts at the reception. To accommodate these gifts, prepare a table in an out-of-the-way spot. Ask a PHOTOGRAPHY BY Bellus Photo + Film

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relative or close friend to direct guests where to set their gifts upon arrival. Many guests will bring a card, so it is wise to prepare a basket, box, or other decorative receptacle to collect them thereby avoiding the chance of any being lost.

or at their tables between courses during dinner. It is important to make each guest feel welcomed and special. However, also take time to enjoy your husband and your reception without getting stuck in conversation the entire time.

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION TIMELINE

INTIMATE CEREMONY, LARGE RECEPTION

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 two-to-three-hour gap between your ceremony and reception, it is important to consider the comfort of your guests. If the majority traveled from out of state and are spending the night, they are able to retreat back to a hotel room to freshen up. If the majority live in town, they are able to return to their home for a few hours before arriving at the reception. However, if your guests do not have an appropriate place to go before the reception begins, consider hosting a trolley tour of the city. Arrange for guests to take a tour of local landmarks or attractions. It is nice to prepare bottles of water and some light snacks for the ride. Another option is to provide your guests a map with local highlights, allowing them to take a self-guided tour if they desire.

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.

RECEIVING LINE Many churches no longer allow a receiving line to take place after the ceremony due to an overlap with services. If this is the case, consider greeting guests near the entrance of your reception venue

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

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|ceremonies & receptions| bubbles or programs, but your 16-year-old cousin may not. Sometimes it is best to keep wedding roles to a minimum and allow your friends and family to enjoy the day celebrating.

BALANCING GUESTS AND ALCOHOL If your family members love to drink and really get down on the dance floor, you may want to reconsider utilizing the open bar concept. Guests are not as likely to order a drink when the drinks are not complimentary. Consider having a “hosted” bar serving beer, wine, and a signature drink. This will cater to all tastes without allowing guests to order strong alcoholic beverages or shots of liquor. If you simply must host an open bar, yet wish to ensure your guests do not overindulge, ask the bartenders to use a light touch when mixing drinks. Also, during the last hour of your reception, consider shifting to only non-alcoholic options and complementing the drink bar with a simple snack bar. This usually does not increase the cost of your reception by much, as you are shifting alcohol expense to snacks. Utilizing a snack bar will serve to sober up guests before they depart. Some popular ideas are sliders, nachos, tacos, or pizza. Finally, don’t lose sight of your own alcohol consumption. Avoid having more than a few drinks and be certain to eat some food throughout the day and during the event. This way, you will fully enjoy your wedding reception while maintaining your poise and grace. |NWD|

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Venue Guide

A View in Fontenelle Hills

This invaluable guide to the area’s most exciting wedding venues is designed to introduce engaged couples to a variety of great wedding possibilities. This guide provides only a glimpse into all that these venues have to offer. Please visit our website www.neweddingday.com to view virtual tours of many of the facilities listed here.

A View West

Nestled in the Fontenelle Hills golf course, A View is a local destination wedding venue sure to deliver a beautiful setting and memorable photos. Enjoy an intimate location with endless possibilities in making the venue exclusively yours for your wedding day!

A View’s newly-renovated facility is contemporary and modern – with 80 feet of sprawling windows, high ceilings, a 30-foot atrium with dance floor and outdoor patio. Reception seating for up to 425. Call today for rates and availability!

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425 Yes Yes $1,150-$1,250 Yes $8.00-$12.00 149

402-291-2582 1102 Country Club Court Bellevue. NE 68005 www.aviewfh.com

402-991-9872 4141 North 156th Street Omaha, NE 68116 www.aviewwestomaha.com

Avalon - Event Paradise

Anthony’s Steakhouse

Apothecary Lofts

Arbor Hall

Anthony’s Steakhouse Grand Ballroom is the premier wedding facility. Our beautiful facilities can easily accommodate on-site ceremonies. Our lush landscaping and elegant decor offer the perfect backdrop to your special day. To complement our facilities, we customize each event to meet your exact needs and provide a staff that cares.

Elegance and affordability are what await you at the Apothecary Lofts. With beautiful exposed brick, rustic wood ceilings, a cozy fireplace and relaxing overnight accommodations, the Apothecary Lofts provide all guests with the perfect intimate setting for a wedding. Our Weekend Wedding Package gives you the opportunity to utilize the venues for other wedding activities such as rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, gift opening and much more. Contact us today!

With a spacious interior, outdoor garden and ample parking, Arbor Hall is the perfect venue for your wedding reception and ceremony site. With over 10 years of experience, we specialize in stress free weddings. Let us take care of all your wedding needs including food, beverages, cakes, flowers and decor, DJ service, photography, hair and makeup.

Just southwest of Lincoln, Avalon is perfect for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. A bridge leads to a small island on the lake, perfect for intimate weddings. The hillside is adequate space for a large tent to accomodate crowds. The boathouse is ideal for caterers and is an elegant setting for your prenup, bridal shower, or private party. Fireworks over the lake, a rockin’ band, no curfew, the options are limitless! A one-of-a-kind gem in Nebraska!

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402-331-7575 7220 F Street Omaha, NE 68127 www.anthonyssteakhouse.com

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402-474-1812 140 North 8th Street Lincoln, NE 68508 www.lincolnhaymarket.com

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

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The Ball Room at Round The Bend

The Bel Air Banquet Room

Bella Terre Reception Hall and Vineyard

Bellevue Volunteer Firefighter’s Hall

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 the Interstate. So get out of the city and enjoy the country. The Ball Room...Your celebration central.

Owner-operated banquet facility with on-site catering, bar, room decorating, and wedding cake services. We are proud to offer the best rates in town with excellent service for nearly 20 years!

Located in the beautiful Loess hills of Southwest Iowa, Bella Terre is just a 15-minute drive southeast of the metro. This truly unique venue, fashioned after old world Italy, was designed to provide an amazing atmosphere for weddings, receptions, corporate dinners and other events and celebrations.

In Old Town Bellevue, 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.

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250 Yes No $300-$600 No $11.50 + 196

400 Yes No Call for info Yes Call for info 103

235 Yes Yes $200-$600 No Varies 196

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

402-333-5505 12100 West Center Road, Suite 520 Omaha, NE 68144 www.belairbanquet.com

402-657-5543 23375 Barrus Road Glenwood, IA 51534 www.bellaterre.com

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

Brix at Midtown Crossing

Brix at Village Pointe

Charlie’s on the Lake

Cherry Hills Event Center

Enjoy the same exceptional Brix experience at Midtown Crossing! With full audio visual capabilities in a contemporary atmosphere, the event centre is the ideal setting for intimate rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions accommodating up to 40 people in a round table seating arrangement and up to 75 people in a meet and greet format. Let us custom design a catering plan to accommodate your next event.

Let Brix at Village Pointe create a one-of-a-kind experience for your rehearsal dinner or small wedding reception. A state-of-the-art facility with full audio visual capabilities in an intimate winestyled atmosphere, the event centre can comfortably host up to 60 people in a round table seating arrangement and up to 100 people in a meet and greet format. Let us custom design a catering plan to accommodate your next event.

In West Omaha, we have the ultimate venue for your wedding reception. Charlie’s on the Lake offers the most beautiful patio in the city – paired with the freshest seafood, amazing martinis and the best quality beef. Call us today and let us wine and dine your next event!

Cherry Hills Event Center is your perfect space for your self-catered event in Omaha. Located in the heart of Cherry Hills Village, Cherry Hills Event Center gives you the opportunity to do your event your way. Our rental rates include use of our tables and chairs, beautifiul outdoor patio, dance floor and stage, as well as two spacious warming kitchens and audio-visual equipment. Come celebrate your event with us!

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Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

40/75 Call for info No Call for rates No Call for rates 153

402-991-8466 220 South 31st Avenue, Ste 3103 Omaha, NE 68131 www.brixomaha.com

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60/100 Call for info No Call for rates No Call for rates 153

402-991-9463 225 North 170th Street Omaha, NE 68118 www.brixomaha.com

150 Yes No $500 Yes $27.95 + 135

402-894-9411 4150 South 144th Street, Omaha, NE 68137 www.charliesonthelake.net

350 Yes Yes Call for details Yes N/A 142

402-350-2520 7050 North 102nd Circle Omaha, NE 68122 www.cherryhillseventcenter.com


The Cornhusker Marriott Hotel

Creighton University – Harper Center

The Club at Indian Creek is the perfect choice for your wedding ceremony and reception. Our banquet facilities will accommodate groups up to 400 with an outdoor veranda, beautiful golf course views, and classic mahogany decor. The outdoor ceremony area provides a beautifullylandscaped backdrop for your wedding ceremony. Our professional event coordinators will give every detail of your event their personal attention to make it all you dreamed it would be.

Making your special day flawless from start to finish is our most important job, which is why our wedding planners are all Marriott Certified to provide distinguished service and attention to your every detail. At The Cornhusker Marriott choose from several of the top wedding ballrooms in the city, and enjoy the flexibility of our space for receptions of all sizes, as well as customized menu options. Call us to see everything The Cornhusker Marriott has to offer you and your guests on your special day.

The Harper Center Ballroom features vaulted ceilings, neutral decor with granite adornments, and gorgeous views from the top floor of the building. The space includes an open-air foyer with a grand piano and a built-in sound system— perfect for cocktails or any pre-function gathering. The space can be divided into three smaller spaces to accommodate groups of all sizes and needs. Pricing includes all setup/teardown, A/V, dance floor, staging and complimentary convenient parking.

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Chez Hay

The Club at Indian Creek

Allow Chez Hay to take the stress of planning off your shoulders. Let our event team orchestrate your vision. Every bride should have the opportunity to be a guest at her own wedding. When working with Chez Hay, every part of your wedding process will be memorable. Inspired food, an urban space, signature cocktails, and late-night food packages are available to create the wedding of your dreams.

