Black Friday: Wedding Deals Across Nebraska!

Holiday shopping isn’t the only thing you should be looking forward to this Black Friday weekend.  While shopping for your loved ones, take this opportunity to look at bridal sales! If you want to get ahead on your big day planning, make sure to check out these local deals you can say “I Do” to!  Below are a list of promotions you are not going to want to miss!

Omaha, Nebraska
Now through December 25th
Save up to 35% off retail on select Engagement and Wedding Rings. Certain exclusions may apply. 
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The Fountains Ballroom
Glenwood, IA (Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa)
Now through 2020
$1000 off any 2021 Friday. Can not be combined with any other offer.
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Lied Lodge at Arbor Day Farm
Nebraska City
Now through January 8, 2021 – for 2021 wedding
Receive a complimentary Mini Mixer when you book your 2021 wedding at Lied Lodge by January 8, 2021. A Mini Mixer includes 30 minutes of Champagne and chef’s choice of hors d’oeuvres — a seamless transition from ceremony to reception. Based on availability. Some restrictions may apply. Cannot be used for weddings already booked.
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Simply Ballroom
Omaha, Nebraksa
November 20th through December 30th, 2020
Book your wedding with Simply Ballroom before the end of the year and save $250 off your down payment. That’s a 50% savings!
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Elite Events Rental
Lincoln, Nebraska
November 27th – December 31st, 2020
$10 off new rental orders placed before December 31st, 2020 (event date may occur later). Limited to new orders.
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Wilderness Ridge 
Now through 2022
$500-$1000 off Friday weddings through 2022.
$1000 off January-February 2021 & 2022 Yellowstone Ballroom weddings.
Half price room rental, bride and groom eat for free, and one bottle of champagne for Rehearsal Dinners without booking a reception.
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When City Met Country: A Whimsical Wedding at Ackerhurst Dairy Barn

Wedding Date: October 11th, 2019

The rustic charm of the Ackerhurst Dairy Barn, sporting chic notes of abundant greenery, white florals and gold accents, made Lauryn Nyhoff and Jeremy Mohr’s wedding a romantic melding of Jeremy’s small-town upbringing and Lauryn’s city flair. Their love story has always been a little bit country. The two had been dating for three years when Jeremy purchased tickets for them to attend the Seven Peaks Music Festival in Colorado. “We had the best time,” Lauryn recalls. During country singer, Dierks Bentley’s, performance of “Woman, Amen” – a favorite of the two – Jeremy got down on one knee to propose. A year later, though the day was cloudy, with a high of 40 degrees, it was a perfect day for Lauryn and Jeremy. They wowed their guests with a coordinated dance entrance to the reception. “We nailed it!” Lauryn says. “And I don’t think anyone was expecting it.” Another personal touch: serving chips, salsa and margaritas during cocktail hour, followed by a fajita bar dinner, incorporating their favorite date-night fare into their special day.




Photography: Kaylie Sirek Photography

Bridal Gown and Bridal Veil: Ready or Knot

Bridal Earrings: Sample and Soiree

Rings: 14 Karat

Hair: Mollee Ann Ross at Salon for Women

Makeup: Joey Nielsen at Salon for Women

Cakes/Desserts: Omaha Cake Design

Caterer: Attitude on Food

Florals and Rentals: Rouge Rustic Events

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank

Groom’s Tie: Frank and Buck

Groomsmen Ties: Dazi

Invitations and Programs: Etsy

Music: A Final Take

Videographer: Pearl Productions

Guest Accomodations: Fairfield Inn – Northwest Omaha

Travel Coordinator: Sarah Kanter at Those Who Wander Travel

Sweeten the Dessert Table at Your Wedding With These Inventive Treats

Classic treats combine inventive angles and delicate floral accents for a dessert table with color and dimension.

Above: Cake pops add polished whimsy to any dessert spread. Made by Catering Creations, these fun-filled desserts sparkle with edible glitter, rock candy and sprinkles, to delight partygoers of all ages. 

Below:  A delicately marbled cake combines bold details with classic floral elements. Adorned with white roses and seeded eucalyptus, this confection from Cake Expressions, Inc. is pleasing to both the eye and the palate.

