Category Archives: Preferred Vendors

Ralston Arena // For the love of the Lancers

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Meet Michelle and Chris Forkasdi, Omaha Lancers season ticket holders. Being the fans that they are, the Forkasdi’s wedding plan included communicating with the Lancers staff to do the puck drop at the beginning of the game on their wedding day. Unfortunately they weren’t able to do that, BUT the Lancers still wanted to recognize Michelle and Chris at some point during the game. Chris and Michelle had just finished up their first dances when they were whisked away to make an appearance on the ice for the game announcer to congratulate them — definitely a reception highlight!

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After seeing this wedding, W.E. wondered how fun it would be to put on some skates for your reception and sure enough, the Ralston Arena provides that option! How fun! This would be perfect for if you’re planning a winter wedding — or want a slice of winter for whatever time of year your big day lands on.

The ice is rented out by the hour (provide that it’s available). Skates and staffing are also provided for your guests.

And we’ll let you in a little secret — the Ralston Arena is giving $500 DOLLARS OFF its wedding package from now until June 1st. Your wedding/reception must be reserved by June 1st and take place before December 31, 2014. More details here.

Photos: Stribley Photography

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.

Get Fit Before You Say “I Do!”

Looking to get in shape for your wedding? Whether you’re 8 months or 8 weeks away from the big day, it’s never too early or too late to start! Just ask our friends at Kosama.

Before you begin any exercise plan, change the way you think about working out and getting in shape for your walk down the aisle. A common misconception among brides-to-be (as well as their mothers and bridesmaids) is that you only need to focus on your arms. After all, the dress covers up the majority of your legs, right? Combined with a few hours on the elliptical, women expect this to do the trick.

In reality, lifting weights and challenging your body with high intensity intervals and full-body training is much more effective. Not only do you burn more calories during the workout, you also burn more calories all day long! And what woman doesn’t want that?!

That’s where Kosama comes in. Not your typical gym, there are no weight machines or cardio equipment. Instead, it is designed for members to take classes 6 days a week. Each day the class targets a different part of the body, giving you a full-body workout by the end of the week. The best part? You don’t have to come up with the workout yourself. Just show up, give it all you’ve got, and Kosama will do the rest.

Worried about your busy schedule interfering with classes? Don’t be! You’ll love being able to show up for a class at anytime without signing up beforehand. Even the busiest of brides can take class Monday thru Saturday and plan her wedding too!

With fun classes and instructors who aren’t afraid to give you that much-needed push, getting in shape has never been easier! Yes, you’ll probably dread dragging your tired body to class for the first week. But we promise each week gets easier. Before long, you’ll love running laps and doing more push-ups than you ever thought possible.

For those of us who need a little extra motivation, grab your bridesmaids and check out a class together. It’s a great way to spend time with friends and get a workout in too! Kosama does their part to motivate you as well. The staff is there every step of the way with advice on everything from meal planning to grocery shopping. There are even weekly assessments so you can track your progress.

Whether you’re a fitness pro or new to exercising, Kosama is a great place for brides to get in shape. Just remember that change doesn’t happen overnight. Stick with your workouts and you’ll begin to notice a difference.

Still not sure if Kosama is for you? Check out their website to get a one-day guest pass and see what they’re all about!

New Downtown Omaha Hotel // Residence Inn

WE recently had the chance to tour the newly opened Residence Inn - Downtown Omaha and couldn’t wait to share it with you! At first glance it appears similar to other modern, Art Deco-inspired buildings in the area. But upon our visit, we were plesantly surprised by the mix of history and modern elegance. As we walked the halls, the staff shared little details that make this hotel all the more charming. WE know you’ll love this hotel as much as we do!


Located on the corner of 15th and Dogde (historically known as the “Kissing Corner”), the Old Federal Building was once home to agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Army, and Navy. Today the building is home to 152 guest suites and all the amenities needed for an extended stay. As a historical landmark, no original materials can leave the building! So designers got creative and incorporated original materials into the hotel wherever possible.

Original brass fixtures, old marble, and real wood embellish the lobby. Guests can enjoy breakfast while a 1934 FBI Most Wanted poster stares them down from above. Original vault doors transport guests back in time as they sip their morning coffee.