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260 Yes No $990 No Varies 111

400 Yes No Call for info Yes $17.00 + 123

700 Yes Yes Call for rates No Call for rates Seasonal Section

350 No No $800-$1,600 No $26.00 + 143

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

402-289-0900 Ext. 20 3825 North 202nd Street Elkhorn, NE 68022 www.theclubatindiancreek.com

402-479-8204 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508 www.marriott.com/lnkfs

402-280-1493 602 North 20th Street Omaha, NE 68178 www.creighton.edu/reservations

Creighton University – Skutt Center

DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown

The Durham Museum

Embassy Suites Downtown Omaha

In the heart of campus, the Skutt Center Ballroom is just steps away from St. John’s Church, the mall fountain and Jesuit Gardens. The garden-level, 8,700-square-foot ballroom features elegant decor with glass doors, lighted wall sconces and pre-function space. Pricing includes all setup/teardown, A/V, dance floor, staging and complimentary parking. Together with our full-service catering, we customize an affordable menu and create a special event designed around you.

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 DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown 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.

Embassy Suites Downtown 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 are onsite to take care of all the details. Available for ceremonies, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, Embassy Suites Downtown Omaha offers a lavish menu, all-inclusive packages, and wide-ranging decor selections. Call our wedding specialist today!

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Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

350 No No $600-$1,200 No $26.00 + 143

402-280-1493 2500 California Plaza Omaha, NE 68178 www.creighton.edu/reservations

900 Yes No $350-$1,000 No Varies 105

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

1,000 Yes Yes Varies No N/A 127

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

600 Yes No Call for info No Call for rates IFC

402-346-9000 555 South 10th Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.omaha.embassysuites.com neweddingday.com | 159


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The Fountains Ballroom and Vineyard

The Fountains Ballroom West

Embassy Suites La Vista

Embassy Suites Lincoln

The Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista Hotel & Conference Center 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-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 day a memorable one by holding your wedding at Embassy Suites. Our experienced catering team will help you plan, book and celebrate your wedding in style. Fullservice function space caters to events both large and small. There’s plenty of room to relax in our spacious two-room suites and open-air atrium; all while enjoying our evening Manager’s Reception and free cooked-to-order breakfast.

The Fountains Ballroom, a unique, metro-area wedding venue nestled in the picturesque Loess Hills and 15 minutes from downtown Omaha, is designed as a blank canvas for you to create the wedding of your dreams. At the Fountains, no two weddings are ever alike.

Escape to Omaha for your Wedding Ceremony! What if we took the charm of an Italian villa, added the crisp feeling of the Greek islands, offered the grandeur of a bollywood wedding, threw a party like we were Irish and yet left a blank canvas for you to create the event of your dreams? Get ready for Omaha’s first wedding destination in the heart of the city.

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Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

1,000 + Yes No Varies No $32.00 + IFC

1,490 Yes No Call for info No Call for rates IFC

580 Yes Yes Varies Yes Call for info 9

300 Yes Yes Varies Yes Call for info 9

402-331-7400 12520 Westport Pkwy La Vista, NE 68128 www.embassysuitesomahalavista.com

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

Full Circle Venue

The Georgetowne Club

Green Gateau Reception Center

Havelock Social Hall

Count on Full Circle Venue to bring your dreams of a beautiful, stress-free wedding to life. Our staff has been coordinating remarkable weddings, parties and special events for years. We will make your special day everything you ever dreamed it would be. We cater to your every need. This is ‘your’ day. Why shouldn’t it be just exactly as you envisioned?

The Georgetowne Club is a beautiful facility conveniently located in the heart of West Omaha—a perfect location for your memorable wedding reception. Our staff will handle your reception from beginning to end, allowing you to be a guest at your own reception. Let Brandeis Catering handle all the details, because you have more important details on your mind than the menu!

Located downtown directly behind the Green Gateau restaurant. Newly remodeled with beautiful lighting. Experienced Wedding Planner is available to ensure your event is perfect.

At Havelock Social Hall, we dedicate ourselves to providing you with a worry-free wedding reception. With over 19 years of experience, we can help you with every detail of your special day. We will provide you with high-quality food, excellent service, and reasonable prices. We have a large dance floor, separate stages for DJ and wedding party, and large private parking lot.

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Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

350 + Yes No Varies No Call for rates 123

308-227-6470 1010 Diers Avenue Suite 4 Grand Island, NE 68803 www.fullcirclevenue.com

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600 No No Call for rates No $19.95 126

402-334-5446 2440 South 141st Circle Omaha, NE 68144 www.brandeiscatering.com

280 Yes Yes Varies No Varies 118

402-477-3444 1024 L Street Lincoln, NE 68508 www.greengateau.com

250-400 No No $600-$700 No $8.00 + 155

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


Hidden Valley Golf Club

Hillcrest Country Club

Hilton Omaha

HiMark Golf Course

Located just outside city lights, Hidden Valley is fast becoming the destination for wedding ceremonies and receptions, special events, and outdoor parties. The ballroom has a beautiful attached patio overlooking the luscious golf course. Further, our golf course provides an outstanding backdrop for an outdoor ceremony. With many options from catering to setup, Hidden Valley offers outstanding service and a unique experience!

Hillcrest Country Club…where your dream wedding becomes reality. Built in 1928, Hillcrest offers over 75 years of tradition and excellence. Whether you are planning a casual or formal event, we offer a unique and elegant atmosphere with first-class service. Our experienced staff puts its heart into ensuring your evening will never be forgotten. Rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and wedding party golf outings are also available.

Elegance & Style - The perfect marriage at Hilton Omaha - the premiere venue for weddings and receptions. We feature 39,000+ square feet of flexible event space including the dazzling 10,000 square-foot Grand Central Ballroom and the stunning 7,000 square-foot 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 in our health club. (Image by Andrea Bibeault: A Wedding Photojournalist)

HiMark Banquet Facility features two beautifully-decorated Banquet Rooms. We can accommodate groups of all sizes for your perfect wedding reception or rehearsal dinner. Our experienced staff will work with you to customize your event, making it everything you have imagined. Amenities include linens, table settings, centerpieces, dance floor, bar services, ample parking, along with an amazing golf course view as a backdrop for perfect photos.

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Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

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175 Yes Yes Call for rates Yes Varies 130

300 Yes No Varies No Varies 129

700 Yes No Varies No Varies IBC

400 No No Varies No Varies 115

402-434-5150 10501 Pine Lake Road Lincoln, NE 68526 www.HiddenValleyLincoln.com

402-489-7111 9401 East O Street Lincoln, NE 68520 www.hillcrestcountryclub.com

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

402-488-3900 8901 Augusta Drive Lincoln, NE 68526 www.himarkgolf.com

Holiday Inn Downtown Lincoln

Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha

Holiday Inn Lincoln Southwest

Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard

The Holiday Inn is located in Lincoln’s downtown Historic Haymarket District. This unique area provides the perfect setting for your special day. Our property features three separate ballrooms ideal for wedding receptions. Our professional and experienced catering staff will help plan, design and coordinate all aspects of your reception. We also specialize in rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, gift openings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, as well as room blocks for your wedding guests.

Rest assured in knowing that your wedding is with the BEST! You will discover there is comfort and convenience in knowing our professional banquet staff is handling the preparations for your upcoming special day. We can arrange impressive banquets, buffets, or casual meals to suit any occasion.

There is a new wedding venue in south Lincoln! The Holiday Inn Southwest is a fullservice hotel with on-site catering. From light hors d’oeuvres to an elegantly served dinner, our culinary team prepares the finest food in Lincoln. We can help you plan your wedding from the rehearsal dinner, to the gift opening. You and your guests will love our modern ballroom and guest accommodations.

Located on 98 acres in the rolling hills of southeast Nebraska, Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard offers a peaceful and unique setting for your special day. The picturesque views of our orchard also offer a beautiful backdrop for any wedding, reception or rehearsal dinner.

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Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

450 Yes No Varies No Varies 117

402-475-1038 141 North 9th Street Lincoln, NE 68508 www.holidayinn.com/lincolnne

150 Yes Yes $800 + No Varies 125

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

180 Yes No $1,000 No $12.95 + 125

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

150-200 Yes Yes $500-$750 Yes N/A 123

402-873-5293 5995 G Road Nebraska City, NE 68410 www.kimmelorchard.org neweddingday.com | 161


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Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm

Lincoln Firefighter’s Reception Hall

Livestock Exchange Building

Simply elegant. Naturally beautiful. When a perfect event is ready to bloom, there is no better place than Lauritzen Gardens. Located in Omaha’s beautiful riverfront hills, timeless beauty is in constant evolution at this urban oasis. The garden offers 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.

Let the Lied Lodge & Conference Center help create the wedding of your dreams. Whether you are planning a large gathering of family and friends, or a smaller intimate affair, we provide the ideal surroundings. Our experienced staff will work with you to make sure your wedding exceeds your expectations.

The Lincoln Firefighter’s Reception Hall offers modern conveniences and affordable elegance to create the perfect atmosphere for your special event. Amenities include all-day access to the building, choice of your own catering service, use of our commercial kitchen, table set, convenient free parking, projector/screen with laptop, DVD capabilities, bar service with bartenders, plus much more!

The historical Livestock Exchange Building is the ideal location for your elegant wedding reception. Two separate ballrooms located on the 10th floor, with the ambiance of the evening skyline of downtown Omaha, makes this a classy choice for your event. Our staff will handle your reception from beginning to end, allowing you to be a guest at your own reception.

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Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

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Lauritzen Gardens

10-300 Yes No $500-$4,250 Yes Varies 129

280 Yes No Varies Yes $25.95 + 156

300 Yes Yes Call or email No N/A 151

150-560 No No Call for rates No $19.95 126

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

402-873-8733 2700 Sylvan Road Nebraska City, NE 68410 www.liedlodge.org

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

402-334-5446 4920 South 30th Street Omaha, NE 68107 www.brandeiscatering.com

The Living Room

Magnolia Hotel

Meadows Community Center

Nebraska Champions Club

Located in a former furniture factory, our industrial aesthetic is something you won’t find anywhere else. Clerestory windows pour in natural light on exposed timbers and uncovered brick, making The Living Room the perfect place to hold your unique event. The space is equipped with a state-of-the-art audio/visual system along with many other amenities. We host weddings, corporate events, and everything in between. Call or visit the website to schedule a tour today!

