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ongratulations! You're embarking on one of life's most exciting adventures – wedding planning! Nervous? Most engaged couples can relate to feeling both elated and overwhelmed. Now that you've found us, you can relax a little. We're here with the essentials to guide you through the dizzying maze of

to-dos that go along with realizing your day, your way. The goal, of course, is to get you to your "I do's" with maximum enjoyment

and minimal stress. Think of us as your personal planning assistant. Follow us online for a daily dose of everything bridal on our website, blog and social

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media sites. Have a question, need advice or a stroke of brilliance? Message us via Facebook. Have something of your own to share? Blog with us and inspire other couples along the way. Tackle your checklist at our two bridal shows – the Wedding Essentials Idea Show each October and Bridal University each January. We'll introduce you to DAN THORSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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you bring your dream day to life. Now breathe. And smile. And remember: There are as many ways to get married as there are ways to express your love. So have fun and make the most of this exciting time in your life. Happy planning!

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Contents PHOTOS (FROM LEFT): MAE SMALL PHOTOGRAPHY, THE LEEKERS' PHOTOGRAPHY, TIN BOX WEDDINGS

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Gowns For Him New Must-Haves Sweet Decisions

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Melinda + Chandler Kailey + Ian Summer + Cory Sarah + Ben Chelsie + Will

W.E. LOVE 49 Couples' Shower 58 Styled Shoot | Baroque Bliss

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Reasons to Love Being Engaged A to Z Planning Real Couples, Real Advice Your Guide to Finding "The Dress" Menswear: Knock 'em Dead Wishing Well Parent Gifts Stress Busters Food Bars The Money Talk Newlywed Checklist 21 Reasons to Love Being Married Inspiration Index Ultimate Venue Guide


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THE PROPOSAL

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ani DeJoy was flying high – literally – when she said, “Yes!” to Riley Anderson’s marriage proposal. It came midflight – out of the blue, so to speak – between Omaha and Chicago on April 1, 2014. “I had an inkling that something was up because he sent a note and flowers to me via courier that morning. The note read, 'Be at my office at 10 a.m. with an overnight bag.'” A weekend getaway to the Windy City on the anniversary of their first date was a tradition with them. They had been celebrating that way since 2012. But instead of taking a commercial flight, Riley really ramped things up, surprising Dani with a deluxe seat on a corporate jet he had arranged with his employer. Once they were airborne, Riley proposed, offering Dani an engagement ring that he remembered she had loved when they were looking, just for fun. Now, that’s a first-class proposal! Here, Dani shares her 10 favorite things about being engaged.

Engaged 10 THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT BEING

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Looking down at my hand every day and knowing I have someone special to spend the rest of my life with.

2 Getting to tell my proposal story a million times.

3 Fantasizing about all the new chapters, challenges and adventures we will experience together.

4 Knowing that we'll have one day that’s completely devoted to us, and to our happiness and love for one another.

5 Dani DeJoy and Riley Anderson live in Omaha and are planning a June 2016 wedding and reception at Bella Terre vineyard in Glenwood, Iowa.

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Knowing my family is going to grow and that I’m becoming part of a new family.

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Asking our loved ones to be a part of our big day.

7 Finding my princess dress – when I thought I wanted to be a mermaid!

8 Meeting with our vendors and sensing that they want to make our wedding day as special as we envision it.

9 Being optimistic that my “Pinterest wedding” will become a reality.

10 Asking my fiancé how he'd answer the '10 favorite things' question and finding out he only has one: me. Talk about making your heart soar!


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Planning from A to Z

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MBIANCE Weddings are all about personalization, and that brings infinite possibilities for your big event. The ambiance or mood you set should capture your personalities to a ‘T’. (Be inspired by our Real Wedding couples, pages 20, 40, 50, 60 and 76.).

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UDGET How’s everything fitting into your budget? If you have no clue, put your daydreaming on hold and start building a budget. It’s not the sexiest task but it’s the most critical in the wedding planning process. Identify your funding sources and calculate the total amount you have to spend. Suggested allocation: Reception, 50 percent; entertainment, flowers, attire, photography/ videography, 10 percent each; stationery and postage, miscellaneous, 5 percent each.

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ATER Show your guests a good time. And don’t let them go hungry. Your catering choice is one of those things that will be remembered by your guests. If a sit-down meal is beyond your budget, scale-back your guest list or ask your caterer to get creative with an alternative menu that fits your wedding style and budget.

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ELEGATE A trusted partner – as in a wedding coordinator – may be the best money you’ll spend if you’re short on time, planning long-distance, in need of a mediator, or simply challenged when it comes to executing your vision. If you have a knack for project management, start delegating tasks to one or two people that you trust to execute your vision.

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LOPE Hey, it is an option. Don’t do it as a means of escape. Do it for the adventure and then throw an informal party to let your friends and relatives in on the surprise. Be sure to consider whether there might be hurt feelings (especially for parents) if you don’t have that conventional wedding. A reception with your parents as hosts might be the perfect way for them to announce your marriage.

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IRST DANCE Two left feet? Dance lessons can cure that. You might even emerge with enough confidence to wow your guests with a choreographed rumba. Or, simply take the dance floor without fanfare and spend the next three minutes whispering sweet nothings into each other’s ear. Your guests will savor that, too.


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RATUITY You’ll be a hero if you remember those who provide day-of-event services to you. You should tip for hair and makeup styling, transportation, wedding musicians, on-site coordinator, rental delivery, DJ and officiant.

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ONEYMOON Take one – even if it’s in your own backyard. We like the idea of a tent, complete with popcorn and pillow talk under the stars. Or roll your nuptials and the honeymoon into a destination wedding. Invite friends and family to be your chaperones – for the first half of the trip. The second half should be just for you.

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NVITATION If your guest list hovers between 200 and 250, congratulations. You’re having a typical Midwest wedding. The mailed invitation is your guests’ first clue about the formality of your event. An e-invite is unacceptable. If you have to pair down your invitees, start with people you don’t know well enough to hug or greet by name. Guests invited to your engagement party must be invited to the wedding; no exceptions. The same goes for guests invited to your bridal showers. And, please, put your registry info on your website – not your invitation.

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THE ONESES (as in ‘don’t keep up with’) Do your own thing, however simple or elaborate. And stay true to who you are as a couple. It’s your day, your way.

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IDS The smallest members of your bridal party can be adorable scene-stealers before, during and after your ceremony. But, for them, a day filled with formalities can be an eternity. Give them a break from the grown-up activities by providing a room filled with toys, games, books and mats for napping. At the reception, consider a kids’ table with crayons and paper, a small toy as a favor, and a kid-pleasing menu item. PHOTOS (TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT): TRUE IMAGERY, TIN BOX WEDDINGS, CHASE VANDERVEEN PHOTOGRAPHY, TIN BOX WEDDINGS

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OCATION A spot that has been a backdrop for your romance and courtship can become an ideal location for a wedding. A restaurant where you had your first date; a park where you shared your first kiss; the backyard of your parents’ home – all could be worked into your wedding celebration. When you’re ready to book a venue, know your date, guest count and budget.

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OTHERS Consider sharing your dress-shopping experience with your mom. After all, she has been the most influential woman in your life. “The experience can be terribly special, especially if mom has been dreaming about your wedding since the day you were born,” says Jocelyn Robertshaw of Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic}. Make a day of it, with lunch between bridal salon appointments (your bridesmaids will understand). Invite your future mother-in-law to your final fitting, or take her shopping for a dress of her own for the wedding.

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Reserve our private dining spaces for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, bachelorette parties and more.

UMBERS Dismiss the notion that you’re going to drop 10 pounds before your wedding. Not likely. Eat healthy and get plenty of sleep and make that appointment for your final fitting with full confidence that your dress is going to fit. It always does, says Robertshaw.

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THER HALF Be sensitive to your partner’s opinions and share the decision-making whenever possible. Plan date nights and quality time together – without your wedding planning book.

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Splendor

HOTOGRAPHY This is one area worth the splurge. Good photographs are priceless. Browse online galleries for photographers whose styles fit your style. Interview your favorites to learn about their approach and how they charge for the images they deliver. Price and talent being equal in your mind, go with the photographer who makes you feel the most comfortable. When personalities click, magic happens!

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UIET TIME Build it into your planning months – and give yourself permission to take a break from decision-making. (Find six stress-busters, page 56.)

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EGISTRY Select things that you love in a variety of price points, and register for more than you think you might need. (Find more tips, page 30.)

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OCIAL NETWORK People and their phones cannot be parted for long. While you may wish to ask guests to leave the ceremony photos to your professional, documenting the fun at your reception is a different story. Social


media posts will only heighten an already memorable day. Create a hashtag and signage to encourage guests to connect and share.

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IMELINE + TOASTING If you’re having a reception, dinner and dance, a good DJ can keep the evening running smoothly and on time. Serving as a master of ceremonies, your DJ can announce the entering wedding party, release guests from their tables to the buffet line, and get the dance party started. Toasts? Keep ’em short, both in length and number, and designate those making the toasts well in advance. The best toasts are funny or heartfelt and require time to prepare.

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NEXPECTED The adage, “Expect the unexpected” applies here. But really, those “oops” moments often make for the best memories. Caught in a downpour? Dance in the rain.

A naturally gorgeous backdrop for your

wedding day.

Choose from rustic barns, elegant ball rooms, an historic mansion, or a private place among the trees — the day is yours and the memories last a lifetime.

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ENDORS Let us help. You won’t be clueless for long. Start with our list (page 84). Make a date with mom, your groom or another key planner and attend our Wedding Essentials Idea Show in October and Bridal University in January.

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EDDING WEBSITE Create one for announcing the date and place of the wedding, travel information, accommodations, things to do, gift registries and other guest-friendly FYIs. Provide guests with a link so they can stay connected leading up to your wedding.

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YLOPHONE It’s an instrument, and that gets us on the topic of entertainment. Every wedding should have some form of entertainment for guests’ enjoyment.

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ERO REGRETS Pack your wedding with meaningful details and special people, and you’ll have the loveliest day of your life.

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Real Couples,

REAL ADVICE

After the blur of the day, clarity. And a few tips. PHOTOS BY ASHLEY CRAWFORD PHOTOGRAPHY, DANIEL DUNLAP PHOTOGRAPHY, AMANDA KOHLER PHOTOGRAPHY, TIN BOX WEDDINGS,CHASE VANDERVEEN PHOTOGRAPHY, KABLOOM STUDIOS

“It was exciting to plan a big event and learn things about each other in the process. Now, we can look forward to establishing our future as a married couple and be our own little family.”

