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GO BLUE DEVILS “We knew it was the real deal when we discovered we both had a Duke basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on our bucket list. We checked it off one year later." POPPING THE QUESTION Popcorn is their favorite snack, and they were sharing an air-popped, light butter, extra salt bowl. As Brittany decided on a movie, Shawn handed her an extra-large bowl of popcorn. “I looked into the bowl and found a little green box with the shiniest kernel of popcorn I’d ever seen. I turned around, and he was on one knee.’’ MAGICAL MOMENT Their first look felt like something out of a fairytale, Brittany says. “I felt like a princess in my blush dress and three-tiered vintage veil. Shawn turned around and immediately started to cry. All the stresses of the day went away in that moment.’’ HARD TO PICK “We had our nine nieces and nephews as flower girls and ring bearers. They are all so special to us; we couldn’t choose between them.’’ WHAT’S IMPORTANT “The biggest surprise of our day was how sentimental and sweet our priest (the Rev. Dave Belt) was during his homily. We enjoyed our premarital classes with him and looked forward to each session, but were so touched by how much it meant to him, too. He reminded us of the focus of the day and taught us to focus on our love for each other through all of life’s triumphs and challenges. His homily set the tone for our celebration and truly captured who we are as a couple.’’ PART OF THE FAMILY About a month before the wedding, Shawn’s young nephew Evan asked Brittany what she would officially be to him once they were married. She told

him, “I’ll be your aunt.’’ His eyes lit up, and he gave Brittany the biggest bear hug they’d ever shared. “After our ceremony, we gathered at the back of the church to celebrate with our wedding party as they walked down the aisle. Evan came running out of the church and leaped into my arms. He sweetly pulled away and whispered into my ear, “You’re officially my aunt.” We embraced, and he held my hand for the rest of the wedding party procession.’’ BREAKFAST AT . . . Her cousin Abbey brought a Tiffany crystal bowl all the way from New York as a gift because she knew Brittany would love it. “I have been obsessed with Audrey Hepburn and Tiffany’s since I was a little girl.’’ Shawn gave Brittany designer luggage, while her choice was the gift of words. “A handwritten page for each week of our first married year together.’’ BIGGEST TIP Make wedding decisions together, preferably over a glass of wine. TIME TOGETHER Brittany and Shawn skipped the rehearsal dinner in favor of a nice meal with their parents. HAPPY EVER AFTER Brittany says Shawn is the kindest, most genuine man she’s ever met. “He loves with his whole being and takes care of everyone around him. He never misses a time to tell me he loves me and is always the first to say ‘sorry.’ He will always tell me life is too short to spend any time upset, as he sweetly kisses my forehead. I can’t wait to share my life with him and watch him become an amazing father.’’ Shawn says, “I am so lucky to have Brittany in my life. She brings out the best in me. She makes my day brighter, and I’m blessed to have her on my arm every day for the rest of my life.’’

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REAL WEDDING

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK They had been together for almost eight years and hadn’t taken a trip in a while. Alyssa had never been to New York, and they planned a December trip. “Nearly all of our flights were either canceled or delayed, and we ended up going through security checkpoints four times because of all the cancellations (not an easy task for Jared, who had a ring in his pocket).’’ ON ICE Alyssa has been a competitive skater most of her life, so visiting Rockefeller Center was a thrill. “We got on our skates, and hit the ice for about an hour until they called everyone off for the Zamboni. As I was skating to the exit, Jared grabbed my hand and asked to skate just one more lap. Then he asked for yet another lap. I was very reluctant, realizing that we were now the only two people on the ice. The song, ‘Thank God I Got Her’ started playing over the loudspeaker, and I knew. Jared winked at me, got down on one knee, and asked me to spend forever with him. I said ‘yes,’ and as we kissed the Rockefeller Christmas tree lights started flashing and the nearly 500 people at Rockefeller Center started cheering. We were escorted off the ice for champagne and photos all around Manhattan.’’ PERFECT ENDING “We had an incredible dinner on the roof of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and to top it off, when we arrived back in our suite there were hundreds of candles and rose petals, an extraordinary bouquet of several dozen roses, and more champagne and dessert. This proposal was like something straight out of a movie.’’ BREATHTAKING There was a lot of anticipation leading up to the first look, Jared said. “Seeing her for the first time looking so absolutely stunning is something that I will never forget. Her dress was nothing

