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Miss Love-Struck // Finding THE Dress

Choosing a wedding dress can be an important moment for the bride (no doubt)! However, finding the right dress could be stressful on the mind, body and wallet. After watching countless episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” and pinning every single wedding dress on Pinterest, I had to figure out how to find the right dress at the right price. Here are some personal tips I would recommend when looking for your dress without the stress.

1. Budget, budget, budget. First off, budgeting is not a bad word when finding your dream dress. Knowing how much you are able to spend on a dress can help budget the cost for other vendors (flowers, food, rentals, etc.) and narrow the number of dresses to try on. This is helpful because it will not lead you to confusion or disappointment when trying on dresses you cannot afford. When I was at Rylan Lang Bridal Boutique, I was completely torn between two beautiful dresses. One was on budget and one was $1500 over budget. I ended up choosing the one on budget because I had to take into account all the alterations: the veil and the train length of the dress. I proudly left the boutique with the dress paid in full with no sacrifices made on either my wedding budget or my wallet.  

2. Functionality of the dress. Being comfortable was the most important factor in finding my dress. Since my wedding will be in August of next year, I knew I had to find a dress that was light and breathable. This helped eliminate dresses that were too form fitting or had too much fabric.

Posted in Blog, Chattybrides, Weddingessentials on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 1:00 pm. | Tags: Chatty Brides , Miss Love-struck , Rhylan Lang , Omaha Wedding Dresses , Omaha Wedding Planning , Bride Blogger , Wedding Planning Omaha , Omaha Bridal Boutique , Omaha Wedding , Real Omaha Bride , Real Bride , Bridal Advice

Best Advice // Stress Busters

6 escapes just when you need them most.

Inhale. Exhale. While the months leading up to your wedding can be the most magical of your life, they also can be the most stressful. When your eyes start to glaze over as you review your wedding checklist, it’s a sign that you need a break from the tasks at hand. Here are a half-dozen mini escapes to help you clear your mind and restore your enthusiasm for that next round of “to-dos.” 

1. Taste your way through town

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 7:00 am. | Tags: Omaha Bridal Magazine , Stress Busters , Omaha Wedding Planning , Wedding Planning Advice , Omaha Bride , Nebraska Bride , Nebraska Wedding , Iowa Wedding , Midwest Wedding

Real Wedding // Courtney + Josh

HOW WE MET We met at Camp Rivercrest where we worked as camp counselors for 7 weeks of the summer. THE PROPOSAL Josh proposed a year (on the hour) that we had been dating. It was my birthday and he painted me a canvas explaining why he wanted to be with me and as I was opening it, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. CLOSE YOUR EYES One of the funniest moments of the wedding was when Tina (our photographer) asked us, and our wedding party, to close our eyes and then open them on the count of three. As Tina was counting, we all agreed to make silly faces when we opened our eyes and it turned out to be one of our favorite photos and Tina got a kicked out of it. 'WOOD' YOU LOOK AT THAT I painted a bunch of canvas and wooden signs that we had scattered around the reception and ceremony area. SAVE THE FIRST DANCE Josh's mom stopped her mother/son dance to let my mom cut in so Josh danced with both his mothers for the dance. SUIT YOURSELF I let my bridesmaids wear different style dresses that fit their body but still look great altogether! WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT HER Courtney is a sour patch kid. She can be sour, but also sweet. WHAT SHE SAYS ABOUT HIM Josh is the kindest, sweetest man on earth. I had given up on guys till he came around. When we were just friends, I told our mutual friends that whoever married Josh would be the luckiest girl in the world and now that's me. TIME FLIES Wedding planning is suppose to be fun and not stressful; enjoy the time because it flies by so fast. DON'T WORRY It will all work out in the end. Enjoy the day and don't stress about the little things. POST PLANNING ADJUSTMENTS Moving in together and living everyday moments together has been our biggest adjustment to married life. BEFORE MARRIAGE, I NEVER KNEW THAT MY SPOUSE ... enjoyed the news so much; Josh watches it every night before we go to bed. NOT EVERYTHING WILL BE PERFECT Not nearly important now as it was during the planning process: everything looking perfect and everyone being happy. There will be people who have a negative thing to say about everything. As long as you enjoy your day, that's all that matters. FAVORITE WEDDING GIFT A throw blanket because it's warm and we both can fit under it. I know it sounds silly, but we love it and use it almost every day. "I NOW MISPRONOUCE YOU ..."  Our pastor mispronounced my husband's last name during the ceremony. Instead of saying McIvor, he said McGiver. It was very funny and something that will make our wedding memorable.


Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Friday, October 16, 2015 1:00 pm. Updated: 3:47 pm. | Tags: Omaha Wedding , Nebraska Bride , Nebraska Wedding , In His Image Film + Photo , Ihi Weddings , Midwest Weddings , Real Wedding Omaha , Omaha Wedding Planning , Omaha Event Planning , Wedding Essentials Omaha , Omaha Bridal Magazine , Summer Wedding , Green Wedding , Brown Wedding , Rustic Wedding , White Wedding , Bellevue Berry Farm , Suburban Bridal Omaha , The Cake Gallery Omha , Flowerama , Midwest Steele Productions , Men's Wearhouse , Reflections Salon Omaha , Helzberg Diamonds Omaha , Zales Jewelry Omaha , June Wedding

Idea Show // 10 Frequently Asked Questions

1. Tickets. If I purchase my tickets online, will they be mailed to me?

You can purchase your tickets online here, up until 11 p.m. the Saturday before the show. The bonus about buying your tickets online before the show? You save $2. Once you buy your tickets, you should receive a confirmation email. Print out the email and bring it with you to the show. Present your confirmation email at the Box Office to get your tickets.  

2. Where do I pick up the tickets I ordered online?

Posted in Blog, Events, Weddingessentials on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 7:00 pm. | Tags: Omaha Bridal Show , Wedding Essentials Idea Show , Mid-america Center , Nebraska Bride , Nebraska Bridal Show , Iowa Bridal Show , Wedding Essentials Magazine , Omaha Wedding Planning , Omaha World Herald , Nebraska Wedding Planning , Omaha Events

Best Advice // Wedding Registry

Here we dish on the new trends and faux pas to avoid.


This gives your guests a range of options without overwhelming them. A high-end store, an inexpensive retailer and a wild-card company or charity would be a thoughtful mix. 

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 7:00 am. | Tags: Wedding Essentials Omaha , Omaha Bridal Magazine , Registry Trends , Best Advice , Wedding Etiquette , Omaha Weddings , Omaha Wedding Planning , Nebraska Wedding , Midwest Wedding , Iowa Wedding

D.I.Y. // Pickle Bar

There’s nothing more rustic than a pickle bar – a perfect addition to a barn wedding. Buy a variety of pickles and transfer them to mason jars of mixed sizes. Use chalkboard plaques to label pickle varieties and provide small forks for guests to poke pickles. Easy, easy, easy!

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Thursday, October 1, 2015 9:00 am. | Tags: Omaha Bridal Magazine , Nebraska Wedding , Nebraska Bride , Diy Inpiration , Heather Winkel , Pickle Bar , Wedding Food , Omaha Catering

Trends // Menswear

When it comes to coordinating your wedding party’s attire, don’t think of your groom as third in line, behind your bridesmaids. Aside from you, he’s the most important person in the picture! So make it a joint venture and go for a doubly stunning knockout look. 

His style should: Coordinate with yours, fit the formality of the wedding, reflect his personality, and fit his body type. He should also have extras (accessories) that tastefully set him apart from the other men in the wedding party. 

“Some grooms are quite particular and know exactly what they want,” says Noah Peterson, a manager for Tip Top Tux in Omaha. “They’re after an ultra-polished, modern look” in a slim-fit tuxedo with slim notch lapel, crisp white or ivory shirt, and a tie and pocket square with subtle pattern. 

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 8:00 am. | Tags: Menswear , Omaha Grooms Attire , Men's Wearhouse , Tip Top Tux Omaha , Omaha Wedding , Omaha Bride , Nebraska Bride , Nebraska Wedding , Wedding Trends , Shopping Tips , Shop Mens Clothing Omaha , Jos A Bank Omaha

Inspiration // Intimate Elopement

It's rare that we get to see a beautiful elopement but we couldn't pass up the intimacy of the bride and groom's getting ready together moments. Brilliant even for a small wedding ceremony with family. A great photographer is still worth the expense! More inspiration here: 


Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 7:00 am.

