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A table paying tribute to family members at a Nebraska wedding

Handcrafted Details To Wow Your Guests

Couples are discovering and truly embracing the magic of custom, handcrafted details. When you rely on your own crafting talent, it doesn’t always save you money; and without a doubt, it requires an investment in time. Below, we have outlined some helpful hints to keep you sane while creating an event that incorporates your unique taste. Focusing on a few distinctive design elements can be the key to making every detail count on your wedding day.

Signage
By adding eye-catching signage to your ceremony and reception space, you are not only adding function, but also style and personality. When determining display options for your signage, take a good look at the space you are using. Are there any remarkable focal points you would like to highlight? Did you catch yourself missing a critical turn that attendees need to take note of? If so, these are great opportunities to create signage for your guests. The key to successfully executing any handcrafted project is to focus on practicality.

Chalkboards serve well to greet guests, display menus or designate table numbers. A larger version can even serve as a fun photo booth backdrop. Purchase a can of chalkboard paint for less than $20 and transform a thrift store silver tray or ceramic serving platter into a menu board to be displayed at the start of your buffet line. Certain fabrics, like canvas, can be painted with your names, monogram or even a simple “welcome” and hung from a hook. Remember to use the same font and/or motif throughout your designed pieces to provide a common focal point that draws guests in easily. If you do not have the highest confidence in your own calligraphy skills, you can hire a calligrapher to work on select pieces for a reasonable price.

Place Cards
Are plain white place cards too vanilla for your style? Good news! There are literally hundreds of unique and cost-efficient ways to direct your guests to their designated tables. Some of our favorite double-duty place cards include wrapping a petite baguette in parchment paper or placing your favorite pastry item in a personalized muslin bag. Just add a simple tag with the guest’s name tied with baker’s twine to create both a place card and a component of your guest’s meal. Another option would be to consider a fun and unique way to display traditional place cards. Incorporating a large-scale installation that displays your seating cards can be both functional and a showpiece for your guests to admire.

Table Numbers
Grab your guests’ attention with unique table numbers when they go to find their seats. Use a numerical rubber stamp on fabric or carry your chalkboard signage through to table numbers by using small white ceramic dinner plates. Paint the center of the plate with the chalkboard paint and then use plate stands to prop up each plate on the table. Purchase a neat set of dinner plates at a thrift store or collect unique plates from flea markets or garage sales. Painted papier-mâché letters look great and can make a big statement as well. For a more rustic feel, scraps of wood can be simply stunning adorned with white lettering.

Place Settings
You do not need to break the bank to wow your guests as they arrive at their seats. Small details like sprigs of herbs or fresh greenery make a huge impact on white china or linens. Some of our favorite ideas include menus printed on craft paper or small muslin bags stamped with a monogram or emblem, then stuffed with salted caramels or salt water taffy and tied off with ribbon or twine. Using striped ribbon or twine tied around a simple folded napkin can also make a large impact for just a few dollars.

Favors
Many couples are opting out of giving guests wedding favors due to the potential price tag; but here is one solution to that concern—double-duty your guest favors to stretch your budget. Items like mini mason jars filled with fruit crisp or cobbler doubles as a favor and a dessert. Another fabulous idea is to fill small bags with gourmet popcorn or chocolates. Tie the bags closed with ribbon or fold down and seal with a monogrammed self-adhesive sticker. Display them on a cake stand to add another décor element to your cake table. This also allows guests to easily serve themselves and take their favor home with them.

The key to keeping your handcrafted projects stress free is to know your limits and consider your timetable. Many brides become overwhelmed with the countless projects they have planned and often fail to calculate the true time needed to complete each project.

Our advice is to simply focus on the basics. Use an idea you have seen and make it your own. The smallest detail added to a place card or menu may be all that is needed. Remember, often less is more. In the end, your guests will be impressed with the thoughtfulness behind your day rather than the extensive projects you have displayed in every corner.

6 Ways to Use Local Nebraska Flowers In Your Wedding Decor

Go wild with your florals. Picked-from-the-garden styles overflow with lush blooms and cascading greenery for a fresh take on wedding décor.

(Above) Floral by Petals to Platinum
Whether afternoon sun or glowing candles light your table, the vibrant flowers in this centerpiece will brighten the charm of a farm table and flowing linen.

(Below) Floral by Russ’s Market
You’ve said your vows. Now it’s time for the reception, and that means cake. Make it special with this elegant confection from Cake Expressions, Inc., then wrap the whole thing in a wow-worthy bounty of blossoms, vines, branches and grasses. Present the lovely result on a table draped with a rich violet velvet and wait for the gasps of delight.

(Above) Floral by Sweet Cakes & Roses
Make your seating fit for a king or queen—or a bride or groom. This elegant swag of ranunculus and eucalyptus adds a romantic vibe to the sweet simplicity of a wooden chair. Even sweeter? This handcrafted garland of wood and silk will never fade.

(Below) Floral by Petals to Platinum
White lisianthus and accompanying greenery set off cockscomb in bold and pastel hues. Coupled with pale pink roses and dollops of deep purple, these florals make for a table as festive as the day itself.

(Above) Floral by Grow with the Flow
A beribboned bouquet brims with happy abandon in this loose mix of roses, lisianthus, chrysanthemums and protea. Florist-grown hanging amaranth adds a bright pink pop amid the tumbling splendor of it all.

(Below) Floral by Grow with the Flow
Serve up piquant and perfect boutonnieres on an elegant silver tray. Lisianthus contrast with sprigs of dried greenery and jute cording for the perfect touch of rustic elegance.