"We realized after the wedding that we hadn’t had the opportunity to chat with many of our guests ... Try to strike a balance between relaxing and connecting with your guests."

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“Keep in mind that you are not planning just a one-day event but the beginning of your life together.”

“The biggest adjustment in married life is referring to each other as husband and wife. Having a new last name has been a huge adjustment.”

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ASHLEY + LEVI

“Once you’re married, you need to work as hard on your relationship as you did on planning the wedding, because that is what it is about.”

AMY + JEFF

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"The wedding planning process takes time, patience and a great team. Include the people that you love and only incorporate details that have meaning.”

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KAILEY + IAN

ERIN + SETH

CHELSIE + WILL


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REAL WEDDING

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LESS IS MORE “Old things we appreciate and love” became the theme for Melinda and Chandler’s country wedding. “We used many things we already had, along with things we borrowed or found at thrift stores. Being open to variety made it easy and interesting,” the bride says. And freed funds for food and music – for celebrating with friends and family. SURPRISE! Melinda’s 92-year-old grandma made it to the wedding from her home in Knox City, Missouri. “We found out that morning and we both were a mess.” To add to the emotion of the day: The ceremony had to be moved from the pasture to the farmyard. Rainstorms had left the pasture too muddy for guests and hayracks. At one point during the reception, the wind blew so strongly, guests scrambled to hold up the support poles on the tent. Chandler yelled, “Don’t leave yet! We’ve still got dancin’ to do!” MEMORIES FOR A LIFETIME Chandler, choking up with emotion as he spied Melinda and her young son, Kai, coming down the road in his green and white Chevy pickup... Melinda walking down the aisle with Kai at her side, spying grandma and feeling blessed … Friends surrounding them in prayer as a gust of wind came through the hayloft, blowing straw everywhere. “The wind had never come through there before.” The only logical explanation: “God was such a presence at our ceremony.” WHAT’LL YA HAVE? Instead of a receiving line, Melinda and Chandler greeted guests from behind the buffet line. “By serving our guests, we got to have one-on-one time with each.”

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FLOORED BY NEIGHBOR’S GENEROSITY Chandler and Melinda were re-doing the barn floor for the wedding when they discovered they needed more wood. The original floor was made of bridge planks dating to about 1864, when Chandler’s great-greatgrandpa built the barn. As his gift to the couple, a neighbor came to the rescue with old bridge planks of his own, salvaged a number of years ago. FISHING FOR LOVE The newlyweds first met at Wackos Bar & Grill in nearby Knoxville, Iowa. Melinda was working there and Chandler would come in on Thursday nights for supper. They became fast friends. For their first date, they went fishing on a farm pond not far from their current home.  A MOO-VELOUS PROPOSAL Chandler, Melinda and Kai hopped on a four-wheeler to check on a herd of cattle grazing in a pasture. Chandler kept circling the herd, acting like he saw something wrong with one of the cows. Eventually, he got off the four-wheeler, walked into the cluster of heads and hooves, and called for Melinda. Once she was at his side, he got down on his knee, said, “All I ever wanted was a pretty girl to enjoy all of this with. Will you marry me?”  HAPPY ENDING When the storm blew away and the sun finally came out, “We danced in the mud in our front drive.” Before marriage, he never knew “she enjoyed cows as much as I do” and she never knew “he could make me feel so loved … Every. Single. Day.” 

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AT T I R E | G O W N S H O P P I N G

GET READY TO FALL IN LOVE

Here’s your complete guide to finding ‘The One’ – dress, that is!

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ou’ve clicked and pinned and done your homework. Now it’s time to see if that dress you can’t stop thinking about really is “The One” for you. While lots of people may be clamoring to join you in the search, less is more. Why? “You’ll get too many opinions and some will be overpowering,” says Jocelyn Robertshaw, owner of Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic} in Omaha. “It’s exhausting to appease everybody. The experience can leave you confused about what you want,” she says. Shannon Wiece at Blush Bridal Boutique in Lincoln agrees. "It's an exciting time, but it's best to shop with someone who knows your style best." Mom and-or another important family member may be the ideal choice, suggests Tracy Ponec, owner of Rhylan Lang boutique in Omaha. The best shopping companions are those who will wait for your reaction before offering their own opinions. "It's always helpful when a bride speaks first," Wiece notes. If you feel compelled to shop with a group, cap it at four. And take heart. You probably will find that Pinterest is both a blessing and a curse. “What you don’t see is what went into producing that beautiful image you’ve pinned and liked," Robertshaw says. Here are more tips from the pros.

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FINALIZE THE DATE Launch your dress search in earnest only after finalizing the wedding venue and date. After all, what originally was planned as a daytime summer celebration quickly can morph into a winter black-tie affair, which calls for an entirely different look. SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS Begin booking visits to bridal boutiques six to nine months prior to your wedding. Go into those appointments with a price range for the dresses you'd like to see. A good bridal consultant will respect your budget and steer you accordingly. START PINNING Show photos of favorite gowns to your bridal consultant as a starting point. But keep an open mind. Try on a number of styles. Something that looks fabulous on your Pinterest board may not be flattering on your body type, and something that you had not considered might turn out to be the perfect gown. STAY IN YOUR PRICE RANGE If you find a dress that you love but it’s out of your price range, ask if the salon carries a similar style at a lower price point. That's often the case. TRY SOME COLOR If you’re interested in a dress in a color that's different from the one you tried on, ask to see a swatch before making your final decision. Hues in photos can be different from the actual fabric sample. DON’T RUSH YOUR DECISION You can, and should, ponder your choices. The last thing you want is buyer’s remorse (sales are final in the world of bridal). Wiece, an assistant manager at Blush boutique, estimates

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that 75 to 80 percent of her brides buy on their first visit. "But it really depends on your shopping style." PLACE YOUR ORDER Delivery of a gown can take four to six months, Ponec says. To that timeline you will need to add one to three months for alterations, depending on the season. Plan to pick up the gown at least two weeks prior to the wedding. For peace of mind, inquire about insurance to protect you if the salon goes out of business or if the dress becomes damaged while in the store’s possession. BE PREPARED FOR YOUR FITTINGS Wear your wedding shoe – or a shoe with the same heel height – for your fittings. Your dress will be hemmed accordingly. In selecting your shoe, comfort should be a priorty, Robertshaw says. "You’ll be on your feet most of the day. Keep them happy." Four-inch heels would be a mistake. Two-inch heels would be smart. (And don't think you have to stick to white or ivory. "Color would be a fine idea," Robertshaw says.) Proper undergarments are another "must" for your final fittings. Without them, your seamstress is only guessing at the alterations to be done. CHOOSE YOUR ACCESSORIES In jewelry, choose pieces that draw attention to your face. Bracelets? "Pass if you’re not used to wearing one, or you’ll fiddle with it all day," Robertshaw says. Ditto for a necklace. "If you normally wear a necklace and the neckline on your dress is right for one, you’ll feel complete when you look in the mirror." You can forego a necklace if you’re wearing a statement earring. Keep your nail color understated, Robertshaw suggests. "A trial run is a good idea."


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Spellbound. That’s how you’re sure to feel when you come face to face with 2016’s ultrafeminine ethereal gowns. In the hottest trend, exquisitely embroidered or appliquéd illusion bodices crown long, shimmering tulle skirts. If you love lace, you’ll be transfixed pouring through the latest offerings in local boutiques. Among the magical twists to these eternally classic silhouettes: Dimension-adding underlays in a kiss of color (think moonstone, alabaster and champagne); transparent overlays for skirts and bodices; horsehair trim (it’s a synthetic band of stiff mesh fabric that adds elegant volume and shape without weight); glimmering threadwork; and delicate 3-D floral applique. Prepare to be swept away. TRENDING • Sleeves – capped, short or long • Embroidered illusion bodices • Plunging necklines • Skin-baring backs • Cascading ruffles • Voluminous tiers • Whisper-thin straps • Glimmering beads and threads • Removable toppers • Romantic ribbon work • Scalloped Chantilly lace 5 ACCESSORIES TO COVET 1.  Rose gold, pearl or opal jewelry 2.  Shimmery clutch 3.  Blush veil 4.  Sparkly satin sash 5.  Crystal hair clip

See all the trends on the runway at the Wedding Essentials Idea Show. Details, page 46.


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AT T I R E | M E N S W E A R

KNOCK ’EM DEAD As a couple, you’re a one-two punch.

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hen it comes to coordinating your wedding party’s attire, don’t think of your groom as third in line, behind your bridesmaids. Aside from you, he’s the most important person in the picture! So make it a joint venture and go for a doubly stunning knockout look. His style should: Coordinate with yours, fit the formality of the wedding, reflect his personality, and fit his body type. He should also have extras (accessories) that tastefully set him apart from the other men in the wedding party. “Some grooms are quite particular and know exactly what they want,” says Noah Peterson, a manager for Tip Top Tux in Omaha. “They’re after an ultra-polished, modern look” in a slim-fit tuxedo with slim notch lapel, crisp white or ivory shirt, and a tie and pocket square with subtle pattern. The other category of groom, Peterson says, doesn’t have a high care factor. For a groom who wears jeans and a T-shirt every day, the idea of a tuxedo can even be met with dread. A way to get around that dilemma, he says, might be a new suit – tailored just right – with a rented vest, tie and pocket square. It’s a look that’s growing in popularity over tuxedos for all types of grooms at Jos. A. Bank and Men’s Wearhouse in Omaha. The biggest draw? “For about the same price as a tux, he gets to keep the suit,’’ says Dalton Burnett, a retail manager for Jos. A. Bank. Think you’ll skip a jacket altogether and just put the groom and his attendants in trousers, shirt, tie and vest? Burnett and Peterson advise against it. Save the look for the reception, when the day’s formalities are over and it's time to party.

TRENDING FOR HIM • Slim-fit tuxedo in gray, slate blue or white • Hollywood glam, tux in white • Gray suit with tie, vest and pocket square • White or ivory dress shirt; pastel vest • Subtle pattern play in tie, pocket square • Chestnut or matte gray dress shoe

SHOPPING TIPS • Begin the menswear search at least eight weeks in advance of the wedding. • Rent tuxes from the same store to ensure that the colors match (There are many shades of black, gray and navy.) • Instruct out-of-town groomsmen to have their measurements taken at a formalwear store in their local area and sent to the groom for relaying to the local store. • Arrange for the rental attire to be picked up a few days before the wedding so that there’s time to correct any problems. A wrong tux could have been ordered or the fit may be incorrect. • Appoint someone to return the tuxes after the wedding.