Real Wedding // Summer & Cory

FLURRY OF GUESTS With the guest list pushing 700 but a blizzard galloping in, a lighter crowd was bound to be the result. Still, 450 family and friends braved the elements to be with Summer and Cory as they exchanged marriage vows in Tarnov (population 46), and then celebrated with dinner and a dance in Norfolk.  The bad-weather commute between the sites made for interesting travel. The wedding bus was forced to make a pit stop so the groom and his gents could repair the defroster and clear the windshield of ice and snow! Lights out at 10:30 p.m.? Yes, but only because the howling wind temporarily knocked out power at the reception hall. TWO LEFT FEET The newlyweds met at a street dance in Leigh, Nebraska. Cory knew Summer’s brother, which opened the door to an introduction. “We danced. He stepped on my toes. And it just took off from there,” Summer says. But whenever the topic of marriage came up, Cory would tell Summer that he was on a “five-year plan.” It would be at least that many years, he insisted, before he would be ready to settle down. “Little did I know that it was all a ploy,” says Summer.  HOW HE PROPOSED “We went for a drive to his parents’ cabin in Niobrara one Sunday in December. We were just enjoying the scenery together when he dropped down on one knee and asked me to be his wife!” TWO PEAS IN A POD He says: “She is the most selfless person I know. She’s always thinking of others before herself.” She says: “He’s a provider. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone.” THE THINGS YOU LEARN Before their marriage, she had no idea there would be so much laundry from work on the farm. “The (dirty clothes) that he can generate in a week is astonishing.” He never expected to see “every sort of doctor possible” for annual checkups. Because of the new family’s medical insurance, the first few months (after marriage) “it seemed like I had a doctor or dentist or eye exam every week.”


Posted in Blog, Realweddings, Weddingessentials on Monday, September 28, 2015 9:00 am. | Tags: Omaha Bride , Omaha Bridal Magazine , Wedding Essentials Omaha , Real Omaha Wedding , Mae Small Photography , Norfolk Wedding , St. Michael Catholicchurch , Divots Conference Center Wedding , The Diamond Center , Dream Designs , Roxi's Elegant Bridal , Garden Angels Floral & Gifts , Julie's Catering , Albion Catering , Perfect Day Productions , Lincoln Wedding Vendors , To A T Decorating

Best Advice // How To Save On Florals

10 Tips for Saving on Wedding Flowers

Follow these style-savvy suggestions for cutting costs on all your big day floral accessories and décor

By Anna Sachse | CTW Features

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Friday, September 25, 2015 3:07 pm.

Styled Shoot // Moroccan Elegance

When the ordinary just won’t do, rub the lamp and – poof! – you find the perfect inspiration, morocco – with its exotic scents and spices, and its ornate mosaic tiles. Textiles intrigues here, you can steal a mood, a detail or a motif that fits your personal style and brings that magic wedding to life.


Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Thursday, September 24, 2015 8:00 am.

Events // 2014 Idea Show Recap

Our next bridal show is about three and a half weeks away! 

Make sure you've marked Sunday, October 18th on your calendars. Bring your maids, you moms, your favorite gal pals -- and/or your groom! The Wedding Essentials Idea Show is the perfect opportunity to meet with local vendors and check off some big ticket items on your to-do list. We'll have all the best wedding professionals in one location to make it super easy. 

Curious? We answer some frequently asked questions here

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 8:00 am. | Tags: Spring Wedding , Summer Wedding , Fall Wedding , Winter Wedding , Omaha Bridal Shows , Idea Show Omaha , Wedding Idea Show , Wedding Essentials Magazine , Omaha World-herald Events , Mid-america Center , Omaha Bridal Expo , Nebraska Wedding , Nebraska Bride , Omaha Wedding Planner , Omaha Event Design , Omaha Wedding Florist , Omaha Wedding Photographer , Midwest Wedding , Midwest Bride

Real Wedding // A Backyard Big Day

Nick was born and raised in Arizona, he had just bought a house and had gotten comfortable with his career. Lindsay had just moved to Arizona from Nebraska and was looking for a change. They met on within the first few days of joining the site. After their first date, they knew that the search was over. Within 6 months, they got engaged and shortly thereafter moved back to Nebraska.


Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 8:00 am. | Tags: Real Omaha Wedding , Andrea Bibeault , Omaha Wedding Photographer , Omaha Wedding Planner , , Piccolo's Florist Omaha , Cupcake Island Omaha , Two Bright Lights Omaha

Real Bride // Couples Shower

Happy as clams. The only thing missing from this themed party? Salty sea air.