like I had expected, but that is why it was perfect. She loves doing the unexpected. I truly have never known someone more beautiful, both inside and out.’’ It was one of the best moments of the day for Alyssa. “You think about that moment throughout the entire wedding process, and seeing Jared’s face when he turned around and saw me for the first time was a feeling I will never forget. It was just the two of us, and it finally felt real.’’ SPECIAL TOUCH Handwritten letters that they read to each other before their wedding ceremony. NO SURPRISES The best part was seeing everything come to life so perfectly, Alyssa says. “Leading up to the wedding, everyone always tells you that there will be that one thing that won’t go as you planned, but we honestly never had that one thing. There was so much love that day from beginning to end; it could not have been more perfect.’’ PARTY TIME “We rented a huge limo bus to take the entire wedding party to the outskirts of Omaha for tons of pictures. Our photographer has the greatest sense of humor and made the entire process so much fun. Everyone in our wedding party has been best friends since freshman year of college or longer, and every time we all get together it is just one huge party.’’ BIGGEST TIP “Try not to sweat the small stuff. Oftentimes the things that you stress about the most are the things that most people would have never noticed in the first place. Give yourself more time than you think you will need, and book everything as early as you can.” MULTI-TASKER “I swear she can do 20 things at once without skipping a beat,’’ Jared says of his bride. She loves his patience. “He really is my perfect match, because we complement each other so well.’’

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claire & ryan JENNA BECHTHOLT PHOTOGRAPHY · MAY 13, 2017 · JM CELLARS, WOODINVILLE, WASHINGTON

ON THE SLOPES The two met on a ski trip to Crested Butte, Colorado, when they were freshmen in college. Their first date was for ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery. OUT OF BREATH Ryan took Claire away for a weekend in Olympic National Park. They stayed at a small cabin on a lake and took a strenuous hike to Lake Crescent. “The view from the lookout was spectacular, and once up there Ryan got down on one knee and proposed. We had been together so long and were both so excited that it was finally happening, it’s hard to describe the moment except that it was full of emotion and love.’’ PERFECT TIMING The forecast was overcast with rain and potential thunderstorms in Washington, but the weather held through the ceremony. “We were extremely stressed about this because we wanted our ceremony and cocktail hour outside, and it ended up working out perfectly. It began to rain while we were under the tent for our reception. It felt almost magical because the sun was going down and the clear tent was dimly lit by candlelight.’’ CHILLY DIP Ryan and his groomsmen jumped off the dock at the lakeside hotel the morning of the wedding. The water was probably about 50 degrees, but the guys decided the night before they were going to do it. They came out single file in their robes and all got down to boxers and jumped in. Claire and her bridesmaids watched and laughed from the balcony. MADE WITH LOVE The groom’s mother, Diane Flynn, handled the reception decor. An interior designer, she and husband Lance

Gunderson flew from Omaha to Seattle with one large suitcase filled with fresh florals and two large boxes packed with everything else. “We didn’t want to risk having anything lost if we used ground shipping,” Diane explains. She decorated the reception tables with vintage lace doilies, air plants and succulents, antique vases and flowers. Claire’s mom, Rhonda, made the macramé chair decorations. Ryan’s sister, Katherine, made cream cheese mints (a Nebraska wedding staple!) in the shape of their cat, Oscar. STOLEN MOMENT Claire met Ryan on the dock outside the Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington before the ceremony. “He told me how beautiful I looked in my dress, and we read notes that we had written to each other that morning.’’ DINNER ANYONE? A food processor, salad spinner and dressing maker were their favorite gifts. “We love to cook dinner, and Ryan is a wonderful cook. He makes the main dish, and I always make the salads, so these tools have been the most fun to add to our nightly routine.’’ The pair didn’t exchange gifts; they’re saving for a trip to Thailand in the spring. BIGGEST TIP Planning for a wedding in the woods was a lot of hard work, but Claire says it was worth it when the weekend arrived. “Try not to get too stressed when you are making decisions. Things that we spent hours agonizing over ended up being fairly insignificant and such a small part of the big picture. No matter what decision you make, your day will be beautiful, and no one will know that there was another way.’’

