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Planning 14 16 18 23 26 27

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Ultimate Reception Guide 84-91

Wedding Professionals Guide 92-95

Ring Basics Smart Spending Online Etiquette Temperatures Modern Registery Photo Checklist

Real Weddings 28 Six Stunning Celebrations

Fashion 49 50 54 56 59

Girls' Night Buying the Gown Gift Guide Trends Gown Feature

Ceremony 68 69 70 72 73 74

Marriage License Perfect Getaway New Traditions Flowers Ask Miss Behave Entertaining Guests

Reception 76 Set the Scene 80 Sweets

Ever After 82 Honeymoons 83 Gratuity Guide

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Volume 10 Issue 2 FALL-WINTER 2012 Editor-in-Chief Chris Christen 402-444-1094 Chris.Christen@owh.com Creative Director & Designer Ananda Spadt 402-444-1351 Ananda.Spadt@owh.com Copy Editor Amy LaMar Imaging & Production Coordinator Patricia “Murphy” Benoit Production Manager Wayne Harty Contributors CTW Features, Daisy Hutzell-Rodman, Kurt A. Keeler, Tina King, Molly Lorincz, Josefina Loza, Meghan Townley, Wendy Townley, Heather Winkel Merchandise Coordinator Cora Rasp Photographers for General Features Jeff Beiermann, Amy Lynn Photography, Chellsey Lynn Photography, Krista Hurst, Daniel Johnson, Molly Lorincz, Janine McClintock Studios, Multi-Images Photography, Lane Weddings, Kent Sievers, Heather Winkel

Real Wedding Images Janine McClintock Studios, Lane Weddings, Lindsey George Photography, Multi-Images Photography, Erin Williams/The Fountains

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MOST VIRAL WEDDING VIDEO

When Caleb and Candra Pence planned a mid-May wedding in Tornado Alley, they apparently knew what they were getting into. Watch the video of their perfectly calm outdoor wedding in Harper, Kansas, with two tornados swirling in the background at http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=X1oFPS5BGWI. Another wild twist: The newlyweds are rodeo professionals. Candra, a native of Plainview, Nebraska, is a barrel racer; Caleb rides bulls.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CATE EIGHMEY PHOTOGRAPHY

BEST STORY SMALL WORLD

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Jessica Bohrer and Jameson Bock met and fell in love. Then the couple figured out that they had gone to the same daycare provider when they were kids. They even have a photo to prove it, which they proudly displayed at their wedding.

MOST TOUCHING FAMILY MOMENT

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JANINE MCCLINTOCK STUDIOS

Melanie Sapikoski paid a special wedding day visit to her terminally ill grandfather. He wasn't able to attend the ceremony, which makes this tender moment even more poignant.

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TASTIEST EDIBLE CONFETTI

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VINTAGE CAKE TOPPERS

GUEST BOOK "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss.

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This 1900s gumpaste and wax cake topper is part of a collection that Patty Deden recently donated to the Douglas County Historical Society. We sighed over the intricately sculpted topper on display at the General Crook House Museum in Omaha. So pretty and delicate. Maybe your grandmother saved hers?

BEST DETAILS MAKE IT PERSONAL

GROOM'S CAKE When Husker mania fills your life, you have to celebrate with a cake in the shape of Lincoln's Memorial Stadium.

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P L A N N I N G the rings

BLING BASICS If a traditional solitaire diamond is a bit too predictable for you, how about an engagement ring with a pop of color? A sapphire or ruby surrounded by diamonds would be perfectly lovely. MULTI-IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY

BUYING TRENDS

How will your jewelry purchases rank nationally? Average cost of an engagement ring: $5,200. Average stone size: 1 carat for the center stone, 1.4 carats in total stones. Most popular gemstone cuts: Round (53 percent); Princess (30 percent). Most popular engagement ring metal: White gold (73 percent). Average time groom spent shopping for an engagement ring: Three months. Average cost of a wedding band: $150 for gold, $700 for platinum. Average actually spent on wedding rings: $1,560 for her, $731 for him. Most couples tried to keep costs in check, with only 12 percent spending more than $8,000 on an engagement ring. Average amount spent on a luxury wedding ring: $13,500. Source: TheKnot.com’s 2011 Engagement & Jewelry Study

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iamonds may be a girl’s BFF, but sapphires, rubies, tourmalines and other colored stones are getting chummy too. Kate Middleton’s famously dazzling18-carat sapphire engagement ring sparked a rush on the blue gemstone last winter. But the shift to color was trending well before Prince William slipped his mother's sapphire and diamond heirloom onto Kate's finger. Jackie Kennedy wore a diamond and emerald engagement ring from Van Cleef & Arpels. More recently, Nicole Richie flashed an ultra-modern pink sapphire in 2005; Jessica Simpson got a Neil Lane ruby sparkler from fiancé Eric Johnson last November; and Penelope Cruz wears a vintage sapphire and diamond ring. If color is what you want, drop the hint! A gorgeous gemstone never goes out of style. WEIGHING YOUR OPTIONS - You can expect to pay about $7,000 for a good-quality 1.5-carat diamond engagement ring. A ruby of comparable size runs about $3,000; a sapphire, $1,490. Other stones with great value include topaz, tanzanite, tourmaline and aquamarine. - The four Cs that distinguish diamonds – cut, color, clarity and carat weight – apply to colored stones too. A colored stone’s durability should be a consideration (especially if you’ll be wearing your engagement ring 24/7). On the Mohs scale of gem hardness, a diamond ranks 10 out of 10; sapphire and ruby, 9; emerald, 7.5 to 8; certain garnets, 6.5 to 7.5; turquoise, 5 to 6. - Be careful when choosing your sapphire. Cheap ones can look almost black; the more expensive stones will exhibit rich blues. Many sapphires are treated in some way, usually through a heating process that enhances the beauty of the stone. Keep in mind that you’re not limited to blue. The hardworking sapphire also shows up in purple, pink, yellow, green and even colorless versions. THE NEW DIAMOND SETTING - Still have your heart set on a diamond but want something sexier than a round- or princess-cut solitaire? Halo settings are getting lots of attention. They’re created by a small round set of diamonds surrounding a large center diamond. The setting, inspired by Princess Di’s engagement ring, gives the ring a bigger look, says Jeff Hunt of Brodkey’s Jewelers in Omaha. The diamond cuts of the moment are cushion (oblong pillow), emerald (rectangular) and asscher (square). FOR HIM

White, gray and black metals, including tungsten carbide, titanium, stainless steel and cobalt are popular. Comfort and durability are huge considerations for the guys. Look for “comfort fit” rings with rounded interiors that feel good against his finger.


PLANNING

prioritize

SMART SPENDING Once you've set your wedding budget, you'll need to determine your spending priorities. Then once you've agreed on what's most important to you, use our flow chart to steer your dollars where they'll count the most. MULTI-IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY

HIGH PRIORITY

The average cost of a U.S. wedding hit $27,000 last year, according to TheKnot.com. If you'll be purchasing mostly everything, here's what you can expect to pay.

WHERE THE MONEY GOES

MEDIUM PRIORITY

LOW PRIORITY

Keep your budget in check by getting creative. If you save on some services, you can free up money for things you will really appreciate.

If you could care less about it, why spend a lot of money on it? Here are ways to dramatically cut costs.

Rental for church or other ceremony site, $500 to $1,800.

Venue

Outdoor settings generally require fewer rentals and less decorating.

Choose an off-season date (October through April) for discounts.

Custom invitations for 250 to 400 guests, $4 to $10 per invite, plus save-the-date cards.

Guest List

Opt for an intimate wedding, inviting only immediate family and close friends. Have an RSVP postcard to save on postage.

Limit your guest list to your immediate family and closest friends. Send out premade invitations. Ask guests to RSVP online or by phone.

Couture gown, $2,000 to $10,000. (His tuxedo rental, $200-$250.)

The Dress

Shop for a discounted floor sample or a gown offered off the rack. (Put your groom in a new suit.)

Wear a special-occasion dress, or rent or borrow a gown. (Put him in a suit or something even more casual.)

Live music for the ceremony, soloist, $300; jazz or classical ensemble, $500 to $1,000.

Ceremony

Ask talented friends to sing/play for the ceremony as their wedding gift to you.

Hook up an Mp3 player to a speaker system and ask a friend to hit "play" at the appropriate times.

Videographer, $400 to $2,000, depending on the complexity of the package.

Videography

Ask a couple of friends to record your day, and hire a videographer to edit the footage.

Have a friend videotape special moments and burn the footage to a disc.

Rental for reception venue, $500 to $2,500. Catering, add $25 to $125 per person. Linens, $800 to $1,000.

Reception

Host the wedding and reception at one location.

Hold your reception at a private home or reserve a city park shelter for free.

Open bar through caterer or venue, $3,000 to $5,000, depending on number of guests. Plus 15 percent gratuity for servers and bartenders.

Beverages

Choose a venue that allows outside alcohol to be brought in. Offer a signature drink, beer and wine.

Offer a cash bar and set out a tip jar for the bartenders.

Professional photographer for entire day, $2,000 to $8,000, depending on experience and the package you choose.

Photography

Hire a professional for a few hours and rely on friends and family for your candids.

Ask guests to email you their best photos from the wedding and reception.

Live band or combo, $500 to $1,200; DJ ,$300.

Music

Hire a DJ for $300.

Set up a laptop with a playlist. Assign someone to keep an ear out for problems.

Special-order cake, $2 to $6 per person, depending on flavor and design.

The Cake

Buy a modest cake for display and generic sheet cakes for serving to guests.

Buy a few generic one-tier cakes, set them on pretty stands and decorate with stems of garden-fresh flowers.

Flowers for wedding party, the church and the reception, $3,000 to $4,000.

Flowers

Order flowers for your wedding party and a couple of arrangements, $1,500 to $1,800.

Borrow vases; buy bunches of fresh flowers and make a couple of arrangements. Forego a bouquet.

Price ranges are for illustrative purposes and should be used as a general guide only.

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ONLINE ETIQUETTE

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t all starts with a status update or tweet: "We’re getting married!" According to Brides magazine’s 2011 American Wedding Study, 17 percent of brides used a social media app to help plan their wedding, shop for wedding wares or register for gifts. But with all of those status updates comes a little common sense.

Don’t Broadcast to Everyone Once upon a time, people who weren’t invited to your nuptials didn’t hear much about the event. But with 24/7 sharing, once you start being vocal, people might assume they’re invited and then you may have hurt feelings. To update only those included in the celebration, create a limited group on Facebook of only friends and family who are invited to the wedding. This is an appropriate place to ask for advice, such as if you’re searching for a great DJ or calligrapher.

Do Limit Photos After the big day, you may want to ask guests to share the photos they post only with friends who attended the wedding. You may have said that it would be a small wedding, but those who weren’t included will see in photos and posts that 400 people were invited.

Don’t Overload Guests With Info

You’re only limited by your

Imagination

Be careful not to post too often so guests aren’t overwhelmed with your wedding plans before they’re seated for the ceremony. It’s best to create a separate wedding website where you can post all the details of the big day that guests can check at their own convenience.

Don't Send E-vites Breaking tradition might be tempting, but print invitations really are the only way to go. “You want your guests to take your wedding as seriously as you do,” says Anna Post, coauthor of “Emily Post’s Etiquette” (William Morrow, 2011). Not everyone uses the Internet, so e-vites threaten to exclude older guests and relatives who are less tech-savvy. Also, the tradition of the printed invitation is something many guests will appreciate. A computer screen just doesn’t have the same gravitas.

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When it comes to the RSVP, avoid social media. “I do not recommend a situation when your wedding guest list is public,” Post says. “Who are you showing it to? All of the people who are not invited? It’s not even the traditional aspect – it could hurt someone’s feelings.” It’s best to keep the RSVP process private so you can control who sees your invitation.


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OMAHA TEMPERATURES

Simply elegant. Naturally beautiful.

Rain on your wedding day is considered lucky. Sweltering heat is not.

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ON AVERAGE July is the warmest month. January is the coolest month. May is the wettest month. January is the driest month and has the most cloudy days. October has the most clear days.

Average Monthly Precipitation: .7 inches FEBRUARY

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Average Monthly Precipitation: 4.1 inches

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HERE COMES THE SUN Consider timing your outdoor wedding for sunset when your guests will see you say your vows in the warm glow of the sun. If you’re having a daytime outdoor wedding, orient the ceremony so that the sun will be on guests’ backs, not in their eyes.

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P L A N N I N G from the experts

MODERN REGISTRY B y M e g h a n To w n l e y TABLE SCAPE ARRANGED BY MINDELL RETHWISCH & NICOLE JOHNSON; PHOTO BY DANIEL JOHNSON

Should you pick out a china pattern or opt for a lawn mower or a grill? If you need it, put it on your list without apologies. Practicality rules.

R

egistering for gifts can be a dilemma. Nancy Lee, president of MyRegistry.com, believes in taking a pragmatic approach. “In the past, people thought they had to get that fine china. Brides now want to be more practical . . . They need a lot of other things that are not fine china or crystal.” Newlyweds Beth and Andy Mark took a nontraditional approach to their registry and ended up with lots of things they love, including a tent, sleeping bags, camping cookware and a KitchenAid mixer. "We thought that some of our friends would rather contribute toward our exploring and adventuring than purchase a Crock-Pot (although I do love my Crock-Pot)," says Beth. She and Andy made selections in three categories: practical, traditional and unique/fun. They registered at Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate & Barrel and MyRegistry.com. Items on MyRegistry.com came from places like Anthropologie, REI and west elm. In retrospect, they wish they had registered for a larger, more heavy-duty food processor and a good-quality vacuum. A pair of bikes also would have been nice. Overall, though, "We did a really good job of selecting items that are practical and that we know we'll use," Beth says. "Admittedly, our china is still in boxes, and there are other items we aren't using due to space. When we buy a home, however, I know we'll use everything." She estimates that 50 percent to 60 percent of their guests selected items from their registry. Beth suggests thinking about whether or not you want to go the traditional route. She may have reconsidered registering for china. "Although I really love our china, we visited a bunch of neighborhood garage sales after our wedding and saw several vintage china sets we liked for insanely marked-down prices."

