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Come Rain or Shine

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If your wedding weekend weather forecast looks like clouds will give way to rain, don’t panic! There are plenty of ways to still enjoy your gorgeous wedding day…come rain or shine!

Here are a few tips to prepare you for a rainy day:

1. Purchase or borrow several large golf umbrellas prior to your wedding day. These umbrellas will cover a larger area, keeping you and your bridal gown dry. (Opt for neutral colors to blend in any photos)

2. Be open to photo location changes. Your photographer will know of alternative locations that may be covered with landscape behind you. Also, be open to taking some images after your ceremony with an umbrella in the rain! They usually turn out to be the favored photos of the day.

3.  If you’re planning an outdoor reception it’s best to have a backup plan. Having a tent ready will save you time, but having an indoor location will guarantee your wedding day is safe from excess water or storms. If you do opt for a tent, make sure all sides of the tent are secure to avoid any wind or rain sweeping into your reception space.

4. Keep smiling! Rain on your wedding day is good luck after all!

Pop The Question

OFF THE PAGE is our space for sharing ideas, advice and our favorite bridal trends and design. We thought there was no better way to truly help our favorite ladies than by starting a mini-series called “Pop the Question”, intended to answer any tough question you may have. We hope these Q&A sessions will answer any looming questions and ease your mind when it comes to your planning process! Let’s create a wonderful space that we can help one another plan the perfect wedding day.

QUESTION: We have a really small wedding budget and are concerned on how we should spend our money. Any tips?

ANSWER: Not every one has a large wedding budget so do not feel intimidated or stressed. We suggest hosting a small and intimate event so you can still maintain quality for your guests. We love the idea of a long, family-style table with a fantastic meal and music to celebrate your wedding vows. We understand it’s difficult to cut your guest list down but it’s so important to show the people you love that you care about their experience and comfort. When faced with wedding day questions from those left off your guest list, be honest. Mention that you are only able to host a small wedding and you wish that every one you loved was able to celebrate with you that day but you know they will be with you in spirit.

QUESTION: Is it frowned upon to send email invites for a wedding? We are trying to cut costs.

ANSWER: We always stick to the rules and will side with paper invites for your big day. It may seem like an additional cost but it is the only way of stressing the importance, formality and thoughtfulness that you want guests to feel about your wedding day. Be upfront about your paper goods budget when working with professionals and they may offer tips and tricks(like self assembly) to cut costs. Also, we suggest sticking with snail mail for your RSVP cards as well. All ages are able to fill out a small piece of paper to return in the mail, while some may struggle with the internet or online forms. To save some money, opt for a postcard style response card.

QUESTION: We love the idea of cupcakes for our wedding since we are a little non-traditional. However, our parents are concerned we will miss out on the traditional cake cutting. Any ideas?

ANSWER: Great question and great news–we have a simple solution for you! Ask your bakery to include a small cake, strictly for cake cutting photos. That way you can have your cake and eat it too, really!

We’ve loved hearing from you over the past few weeks and hopefully eased your mind when it comes to wedding planning. Our magazine offers excellent tips and advice and the blog is endless inspiration for your big day! Thank you for trusting us as your bridal guide, we truly love our local brides and love helping you in any way!


Pop The Question

OFF THE PAGE is our space for sharing ideas, advice and our favorite bridal trends and design. We thought there was no better way to truly help our favorite ladies than by starting a mini-series called “Pop the Question,” intended to answer any tough question you may have. We hope these Q&A sessions will answer any looming questions and ease your mind when it comes to your planning process! Let’s create a wonderful space that we can help one another plan the perfect wedding day.

QUESTION: My fiance and I both have a lot of siblings, do we have to include all of them in the bridal party?

ANSWER: If you wish to keep your bridal party small, then no, you do not need to include all family members. However, if you are only asking a few of his sisters to be bridesmaids and are leaving a few out, think again. We suggest either including all family in the bridal party or none at all. If some family members are younger, ask them to be flower girls or to hand out programs. Everyone wants to feel included, especially family, and asking them for their assistance makes them feel included and wanted.

QUESTION: My fiance has several wedding day requests and I really don’t want to include any of them into our plans. How do I make him happy and feel included without giving in to his silly requests?

ANSWER: It depends on what he’s asking for. If he wants a certain beer at the reception or to wear a specific tux, you might need to compromise. We suggest asking your fiance for 5 things he believes is the most important to him on your wedding day. Chances are his requests aren’t as demanding or difficult as you might think (and guests won’t even notice if he asks for a giant hunting themed groom’s cake!) However, if he’s asking for something that is against proper wedding etiquette or is a little out there (hot dogs for your reception food?) then find something on his list you can compromise with. Marriage is all about give and take so you might as well start now!