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REAL WEDDING

jordyn & tyler JESSICA STEDDOM PHOTOGRAPHY · MARCH 26, 2017 · THE LIVING ROOM

CUP OF JOE After meeting through friends at church, their first date was at Starbucks. “We are coffee addicts for sure,’’ Jordyn says. “We sat for three hours and just talked and talked. We both will remember that date forever.’’ PHASE ONE The day of the proposal, Tyler, Jordyn and some friends visited the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln. He surprised her with a multi-phased video he’d put together. “He proceeded to ask me to marry him with all of my close friends surrounding us. It was so special.’’ ON THEIR OWN The couple wanted a simple, sleek and modern wedding, and they planned it all themselves. Personal attendants Haley Hansel and Hannah Reed helped the day flow smoothly. PANIC As they headed to their firstlook location, Jordyn realized she didn’t have her veil. “I had a minor freakout because I had no idea where it was . . . Some friends went back to the apartment to look for it. Luckily, it showed up once I got to the venue.” FAVORITE MOMENT “Tyler’s best men walked him to the middle of a pedestrian bridge downtown and had him stand with his back toward me as my maid of honor and junior maid of honor walked me

down the hill to the bridge. As I crossed the bridge to Tyler, all of our bridesmaids and groomsmen were cheering. I put my hand on Tyler’s shoulder and he turned around. Lots of hugs, kisses and pictures followed. It was definitely a moment to remember forever.’’ KIDS ZONE Their venue had an awesome space next to the dance floor for a corn hole game, a giant Jenga game, and children’s toys. HELP FROM FRIENDS Photographer Jessica Steddom, who lives in Nashville, is a friend from elementary school. “We reconnected last year and traveled to Nashville for our engagement pictures. Then we begged her to travel to Omaha to capture our special day.’’ Friends did her makeup and designed their invitations and place cards. Jordyn’s mom, grandma and aunt did the flowers. Her mom also designed the programs. BIGGEST TIP The wedding planning was fun but stressful. As much as you may think that everything has to be perfect, the little imperfections are what make the day memorable. “As you go through the planning process, take it one step at a time. Being able to check something off the long list is a great feeling.’’

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sharing memories as they happen. Create your own wedding geofilter and invite your Snapchatting guests to post, save and share their Snap Stories as your special day unfolds. Creating a personalized overlay is as easy as uploading your own .png file. Not a graphic designer? Snapchat.com, wedding.wire and many other websites offer filter design templates that can be personalized in a Snap. A growing number of photographers and videographers are making personalized filters, too. “We’ve seen an uptick in requests for personalized filters that almost function like a couple’s logo,” says Spencer Evers, general manager of COMPLETE weddings + events in Omaha. A standard Snapchat filter costs about $50, Evers says. A custom filter and implementation runs about $100. For a tech-savvy couple, he says, it may make sense to jump online and get everything set up yourself. PHOTO: SNAPCHAT.COM

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TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED 1. CREATE YOUR DESIGN Using a computer design program, create an overlay using your own photograph, monogram and hashtag. Save as a .png file. 2. UPLOAD YOUR DESIGN Visit Snapchat.com and select “Use your own” design; click “upload” and select your .png file. 3. NAME IT & DATE IT Name your geofilter. Select the date range for the filter to be active, keeping in mind the cost increases with each 24-hour period. Hint: If you opt to include the rehearsal dinner, schedule two different dates with the same filter to minimize costs during down times. 4. FENCE IT IN “Fence” or draw a box around the map area(s) where wedding festivities will take place. For example, if your wedding is at a hotel, you’ll want to include essentially the entire block. If your event is confined to a venue with a main entrance, you would only need to fence that area. Keep in mind that the larger the area (as defined in square feet), the greater the cost. 5. SUBMIT Log in, submit your order and pay. You’re all set!


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REAL WEDDING

sarah & bryan RACHEL WAKEFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY · DECEMBER 31, 2016 · ONE THOUSAND DODGE

HOW IT BEGAN Sarah and Bryan met through mutual friends in 2010.Their first date was at the Upstream Brewery. WEEKEND TO REMEMBER After exploring the red rocks in Sedona, Arizona, they had an early dinner at Cress on Oak Creek. “Little did I know that dinner typically lasts around two hours. We had an amazing five-course meal and then went for a walk through the resort as the sun was setting.We were standing at an overlook when he proposed. It was perfect.” A VENUE TO LOVE The couple was drawn to the architectural simplicity of historic First Unitarian Church of Omaha. “The big windows with all of the natural light and the painted white woodwork was beautiful.’’ NOT A MOMENT TO WASTE “I couldn’t walk fast enough toward him,” Sarah recalls. “I was so excited to see him and have him see me in my white dress. I loved that we had that moment between us before the ceremony and

reception.” MAGICAL TRANSFORMATION They wanted their black-and-gold wedding for adults-only to be romantic and glamorous. “The decor was amazing, everything from the head table, guest tables, the table in the entryway, and even the cake display blew us away. We couldn’t believe how Dustin (Moorehead) and his team from Creating Atmosphere were able to transform the venue.’’ YOUR CHOICE They had a wedding cake and a variety of cupcakes in vanilla, pink champagne and chocolate. BEST TIP Enjoy the process, Sarah says. “It goes by so quickly and it is such a special time in your lives. Also, ask for help if you need it.’’ EVERLASTING LOVE “Before marriage I never knew how much Bryan truly cared. The time and all the thoughtfulness that went into planning our engagement blew me away. He went above and beyond and made everything incredibly special.’’