TIPS FROM BETH & ANDY MARK

- It's OK to register for practical, traditional and fun gifts. - Be creative, yet think about the limitations of your space and your culinary skills. While it may be swell to have that fabulous gourmet kitchen appliance, it might make more sense to buy it down the road. - Be honest. Go beyond the traditional and choose things from boutiques and sporting goods stores, but only add what you really want.

KITCHEN MUST-HAVES

BE CHOOSEY Instead of registering for a whole set of cookware, select individual pieces that suit your needs. For eggs and sautéed vegetables, choose moderately priced nonstick skillets. To sear burgers, steaks and chops, you’ll want a seasoned cast-iron skillet.

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GO HEAVY Nothing beats a heavyweight stainless steel or enameled cast-iron Dutch oven for soups, stews and one-dish dinners. BE PRACTICAL Think carefully about your lifestyle and be realistic about whether you’ll ever set a table with silverrimmed china and cut crystal. And do you really want to polish silver?

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THINK ABOUT ENTERTAINING Register for at least 12 place settings. Chances are that you’ll be entertaining at least that many people over the holidays and even at informal gatherings. BAKING A stand mixer is great if you like to bake. If not, a space-saving hand mixer will do.

FOR EVERY DAY Choose food-flattering, all-white plates or plates with a handcrafted look for both everyday and company use. Consider stemless wine glasses. PARE DOWN Skip a knife block with 10 or more knives. A chef’s knife, a small utility knife and a serrated bread slicer can handle just about all of your kitchen prep work. A handheld or electric knife sharpener is a good idea.

DAILY TOOLS Stick to the basics when it comes to small electric appliances. Sign up for a coffeemaker and a toaster or toaster oven for crisping bagels, warming muffins, reheating pizza and even for doubling as a second oven. Source: Sharon Franke, Good Housekeeping Research Institute product analyst and blogger.


PHOTO CHECKLIST A week or so before the ceremony, supply the photographer with a list of moments that are important to you. Keep in mind that each shot will take about four minutes.

The Big Day is Better when Shared

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JESSICA & DANIEL

HOW THEY MET Daniel Scheuerman was singing at an open mic night at a bar in Arlington, Virginia, when Jessica Rial walked in. “Her eyes caught me immediately. It was love at first sight,” he says. They bonded over Bright Eyes and Cursive, musical groups they both love. The couple has a basement apartment in Washington, D.C.’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood. He plays in a touring band and teaches literacy. She works for a non-profit that helps strengthen arts and cultural roots in neighborhoods and communities across the country. “Jessica is a planner, and a steady and loving influence in my hectic life,” says Daniel.

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WHERE HE PROPOSED On the skywalk overlooking the rainforest canopy at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington. Daniel took Jessica there to replay a memory from their first date. “I missed a golden opportunity to have our first kiss there, and I wanted to fix that memory,” Daniel says. MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT When Daniel sang an original song for his bride during the ceremony. FUNNIEST MOMENT A surprise serenade by the groom’s brother, Vince, as the bridal party was getting ready in the church basement. INTERESTING DETAIL Guests contributed to a Blessing Tree inspired by Yoko Ono's Wish Tree in Washington.

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SHE WORE Gracie silk grown by J. Crew and a custom veil by Twigs & Honey HE WORE A black tuxedo from Anthony’s Formal Wear RINGS Boone & Sons Jewelers, Washington, D.C. FLORIST Nikole Sorenson CAKE Gerda’s German Restaurant and Bakery

CATERER Brandeis Catering PHOTOGRAPHER Janine McClintock Studios

MUSIC Karen Schrader, Maria Stanton, Dominic Campanaro and Ellen Kresha HONEYMOON Stella Maris Resort, Long Island, Bahamas WHAT HE GAVE HER Pearl teardrop earrings WHAT SHE GAVE HIM Cuff links

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CHRIS & CORI

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ori Perdue and Chris Schmid both enjoy international travel, but a long-distance relationship wasn’t exactly what either had in mind when Chris landed a job in Mexico City. After a four-month separation, Chris closed the 1,500-mile gap and returned to the girl of his dreams in Nebraska. A job later took the couple to Atlanta for a year and a half, but now they’re happy to be back in Omaha with family and friends.

HOW THEY MET Chris and Cori attended the same middle school, high school and college. While they knew of each other, they never formally met until a mutual friend’s wedding after college. HOW HE PROPOSED The couple had just moved from Omaha to Atlanta. They were in their apartment when she started crying,

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obviously homesick for her parents and Nebraska. Chris suggested they watch a movie, and he went into the bedroom to find instructions for hooking up the DVD player. He called Cori for help and handed her a stack of papers. She looked up, and he was on one knee asking her to marry him. The “DVD instructions” were actually tickets to the Bahamas. Their flight left the next day.


SILLIEST MOMENT There were three, actually. 1) When the bridal party put on aviator-style sunglasses and entered the ballroom to the tune of “Highway to the Danger Zone.” 2) When the priest borrowed a pair of aviators to give the blessing before the meal. 3) When the maid of honor stood to give a serious toast, then yelled, “Hit it!” and rapped her entire speech to the theme song from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

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DÉCOR DETAIL Each table had a photo card revealing a fast fact about the newlyweds. Guests said that they enjoyed going from table to table to read about the couple’s courtship, hobbies, travel adventures and culinary interests.

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FLORIST Florals etcetera CAKE Cake Lady Karen CATERER Catering Creations

PHOTOGRAPHER Multi-Images Photography MUSIC Bandstand Music RENTALS Scoular Ballroom HONEYMOON Secrets Resorts, Sanctuary Cap Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AAA Travel

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Kyle Mogensen and Tabatha Thorne had a heyday planning a countrythemed wedding that was inexpensive, stress-free and as comfortable as a pair of favorite jeans. Against a backdrop of a big red barn, the Papillion, Nebraska, couple incorporated chicks-and-hens, cowboy boots, mason jars, garden flowers, and fried chicken and mashed potatoes. HOW THEY MET While boating with friends at Beaver Lake near Plattsmouth, Nebraska. HOW HE PROPOSED Kyle and Tabatha were at a lake house with friends the day before Thanksgiving. Kyle left Tabatha’s side to change their daughter’s diaper. When he returned, the baby was wearing a white onesie that read,

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“Mommy, will you marry Daddy?” Kyle went down on one knee and popped the question as their friends looked on. “It was perfect,” Tabatha says. MEMORABLE MOMENT Kyle’s reaction to seeing his bride before the start of the ceremony. “He was definitely nervous but all smiles,” Tabatha recalls.

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SWEETEST MOMENT Their daughter, Piper, tearing it up on the dance floor. IDEA WORTH STEALING The bride applied chalkboard paint to a galvanized bucket, wrote “cards” in chalk and placed the bucket near the guest book. INTERESTING DETAIL The wedding seemed so down-toearth and genuine, we just had to feature it on our cover as well as in our promotions for the Wedding Essentials Idea Show in October.

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KYLE & TABATHA

SHE WORE An original short strapless dress by Sharon Van Fleet of Omaha HE WORE A gray tuxedo from Men's Wearhouse RINGS Brodkey’s Jewelers FLORIST Brown Floral & Creations, Plattsmouth CAKE Tina Mogensen and Jan Ruhge CATERER No Frills Supermarkets PHOTOGRAPHER Lindsey George Photography MUSIC Benjamin Doll, Image Entertainment RENTALS United Rent-All HONEYMOON Jamaica

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HOW HE PROPOSED Eric Otte and Courtney Gibson were celebrating their four-year anniversary on January 14, 2011, when he popped the question. They went ice skating and then had dinner at Vivace's in the Old Market. "We had been skating for about 20 minutes when Eric fell. As he got up, he pretended to slip and fall again. Rather than get up all the way, he knelt on one knee, pulled the ring out from his pocket and asked me to marry him.”

INTERESTING WEDDING DETAIL The couple created a lounge area underneath the double staircase at The Fountains with white drapes and soft purple lighting. The area was furnished with white high-gloss and tufted lounge-style furniture, purple glow cubes and silver Manzanita trees. MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT Courtney and Eric reserved some quiet time just for themselves, "to calm our nerves and to embrace each other and the day.'' However, the most memorable moment for both of them came at the beginning of the ceremony. "I walked down the aisle and stopped where the chairs for our guests began. Eric was facing the other way so he couldn't see me. When he turned around and we started walking toward each other, we both were holding back tears. . .There was a feeling of love that neither of us had ever felt before.”

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Courtney and Eric met at the Mahoney State Park wave pool when Courtney, just 14, was on vacation with her family and Eric, then 16, was a lifeguard. After being tipped off from a cousin that Courtney thought he was cute (she liked his long, curly “surfer” hair), Eric blew his whistle and signaled Courtney to his chair. She went home with his number. The couple didn't start dating until three years later.

SHE WORE Victoria Nicole white silk organza gown from Wedding Bliss Bridal Salon in Kansas City, Missouri WHAT HE WORE Ralph Lauren tuxedo from Men's Wearhouse RINGS Helzberg Diamonds FLORIST Tracy Diehl, Florals etcetera CAKE Whisked Away CATERER Upstream Brewery PHOTOGRAPHER Erin Williams, The Fountains MUSIC Peter Merry, Merry Weddings Inc. RENTALS Memrical Design Studio WEDDING PLANNER Carrie Dayton HONEYMOON St. Lucia, arranged by Sandals Grande INVITATIONS Kaleigh Weise, Méldeen GUEST FAVORS Christopher Elbow Artisan Chocolates, Kansas City WHAT HE GAVE HER A sapphire and diamond tennis bracelet WHAT SHE GAVE HIM Oakley sunglasses

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HOW THEY MET Alex and Ashley met during their senior year of high school. She was working as a teller at Farmers & Merchants Bank in Ashland, Nebraska. Alex would come into the bank to deposit checks or take out money just so he could talk with Ashley. “It took him over three weeks to ask me out,” the bride says.

HOW HE PROPOSED “Our immediate families went to Colorado together over Thanksgiving. We were snowboarding when we decided to take a snow cat up into the bowls (above the tree line). We hiked to the highest point of the mountain, which had a 360-degree view of the Rockies. Alex had his sister snap our picture. Right as we were posing, Alex dropped to one knee. I was so shocked that I said he was crazy, and he had to ask again.”

MEMORABLE MOMENT “Praying with our parents (at the start of the ceremony). Both of our families support us, and their blessing was the best part of the whole event.” FUNNEST MOMENT “Dancing down the aisle after we were announced as husband and wife and then watching our wedding party do the same."

SHE WORE A lightly beaded cream mermaid dress with spaghetti straps and a deep V back from Elegant Occasions in Lincoln HE WORE A new suit RINGS Nebraska Diamond FLORIST Family members made the centerpieces and bouquets CAKE Family friend Jeanette Harms of Ashland, Nebraska CATERER Old Mattress Factory PHOTOGRAPHER Lane Hickenbottom, Lane Weddings MUSIC iPod playlist over sound system HONEYMOON Cancun TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS Enchanted Honeymoons

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HOW THEY MET Brieanna Cernik and Tyler Huerta met in August 2011. Tyler was home on military leave from the Air Force when they were introduced by mutual friends at a local bar. The couple hit it off immediately, talked the next day and had their first date a couple of days later. They were practically inseparable for the next three weeks leading up to Tyler’s departure for a two-year military assignment in England. HOW HE PROPOSED Brieanna and Tyler talked via Skype for hours at a time every day for four months. “I went to visit him and things were amazing the whole time,” Brieanna recalls. “We talked about where we were in our relationship and how we both wanted to be together forever.” Brieanna returned home, and a short time later Tyler popped the question via Skype. FUNNIEST MOMENT Brieanna’s brother – the man of honor – rewrote Alan’s speech from the “Hangover” to relate it to their family.

INTERESTING DETAIL They planned their wedding in three stressful months to coincide with Tyler's next military leave. Two weeks after their wedding, Brieanna joined Tyler in England. THEIR FIRST LOOK Tyler was alone in the church just before their wedding guests started arriving. Brieanna approached him from behind and turned him toward her. No one else was around (except for their wedding photographer). “It was really the only time the whole day when we got to have a moment to ourselves and take everything in,” Brieanna says. WHAT THEY LEARNED “Don't get stressed over the little things. It all works out. Enjoy every moment of the day. It goes so fast, and in the end it’s about the two of you and no one else.”

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TYLER & BRIEANNA

SHE WORE Ivory gown from David’s Bridal HE WORE A black tux with ivory shirt and vest from Men’s Wearhouse RINGS Rogers Jewelers FLORIST Tracy Diehl, Florals etcetera CAKE Lorraine's Cakes CATERER Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Omaha PHOTOGRAPHER Lane Hickenbottom, Lane Weddings MUSIC Michael Walker, the Vintage Vocalist WEDDING COORDINATOR James Laurent, Doubletree Hotel by Hilton HONEYMOON Las Vegas

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FA S H I O N

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Couture ELLYNNE BRIDAL 4400 S. 70th St., Lincoln www.ellynnebridal.com 402-489-7770

SUBLIME BRIDAL 16902 Wright Plaza, Omaha www.sublimebridal.com 402-932-9370

READY OR KNOT 2810 S. 110th Court, Omaha www.readyorknotweddings.com 402-885-4883

RHYLAN LANG 120 Regency Parkway, Omaha www.rhylanlang.com 402-933-3510

Providing a memorable, princesslike, couture bridal shopping experience is owner Lynne Rustad's mantra. Her store features open spaces, tall, ornate mirrors and four-foot-wide pedestals so brides can get the full effect of each gown’s appearance. With chandeliers and a white baby grand piano in the background, it's hard for brides to feel like anything but royalty. Rustad travels to New York City, Paris and Barcelona looking for couture gowns that she can offer at “Nebraska prices.” Price range: $1,000 to $10,000. Lines include: Alfred Sung, Alvina Valenta and Watters & Watters. Fifty dress rentals available.