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ADVICE | REGISTRY

The Wishing Well IS NOW OPEN You and your intended will have fun selecting registry items for your life together. And friends and family will appreciate the gift guide. PICK THREE RETAILERS This gives your guests a range of options without overwhelming them. A high-end store, an inexpensive retailer and a wild-card company or charity would be a thoughtful mix. NAB THOSE DISCOUNTS Look for retailers that offer discounts on unpurchased registry items for up to a year after the wedding. This way, you can buy items on your own at a discount or suggest registry items to family members as gift ideas for occasions throughout the year.   DON'T BE SHY Include a big-ticket item. Friends or family members can band together to buy it for you, or guests in general can be encouraged to contribute cash (in the amount of their choice) toward the item.  ASK FOR CASH OR DONATIONS Feel your household has everything it needs? Ask guests to contribute cash toward your honeymoon or a favorite charity. Either way, a traditional registry, however small, is still recommended. DON'T BE SKIMPY Sign up for more items than you think you should. This allows guests to find an item that fits their taste and their budget.  PICK WHAT YOU LOVE Register only for things you adore and want to incorporate into your life right away.  GO DIGITAL Use a combination of in-store and online registries for your convenience as well as that of your guests. 

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DIVVY IT UP If you and your fiancé have different tastes, divvy up the registry list by your interests. If he’s the better cook, let him identify the cookware and cutlery while you specify the dinnerware and flatware. If you have the decorating flair, choose the bed linens and towels while putting him in charge of the electronics and tools. FIND SPACE If you have limited space for gifts that will arrive ahead of your ceremony, make arrangements for packages to be delivered to an alternate address that has a holding room.   DON'T ENABLE THEFT Remind senders that their gifts are valuable and should require a signature at delivery so that packages are not left at your door. PASS ON THE REGISTRY DETAILS Resist the temptation to include your registry information with your printed invitation. Instead, relegate that information to a link on your wedding website and rely on your parents and attendants to pass on details to inquiring guests.  WRITE THANK-YOU NOTES While you have up to a year to do this, the accepted time frame is up to three months after the wedding. Rather than write your thank-you notes in one sitting (which can be daunting), set up a little writing station and jot your notes as soon as gifts are received. It’s perfectly acceptable to send a single note for a shower gift and a wedding gift. Just be sure to reference both gifts in your message. And include something personal about the giver’s thoughtfulness.


ADVICE | GIFTS

give back to your parents They've invested a lot in you. TEXT CHRIS CHRISTEN

The most important “thank youâ€? attached to your wedding may be to your parents for their love and support, not just through the planning process but all through life. A gift from you to them can be a lovely gesture. Start by thinking about what your parents like to do. Here are six examples that you can easily shape into your own.Â

                 

              

     

   

GOLF Green fees to a favorite golf course; gift certificate to a favorite pro shop; golf lessons with a noted club pro. TRAVEL Weekend stay at a bed-and-breakfast Mom and Dad keep saying they want to try; tickets to a concert, sporting event or art exhibition they would mutually enjoy; engraved luggage tags and leather passport wallets for traveling in style.     FOOD A private fine-dining experience or cooking class with a noted local or regional chef; a bottle of fine red wine, expertly selected, from the year you were born.    GARDEN-YARD A tree, planted either in their yard or in their name at a botanical center. A garden bench, bird bath or outdoor sculpture. FAMILY A photo book of favorite family moments from the day you were born to present; his and hers handkerchiefs embroidered with personal messages, given during a quiet moment before the ceremony begins; for mom, a jewelry piece with your birthstone. For the family who usually has fresh flowers in the house, a crystal vase etched with your wedding date or a short sentiment. Add to that a one-year “subscription� with your favorite florist for a monthly delivery of a fresh hand bouquet. SENTIMENTAL Surprise each set of parents with an invitation to brunch or dinner at a favorite restaurant. Extend the invitations in handwritten thank-you notes that you deliver together on your wedding day. Come to think of it, those embroidered hankies would come in handy just then, too.



        

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ST YLED SHOOT

When the ordinary just won’t do, rub the lamp and – POOF! – you find the perfect inspiration. Morocco – with its exotic scents and spices, and its ornate mosaic tiles, textiles and lanterns – intrigues. Here, you can steal a mood, a detail or a motif that fits your personal style and brings that magic wedding to life.

PHOTOGRAPHY TRUE COTTON WEDDINGS ART DIRECTION HEIDI THORSON STYLING JESSICA LUNA HAIR & MAKEUP KALI RAHDER, VICTOR VICTORIA SALON & SPA MODELS MADISON R., NIC L., DEVELOP MODEL MANAGEMENT EVENT DECOR & PROPS STYLING WOWFACTORE FLORAL DESIGN EVENTS IN BLOOM LOCATION A VIEW ON STATE

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Alvina Valenta gown, $3,608 Sara Gabriel hair chain. $220 Enchanted Atelier Liv Hart arm cuff, $475 RHYLAN LANG BRIDAL RHYLANLANG.COM

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(On Madison) Alvina Valenta dress, $221 BLUSH BRIDAL BOUTIQUE BLUSHBRIDALNE.COM

Bronze strand flex bracelet, $495 Hammered metal stack earrings, $290 BORSHEIMS BORSHEIMS.COM

Kleopatra ring, $725 Anna Beck blue quartz ring, $290 ELISA ILANA ELISAILANA.COM

Jennifer Leigh veil, $647 BLUSH BRIDAL BOUTIQUE BLUSHBRIDALNE.COM

Enchanted Ateliér sash, $413 RHYLAN LANG BRIDAL RHYLANLANG.COM

(On Nic) David Tutera tuxedo, $219.95, inclusive TIP TOP TUX TTTUX.COM

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(This page) Tara Keely sheath, $2,310 Haute Bride earrings, $185 RHYLAN LANG BRIDAL RHYLANLANG.COM

(Opposite page, Madison) Blush by Hayley Paige dress, $1,561 BLUSH BRIDAL BOUTIQUE BLUSHBRIDALNE.COM

Topaz and diamond earrings, $4,075 Stone pendant, $585 BORSHEIMS BORSHEIMS.COM

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XMI Platinum tie, $89.50 David Donahue dress shirt, $135 VON MAUR VONMAUR.COM

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(On Madison) Kelly Faetanini gown, $3,375 READY OR KNOT {WEDDING CHIC} READYORKNOTWEDDINGS.COM

Labradorite and Galatea Tahitian pearl necklace, $2,980 ELISA ILANA ELISAILANA.COM

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Ike Behar tux, $219.95, inclusive TIP TOP TUX TTTUX.COM

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(This page, left & cover) Ella Moss crocheted sheath, $228 FABULOUS FASHIONS

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Augusta Jones detachable skirt, $800 READY OR KNOT {Wedding Chic}

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Emerald cut diamond ring Cognac diamond eternity band Prices upon request 14 KARAT 14KARATOMAHA.COM

Jessica Simpson Lux Kid shoe, $89 VON MAUR VONMAUR.COM

(This page, right & cover) Jennifer Leigh double cage veil, $119 BLUSH BRIDAL BOUTIQUE BLUSHBRIDALNE.COM

Freshwater pearl necklace, $666 14K yellow gold moonstone wire wrap, $190 ELISA ILANA ELISAILANA.COM

Haute Bride earrings, $183 RHYLAN LANG BRIDAL RHYLANLANG.COM

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REAL WEDDING

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THE BIG PICTURE Kailey and Ian went to middle school together and started dating their senior year of high school. He took her to see “I Am Legend.” The last-man-on-earth premise of that first-date movie, if you think about it, would make Ian the happiest man on earth on his wedding day. CONFUCIUS SAY Ian proposed over carryout Chinese food, but he found himself in a pickle when Kailey refused the fortune cookie he kept offering her. After about 30 minutes of coaxing, Kailey finally gave in and cracked open the cookie. Inside, she found Ian’s burning question: “Will you marry me?” “We are reminded of that special day every time we see a fortune cookie,” she says. CROWNING TOUCH In a sentimental touch, Kailey’s mother repurposed the floral crown from her own bridal veil for Kailey. This “something old” now has a story for the next bride who wears it.

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THE ULTIMATE EAVESDROP Before the ceremony, the bride and her dad enjoyed a walk together through the church gardens while Ian waited patiently in the courtyard. Family and friends, watching through windows, had a ringside seat for the couple’s first look. “Even though friends and family were watching, it felt like we were there alone. Ian was speechless, and I was crying tears of joy.” FUN DETOUR “Ian hired a limo and driver for just the two of us and after the reception, we drove around for an hour. It was the first time all day that we had time alone to relax, laugh and reflect on how special the day had been.” FLAVORS OF MEXICO While the couple didn’t have a wedding theme, their love for Mexican food was apparent. They served a taco bar for their rehearsal dinner and their favorite wedding gift was a mortar and pestle for homemade guacamole. RESIDENT TRIP PLANNER Ian planned a honeymoon to Puerto Vallarta as a surprise for his bride. He didn’t tell her where they were going until they got on a connecting flight in Houston. Kailey loved having her groom take on the “huge task” of planning the trip. “It was fun to anticipate the surprise and have our families guess where we might go.”

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Happy as Clams The only thing missing from this themed party? Salty sea air. PHOTOGRAPHY SAM SWARTZ

Molly Junge loves mixing colors and patterns in fashion and décor. Her fiancé, Drew Halvorson, loves diving beneath the sea. When a couple's shower was suggested, their individual passions sparked a party theme at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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Forty friends and family members would be invited to sip signature cocktails and dive into waves of passed hors d’œuvres while sharks, sea turtles and rays swam in the aquarium overhead. Tables were dressed in greens and purples plucked from the aquarium’s impressive reef. Molly, an event coordinator at the zoo, arranged for a tenrec and a parrot to make guest appearances. To add to the ambiance, Molly's 5-year-old cousins arrived dressed as Ariel from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” The theme went over swimmingly, of course. But there was a bonus: Many of Drew’s friends hadn’t been to the zoo since they were in middle school. "They were all astonished by how much it had changed,” Molly says.  For their rehearsal dinner on July 17, 2015, Molly and Drew planned to take their guests to another local landmark: TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. “Drew has always loved baseball,” Molly explains. Mini mac-and-cheese dogs and funnel cake fries, anyone?  For their July 18 reception at CenturyLink Center Omaha, Molly – who blogs for Wedding Essentials as Miss Ever After – envisioned an enchanted garden theme with modern pops of whimsy. Read more online at weddingessentialsmagazine.com.

