{friday freebies}

Bring your appetites for today’s giveaway, because the delicious Noodle Zoo in Omaha is giving one winner a FREE dinner for two! Noodle Zoo is known for its unique, funky atmosphere; intimate wine parties; and signature cafe-style menu. In addition to giving away a free romantic dinner for two, if the winner decides to book her wedding with Noodle Zoo she will also receive a FREE room rental for her wedding! (Is anyone else thinking Valentine’s Day sounds like the perfect day to take advantage of this offer?)

Click HERE to enter, and check out some of owner Laura Jost’s tasty creations below!

{bride blogger nicole}

We had a big weekend of wedding planning this past weekend!  On Saturday, we went to get tuxes at Tip Top Tux. What a great selection they have, and the staff was so helpful! I think Ryan enjoyed talking about his attire for the wedding for once. Ryan, all the groomsmen and ushers, and the ring bearer will be in black tuxes with white shirts. Ryan has a white vest and tie; the groomsmen will have light purple vests and ties; the ushers will have silver vests and ties; and Brayden, the ring bearer, will have the same as the groomsmen. I think the light purple in the groomsmen’s vests will complement my girls’ dark purple dresses so nicely! I can’t wait to see it all come together!

Our next stop was Target, to register. We had fun with that!  We registered for some larger items, like a Blu-Ray player and a digital camera, because sometimes people like to go in together and get a bigger gift. We also registered for the usual–towels, decor, and kitchen items. We’re also going to register at Bed, Bath and Beyond; and I think Ryan is going to register for some items at Home Depot.

Next on our Saturday list was engagement pictures at Pioneers Park with Brad from Townsend Studio. It was my crazy idea to have pictures taken in the snow. It was freezing, let me tell you, but we already got the proofs back and they are great!  He did have us do snow angels, which was the coldest point, but the pictures are really good, so it was worth it. We brought our puppy, Brix, with us for some shots, and they turned out so great!

That was the end of wedding planning on Saturday.

On Sunday, we went back to my parents house to look through old pictures of me for our slideshow. Ryan had fun with that! It was a little payback from when we looked through his old pictures. We all had some good laughs looking through them! It was a full weekend, but we got a lot accomplished and had fun doing it. The wedding is less than 4 months away, so it’s crunch time! I just hope everything keeps going so smoothly!

{bride blogger megan} accessories

I have been obsessed with finding the perfect details for my wedding look. And when I say obsessed I mean spending hours, days, weeks searching for the perfect shoes and jewelry. So far I have been very fortunate with finding my dress within 3 hours and a fabulous pair of earrings within weeks of purchasing my dress. Finding shoes is a different story. My dress definitely needs a shot of color and a pair of blush shoes with a change of jewelry after the ceremony is exactly what I want. I first found these Nina shoes, which looked like the perfect shade of pink online. However, when they arrived they showed up as ivory.

I was disappointed but decided to keep looking. I found these Nina shoes and knew they would be exactly what I wanted. They arrived and are absolutely adorable! They are comfortable and the color is what I was hoping for.

I already found some earrings from Ann Taylor this past December on super sale and I love them. I want to switch my jewelry to pink to add some fun to the reception look. I found these on etsy.com and once again, they arrived in clear, not in pink. They are gorgeous but not what I was looking for at all. I guess the search will continue!

The final piece I am looking for in addition to the pink earrings is a hair comb for my veil. I can’t decide if I should choose a clear rhinestone comb or a pink one? What do you think? I’d love your input!

I’ve realized that it is great to take risks with your wedding look. However, I’ve also realized finding those items you set your heart on takes time and is a trial and error process. Until next time, wish me luck with my perfect pink earring search!


{bride blogger morgan} finalizing plans

Jon and I used our Holiday Break to our advantage. Without having to worry about school, we were able to focus our attention to the details of our wedding:

1. We finalized our menu. We chose a two-meat buffet with two sides. We ended up going with Roast Beef and Hy-Vee’s Chicken Paprikash. For our sides, we chose a green bean casserole and we are still deciding between mashed potatoes or hash browns. We will also have a kids buffet with items like chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese.

2. We re-evaluated our budget. It was a great refresher to go over the budget and see where we were from where we thought we should be. I think it is extremely important to stay on top of the budget because it is so easy to over spend in so many areas. To keep track of budgeting, we have everything in an excel document by column of who is paying for what and how much it actually is vs. how much we budgeted. It makes it so easy to change, up-date, and calculate where we are sitting.

3. We finalized our guest list. After scratching out, re-writing, counting, erasing, and re-counting what felt like 100 times, we put the names of our guests in an excel document. Like the budget, it takes only seconds to change or update an address, add or subtract guests, or calculate how many invites vs. total guests we currently have on the list. We also split it up into two columns based on number of adults and number of kids, which is also helpful in determining the amount to include in our budget. We have added an RSVP column to keep track of the guests attending as we receive the RSVPs later on.

4. We finalized our flowers. After looking at all of the displays at the Bridal Fair, we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted, but were open to letting the professionals at Hy-Vee give their thoughts. We decided on a bouquet of green Hydrangea for the bridesmaids. We will probably accent with some green spider mums in the girls’ hair. For my bouquet we went with a combination of violet flowers including: Violet Hydrangea, fuscia Carnations, Purple Iris, and purple daisies. We will wrap it in white satin. (see the different flowers below)

Money Saving Tip: We are going to do the bridesmaid bouquets ourselves. Since they are just one type of flower it will be easy to do, and it will save us money on the flower expense!

Until next time,

{real nebraska wedding} amanda+anthony

Is anyone else in need of something bright and cheerful on this dreary winter day? This beautiful real wedding from Matt Elwood of Elwood Photography (with the help of Chris Tierney) should do the trick! This big bash took place at Coco Key in Omaha. Added bonus: the bride, Amanda, is an alumna of the championship UNL volleyball team. Go Huskers!