Above: Russ’s Market‘s minimalist “naked” cake uses two frosting techniques to accentuate each tier. With fresh roses and pomegranate seeds by Audra Pace at Dream Big Events, this cake looks (almost) too pretty to eat.

Below: (Left to right) Seeded eucalyptus and vibrant florals are the only accessories you need for this geometrically accented cake from Cake Creations Omaha; Your “something blue” is gorgeous—and edible too, with these delicate macarons from Catering Creations; Cake Creations Omaha combines a sophisticated cake with a modern twist, glammed up with hand-painted gold edges against greens and blues for added sparkle.

Above: Catering Creations put together this chocolate chip cookie cake layered with vanilla buttercream frosting. With delicate florals in vibrant purple, this is rustic at its most charming.

Below: Lovers of this traditional breakfast treat will appreciate the delicious simplicity of glazed doughnuts with vanilla frosting, courtesy of Russ’s Market.


Text: Emily Kerr
Photos: Amanda Leise Studio
Art Direction: Courtney Nielsen
Coordinator: Audra Pace, Dream Big Events
Location: Livestock Exchange Building


People are donning their pink ribbons once again now that Estée Lauder is back with their annual Breast Cancer Campaign. With coronavirus leaving the breast cancer community with an increased risk, the company aims to bring their community together under the phrase “It’s more than a ribbon. It unites us.” Since Evelyn H. Lauder launched the campaign in 1992, Estée Lauder has raised over $89 million around the world to support access to research and awareness. Those funds also assist important medical services, such as mammograms, screenings, and support programs. As they continue to inform their community, the Breast Cancer Campaign’s Global Ambassador Elizabeth Hurley said “I am honored to wear the Pink Ribbon proudly and be a small part of the global community that is driven to end this disease once and for all.”

Twenty of the company’s beauty brands have contributed to this year’s campaign. Donna Karan Cosmetics and BECCA will donate $25,000 and $10,000, respectively, to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Other brands are donating the purchase price of certain products to the same foundation. Options range from makeup like Estée Lauder Pink Perfection Lip Kit to skincare, with La Mer Crème de la Mer The Moisturizing Cream. 100% of both products will go towards the foundation. Jo Malone London will donate 50% of the Peony & Blush Suede Cologne purchase price, and Bumble and Bumble will give 20% Hairdressers Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer’s purchase price. A full list of participating brands can be found on the Estée Lauder Companies websiteWhether through a pink lipstick or a floral perfume, any bride can sneak a good cause into her wedding look through a Pink Ribbon product.  

Wedding Myths Debunked by the Wedding Experts

Have you ever felt like knowledge can be both a blessing and a curse? That is how you might feel from about the immense amount of well-intentioned (but sometimes unsolicited) advice offered by friends and family as you plan your wedding. How can you possibly determine the good advice from the bad—the current trends from the passé? What is acceptable now could be vastly different from what was appropriate for your grandmother’s wedding over 50 years ago. Since the wedding industry is forever evolving, even advice from a bride as recently as five to 10 years ago may no longer apply. That’s why we are here to help you sort out the common misconceptions and to guide you through the most common wedding myths.

Wedding Myth #1
A wedding planner is an unnecessary expense.
More often than not, the cost of a wedding planner is money well spent in the long term. A wedding planner can offer invaluable up-to-date advice, assist in making decisions and ultimately save you from a multitude of headaches along the road to wedded bliss. Additionally, wedding planners may end up saving money on costs due to their connections within the industry, such as negotiating a group rate with a hotel for your out-of-town guests. They can use their business relationships to negotiate a satisfactory rate at hotels, venues and other vendors while saving you time and effort.

Wedding Myth #2
Only the bride should wear white.
Thanks to the high-profile weddings of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, the tradition of white being worn only by the bride is no longer a steadfast rule. After all, weddings are trending toward the non-traditional, and not all brides wear white anymore when it comes to their big day. Ideally, close family members should check with the bride before selecting a white dress for the occasion; when in doubt, accessorize.