Nestled in one of Omaha’s most treasured landmark buildings, the Omaha Magnolia Hotel creates a perfect blend of historic features, elegance and class. Our renowned outdoor courtyard is the premier space for wedding ceremonies, while the chic ballrooms accommadate up to 250 guests. Each wedding includes a personal wedding coordinator, bridal suite, tables, chairs, linens, china and dance floor. Let your memories together begin here.

The Meadows Community Center is an affordable venue for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers. We provide a cozy unique venue with a personal atmosphere for your event. The Community Center is located in a quiet subdivision within the Millard area near I-80, Exit 440. Amenities include kitchen use, tables and chairs for up to 76, as well as rentals of audio/visual equipment, portable bar, table linens, and chair covers.

The Nebraska Champions Club is 50 feet from the west entrance of Memorial Stadium. Floor-toceiling 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. Event space is open to the public with discounts for NCC members and Nebraska Alumni Association members.

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Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

225-450 Yes Yes $300-$2,000 Yes N/A Seasonal Insert

402-681-0214 1111 North 13th Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.livingroomomaha.com

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250 Yes No $2,000-$5,000 Yes $40.00-$75.00 109

402-231-6008 1615 Howard Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.magnoliahotelomaha.com

135 Yes Yes Call for rates Yes N/A 197

402-895-2568 13937 Meadow Ridge Road Omaha, NE 68138 meadowscommunitycenter.com

350 Yes No Call for rates No $16.00 + 142

402-472-6435 707 Stadium Drive Lincoln, NE 68508 www.huskeralum.org/venues


Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

The Nebraska Club

Omaha Marriott Hotel

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.

Located in beautiful Regency, the Omaha Marriott is a full-service hotel that is dedicated to assisting you with every detail of your special celebration! Whether you are planning a rehearsal dinner, ceremony, or wedding reception, we have the perfect formal Grand Ballroom and elegant outdoor Courtyard to accommodate your every need. Your JOY will last a lifetime and will begin with us at the Omaha Marriott Hotel. Call today to arrange your private tour!

Say “I do” at the Zoo and make your wedding a day to remember! Have your ceremony and reception at one of the unique locations that Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has to offer. We offer upscale indoor and outdoor locations for your special day including the Scott Aquarium, Garden of the Senses, and our Education Conference Center to name a few. Celebrate with us and make your dream day come true!

Our spacious, state-of-the-art, full-service clubhouse is the perfect choice for your wedding reception. We know that this will be an event in which the memories will last a lifetime. Our professional staff can assure you that your wedding will be a memorable and stress-free occasion.

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Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

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250-300 Yes No Call for info No Varies 141

350 Yes No Varies Yes Varies 107

325 Yes Yes $1,500-$3,500 Yes N/A 134

The Players Club

325 Yes No Varies Yes Varies 121

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

402-516-3618 10220 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114 www.omahamarriott.com

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

402.963.9950 12101 Deer Creek Drive Omaha, NE 68142 www.playersclubomaha.com

Quality Inn Ogallala

Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center

Regency Lodge Hotel

Ridnour Room

With full service catering and beverage service, Quality Inn Ogallala is an elegant, no-hassle venue for your wedding reception. We offer a wide variety of menus to fit your theme and your budget. Our mission is to produce an event that is entirely about you. Contact us to schedule your event and obtain group rates on hotel rooms for your guests. Mention Nebraska WeddingDay and get a free night in the Bridal Suite.

Details should be your last worry! Make planning simple by taking advantage of all the services and amenities we have to offfer in our newly-renovated hotel. Conveniently located at 72nd Street and I-80, our formal banquet rooms offer the perfect venue for a grandeur wedding for 500+ to an intimate celebration for 50. We will take care of all your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, or bridal shower needs!

Distinctive surroundings…Extraordinary events! From the ceremony to the reception, enjoy exceptional accommodations in a unique atmosphere. Located in west central Omaha, we can accommodate up to 300 guests and provide you with all the amenities necessary to ensure a successful event. Some of these amenities include: professional wedding coordinator; complimentary whirlpool suite for bride and groom; reduced guestroom rates for guests.

First Class quality at an affordable price! Nestled in the Heart of Lincoln’s Historic Haymarket District, the Ridnour Room provides an extremely elegant atmosphere to fulfill all of your wedding dreams. After reserving the Ridnour Room, located inside the Apothecary Building, you will receive complete control over the food and beverage catering – you can even host the food and beverages yourself.

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Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

250 No No $300 Yes $12.00-$25.00 150

308-284-6890 201 Chuckwagon Road Ogallala, NE 69153 www.qualityinn.com/hotel-ogallala-nebraska-NE100

1,400 Yes No Varies No Call for rates 2-3

402-393-3950 3321 South 72nd Street Omaha, NE 68124 www.ramadaplazaomaha.com

225-300 Yes No Varies Yes $19.95 + 113

402-397-8000 909 South 107th Avenue Omaha, NE 68114 www.RegencyLodge.com

300 Yes Yes Call for rates No N/A 110

402-474-1812 140 North 8th Street Lincoln, NE 68508 www.lincolnhaymarket.com neweddingday.com | 163


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River City Star

Sandhills Convention Center

Scott Conference Center

Scoular Ballroom

River City Star... Your headquarters for romance on Omaha’s Riverfront. Whether it be on our Riverboat, on our beautiful green lawns, or in our spacious white tent – all overlooking the river – the River City Star is the perfect place to create lasting memories!

The Sandhills Convention Center is the perfect setting that offers 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 will work closely with you to create a carefree, wonderful day, filled with memories to be treasured for a lifetime. Great events don’t just happen, the Sandhills Convention Center makes them happen!

The Scott Conference Center is the ideal backdrop for an unforgettable reception. Our beautiful, versatile space can accommodate up to 500 guests. An onsite coordinator is with you from the moment the first guest arrives until the lights are turned off. Our talented culinary team is excited to execute a perfected menu or create items unique to your tastes. At the Scott Conference Center, you’ll end your big day with a night to remember.

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Breathtaking, newly-renovated historical ballroom boasts sophisticated elegance and fabulous amenities. From custom up-lighting to a lushlydraped stage, the Scoular Ballroom offers unlimited planning sessions with the event staff. Tables with black Chivari chairs are included in rental fee. Amenities include state-of-the-art video projector/PA system, large professional-quality dance floor, fully-lit off-street parking, and glass and Italian marble atrium. Conveniently located near downtown Omaha, the Scoular Ballroom offers special winter and Friday night rates. Maximum Capacity 372 Ceremony Site Yes Outside Caterers Welcome Yes Room Rental Fee Call for Info Outdoor Site No Catering Price Per Person Varies Ad Page Number 133

400 Yes No Varies Yes $9.95 + 131

700 Yes No $450-$1,400 No $14.95 + 122

500 Yes No $600-$1,300 No $17.00 + 143

402-342-7827 151 Freedom Park Road Omaha, NE 68102 www.rivercitystar.com

308-535-6162 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

Simply Ballroom

Slattery Vintage Estates

Storz Trophy Room Grill & Brewery

The Thompson Center

Located in the new Mid-Town of Omaha just seconds from the Interstate, we are the ideal choice for wedding receptions and countless other functions. Advantages: Free off-street parking, close to hotels, shopping and restaurants, seconds from the Interstate, use your own caterer, decorate as you wish! All tables, chairs, linens and set up of these items are included in the rental rate. Come see Omaha’s best kept secret!

Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

150-300 Yes Yes $650-$1,200 No N/A 126

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

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Situated in the scenic Weeping Water Valley, between Lincoln and Omaha, SVE is a beautiful setting for a ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, or bridal shower. Inspired by the French countryside, your romantic day includes access to the entire 164 acres of beauty, and photography opportunities abound. The Banquet Hall provides an indoor/outdoor space with views on every side, French doors to a covered veranda, and fireplaces for cozy comfort. Full food and beverage service available. Maximum Capacity 80-200 Ceremony Site Yes Outside Caterers Welcome Yes Room Rental Fee Varies Outdoor Site Yes Catering Price Per Person $15.00-$25.00 Ad Page Number 134

In Downtown Omaha, we have the ultimate venue for your wedding reception. The Storz Trophy Room Grill & Brewery offers the most beautiful patio in the area – paired with the freshest seafood, amazing martinis and the best quality beef. Call us today and let us wine and dine your next event!

Celebrate your special day at the Thompson Center! Our elegant, affordable facility accommodates as many as 350 guests, is beautifully decorated, centrally located and perfect for weddings, receptions & prenuptial dinners. Your family and friends will enjoy our country club-like atmosphere, professional and friendly service and outstanding catering. And outdoor weddings are our specialty – many couples have exchanged vows under our beautiful canopy of shade trees. See it today!

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Maximum Capacity Ceremony Site Outside Caterers Welcome Room Rental Fee Outdoor Site Catering Price Per Person Ad Page Number

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

402-502-1643 345 Riverfront Drive Omaha, NE 68102 storztrophyroom.com

100 Yes No $300 Yes $27.95 + 135

350 Yes No Varies Yes $18.95 + 119

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


Tiburon Golf Club

TipTop Ballroom

Tower Hall Banquet Facility

The Towers Event Center

Tiburon is a full-service banquet facility. The Great White Ballroom can accomodate up to 375 guests with 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.

The TipTop Ballroom is located North of downtown on 15th & Cumings in the new NoDo area of Omaha. The Grand Ballroom is a perfect location for your memorable wedding reception. Amenities included in our wedding package: professional staff on-site for the set up through the clean up of your reception, experienced culinary team, and complimentary experienced bartenders.

Tower Hall offers you the opportunity to create the special event you’ve always wanted at an affordable price. With in-house and off-site catering, seating for 450 and hundreds of decorations for you to choose from, we invite you to view Tower Hall, conveniently located just ten minutes from downtown Lincoln.

