Bride and groom at Generations in Seattle, decked out in Pantone's 2020 color of the year, classic blue.

6 Weddings Inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year 2020: Classic Blue

In 2019, the year of Living Coral, we saw a resurgence of brightly colored weddings and exciting pops of color. 2020’s Pantone Color of the Year, Classic Blue, reminds us of tradition, a sense of home and nature. Of course, every couple knows they need their “something blue” on the wedding day. In color psychology, blue is known to have a calming effect, and brings peace and tranquility to every space. Dream big: let your wedding reflect the sky and the waters around you. For more classic blue inspiration, head to our Real Weddings tab and sort by color, style and season.

Whitney Anderson

1. Moody Blue Watercolor Inspiration
The charms of Maine’s coast move to the Midwest with this styled shoot featuring marine indigos, the catch of the day and watercolor designs.

Ashlea Snell

2. Luxe Styled Shoot with Natural Blues and Greens
Blue tends to be a prominent color in luxury weddings, so this team took it to the next level by showcasing classic hues in a new light.

Sam Areman Photo

3. French Provincial Inspiration
We love the rich blue glassware and ornate details that came together in this styled shoot. Inspired by European architecture, these wistful pastels have us longing for an afternoon wedding in the French countryside.

Courtney Bowlden

4. Dusty Blue Shoot at Generations for Winter Wedding Inspiration
You can’t go wrong with delicate design, lush florals and a sweet puppy for timeless winter wedding inspiration.

When She Knew Photography

5. Mirror-Glazed Cake and Modern Touches
This urban wedding had the river and skyline as a backdrop. Contemporary details and monochromatic decor made for a sleek design.

Angelica Marie Photo

6. A Showstopping Spanish-Style Wedding
Handcrafted ceramic blue place settings, made by the bride and her mother, were the star of this sunny reception. Blue bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories finished the nature-inspired look.

For more wedding inspiration, check out our collection of real weddings.

Emma and Garrett together at The Barn at Ackerhurst Dairy Farm in Omaha

Emma + Garrett: Keeping the Wedding Intimate, Even With 350 Guests

Emma Carlson was intrigued by Garrett Teel before they even met at Nebraska Wesleyan. “I knew him before he knew of me, because he was on the track team,” Emma says. When she heard he had an internship in Omaha, Emma’s hometown, she offered to show him around the city; the two became inseparable that summer. Garrett’s proposal came in December. He was celebrating the end of his first semester of dental school and Emma had just finished finals and was about to graduate. The two went for a walk to look at Christmas lights when he asked her to be his wife. “I was so shocked,” Emma says. “I honestly loved that we didn’t have any photos of the proposal, because that way it was just the two of us.”

They opted for a winter wedding, a season Emma loves: “I think it’s a more intimate time of the year. It’s so cold out, it makes people want to get closer to each other. It’s more about family.” At first, they thought they’d have a small wedding, but it turned out to be a joyous celebration with some 350 guests. Emma and Garrett opted for a twist and served breakfast at their wedding reception, with French toast, cheesy hash browns and doughnuts on the menu. As the new couple made their grand exit, guests waved sparklers. “It was so cool,” says Emma. “The photos can’t even describe how it feels to have everybody you love surrounding you and cheering you on into this next stage of life.”


Photos: Emily Jessen Photography
Gown and headpiece: Rhylan Lang Bridal
Earrings: BHLDN
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Sample and Soiree Bridal
Hair and makeup: Garbo’s Salon and Spa
Cake and catering: Hy-Vee
Flowers, linens, rentals and decor: Creating Atmosphere
Stationery: Minted
Video: Isaac Mertens Videography
DJ: Image Entertainment

Bride and groom at the Younes Center in Kearney, Nebraska

Kassi and Aaron’s Jewel-Toned Kearney Wedding

For their summer wedding, Kassi and Aaron wanted an elegant color scheme that would still be light and breezy. They landed on blush, white and gold with touches of burgundy and plum. The bride’s boho gown and the pastel bridesmaids’ dresses lent a romantic tone to the day overall. With several out-of-town guests, the Younes Center proved the perfect venue due to the multiple lodging and restaurant options nearby. 102-degree weather couldn’t stop the couple from having the day they dreamed of – they met on a detasseling bus, after all.

