Real Wedding // Daniela + Ryan

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ESSENTIALS:
Bride & Groom – Daniela Alic and Ryan Filbrandt
Photographer – Dink Design + Photography
Rings – Borsheims
Bridal Gown – Ellynne Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses – Etsy
Groom’s Attire – Men’s Wearhouse
Florist – The bride, with help from family and friends. Bulk flowers came from Sam’s Club and Fifty Flowers
Cake – Cindy’s Cakes
Caterer – Country Pines
Music – Harris Academy of the Arts (Ceremony), QuickPro DJ’s (Reception)
Rentals – AAA Rents & Event Services

Real Wedding // Tommy + Peter

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Read Tommy and Peter’s real wedding story here, page 24.

ESSENTIALS:
Couple: Tommy Boatright and Peter Gallo
Photographer – Ed Carlson Photography
Rings – Goldworks, Lincoln
Attire – J. Crew, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom
Florist – Loess Hills Floral Studio
Cakes – Boatright
Caterer – Boatright; he also made dark chocolate pistachio sea salt vegan cookies as wedding favors
Music – Personal playlists
Rentals – Gibbs Party Rental

 

Saying “thanks” with sincerity

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Texts and emails won’t do. When it comes to thanking your guests for their gifts, a proper acknowledgement starts with pen and paper. If you have bad handwriting, a typed message on a personalized card is the next best thing.

We’ve put together a few guidelines to writing Thank-You notes to help get you on the right track.

1. NAMES — If you’re using first names, list the woman’s name first in the note and on the envelope.
2. LENGTH — Three or four sentences will do.
3. BODY — Always reference the gift and how you plan to use it. When acknowledging gifts of cash, checks or gift cards, the amount of the gift should not be mentioned. Add something personal about the gift-giver. End your note by thanking them again and sign both names.
4. TIMELINE — Try to mail your thank-you notes within two weeks after your wedding.

TIPS
No Gifts, Please: When two established households are coming together, gifts can seem ridiculous. The best way you can tactfully make the announcement is through family and friends. For guests who still want to give you something, suggest a donation in your name to a favorite non-profit.

Get Organized: Recruit a friend or family member to be the gift organizer. He or she can help you keep a record of what you receive from whom and when. Keeping organized from the beginning will help when you sit down to write your thank-yous.

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

Event // All About Weddings Happy Hour

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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
Complete
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

 

Spring Dreaming

While we’re soaking in this nice weather, we’ve caught ourselves dreaming of all the spring and summer weddings to come this year. So here’s an idea: an ice cream bar.

Sounds totally fun, right?! Molly Lorincz hooked us up with these gorgeous shots of a beautifully executed ice cream bar that was created by a real bride. WE invite you to take a gander (and maybe let your imagination get the best of you). Want more? Well, we’ve got some for you right here.

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Real Wedding // Savannah + Dustin

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THE BIG SURPRISE:
The blizzard. Three days before the wedding Theresa, Savannah’s mother, new they needed a Plan B and decorated the Chadron Arts Center the night before while the blizzard was still manageable. They thought they had everything covered. NOT. Saturday morning, the day of the wedding, the beautician called and said she was snowed in and could not make it. Then, more friends and family called and said they were stranded. Creative Dining Services called and said they were short on staff and couldn’t help with any of the food, china, wine and water goblets, silverware or linens. They were only able to make the food items and have a few family members pick it up. Other family members were tasked with a search for plastic plates, silverware and napkins. The wedding started an hour later than expected, yet with everything going against this couple, they persevered and had an amazing wedding in spite of the blizzard and had the best time. This was surely a wedding to talk about for years to come.
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ESSENTIAL DETAILS:
Photographer: Crystal Bach Photography
Bridal Gown:
Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse; Johnston & Murphy Shoes; Etsy
Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse; Apple & Ivy
Attendants: 4 bridesmaids, 1 man of honor, 4 groomsmen, 2 flower girls, 1 ring bearer
Rings: Na Hoku, a Hawaiian designer for him + a vintage gold & diamond ring for her
Florist: Mother of the bride; Cleo’s Flowers
Cake: The bride
Caterer: Creative Dining Services
Music: Chadrock DJ Services; plus a banjo player
Wedding Coordinator: Mother of the bride — an interior designer & florist
Ceremony & Reception location: Chadron Arts Center
Colors & Theme: Rustic vintage romance; grey, yellow and turquoise
Number of Guests: 40 — most people didn’t make it to Chadron before they closed the roads due to the blizzard.