A memorable and lasting impression is what you will experience at The Towers Event Center. Through our personal service, we work with you to create exactly what you envisioned your reception to be.

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375 Yes No $900-$1,800 Yes $18.25-$24.95 1

700 No No Call for rates No $19.95 126

450 Yes No Call for rates Yes Call for rates 135

300 Yes Yes Call for rates No $12.00 + 107

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

402-334-5446 1502 Cuming Street Omaha, NE 68102 www.brandeiscatering.com

402-432-3807 108 North East Street Malcolm, NE 68402 www.towerhall.net

402-489-4890 6891 A Street, Suite 111 Lincoln, NE 68510 www.thetowerseventcenter.com

VFW Post 2503

Wick Alumni Center

Wilderness Ridge

Yankee Hill Country Club

Budget friendly. Bring your own food. Dance floor. 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 T.V. and sound system for wedding slide shows.

The campus home of alumni and friends, the Wick Alumni Center features contemporary design, soaring windows and three-story cathedral ceilings. The building is open to the public for reception rentals with discounts for Nebraska Alumni Association members.

Our grand Yellowstone Ballroom features a fireplace and wrap around veranda. With plenty of room, a dance floor, and accommodations for all of your food and beverage, our spacious Yellowstone Ballroom is sure to impress. The Lodge at Wilderness Ridge has become one of Lincoln’s most coveted locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Yankee Hill Country Club features spacious rooms with beautiful golf course views. Whether you are looking for a reception site, rehearsal dinner, or even your bridal shower, we have the perfect space for you. Our experienced staff will work with you to customize your event, making it everything you have imagined. Amenities include linens, table settings, centerpieces, dance floor, bar service, and scenic golf course views.

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

275 Yes No Call for rates Yes $16.00 + 150

402-472-6435 1520 R Street Lincoln, NE 68508 www.huskeralum.org/venues

250 Yes No Varies Yes Call for info 150

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

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Movie

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Celebrate the blushing bride by hosting a backyard movie marathon. Sweet treats and vintage rentals add coziness and charm to any space, creating an evening of casual fun under the stars.

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Colorful Accents

Striped boxes hold popcorn for guests to enjoy while mingling before movie time. Add an unexpected splash of color with a boldly-hued table from Nostalgia Rentals to serve as the refreshment stand. Display an array of sweet and salty snacks as well as tasty beverage options to be enjoyed throughout the evening.

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Sweet Treats

Oversized balloons from Nostalgia Rentals bring a pop of color to the space. Treat guests to french macarons from Le Cupcake, along with personalized snack boxes that are filled with an assortment of candy to satisfy any sweet tooth. Vintage salt shakers from Nostalgia Rentals hold popcorn seasonings that will add an extra kick of flavor for guests to enjoy throughout the evening. When the sun goes down and guests have found their seats, hand out cozy throw blankets and pillows to take away any chill during the evening and to provide extra comfort for guests. Lanterns and candles provide just enough light for guests to refill their drinks and visit the snack table during the featured movie.

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Find A Seat

Welcome guests to find a comfortable seat for the evening on vibrant vintage chairs from Nostalgia Rentals. Add a few small tables along side the chairs for guests to park their refreshments. A vintage projection screen from Nostalgia Rentals creates a crisp backdrop for showing your feature film.

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MONEY-SAVING STRATEGIES Innovation and flexibility are great partners

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 October 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 up to a thousand dollars on your reception venue. Consider selecting a weekday as your wedding day. Many couples are opting for Thursday or Friday evening celebrations, simply to save on wedding costs. Not only do many reception venues have special pricing for weekday weddings, but other wedding vendors also may offer discounts to couples who wed on a weekday. 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 reception rental price. Items may include tables, chairs, linens, basic china and stemware. However, if you’re looking at an outdoor venue or even a non-traditional location, you may be faced with larger rental fees. If you are pinching your pennies, consider celebrating at a location that provides all the essentials. This may save you some money that you can then devote to bringing in vintage china or allowing for an upgrade from your standard white linens to something with a texture or pattern. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Chelsie Moreland Photography

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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 guest’s dining experience is more relaxing without the interruption of standing in a buffet line. Drink options are many and varied. For those brides and grooms 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 a hefty price tag. Work with your bartender for a customized drink that reflects (1) your personality as a couple, (2) your wedding style, and (3) the season. It is common practice to host a cocktail hour with appetizers between the ceremony and reception. Many couples shy away from a cocktail hour because they don’t have room in their budgets to spend an extra $5 to $8 per guest. But, if you are looking to save some cash without sacrificing your cocktail hour, ask your reception coordinator to have appetizers “butler passed,” rather than hosting a buffet table. This controls the number of appetizers needed to appropriately serve your guests, and in turn, controls the cost.

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

SPENDING SECRETS: FLOWERS Rather than focusing on the type of flowers in your bouquet and centerpieces, focus on the color and shape of the blooms. Brides often set their hearts on certain flowers, such as peonies which only bloom in the spring. But by focusing on the hues of your neweddingday.com | 171


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

SPENDING SECRETS: PAPER GOODS Paper goods add character and flair to weddings and often carry the theme or monogram 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 save you over $200. If you still want something to outline your ceremony procession, consider designing your own program. Many websites like dafont.com offer free fonts that will give you a customized look. After designing your program, take it to a local copy center for printing. You will not only save time, but it can save you from a sizeable headache for only an extra $40 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 brides are working within a budget and therefore, they are willing to be accommodating. |NWD|

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LET THE CELEBRATIONS BEGIN Fun, food, family and friends before the big day

FROM ENGAGEMENT PARTIES TO BRIDAL showers, you will enjoy many occasions to celebrate your engagement with friends and family. Not only is this an excellent time to share good food and drink with great company, but it also provides a unique opportunity to spend quality time with those closest to you. The team here at Nebraska WeddingDay has compiled a go-to guide for special events leading up to your wedding day, complete with etiquette examples and creative party ideas.

ENGAGEMENT PARTY Your engagement is an unforgettable and exciting event! Your engagement party is where all of your family and friends have gathered in honor of you and your new fiancé. It can often be the initial meeting for most of your family and various groups of your friends. An overwhelming sense of excitement and sheer joy often sets in at your engagement party. The engagement party is thrown shortly after the proposal and can be an intimate affair, traditionally hosted by the bride’s parents. However, it is entirely acceptable for the bride and groom’s friends or the groom’s family to host an engagement party, should the bride’s parents decline the opportunity. The options for engagement parties are diverse. The guest list may be short, providing for a more intimate gathering, or you may opt for “the more, the merrier” with a large cocktail hour event. The engagement party guest list should be limited to only those guests who will also be invited to the wedding. Both sides of the family should be invited unless due to geographical location, separate parties are held. Some grooms discuss the engagement party plans with the bride’s family prior to the proposal and then surprise the bride immediately following the proposal with a party. Engagement parties can be a simple cocktail party, a special dinner party, or even a casual backyard barbeque. The event should reflect the couple’s style and personality. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Megan Pomeroy Photography

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|planning| When possible, a couple is encouraged to create a preliminary gift registry before the engagement party so guests who wish to bring a gift to the party can access the couple’s selection of gift ideas. A good guideline for registries is to select items of varied price points to give guests the most flexibility in choosing a gift. Please note that it is not appropriate to list the gift registry on the invitation. However, since it is likely that some guests will wish to bring a gift, it is perfectly acceptable for you to inform close friends and relatives of your registry preference in case someone asks them. It is important to keep in mind that unless all of your guests bring gifts to the party, it is best to open packages after the festivities to avoid embarrassing those who did not bring a gift. Also, it is proper etiquette for the bride and groom to give the host/hostess of the engagement party a gift as a token of thanks and appreciation.

BRIDAL SHOWER Bridal showers have been a tradition for many years and are a terrific opportunity to gather with friends and family to honor the bride and shower her with gifts. It is not common for the bride’s mother or family to host a shower, but rather the maid of honor and bridesmaids or friends. A bridal shower should be hosted months or weeks prior to the wedding and only wedding guests should be invited. Also, this is the one occasion that it is appropriate to list where the bride is registered on the invitation.

There are many traditional games and activities for bridal showers. However, themed showers are becoming very popular for bridal shower hosts. 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 while showering the bride with gifts. Below are some of our favorite themes and activities to consider when planning a shower. BAKING THEME If the bride enjoys spending time in the kitchen, encourage guests to bring a shower gift inspired by baking. Set up a buffet of three to four desserts or baked goods for guests to sample. For the invitations, include a recipe card for each guest to jot down their favorite recipe to bring along to the shower for the bride to include in her recipe box. Send guests home with a jar of jam and a loaf of bread, tied with some colorful string and the recipe. QUILT This theme is perfect if the bride has a family member who loves to quilt. Prepare fabric squares in the bride’s wedding colors or consider a neutral palette for each guest to write a special message on the square. After the party, have a family member or friend sew the squares together to create a beautiful and meaningful quilt for the bride. PARFAIT BAR Brunch showers are great for larger gatherings. Host a parfait bar for guests to build their perfect parfait with different yogurts, fruits, nuts, and granola. This allows guests to mingle and also provides an easy food option for the hostess. This theme could carry throughout the party by pairing a variety of fruit juices and champagne to create a flavored-mimosa bar. This is a deliciously light and easy self-serve beverage option for guests. Guests preferring a non-alcoholic beverage could simply opt for the fruit juice. DATE NIGHT The bride and the groom alike will love this theme, as it will supply them with months of activities and ideas for date nights throughout their first year of marriage. Encourage guests to bring a date-night themed gift pulled together with items from their gift registry. For example, movie passes and popcorn bowls, or a blanket and a bottle of wine. As a shower activity, supply guests with note cards and markers so they can jot down date-night ideas. Ideas can range from free activities, such as a walk at sunset, to more expensive options like a date night at a fine-dining restaurant. Put each note card in a sealed envelope and mark it with an estimated cost. After their wedding day, the couple can pick from the envelopes to fund a unique date-night idea.