The guest rooms don’t feel like hotel rooms at all, but luxury apartments. Every room is equipped with a full kitchen, desk, and plenty of mirrors – perfect for the bride and her bridesmaids to get ready in front of! Orignal wood is used throughout the hallways, making this large hotel feel cozy and comfortable. We could definately get used to these rooms – especially the views!collage 2

An outdoor patio, recreation room (complete with video games for the groom and his men), and exercise facility make the Residence Inn a perfect hang out for your wedding party.

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Host a bachelor or bachelorette party here to take advantage of the proximity to the Old Market. Plus, you and your friends can enjoy the recreation room or cook a late-night snack with food curtosy of the grocery shopping service available to all guests. Out-of-town family & friends will love staying in these suites with all the comforts of home while the newlyweds hide away in the Penthouse Suite.

The possibilites are truly endless with this hotel! Take a tour for yourself and see all that this new hotel has to offer. For more information contact the Residence Inn at 402.342.4770.

Idea Show 2013 Vendor Listing + Map

1. Hy-Vee
2. Bircher & Bircher Music
3. Michael “Gooch” Gurciullo
4. Jeremy Johnson Photography
5. David’s Bridal
6. Men’s Wearhouse
7. Enchanted Honeymoons
8. Direct TV Technical Magic
9. Sam & Louie’s Event Catering
10. TMS
11. Meldeen
12. New Vintage Brooch Bouquets
13. Chair Cover Elegance
14. David M. Mangelsen’s
15. Tiburon Golf Club
16. Honeyman Rent-All
17. Nothing Bundt Cakes
18. Ready or Knot {wedding chic]
19. Hollywood Star Photo Booth
20. Urbane Salon & Day Spa
21. Fountains Ballroom/Memrical
22. Sublime Bridal
23. Florals etc.
24. Bella Terre
25. iwen exposures
26. Upstream
27. Rodan & Fields
28. Gigi’s Cupcakes
29. Image Society
30. DoubleTree Downtown
31. The Omaha Photo Booth Co.
32. United Rent-All
33. Century Link Center Omaha
34. Showtime Music
35. Omar Arts & Events
36. Kontempo.
37. Shondy Studios
38. Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
39. Younkers
40. Hilton Omaha
41. Omaha Lace Cleaners
42. Gentlemen’s Choice
43. Complete.
44. Ellynne Bridal
45. Lauritzen Gardens
46. Pottery Barn
47. Fleming’s
48. Regency Lodge
49. Village Stationary
50. Chris Tierney Photography
51. Mockingbird Cupcakes
52. Celebrity China
53. Cater Omaha
54. Bell Photography
55. Sun Tan City
56. Exclusive Tuxedos & Dresses
57. Monica’s Cakes
58. Omaha Love
59. Omaha World-Herald Celebrations
60. Scoular Ballroom
61. Omaha Press Club & Villamonte’s Cuisine
62. Arbonne Int. Stephen Smith
63. Anthony’s Steakhouse
64. Dillard’s
65. Hotel Deco
66. Player’s Club at Deer Creek
67. Scott Conference Center
68. T. Sterba Photography
69. Alotta Brownies
70. Mary Kay
71. Lindsey George Photography
72. Main Event Catering
73. Chellsey Lyn Photography
74. Salon Evar
75. It Works
76. Memories Bi-Design
77. Caesars Entertainment Mid-America Center
78. JF+M
79. Bed Bath & Beyond
80. Family Enrichment Inc.
81. Simply Elegant Cakes
82. A Flower Basket
83. Tip Top Tux
84. Residence Inn
85. TK Imaging
86. Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal
87. Body by Vi
88. Hilton Garden Inn
89. Multi-Images

Sweet Friday // Monica’s Cakes

cakes1 Oh, my! WE are obsessed with this cake! Ombre, ruffles, flowers, tasty goodness — what more could you ask for?! Welcome to Wedding Essentials, Monica’s Cakes!

P.S. You’ll find this sweet lady at the Idea Show on October 20th!


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