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the glue that holds everything together, not just on a couple’s wedding day but throughout the planning process. Chances are you’ll tap a planner for help with at least one meticulous element of your wedding. Here’s what you can expect. BE REALISTIC ABOUT YOUR BUDGET “If you want the ideal Pinterest wedding, complete with your own wedding planner, caviar appetizers and a live band, it’s achievable – for a price,” says Theresa Farrage, event specialist with Scoular Ballroom. “As wedding planners, we want you to have the most perfect dream wedding, but it’s important to know that some dreams come with limitations and price tags. The hardest part of my job is telling someone that their vision doesn’t match their budget. “People ask me all the time, ‘What does the average wedding cost?’ Even with the experience of planning more than 400 events, that is impossible to

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answer, because each event is different. “We have to work through each element to best assess the cost.” IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY “The sooner you get an event designer-planner involved, the easier the process will be,” says Brett Foster of Wowfactore. You’ll benefit from having someone who can guide you, minimize your time and maximize your budget. “There will be details that aren’t on your radar and, if not addressed early, they can create budget and-or timing issues,” Foster says. Bonus: You can let someone else deal with the details so you can truly enjoy your engagement and the wedding. In Foster’s experience, “The energy of an event is even greater when the couple and the family feel confident that the details are handled.” BUT TAKE YOUR TIME “Allow yourself time to shop around for that wedding professional who is a great fit for you, your style and your budget,” Foster advises. You’ll be working closely over several months, so you need to make sure the relationship clicks. When it does, watch the magic! “They will take what’s in your head and bring it to life beyond your expectations.” CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE The wedding countdown generally dictates how often a planner and couple meet, says Tracey Fricke of Occasion Designed. “In the beginning, it is fairly intense and frequent as vendors are interviewed, selected and secured. Then, we typically take a little time to dream and visualize what the event will be


“Aim high with your guest count to start. It’s better to subtract than to add at the last minute.”

like. On average, we’ll meet monthly. It becomes more frequent as we near the wedding date.” BE MINDFUL OF YOUR BUDGET Avoid online budget tools, the pros agree. The best approach is to plug actual bids and quotes into a spreadsheet and be aware of the bottom line from the very first contact or purchase. Make decisions with your head rather than your heart. “We easily work with any and all types of budgets. We try to get our clients to be transparent with us about their total budget and-or budgets for specific elements if we are executing one of our bigger planning packages,” says Steven Finkle of 402 Event Services. “As for sizes of weddings ... the larger the guest count, the more expensive the wedding will be – from the venue’s ability to accommodate the guest count, down to the bar packages.”

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RESPECT THE BIDS YOU GET “A lot of couples think that the wedding industry is rooted in bartering,” observes Farrage. “For many wedding planners, this is our livelihood, and we often cannot decrease our pricing just because our services don’t fit within your budget. You also shouldn’t expect a caterer to cut corners on your behalf or a band to offer you a lower rate because you absolutely have to have them play at your wedding. You wouldn’t walk into a department store and ask the salesperson to reduce the price of a particular handbag just because you’ve always dreamed of owning one. The same rule applies to anyone in the wedding industry, especially when it’s peak season. Please respect our rates and our services.” LIMIT CHANGES “Most vendors give you between 15 and 30 days to update your guest count,” notes Blaine Muhle, designer-coordinator for Memrical. “Make sure to specify any particular requirements as many vendors hold-order items specifically for your day. These things can’t be changed last minute. Clients need to study their vendor contracts; they are in place for a reason. Many work with numerous couples at one time, and many events fall on the same date. Keep an open communication.”  