Technology enhances the shopping experience at progressive Sublime Bridal, a sister boutique at Shops of Legacy to nearby Sublime Couture. The shop's associates spend time with brides, browsing images of gorgeous gowns on an inhouse iPad. Once the bride's style is identified, the associates bring out dresses to try on. “If you look at a dress on a rack, it’s pretty difficult to tell what you are looking at,” says owner Nicole Panneton. Appointments recommended. Price range: $800 to $3,500. Lines include: Justin Alexander, Pronovias, Tony Bowls White Collection and Enzoani Blue.

Owner Jocelyn Robertshaw provides one-on-one attention to brides and their maids in her intimate “wedding chic” boutique at Rockbrook Village. She specializes in carefully curated gowns (many exclusive to this Nebraska retailer). Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended “to ensure we can devote our time and space to your gown search.” Watch for trunk shows. Price range: $1,000 to $6,000 for wedding gowns, and $200 to $450 for bridesmaids’ dresses. Lines include: Modern Trousseau, Ivy & Aster and Nicole Miller. Some gowns are from designers whom brides might have traveled to larger cities to find in the past.

Opening this past July, Rhylan Lang at Regency Court fills the niche of a high-end bridal experience, says Owner Tracy Ponec. She hopes to continue to bring in designer gowns that Omaha brides drove to larger cities to find in the past. The store has a modern feel. Mondays are open to walk-ins, but brides are better off making an appointment. Sessions last an hour and 45 minutes. Friends and family are welcome to watch their bride model dresses on the pedestal. Price range: $1,600 to $6,000, with most falling in the $2,200 to $3,800 range. Lines include: Anne Barge, Lusan Mandongus, Hayley Paige, Bliss by Monique Lhuillier and Badgley Mischka.

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Custom Work

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A BRIDAL BOUTIQUE 2243 Franklin St., Bellevue www.abridalboutique.net 402-502-0099

BRIDAL TRADITIONS 2737 S. 140th St., Omaha www.bridaltraditionsomaha.com 402-397-2525

VON MAUR 10010 California St., Omaha www.vonmaur.com 402-390-0381

BRIDAL GOWN OUTLET 3920 N. 27th St., Lincoln www.gownoutlet.com 402-464-3204

Customization is the niche at this shop in Old Town Bellevue, where Margie Guy, owner and executive fashion designer, sells her own line of customizable gowns. Guy also has the exclusive Omaha area rights to sell several other unadvertised lines. “If you can imagine it and articulate it, we can do it,” Guy says. She can turn dresses around fairly quickly, requiring less than a six-month lead time. Gown sizes range from 6 to 30, with about 400 dresses in stock in the shop. For green-minded brides, Guy offers eco-friendly gowns made of sustainable materials – including recycled cotton. She also carries her own line of flower girl dresses, as well as custom veils, garters and other accessories. The shop opened in December 2011, but Guy has worked in the Omaha wedding gown business for nine years. By appointment only. Price range: Fully custom gowns are available for less than $2,000.

Known for its variety of “midluxury” gowns (meaning high-quality designer gowns in the mid-price range), this 15-year-old shop moved a bit farther west in February to its new 11,000-square-foot location near Oak View Mall. Bridal Traditions provides large fitting rooms, multiple runways and pedestal areas for showing gowns off to several friends. No appointment necessary, but brides can make appointments to ensure one-on-one service. Price range: $1,000 to $1,500, although the store carries gowns from $800 to $2,000. Lines include: Maggie Sottero, Pronovias and Allure Bridals.

It’s been easy for mothers-ofthe-bride to find gowns at Von Maur at Westroads Mall for many years, but contemporary-minded brides are having great luck now, too, since the store added bridal gowns two years ago. Wedding dresses are less formal here, with the inventory being ideal for second marriages and destination weddings. Currently, 1920s-inspired looks are popular. Von Maur offers pre-opening appointments for brides and bridal parties who would like to schedule them. Price range: $200 to $900.

Brides who like a bargain – and the ability to walk out the door with a dress they just bought – will have fun scouting for “the one” among the more than 1,300 gowns at this Lincoln store. A more casual approach to dress shopping is offered here, and no appointments are necessary. “We want people to relax and have fun,” says owner Cheryl Thompson. All the gowns are new, and in many cases, what you’re buying is the gown you’re holding. Some, however, can be reordered. There is plenty of room within the store to model dresses for friends. It also offers customizable veils, headpieces and garters. Price range: $99 to $800, and customers can get a better price if they pay by cash or check. Lines include: Mori Lee, Da Vinci Bridal and Alfred Angelo.

DAVID’S BRIDAL 535 N. 98th St., Omaha and 4 Gateway Mall, Lincoln www.davidsbridal.com 877-923-2743 You could easily spend hours trolling the David's Bridal website. Gowns are categorized almost every way you could hope to search for them – by designer, trend, silhouette, figure type and celebrity style. The stores tend to be busy on weekends, as the staff is also helping customers look for party gowns. For quieter shopping, plan to visit on a weekday or book an appointment. Alterations are done in-house. Price range: $100 to $1,500, with most about $500. Lines include: Vera Wang, Galina and Oleg Cassini.

EXCLUSIVE FORMAL WEAR DRESSES 2523 S. 174th Plaza, Omaha www.exclusiveformalwear dresses.com 402-301-3774 The price points lure many brides into this west Omaha shop, as do the quick ordering turnaround times (sometimes as little as a week). Also available: handmade headpieces and tutu-style flower girl dresses, which can be ordered in any color. The current location – across the street from the Shops of Legacy – replaces the former one at Eagle Run. Appointments are strongly suggested. Price range: $300 to $1,500. Line: The primary line offered by owners Michelle Peterson and Jean Windreich is Da Vinci Bridal.

SUBURBAN BRIDAL 14510 F St. www.bridaldesigns-sb.com 402-255-0022 Suburban Bridal has been a mainstay on the Omaha bridal scene for nearly 45 years. Motherdaughter owners Mary Lou Scherer and Lisa Haeffner pride themselves in catering to brides of every budget. Find gowns at 30 percent to 50 perfect off retail prices, fall in love with an exclusive label or embrace the ultimate bridal experience of having the store’s design team customize a gown from the shop's vast inventory. Suburban Bridal has a casual yet elegant atmosphere with spacious fitting rooms and friendly bridal associates. Appointments recommended.

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A M AT E R I A L W O R L D The best wedding dress is one made with fabrics that you love. Here’s a cheat sheet to help you describe the drape and feel you're after when you go dress shopping.

Silks Silk is revered for its luster, drape and varied finishes. Silk duchess satin – This heavier fabric exudes luxury with a sheen and richness. Its structural stability makes it a great canvas for designer ornamentation. Silk charmeuse – Renowned for its drape, durability and shine, silk charmeuse feels like heaven with its smooth, free-flowing texture. Great for sheaths. Silk dupioni – A lustrous fabric crisp to the touch with a nubby texture. It comes in medium to heavy weights and doesn’t wrinkle, which makes it great for a free-flowing gown. Silk taffeta – This flat fabric rustles as it moves; terrific for fuller-bodied gowns.

Sheers Chiffon – This fabric has a see-through, slightly stretchy, crepe-like texture. Available in silk and polyester, chiffon has an amazing ability to keep you warm or cool depending on the season.

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Finishing Touches Custom Fresh or Silk Floral Bouquets Cake Tops Balloons Candles Tiaras Custom Centerpieces Mint Molds Veils Invitations & Thank Yous Guest Books Toasting Glasses

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Organza – Lightweight and sheer, this fabric is a workhorse both in silk and polyester. Its stiffness lends itself to great architectural styling and provides interest as a layering piece. Tulle – This lightweight fabric made from silk, nylon or rayon is often starched for stiffness. Soft and airy, tulle is great for layering for a voluminous effect without the weight.

Laces Alencon – This is a French needlepoint with a floral design on a sheer net background. Its light, delicate appearance belies its strength. Chantilly – A lighter lace on a mesh background usually done in elaborate floral patterns and outlined in heavy silky thread.

Trend watch A fabric can make a specific silhouette sing. Buy a sheath in chiffon or all-over lace for a romantic effect. Body-conscious styles such as the mermaid silhouette take to silk taffeta. Silk crepe or embroidered lace works well for slip gowns. Leading labels are giving fabrics makeovers in ruffled layers. The spring line at Watters & Watters, for example, includes a V-neck gown in hammered silk charmeuse, a silk mousseline gown in a textured chiffon and a separates ensemble with a skirt crafted from washed silk organza. Everything is ultra feminine with an emphasis on texture and contrast.


CARE 101 Your bridal gown deserves lots of TLC before and after the ceremony. Courtney Engh of Omaha Lace Cleaners/Fashion Cleaners offers these tips for keeping your dress its loveliest before, during and after your wedding day.

Before the Wedding - For destination weddings requiring air travel, call ahead to see what type of storage the airline offers for your gown. Some may allow you to hang your dress, while others may insist that it be checked.

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- The best way to store your dress prior to the wedding is to hang it using the fabric hooks sewn inside the gown. Stuff it with acid-free tissue paper to help it keep its form. “Acid-free tissue paper is your best friend,” says Engh. However, acid-neutral is not the same as acidfree. - If you must put your dress in a box before the big day, either have a gown specialist do it for you or use white cotton sheets to surround the gown in your suitcase. Create as few folds as possible.

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- To eliminate minor wrinkling, try hanging the gown in a steamy bathroom. If the gown needs pressing, it’s better to be safe than sorry and take it to a dry cleaner that is a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. - If you’re nervous about storing the dress or transporting it to the wedding site, Omaha Lace can be hired to do both. Its delivery trucks are designed so gowns can hang without being folded.

After the Wedding - Do take your gown in for hand-cleaning and preservation by specialists, and be sure to go over the process with the staff. Let them know about any spills, including whether or not you used club soda to remove them. Sugar-based stains such as those from champagne, soda and cake frosting may not show up right away, but they will caramelize and turn brown with time if they aren’t treated. - Avoid cleaning and preservation techniques that require vacuum sealing. Fabric needs to breathe, says Engh, and it’s important to be able to handle the dress once a year or so – while wearing white cotton gloves – so air can move around it. Never store a wedding gown in an attic or basement where changing temperatures could damage it. - Consider keeping the gown. “You’ve spent so much time and energy finding that gown, and it would be a shame not to have it,” Engh says. While it may seem to be taking up space now, you may decide to pass the dress on to a daughter or granddaughter. Or you may enjoy having the dress made into christening sets for future babies or into ring bearer pillows or wedding handkerchiefs to pass down.

Have a destination wedding without leaving town. Say, “I do” at the Zoo. Celebrate your day in the newly completed Education Conference Center at the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium, featuring a 25’ tropical reef aquarium. For rental details, call (402) 738-2088.

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FA S H I O N

gift guide

T H O U G H T F U L D E TA I L S They've been through a lot with you. Show your wedding party how much their friendship means to you with little luxuries that they can use every day.

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For the Groom PARTY CENTRAL

Toast your new life together with a double-tap kegorator. We like Nostalgia Electric's Double Kegorator Twin-Tap Beer Keg Fridge, model KRS-6100SS, $699, at Sears.

Spring Street jewelry box, $20. Von Maur

Live Love Laugh Dream by Brighton eau de parfum, 1.7 fl. oz., $44. Periwinkles for Her, Westroads

GET STEAMY IN THE KITCHEN

Refine his culinary skills with seafood through Chef Claude's Cooking Class and Lobster Bake. Classes meet monthly at Fisher Fixture, 1911 Jackson St. Sign up well in advance at 402-933-9669. HAND IT TO HIM

Bring out your stud's inner sophistication with a handsome carry-all that doubles as a carryon. Find handmade canvas and leather utility totes from Omaha's Artifact Bag Co., $145 and $175, at Denim Saloon.

Heritage bath soaps from Crabtree & Evelyn that coordinate with your wedding colors, $10 each. www.Crabtree-Evelyn.com

HOME MOVIES

For your adventure lover: A sporty, high-tech video camera that attaches to his helmet, snowboard goggles, surfboard, wakeboard, bike or car. $299, at Rockbrook Camera.

Coach wristlet, Signature collection, $48. Von Maur

LUCKY DUDE

Send him and his pals on a private tour of Omaha’s Lucky Bucket Brewing Company. $8 per person. 402-763-8868. ACCESSORIZE

Women aren't the only ones who like a little bling. Check out Seiko's diving watch, model 1SEKO0565, $360, at Borsheims. We've seen some terrific running watches too.

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Pearls Dorothy Stern original crystal quartz and pearl necklace, $125. Customorder pearls in your bridal colors from the Omaha designer, 402-697-0859.


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STYLE

W H AT T H E E X P E R T S LO V E F O R 2012 & 2013 While you probably aren’t absorbed with outshining your friends (at least we hope not), we know you’re looking for ideas to make your wedding memorable. Wedding Essentials caught up with two high-profile wedding stylists to dish about red carpet-worthy fashion and design to glam up your day.

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Fashion From Nicole Janowicz, international celebrity/wedding stylist, Los Angeles area: TRANSFORMER BRIDE Since the multiple-dress trend is increasingly gaining in popularity, designers are now making “transformer� dresses with removable pieces. The voluminous skirt can be removed to reveal a short cocktail dress, or the cape or sleeves can be removed to reveal a sexy, strapless bodice.

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PASTEL IS THE NEW WHITE More brides are paying attention to bridal gowns in black, red and pastel hues. "This is a great trend because although white can be beautiful, it does not work on every skin tone," Janowicz says. "Now brides can have a gown in a traditional bridal style but in a color that looks amazing on their skin.� IT'S A CINCH A custom-made belt wins raves for the glamour it can bring to a simple sheath, mermaid or Grecian gown. Ask for the beadwork to be done on a ribbon in a vibrant color or your wedding color to add an unexpected pop to your look. Skip the veil and opt for a headpiece, headband or comb decorated with rhinestones, intricate beadwork, flowers and/or feathers. These glamorous and unique accessories are perfect for a spring/summer outdoor wedding. While a veil can really only be worn for the ceremony, a headpiece can be worn throughout the night. CUSTOM VEILS Fascinators and birdcage veils are very popular right now. You can have these accessories custom-made to suit your look, style and personality, or you can find designers who sell one-of-a-kind pieces (on Etsy for example). In general, brides want to look unique while still maintaining their personal style. Wearing a fascinator and birdcage veil is a fun and cost-efficient way to achieve just that!