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W.E. LOVE THIS: A gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese bar. ALSO ON THE MENU: Chicken Lemongrass Skewers on Crispy Noodles With Peanut Satay Sauce, Cabernet Slow-Braised Short Ribs, Buffalo White Wings, Braised Onion and Parmesan Puffs, and Pork and Sage Empanadas With Spiced Tomato Broth. FOR DESSERT Ice cream pops made before your eyes on an anti-griddle and mini truffle tarts. #halvorsonseverafter

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THE COUPLE Molly Junge & Drew Halvorson PHOTOGRAPHER Sam Swartz Photography, Lincoln VENUE Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium FLORAL & DECOR Blooms & Bouquets, Lincoln CATERER Attitude on Food

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REAL WEDDING

summer

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PHOTOGRAPHY MAE SMALL PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE DIVOTS CONFERENCE CENTER, NORFOLK

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FLURRY OF GUESTS With the guest list pushing 700 but a blizzard galloping in, a lighter crowd was bound to be the result. Still, 450 family and friends braved the elements to be with Summer and Cory as they exchanged marriage vows in Tarnov (population 46), and then celebrated with dinner and a dance in Norfolk. The bad-weather commute between the sites made for interesting travel. The wedding bus was forced to make a pit stop so the groom and his gents could repair the defroster and clear the windshield of ice and snow! Lights out at 10:30 p.m.? Yes, but only because the howling wind temporarily knocked out power at the reception hall.

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TWO LEFT FEET: The newlyweds met at a street dance in Leigh, Nebraska. Cory knew Summer’s brother, which opened the door to an introduction. “We danced. He stepped on my toes. And it just took off from there,” Summer says. But whenever the topic of marriage came up, Cory would tell Summer that he was on a “five-year plan.” It would be at least that many years, he insisted, before he would be ready to settle down. “Little did I know that it was all a ploy,” says Summer. HOW HE PROPOSED: “We went for a drive to his parents’ cabin in Niobrara one Sunday in December. We were just enjoying the scenery together when he dropped down on one knee and asked me to be his wife!” TWO PEAS IN A POD He says: “She is the most selfless person I know. She’s always thinking of others before herself.” She says: “He’s a provider. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone.” THE THINGS YOU LEARN Before their marriage, she had no idea there would be so much laundry from work on the farm. “The (dirty clothes) that he can generate in a week is astonishing.” He never expected to see “every sort of doctor possible” for annual checkups. Because of the new family’s medical insurance, the first few months (after marriage) “it seemed like I had a doctor or dentist or eye exam every week.”

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Stress Busters

6 fun escapes just when you need them most.

TASTE YOUR WAY THROUGH TOWN Omaha Culinary Tours offers food adventures year-round at locally owned restaurants and retail shops. Each tour includes five to seven tastings. Walking tours of Midtown and Downtown Omaha; bus tours of classic Omaha steakhouses, pizza parlors and chocolate and pastry shops. Grab some friends! Tickets start at $45. Reservations:

BOOST YOUR CULINARY IQ Try new flavors in the tasting room at Chef ^2, in Midtown Crossing, where extra virgin olive oils and balsamic-andwine vinegars are the specialty. More than 35 varieties are available for sampling fresh from the tap. Cost: $25 per person. Craving more? Dine and Learn with the resident chefs, $45 per person. chefs2.com

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LEARN TO KNIT It’s easy at the hand of Jeanne Noyes at the Wooly Mammoth yarn shop in Rockbrook Village. A 90-minute class ($20) is enough to get you started, she says. Teaching sessions: Friday and Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings. Knitting with a gorgeous yarn, the shopkeeper says, is a lot like reading a good book. “The closer to the end you get, the slower you read.” It’s no exaggeration.

Inhale. Exhale. While the months leading up to your wedding can be the most magical of your life, they also can be the most stressful. When your eyes start to glaze over as you review your wedding checklist, it’s a sign that you need a break from the tasks at hand. Here are a half-dozen mini escapes to help you clear your mind and restore your enthusiasm for that next round of “to-dos.”

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GET PHYSICAL Using your body relaxes your mind and opens it up to new thoughts and ideas. Walk the dog. Chug away on a treadmill. Take a hike. For something more intense, try the Screaming Eagle zipline at Mt. Crescent, just minutes from Omaha. At five football fields in length, it’s one of the longest ziplines in the country and reaches up to 40 mph. Reservations necessary. skicrescent.com

SIP WINE AND PAINT A MASTERPIECE The Corky Canvas in Midtown Crossing, Village Canvas & Cabernet in Aksarben Village and Uncorked Paint & Sip Studio near 139th Street and West Center Road all offer studio settings for uncorking your creativity. No previous painting experience necessary. corkycanvas.com; canvasandcab.com; uncorkedomaha.com;

DRIFT AWAY An early evening gondola ride at Heartland of America Park takes you to the base of the colorful fountain that shoots giant plumes of water toward the sky. Keep your camera handy. If conditions are just right, you’ll spy a perfect rainbow. For this one, you may want to include your sweetie. Cost: $3 per person.   


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BLISSFULLY BAROQUE Where art thou? Hopelessly in love. Against the lilting rhythms of Baroque, love evolves with the seasons. At first tentative, like the first buds of spring, it blooms wildly with the intensity of a fiery sunset in an autumn sky. Bring on the flute and the lyre and celebrate those beautiful tomorrows.


MAIN COURSE Pepper halves stuffed with hearty red quinoa and aromatic vegetables in a sweet coconut broth. SWEET FINALE Strawberry cookie sandwiches and coconut cream pastries.

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WE LOVE THIS: They’re a real bride and groom to-be! THE BOUQUET Garden roses, fritillaria, lisianthus, sweet pea, stock, scabiosa and cascading jasmine vine.

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REAL WEDDING

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SIGHT UNSEEN For Sarah, one of the biggest thrills of the day was seeing her bridesmaids in their dresses – for the first time. “We all lived in different cities (and couldn’t shop together). My only request was that they wear black; the rest was up to them… and they looked amazing.” BRIGHT IDEA? MAYBE NOT!  “I didn’t even consider the ramifications of a bright red-orange pout when I gave Ben a big lipstick-y smack on his lips and cheek.” SWEETEST MOMENT She says there are two: “I’m torn between seeing my father before the wedding, and, at the reception, screaming the lyrics of our favorite songs, as in Beyoncé, with my best friends. I know the latter doesn’t really count as ‘sweet’ but it’s the best feeling in the world to have your favorite people in

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the world all in one room and to completely let go and get silly.” HOLD THAT THOUGHT Sarah and Ben had intended to exchange love letters before the ceremony. “But we forgot,” Sarah admits. So they held onto the letters until they had returned to their home in New York. HER INITIATIVE The newlyweds met at a friend’s lake cabin party near Fremont. Sarah made the first move. “I asked him out. We got off to a slightly awkward start but I was so intrigued, I had to see him again.” SO MANY STYLES … “You know that big wedding planning binder someone gives you as an engagement present? There’s a list in the front of it where you check boxes to determine your wedding style. I checked half of them, including modern, eclectic, artistic, elegant, urban, romantic, festive, fun and seasonal.” THE CANVAS Three fabrics in coordinating prints (florals, stripes and polka dots) set everything in motion. Her mother made cloths for a mix of table shapes. They collected plates from friends and family and shopped thrift stores for others until they had enough for each place setting. They hung flowers and chandeliers to complete the picture. “The artist in me wanted a canvas.” The backdrop: An October sunset. 

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A SNEAK PEEK AT 2016

the trendy details TEXT CHRIS CHRISTEN

FALLING FOR AUTUMN Summer is losing its glow as more couples choose spring as their go-to wedding season. May is now the most popular month for weddings. Its rival, June, is tied for second with September and October following close behind. Why the shift? Themes tied to seasons that couples love, and greater availability of first-choice venues and vendors – at least for the immediate future! WHO’S PAYING The game is changing. While moms and dads are still chipping in, the number of couples paying for their own weddings is growing. The more personalized the wedding, the more likely a couple may be to foot most or all of the bill to get exactly what they want. Being established in a career or remarrying also factors into couples paying all expenses related to their wedding day. SHORTER PREP TIME More and more weddings are being pulled off with four months or less of planning. And these are not necessarily intimate gatherings! Some are second marriages with smaller guest counts but grand celebrations just the same. Others are couples simply opting out of time-consuming frills and going with modern urban elegance as their theme. Think settings with naturally rustic or industrial finishes and romantic yet intriguing ambiance in subtle tones of soft pink, blush gray and warm peach. EDIBLE FAVORS We’re a nation of foodies, so who wouldn’t enjoy an edible item as a favor? Tie it to a story, and guests eat it up. On the hit parade: locally sourced Balsamic vinegar, honey, apple butter, peanut brittle and hand-dipped chocolate truffles. Also a treat: Locally-themed welcome packages waiting at hotels for out-of-town guests.

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VENUES More than six new venues have popped up in the Omaha metro area in recent months. More are coming in late 2015 and early 2016. Additionally, several venues have updated their décor and expanded their amenities. Need a blank canvas? Want loads of atmosphere? Options now meet the demand. (Ultimate Venue Guide, page 86.) FLOWERS Mediterranean blue and Spanish red? Tracy Diehl of Events etcetera in Omaha has seen it often enough that it’s worth noting. “It looks pretty good as long as the blue is used as accent,” the designer says. Other hot (and striking) combos leading into 2016: Black and white, and navy and white. For more demure tastes: Blush, champagne, soft pink and apricot. ATTIRE Formality is returning. Gowns have an ultrafeminine, ethereal quality that’s both classic and modern, thanks to shimmering tulle, embroidered illusion and delicate lace. Tuxes, meanwhile, are ultra-modern with slim-fit styling. (Find the look you love in our styled shoot, page 30.) CAKE AS CENTERPIECE The wedding cake, displayed far too often in an out-of-the-way corner, moves into the limelight as the centerpiece of a couple’s reception site decor. “You’ve paid good money for that cake and it looks fabulous. Don’t hide it. Make a big deal of it,” advises designer Brett Foster of Wowfactore in Omaha. We love a cake in the center of a ballroom, with a chandelier and drape or other specialty lighting to illuminate the ceremonial cutting of the cake by the bride and groom. Everyone enjoys watching that!