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EMAIL, TEXT OR PHONE? “Communication is key in this business, so I try to be as accommodating as possible,” Muhle says. “It can depend on the topic of conversation, but I prefer email or text so I have a chain to reference. Questions regarding a bill or invoice should be addressed in an email. If it’s a quick question with a simple oneword answer, then texting is just fine. A phone call is welcome, too. I usually will follow up with an email.” Finkle’s 402 Events doesn’t have a preferred method of communication, “just as long as the clients have an open line of communication with us at all times. Texting is becoming more and more popular with our clients and staff. We expect and want our clients to reach out to us as soon as they have a question, comment or concern. Our management staff is required to have their phones on them at all times for this sole reason. We just ask that we don’t receive any texts or calls between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m.” GIVE AND TAKE Wedding planners can achieve a lot, but they can’t work miracles. That absolute “must-have” detail just might not be achievable. “Sometimes frustration oc-

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curs when the bride and-or groom thinks their way is the only way, and they aren’t willing to bend or accept honest advice,” says Farrage. “When we tell you that something is a bad idea or will not work, listen to our professional advice. It’s not that we want to lessen your experience; we just want you to grasp the reality of the situation. We have had our hands in hundreds, if not thousands, of weddings throughout our careers. Through our own trial and error, we know what works – and what doesn’t.” GO WITH THE FLOW Accept that you can’t control everything. “There are things that happen on the day of, or during the planning process that are out of our hands and our client’s,” Muhle observes. “We do our best to prepare for any issue that might come up and handle it to the best of our ability without too much of a stir.” “Perfection is rarely achieved,” Farrage says. “We try our best to ensure that every detail is taken care of and your timeline operates like clockwork, but things are bound to happen that are out of everyone’s control. A bride once blamed me for rainy weather. Don’t let a minor misstep dampen your day. Chances are if you don’t make a fuss about it, no one else will even notice.”

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“We try to work with all of our clients on changes and demands, but they have to completely understand that weddings and events are very fluid,” says Finkle. “Our contracts specify that there is a cut-off date for large changes. If changes are requested after that date, we will try our hardest but sometimes our inventory, staff and available time just cannot accommodate it.” “We’re seeing more last-minute ideas and changes than I have experienced in my 25 years of planning,” Fricke says. “And unfortunately, this typically equates to higher costs. When couples come up with lastminute ideas, things need to be rushed, and costs are naturally higher.”


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A VIEW ON STATE 13467 State St.

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800

400

A VIEW WEST 4141 N. 156th St.

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300

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ANTHONY'S STEAKHOUSE 7220 F St.

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BEARDMORE EVENT CENTER 3730 Raynor Parkway, Bellevue

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BELLA TERRE 23375 Barrus Road, Glenwood

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CLUB AT INDIAN CREEK, THE 3825 N. 202nd St.

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EMBASSY SUITES DOWNTOWN 555 S. 10th St., Downtown Omaha

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EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON 12520 Westport Parkway, La Vista

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FIRST CENTRAL CONGREGATIONAL 421 S. 36th St.

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FOUNDERS ONE·NINE 1915 Jackson St.

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400

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FOUNTAINS BALLROOM & VINEYARD, THE 51496 230th St., Glenwood

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480

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FOUNTAINS WEST, THE 4714 N. 120th St.

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280

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HILTON OMAHA 1001 Cass St.

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800

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HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN 1420 Cuming St.

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150

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HOLLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 1200 Douglas St.

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330

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HOTEL DECO XV 1504 Harney St.

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130

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JOHNNY'S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 305 N. 170th St.

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65

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KAREN'S FIRESIDE 1214 N. Monroe St., Papillion

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300

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LAURITZEN GARDENS 100 Bancroft St.

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280

300

LIED LODGE/ARBOR DAY FARM 2700 Sylvan Road, Nebraska City

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450

350

MAGNOLIA HOTEL OMAHA 1615 Howard St.

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275

200

MID-AMERICA CENTER One Arena Way, Council Bluffs

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OAK HILLS COUNTRY CLUB 12325 Golfing Green Drive

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245

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OLD MATTRESS FACTORY, THE 501 N. 13th St.

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OMAHA DESIGN CENTER 1502 Cuming St.

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600

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850

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OMAHA PRESS CLUB 1620 Dodge St.

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225

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HILLS EVENT VENUE, THE 7040 N. 102nd Circle

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300

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ORPHEUM THEATER 409 S. 16th St.

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230

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PLAYERS CLUB, THE 12101 Deer Creek Drive

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325

250

RALSTON ARENA 7300 Q St.

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350

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REGENCY LODGE 909 S. 107th Ave.

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250

N/A

RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT 106 S. 15th St.

402-342-4770 marriott.com/omart

50

75

SCOTT CONFERENCE CENTER 6450 Pine St.

402-778-6317 scottcenter.com

500

N/A

SCOULAR BALLROOM 2027 Dodge St.

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300

N/A

UNMC TRUHLSEN CAMPUS EVENTS CENTER 619 S. 42nd St.

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325

N/A

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