Capturing your moment

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Décor From Lisi Korn, owner, designer and blogger with FOREVER (events) in Miami/Fort Lauderdale: LARGE BARS The bar is a huge design element, plus it’s the gathering point for any social event. Bringing more focus and attention to your bar is a must-do and a hot trend. Be creative with the shape of the bar. NEW WAYS TO SHINE We love sparkle and bling! But rather than diamonds or stones, do it with fabric and lighting. Sequence is a big hit – it adds sophistication, glamour and a romantic spark. PROJECTIONS “I’m not talking about gazebos,” Korn says. “I’m talking about transforming the façade of a building, tent or ballroom.” She recently projected a custom flower design onto a 100-foot-long tent façade. “It was dramatic!” ROYAL TABLES Royal tables are a designer’s dream. Not only are long tables great for design purposes, but they are also ideal for conversation and a budget. Just add a combination of inexpensive vases with single flowers and lots of candlelight. You will have a beautiful table. (Last year, Wedding Essentials editors fell in love with the idea of seating guests at benches. The bride, who held a rustic-chic reception in a tent at a country club, had bench seats made from wide planks of barn wood.)

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POPS OF UNEXPECTED COLOR Even though you typically go with a white palette design, there can always be a pop of color or color-blocking. “We incorporate soft hints of color, whether it’s in the lighting or the napkins, with a hint of flowers or some accent chairs. Just like in fashion, color-blocking is influencing our wedding designs.” FOOD Nowadays, gastronomy is getting to be more creative by the day, and Korn is seeing a lot of couples trying out new and out-of-the-box ideas when it comes to food. Their favorite restaurants or foods often inspire them. Tapas is a huge trend. Unusual flavor combinations include American with a Latin influence, such as mini yucca and cheese balls topped with a “snowball” of cotton candy. PAPER FLOWERS “I covered an entire wall with handmade fine paper flowers,” Korn says. “It was a showstopper – a true masterpiece. It added a big touch of innovation.” She also created an oversized 12-foot-tall flower arrangement, which added presence and gave a finishing touch to the room.   weddingessentialsmagazine.com 

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Kathy Ireland gown from Sublime Bridal, $1,450. Silver and pearl headpiece from Sublime Bridal, $160. Swarovski crystal earrings, $90; Cezanne necklace, $29, and matching bracelet, $15, all from Dillard's. Lanotte charcoal pinstripe suit with Freedom platinum vest and tie from Gentleman's Choice.

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Pronovias gown from Ellynne Bridal, $3,600. Birdcage veil, Sublime Bridal, $35. Anna & Ava necklace, $55, earrings, $28; Cezanne bracelet, $24, all from Dillard's.

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Martina Liana gown from Ellynne Bridal, $2,000. Nadri earrings,$55; Cezanne bracelet, $24; Carolee choker, $95; Giovannio headband, $35, all from Dillard's.

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Vintage mason jars; fresh-picked lavender bouquet and boutonniere from the Loess Hills Lavender Farm; Cezanne bracelet from Dillard's, $15; Payless pumps, $30; dried lavender sachet from lavender farm; invitation by Méldeen; stylist's own tray, fork and glass dome; Lanotte suit from Gentleman's Choice.

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Pronovias gown from Sublime Bridal, $2,515. Birdcage veil with rhinestones and silk leaves from Sublime Bridal, $35. Betsey Johnson earrings from Dillard's, $35.

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Eliza J reception dress from Von Maur, $196. Cezanne bracelet, $15, Blossom hair clip, $9, Nadri earrings, $55, Cezanne bracelets, $15 and $24, all from Dillard's.

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BEHIND THE SCENES

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SEE HOW IT WORKS! We take you behind the scenes of our bridal gown shoot at the Loess Hills Lavender Farm. weddingessentialsmagazine.com

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O B TA I N I N G YO U R M A R R I AG E L I C E N S E

Turning your ideas into

Put a big star by this item on your to-do list. If you forget to apply for a marriage license you can still go ahead with your ceremony, but you won't be legally married in Nebraska. You'll have to go to the courthouse and repeat your vows in a civil ceremony to make it official.

Reality

Step 1 Download the application worksheet at douglascountyclerk.org/marriage-licenses

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Step 2 Submit application in person to: Douglas County Clerk’s Office, 1819 Farnam St., Room H08, Omaha or Sarpy County Marriage License Dept., Administration wing of main courthouse, 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion (84th Street and Highway 370)

Step 3 Make sure you have the following: 1. $15 cash or credit card (no personal checks) to pay fee for marriage license. 2. Cash to prepay for certified copies of the license ($5 each). A certified copy is required for the bride to change her name on her driver’s license and Social Security records. 3. Proof of identity/age: valid driver’s license, passport or certified copy of birth certificate. 4. Bride and groom’s Social Security numbers. 5. The names of the bride's and groom’s parents (including mothers' maiden names), and their parents’ birthplaces (city and state or foreign country). 6. If either applicant has been previously married, the date the previous marriage ended will be needed (court date or date of death). Pertinent Info: Marriage license is good for one year from date of issuance in any county in Nebraska. Your marriage license must be obtained in the state in which you will be married. There is no waiting period. All marriage licenses obtained in Nebraska are public records.

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Instructions and forms for obtaining a marriage license in Pottawattamie County (including Council Bluffs) can be found at www.pottcounty.com/government/ recorder/vital-records.php.


transportation

CEREMONY

T H E P E R F E C T G E TAWAY Making an exit is as important as making an entrance. Start off on the right foot by leaving the ceremony site in grand style.

LANE WEDDINGS

Party On!

Limo Trolley Emerald Limousine EmeraldLimoOmaha.com 402-891-1168 From $550 for two hours

Off-Roading Golf cart

Turf Car turfcars.com 402-679-1035 From $35 for two hours, plus $70 delivery charge

Showstopper Rolls Royce

Timeless Transport timelesstransport.com 402-577-0801 Wedding packages from $450

Living the Fairytale Horse-drawn carriage

Magical Journey Carriage Service mjcarriage.com 402-453-6745 $100 for a Grand Finale package / 1-hour ride

When you want everyone to ride together, call on Lucille. The 30-passenger trolley is equipped with a top-flight sound system, tinted windows and LED lighting inside and out. You'll get the red carpet treatment from your chauffeur, who'll snap photos and make special stops en route to your reception site. With that kind of service, a tip certainly is in order!

Celebrating at a lake, farm, vineyard or park? You can cover a lot of ground and have a ball behind the wheel of a golf cart. Two-, four- and even six-passenger models are available. Delivery can be arranged anywhere in the city. So strap yourself in for a little offroading!

Step into a beautiful silver and white vintage Rolls Royce with a professional chauffeur in period attire. “Just Married” license plate, bottled water on ice for all passengers and white-glove service. This classic beauty stays busy. If you know your date, book now; $100 holds your reservation for up to a year.

You've probably seen a horsedrawn Cinderella carriage traveling the streets of Omaha's Old Market. Its driver will bring the carriage to you anywhere in the downtown area for a magical ride of your own. And not just in summer. Space heaters keep you cozy for a Christmastime wedding ride.   weddingessentialsmagazine.com 

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C E R E M O N Y traditions

Add meaningful mementos. It’s the little things that make your wedding day memorable, so don’t forget the small touches. Keep those who can’t be at your ceremony close by attaching small frames with their photos inside to your bouquet. Pin a love note from your husband-to-be to the inside of your dress, or wear a trinket from someone dear around your neck.

5 WAYS TO M A K E YO U R D AY 100% YO U

By Heather Winkel

Let’s be honest. It’s easy to get swept up in the latest wedding trends – even ones that aren’t "you." We've collected a few really simple and fresh ideas that you could embrace and totally make your own.

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Be famous for a day. Keep young guests busy with a coloring book that tells your story. It’s easy to turn your photos into coloring book pages with free photo editing software. Simply manipulate your photos with a click of your mouse, print your outlined image, roll up the page and attach a crayon ring with colorful string, yarn or twine.

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Make your mark. All you need is an ink pad and your thumbs to create a one-of-a-kind monogram. Arrange your thumbprints in the shape of a heart to create your mark. So sweet!

Tell your story. Not everyone at your wedding will be in the know about your journey together, so find a fun way to clue them in. Timelines and maps are great ways to tell your story. Plus, they can be easily integrated into invites, seating cards and centerpieces.

Switch it up. Instead of lighting a unity candle or combining colored sand, opt to literally tie a knot. It’s clever and it’s something your guests won’t expect. Keep the theme going by involving your guests. Attach short sections of rope to your programs so guests can tie their own keepsake knot.

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CEREMONY

flowers

B E A S AV V Y B U Y E R Just because a bouquet looks pretty on Pinterest doesn't mean it fits into your budget. Educate yourself on floral options before your heart is set on something out of reach. MULTI-IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY

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e asked Tracy Diehl at Florals etcetera to help us illustrate how a budget-conscious bride and her florist might adjust flower selections to save money on a bridal bouquet. Diehl created two vintage-inspired bouquets that are similar in shape and feel but have very different price points. When you meet with your florist, bring pictures of arrangements you like and a checklist of your floral needs (use ours on the facing page). From there, your florist can suggest blooms that will achieve the look and price that you want.

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IDEA

Have a complex bouquet for the bride and keep it simple for the bridesmaids. Three stems of hydrangea (available now from wholesalers in gorgeous tinted hues) look substantial for only $35.

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KENT SIEVERS/OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

IN THE BOUQUET

Thirty-eight stems of roses, sweet avalanche, white freesia, double tulips (they have more petals) and white spray roses. The more stems, the higher the price.

IDEA

Dress up a simple arrangement with a bit of bling. Diehl often incorporates oversized rhinestone brooches and crystal spikes.

$130 BUDGET BLOOMS

IN THE BOUQUET

Nine stems of peonies and a single stem of hydrangea in white and blush tones.

TIP

Larger blooms are typically more expensive per stem, but fewer stems will be needed for fullness.


ETTIQUETTE

A S K M I S S B E H AV E Handling Dysfunctional Families and Budgets

Wedding Styles with a splash of color. Bring us your color, from any dress, from any manufacturer and let our specialists help match your colors. That’s the Gentleman’s Choice difference.

Dear Miss Behave: My family is a blended, complicated bunch. For example, my divorced parents can't stand to be in the same room together. This is troubling as I plan my wedding. What’s a bride to do to calm the chaos? -Nervous Nelly Dear Nelly: Oh dearie, you poor thing. My family is blended – just like my favorite cocktails! As you move through the wedding planning process, honestly consider all of the family members involved. Do they get along in mixed company? A wedding may seem like the perfect opportunity to meld families, but Miss Behave speaks from experience. It’s like shopping for shoes: Don’t force it if it doesn’t fit. But do treat everyone graciously. All members of your blended family, including your future in-laws, want your wedding day to be nothing less than perfect. They should be able to act civilly toward each other for a few hours. Manage those relationships as best you can, and remember that our families are what we make them. It’s about the love and the laughter, my girl. Everyone can love you even if they don’t all love each other. Trust me on this one.

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Dear Miss Behave: It seems like so many people can plan gorgeous weddings with just a few thousand dollars. I'm finding myself choosing things just because they are cheap, and the costs are still adding up! How do we budget this wedding without losing our minds? - Penny Pincher Envy Dear Penny: First my blushing bride, you must breathe. Money can be fun (when you’re shopping online at midnight), but managing it all can certainly be overwhelming. Miss Behave advises all brides – whether it’s their own money or not – to have a budget before the planning begins. An exact amount is ideal, but a ballpark figure with wiggle room (decidedly more than Miss Behave has in her Spanx) is your best bet. Then, communicate, communicate, communicate. Do not assume all of the spending duties yourself, and do not assume all expenses should only meet your approval. Have the conversation with all parties involved early on (It can be awkward, I know), and agree on the expectations for everyone who is helping to pay for this affair. Even if it’s only you and the groom, there needs to be a shared understanding of what a necessary expense is and what a luxury expense is. Consider opening a separate checking account for wedding expenses, with no skimming off the top for a skinny latte.

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entertainment

8 T H I N G S TO D O I N O M A H A

By Josefina Loza

Omaha has so much more to offer than the traditional tourist landmarks. If your out-of-town guests have down time, send them on one of these metro area adventures. We put in a little something for everyone.

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Walk across the Bob. The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, nearly 3,000 feet long, spans the Missouri River between Omaha and Council Bluffs. It's a must-see for visitors and popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists. Omaha Plaza at the foot of the bridge has a fiber wave sculpture and 26 water jets for child's play.

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Tour local breweries. Hear how three local guys created the Lucky Bucket Brewing Co. and turned a La Vista warehouse into one of Nebraska's first microdistilleries since Prohibition. Then tour the facilities at 11941 Centennial Road. Afterward, move to the Nebraska Brewing Co. in Shadow Lake Towne Center to see its brewing facilities and grab lunch. Or, if you're downtown, check out the Upstream Brewing Co.

Omaha’s premier venue for outdoor weddings with indoor elegance

the

Thompson Center

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• Expansive catering menu • Professional event staff • Centrally located, free parking • Open to the general public

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Go down the slides. They're in the Gene Leahy Mall near 10th and Farnam Streets. Tip: Gain speed sitting on cardboard, a brown paper bag or wax paper. The park also has artsy benches and walkways along a lagoon.

4.

Look at art. The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, 724 S. 12th St., offers an internationally renown residency program and features more than 20 cutting-edge exhibits each year. Admission is free. www.bemiscenter.org

5.

Feed the raccoons. Eat fingerlickin' chicken at Alpine Inn, 10405 Calhoun Road, then toss your leftover bones to the neighborhood raccoons. Trust us — once you've seen a dozen critters scrambling for leftovers, you'll be back for more. 402-451-9988.

6.

Play Frisbee golf. Seymour Smith Park, 72nd Street and Harrison Avenue, caters to disc golf lovers. The park also has ball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, trails and a floral display.