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TEXT CHRIS CHRISTEN PHOTOGRAPHY THE LEEKERS' PHOTOGRAPHY

Sweet Decision Cake, two ways.

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here’s no middle ground, apparently, when it comes to brides and cake. “Wedding cakes are either super simple or super elaborate in design right now,” says Naomi Huerta, a cake designer at The Cake Gallery. How far in advance a bridal couple contacts the Omaha bake shop seems to depend on their emotional attachment to their cake, Huerta observes. Couples who have a high care factor tend to secure their order one year to nine months in advance. Others might wait until three or four months out to make their final decision. Eighty percent of Huerta’s brides have Pinterest boards, and that’s usually where initial consultations start. “We’ll browse the wedding pins and talk about the bride’s favorite elements,” Huerta says. Then they’ll hone in on two or three key design ingredients as Huerta’s sketch book comes out and a concept begins to take shape. Without fail, she says, the bride's dress or

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reception (site) will inspire the design of the cake. “Brides will say that they don’t have a budget. Then they see the pricing (for that dream cake) and suddenly they have a budget,” says Huerta with a knowing smile. At The Cake Gallery, where design time dictates price, an elaborate 100-serving cake might run between $300 and $600, Huerta says. As you’re contemplating your budget, remember that bake shops commonly charge extra for delivery and setup of your cake ($50 to $115 in the Omaha metro area). You’ll want to think twice about skimping here. If you transport your own cake and damage it in the process, you’ll still pay extra for that rescue call to the bake shop. “If we damage a cake, we have recovery time built into the delivery,” Huerta says. That delivery fee, in essence, becomes your “assurance” policy. “Your guests will never know" that anything ever happened to that cake.


TRENDING GOLD METALLIC Rich luster, frequently paired with blush pink, for a rose gold effect. GOING PLATINUM Sculpted fondant, hand-painted with edible silver dust, for the illusion of silver plate. SWEET NEUTRALS White on white, ivory on ivory, blush on blush, taupe on taupe - keyed off the bridal gown to make everything look soft and elegant. FLAVORS GALORE Sheet cakes (your best value) in a mix of flavors. The hard part? Deciding which to sample: pink champagne, white chocolate, chocolate mousse, chocolate fudge, lemon, raspberry, almond raspberry or strawberry cream cheese. And that’s just for starters!

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TEXTURE & DIMENSION Piped patterns, sculpted lace, ruffle replication, sand sugar (that looks like snow), edible glitter, latticework or other architectural detail (inspired by your venue). NAKED CAKE Sans frosting, usually with white or chocolate mousse oozing between stacked cake layers, and fresh berries or blooms as garnish. GIANT CUPCAKES Pre-set on tables; meant to be shared by two sitting together. Be careful here; depending on their decoration, these cupcakes can run as much as cake in price. 3-D GROOM’S CAKE The more novel the shape, the better. Examples: An ice chest (for a beer lover); a beloved dog’s head; video game characters (think “The Legend of Zelda,” “Super Mario Brothers” and “Star Wars”). ON THE HORIZON 3-D printed sugar cake stands and toppers. It’s out there!

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TRENDS | FOOD BARS

Different & Delicious TEXT HEATHER WINKEL PHOTOGRAPHY KRISTA LEIGH HURST + DEV HANUMARA

First there was the dessert bar, then the candy bar. Today there are myriad clever variations on that traditional theme. Here are three we’re loving – bar none!

PICKLE BAR There’s nothing more rustic than a pickle bar – a perfect addition to a barn wedding. Buy a variety of pickles and transfer them to mason jars of mixed sizes. Use chalkboard plaques to label pickle varieties and provide small forks for guests to poke pickles.

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GRILLED CHEESE BAR What’s better than a cheese plate? A grilled cheese bar! Let guests build their own grilled sammies, from sweet to savory to every combo in between.

Try these combinations Goat cheese, strawberry, avocado Start with sturdy, pre-sliced breads Sourdough French Rye

Pick a cheese Cheddar Brie Goat

Between the slices … choose Cucumbers Red onion Avocado Strawberries Olive tapenade Apples Bacon

Hit the grill Using 2” paint brushes, spread melted butter or mayo on outsides of sandwiches and grill in a preheated panini press at medium heat, about three minutes or until golden.

Cheddar, apple, bacon Brie, olive tapenade, red onion Brie, strawberry, avocado Goat cheese, cucumber

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POPCORN BAR Popcorn is the ultimate unfussy snack. You can go rustic or modern with a popcorn bar. Here’s an idea: Divide the bar into salty and sweet and let guests pick how they tickle their taste buds.

MORE TASTING BAR IDEAS

Waffle, donut or breakfast Miniature appetizer and drink pairings Juice or infused water Olive oil and vinegar with breads Savory or fruit pizza

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Have you had that money talk? It’s key to a compatible life. TEXT CATHY A. WYATT

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any couples love going to dinner. In fact, first dates often occur at a favorite restaurant. Over time, it’s not uncommon to lose track of the number of places you’ve been and the hours of conversation that have taken place until, of course, that magical moment when you hear that life-changing question: “Will you… manage my money?” Now, that moment sticks with you forever. Kidding aside, most couples don’t talk enough about their finances before marriage. Why? They’re too busy booking venues and vendors, attending showers, shopping for attire, and picking just the right flowers... all to create the perfect day; instead of a peaceful and compatible life.

“The number one reason for divorce is money,” says Paul Ludacka, a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Advisor based in Omaha. “A nation divided will fall.” And, fall it does; more than 50 percent of the time. So, what is the answer? Ludacka suggests going back to where it all started: The dinner table. “To take some of the sensitivity out of it, set up a few ground rules or boundaries,” he offers. “Opposites tend to attract. If one is more financially motivated than the other, one gets to bring in their notepad; the other gets to pick the restaurant. They both bring topics that they want to talk about.” Ludacka adds that it’s important to go into these conversations with no judgments. Feelings are negotiable. If it’s important, it’s OK. Menus down, it’s time to dive in.

START THE CONVERSATION

Be transparent about your personal finances. Do you have student loans, credit card debt, child support, alimony obligations, a bankruptcy history? Money secrecy is toxic to a marriage, so get it all out in the open. Review your credit scores. If you are a two-income household, both credit scores matter. If you have a low score or a mistake on your report, fix it as best you can before you tie the knot. Create a plan to pay off debts, pay monthly bills and put some cash in savings. Futuristically … Are you having children? Are you buying a home now or later? This is the time to devise a plan to grow your assets to fulfill those dreams.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK & ANSWER

1. Big picture: What does money mean to you? Is it freedom, convenience, security? “If you know that, you know what drives financial decisions.” 2. What is the spending or budget philosophy? If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, it’s important to live within your means. “The typical American spends 110 percent of their income. Setting boundaries and budgets are important… One of the challenges is that our culture is an ‘I want it

now society.’ One of the best signs of maturity is a person’s ability to delay gratification.” 3. What dreams, goals and objectives are important to you? Is it a second home or college for the kids? 4. What assets and liabilities do you have? Own versus owe. “In childhood we are always keeping score. When we become adults, we stop.” Don’t expect to solve all the world’s problems at once. “Relationships are based on time and communication. The more you spend, the better you’ll have.”


Case in point Aaron and Courtney (Dobleman) Burgess She is from Omaha; he’s from Charleston, West Virginia. They met during their first year of residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center. “I was a senior resident when we got engaged, and was getting ready to start my first ‘real job’,” recalls Courtney. “I had been in contact with Paul (Ludacka) and had set up an appointment to meet with him on my next trip to Omaha. Coincidentally, Aaron proposed to me the day before that happened. So I thought it would be a good idea to bring him along.” Certainly not the norm… “The average age of my client is 45 years old,” says Ludacka. “They wake up and have done no planning. Their earning and saving time is cut in half.” Not Aaron and Courtney… “We established very early that we save a certain percentage of our paychecks and we are honest and open about purchases and costs, and we review our situation with our financial advisor several times a year.” Aaron and Courtney have been married for two years. They currently reside in Pittsburgh where Aaron is finishing his fellowship. “We are sound in the knowledge that we are saving and investing wisely, and therefore it has not been a source of tension in our marriage.” “I’m a huge football fan; I utilize offensive and defensive planning with clients,” says Ludacka. “Initally it’s important to have a strategy: appropriate insurance for homes and cars; wills, trusts, and updated documents; three to six months of cash on hand, just in case.” (The average bankruptcy in America can be prevented with one month of income, he notes) Mid-term you can think of as buying a car, going on vacation, purchasing a home. Long-term is about retirement, a dream house, etc… “Retirement because you choose to; not because you have to,” says Ludacka, who has been working with individuals, couples, and families for 18 years. So, the next time you schedule a date night, try adding finances to the menu. That all-important life-changing question will come. And when it does, you can say, “yes” to the day and – more importantly – to the probability of living happily ever after.

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REAL WEDDING

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WHAT’S IN THE FRIDGE? Will proposed on Christmas Eve. “We walked in to celebrate Christmas with my immediate family and there was a huge refrigerator carton, giftwrapped with my name on it. The box was filled with balloons and one floated out. It had 'Mr. & Mrs.' printed on it.” When Chelsie turned around, Will was on one knee dressed in a Santa costume. “We had been living in Texas and had never looked at rings, so I was absolutely not expecting the proposal.” SURPRISE OF THE DAY Planning a November wedding in Nebraska, the couple was prepared for the worst when it came to the weather. Instead, Chelsie and Will got a bright, sunny day with temperatures in the mid60s – despite a forecast of possible snow.

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BOYS! OMG Will and Chelsie were taking pictures before the ceremony when a funny thing happened. “We were being all loveydovey when I glanced toward the church and spotted two of our groomsmen … mooning us! The videographer and photographer got it on camera, so we’re able to re-live and laugh about it all the time,” Chelsie says. SPONTANEOUS JOY “Our first look was incredibly emotional and something we would re-live over and over if we could,” the bride says. “There is just something about seeing your soon-to-be-spouse for the ‘first time’ that literally brought tears to our eyes.” KEEPSAKE GIFTS She gave him a boudoir photobook and a journal. “I started writing letters to Will from the time we got engaged, right up until the wedding.” She included little maps of their travels that coincided with her journal entries. He gave her a white gold charm bracelet – intended for collecting charms on their travels from that day forward. PARDON ME! Will and Chelsie met at a bar. “He will tell you it was at a friend’s birthday party,” she teases. She was out with her girlfriends, dancing away, when someone bumped her from behind. “The truth is his friend had ‘accidentally’ pushed Will into me.” For their first date, they went to a scary movie – and discovered that neither is a fan of the genre.

