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We are nearly two months away from our wedding day and my list to do is ever growing. I plan to spend the rest of June buying and gathering the items I need for any craft projects so I can hit the ground running in July. This week I was able to cross off favors for our guests. I purchased this adorable pink and white stripe twine last week and it just arrived this weekend. I recently purchased light pink boxes from American Bridal to place candy in for our guests. Not only will they serve as a sweet treat, but they’ll look great on the tables as well.

On a different note, I purchased these awesome champagne flutes from Crate and Barrel for Tyler and I to toast with. I think they’ll be fun to hang on to for each anniversary!



  • K - Cute twine! Also love the mondern look of the cylinder flutes.ReplyCancel

Probably the hardest part about wedding planning for me is getting phone calls made.  I am not a very accessible person by phone during business hours.  Luckily for me, my fiancé is & he’s more than happy to help.  🙂  I have to say, I think we have a pretty good system worked out – we make a list of people & vendors to contact, he makes the phone calls and starts the initial conversations, then has any additional information e-mailed to us. We set up a new e-mail address to use primarily for wedding planning & it has really helped with keeping organized (especially when you give out your e-mail address at bridal shows).

Jerad left about a week and a half ago to start harvest in California, so (outside of phone calls) the majority of the planning is up to me at this point.  Even though he’s been on the road, he’s been able to get our guest room blocks finalized.  We’ll have a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn (where we’re having the reception) & another block set up at another hotel outside of downtown to give our guests some options.  

Many of our guests will be coming from out of town, so talking guest rooms has gotten me to start thinking about welcome bags that could go in their rooms as a nice little surprise to show our appreciation for making the trip.  Of course, there are the essential items to include such as a map, bottled water, snacks, individual packets of aspirin, etc.  Some other fun ideas I’ve thought about including are: a top-10 list of our favorite Lincoln places & things to do, a scavenger hunt, and a pre-addressed mailer with a cd for guests to send back wedding pictures they take.  Are you planning to do something similar for your guests?  I’d love to hear other ideas you have for welcome bags!

199 days to go!


  • Bre - I love the idea of the scavenger hunt!! Don’t go overboard but make it special. I will try to brainstorm. I can send stuff from here 🙂 How about special food items that you and Jerad love. Candy or little shots of liquor.ReplyCancel

  • AMK - Can I ask what those top 10 things to do in Lincoln are? That’s such a cute idea 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Katie - AMK- In no particular order, these will probably end up on our final list:

    Buzzard Billy’s – Jerad & I took a trip to New Orleans together last fall, where he fell in love with Cajun food. He’d actually planned to propose during the trip, but decided to wait until we got back to Nebraska instead.

    The Grove – This is where we met. I was bartending when Jerad came in with his friends. Interestingly enough, my sister & her husband also met there. They’ll be celebrating their 27th anniversary this fall. 🙂

    Ivanna Cone & East Campus dairy store – Jerad & I both have fond memories of spending time with our families over ice cream. His grandparents actually met when his grandma was working at an ice cream shop & his family ran a small hamburger & ice cream stand in Hebron at one time. My family often spent time together making homemade ice cream in the summer or taking evening walks to the East Campus dairy store.

    Larsen Tractor Museum – Jerad has had a love for all things ag-related since childhood. In 1919, the state legislature enacted a tractor testing law and a testing facility was built on UNL’s ag campus. This museum is on East Campus & admission is free.

We couldn’t help but smile when we spotted these cheerful petals. They are sharp, bright and radiant. Try pairing this color palette with champagne bridesmaid dresses to allow the blooms to make their own statement.

Images from left to right, top to bottom: Tablescape / StyleMePretty, Seating Cards / StyleMePretty, Bouquet / StyleMePretty, Tablescape 2 / MarthaStewartWeddings.

It was hard to be inspired by cozy things with the current temperature, but we couldn’t pass up these winter gems. A glowing centerpeice of birch wood and candles, seating cards arranged in a wood pile and some s’more treats displayed for guests puts us right back into a winter wonderland.

Images from left to right, top to bottom: Birchwood Candles / Apartment Therapy, Wreath / Snippet&Ink, S’mores / Pinterest via stylemepretty, Place cards / Snippet&Ink.

  • Sara - Love winter weddings! Even in Nebraska 🙂ReplyCancel