Category Archives: Events

Invitation Inspiration

There’s nothing like a jaw-dropping laser-cut invitation to attract and hold your guests’ attention. Precision designs with contrasting punches of color and letterpress scrollwork are popular in today’s stationery suites. Order form a stationery book, or work with an invitation designer who does custom work. If you can dream it, somebody can make it.Lace_0019
Leather envelopes with a touch of gold aren’t the type of invitations to be tossed out, but kept and talked about for years.WEideashow13_0022WEideashow13_0010 WEideashow13_0012 WEideashow13_0014 WEideashow13_0015 WEideashow13_0016 WEideashow13_0017

Invitations found at the Wedding Essentials Idea Show.
Created by Meldeen.
Photos: Heidi Hoffman


Event // All About Weddings Happy Hour

So now that you’re engaged and we want to do our best to help you plan your wedding, you’re officially invited to join us at the All About Weddings Happy Hour — happening this Thursday, February 27th at the Millard Plaza Ballroom at 5:00 p.m. This casual, stress-free affair is to help you get to know the All About Weddings Partners and maybe win a prize or something awesome like that. Enjoy some free food, free drinks and engaged conversation.

Prize drawing will be at 7:00 p.m.
Event ends at 7:30 p.m.

And if you’re wondering who’s going to be there besides us, you can check out this page or the list below. But don’t forget to RSVP! See you there, friends!

Access 66 Catering
All Season Floral
Cherry on Top Events by Jen
Concierge Travel of Omaha
dSy Invitations
Gentleman’s Choice
Hampton Inn & Suites — LaVista
Inclusive Life Wedding Officiants
Jaime Eschliman, musician
Lane Weddings
Millard Plaza Ballroom
Omaha Lace Cleaners
Sublime Couture
The Omaha Photo Booth Company
Wedding Essentials


Best of Bridal University 2014

Best of Bridal University 2014 // Runway

WE Thank You!

We just want to give a huge shout-out to all our wonderful vendors, contributors and show volunteers for making Bridal University a success this year. WE couldn’t have done it without you!


A View in Fontenelle Hills & A View WestAAA Rents & Event ServicesAesthetic Surgical ImagesAnthony’s SteakhouseArbonne International, Stephen Smith, Ind. Cons. D.M., Attitude on FoodBel Air FashionsBella TerreBellus Photo + Film, Celebrity China & CookwareCelebrity HomesChair Cover Elegance, Cherry Hills Event CenterChristopher Rich Photography, Complete, Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal, David M. Mangelsen’sDavid’s BridalEllynne Bridal, Embassy Suites Omaha – DowntownEnchanted HoneymoonsExclusive Tuxedos and Dresses, First Impressions PhotographyFlorals EtceteraGentleman’s ChoiceHilton Garden Inn at Horseshoe CasinoHilton OmahaHoliday Inn Downtown Omaha, Hollywood Star Photo BoothHooton Images, Image SocietyIt Works!Jeremy Johnson PhotographyJone-Z Party BusJos. A. BankKosamaLane Weddings, Leah Marie PhotographyLindsey George Photography, Loess Hills Floral StudioMain Event CateringMAK Images, MéldeenMemories Bi DesignMen’s WearhouseMid-America CenterMonica’s CakesNobbiesNothing Bundt CakesOmaha Lace CleanersOmaha World-Herald CelebrationsOmaha’s Henry-Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Omar Arts & Events, Pettit’s PastryReady or Knot {Wedding Chic}Re-Bath: 5 Day Kitchen, Regency Lodge HotelReveal Salon & Spa, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory & Coldstone CreamerySam & Louie’s Event CateringScott Conference CenterScoular BallroomShowTime MusicSimply Elegant CakesSnap Omaha PhotoboothSullivan’s SteakhouseTap Snap Photo EntertainmentThe Bel Air Banquet RoomThe Club at Indian CreekThe Fountains Ballroom & Fountains West, The Gaming DudeThe Players Club at Deer Creek, The Salvation Army Kroc CenterTheatrical Media ServicesTiburon Golf ClubTin Box WeddingsTip Top Tux, United Rent-All

Introducing: His & Hers Bridal Suites

Something old is new again at the Scoular Ballroom. Last year, the ballroom underwent a freshening. This year, the historic venue is unveiling his and hers bridal suites. The grand reveal will be at an open house celebration on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Plan on tasting great food, enjoying a cocktail (or two), checking out bridal hair and makeup styles and taking in beautiful sounds by local musicians if you go.

Theresa Farrage, event coordinator, says 30 percent to 40 percent of couples she meets want space for ceremony and reception in the same room. “We can do a room flip very easily,” Farrage says. Use the atrium space for a cocktail reception, then bring your guests into the grand ballroom for the ceremony and reception. Guests can even sit at round tables while you exchange your vows on the stage. Add drama to the setting with programmable lights. Plus, the Scoular has added a buffet room for 60-65 guests – perfect for a catered rehearsal dinner or shower.

The bridal suites each feature vanities with lighted mirrors, and three-way mirrors.

The grand ballroom can accommodate 325 guests for a sit-down meal. The open floor plan can easily accommodate food stations, which are great for getting guests to circulate and mingle.

Save the Date!

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Today is December 12th, and you all know what that means…Bridal University is exactly one month away! WE have been working hard to prepare awe-inspiring displays, a stunning fashion-show, and so much more especially for you!


Newly engaged? Bridal University is the perfect way to get your feet wet as you begin wedding planning. Meet with wedding experts one-on-one for the best tips & tricks in the wedding planning business. You can even book your venue, DJ, florist, and so much more - all in one day!

See the newest styles on the runway, where Omaha’s top bridal boutiques will be giving you a first look at the season’s hottest bridal trends. Bridesmaids dresses & tuxedos will also be featured on the runway, so bring your bridesmaids and groom along!

Did we mention that the new Wedding Essentials Magazine will be making it’s debut at the show? Be the first to see the latest trends, fashions, colors, and more for Spring and Summer 2014 brought to you be the Wedding Essentials team.

At Bridal University, you can truly learn everything you need to know about planning a wedding all in one fabulous show! So what are you waiting for?! Get your ticket today and pay just $10. WE can’t wait to see you at the show!

Idea Show 2013 Prize Winners

Free uplighting package when you book a DJ with Complete

Kellie Ward — $250 off your wedding order at A Flower Basket
Jade Eden — Picture Heavens Gate from Bella Terre
Amanda Allen — Weekend stay for two with breakfast at the DoubleTree
Hadley Glaser — Couples communication workshop from Family Enrichment, Inc.
Becca Gradoville — $500 off wedding tuxes from Gentleman’s Choice
Maura Manning — one dozen free gourmet cupcakes at Gigi’s Cupcakes
Brianna Rhoten — Complimentary facial and massage at the Hilton Omaha Spa
Julianna Gass — Free color and cut at Kontempo.
Tracy Gillman — One night stay at the Holiday Inn at Ameristar
Alexis Waker — Bridal essentials basket from Mary Kay Cosmetics
Leah Marty — 6″ wedding cake topper from Mockingbird Cupcakes
Elizabeth Blanco — One night stay in a studio suite at Residence Inn Downtown Omaha
Kelsey Laraheur — Wedding reception catering for 100 people from Sam & Louie’s
Mikayla Morse – Free veil from Sublime Bridal
Jessica Churchich — Free room rental at The Players Club
Tricia Bostwick — Wedding day essentials package from Village Stationery

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