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

COUPLE SHOWERS Bridal showers have been evolving over the years into couple showers and often include the groom and his buddies. Friends of the bride, the groom, or both often host couple showers where the bride and groom’s friends are invited to celebrate the couple’s upcoming nuptials. These showers are typically more casual and relaxed and are ideal for the couple who already share many household items. Yard games and cold beverages are perfect for this type of shower, allowing guests to get to know one another and mingle.

BACHELORETTE PARTY Many brides are shying away from limos and bachelorette games for their special evening out with their closest girlfriends. In fact, some

brides are gathering their girls and heading out of town to relax by a hotel pool or they are joining their friends for a local cooking class. The most important element of the bachelorette party is for the bride to feel comfortable with the plans, especially since this is a time for her to truly kick back and relax before the wedding day. Looking for some fun and creative activities that are a bit out of the ordinary? Below are a few of our favorite bachelorette party ideas. COOKING CLASS Perfect for the bride who loves to spend her time in the kitchen, invite a small group of girls to participate in a cooking class. This gives the bride an opportunity to spend quality time with her friends while the guests are entertained and may even pick up a cooking tip or recipe. VINEYARD TOUR This is a simply fabulous way to host a relaxing bachelorette party. Invite guests to a local vineyard to taste wines while catching up and chatting about wedding plans. The scenery itself will provide a relaxing experience for the bride and her guests. ART CLASS Give guests an opportunity to create a gorgeous piece of art without the need for any true artistic talent. At some area art classes, guests are given step-by-step instructions to help each guest create a memorable painting, while also affording the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine in celebration of the occasion. |NWD|

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RUSTIC SETTING Tables draped in burlap linens from Elite Events Rental and decorated with lush fern accents create an eortless table setting. Between two glass plates rests a fern leaf that brings color and interest to each place setting.

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playa mujeres, mexico Amy and Nate Accommodations: Excellence Resorts Month of Travel: June

WE DEBATED ABOUT GOING ON A HONEYMOON RIGHT AFTER THE wedding or waiting until later in the year. We opted to go after our wedding knowing this would be our only opportunity to experience a true honeymoon. We woke up the Sunday after our wedding, the most exhausted either of us have ever felt, looking at each other and thinking, “Now what?” Bright and early the next day we boarded a flight to Cancun, Mexico. It was a short ride from the airport and truly a breathtaking sight when we pulled up to the resort. We were instantly greeted with glasses of champagne and a cool rush of air as we stepped onto the marble floors of paradise. We had just arrived and already didn’t want to leave.

day one MORNING We couldn’t wait to get up and start exploring what the resort had to offer. Our room had an ocean view and we couldn’t wait to walk along the beach as the water lapped at our feet. “Excellence” is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort that offers thirteen different dining options. It was fun to try all the exotic fruits and offerings at breakfast that we weren’t accustomed to having in Nebraska. AFTERNOON You couldn’t pry us away from the ocean. We would spend hours relaxing and listening to the sound of the waves on the beach. It was a scene that never got old to us the entire time we were there. The resort would host a themed party on the beach every day beginning at noon with food and drinks. They would even hand out recipes for what was being served. The Taco Fiesta is not to be missed! EVENING We knew we had to be creative if we were going to be able to try all the restaurants at the resort. We would start with tapas for appetizers, lobster for dinner and sneak back to our room for room service dessert and champagne on the patio.

day three MORNING By now we had settled into a routine of cappuccinos in the morning and walks along the beach before breakfast. The resort offers many different activities. Our favorites were the guided bike tour and catamaran ride in the ocean. AFTERNOON There were tons of activities and games happening each afternoon by the pool. Most of the time we were looking to just relax, but it was a fun and vibrant atmosphere. The afternoon pizza by the pool is a definite highlight. EVENING We had one of our favorite meals of the entire trip on this evening at Chez Isabelle, the French restaurant. It was such an intimate setting and the food was amazing. There are shows every night and the Michael Jackson tribute show that night was a treat!

day six MORNING Knowing this was our last morning, we wanted to take in each of our favorite activities of the week. We started with brunch at Toscana. Afterward, we soaked up the sun the rest of the morning in the lazy river and lounged by the pool until lunch. AFTERNOON We received a spa treatment and couples massage with our reservation and we both were looking forward to this special treat. It was everything we expected. We had a hydrotherapy treatment at the spa followed by a hot massage. The hydrotherapy treatment helped awaken the senses and the massage was so relaxing it put us both to sleep! EVENING Do not miss the Mexican Fiesta on Friday night. This was our last night and we were so surprised at how much work went into the presentation. The variety and quality of the food was fantastic.

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|honeymoon| AFTER MONTHS OF ANTICIPATION AND A WEEKEND OF ENTERTAINING, our wedding had come to an end. For us, the fun was just beginning. Early Monday morning following our May wedding, my husband Brett and I traveled to Turks and Caicos where we settled in at the Villa Renaissance Resort on Grace Bay. With eight full days of relaxation ahead, we were thrilled to finally be able to experience the destination we had chosen for our honeymoon.

day one MORNING After a full day of traveling, Brett and I took advantage of the opportunity to sleep in. Our beautiful one bedroom condo provided a nicelydecorated living room, fully-stocked kitchen, a spacious bedroom and bathroom. After we awoke, Brett made us a delicious breakfast, which we enjoyed on our patio overlooking a small lawn of our very own, just steps from the ocean.

TURKS and CAICOS Jenny and Brett Accommodations: Villa Renaissance Resort Month of Travel: May

AFTERNOON That afternoon we explored the Bay. We headed to Coral Gardens where we were able to see amazing marine life just off of the beach. With Brett and I both being water enthusiasts, we spent hours just floating around Coral Gardens while catching glimpses of sea turtles, stingrays and even a dolphin from afar. EVENING Following our afternoon of snorkeling, we decided we wanted to enjoy the local cuisine. Our resort was very informative and provided us with a lengthy list of places to enjoy. The resort’s first recommendation was Bay Bistro. To be adventurous, Brett tried the almond crusted conch, while I enjoyed a seafood medley. We wrapped up the night by taking a walk along the Bay at sunset.

day four MORNING With several offerings on the island, Brett and I made our wish list of all that we wanted to see and do during our eight-day stay. After spending the early part of our trip enjoying the Bay and catching up on some much-needed rest, we reserved this day to really explore the whole island. AFTERNOON After an hour ride in the car, we had finally made it to Chalk Sound. Chalk Sound is a beautifully preserved turquoise lagoon filled with hundreds of little rocky islands throughout. Shortly after we arrived, our stand-up paddle boards arrived from a local scuba shop. We spent the remainder of the day paddle boarding around Chalk Sound completely in awe at its offerings. EVENING We headed to Da Conch Shack for dinner. During our dinner on the patio it started to downpour. Rather than heading home and calling it a day, we joined the entire restaurant under a tiny cabana where we danced to the band the remainder of the night. It made for a lot of laughs and one great night.

day six MORNING After several days under the sun, we decided to enjoy the day by touring the shops along the Bay. We enjoyed breakfast at a café and then traveled a few blocks down the road to their shopping district. We were surprised by the assortment of offerings, from home décor to clothing to rescue dogs. AFTERNOON After grabbing lunch at Yoshi Sushi, we headed to a local animal shelter to adopt a puppy for a day. We spent our afternoon on the beach in front of our condo with Goldie, a five-month-old puppy that had just been recently rescued. It took everything in our power at the end of the day to return Goldie and not bring her home with us. EVENING We stepped aboard a large catamaran with a few other couples and enjoyed a sunset cruise. Following the cruise, we headed back to our condo and Brett made an incredible meal of salmon, shrimp, asparagus and pasta. We enjoyed our meal on the patio, took a long walk on the beach and reflected on our amazing time in Turks and Caicos.

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AFTER ARRIVING IN BELIZE CITY, WE TOOK A VERY BUMPY RIDE DEEP into the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve to our first destination, Blancaneaux. We were greeted with cool towels infused with mint and a glass of the resort’s jaguar juice cocktail, aptly named for the jaguars that are native to the forest. Upon arrival every employee knew our names and anticipated our wants. Our hut (complete with a spa-like bathroom and cozy robes) was set high in the trees. Although it was almost completely open to nature, it was extremely private, thanks to the lush landscape. We were in heaven!

day one MORNING We didn’t waste any time before hitting the property’s private hiking trail that takes you up to Big Rock Falls. It was a slippery and steep climb down into the waterfall’s pool, but it was breathtaking and the water was clear and warm. It was a great way to spend our first morning, just the two of us under a waterfall.

san ignacio and ambergris caye, belize Megan and Grant Accommodations: Blancaneaux Lodge & Matachica Resort & Spa Month of Travel: June/July

AFTERNOON We headed back to the resort and took a break relaxing by the river. There are mini falls and pools lining the property and we had our choice of lounge chairs to take it all in. We also enjoyed one of their specialties, plantain chips with homemade spicy ketchup. The resort grows all its produce and spices on site, so everything tasted amazing. EVENING The resort is owned by Francis Ford Coppola, so it was bizarre having Italian food in Belize; but we had the most delicious dinner of pizza, pasta and wine. We capped the evening off by taking a soak in the enormous hot tub that is nestled among the trees and we watched the stars and lightning in the distance.

day three MORNING We awoke early for the first of two adventure excursions we took on our trip. We loaded up on a huge breakfast and headed to another part of the jungle. We hiked ten miles until we arrived at Actun Tunichil Muknal, or ATM as it is commonly known, a Mayan cave we would be exploring. AFTERNOON The resort packed us an amazing backpack lunch and plenty of water that we enjoyed on a quick break before we ventured into the cave. The one down side of this excursion is that there are absolutely no cameras allowed; however, I don’t think either of us will ever forget this adventure. It was a very intense experience full of tight spaces, slippery sharp rocks, climbing onto ledges that do not look or feel safe and swimming through water in complete darkness; just you, your hard hat and your headlamp. However, getting to the section of the cave with the ceramics, bones and giant stalagmites was well worth it. I would do it again in a heartbeat. EVENING We celebrated our safe return by taking a nap in the hammock in our hut while listening to the rain outside. Then we enjoyed a traditional Guatemalan meal in the resort’s private dining restaurant. It was romantic and a wonderful way to say goodbye to Blancaneaux as we were headed out of the jungle and to the ocean the next morning.

day six MORNING Our time at Matachica, our resort on the ocean, was filled with lots of relaxation. We could walk out of our hut (yes, another one) and be right on the beach where we lounged most days. AFTERNOON It was time for our second excursion of the trip. This time it was snorkeling at the Belize Barrier Reef. I had never been snorkeling like this and it was incredible! We saw all types of fish, eels and sea turtles. Then our guide took us to another spot where we had to quickly jump into the water so we could snorkel with sting rays and sharks. It may have only lasted a little over a minute, but I was so glad I got in! EVENING After dinner we took a walk along the beach watching the sunset. We camped out under the stars on the dock, our favorite spot at Matachica.