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PLANNING TOOLS

The New lywed Checklist The to-do's don't stop with your "I do's." Most bridal checklists lead you up to your wedding day and presumably a big sigh of relief. Before you get too giddy about being liberated from your wedding planner, scan the following list of pressing things yet to do. Once they're tackled, you can officially close the book on your planning chores and direct your energy toward living happily ever after!

DAY OF THE WEDDING __ Thank your officiant, caterer, musicians, shuttle driver, etc. Prepare envelopes with payments or tips and ask your best man to deliver them for you. __ Appoint an adult to be in charge of your cards and gifts. Think security. Include instructions for transporting those gifts at the end of the day. Will they go to your home? If space is too limited there or you won’t be home to receive them, what’s your alternate plan?     __ Put someone in charge of your guest book. That person also can handle any small items to be displayed at the ceremony and reception sites. Leave instructions for their return destination at the conclusion of the day. __ Keep tabs on your marriage license after you sign it. Typically the best man assumes temporary responsibility for this very important document. __ Grant your floral arrangements an afterlife. Don't let them get dumped in the trash because everyone is too busy or exhausted to find homes for them. Find hospitals, nursing homes, or friends and family who would enjoy the flowers. Then, designate someone to deliver the flowers the next day, and make sure they have plenty of boxes and packing material to transport and protect the vases. Another idea: The week of the wedding, thank special helpers with a note inviting them to take home a wedding centerpiece as a small token of appreciation. 

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__ Preserve your bouquet. Make arrangements to deliver it to your preservation specialist first thing the next day. If you’re heading off on your honeymoon right away, delegate the errand to your maid of honor or another member of your bridal party. __ Take the guesswork out of returns. Come up with a system that lets your tear-down/cleanup crew know which items belong to the house, to you, and to others. Tested method: Use color-coded stickers and a corresponding itemized spreadsheet to track returns.      __ Know how decor will be transported. If you don’t have the right vehicles to handle the load(s), rent a van or small moving truck.

DAY AFTER THE WEDDING __ Have your gown professionally cleaned. If you plan to keep it, discuss gown preservation with a dry cleaner that specializes in this service. __ Leave vendor reviews. Three weeks from now, you will start to forget key details that should be included. Tip: Note pros and cons of your vendors as you go; pick highlights for your reviews. And always keep the tone of your reviews positive and constructive.   __ Sell your wedding stuff. It’s possible to recoup several hundred dollars for things you’ll never use again. Start with Facebook, where several groups exist for that very purpose.

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HONEYMOONING __ Transfer your luggage. If you are leaving immediately after the reception, make arrangements for the transfer of your luggage from home to the airport. __ Arrange for someone to take you to the airport and pick you up upon your return. Leave photocopies of your passport and other important travel documents, plus your itinerary, with that person. __ Ask someone to check your front door for deliveries while you are away. Gifts are likely to arrive for up to a month after your wedding. __ Consider pets in the family. Arrange for someone to check on them while you are away. REAL BRIDE TIP

“Keep a play-by-play journal of the day. Photographs capture key moments of your day, but they didn’t capture the moment when I realized halfway through the day that the groom wasn’t wearing his boutonnière. Or the few quiet, reflective moments I had to myself just before I walked down the aisle, where I came to grips with the fact that my dad wasn’t there to walk with me. All of these moments ought to be recorded.” AMY MILES GREWE, 2015 WEDDING ESSENTIALS BRIDE BLOGGER


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THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT BEING

Marriage, according to various fables, is PHOTO: AMANDA KOHLER PHOTOGRAPHY

a state of bliss, a contract, a sacrament, a union, a love nest. It’s also fun and sometimes frightening, but always interesting. Here, in no particular order, are things newlyweds told us they love about their married life. May they take you to infinity, and beyond.

"Success in marriage is more than finding the right person: It is being the right person." ROBERT BROWNING, POET

1. Overnight, your house becomes a home. 2. You no longer have to tell your parents where you are. 3. You have a built-in bed warmer, and foot and back massages on demand. 4. You have a nifty collection of new things. 5. You get to share everything... Everything! 6. You have a bunch of new relatives and family traditions, for better or for worse. 7. You eventually stop caring about who pays for what. 8. You can say whatever is on your mind without fear of scaring him or her off … within reason.

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9. One of you will ultimately take command of the kitchen, even if neither of you cooks. 10. Your plans center on “we” and giving becomes a two-way street. 11. Sleepovers, popcorn and pillow talk every night. 12. You have a two-person team to handle everything. 13. Spousal telepathy. You can read each other’s mind. 14. There’s always someone to celebrate with: birthdays, anniversaries, and of course Valentine’s Day. 15. Your household is twice as smart as it used to be. You find out you’re not quite as smart as you thought you were.

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16. You can dodge any invitation with “Sorry, I’d love to but I promised…”, even if you didn’t really. 17. Your spouse knows you. All of you. And still adores you. 18. When you look deeply into each other’s eyes, it feels great, not weird. 19. You have someone to “unload on” and make you laugh when you need it most. 20. You have someone to ask, “Do I look good in this?” and get a thoughtful answer. 21. And of course there’s … Well, you know!


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DoubleTree by Hilton | p. 7

Arbonne International

Nothing Bundt Cakes

It Works!

Pleasure Your Palate Catering

Mary Kay

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory | p. 6

Midwest Dermatology Clinic, P.C.

Sam & Louie's Catering

Pure Barre – Loveland Centre

Simply Elegant Cakes

purebarre.com/ne-omahaloveland

simply-elegant-cakes.com

Urbane Salon & Day Spa

Event Décor

Victor Victoria Salon & Spa

AAA Rents & Events Services | p. 55

doubletreeomahadowntown.com

Embassy Suites | Inside front cover embassysuitesomaha.com embassysuitesomahalavista.com

Hilton Garden Inn

hiltongardeninn.hilton.com

Hilton Omaha | p. 83 omaha.hilton.com

Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha holidayinn.com

Lied Lodge | p. 17 liedlodge.org

Magnolia Hotel

magnoliahotelomaha.com

Regency Lodge | p. 67 regencylodge.com

Residence Inn | p. 77 residenceinn.com

amylsmith.myarbonne.com wrapupomaha.myitworks.com marykay.com midwestderm.com

urbanesalonanddayspa.com

bloomsandbouquets.com

ellynnebridal.com

Gentleman's Choice | p. 31 omahatuxedos.com

Jos. A Bank

josbank.com

Men's Wearhouse

menswearhouse.com

Rhylan Lang | p. 1 rhylanlang.com

Spotlight Formal Wear

spotlightformalwear.com

Tip Top Tux | Inside back cover tttux.com

Chair Cover Elegance

Attitude on Food | p. 75

David M. Mangelsen's | p. 55

Catering Creations | p. 13

Events etcetera

Coldstone Creamery | p. 6

Events In Bloom | p. 17

Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal | p. 87

Honeyman Rent-All | p. 45

Gigi's Cupcakes

Memrical | p. 29

Hy-Vee | p. 4

United Rent-All | p. 69

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse | p. 81

Wowfactore

johnnysitaliansteakhouse.com

wowfactore.com

La Casa Pizzaria

Floral

allinclusivecatering.net

coldstonecreamery.com

cornhuskerbeverage.com

gigiscupcakesusa.com/omaha-nebraska hy-vee.com

lacasapizzaria.net

Mad Ox Bakery

madoxbakery.com

Main Event Catering

maineventcatering.com

Younkers

younkers.com

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All Inclusive Catering

cateringcreations.com

Ellynne Bridal

samandlouiespizza.com

Catering & Cakes

Blush Bridal Boutique | p. 69 davidsbridal.com

rockymountainchocolatefactory.com

aaarentsevents.com

Attire David's Bridal

pleasureyourpalatecatering.com

victorvictoriasalon.com

attitudeonfood.com

blushbridalne.com

nothingbundtcakes.com

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floralsetcetera.com eventsinbloom-ne.com honeymanrentall.com memrical.com

unitedrent-all-omaha.com

A Flower Basket

aflowerbasket.org

Blooms & Bouquets | p. 3 bloomsandbouquets.com

David M. Mangelsen's | p. 55 mangelsens.com


Events etcetera

floralsetcetera.com

Events In Bloom | p. 17 eventsinbloom-ne.com

Hy-Vee | p. 4 hy-vee.com

Wowfactore

wowfactore.com

Mae Small Photography | p. 11 maesmall.com

MAK Images

makimages.com

Multi-Images Photography multi-images.com

Omaha Photobooth

Finance & Real Estate

omahaphotobooth.com

Celebrity Homes | p. 85

partypicstogoinc.com

celebrityhomesomaha.com

Security National Bank snbconnect.com

Party Pics to Go | p. 71 T. Sterba Photography sterbaphoto.com

Tin Box Weddings | p. 19

Invitations

tinboxweddings.com

Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal | p. 87

tkimaging.com

cornhuskerbeverage.com

David M. Mangelsen's | p. 55 mangelsens.com

DSY Invitations

dsyinvitations.com

Village Stationery

villagestationery.com

Jewelry Borsheims | p. 9 borsheims.com

14 Karat | p. 13

14karatomaha.com

Music Bircher and Bircher Music

bircherandbirchermusic.com

Complete | p. 51

completeomaha.com

Photography & Videography

TK Imaging

True Cotton Weddings | p. 65 truecottonweddings.com

Planner Wedding Planner Omaha

theweddingplanneromaha.com

Preservation Memories Bi-Design | p. 31 memoriesbidesign.biz

Omaha Lace Cleaners | p. 45 omahalacecleaners.com

Registry & Gifts Bed Bath & Beyond

bedbathandbeyond.com

Borsheims | p. 9 borsheims.com

Celebrity China & Cookware | p. 27 celebritychina.com

Action Photobooth | p. 65

Younkers

Complete | p. 51

completeomaha.com

Travel & Transportation

Image Society

Azul Paradise

myimagesociety.com

azulparadise.com

Jake Thacker Photography

Custom Cruises & Travel | p. 26

jakethackerphotography.com

ccruises.com

Jeremy Johnson Photography

Enchanted Honeymoons | Back cover

jeremyjohnsonphoto.com

enchantedhoneymoonstravel.com

Leah Marie Photography | p. 81

Wanderlust Travel Co.