QUESTION: I have my biological father and stepfather in my life. Both raised me from a young age. How do I decide on who will walk me down the aisle without hurting someones feelings?

ANSWER: This is a fantastic question! We would suggest asking your biological father to walk you down the aisle. If you are torn, have them both walk you down the aisle (although some ceremony locations may not be wide enough for all 3 to walk down at once) We’d also recommend having two father-daughter dances at your reception to highlight your love and relationship with both men.

We’d love to help answer any wedding related questions you may have! Email us at submit@neweddingday.com for advice, tips and tricks for your big day.

Pop The Question

OFF THE PAGE is our space for sharing ideas, advice and our favorite bridal trends and design. We thought there was no better way to truly help our favorite ladies than by starting a mini-series called “Pop the Question,” intended to answer any tough question you may have. We hope these Q&A sessions will answer any looming questions and ease your mind when it comes to your planning process! Let’s create a wonderful space that we can help one another plan the perfect wedding day.

QUESTION: I love the idea of handcrafted details and projects but I’m afraid of how much work it will be to pull off. Any suggestions for a first time crafting bride?

ANSWER: We think the love and joy of your wedding day can be found in the details so don’t push that fantastic idea aside. We suggest focusing on just a few elements: escort cards, table numbers and place settings. By putting your handcrafted projects where guests will see it will not only be worth every penny, but it will save you time and energy!

QUESTION: We want to get married in the fall but it’s so hard to find a non-game day Saturday that’s available. How do we handle guests wanting to watch the Huskers if we were to get married on a game day?

ANSWER: First off, we recognize that Nebraska loves a great football game but we also believe that guests should value your special day and set their love of the game aside if you so ask them to. If you don’t mind guests catching the game(and trust us, they’ll find a way!) then set up a sports corner where you play the game for a short period during your reception or ask the DJ to update guests every quarter. This will keep everyone happy and able to focus on what truly matters…your wedding!

QUESTION: We just recently got engaged, is it common to host an engagement party?

ANSWER: Congratulations! It is not uncommon to have an engagement party although most couples only have showers thrown for them. However, only family or friends should throw an engagement celebration for you. If you feel the need to celebrate, invite your bridal party over for a BBQ or dinner to ask them to be a part of your special day and to celebrate their friendship.

Do you need some guidance or suggestions for a wedding related question? We’d love to help! Email us at submit@neweddingday.com and we would love to help you out.

Pop the Question

OFF THE PAGE is our space for sharing ideas, advice and our favorite bridal trends and design. We thought there was no better way to truly help our favorite ladies than by starting a mini-series called “Pop the Question,” intended to answer any tough question you may have. We hope these Q&A sessions will answer any looming questions and ease your mind when it comes to your planning process! Let’s create a wonderful space that we can help one another plan the perfect wedding day.

QUESTION: We’d love to host an outdoor wedding reception this fall but we are worried about the risk of terrible weather. Do you have any advice for the bride who wants to dine and dance under the stars?

ANSWER: There is nothing better than a perfect evening outdoors in Nebraska. However, our weather is notorious for being unpredictable. Our advice? Use our weather forecast tool (also located in our current issue) to see what the average temperatures are in your wedding month. We also suggest ensuring plenty of shade and cover for guests in case the sun is too strong or the clouds give way to rain. The best advice? A backup plan. Make sure your reception location can provide an indoor alternative in case the weather takes a turn for the worse the day before your wedding.

QUESTION: I have a large extended family and they all want to help in some way with the wedding. I’m timid to reach out for help with the fear they might take over some of my plans with the thought that they are helping me. Advice?

ANSWER: It is natural for friends and family to offer their hands in wedding prep and we always say “Let them!” How sweet that they care for you so much that they want to be involved in your special day! To avoid any uncomfortable situations, have written instructions for each task. Demonstrate the task at hand and let them finish the rest. That way your colors, materials and projects will be controlled while your friends and family are able to chat and contribute to your big day!

QUESTION: My bridesmaids want to select their own dress for the wedding. I’m concerned on how it will all come together. What can I do to ensure that they all achieve the same look and feel?

ANSWER: Mixing and matching bridesmaid gowns is a huge trend right now and we think it can be done flawlessly. We have a few suggestions when it comes to your leading ladies selecting their own dress. The first is to agree on a color palette and dress length. To avoid a wedding party that looks too mixed up, agree on the same length of gown. Secondly, pick a fabric type. If you want a casual feel, cotton or jersey. More formal? Chiffon or taffeta always looks great. Our final suggestion is to try on the gowns in person if possible. Your bridal consultants will help you put together different styles for each body type. Not only can you see how the fabric looks in person, but you can get a good visual of how the dresses will look paired together.

Looking for some advice? Email us at submit@neweddingday.com and we will share our insights and resources with you!