“I will never forget the special dance with my uncle, who is in late-stage heart failure,” says the bride. “He was so determined to dance with me and I’m grateful that we had the chance to share that moment.”

Scroll on for photos of this romantic Kearney wedding.

Photos: John Moler Photography
Gown: Ready or Knot Wedding Chic
Hair and Makeup: The Colourbar Salon
Rings: Hoover’s Jewelers, Kay Jewelers
Groom’s Attire: Hello Beautiful Bridal
Decor: Something Beautiful
Flowers: Kearney Floral
Venue: Younes Conference Center

Black Friday 2019: Wedding Planning Deals from Across Nebraska

The start of holiday shopping season is the perfect time to get going on wedding planning. Some of Nebraska’s top wedding vendors are offering incredible promotions this season – see the list below, and click the links for more details. 

adorned Bridal
November 30
Most bridal gown samples will be marked down to sell off-the-rack, starting at $100. Veils, accessories, shoes and prom gowns are also included in the sale.
Appointments preffered, walk-ins welcome.
More Information  

The Fountains Ballroom
Glenwood, IA
Through December 31, 2020
All Friday weddings are $1,500 off and Sunday weddings are $2,000 off.
More Information 

Hello Beautiful Bridal & Formalwear
November 29–November 30
Receive $200 in store credit when you purchase your bridal gown or special order.
Valid on new bridal gown purchases or special orders over $999.
More Information 

John Moler Photography
November 29–December 31
All wedding collections are 10% off through the end of 2019.
Mention this Nebraska Wedding Day article to receive discount.
More Information 

Kirstina E. Photography
November 29
The “I Want it All” full-day wedding package is $400 off for Black Friday.
More Information 

Megan Kovar Photography
Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding areas
November 29–December 2
Gold and Platinum wedding packages are 10% off for 2020 weddings.
More Information

M. Julie Photo
December 1–December 31
Book a wedding for 2020 and mention this Nebraska Wedding Day article and receive 10% off.
More Information 

Nikki McLeay Photography

Through December 2
Take $500 off select wedding packages.
More Information 

Riddle’s Jewelry
November 29–December 2
Up to 50% off select jewelry.
More Information 

Sam Areman Photo
Through December 5
All items in the print shop are 20% off.
More Information 

Thompson Alumni Center
November 20, 2019–June 20, 2020
With the “Say Yes to Savings” deal, if you book a 2020 wedding by the end of 2019, you’ll get $500 off your wedding. If you book a 2021 wedding before June of 2020, you’ll get $250 off your wedding.
Excludes catering fees. New bookings only. Can be used towards ceremony and reception package, or for reception only.
More Information 

Tiburon Golf Club
Through December 20
Take 50% off room rental rate and ceremony fee, along with a complimentary champagne toast for all guests, for 2020 weddings. 
Must have over 150 guests.
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Wilderness Ridge
November 29–January 31, 2020
Friday weddings through 2021 are $500–$1,000 off. Yellowstone weddings booked for January and February of 2020 and 2021 are $1,000 off. Receive the Rehearsal Dinner Special (without booking a reception): half-price room rental, bride and groom eat free and take a complimentary bottle of champagne.
All specials are subject to availability. New bookings only.
More Information

To learn about other incredible Nebraska vendors, visit our vendor directory.

Ashley Nicole Photography's shot of an engaged couple in Nebraska

Expert Advice: What to Do for Your Rehearsal Dinner

The décor has been selected, the arrangements made and the plans set in motion. It’s officially time to savor each moment as the wedding weekend unfolds. The rehearsal dinner is often the first scheduled event of the weekend, so it’s important to set the tone with the right ambiance. Depending upon the guest list, budget and wishes of the hosts, the rehearsal dinner can consist of anything from a formal affair to a casual barbecue.