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A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL, YET A FEW TASKS STILL remain. To wrap things up once the wedding festivities have concluded, just follow these simple steps for stress-free handling of the final details.

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

CLEAN UP Items like picture frames, guest cards, table numbers, and other décor will be left at your reception venue. Many venues allow you to store these leftover items with them until the following day, allowing your wedding night to be stress free. Remember to ask a family member or friend to pick up these items and/or discard them following your wedding day. Make a list of items you would like to keep as well as those that should be wrapped or packaged in a specific manner.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Megan Pomeroy Photography

PRESERVATION You spent a significant amount of time and often a great deal of money selecting and purchasing your wedding gown. Before hanging it up in a closet and forgetting about it, consider taking your bridal gown to a professional cleaner who specializes in stain removal and preservation. These professionals know how to thoroughly clean your gown, treat it for stains, and preserve it–allowing you to enjoy it well beyond your special day. Your floral bouquet can also be transformed into a precious keepsake with floral preservation techniques. Have your bouquet treated and preserved in a shadow box, along with any jewelry or wedding day mementos. This is perfect for preserving a special heirloom you wish to cherish for years to come.

THANK-YOU NOTES CHANGING YOUR NAME Often, the most tedious process after the wedding day is the steps required to change your name. If you plan to take your husband’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 an easy how-to, check out our “Ms. to Mrs. Guide” in the FROM OUR NOTEBOOK section. There you will find an overview for handling changes to insurance, financial planning, and banking.

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


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We gathered the most helpful tips, guides and tools to ease your planning process. From a Planning Checklist to a Tipping and Weather Guide, we cover the small details that hold promise for a flawless day.


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SIX TO NINE MONTHS PRIOR Use this checklist as a step-by-step guide to planning your wedding day. Discover additional bridal tools, image galleries and top wedding vendors on neweddingday.com.

Select and book ceremony musician and/or vocalist Select and book reception entertainment Select and book mode of transportation

NINE TO TWELVE MONTHS PRIOR Announce engagement Start small gift registry, if having an engagement party Shop for engagement and wedding rings Begin wedding workout routine Research legalities, if choosing a destination wedding Decide on the style, formality, and size of your wedding Establish budget Determine expense responsibilities for each event Set a wedding date Select and book wedding planner Prepare tentative guest list Select and book ceremony location

Determine rental needs Select and order bridal gown Select and order bridesmaid gowns Compile guest list of names and addresses Create bridal registry Schedule engagement photography session Select and order groom attire Select and order groomsmen attire Discuss rehearsal dinner plans Select and reserve rehearsal dinner location Finalize wedding guest list Consult travel agent for honeymoon plans Book honeymoon Select and order save-the-date announcements

Set rehearsal date and time with officiant Select wedding party attendants Reserve reception venue Select and book event designer Select and book photographer Select and book videographer Select color scheme Begin shopping for bridal gown Begin shopping for bridesmaid gowns Research caterers, if not determined by reception venue Select and book floral designer Select and book cake artist

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FOUR TO SIX MONTHS PRIOR Select and order wedding invitations Schedule hair consultation Schedule makeup consultation Meet with floral designer to complete selections Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests Reserve accommodations for wedding night Check status of wedding registry Confirm plans for bachelor and bachelorette parties Mail save-the-date announcements


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Planning Checklist TWO TO THREE MONTHS PRIOR

THREE WEEKS PRIOR

Schedule hair appointment for wedding day

Call guests who have not replied

Schedule makeup appointment for wedding day

Create seating chart and escort cards

Confirm bridal gown fittings

Purchase gifts for parents and spouse

Purchase wedding bands

Purchase gifts for attendants

Confirm delivery date for bridesmaid gowns Confirm accessory choices for bridesmaids

ONE TO TWO WEEKS PRIOR Confirm all appointments

FOUR TO SIX WEEKS PRIOR

Confirm all ceremony and reception details

Address and mail wedding invitations

Confirm guest count with caterers

Confirm floral plans with floral designer

Confirm head count and delivery time with cake artist

Finalize ceremony music selections

Finalize seating arrangements and escort cards

Finalize readings and ceremony details with officiant

Finalize entertainment details

Design and print paper goods

Finalize photography details

Prepare song list for deejay or band

Finalize videography details

Develop wedding day schedule and send to vendors

Finalize transportation needs

Compile RSVP guest list

Confirm guest accommodations

Pick up wedding bands

Confirm honeymoon reservations

Obtain marriage license Pick up bridal gown

WEDDING WEEK Pick up groom and groomsmen attire Assign post-wedding tasks to wedding party Prepare envelopes for tips and payments for wedding day

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Registry Guide Whether you are in need of the basics or already have a head start on your home, your bridal registry allows guests to easily shower you with gifts that are a perfect fit. Create a registry that provides many options and price points. We have listed our registry essentials to assist you in the selection process. Simply use this guide to build a more complete home after your wedding day.

KITCHEN

DINING

BEDROOM

stand mixer

dinnerware settings (8 to12)

pillows (4)

food processor

cups and saucers (8 to12)

pillow shams (2 to 4 sets)

toaster

drinking glasses (8 to12)

pillowcases (2 to 4 sets)

blender

red wineglasses (8 to12)

flat sheets (2 sets)

coffeemaker

white wineglasses (8 to12)

fitted sheets (2 sets)

knife set

champagne flutes (8 to12)

bed skirt

skillets (2)

mugs (8 to12)

winter duvet

cutting board set

sets of silverware (8 to12)

summer duvet

2-quart saucepan

steak knives (8 to12)

duvet cover

6-quart saucepan

serving utensils

cotton or wool blankets (2)

multipurpose pots (2)

salad bowl and servers

alarm clock

glass bakeware set

serving dishes

bedside lamps (2)

nonstick bakeware set

serving platters (2)

clothes hamper

cookie sheets (2)

chip & dip set

muffin pan

cake stand

baking pan

pitchers (2)

round cake pans (2)

decanter

cooling racks (2)

teapot

set of measuring spoons

cloth napkins (8 to12)

set of mixing bowls

napkin rings (8 to12)

set of wet measuring cups

place mats (8 to12)

set of dry measuring cups

tablecloths (2)

salt shaker/pepper grinder

trivets (2)

serving spoons (3)

wooden spoons (2)

whisk

ice cream scoop

spice rack

oven mitts (2)

dish towels/cloths (4)

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Registry Guide (continued)

BATH

HOME DECOR

HOME CARE

bath towels (6)

storage baskets (4 to 6)

vacuum cleaner

hand towels (6)

candles and holders

grill

washcloths (6)

wall clock

grilling tools

bath rugs (2)

wall mirrors

gardening tools

bath mat

framed art

garden hose and hose reel

shower curtains (1 to 2)

window treatments

fireplace tools

shower curtain hardware

photo frames

handyman tools

lotion dispenser

coasters

soap dish

decorative bowls

tissue holder

decorative vases

toothbrush holder

throw pillows

wastebasket

throw blanket

storage baskets

magnifying mirror

bath scale

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Party Prep Guide Plan the perfect pre-wedding party with these simple tips and tricks.

FRESH BAKED CHERRY PIE PREP TIME: 30 MINS | BAKE TIME: 55 MINS SERVES 8

INGREDIENTS • • • •

1 1/4 cups sugar 4 tbs cornstarch 1/4 tsp salt 1 tbs butter, melted

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1/4 tsp almond extract 2 tsp lemon juice 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans of pitted tart cherries 1 pastry for a double-crust 9” pie

DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2. Drain cherries, reserving 3/4 cup juice. 3. Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. 4. Combine cherry juice, almond extract and lemon juice. Add to dry ingredients, mixing well. 5. Add cherries and butter, folding gently. Let stand for 15 minutes. 6. Pour mixture into pie crust and place second crust over filling. 7. Wrap excess top crust under bottom crust edge and press to seal. 8. Flute edges with fingers or press with fork. Cut slits in top for steam to escape. 9. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes. Adapted from food.com

NO SEW BUNTING PREP TIME: 20 MINS | ACTIVE TIME: 15 MINS

MATERIALS Scissors Twine Cotton fabric

DIRECTIONS 1. Cut fabric in 6-inch triangles. 2. Cut 2 small holes in each fabric triangle, 1 inch from the top and 3 inches apart. 3. Cut 5-inch pieces of twine, 2 pieces per fabric triangle. 4. Unroll long section of twine from spool. 5. Lay out twine on floor or long table, arrange fabric triangles 4 to 5 inches apart with 3 to 4 feet of excess twine on each end. 6. Use small pieces of cut twine to tie fabric triangles to bunting. 7. Cut assembled bunting from spool of twine.

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Party Prep Guide Plan the perfect pre-wedding party with these simple tips and tricks.

SIMPLE CENTERPIECE PREP TIME: 5 MINS | ACTIVE TIME: 20 MINS

MATERIALS Flowers (10-12 stems) Scissors Water Double-stick tape Container

DIRECTIONS 1. Fill container of choice with room temperature water. 2. Making a criss-cross pattern, place tape across the top of the container’s opening. 3. Cut stems of flowers to desired height at a 45-degree angle. Center stems should be slightly longer than outside stems. 4. Insert each stem working from the center to the outside. 5. Trim length of stems as needed to create a rounded arrangement. 6. Keep arrangement cool until set up is ready. 7. Arrange 4 to 5 floral centerpieces down middle of table.