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Drink champagne at the Homy Inn. Champagne flows right from the tap at the Homy Inn, 1510 N. Saddle Creek Road. Homy's signature drink costs $3.95 a glass. If you're hungry, munch on warm peanuts or popcorn from metal dog bowls.

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Drink a cocktail at the movie theater. Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S. 67th St., and Marcus Midtown Cinema, near 33rd and Farnam Streets, have full-service bars where you can order, hang out in the lobby or drink while watching your film.


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{ 1 } MISSION STATEMENT Hold your theme to one word or one short phrase. Make sure every decision reflects that word. Lynn Reynolds of United Rent-All used "Hooch" to describe a backwoods, earthy, moonshine event. { 2 } RESEARCH RECIPES You will find food and drink recipes for every era and style. This Kentucky lemonade is made with Jim Beam Red Stag and Honey Tea Bourbon. { 3 } THINK ABOUT SCALE Mix large-scale items with small-scale items for visual impact. Create interesting layers by stacking objects. Stacking also ensures that small items don't get overlooked. Memrical brought added attention to a jug and barrel by displaying the jug at eye level. { 4 } GUEST INTERACTION Pay special attention to place settings, glassware and other objects guests will handle throughout your event. { 5 } THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX Look for clever ways to use ordinary items. Florals etcetera used tree stumps as a main element in centerpieces. { 6 } PERSONALIZE It's not just a pretty wedding, it is your wedding. Your décor can showcase what is important to you. Memrical used a tin lid stamped with "Omaha, NE" to show that this party was for a Nebraska bride.

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TREND ALERT RUSTIC CHIC

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set the scene

M I D W E S T E R N FA R M - C H I C Suddenly, the coastal states are looking to the "fly-over states" for farm-fresh inspiration. Creating a warm, homey wedding is a piece of cake for Midwestern brides! MOLLY LORINCZ

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he Midwestern farm has become a source of inspiration across the country for weddings with downhome, earthy elegance. Living here certainly has its advantages. You could totally rock the farmchic theme with garden flowers and herbs and berries from local farmers markets and orchards. Farm auctions and secondhand stores in rural communities are great sources for authentic farm-themed treasures. Cheers to Midwestern girls for inspiring brides across America! SIGNATURE DRINKS WILD BERRY MOJITO Muddle (3 or 4 each) blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. Combine with 8 to 10 mint leaves, a splash of lime juice and 1 ounce simple syrup. Add 1½ ounces each Bacardi Light Rum and soda water. Serve in a highball glass; garnish with fresh mint sprigs. Serves 1.

PEACH SANGRIA

1 bottle white wine, 3 ounces peaches in syrup, 2 ounces simple syrup, 1 cup each lemon juice, orange juice, 1 ounce triple sec and ½ cup peach schnapps. Garnish with fresh fruit. Serves 4.

EASY COCKTAIL STATION To create this rustic scene, start with two large barrels and two old boards that you nail together for a bar top. Accessorize with burlap, birch tree logs and stumps and milk, wine or egg crates. It's instantly rustic! Add in moss spheres, collected roosters, mini chalkboards displaying the names of the cocktails on your menu and any other authentic farm items you can find. Serve drinks in mason jars and highball glasses to match the casual nature of the theme.

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ridal couples are dedicating entire tables to desserts – and it’s about time! Cheesecake lollipops and Whoopie Pies in every flavor are sure ways to please a crowd and dress up a dessert table.

Cake Displays Little cakes in different sizes and colors set on pretty cake stands make a statement when guests walk into a room. Two small tiered cakes look traditional, but when paired in multiples or with other dessert options, reception guests get an extra-sweet thrill. Miniature cakes at place settings look sensational, too.

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TREND ALERT EXOTIC 'MALLOWS

Marshmallows They’re the new cupcake! Marshmallows have taken over dessert bars on the East Coast. These fluffy bites are nothing short of creative genius. Take the traditional concept of a marshmallow and infuse it with different extracts and oils and you have an exotic showstopper. Mango spice, s’mores and white chocolate pistachio are to-die-for.


Candy-Cocktail Bar This is the ultimate wedding crowd-pleaser because, let’s be honest: Who doesn’t love these two sinful indulgences? Together, you have a win-win. Pair a favorite candy with liquor for a novelty cocktail. How about a Sour Patch margarita, a caramel apple martini or a Swedish Fish?

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EVER AFTER

honeymoons

FAV O R I T E D E S T I N AT I O N S

By Tina King

Ocean breezes and beautiful sunsets are big draws for honeymooners seeking romantic starts to wedded life. These Omaha-area newlyweds share tips about their chosen destinations. Where to go

Riviera Maya Four days, five nights Airline: United with one connection; no direct flights available. Travel agent: AAA Travel Hotel: Secrets Capri Highlights: “By the pool and at the beach, waiters were always a request away from whatever you could think up – from the bar right to your lounge chair side,” says Erik. The couple toured Playa del Carmen, climbed ancient Mayan ruins and enjoyed ATV adventures and zip-lining across the jungle.

Insider tip: “Everything that you charge to your card is done in Mexican pesos, and then you get two to three charges on the account for the monetary conversion. So in the end, you can end up with as much as $10 in fees per transaction. Thankfully, we were warned ahead of time and had cash.”

Source: AAA Travel

Airline: Delta; booked through Delta Vacations. The couple spent five total hours flying, but left from Kansas City because it was significantly cheaper and connected in Atlanta. Travel agent: U Travel By Jan Hotel: Barcelo Bavaro Beach adult-only resort (all-inclusive)

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Nine days, eight nights

Konstantin & Kim Gazaryan, Bellevue

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Erik & Stephanie Schaeffer, Omaha

Top honeymoon destinations for Midwestern couples • Riviera Maya/ Cancun Mexico • Italy • St. Lucia (Caribbean) • Hawaii • Jamaica (Caribbean) • Caribbean cruise • Walt Disney World • Europe: London, Paris, Rome • Anguilla (Caribbean)

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Highlights: “Having the freedom to do what we wanted to do,” Kim says. “We were able to relax in the quiet of the adults-only resort, but could also take a trolley to the family resort where things were much livelier. We were able to do several excursions (including swimming with dolphins, deep sea fishing and visiting a cigar factory). While there are lots of resorts in Punta Cana, they aren’t as busy as other popular honeymoon destinations.”

Insider tip: The couple traveled in early May, which is a slower time for tourism in Punta Cana. “The Caribbean side of the island is a little bit nicer than the Atlantic side, but honestly, everywhere is lovely,” Kim says. “Spanish is the main language spoken, so if you don’t have Spanish skills bring a dictionary even though there are interpreters available.” She also suggests bringing some cash, and notifying your bank prior to the trip about your travels so it doesn’t lock up your credit or debit card due to suspicious activity.


GUIDE TO GRATUITY Whom to tip, how much and when

Hairstylist/Makeup Artist How much: 15 to 25 percent; 30 percent if work done on-site When: Time of service

We Make it Happen.

Ceremony Musician How much: $20 to $25 per musician When: After the ceremony

DJ How much: $50 to $150 When: At the end of the night or within a few days with a thank-you note

Wedding Planner How much: 15 to 20 percent When: At the end of the night or within a few days with a thank-you note

On-Site Coordinator How much: 15 to 20 percent of the food and drink fee (usually between $100 and $300) When: At the end of the night

Wait Staff/Bartenders How much: $20 to $30 per waiter and $25 to $40 for each bartender, depending on the type of bar service, if not already included in your total price When: At the end of the night (give the money to banquet manager)

Rental Delivery People How much: $5 to $10 per worker When: Time of service

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Officiant How much: Often a donation to the house of worship – from $100 to $500 – will be made in lieu of payment/gratuity. For nondenominational officiants, $50 to $100 (on top of the fee). An invite to the reception is a nice gesture too. When: After the ceremony

Drivers How much: 15 to 20 percent, often included in the contract When: Time of service CTW Features

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THE

Ultimate VENUE GUIDE

We canvassed the area for ceremony, reception and rehearsal sites and did a little comparing to help you find the perfect place for celebrating your marriage.

The Aspen Room | p. 79 402-502-1885 www.aspenroomomaha.com Located at 9809 M St., this private venue has a large fenced patio, all-inclusive dinner packages and catering services provided by Hap Abraham Catering. A View in Fontenelle Hills | p. 19 402-291-2582 www.aviewfh.com A View, on the lush grounds of Fontenelle Hills Golf Course, offers a stunning, spacious backdrop for your special day.

A View West | p. 19 402-991-9872 www.aviewwestomaha.com An atrium-like reception area with 30-foot ceilings and an outdoor patio area with towering trees broaden your options for entertaining your guests. Anthony’s Steakhouse | p. 81 402-331-7575 www.anthonyssteakhouse.com The Grand Ballroom has 9,000 amazing square feet for dinner and dancing, while the patio boasts a waterfall and a gazebo.

Archdiocesan Retreat & Conference Center | p. 68 402-558-1442 www.archomaha.org/pastoral/arcc/ Art Deco venue for your reception, ceremony and next-day brunch.

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Bella Terre | p. 58 402-657-5543 www.bellaterrewinery.com The experience of being in Italy's wine region is recreated here. Elegant outdoor party space; menu to match. Molto buona!

Castle Barrett | p. 81 402-558-5520 www.barrettsomaha.com Unique upper-level ceremony site; the perfect reception space below.

Creighton University Skutt & Harper Centers | p. 79 402-280-1493 www.creighton.edu/reservations Proximity to St. John’s Cathedral and ample parking make both venues equally attractive and convenient for a memorable reception.

DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown | p. 73 402-636-4900 omahadowntown.doubletree.com The icing on the cake, from rehearsal dinner to ceremony, reception & honeymoon suite. Embassy Suites Omaha - La Vista | p. 15 402-331-7400 www.embassysuitesomahalavista.com Sleep, eat and celebrate all in one location. Embassy Suites has several ballrooms and a state-of-the-art sound system.


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ultimate guide Erin Court | p. 5 402-496-3000 www.erincourt.com

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse | p. 95 402-289-9210 www.johnnysitaliansteakhouse.com

Mix the charm of an Italian villa with the crisp feel of the Greek Islands and the grandeur of a Bollywood wedding and you have Erin Court.

The perfect choice for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding brunches and catered receptions.

The Field Club of Omaha | p. 94 402-345-6343 www.fcomaha.com Tradition meets modern in a setting that's not only beautiful, but equally suited for elaborate weddings as well as more intimate nuptials.

First Central Congregational Church | p. 95 402-345-1533 www.firstcentral.org When a church wedding is important, First Central is one of Omaha's most welcoming congregations. Lovely stained-glass interior. The Fountains Ballroom & Vineyard | p. 4 712-526-2426 www.thefountainsballroom.com Situated on 10 acres of rolling hills, this setting includes a tiered waterfall, stone platform with pergola, pond and stream. Ballroom has a 30foot vaulted ceiling and grand staircase. The Georgetowne Club | p. 58 402-334-5446 www.brandeiscatering.com Elegant and creative menu selection; full-service staff. Recently updated with a neutral décor to fit any wedding style.

Hilton Garden Inn Omaha East Council Bluffs | p. 93 712-309-9000 www.omahaeastcouncilbluffs.stayhgi.com Versatile wedding space for up to 300 guests in the River City Ballroom, custom menu options, dedicated staff. Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha | p. 11 402-341-0124 www.holidayinndowntownomaha.com Holiday Inn Lincoln Southwest | p. 11 402-421-1893 www.holidayinn.com

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Lauritzen Gardens | p. 23 402-346-4002 www.lauritzengardens.org Exquisitely decorated gardens and reception spaces include the Great Hall with Colorado red sandstone and wood flooring and smaller rooms for intimate events. Livestock Exchange Building | p. 58 402-334-5446 www.brandeiscatering.com This pristine South Omaha landmark impresses both inside and out. Brandeis Catering provides culinary expertise and event management to match.

Millard Plaza Ballroom | p. 32 402-891-0779 www.millardplazaballroom.com This ballroom has a beautiful and traditional setting, but still provides you with unique décor and catering. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium | p. 53 402-738-2088 www.omahazoo.com The conference center wows with a tropical reef aquarium, wave wall and lighting effects.

Orpheum Theater | p. 55 402-345-0202 www.omahaperformingarts.org Crystal sconces, mirrored walls and antique chandeliers fashioned from Czech crystal await at this extravagant Omaha landmark. The Paxton Ballroom | p. 79 402-342-1403 www.paxtonballroom.com This downtown Omaha landmark captures the Art Deco glamour of the1920s, complete with orchestra stage. Custom menus by Hap Abraham Catering.

Holland Performing Arts Center | p. 55 402-345-0202 www.omahaperformingarts.org

The Players Club at Deer Creek | p. 83 402-963-9950 www.playersclubomaha.com

With memorable views of the downtown skyline and Gene Leahy Mall, this dramatic venue has a two-story glass staircase and a contemporary ambience.

This Northwest Omaha venue has a newly expanded clubhouse, professional catering and event staffs and breathtaking golf course views.

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ultimate guide Scoular Ballroom | p. 2 402-449-1424 www.scoularballroom.com

The Thompson Center at UNO | p. 74 402-554-3368 www.thethompsoncenter.org

Historically renovated space is sophisticated with magnificent architecture and is convenient to downtown. Flexible catering.

Exchange your vows on the lawn and enjoy a cocktail reception on the patio or dinner and dancing in the banquet room.

Sheraton Hotel Omaha | p. 27 402-516-1246 www.starwoodhotels.com

UNMC Truhlsen Center | p. 85 402-559-5192 www.unmc.edu/eventscenter

Two ballrooms, customizable menus and professional staff provide competitive options for your special day, whether elaborate or understated.

Large glass atrium with granite floors; state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities; professional staff; Midtown location.

Sullivan's Steakhouse | p. 25 402-342-0077 www.sullivanssteakhouse.com

Willow Creek Glass Chapel & Banquet Hall | p. 85 712-483-2435 www.willowcreekglasschapel.com

Warm hospitality and custom menus featuring the finest steaks and seafood, as well as an impressive wine cellar.

Vaulted ceilings, rustic charm, a chapel, dance floor and access to the grounds

That Place Eatery | p. 24 402-706-8983 One of the metro area's newest venues, located at 132nd Street and Highway 370. All-inclusive packages, dance floor, full bar. Award-winning catering services.