actionphotoboothomaha.com

leahmarie-photography.com

younkers.com

wanderlusttravelco.com

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A VIEW IN FONTENELLE HILLS

Capacity: 300 (inside), 300 (outside) Complete with sprawling 80-foot floor-ceiling windows, this intimate venue and 1,800 sqft deck overlooks the Fontenelle Hills Golf Course. 1102 Country Club Court | 402-291-2982 aviewvenues.com | p. 5

A VIEW ON STATE

Capacity: 325 (inside), 300 (outside) This fresh, new venue in the Omaha area has three rooms to choose from, spacious bridal suites and a covered ceremony pavillion. 13467 State St. | 402-933-2929 aviewvenues.com | p. 5

A VIEW WEST

Capacity: 450 (inside), 475 (outside) A modern, contemporary space with a touch of elegance perfect for entertaining friends & family on your wedding day. 4141 N. 156th St. | 402-991-9872 aviewvenues.com | p. 5

ANTHONY'S STEAKHOUSE

Capacity: 350 (inside), 150 (outside) The 9,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom in this facility is perfect for dinner and dancing. The patio has a gazebo and waterfall. 7220 F St. | 402-331-7575 anthonyssteakhouse.com | p. 5 R E N TA L S AVA I L A B L E

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BELLA TERRE

Capacity: 400 (inside), 400 (outside) Italy meets Iowa in a reception hall and vineyard just south of Omaha, bringing your destination wedding closer to home. 23375 Barrus Rd., Glenwood | 402-657-5543 bellaterre.com | p. 67

BELLEVUE EVENT CENTER

Capacity: Unavailable at presstime Scheduled for completion in Spring 2016, the 25,000 square foot multi-use facility will be joined by a 122-room Courtyard Marriott. 3730 Raynor Parkway | 319-626-5600 kinseth.com

CLUB AT INDIAN CREEK, THE

Capacity: 400 (inside), 360 (outside Indian Creek Golf Course surrounds this facility, and an outdoor ceremony lets you take in the view. Professional staff & comprehensive menu. 3825 N. 202 St. | 402-289-0900 theclubatindiancreek.com | p. 16

DIAMOND ROOM, THE

Capacity: 600 (cocktail), 450 (seated) This new industrial urban chic event space opened in 2015. Located in the downtown area, close to bars and hotels. 605 N. 13th St. | 402-915-0177 diamondroomomaha.com O U T S I D E C AT E R E R


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DOUBLETREE BY HILTON OMAHA DOWNTOWN

HILLS EVENT CENTER, THE

Capacity: 650 (inside) After the ceremony, get ready for a fun night of dining & dancing in the Grand Ballroom. 1616 Dodge St. | 402-636-7600 doubletreeomahadowntown.com | p. 7

EMBASSY SUITES DOWNTOWN OMAHA

HILTON OMAHA

Capacity: 600 (inside) A full-service all-suite hotel located in the heart of Omaha's historic Old Market District. 555 S. 10th St. | 402-346-9000 omaha.embassysuites.com | IFC

Capacity: 800 (inside) Expert culinary staff. Enclosed bridge access to the CenturyLink Center Omaha. Attached parking garage & valet service. 1001 Cass St. | 402-998-4215 omaha.hilton.com | p. 83

EMBASSY SUITES LA VISTA

HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN OMAHA & LINCOLN SOUTHWEST

Capacity: 2500 (inside) Step into the breathtaking atrium of this venue and experience all-suite hospitality & planning. 12520 Westport Parkway | 402-331-7400 embassysuitesomahalavista.com | IFC

Capacity: 150 (Omaha), 200 (Lincoln) Event planners at both full-service locations. 1420 Cuming St. | 402-341-0124 2500 Tamarin Rd., Lincoln | 402-341-1893 holidayinn.com

FIRST CENTRAL CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

HOLLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Capacity: 600 (inside), 100 (outside) Stained glass windows, pipe organ & artisan musicians. Welcoming, inclusive community. 421 S. 36th St. | 402-345-1533 firstcentral.org | p. 6

FOUNDERS ONE | NINE

Capacity: 400 (inside), 150 (outside) Flexible space for any event. Features a mix of old and new with exposed brick, reclaimed wood and slate fireplace. 1915 Jackson St. | 402-558-3272 foundersomaha.com | p. 19

FOUNTAINS BALLROOM & VINEYARD, THE

FOUNTAINS WEST, THE

Capacity: 280 (inside) Dream up a warm, romantic wedding in West Omaha. We offer event coordination, design, floral, photography, DJ and more. 4714 N. 120th St. | 402-496-3000 thefountainsballroom.com | p. 29

HENRY DOORLY ZOO & AQUARIUM

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IL PALAZZO

Capacity: 600 (inside) A new Omaha venue for your special day. "The Palace." Book your wedding reception with an Italian flair in elegant ballrooms. 5110 N. 132nd St. | 402-493-8888 omahaitaly.com

Capacity: 65 (inside) The perfect choice for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or wedding day events. Off-site catering also available. 305 N.170th St. | 402-289-9210 johnnysitaliansteakhouse.com | p. 81

LAURITZEN GARDENS

Capacity: 280 (inside), 300 (outside) Exquisitely decorated gardens in the Omaha Botanical Center or exchange vows under glass in the new conservatory. 100 Bancroft St. | 402-346-4002 lauritzengardens.org | p. 57

LIED LODGE

Capacity: 325 (inside) Dinner in the Durham Tree-Tops Restaurant or under the sea in the Scott Aquarium. 3701 S. 10th St. | 402-738-2088 omahazoo.com | p. 51 R E N TA L S AVA I L A B L E

Capacity: 330 (inside) Expert event coordinators assist you in one-ofa-kind settings and in-house cuisine selections. 1200 Douglas St. | 402-345-0202 omahaperformingarts.org | p. 75

JOHNNY'S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE

Capacity: 480 (inside) Nestled in the Loess Hills. Offers planning, event design, floral, photography, DJ and more. 51496 230th St., Glenwood | 712-526-2426 thefountainsballroom.com | p. 29

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Capacity: 575 (inside), 150 (outside) Elegance, legacy and outside catering availability make The Hills Event Center the ultimate space for a complete celebration. 7040 N. 102nd Circle | 402-676-9226 thehillsomaha.net | p. 57

C E R E M O N Y S I T E AVA I L A B L E

Capacity: 280 (inside), 200 (outside) 2015 renovations make Lied Lodge and historic Morton Barns an even more memorable scene for your wedding in Nebraska City. 2700 Sylvan Rd. | 402-873-8733 liedlodge.org | p. 17 O U T S I D E C AT E R E R


MAGNOLIA HOTEL

REGENCY LODGE

Capacity: 200 (inside), 200 (outside) Nestled in Omaha's most treasured landmark building, the Magnolia Ballroom and the Winter Garden Courtyard provide an idyllic setting. 1615 Howard St. | 402-341-2500 magnoliahotelomaha.com

Capacity: 225 (inside) A grand staircase for an unforgettable entrance! Professional event coordinator; many items included in event rental, plus in-house catering. 909 S. 107th Ave. | 402-397-8971 regencylodge.com | p. 67

MARCUS MIDTOWN CINEMA GLO LOUNGE Capacity: 125 (inside)

SCOTT CONFERENCE CENTER

Capacity: 500 (inside) A modern facility with seating for up to 500. On-site coordinator and culinary staff. A long list of included items for your event. Near UNO. 6450 Pine St. | 402-778-6313 scottcenter.com| p. 25

The Glo Lounge is a posh, urban destination in midtown Omaha that re-imagines the classic cocktail lounge with a contemporary vibe 3201 Farnam St. #6 | 402-342-4505 gomidtown.com

MID-AMERICA CENTER

SCOULAR BALLROOM

Capacity: 1,000 (inside) Premier reception venue for banquet seating. Professional catering staff. Quick access to hotels, entertainment and Interstates 29 and 80 One Arena Way, Council Bluffs | 712-323-0536 midamericacenter.com | p. 89

Capacity: 325 (inside) The Grand Ballroom with an Italian marble floor & balcony in this restored historic venue offers many possibilities for your catered affair. 2027 Dodge St. | 402-449-1424 scoularballroom.com | p. 23

OMAHA PRESS CLUB

SULLIVAN'S STEAKHOUSE

Capacity: 225 (inside) On the 22nd floor of the First National Center, the Press Club boasts Omaha’s best view and features Villamonte’s Cuisine. 1620 Dodge St. | 402-345-8008 omahapressclub.com

Capacity: 100 (inside) Warm hospitality; custom menus under the guidance of an event planner. Dinner seating in the Wine Cellar. 222 S. 15th St. | 402-342-0077 sullivanssteakhouse.com | p. 16

OMAR ARTS & EVENTS

UNMC TRUHLSEN CAMPUS EVENTS CENTER

Capacity: 400 (inside) This meticulously restored property showcases timeless craftsmanship with modern amenities. Inspired creativity ensures a memorable event. 4383 Nicholas St. | 402-905-9511 omarevents.com | p. 2

Capacity: 325 (inside) This midtown venue with modern architecture, hosts neutral colors and a beautiful atrium area. 619 S. 42nd St. | 402-559-5192 unmc.edu/eventscenter | p. 71

ORPHEUM THEATER

Capacity: 230 (inside) A fairytale setting with dynamic flair. Perfect for a buffet line with open seating or formal, sitdown dinner.. Exhibition Lobby also available. 409 S. 16th St. | 402-345-0202 omahaperformingarts.org | p. 75

PLAYERS CLUB AT DEER CREEK

Capacity: 325 (inside) Golf course views surround this clubhouse. Professional planner and catering staff. Non-members are welcome at this private club. 12101 Deer Creek Dr. | 402-963-9950 playersclubomaha.com | p. 25

RALSTON ARENA

Capacity: 350 (inside) The Banquet Room boasts elegant color, an artistic metal ceiling and an impressive glass-enclosed space. Full-service catering 7300 Q St. | 402-934-9966 ralstonarena.com | p. 61

R E N TA L S AVA I L A B L E

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402-339-3395 papillionlegion32.info

250

N/A

American Legion Omaha Post 1 7811 Davenport St.

402-391-6764 amleomahapost1.com

400

N/A

Anderson O’Brien Fine Art 1108 Jackson St.