Who Should Host
Traditionally, the groom’s parents host the rehearsal dinner. However, given that many couples are paying for their own weddings these days, the rehearsal dinner can be hosted by both sets of parents, grandparents or close friends and family. It is recommended that the host confer with the couple regarding the theme, menu, decorations and location to ensure it is copasetic with the rest of the weekend. This ensures that the event goes off without a hitch and doesn’t conflict with any of the other wedding plans. The cost of a rehearsal dinner can vary widely, as there are several components to consider. Some factors include the size of the wedding party, the size of each family, the venue as well as the menu.

When to Schedule
Rehearsal dinners often follow the ceremony rehearsal, which is held the evening prior to the wedding. However, the rehearsal party can be celebrated with a brunch or lunch and is most often a casual event. If it is a dinner, tradition suggests that the festivities conclude relatively early in the evening to allow the couple, wedding party and family an opportunity to relax and unwind before the big day to come.

Whom to Invite
The hosts of the rehearsal dinner decide the number of guests to invite. The soon-to-be newlyweds, wedding party, parents of the couple, officiant and spouse, readers and their guests must be invited to the dinner, as they are part of the rehearsal ceremony itself. However, you may also wish to include out-of-town guests and a few close friends to make the event more of a welcoming party for them. Written invitations are not required; however, it is wise to send invitations when the guest list includes more than family. Unless all wedding guests are invited to the rehearsal dinner, no information regarding the rehearsal event should be placed on your wedding website.

Setting the Tone
Rehearsal dinners can be a terrific way to give guests the opportunity to gather in a warm and welcoming environment ahead of the weekend’s festivities. The meal can be a plated gourmet dinner, a tasty backyard barbecue or anything in between. It is often a great time for out-of-town guests to visit with family and spend time with the couple before the big day. Still stumped on what type of dinner to host? Here are some of our favorite ideas.

Backyard Barbecue
Hosted at a family member’s home or acreage, this option is relaxed, budget-friendly and ideal for couples with large families that include small children. To make things easy and enjoyable, consider including yard games, setting up a self-serve beverage stand or hosting a bonfire for roasting marshmallows.

Food Truck
If your ceremony is being held at an outdoor location such as a public park, try changing up the pace from the typical dinner fare and hire your favorite local food truck to treat everyone after the rehearsal with a yummy meal. Paired with some refreshments, bring along beverages and snacks on picnic blankets for guests to relax on the grounds. You can all enjoy a relaxing dinner picnic style.

For smaller rehearsal dinners, hosting the meal at a restaurant is a great choice for planners because it minimizes any stress or mess to clean up the evening prior to the wedding. This makes restaurants the ideal choice for busy parents of the bride or groom who are busy preparing for the wedding the following day. Choose from a pre-selected menu or ask guests to RSVP with their favorite dinner option. It is always recommended to include a note on the dinner invitation addressing dress code. Some restaurants even offer the option to rent the entire space for your event, in which case they’ll close it to the public so that you can enjoy a private rehearsal dinner at your favorite spot.

Proper Protocol
Toasts are often a large part of the evening’s festivities and can sometimes be spontaneous. In this intimate setting, guests feel more at ease sharing memories, stories and well wishes for the happy couple. If the groom’s parents are hosting, the groom’s father will often greet guests and offer a toast to the couple. The father of the bride can toast next, followed by any of the attendants or guests who wish to speak. The newlyweds also can greet guests and say a few words of thanks for their support.

The best advice is to always focus on guests’ comfort while showing appreciation for their time commitment. A wedding is about celebrating love with friends and family, but the rehearsal dinner should honor the loved ones present who may have invested lengthy travel to celebrate and support this marriage. Treat your guests to an evening of fun entertainment, tasty food and refreshing beverages to kick off a weekend that they will never forget.

Ashley Nicole Photography's shot of an engaged couple in Nebraska
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