Tiburon Golf Club | p. 87 402-896-1323 tiburongolf.com Stunning golf course views, exquisite dining room, expert event planning staff. Tip Top Downtown Ballroom | p. 58 402-334-5446 brandeiscatering.com This North Downtown Omaha venue is modern and historic at the same time. Exclusively managed by Brandeis Catering. 1316 Jones Street | p. 79 402-415-8222 1316jones.com This Old Market venue is loaded with historic ambiance. Dance floor, bar stations, outdoor deck.

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V E N U E S ultimate guide Location

Contact

Max Inside

Max Outside

Min. Cost

Ceremony Site

Outside Caterer

See Ad

402-291-2582 www.aviewfh.com

300

300

varies

Y

Y

19

A View, situated on the lush grounds of Fontenelle Hills Golf Course, offers a stunningly spacious and tranquil backdrop for your special day.

A VIEW WEST 4141 N. 156th St.

402-991-9872 www.aviewwestomaha.com

450

475

varies

Y

Y

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An atrium-like reception area with 30-foot ceilings and an outdoor patio area with towering trees heighten the experience of being at The View West.

AMERICAN LEGION GRETNA 11690 S. 216th St., Gretna

402-659-6689 www.gretnanepost216.org

300

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varies

Y

Y

A relaxed atmosphere for entertaining a lot of guests on a budget.

AMERICAN LEGION POST 32 230 W. Lincoln St., Papillion

402-339-3395 www.papillionlegion32.org

250

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$450

Y

Y

A neighborhood park located next to the hall is the perfect backdrop for photos of your wedding party.

AMERICAN LEGION OMAHA POST 1 7811 Davenport St.

402-391-6764 www.amleomahapost1.com

400

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varies

N

Y

You can use the caterer of your choice in this spacious setting. There's plenty of room for a sit-down dinner, dance floor and live band.

402-884-0911 www.aobfineart.com

150 sit-down

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$1600

Y

Y

A contemporary, refined space for an intimate celebration. Movable walls, 20-foot ceilings, food preparation area, sound system.

402-331-7575 www.anthonyssteakhouse.com

350

150

No rental fee; food & bar minimums apply

Y

N

402-884-2269 www.arborhallomaha.com

325

250

varies

Y

N

402-558-1442 www.archomaha.org

175

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varies

Y

N

402-944-3344 www.ashlandgolfclub.com

400

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$750

Y

Y

402-502-1885 www.aspenroomomaha.com

250

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$700-$900

Y

N

BAYLISS PARK HALL 530 First Ave., Council Bluffs

712-325-8388 www.baylissparkhall.com

200

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varies

Y

Y

Historic property with loads of yesteryear charm. Stately parlor, grand staircase, ballroom. Balcony view of Bayliss Park Fountain and gazebo is gorgeous at night.

THE BEL AIR BANQUET ROOM 12100 West Center Road

402-333-5505 www.belairbanquet.com

250

__

varies

Y

N

Spacious banquet room. Decorating, cake and bar packages.

BELLEVUE BERRY & PUMPKIN RANCH 11001 S. 48th St.

402-331-5500 www.bellevueberryfarm.com

350

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varies

Y

N

Wide range of ceremony possibilities both indoors or under a tent. Western Barn, Hungry Moose Lodge and Frontier Room with rustic appeal.

BELLA TERRE 23375 Barrus Road, Glenwood, Iowa

402-657-5543 www.bellaterre.com

400

300

varies

Y

N

BELLEVUE SOCIAL CENTRE 1308 Fort Crook Road South, Bellevue

402-291-5717

400

__

$950

Y

Y

With a chapel and two-room reception hall, this venue offers the convenience of a one-stop wedding. Decorative lighting, dance floor.

402-557-7357 www.bellevue.edu

300

__

varies

N

Y

The recently renovated student center is ideal for a relaxed sit-down dinner.

402-592-5117 www.belvederehall.com

250

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$695

N

N

The hall has a richly adorned stage, dance floor and spacious seating area. Full bar facilities and experienced catering service.

402-965-9800 www.biaggis.com

75

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varies

N

Y

Authentic Italian food, affordable pricing and choice of private spaces, including the Wine Room with Old World charm and display of wine reserve.

CARLISLE HOTEL 10909 M St.

402-331-8220 www.carlislehotelomaha.com

400

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$1500

N

N

The grand ballroom and pre-function area have an elegant, intimate feel.

CASCIO’S STEAKHOUSE 1620 S. 10th St.

402-345-8313 www.casciossteakhouse.com

400

__

varies

N

N

Since 1946, Cascio’s Steakhouse has been giving Omaha bragging rights as a nationally known "steak town." Party space for 20 to 400 guests.

CASTLE BARRETT 4330 Leavenworth St.

402-558-5520 www.barrettsomaha.com

425

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$1200

Y

Y

CASTLE UNICORN 57034 Deacon Road, Pacific Junction, Iowa

712-527-5930 www.castleunicorn.com

75

400

varies

Y

N

Only 20 minutes from Omaha, this indoor and outdoor space has enough room and imagination for any bride who wants a fairytale wedding.

402-341-1500 www.centurylinkcenteromaha.com

2,100

__

varies

Y

N

Culinary expertise, attention to detail and contagious enthusiasm make your wedding day breathtaking.

402-289-0900, ext. 25 www.theclubatindiancreek.com

400

__

varies

Y

N

You're covered with a ceremony site overlooking the green, a gorgeous outdoor veranda and an elegant full-service banquet room with high ceilings.

402-593-8099 www.theclubomaha.com

400

__

varies

N

N

The Club offers full-service amenities including full-menu catering and fullservice bars. Space can be adjusted to hold a cocktail reception or plated meal.

402-399-2463 www.csm.edu/About_CSM/ Facilities/

325

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varies

Y

N

With catering provided, this reception space easily accommodates 325 guests. Lovely gardens on premises for your wedding photos. Ample parking.

402-558-7600 www.cornerstonemansion.com

50 seated

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$150

Y

Y

This ornate mansion provides the perfect setting for a small, intimate wedding. Access to the main floor, grand staircase, sun porch and patio. Room for dancing. Capacity for cocktail reception: 75.

COUNCIL BLUFFS COUNTRY CLUB 4500 Piute St., Council Bluffs

712-366-0525 www.councilbluffscountryclub.com

250

200

$1,000

Y

N

The dock and patio offer a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos.

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY HARPER CENTER 602 N. 20th St.

402-280-1493 www.creighton.edu/reservations

350

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$600

N

N

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Located on the CU campus along with St. John’s Cathedral, the Harper Center is centrally located and easily found by out-of-towners.

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY SKUTT STUDENT CENTER 2500 California Plaza

402-280-1493 www.creighton.edu/reservations

350

__

$600

N

N

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Creighton alums enjoy generous discounts. The student center's proximity to St. John's makes the location especially convenient for your guests.

402-393-7431 www.dccentre.com

1,200

__

varies

Y

N

This versatile and attractive space is designed to handle everything from intimate gatherings to extravagant affairs.

DOUBLETREE SUITES BY HILTON HOTEL 7270 Cedar St.

402-397-5141 www.doubletree3.hilton.com

900

__

varies

Y

N

A perfect place for couples who have traveling family members.

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON Omaha Downtown 1616 Dodge St.

402-346-7600 www.doubletree1.hilton.com

650

__

varies

Y

N

A VIEW FONTENELLE HILLS 1102 Country Club Court, Bellevue

ANDERSON O’BRIEN FINE ART OLD MARKET 1108 Jackson St. ANTHONY’S STEAKHOUSE 7220 F St. ARBOR HALL 14040 Arbor St. ARCHDIOCESAN RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTER 3300 N. 60th St., St. Joseph Hall ASHLAND GOLF CLUB 16119 Highway 6, Ashland ASPEN ROOM 9809 M St.

BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY 1000 Galvin Road South, Bellevue THE BELVEDERE HALL 201 E. First St., Papillion BIAGGI’S RISTORANTE 13655 California St.

CENTURYLINK CENTER OMAHA 455 N. 10th St. THE CLUB AT INDIAN CREEK 3825 N. 202nd St. THE CLUB CONVENTION CENTER 1010 W. Lincoln St., Papillion COLLEGE OF ST. MARY 7000 Mercy Road CORNERSTONE MANSION 140 N. 39th St.

DC CENTRE 11830 Stonegate Circle

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Features

The recently updated Grand Ballroom has 9,000 square feet for dinner and dancing; 3 full-service bar stations; audio/visual capabilities; private patio. Hold your wedding in the outdoor garden and move inside for the reception. One-stop venue for catering, cake, flowers, hair and makeup, photography and DJ services.

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Art Deco venue with tables, chairs, china, glassware. Arrange accommodations for out-of-town-guests here; host your wedding and serve brunch the next day. Exchange your vows and celebrate your marriage at a private country club in a tranquil suburban setting.

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A fenced patio provides privacy for an outdoor wedding. The rustic interior offers a cozy setting for dinner and drinks.

Bella Terre gets its inspiration from the villas and vistas in Italy's wine region. Elegant outdoor party space with menu to match.

Unique upper-level ceremony site; the perfect reception space below.

Centralized downtown location with shuttle service between airport and hotel, as well as nearby restaurants and attractions. Grand decor, world-class service.


Location

Contact

Max Inside

Max Outside

Min. Cost

Ceremony Site

Outside Caterer

402-444-5071 www.durhammuseum.org

500 sit-down

__

varies

Y

Y

Rent the entire museum or just the Great Hall or one of the spacious galleries for a cocktail reception, buffet supper or formal candlelight dinner.

402-592-7788 www.eaglehills.org

145

varies

N

N

Located on a golf course, this reception location is proud to have Attitude on Food as its exclusive caterer.

402-733-5444 www.eddiescatering.com

100

__

$150

Y

N

Eddie's has an excellent reputation built on high-quality ingredients and outstanding service. Full range of catering services.

402-339-3557 www.elks.org

300

__

$900

Y

Y

Room for creativity while providing a comfortable and elegant backdrop for your reception.

402-346-9000 www.omaha.embassysuites.com

500 sit-down

__

varies

Y

N

Located in the historic Old Market, this elegant location offers online planning tools and a personalized group Web page for your guests.

EMBASSY SUITES Omaha - La Vista 12520 Westport Parkway, La Vista

402-331-7400 www.embassysuites omahalavista.com

2002000

__

varies

Y

N

15

Sleep, eat and celebrate all in one location. Embassy Suites has several ballrooms and a state-of-the-art sound system.

ERIN COURT 4714 N. 120th St.

402-496-3000 www.erincourt.com

300

__

varies

N

N

5

Mix the charm of an Italian villa with the crisp feel of the Greek Islands and the grandeur of a Bollywood wedding and you have Erin Court.

FIELD CLUB OF OMAHA 3615 Woolworth Ave.

402-345-6343 www.fcomaha.com

190

__

varies

N

N

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With a deck that wraps around the entire reception area, this space is not only beautiful but it is perfect for large weddings.

FIRST CENTRAL CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 421 S. 36th St.

402-345-1533 www.firstcentral.org

100

100

$1,800

Y

Y

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Soft light filters through stained-glass windows into a sanctuary that seats 600. Outdoor courtyard with fountain can be used for intimate receptions.

FILM STREAMS 1340 Mike Fahey St.

402-933-0259 www.filmstreams.org

170

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varies

N

Y

The spacious and inviting lobby/lounge has an adjacent kitchen for catering services and a second-floor conference room facing the downtown skyline, as well as two theaters.

FIVE STAR STABLES 23203 Dutch Hall Road, Bennington

402-690-1969 www.omahastables.com

750

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$1,300

Y

Y

A perfect indoor and outdoor setting with unforgettable photo opportunities. Perfect for a rustic-chic wedding.

FONTENELLE FOREST NATURE CENTER 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N., Bellevue

402-731-3140, ext. 224 www.fontenelleforest.org

200

200

varies

Y

Y

The two-story wall of windows frames an inspiring and ever-changing view of Fontenelle Forest from the Great Hall. With soaring ceilings supported by naturally hewn pillars of Douglas fir logs, the inside is almost as gorgeous as the forest itself.

712-526-2426 www.thefountainsballroom.com

580

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$8500-$9000

Y

Y

THE GALLERY & LOFT 207 N. Spruce St., Valley

402-660-7040 www.wendydeaneartist.com

75

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$35/per guest

Y

N

This contemporary location showcases art by local artist Wendy Deane.

GENERAL CROOK HOUSE 5730 N. 30th St.

402-455-9990 www.omahahistory.org/museum. htm

80 sit-down

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varies

Y

N

With gardens and patios available in warmer months, this historic 1870s property is ideal for the bride who adores all things vintage. Capacity in the home for cocktail receptions is 180.

THE GEORGETOWNE CLUB 2440 S. 141st Circle

402-334-5446 www.brandeiscatering.com

500

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$500-$1000

Y

N

GERMAN-AMERICAN SOCIETY 3717 S. 120th St.

402-333-6615 www.germanamericansociety.org

450

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$800-$900

Y

N

Both small weddings or receptions of up to 400 guests will be comfortable at this members-only location.

HARRAH’S CASINO & HOTEL 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs

712-329-6449 www.harrahs.com

800

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varies

Y

N

Dance floor and other amenities are perfect for couples who want to throw a sensational party. Ballrooms adjust in size to accommodate 150 or 225.

402-738-2088 www.omahazoo.com

325

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$3,000$3,500

Y

Y

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The new education and conference center features a tropical reef aquarium and wave wall with custom lighting for an extraordinary dining experience. Evening reception in Durham's TreeTops Restaurant includes two-hour access to the Lied Jungle. Or enjoy cocktails in the aquarium tunnel while sharks swim overhead.

HILTON GARDEN INN Omaha Downtown 1005 Dodge St.

402-341-4400 www.hiltongardeninn.com

80

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$450

Y

N

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With delicious catering, an event staff and a beautiful and convenient location, this hotel takes care of the bride’s every need.