When it comes to dressing the wedding party, there are more choices now than ever for colors, fabrics and styles. It is entirely up to you whether your bridesmaids are decked out in the same dress style or different shades of your favorite color. You can even mix and match similar styles and hues, as long as the end result is tasteful and coordinated. Thinking of mixing in some shades of white or ivory? As long as you are comfortable, everyone else may as well join in!

Wedding Myth #3
A DIY wedding will save you money.
If the truth be told, handmade details can be time-consuming and expensive. If you take on too many DIY projects, you could well find your head spinning. But that’s okay, because you are saving money, right? Well, not always. Sometimes, the materials alone for your project can end up costing much more than intended, leading not only to financial cost, but labor as well. When factoring in both manpower and materials, suddenly a DIY wedding doesn’t seem so wonderful after all.

Cheer up! Handcrafted details do not have to be an overwhelming task, as long as your plans are realistic and achievable. While doing so, keep in mind that there are hundreds of fantastic local wedding vendors waiting to do the job for you. Their sole purpose is to help ease the burden of planning such a large event and give you everything your dreams have envisioned. Vendors also have years of experience to draw upon when creating the perfect product for your wedding day. Instead of taking on everything yourself, pick a few handcrafted details that truly speak to you and your relationship, and evaluate whether the task can be tackled before the big day. If not, delegate those details to the professionals.

Wedding Myth #4
Seating charts are a waste of time.
Assigned seating shows your guests how much consideration and time was put into assuring their comfort at the reception. Not only does it streamline the seating process, it allows new relationships to be formed through the intermingling of family and friends. Keep in mind that if you hire a wedding planner, they can do this work for you.

There are many new and fun options for displaying seating charts and escort cards. Utilize the skills of an artsy friend or relative if you have one. A quality paper vendor will always know how to incorporate escort cards into your wedding suite package, so don’t worry if you would rather avoid the fuss. There are no rules when it comes to invites, so have fun playing with a unique design, size, or shape! Couples can even play with the placement of the invitation card for a twist.

The only rule of thumb when it comes to building a seating chart is to be considerate of your guests. It is wise to have your parents or other designated family member review the chart to double check that you have not overlooked an old feud or uncomfortable relationship, unwittingly placing those guests at the same table.

Wedding Myth #5
Buffets are cheaper than plated dinners.
It is often assumed that buffets are a money-saving option for large receptions. While buffets can be fantastic for offering guests a variety of choices, some dishes can still be rather costly, especially when including one or more carving stations. While a self-service buffet minimizes wait staff, it does not allow for portion control. If it is not properly managed, a self-service buffet can also leave the last guests in line with food that is past its prime, dishes that are cold, or completely empty of food.

One option for portion-control is to have your caterer provide wait staff to “serve” from one side of the buffet to guests as they move through the line on the other. This not only provides portion control, but it also allows wait staff to monitor when an item needs to be replenished.
Another meal service concept growing in popularity is the “family-style” meal. This style is typically less expensive than a plated meal, and your guests will feel more comfortable with no need to wait or get up for their meal. The dishes remain on the table to be refilled by wait staff as needed, cutting down on waste as well as cost. When choosing a family-style dinner, it is important to secure the services of a chef, wedding planner or venue that has experience in this type of service. Also, keep in mind the logistics of each table’s décor as you plan room for serving dishes. You will want to keep tabletop décor to a minimum so that both guests and serving dishes will fit comfortably.

However, don’t count out the benefits of a plated meal, which still allows your guests to make personal choices while bringing an added level of elegance and traditional sophistication to your reception. There’s nothing quite like being served a beautifully plated meal to make guests feel pampered and satisfied. To prepare for this, however, it is essential to include the entrée choices on your response cards and track the selections accordingly for your caterer.

Gone are the days of steadfast rules when it comes to proper decorum at modern weddings. The best advice we can give is to remain tasteful in your choices and considerate of your wedding party, family and guests. At the end of the day, it is best to make these decisions based upon how best you can celebrate your own love story on this very special day, and share it with people that truly care about you and your new spouse.