CREDITS

Text: Sherri Hildebrandt
Photography: J.L. Scott Photography
Styling & Coordination: Sam Areman & Amanda Leise
Venue: Vintage Venue
Rentals: Honeyman Rent-All, Petals to Platinum
Videography: Alisha Cerny Films

Timeless Touches for Your Wedding Stationery Suite

Trends come and go, but romance is forever. Reimagine your wedding stationery suite with timeless touches.

(Above) Tied with a Bow, Dana Osborne Design
Silk ribbons are a luxurious addition to a traditional invitation from Dana Osborne Design, adding elegant texture. Untie the bow to reveal a personalized monogram and sophisticated white lettering dancing across the dusty blue cardstock, a memorable experience for eager guests.

(Below) Gilded Age, RSVP
RSVP’s “Everly V.2” by Jessica Downs for Bella Figura is built with perfected care, layer by layer. Gold matte foil stamping and letterpress pewter ink rest on white cotton cardstock, while leafy designs curve along the deckled edges and adorn the monogram. Patterned gray and gold envelope liners for invitation and save-the-date complete the lavish theme.

(Below) Signed, Sealed and Delivered, Dana Osborne Design
This Dana Osborne Design suite perfectly balances classic and chic. Traditional serif font pairs with whimsical cursive spins on soft white cardstock. For an elegant finishing touch, envelopes are sealed with customizable gold wax stamps, a poetic symbol that adds another romantic touch to this sophisticated wedding invite.

(Below) Lap of Luxury, RSVP
Sophistication at your fingertips: On RSVP’s “Estate V.2” suite by Lindsy Talarico for Bella Figura, matte gold foil stamping melts into ivory paper. Antique pressed envelope liners spring to life with peeks of petals and leafy vine illustrations. The pop of color complements the gilded type for an unforgettable suite.

(Below) Well Scripted, Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal
Get lost in the intricate calligraphy twining throughout this “Shimmer” collection from Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal. This grand font guides the eye across the classic cream card. For a traditional or timeless wedding, this wedding suite indulges in minimalist beauty with unmistakable luxury.

CREDITS

Text: Charlotte Larson
Photography: Tate Carlson
Floral Styling: Ashley Fox Designs
Stationery Styling: Shasta Bell Calligraphy

 

After Meeting Online, a Stunning Gold and Green Wedding

Chelsea Flynn and Daniel Dunham are proof that love shows up in unexpected places, even in today’s world. They first connected online, and Chelsea says neither of them expected much to come of it—“but here we are today!” During their first date at Omaha’s Upstream Brewing Co. in the Old Market, conversation flowed easily, and after dating long-distance for several months, they bought a house together. One morning Daniel surprised Chelsea with a trip to the South Dakota Badlands. “He woke me up at like 4 a.m. I had no idea what was happening,” Chelsea says. After a hike, Daniel called Chelsea over to help with their dog, Mumford, and when she turned around, Daniel was down on one knee. The couple considered a destination wedding, but opted for Omaha because it was home base. Chelsea fell in love with The Barn at the Ackerhurst Dairy Farm. Her special request was a big, beautiful bouquet; Alisa Roth from Bloom Works Floral came through, and was “so, so easy to work with,” Chelsea says. Kate Spade sneakers with gold glitter were Chelsea’s gift to her bridesmaids to wear with their gorgeous evergreen dresses, in keeping with the dark green and gold color scheme. “It was the perfect day,” Chelsea concludes. “All the vendors we worked with were amazing; there isn’t one I can think of that didn’t do an A-plus job.”


CREDITS:

Photos: M. Julie Photo
Venue & Planner: The Barn at Ackerhurst Dairy Farm
Gown: Nebraska Bridal
Necklace: Vince Camuto
Alterations: Linda Lee Alterations
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tennis Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair: Brogan Kauzlarich, Blue Door Salon & Spa
Makeup: Bailey Kimball, Blue Door Salon & Spa
Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Tip Top Tux
Flowers: Bloom Works Floral
Cake: The Cake Gallery
Catering: Pleasure Your Palate
Rentals: United Rent-All
Officiant: Shari McCormick, I Choose You Ceremonies
Entertainment: Complete Weddings + Events

Just My Type: Top Trends in Wedding Stationery

Captivating wedding suites that feature elaborate text treatments—your first welcome to the fête to come.

(Above) Dana Osborne Design shows how different hues can coordinate, with a modern script that ties it all together.
(Below) Explore contrasting colorscapes. This black two-ply invitation suite from RSVP showcases intricate Sophia script and rose-gold foil lettering for understated sophistication. Try the “Evangeline” invitation suite designed by Kyle Laatsch for Bella Figura for a gorgeous request your guests can’t wait to accept. Leafy vines and intricate calligraphy twine their way throughout, while a black and gold save-the-date card pairs perfectly with a traditional black and white invitation suite.

(Above) It’s calligraphy at its finest. RSVP uses a whimsical font that allows for a dramatic use of space, while the muted gray lettering looks oh-so-right with classic cream cardstock. A bold font draws the eye to the details you need to know, offering a fun preview of your wedding personality.
(Below) Who needs ink? RSVP’s “Grant” invitation suite by Jessica Downs for Bella Figura uses two-ply charcoal-gray invitations with bold embossing to inventively inform partygoers. Send the invites in light gray “bella” envelopes for a new take on traditional white. Treat guests to a clean, newspaper-inspired design featuring block lettering—charming, legible yet sophisticated.

 

CREDITS
Photography: Tate Carlson
Text: Emily Kerr
Art Direction: Courtney Nielsen