HILTON GARDEN INN Omaha East - Council Bluffs 2702 Mid-America Drive, Council Bluffs

712-309-9000 www.hiltongardeninn.com

300

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varies

Y

N

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Located in Council Bluffs, the Hilton not only shows your guests your elegant side, but your fun side as well.

402-289-9696 www.omahawest.stayhgi.com

128

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varies

Y

N

With room for 120 people and delicious catering, the Hilton makes your big day easy.

402-998-3400 www.hilton.omaha.com

700

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varies

Y

N

Out-of-town guests get the advantage of a downtown hotel that's within easy walking distance of the Old Market and CenturyLink Center Omaha.

712-322-2406 www.dodgehouse.org

50 sit-down

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$500

Y

Y

The ballroom is perfect for an intimate wedding or event, and the beautiful gardens are in bloom throughout the spring, summer and early fall. No photos inside this historic property. Cocktail reception capacity is 75.

712-328-5638 www.pottcoconservation.com

70

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$325

Y

Y

Located in the beautiful Loess Hills, this new facility features scenic overlooks, equal-access restrooms and two unique rental spaces.

402-341-0124 www.holidayinndowtownomaha.com

250

$1,000

Y

N

712-322-5050 www.holidayinn.com

200

__

varies

N

N

Proximity to Omaha's Old Market and other 10th Street attractions will appeal to out-of-towners eager to explore the metro area.

402-991-4981 www.hoteldecoomaha.com

250

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$500 to $2,500

Y

N

Built in 1930 and recently remodeled with Deco-glam decor, this hotel’s lobby and guest suites leave an impression.

402- 661-8419 www.omahaperformingarts.org

300 sit-down

__

varies

Y

N

402-391-9088 www.blondosocialhall.com

450

__

varies

N

N

402-289-9210 www.johnnysitaliansteakhouse.com

200

__

varies

Y

N

THE DURHAM MUSEUM 801 S. 10th St. EAGLE HILLS GOLF COURSE 501 Eagle Hills Drive, Papillion EDDIE’S CATERING & SOCIAL HALL 5009 S. 24th St. ELKS LODGE 6410 S. 96th St. EMBASSY SUITES Omaha Downtown/Old Market 555 S. 10th St.

THE FOUNTAINS BALLROOM AND VINEYARD 51496 230th St., Glenwood, Iowa

HENRY DOORLY ZOO & AQUARIUM 3701 S. 10th St.

HILTON GARDEN INN Omaha West 17879 Chicago St. HILTON OMAHA 1001 Cass St. HISTORIC GENERAL DODGE HOUSE 605 Third St., Council Bluffs LOESS HILLS LODGE at Hitchcock Nature Center

27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa HOLIDAY INN OMAHA DOWNTOWN

1420 Cuming St.

HOLIDAY INN HOTEL & SUITES at Ameristar 2202 River Road, Council Bluffs HOTEL DECO XV 1504 Harney St. HOLLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 13th and Douglas Streets IT'S AN EVENT! SOCIAL HALL 8045 Blondo St.

JOHNNY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Village Pointe, 168th and West Dodge Road

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The Fountains Ballroom sits on 10 acres in the picturesque Loess Hills. Exchange your vows under a pergola in the beautifully landscaped garden with tiered waterfall, pond and river bed. The ballroom, a blank canvas for extravagant decor, has a 30-foot vaulted ceiling and grand double staircase.

Elegant decor, fireplaces and plenty of parking make wedding planning easy at this full-service catering facility. Tables, chairs and linens provided at no additional cost. Recently updated with neutral decor.

Convenient North Downtown Omaha location. Small and large ballrooms for rehearsal dinners and receptions. On-site specialists work to make your day magical.

Encompassing 175,000 square feet and three levels, the Holland is brimming with possibilities. Take advantage of an expert event coordination team for gourmet dining and effortless planning with a personal touch. Formerly Blondo Social Hall. Large dance floor, professional decorating, buffet packages, open bar and cash bar options.

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Location

Contact

Max Inside

Max Outside

Min. Cost

Ceremony Site

Outside Caterer

402-342-3300 www.joslyn.org

400

500

varies

Y

N

Exchange vows beside a soaring Chihuly sculpture, snap photos in the sculpture garden and dance the night away under a 45-foot-high glass ceiling in the iconic pink marble atrium.

402-595-3209 www.joslyncastle.com

200

200

varies

Y

Y

Exclusive access to a 5.5-acre estate and magnificent 35-room mansion. Wellmanicured grounds for your outdoor ceremony; stately interior for reception.

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

402-592-4413 www.karensfireside.com

350

__

varies

Y

N

The oak mantel fireplace is the focal point of this full-service catering facility. Known for bountiful buffets and creative decorations.

L & L HALL 132nd Street and Highway 370

402-895-9719

175

__

varies

N

Y

Affordable pricing. Convenient location. Neutral backdrop for decorating in your own style.

LAURITZEN GARDENS 100 Bancroft St.

402-346-4002 www.omahabotanicalgardens.org

280

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varies

Y

N

LEGACY HALL 6104 Irvington Road

402-573-8864 www.legacyhall.com

475

__

$1,295-$1,695

Y

Y

One of the largest dance floors in Omaha, spacious main floor, tile entryway and picturesque gazebo.

402-592-2622 www.libertysocialhall.com

400

__

$1,500

N

N

Fireplace, cozy atmosphere, large oak dance floor, big-screen TV with DVD player, podium, parking, in-house catering service and on-request decorating services.

402-873-8705 www.liedlodge.org

300

200

$450

Y

N

Located on 260-acre Arbor Day Farm, this naturally gorgeous backdrop has traditional banquet rooms, historic barns and rustic lodges.

402-334-5446 www.brandeiscatering.com

350

__

varies

Y

N

402-345-5656 www.losolemio.com

225

__

varies

N

N

Welcoming atmosphere with chandeliers, columns, classic Roman art and Italian music playing in the background. Hearty Italian food from an Omaha classic.

402-341-3100 www.lucilesoldmarket.com

100

__

varies

N

Y

The foyer, grand living room, dining room and courtyard have the classic Old Market charm. Large spaces and intimate nooks boast architectural detailing.

402-231-6040 www.magnoliahotelomaha.com

275

150

varies

Y

N

Outdoor courtyard; elegant architecture inside and out; unique downtown atmosphere; steps away from the Orpheum Theater.

402-445-4380 www.mahoganyprime.com

40

__

varies

N

N

If you are looking for a modern, intimate reception, Mahogany has the ideal setting and menu to match.

402-341-9276 amerryoccasion.com

100

__

varies

Y

N

A charming Midtown historical house built in 1911, to which a beautiful chapel was added in 1937. The chapel features stained-glass windows and wonderful acoustics.

MID-AMERICA CENTER One Arena Way, Council Bluffs

712-323-0536 www.midamericacenter.com

1,200

__

varies

Y

N

This venue can host up to 1,000 guests without sacrificing quality or elegance.

MILLARD PLAZA BALLROOM 5339 S. 139th Plaza

402-891-0779 www.millardplazaballroom.com

350

__

$675-$1,550

Y

N

402-895-1440 www.eddiescatering.com

400

__

$750-$1,250

Y

N

A flexible environment to best-suit your needs for your event. Eddie's Catering provides a memorable day with savory cuisine and reliable service.

OAK HILLS COUNTRY CLUB 12325 Golfing Green Drive

402-895-3636 www.oakhillscountryclub.com

240

__

$1,000

Y

N

A highly respected property with top-rate amenities, including a well-trained staff, impeccable grounds and innovative cuisine.

OLD MATTRESS FACTORY 501 N. 13th St.

402-346-9116 www.themattomaha.com

240

__

varies

N

N

Charming loft space has soaring ceilings, giant windows with views of downtown, a private bar and several seating areas.

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

300

__

varies

Y

Y

Available spaces include: Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre, Howard Drew Theatre, Owen Lobby, Scott Lobby and Drew Foundation Plaza.

OMAHA EXECUTIVE INN 3650 S. 72nd St.

402-397-3700 www.omahaexecutiveinns.com

350

__

$1,400

Y

Y

With room for up to 350 guests, this venue will help you create your own special day.

OMAHA FIRE FIGHTERS UNION HALL 6005 Grover St.

402-551-5760 www.omahafirefightershall.com

350

__

varies

N

Y

Full-service bar, full kitchen, accessible bathrooms, raised bandstand area, large dance floor and a large video screen; cleanup included.

OMAHA HEALING ARTS CENTER 1216 Howard St.

402-345-5078 www.omahahallrental.com

120

__

$1,000

Y

Y

Event hall features a full kitchen, natural skylight, rustic plank cherrywood floors, professional sound system and stage lighting.

OMAHA MARRIOTT 10220 Regency Circle

402-399-9000 www.omahamarriott.com

350

__

varies

Y

N

Indoor/outdoor pool with landscaped outdoor pool deck for wedding ceremonies or receptions, two elegant ballrooms and spacious reception rooms.

402-505-9698 www.omahapoa.com

500

__

varies

N

Y

Ample parking, large dance floor, kitchen, plenty of tables and chairs, as well as a podium and microphones and a large-screen TV.

402-345-8008 www.omahapressclub.com

225 sit-down

__

varies

Y

N

Located on the 22nd floor of the First National Center, this contemporary and urban setting has an unbelievable view of downtown Omaha.

402-345-0202 www.omahaperformingarts.org

200

__

varies

Y

N

402-330-4359 www.pacificsprings.com

100

50

varies

N

N

402-342-1403 www.paxtonballroom.com

370

__

$750-$1,950

Y

N

PLATTEVIEW COUNTRY CLUB 4215 Platteview Road, Bellevue

402-291-5883 www.platteviewcc.com

200

20

$1500

Y

Y

THE PLAYERS CLUB at Deer Creek 12101 Deer Creek Drive

402-963-9950 www.playersclubomaha.com

325

75

varies

Y

N

QUARRY OAKS 16600 Quarry Oaks Drive, Ashland

402-944-6004 www.quarryoaks.com

200

__

varies

N

N

Beautiful patio overlooking the 18th hole, event coordination, exceptional menu selections, event room with vaulted ceilings and natural light.

402-592-2380

200

__

varies

N

Y

Customizable space with parking, wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and tables available.

402-517-3072 www.ramadaplazaomaha.com

1500

__

$300-$1,600

Y

N

Elegant space that provides centerpiece items, setup, cleaning, tear-down, cake-cutting, decorated head table, marble dance floor and covered entryway.

402-391-8686 www.regencylakeandtennis.com

150

300

varies

Y

Y

Indoor and outdoor reception options, all with views of Regency Lake. Separate dance floor and bar area.

402-397-8000 www.regencylodge.com

225

__

varies

Y

N

Signature grand staircase, beautiful ballroom, spacious guest accommodations, sophisticated amenities, attentive customer service and affordable menus.

JOSLYN ART MUSEUM 2200 Dodge St. JOSLYN CASTLE 3902 Davenport St.

LIBERTY SOCIAL HALL 711 Olson Drive, Papillion LIED LODGE & CONFERENCE CENTER 2700 Sylvan Road, Nebraska City LIVESTOCK EXCHANGE BUILDING 4920 S. 30th St. LO SOLE MIO VILLA 3020 S. 32nd Ave. LUCILE’S OLD MARKET 510 S. 10th St. MAGNOLIA HOTEL 1615 Howard St. MAHOGANY PRIME STEAKHOUSE 13665 California St. A MERRY OCCASION 3205 Harney St.

MILLARD SOCIAL HALL 10508 S. 144th St.

OMAHA COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE 6915 Cass St.

OMAHA POLICE UNION HALL 13445 Cryer Ave. OMAHA PRESS CLUB 1620 Dodge St., 22nd floor ORPHEUM THEATER 409 S. 16th St. PACIFIC SPRINGS GOLF COURSE 16810 Harney St. THE PAXTON BALLROOM 1403 Farnam St.

RALSTON AMERICAN LEGION POST 373 7400 Q St., Ralston RAMADA PLAZA HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER 3321 S. 72nd St. REGENCY LAKE & TENNIS CLUB 606 Regency Parkway REGENCY LODGE 909 S. 107th Ave.

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Exquisite gardens and reception spaces. The Great Hall stands out for its red sandstone walls and hardwood floors. Any decor plays well here.

Two magnificent 10th-floor ballrooms with 22-foot ceilings and elegant architecture. Omaha skyline views. Larger ballroom could accommodate up to 400; smaller ballroom seats 250.

This ballroom has a beautiful and traditional setting, but still provides you with unique décor and catering.

Crystal sconces, mirrored walls and antique chandeliers fashioned from Czech crystal await you in this extravagant Omaha landmark. Spacious deck, broad catering menu and charming decor.

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Ornate Art Deco finishes adorn the mezzanine and ballroom of this downtown location. Stage, coat area and soaring ceilings set this space apart. The newly renovated clubhouse has a spacious lounge and gorgeous views. Rental includes decorations, dedicated staff and more. Pool available to rent as well.

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Numerous floor plan designs, in-house catering and event staff, selection of linens and centerpieces, breathtaking golf course views from the new deck and patio and event coordinator throughout your entire event.


Location

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Max Inside

Max Outside

Min. Cost

Ceremony Site

Outside Caterer

402-346-2990 www.renaissancemansion.com

150 sit-down

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varies

Y

N

The ballroom is a large open room with two sets of French doors used for dining or dancing. There is also a wine cellar. Courtyards and handsome main floor.

THE RIDGE BANQUET FACILITY 20033 Elkhorn Ridge Drive, Elkhorn

402-289-2859 www.elkhornridge.net

350

__

$1,000

Y

N

Catering includes china, flatware, centerpieces, table linens – not to mention complete setup and cleanup. Beautiful unobstructed views.

THE ROSE THEATER 2001 Farnam St.

402-345-4849 www.rosetheater.org

150

__

varies

N

Y

An Omaha landmark, the Rose provides a dramatic setting for a wedding on the main stage and a lobby reception.

ROYAL VIEW HALL 3734 S. 13th St.

402-731-1876 www.royalviewhall.com

170

__

varies

Y

Y

Features 14 stained-glass windows, wood floor, stage and buffet room off the main hall. Excellent acoustics for live music. Tables and chairs provided.