Miss Cloud Nine // The Dress

I’ve joked about how some of my friends had half their wedding booked within 24 hours of getting engaged…I became that girl. Maybe not quite 24 hours, but within two weeks we booked the venue, caterer, band, hair, makeup, photographer, the ceremony music, the pastor, the dress and the wedding planner. Part of it was the high I was riding after being engaged, but most was out of necessity. I realized I was late to the game. Some of these places we checked out had been booked since last summer.

So off we went to look at venues. We knew we wanted a place in the old market for our out-of-town guests, plus we love the vibe of downtown.  We saw a few places; too small, too expensive, not available. Then we walked into 1316 Jones and I knew I loved it. The feel was cozy but cool, big enough yet not huge and the selling point was the big deck off the side. We love sitting on the deck, in the summer drinking beers with our friends so why not have that option when we get married too. Chad Morford was so nice to us and our wedding planner, Candace, said if there were a homecoming court for the Omaha wedding industry, then Chad would win homecoming king. Luckily, there was one date left in August. Sold.

1316 jones 1316 deckNext up, the dress. Oh the dress. Any engaged girl knows the anticipation of trying on wedding dresses. Heck, any girl with a Pinterest “someday” board knows the anticipation of the wedding dress. So much pressure to find “the dress.”

I am not a person who enjoys lots of people staring at me (our ceremony with 250 pairs of eyes on us should be super fun) so I decided to keep it simple.  I brought my mom and my best friend, Amy. These two know me better than anyone and I trust them to tell me the brutal truth.  I highly suggest bringing only a few people with you and only those people you feel extremely comfortable with because it made the whole experience less stressful and a whole lot of fun.  Plus, we’ve all seen those reality show episodes where the bride brings 15 people. It ends in tears.

I went to Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic} in Rockbrook Village for my first round of dress shopping. I was so excited and nervous. I wasn’t expecting to be so nervous but it’s one of those moments I’ve waited a long time.  Lace, tulle, sweetheart, a line, mermaid, trumpet, veils, oh my. I started by telling Jocelyn, the owner, what I was thinking and she began pulling dresses she thought would look good. (p.s. She also gave me great recommendations for a variety of vendors from makeup to flowers to bands)

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I put on the first dress; it was very pretty but just not it. Jocelyn said she could do better. Back to the dressing room to step into the next gown, this one was a sweetheart neckline, lace bodice and a tulle skirt.

I never thought I would like tulle, that was not one of the adjectives I used to describe my wedding dress image. However, when I stepped out, I knew it was good just by seeing my mom and Amy’s faces. I walked out to the main room, stood on the pedestal and looked in the mirror. Holy crap, I’m a bride! I wonder if every bride has this surreal moment.

I couldn’t stop looking, I fell in love. It was flattering, fun and romantic. It was not what I envisioned at all, but I absolutely loved it. It was perfect for me.  That is the other bit of advice I would give, try not to be too strict with the exact dress you want. Go with an idea and an open mind. You never know what might look amazing on you.

I couldn’t be picking the second wedding dress I’ve ever tried on, could I? It has to be harder than that, right? Nope, that was it. I tried a few more to make sure I didn’t have bridal blinders.  But when I put that dress back on, I didn’t want to take it off. I guess that’s a good sign. Then she added a veil and a blingy belt and it was all over. I think I would go back weekly and try it on if I could.

Unfortunately I can’t put a picture of “the dress” up since Mr. Cloud Nine may read these posts to see if I’m talking about him. Next best thing is a picture of Jocelyn and I at her boutique and some pictures of the non winning dresses.

The fun continues as I dive head first into wedding planning. I have to say so far I have been extremely lucky with how planning has gone. Dates have worked out, vendors I like have been available, my dress was the second one I tried on and I get to write about it along the way. I am pretty sure I am due for a meltdown soon. I have a feeling it will involve the guest list. If anyone has suggestions on how to turn 350 people into 250 without feeling guilty, I’m all ears.