POLKA DOT TABLECLOTH ACTIVE TIME: 45 MINS

MATERIALS Drop cloth White craft paint Round sponge applicator Paper plate

DIRECTIONS 1. Lay fabric out on floor or table, placing a plastic sheet or newspaper underneath to protect floor or wood. 2. Squeeze white craft paint onto paper plate. 3. Dab the round sponge applicator into the paint, covering the entire surface of the sponge. 4. Tap against plate or paper towel to remove any excess paint. 5. Start by stamping the first row of polka dots 5 inches apart and 3 inches from top edge of fabric. 6. After completing one row, position the second row of dots 5 inches below the first row, stamping dots midway between the dots on the previous row. 7. Repeat pattern until finished. 8. Let dry 24 hours.

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Invitation Guide Whether formal or casual, contemporary or classic, refined or quaint—the first impression of your wedding is made by your invitations. Below we have outlined a variety of scenarios to serve as a helpful guide when considering appropriate phrasing.

HOSTED BY BRIDE’S PARENTS

WHEN DIVORCED PARENTS SEND A JOINT INVITATION

Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Williams request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Grace Elizabeth to Ian Michael Moss Saturday, the twenty-first of June two thousand and fourteen at six o’clock Sacred Heart Catholic Church Omaha, Nebraska

Ms. Rachel Williams [Mrs. Rachel Robertson, if remarried] and Nolan Alexander Williams request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Grace Elizabeth to Ian Michael Moss ***

MILITARY TITLES FOR THE BRIDE OR GROOM HOSTED BY BOTH SETS OF PARENTS Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Williams request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Grace Elizabeth to Ian Michael Moss son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Moss Saturday, the twenty-first of June two thousand and fourteen at six o’clock Sacred Heart Catholic Church Omaha, Nebraska

HOSTED BY RELATIVES The relationship between the host and the bride replaces “their daughter” on the invitation.

Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Williams request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Commander Grace Elizabeth Williams United States Army to Major Ian Michael Moss United States Navy ***

WHEN PARENTS, THE BRIDE, OR GROOM HAVE PROFESSIONAL OR MILITARY TITLES Doctor and Mrs. Nolan Williams request the honour of your presence, OR Doctor Rachel Williams and Mr. Nolan Williams request the honour of your presence, ***

WHEN BOTH THE MOTHER AND FATHER ARE DOCTORS HOSTED BY THE WEDDING COUPLE The honour of your presence is requested at the marriage of Ms. Grace Elizabeth Williams to Mr. Ian Michael Moss Saturday, the twenty-first of June two thousand and fourteen

*** WHEN A PARENT IS DECEASED The pleasure of your company is requested at the marriage of Grace Elizabeth daughter of Nolan Williams and the late Rachel Williams to Ian Michael Moss

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Doctor Nolan Williams and Doctor Rachel Williams request the honour of your presence,

*** MILITARY TITLES FOR PARENTS Captain and Mrs. Nolan Williams request the honour of your presence, OR Mr. Nolan Williams and Major Rachel Williams request the honour of your presence, *** ***Insert additional details such as day, date, time, place, city and state, as shown in the first two examples.


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Seating Guide Seating charts are not only practical, but they ensure that your guests feel welcome and at ease when finding their seat at your reception. Create your seating chart a week prior to your wedding, allowing for last minute changes in attendance. Here are some simple tips and tricks for getting started.

CREATING THE LIST Create an Excel file with your wedding guests. We suggest using the template below.

GUEST NAME

TABLE NUMBER

MENU CHOICE

Tiffany Roberts

2

beef

sister

Tim Roberts

2

chicken

brother-in-law

Chad Smith

3

chicken

cousin

Sarah Smith

3

beef

cousin

Tyler Kennington

2

beef

brother

Taylor Kennington

2

vegetarian

brother

Mary Kennington

2

chicken

mother of bride

RELATIONSHIP

Each guest’s name is recorded in the first column with a table number designated in the second column. The next column should list the menu choice (when appropriate) as indicated on their RSVP card. The last column is ideal for noting the relationship to the couple. For example, “family,” “wedding party,” “friend of bride,” and “friend of groom” can be useful, especially when working with a large guest list.

ASSIGNING SEATS When your spreadsheet is complete, you can begin assigning a seat to each guest. We suggest working in this order:

Wedding Party: Assign your bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers first. Remember to include yourself as well. Immediate Family: Group immediate family members together. Ask your parents with whom they wish to share a table. Family: Place your cousins, aunts and uncles once you have assigned your immediate family. Friends: Group friends together by social circles. Seat your high school friends together, coworkers together, etc. Family Friends: Place other guests together by shared interests or hometowns.

If you are unable to completely fill a table, leave a few open seats for last minute replies. Highlight the open seats on your spreadsheet so as your day approaches you will easily identify the tables that are incomplete. At that point, you can either remove the highlighted fields or fill in additional guests as you see fit. Include one or two empty tables for guests who may have forgotten to RSVP or who are able to attend at the last minute. Finally, sort your chart by “Table Number” so each table is grouped together. Do a final count to ensure each table has the correct amount of guests. Also, verify guest names are accurate if you are printing escort cards from the Excel file.

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Tipping Guide Your wedding vendors have assisted you every step of the way. Use our tipping guide to show your appreciation for their outstanding efforts.

Photographer / Videographer: A personal gift is appropriate given at the beginning of the day Hair / MakeUp: 15-20% given after final service Transportation: When not included, 15-20% of fee given after final transportation Officiant / Clergy: A donation is appropriate given before the ceremony Ceremony Musician(s): Optional, 15-20% of fee given after the ceremony Band: Optional, $20-$50 per musician given after the reception Deejay: Optional, $25-$150 given after the reception Reception / Catering Staff: When not included, 15-20% given after the reception Wedding Planner: 15% of fee at time of payment or personal gift at the beginning of the day

Weather Guide Follow our guide for a brief summary of probable weather conditions to avoid any complications during your wedding day. Remember to consider a back-up plan should the weather not cooperate.

April

May

June

Average Temperature: 68 (high) / 45 (low) Average Precipitation: 3.15 inches Minimal Humidity Possibility of severe weather Light to moderate breeze

Average Temperature: 75 (high) / 50 (low) Average Precipitation: 5.0 inches Moderate Humidity Possibility of severe weather Light to moderate breeze

Average Temperature: 85 (high) / 60 (low) Average Precipitation: 3.5 inches Warm & Slightly Humid Srong possibility of severe weather Breezy

July

August

September

Average Temperature: 90 (high) / 66 (low) Average Precipitation: 3.5 inches Hot & Humid Chance of thunderstorms Breezy

Average Temperature: 87 (high) / 63 (low) Average Precipitation: 3.5 inches Hot & Humid Strong possibility of severe weather Low wind conditions

Average Temperature: 77 (high) / 53 (low) Average Precipitation: 2.92 inches Low Humidity Slight possibility of severe weather High wind conditions

October

November

December

Average Temperature: 66 (high) / 40 (low) Average Precipitation: 2.1 inches Minimal Humidity Low possibility of severe weather Breezy

Average Temperature: 50 (high) / 27 (low) Average Precipitation: 1.3 inches Low Humidity Chance of snow Breezy

Average Temperature: 35 (high) / 15 (low) Average Precipitation: 0.9 inches Low Humidity Moderate chance of snow Strong wind conditions

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Ms. to Mrs. Guide We have outlined for you here the steps required to change your name. If you plan to take your husband’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. Below are some simple steps to changing your name.

MARRIAGE LICENSE

FINANCIAL PLANNING

You will need a certified marriage license including the official seal and your new last name to change your name. You should receive this document after filing for a marriage license; but if you do not, call the county clerk’s office to follow up.

If you and your husband have recently combined bank accounts, it is a great opportunity to discuss all financial goals as well. Chances are you just returned from a honeymoon and now may wish to begin saving some money for a large purchase or new home. The key to any successful marriage is clear and open communication. Discussing your finances is crucial to a successful marriage.

SOCIAL SECURITY CARD Fill out the social security application (ssa.gov/ssnumber/) for a new social security 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. DRIVER’S LICENSE Visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles office to obtain a driver’s license with your new last name. You must bring your current driver’s license and official marriage certificate with you. BANK ACCOUNT The most efficient method for changing bank account information is to visit a 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 this information so early in your marriage, but it is the best time to plan for your future together as husband and wife.

DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES OFFICE LOCATIONS OMAHA 2910 N. 108TH ST. OMAHA, NE

GRAND ISLAND 121 S. PINE ST. GRAND ISLAND, NE

PAPILLION KEARNEY 1210 GOLDEN GATE DR. 1512 CENTRAL AVE. PAPILLION, NE KEARNEY, NE LINCOLN 500 W. O ST. LINCOLN, NE

NORTH PLATTE 301 N. JEFFERS ST. NORTH PLATTE, NE

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE LOCATIONS OMAHA 604 N 109TH CT. OMAHA, NE

GRAND ISLAND 115 N WEBB RD. GRAND ISLAND, NE

LINCOLN NORTH PLATTE 100 CENTENNIAL MALL 300 E 3RD ST. LINCOLN, NE NORTH PLATTE, NE

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INDEX OF WEDDING PROFESSIONALS Alterations & Cleaners

Favors

Omaha Lace Cleaners....................................................................................25 Perfect Dress (the) .........................................................................................197 Williams Cleaners.............................................................................................75

Twisted Jam Fruit Co. ...................................................................................197

Art & Dance

Blush Bridal Boutique.....................................................................................20 Bridal Traditions ................................................................................................26 Elegant Occasions Gowns............................................................................26 Ellynne Bridal ..............................................................................................22-23

Blooms & Bouquets...................................................................................46-47 Bouquets and Bling.........................................................................................49 Brandy Schreiner Freelance Florist............................................................92 Divas Floral Shop and Boutique..................................................................76 Floral Expressions-Kearney...........................................................................89 Florals Etcetera..................................................................................................78 Flowers for Special Occasions ....................................................................90 I Bloom. ...............................................................................................................75 Petal Creations ..................................................................................................48 Petals to Platinum.............................................................................................84 Sweet Cakes & Roses, Inc. .........................................................................151

Cakes

Guest Accommodations

Alotta Brownies Bakery ..................................................................................67 Bliss Old Market Bakery ................................................................................68 Cupcake Island..................................................................................................74 Gigi’s Cupcakes West Omaha.....................................................................90 Le Cupcake........................................................................................................89 Monica’s Cakes ................................................................................................92 Pettit’s Pastry .....................................................................................................77 Russ’s Market ....................................................................................................90 Sweet Art Wedding Cakes............................................................................49 Sweet Cakes & Roses, Inc. .........................................................................151 Tasteful Indulgence, Cake Art of Seward.................................................53

Chase Suite Hotel ..........................................................................................172 Courtyard by Marriott | Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket....................171 Days Inn and Suites ......................................................................................196

Catering

Body Nouveaux Spa........................................................................................13 Brittany Bakan - ItWorks! Independent Distributor .............................196 Dundee Dental Associates ............................................................................13 Salon MohVi & Spa ..........................................................................................14

Simply Ballroom..............................................................................................126

Bachelorette Parties & Showers Corky Canvas (The).......................................................................................175

Bridal Boutiques

Abraham Catering Service, Inc. ................................................................196 Brandeis Catering ..........................................................................................126 Catering Creations.........................................................................................106 Chefs on the Run...........................................................................................196 Chez Hay ...........................................................................................................111 Green Gateau Reception Center ..............................................................118 Patricia Catering..............................................................................................114 Pleasure Your Palate Catering ...................................................................156 Top Shelf Beverage Services and Wine Concierge...........................130 Venue Restaurant & Lounge .....................................................................130

Celebrants & Officiants

Floral Design

Hair Salon DeJa Vu ...................................................................................................14 Salon MohVi & Spa ..........................................................................................14 T’eez - A Thomas Sena Salon ......................................................................14 Urbane Salon & Day Spa ...............................................................................13

Health & Beauty

Honeymoon Cornerstone Travel Group...........................................................................172

Insurance & Finance Michelle Boden State Farm Agency ..........................................................95 Mitchell Happ Allstate Insurance ................................................................96 West Gate Bank................................................................................................95

Inclusive Life Pastoral Services .................................................................196

Jewelry

Event Design & Planning

Borsheims...........................................................................................................32 Elisa Ilana Jewelry...............................................................Seasonal Section Michael Tish Jewelers ....................................................................................37 Riddle’s Jewelry .....................................................7, 187, Seasonal Section Sartor Hamann Jewelers ...............................................................................35

Ally B Designs ...................................................................................................70 Country Elegance ............................................................................................78 Creative Creations Omaha ............................................................................89 Lovestru.ck Weddings + Events................................................................197 Ritz & Glitz Events ............................................................................................48 Special Occasion By Design........................................................................70 Takes Two Bridal & Event Rentals ..............................................................86 To a T Decorating.............................................................................................54

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Lighting J&S Audio Visual ..............................................................................................55 TMS - The Lighting Specialists....................................................................52


Makeup

Preservation

Ashley’s Makeup Artistry................................................................................15 Natalie Bartling with One Makeup Artistry...............................................15 Salon MohVi & Spa ..........................................................................................14 T’eez - A Thomas Sena Salon ......................................................................14 Urbane Salon & Day Spa ...............................................................................13

Memories Bi-Design ........................................................................................86 Omaha Lace Cleaners....................................................................................25 Williams Cleaners.............................................................................................75

Menswear Mr. Tuxedo ..........................................................................................................26 Tip Top Tux ................................................................................................BC, 64

Music A Final Take Music & Video ........................................................................115 A Sound Impression .....................................................................................106 A-Z Music Productions.................................................................................156 Complete | Lincoln-Norfolk ........................................................................118 Cool J DJ & Karaoke ....................................................................................196 Harris Academy of the Arts ........................................................................153 Karlyn Music ....................................................................................................197 Showtime Music .............................................................................................175

Paper Goods A to Z Paperie....................................................................................................68 Ally B Designs ...................................................................................................70 Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal ....................................................................70 Diane’s Stationery & Invitations.................................................................196 Linea Mae .........................................................................................................197 Porridge Papers ................................................................................................77 Village Stationery & Wedding.......................................................................67

Photography A Moment Photography .................................................................................36 Attanasio Photography ...................................................................................34 Bellus Photo + Film..........................................................................................19 Brighten Photography .....................................................................................31 Chelsie Moreland Photography...................................................................65 Christine McGuigan Photography ..............................................................87 Corey Rourke Photography...........................................................................15 Elwood Photography .......................................................................................69 Gleason Photography................................................................................10-11 Gulizia Design....................................................................................................83 Jessica Blex Photography & Design .............................Seasonal Section Kelsey Buss Photography..............................................................................73 Krska Photography...........................................................................................87 Mae.Small Photography .................................................................................54 MaKenzi’s Photography................................................................................110 Megan Pomeroy Photography ........................................Seasonal Section Moment It Clicks (The)....................................................................................71 Multi-Images Photography.............................................................................85 Nikki Moore Photography..............................................................................21 Paula Moser Photography.............................................................................95 prairie star photography .................................................................................79 Slice Studios ................................................................................................16-17 T. Free Photography ...........................................................................................5 Tammy Muecke Photography.......................................................................74

Registry Borsheims...........................................................................................................32 Dinner 4 Two by Royal Prestige ..................................................................93

Rehearsal Dinners Charlie’s on the Lake....................................................................................135 Meadows Community Center ....................................................................197 Storz Trophy Room Grill & Brewery .........................................................135 Top Shelf Beverage Services and Wine Concierge...........................130 Venue Restaurant & Lounge .....................................................................130

Rentals AAA Rents & Event Services ........................................................................53 Chair Cover Elegance .....................................................................................51 Come Together PhotoBooth.........................................................................92 Elite Events Rental ...........................................................................................84 Honeyman Rent-All ..........................................................................................55 J&S Audio Visual ..............................................................................................55 Memrical ................................................................................................................9 Nostalgia Rentals..............................................................................................91 Showtime Music ...............................................................................................84 Takes Two Bridal & Event Rentals ..............................................................86 United Rent-All...................................................................................................76

Transportation Leisure Limousine & Leisure Bus Transportation ...............................197 Tailored Dreams Limousines ......................................................................175

Venues A View in Fontenelle Hills ............................................................................149 A View West .....................................................................................................149 Anthony’s Steakhouse..................................................................................122 Apothecary Lofts ............................................................................................110 Arbor Hall ..........................................................................................................151 Avalon - Event Paradise ...............................................................................142 Ball Room at Round The Bend (The) ........................................................91 Bel Air Banquet Room (The) ......................................................................196 Bella Terre Reception Hall and Vineyard ...............................................103 Bellevue Volunteer Firefighter’s Hall ........................................................196 Brix at Midtown Crossing ............................................................................153 Brix at Village Pointe .....................................................................................153 Charlie’s on the Lake....................................................................................135 Cherry Hills Event Center............................................................................142 Chez Hay ...........................................................................................................111 Club at Indian Creek (The) .........................................................................123 Cornhusker Marriott Hotel (The) ....................................Seasonal Section Creighton University - Harper Center ......................................................143 Creighton University - Skutt Center..........................................................143 DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown ..............................................105 Durham Museum (The) ................................................................................127 Embassy Suites Downtown Omaha .........................................................IFC Embassy Suites La Vista ..............................................................................IFC Embassy Suites Lincoln ...............................................................................IFC neweddingday.com | 199


INDEX OF WEDDING PROFESSIONALS Fountains Ballroom and Vineyard (The)......................................................9 Fountains Ballroom West (The)......................................................................9 Full Circle Venue ............................................................................................123 Georgetowne Club (The) .............................................................................126 Green Gateau Reception Center ..............................................................118 Havelock Social Hall .....................................................................................155 Hidden Valley Golf Club ..............................................................................130 Hillcrest Country Club ..................................................................................129 Hilton Omaha...................................................................................................IBC HiMark Golf Course.......................................................................................115 Holiday Inn Downtown Lincoln ..................................................................117 Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha..................................................................125 Holiday Inn Lincoln Southwest..................................................................125 Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard .......................................................................123 Lauritzen Gardens .........................................................................................129 Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm.......................156 Lincoln Firefighter’s Reception Hall .........................................................151 Livestock Exchange Building.....................................................................126 Living Room (The)...............................................................Seasonal Section Magnolia Hotel................................................................................................109 Meadows Community Center ....................................................................197 Nebraska Champions Club ........................................................................142 Nebraska Club (The) .....................................................................................141 Omaha Marriott Hotel ...................................................................................107 Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium...........................................134 Players Club (The)..........................................................................................121

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Quality Inn Ogallala .......................................................................................150 Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center.............................2-3 Regency Lodge Hotel ...................................................................................113 Ridnour Room .................................................................................................110 River City Star..................................................................................................131 Sandhills Convention Center .....................................................................122 Scott Conference Center.............................................................................143 Scoular Ballroom............................................................................................133 Simply Ballroom..............................................................................................126 Slattery Vintage Estates ...............................................................................134 Storz Trophy Room Grill & Brewery .........................................................135 Thompson Center (The) ...............................................................................119 Tiburon Golf Club ...............................................................................................1 TipTop Ballroom .............................................................................................126 Tower Hall Banquet Facility ........................................................................135 Towers Event Center (The)..........................................................................107 VFW Post 2503 ..............................................................................................197 Wick Alumni Center ......................................................................................150 Wilderness Ridge...........................................................................................150 Yankee Hill Country Club.............................................................................115

Videography A Final Take Music & Video ........................................................................115 A Sound Impression ......................................................................................174 Bellus Photo + Film..........................................................................................19 Omaha Wedding Video................................................................................197

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