SCOTT CONFERENCE CENTER 6450 Pine St.

402-778-6313 www.scott-center.com

500

__

varies

Y

N

Handsome, versatile space with full-service catering options to fit any theme or culture.

402-342-1300 www.scottishriteomaha.org

300

__

varies

Y

Y

The lounge area is second-to-none with its marble top and fireplace and large bar. Decorations are only needed on the tables, as the venue is ornate.

402-533-1058 www.scottlynyards.com/TheLoft

180

170

varies

Y

Y

This rustic 1920s Dutch barn has antique wood floors and impressive views. Ceremony sites include a garden, a hilltop with a view for miles, a vineyard and The Hollow. Open-air patio available for cocktail hour.

402-449-1424 www.scoularballroom.com

400

__

varies

Y

N

402-397-4275

200

__

varies

N

Y

SHERATON OMAHA HOTEL 655 N. 108th Ave.

402-496-0850 www.starwoodhotels.com

220

__

varies

N

N

SHORELINE GOLF COURSE 210 E. Locust St., Carter Lake

712-347-5173 www.golfshoreline.com

200

__

varies

Y

N

Renovated conference room and lounge have views of the golf course.

SIMPLY BALLROOM 2679 Farnam St.

402-933-6678 www.simply-ballroom.com

300

$1,200

Y

Y

Located in Midtown Crossing, this new reception site has two ballroom spaces. Rented singularly for $650, capacity is 150. Sixteen-foot ceilings, lounge, wall-to-wall wood floors.

SOKOL AUDITORIUM 2234 S. 13th St.

402-346-9802 www.sokolomaha.com

750

__

varies

Y

Y

Marble entrance leads to the frosted glass and wood doors of the Grand Ballroom. The crystal chandelier can be lowered or raised.

402-784-3154 www.starliteballroom.net

1,000

__

varies

Y

N

A 5,000-square-foot wooden dance floor, two well-stocked bars, full kitchen and 5 acres of parking.

402-944-3100, ext. 253 www.sacmuseum.org

2,000

__

varies

Y

Y

This venue is truly unique and contemporary; perfect for couples looking for something out-of-the-box.

402-342-0077 www.sullivanssteakhouse.com

100

__

varies

N

N

402-392-0404 www.tangiershrine.com

300

__

$1,250

Y

Y

Choose from the Crescent Room or the Oasis Room.

TARA HILLS GOLF COURSE 1410 Western Hills Drive, Papillion

402-592-7550 www.eaglehills.org

100

__

varies

N

Y

Clubhouse with seating for up to 100 guests; overlooks the 18th hole. Gourmet catering services.

1316 JONES STREET 13th and Jones Streets, Old Market

402-415-8222 www.1316jones.com

295

130

$700-$1,500

Y

N

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This downtown Omaha landmark provides an elegant ambience with a dance floor, fully lighted deck and two portable bars.

402-554-3368 www.brandeiscatering.com

300

__

varies

Y

N

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After the ceremony, your guests may move to the patio for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and then inside for dinner and dancing.

402-706-8983

150

varies

N

N

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An all-new venue, perfect for bridal showers, luncheons and small wedding receptions. Dance floor, full bar service, award-winning catering services.

402-896-1323 www.tiburongolf.com

400

__

varies

Y

N

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With different rooms to choose from, patios and a scenic golf course, this venue is picture-perfect.

TIP TOP DOWNTOWN BALLROOM 1502 Cuming St.

402-334-5446 www.brandeiscatering.com

600

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$500-$1,000

N

N

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Access to the Grand Foyer for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres; the Grand Ballroom, which can be divided into 3 areas; the Junior Ballroom; or Executive Ballroom.

TREGARON GOLF COURSE 13909 Glengarry Circle, Bellevue

402-292-2745 www.tregarongolf.com

175

40

varies

N

N

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

402-559-5192 www.unmc.edu/eventscenter

350

__

varies

Y

Y

UPSTREAM BREWING COMPANY 514 S. 11th St.

402-344-0200 www.upstreambrewing.com

85-125

__

varies

N

N

Located on the lower level, the party room has more than 1,500 square feet and features a beautifully restored antique bar, side room with pocket billiards table and private restrooms.

UPSTREAM BREWING COMPANY 17070 Wright St.

402-778-0100 www.upstreambrewing.com

135

__

varies

N

N

The second location in west Omaha can seat up to 135 people and provides the same quality menu as the Old Market location.

402-571-8397 www.vfwwebcom.org/ne/post2503

230

__

varies

Y

Y

Call for details.

VFW POST 8334 5083 S. 136th St.

402-895-5656

130

__

varies

Y

N

Call for details.

VENICE INN 6920 Pacific St.

402-556-3111 www.canigliasveniceinn.com

175

__

varies

N

N

"Relaxed elegance" describes the party room. Enjoy seafood, pasta and chicken in a restaurant made famous for its family recipes.

VIKING SHIP 2582 Redick Ave.

402-457-5585

300

__

$515

Y

Y

Winding staircase, dance floor, kitchen. Named for the North High Vikings, not for its decor.

402-238-3000 www.benningtonwarehouse.com

300

__

varies

Y

N

The ballroom has a full bar, stage and plenty of room for dancing. Great for weddings, dances, parties and larger events. Catering provided by Hy-Vee.

402-390-3380 www.access66catering.com

300

__

varies

Y

N

Consider events in the Westside Banquet Room, Lighthouse Dining Suite, Alumni Executive Boardroom and gym.

712-483-2435 www.willowcreekglasschapel.com

350

__

$1,000-S2,800

Y

Y

THE RENAISSANCE MANSION 401 S. 39th St.

SCOTTISH RITE MASONIC CENTER 202 S. 20th St. SCOTTLYN YARDS 6817 County Road P35, Blair SCOULAR BALLROOM 2027 Dodge St. SHARK CLUB 2808 S. 72nd St.

STARLITE BALLROOM 2045 County Road K, Wahoo STRATEGIC AIR & SPACE MUSEUM 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE 222 S. 15th St. TANGIER SHRINERS’ CENTER 2823 S. 84th St.

THE THOMPSON CENTER UNO campus, 67th and Dodge Streets THAT PLACE EATERY 132nd Street and Highway 370

TIBURON GOLF CLUB 10302 S. 168th St.

VFW POST 2503 8904 Military Road

THE WAREHOUSE 15409 S. Second St., Bennington WESTSIDE COMMUNITY CONFERENCE CENTER 3534 S. 108th St. WILLOW CREEK GLASS CHAPEL 4072 325th St., Shelby, Iowa

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Warm hospitality and custom menus featuring our finest steak and seafood, as well as personalized beverage service. Impressive wine cellar.

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Modern architecture, neutral colors, glass foyer. Tables, chairs, room setup and cleanup, coat racks, CD player and access to the kitchen and parking.

Featuring high vaulted ceilings and rustic charm, this space has everything you'll need, including a chapel, dance floor and access to the grounds.

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Von Maur | p. 3 www.vonmaur.com

Beauty Arbonne International, Stephen Smith www.arbonne.com Panneton Dental markpannetondds.com Urbane Salon & Day Spa urbanesalonanddayspa.com

Event decor AAA Rents & Event Services | p. 68 www.aaarents-omaha.com Chair Cover Elegance www.chaircoverelegance.com David M. Mangelsen's | p. 52 www.mangelsens.com Grand Illusions Event & Party Decorating www.grandillusions.biz Honeyman Rent-All | p. 93 honeymanrentall.com Memrical | p. 5 www.memrical.com Tent Event | p. 83 www.tenteventomaha.com Theatrical Media Services (lighting) tmsomaha.com United Rent-All | p. 55 www.unitedrent-all-omaha.com

Floral Florals etcetera | p. 53 www.floralsetcetera.com A Flower Basket aflowerbasket.org Hy-Vee | p. 17 www.hy-vee.com

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FOUNTAINS BALLROOM

Loess Hills Floral Studio | p. 18 loesshillsfloral.com Memories Bi-Design (preservation) | p. 56 memoriesbidesign.com Mulhall's | p. 25 mulhalls.com

Attire David's Bridal www.davidsbridal.com Dillard's | inside back cover www.dillards.com Ellynne Bridal | p. 1 ellynnebridal.com Gentleman's Choice | p. 73 www.omahatuxedos.com Men's Wearhouse www.menswearhouse.com

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Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal | p. 79 www.cornhuskerbeverage.com inclosed studio www.inclosedstudio.com Meldeen meldeen.com Village Stationery | p. 49 www.villagestationery.com

Music Bircher & Bircher Music bircherandbirchermusic.com Complete Music Video Photo | p. 52 cmomaha.com ShowTime Music showtime-music.com

Officiant Inclusive Life | p. 57 www.inclusivelife.org

Photography Bell Photography | p. 56 www.bellsphoto.com Chellsey Lynn Photography | p. 67 www.chellseylynnphotography.com Complete Music Video Photo | p. 52 cmomaha.com


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Janine McClintock Studios | p. 18 janinemcclintock.com Jeremy Johnson Photography http://jeremyjohnsonphoto.com Lane Intimates | p. 27 laneintimates.com Lane Weddings | inside front cover laneweddings.com Lindsey George Photography | p. 57 www.lindseygeorgephotographyomaha.com Midwest Photo Pro | p. 93 www.midwestphotopro.com Multi-Images Photography | p. 49 www.multi-images.com T. Sterba Photography www.sterbaphoto.com The Omaha Photo Booth Company www.theomahaphotoboothcompany.com Tin Box Weddings www.tinboxweddings.com

Registeries Celebrity China & Crystal | p. 39 celebritychina.com Dillard's | inside back cover www.dillards.com Nebraska Furniture Mart | p. 7 nfm.com

Travel Enchanted Honeymoons | back cover www.enchantedhoneymoons.com

Transportation Turf Cars | p. 67 www.turfcars.com

Real estate Celebrity Homes | p. 43 celebrityhomesomaha.com Thrasher Basement Systems www.thrasherbasement.com

Venues

The Field Club of Omaha WHERE TRADITION MEETS MODERN

A View in Fontenelle Hills | p. 19 aviewfh.com A View West | p. 19 aviewwestomaha.com Anthony’s Steakhouse | p. 81 www.anthonyssteakhouse.com Archdiocesan Retreat & Conference Center | p. 68 www.archomaha.org/pastoral/arcc/ Aspen Room | p. 79 www.aspenroomomaha.com

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Bella Terre | p. 58 bellaterre.com Castle Barrett | p. 81 www.barrettsomaha.com Creighton University Skutt & Harper Centers | p. 79 Creighton.edu/reservations DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown | p. 73 omahadowntown.doubletree.com


Embassy Suites Omaha - La Vista | p. 15 EmbassySuites.hilton.com/LaVista Erin Court | p. 5 erincourt.com The Field Club of Omaha | p. 94 www.fcomaha.com First Central Congregational Church | p. 95 firstcentral.org The Fountains Ballroom and Vineyard | p. 4 thefountainsballroom.com The Georgetowne Club | p. 58 www.brandeiscatering.com Hilton Garden Inn Omaha East - Council Bluffs | p. 93 www.omahaeastcouncilbluffs.hgi.com Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha | p. 11 holidayinndowntownomaha.com Holiday Inn Lincoln Southwest | p. 11 www.HolidayInn.com Holland Performing Arts Center | p. 55 www.omahaperformingarts.org Johnny's Italian Steakhouse | p. 95 johnnysitaliansteakhouse.com Lauritzen Gardens | p. 23 www.lauritzengardens.org Livestock Exchange Building | p. 58 www.brandeiscatering.com Millard Plaza Ballroom | p. 32 millardplazaballroom.com Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium | p. 53 www.omahazoo.com Orpheum Theater | p. 55 www.omahaperformingarts.org The Paxton | p. 79 www.paxtonballroom.com

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The Players Club at Deer Creek | p. 83 www.playersclubomaha.com Regency Lodge www.regencylodge.com Scott Conference Center www.scott-center.com Scoular Ballroom | p. 2 scoularballroom.com Sheraton Omaha Hotel | p. 27 www.Sheraton.com/Omaha Sullivan's Steakhouse | p. 25 sullivanssteakhouse.com 1316 Jones Street | p. 79 www.1316jones.com Tiburon Golf Club | p. 87 www.tiburongolf.com TipTop Ballroom Downtown | p. 58 www.brandeiscatering.com That Place Eatery | p. 24 The Thompson Center | p. 74 www.thethompsoncenter.org UNMC Truhlsen Center | p. 85 www.unmc.edu/eventscenter Willow Creek Glass Chapel & Banquet Hall | p. 85 www.willowcreekglasschapel.com This list includes bridal professionals who participated in the most recent and coming Wedding Essentials events as confirmed at time of publication..

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EVER AFTER

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Today

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Dick and Maureen Kizer

The Bride

Her Mother

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AGE 20 HE PROPOSED On a dock at Lake Okoboji on Maureen’s birthday

HE PROPOSED By recreating their first date in Chicago

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7-MONTH

engagement

engagement

THEME Hot pink and orange

THEME Yellow floral

CEREMONY SITE St. Leo Catholic Church, Omaha

CEREMONY SITE St. Pius X Catholic Church, Omaha

289 GUESTS SHE WORE White strapless dress with a lace overlay and sash at the waist; cathedral-length veil HE WORE Black tuxedo, white shirt, white tie

300 GUESTS SHE WORE A white floor-length dress with long sleeves and a high neck; cathedral-length veil. Maureen made her dress after seeing a style she liked in a magazine. HE WORE A gray morning coat, pinstripe pants, white shirt and striped ascot

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1950s

Harry and Helen Jenkins

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11-MONTH engagement THEME Pale blue CEREMONY SITE Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Fort Dodge, Iowa

100 GUESTS SHE WORE A white, floor-length dress with a fitted bodice and full skirt; fingertip-length veil HE WORE White tuxedo coat, black pants, white shirt, black tie

GETAWAY VEHICLE Her dad’s Cadillac HONEYMOON The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado


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Wedding Essentials Fall/Winter 2012  

The must-have wedding magazine for brides in the Omaha Metro and surrounding areas. Published by the Omaha World-Herald Co.

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