402-884-0911 aobfineart.com

200 cocktail 150 seated

N/A

Arbor Hall 14040 Arbor St.

402-884-2269 arborhallomaha.com

300

250

Archdiocesan Retreat & Conference Center 3300 N. 60th St., St. Joseph Hall

402-558-1442 archomaha.org

125

N/A

Ashland Golf Club 16119 Highway 6, Ashland

402-944-3344 ashlandgolfclub.com

250

Tents possible

Aspen Room 9809 M St.

402-502-1885 aspenroomomaha.com

250

150

Bayliss Park Hall 530 First Ave., Council Bluffs

712-325-8388 baylissparkhall.com

250

N/A

The Bel Air Banquet Room 12100 West Center Road

402-333-5505 belairbanquet.com

250

N/A

Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch 11001 S. 48th St., Papillion

402-331-5500 bellevueberryfarm.com

350

N/A

Bellevue Social Centre 1308 Fort Crook Road South

402- 291-5717

110

N/A

Bellevue University 1000 S. Galvin Road, Bellevue

402-557-7357 bellevue.edu

250

50

The Belvedere Hall 201 E. First St., Papillion

402-592-5117 belvederehall.tripod.com

250

N/A

Bodega Victoriana Winery 60397 Kidd Rd., Glenwood, Iowa

402-618-3640 bodegavictoriana.com

250

250

Castle Barrett 4330 Leavenworth St.

402-558-5520 barrettsomaha.com

425

N/A

Castle Unicorn 57034 Deacon Road, Pacific Junction, Iowa

712- 527-5930 castleunicorn.com

60

275

Centurylink Center Omaha 455 N. 10th St.

402-341-1500 centurylinkcenteromaha.com

2,100

N/A

Charlie's on the Lake 4150 S. 144th St.

402-894-9411 charliesonthelake.net

150

100

College of St. Mary 7000 Mercy Road

402-399-2400 csm.edu

325

N/A

Council Bluffs Country Club 4500 Piute St., Council Bluffs

712-366-0525 cbcountryclub.com

250

200

Creighton University Harper Center 602 N. 20th St.

402-280-1493 creighton.edu

350

N/A

Creighton University Skutt Student Center 2500 California Plaza

402-280-1493 creighton.edu

350

N/A

DC Centre 11830 Stonegate Circle

402-393-7431 dccentre.com

1,200

40

LOCATION

CONTACT

American Legion Post 32 230 W. Lincoln St., Papillion

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402-444-5071 durhammuseum.org

500

N/A

Eagle Hills Golf Course 501 Eagle Hills Drive, Papillion

402-592-7788 eaglehills.org

180

64

Eddie’s Catering & Social Hall 5009 S. 24th St.

402-733-5444 eddiescatering.com

100

N/A

Elk’s Lodge 6410 S. 96th St.

402-339-3557 elks.org

300

N/A

Field Club of Omaha 3615 Woolworth Ave.

402-345-6343 fcomaha.com

300

75

The Gallery & Loft 207 N. Spruce St., Valley

402-660-7040 wendydeaneartist.com

100

N/A

General Crook House 5730 N. 30th St.

402-455-9990 omahahistory.org

180 cocktail 80 seated

Tents possible

The Georgetowne Club 2440 S. 141st Circle

402-334-5446 brandeiscatering.com

500

N/A

German-American Society 3717 S. 120th St.

402-333-6615 germanamericansociety.org

500

75

The Grey Plume Provisions 220 S. 31st Ave #3101

402-763-4447 thegreyplume.com

35

N/A

Hilton Garden Inn - Omaha Downtown 1005 Dodge St.

402-341-4400 hiltongardeninn.com

80

N/A

Hilton Garden Inn Omaha East/Council Bluffs 2702 Mid-America Drive

712-309-9000 hiltongardeninn.com

300

N/A

Hilton Garden Inn Omaha West 17879 Chicago St.

402-289-9696 omahawest.stayhgi.com

128

N/A

Historic General Dodge House 605 Third St., Council Bluffs

712-322-2406 dodgehouse.org

50 seated 65 buffet

70

Holiday Inn Omaha Downtown 1420 Cuming St.

402-341-0124 holidayinndowntownomaha.com

150

N/A

Holiday Inn & Suites at Ameristar 2202 River Road, Council Bluffs

712-322-5050 holidayinn.com/councilbluffs

220

N/A

Hotel Deco XV 1504 Harney St.

402-991-4981 hoteldecoomaha.com

110

N/A

Joslyn Art Musuem 2200 Dodge St.

402-661-3864 joslyn.org

400

N/A

Joslyn Castle 3902 Davenport St.

402-595-3209 joslyncastle.com

200

200

Karen’s Fireside 1214 N. Monroe St., Papillion

402-592-4413 karensfireside.com

350

N/A

Legacy Hall 6104 Irvington Road

402-573-8864 legacyhall.com

475

N/A

Liberty Social Hall 711 Olson Drive, Papillion

402-592-2622 libertysocialhall.com

400

N/A

Livestock Exchange Building 4920 S. 30th St.

402-334-5446 brandeiscatering.com

350

N/A

LOCATION

CONTACT

The Durham Museum 801 S. 10th St.

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402-739-9154 livingroomomaha.com

225

N/A

Loess Hills Lodge 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa

712-328-5638 pottcoconservation.com

70

N/A

Lo Sole Mio Villa 3020 S. 10th St.

402-345-5656 losolemio.com

225

N/A

Lucile’s Old Market 510 S. 10th St.

402-341-3100 lucilesoldmarket.com

100

75

Millard Social Hall 10508 S. 144th St.

402-895-1440 eddiescatering.com

400

50 cocktail 30 seated

Oak Hills Country Club 12325 Golfing Green Drive

402-895-3636 oakhillscountryclub.com

200

N/A

Old Mattress Factory 501 N. 13th St.

402-346-9116 themattomaha.com

200

N/A

Omaha Wedding Chapel and Event Center 3622 Leavenworth St.

402-575-7006 omahaweddingchapel.com

100

N/A

Omaha Community Playhouse 6915 Cass St.

402-553-4890, ext. 147 omahaplayhouse.com

550

100

Omaha Marriott 10220 Regency Circle

402-399-9000 omahamarriott.com

350

N/A

One Thousand Dodge 1002 Dodge St.

402-415-8222 onethousanddodge.com

250

N/A

Pacific Springs Golf Course 16810 Harney St.

402-330-4359 pacificsprings.com

100

50

The Paxton Ballroom 1403 Farnam St.

402-342-1403 paxtonballroom.com

300 seated 370 cocktail

N/A

The Pella at the Blackstone 303 S 41st St.

402-415-8222 thepellaatblackstone.com

250

N/A

Platteview Country Club 4215 Platteview Road, Bellevue

402-291-5883 platteviewcc.com

180

40

Quarry Oaks 16600 Quarry Oaks Drive, Ashland

402-944-6004 quarryoaks.com

200

140

Ralston American Legion Post 373 7400 Q St., Ralston

402-592-2380

200

N/A

Ramada Plaza Hotel & Convention Center 3321 S. 72nd St.

402-517-3072 ramadaplazaomaha.com

1100

N/A

Regency Lake & Tennis Club 606 Regency Parkway

402-391-8686 regencylakeandtennis.com

150

N/A

The Renaissance Mansion 401 S. 39th St.

402-346-2990 renaissancemansion.net

150

75

The Ridge Banquet Facility 20033 Elkhorn Ridge Drive, Elkhorn

402-289-2859 elkhornridge.net

350

N/A

RiverWest Park 233rd and West Maple Road, Along Elkhorn River

402-953-4731 riverwestpark.com

N/A

300

The Rose Theater 2001 Farnam St.

402-345-4849 rosetheater.org

150

N/A

LOCATION

CONTACT

The Living Room 1111 N 13th St.

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402-342-1300 scottishriteomaha.org

350

N/A

Shark Club 2808 S. 72nd St.

402-397-4275 sharkclubomaha.com

200

N/A

Sheraton Omaha Hotel 655 N. 108th Ave.

402-496-0850 starwoodhotels.com

280

N/A

Shoreline Golf Course 210 E. Locust St., Carter Lake

712-347-5173 golfshoreline.com

200

N/A

Simply Ballroom 2679 Farnam St.

402-933-6678 simply-ballroom.com

300

N/A

Slowdown 729 N 14th St.

402-345-7569 theslowdown.com

150

Sokol Auditorium 2234 S. 13th

402-346-9802 sokolomaha.com

550

N/A

Spring Hill Suites 3216 Plaza View Dr., Council Bluffs

712-256-6500 marriott.com

50

N/A

Starlite Ballroom 2045 County Road K, Wahoo

402-443-3533 starliteballroom.net

1,000

N/A

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland

402-944-3100 sacmuseum.org

2,000

N/A

Storz Trophy Room 345 Riverfront Dr.

402-502-1643 storzbrewing.com

200 cocktail 120 seated

N/A

Tangier Shriners’ Center 2823 South 84th St.

402-392-0404 tangiershrine.com

300

N/A

Tara Hills Golf Course 1410 Western Hills Drive, Papillion

402-592-7550 eaglehills.org/-tara-hills

100

60

1316 Jones Street 13th and Jones Steets, Old Market

402-415-8222 1316jones.com

300

130

The Thompson Center UNO campus, 67th and Dodge Streets

402-554-3368 unoalumni.org

240

500

Tiburon Golf Course 10302 S. 168th St.

402-896-1323 tiburongolf.com

400

300

Tip Top Downtown Ballroom 1502 Cuming St.

402-334-5446 brandeiscatering.com

600

N/A

Tregaron Golf Course 13909 Glengarry Circle, Bellevue

402-292-2745 tregarongolf.com

150

25

VFW Post 2503 8904 Millitary Road

402-571-8397 vfwpost2503.org

281

N/A

VFW Post 8334 5083 S. 136th St.

402-895-5656 myvfw.org/NE/Post8334

108

N/A

Viking Ship 2582 Redick Ave.

402-457-6051

300 cocktail 200 seated

N/A

Westside Community Conference Center 3534 S. 108th St.

402-390-3380 access66catering.com

300

N/A

Willow Creek Glass Chapel 4066 325th St., Shelby, Iowa

712-483-2435 willowcreekglasschapel.com

300

N/A

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CONTACT

Scottish Rite Masonic Center 202 S. 20th St.

RENTALS

CEREMONY SITE

OUTSIDE CATERER

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