Whether you’re all suits or all gowns, you can’t argue with more happiness — or more cake or more dancing. You’ve probably seen this image going viral on all social platforms. Today’s all about marriage equality!
It’s National Proposal Day! We’ve heard some great engagement stories throughout the years that you can find on our blog here.
But today we’ve scoured through our favorite proposals on YouTube — and probably used about half a box of tissues in the process. So hopefully these might give your guy some inspiration!
An article published yesterday in the Omaha World-Herald touched on the subject of couples’ financial matters, saying that joining finances has gotten more complicated since many are waiting until later in life to get married. And even though joining finances may be more complicated, personality, character and looks still top the list of traits people look for in a mate.
On a wedding-related note, the article mentions that 60 percent of couples pay for their own wedding, which with honeymoon costs is more than $31,000 — the majority of which don’t regret the spending.
Did you know that there is around a 215% increase in weddings set for iconic dates such as today, 3/13/13? Yep! It’s true. This month there are two of those dates — today, 3.13.13 and at the end of the month on 3.31.13! Maybe it’s because your favorite number is 3 or 13 or maybe you just want to pick a date your husband will be less likely to forget.
Are there any brides in the Omaha area getting married on these dates? Share your 3.13.13 & 3.31.13 wedding details or engagement stories with us.
I’m coming down from a high of the most fun, never-ending double-weekend wedding celebration! It was such a great time, that I’m re-thinking how I see my future wedding being played out. Let me tell you about it…
Part 1: Friends and family from Omaha, Chicago, Iowa and southern California all meet on the beach on the central coast of California. See the groom is from Nebraska, the bride is a California girl. At 9am – we all meet at the beach house (rented by the bride’s parents) where we were all staying. After we claim bunk beds – yes, bunk beds! — we do a a quick rehearsal on the beach. Did I mention the officiant is the BFF of the bride and got ordained on the internet. He was proud to wear his “Minister” T-shirt during the rehearsal, courtesy of his Minister Kit complete with parking pass! No worries, he took his role very seriously, and blew us all away with his ministerial skills. We called him “The Rev” for the remaining of this wedding adventure.
Sandwiches were delivered to the house for lunch. Then we piled onto a limo bus to go wine tasting around wine country. It was beautiful! I didn’t want to come home. We ended up at a mexican restaurant where we had endless margaritas and nachos. We walked back to the beach house and played football on the beach, built a bonfire and made smores late into the night. It was the perfect day.
Part 2: It’s Wedding Day! I’m coordinating the set up of the ceremony and mini-reception with 10 guys who surprisingly took their job as the set-up crew pretty seriously. “Which way do we face the wine bottles?” “How many shells go each table?” “Do you think we need another keg?”
The noon ceremony was heart-felt, the bride was beautiful, and the shells all found good homes with the bride’s 5 year old cousin. We cleaned up, took naps, then repeated the same football-bonfire-smores routine that evening. For two days straight, we did nothing but laugh. It was sad to say good bye to everyone, but we all knew this was only halftime in this epic wedding.
Part 3: Two weeks later, the same crew is back in Omaha – Yay! We all meet at a groomsman’s house the Friday before Memorial Day. We’ve rented Olly the Trolly to take us around for the day to our favorite “establishments”. Unexpected surprise – the groomsman hosting the event had T-shirts made for everyone! There were 3 different shirts designed all including funny images and quotes from the wedding weekend two weeks before. Depending on which t-shirt you had determined which team you were on. There were challenges for teams to complete throughout the day.
Part 4: The following day we all had a pool day at the groom’s parents house. A perfect sunny day that included more laughing, of course.
Part 5: It’s Reception Day! The gals spent all day getting our hair and make up done. False eye lashes are key! Amazing, fun, beautiful party at a top-notch country club in town. We ROCKED that reception. Apparently, playing Whitney’s “How Will I Know” is the key to getting guys on the dance floor. Who knew?
After Hours: Headed to a favorite dive bar in town, because no one was ready to say good bye. Alas, 2 am came and lots of hugs around to all. Sad. Felt like summer camp just ended and you knew you had to wait until next summer to see all your friends again.
Looking back, I don’t think I could ever forget about this wedding. I had so much fun and made some amazing new friends. It got me thinking, why should weddings be just one day? It’s your WED-DING! Make it last for a year! I always hear brides say it goes by too quickly. We made vacations out of the two trips, and I know we’d all agree that we had more fun on these two mini-trips than we’d ever had on a vacation before.
Disclaimer: It took a village to plan this. But all the details were thought out – meals, transportation, where we would be sleeping at, etc. I was so impressed. This article from The Knot has some good tips for planning weekend weddings. Martha Stewart Wedding’s Idea of the Day was Tips for Planning a Flawless Weekend Wedding. The bride and groom made it easy to have fun and enjoy ourselves. So now we’re waiting for the other couples in our group to get married so we can ‘go back to summer camp’. Cheers!
From Miss Deco:
It was sad to hear the French Cafe was closing in the Old Market, but it also created a little bit of a panic as we had a reservation there for our rehearsal dinner. I am thankful that we still have plenty of time to find another option.
My mother-in-law to be was on the situation (having 3 sons already married, she is a pro). We wanted to stick with the downtown location and an elegant setting. Thankfully, we found a hidden gem … Lucille’s.
Tucked in between Howard and Jackson along 10th street is a wonderful iron gate intertwined with vines is a lovely venue perfect for a celebration. We toured the space and instantly fell in love with it! Booked it right on the spot. It will be wonderful setting to kick off our wedding weekend! Plenty of room for our families to mingle and get to know each other since my family and I are from the east coast and his from Omaha. Bonus … it has a fabulous private courtyard for after dinner drinks and cigars.
If this is the biggest issue in our wedding planning then I’ll take it! And a big thanks to Mr. Deco’s mother! She arranged everything and continues to help make everything special for our BIG DAY.
From Miss June:
I have met and worked with countless amazing wedding professionals over the past few months and I can tell you that it’s very hard to go wrong in Omaha. Everyone is so knowledgeable and eager to be a part of my special day… it’s wonderful. It makes having a perpetual to-do list something that is still enjoyable!
I had an appointment at Platinum Wedding Rentals where I worked with the wonderful, Fran Rounsborg as she helped me create some amazing centerpieces, head tables arrangements, and the complete look and feel for our reception. She’s so good at what she does and knows exactly what kind of look I want: Statement, Classic, Bam! … and all within a set price.
I’ve found a great mix of doing floral through Platinum Wedding Rentals (in Kearney) with silk flowers for some the center pieces, ordering bulk roses (~75 roses for $50-65!!!! Amazing!) and other floral from Sam’s Club for some of the other center piece we will do ourselves, and then looking for a florist to do the whole wedding party floral designing and seeing who can come up with the best idea for the place card table “statement” piece… bam! perfect. It’s between a big floral design or something with a tree/brances with candles hanging from them with flowers. I’m not sure. We will see what the different vedors can come up with and go from there. I’m pretty excited.
I found invitations I really liked through Village Stationary. They are the simple, old-school, elegant I am looking for. Those are my favorite thus far, but I’m going to look into a few more DIY options before making a final decision.
The STDs just went out last week… I’m never hand-writing 300 addresses again by myself! I might have to grab a few bottles of my favorite wines and have all my bridesmaids over to help address them. Never again!