Molly Junge (Halvorson) loves mixing colors and patterns in fashion and décor. Her fiancé (now husband) Drew Halvorson, loves diving beneath the sea. When a couple’s shower was suggested, their individual passions sparked a party theme at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

Forty friends and family members would be invited to sip signature cocktails and dive into waves of passed hors d’œuvres while sharks, sea turtles and rays swam in the aquarium overhead.

Posted in Blog, Chattybrides, Weddingessentials on Monday, September 21, 2015 7:00 am. | Tags: Miss Ever After , Chatty Brides , Bride Bloggers , Henry Doorly Zoo , Omaha Zoo Wedding , Omaha Zoo Events , Attitude On Food , Blooms & Bouquets , Sam Swartz Photography , Omaha Bride , Engaged In Omaha , Nebraska Bride , Real Omaha Bride , Omaha Bridal Magazine , Molly Junge , Drew Halvorson

Best Advice // Bridal Emergency Handbag

Check out the 10 must-have items every bride should have stashed in her clutch on her wedding day

You’ve scoured everything from Etsy to your town’s haute boutiques for the perfect little clutch to complement your big-day attire. But now that you have this handy accessory, what exactly are you supposed to put in it?

Practical contents might include your cell phone, ID, credit card, lipstick or gloss, breath mints, hand sanitizer, a couple cute BandAids and tissues for mopping up tears before they ruin your makeup. But you should also consider slipping in these expert-tested safeguards. If there's no room in your own clutch, ask your maid of honor and/or bridesmaids to put the others in their purses.

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Friday, September 18, 2015 7:00 am. | Tags: Bridal Emergency Kit , Omaha Bridal Advice , Omaha Wedding Essentials , Wedding Essentials Blog , Omaha Bride , Nebraska Bride , Midwest Bride , Ctw Features , Wedding Must-haves

Gown Trends // Ethereal Beauty


That’s how you’re sure to feel when you come face to face with 2016’s ultra-feminine ethereal gowns. In the hottest trend, exquisitely embroidered or appliquéd illusion bodices crown long, shimmering tulle skirts. If you love lace, you’ll be transfixed pouring through the latest offerings in local boutiques. Among the magical twists to these eternally classic silhouettes: Dimension-adding underlays in a kiss of color (think moonstone, alabaster and champagne); transparent overlays for skirts and bodices; horsehair trim (it’s a synthetic band of stiff mesh fabric that adds elegant volume and shape without weight); glimmering threadwork; and delicate 3-D floral applique. Prepare to be swept away.


Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Thursday, September 17, 2015 7:30 am. | Tags: Omaha Bridal Magazine , Omaha Bride , Wedding Essentials Magazine , Omaha Bridal Show , Wedding Essentials Idea Show , Gown Trends , Omaha Bridal Boutique , Omaha Bridal Salon , Ready Or Knot , Rhylan Lang , Blush Bridal Boutique Omaha , Wedding Dress Shopping , Best Advice

How To // Find Your Perfect Dress

Get ready to fall in love. Here’s your complete guide to finding ‘The One’ – dress, that is! You’ve clicked and pinned and done your homework. Now it’s time to see if that dress you can’t stop thinking about really is “The One” for you.

While lots of people may be clamoring to join you in the search, less is more. Why? “You’ll get too many opinions and some will be overpowering,” says Jocelyn Robertshaw, owner of Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic} in Omaha.

“It’s exhausting to appease everybody. The experience can leave you confused about what you want,” she says.

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 8:30 am. | Tags: Wedding Advice , Omaha Bridal Boutique , Omaha Bridal Salon , Wedding Dress Shopping , Omaha Bride , Nebraska Bride , Rhylan Lang , Blush Bridal Boutique , Ready Or Knot {wedding Chic} , Bridal Accessories

Styled Shoot // 1920s Flair

There's something about the moody elegance of a rich color palette and 1920s vibes that makes us feel sophisticated. Go ahead, spend an afternoon day dreaming over this styled shoot by Edward Lai

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 8:00 am.

Real Wedding // Kailey + Ian

THE BIG PICTURE Kailey and Ian went to middle school together and started dating their senior year of high school. He took her to see “I Am Legend.”  The last-man-on-earth premise of that first-date movie, if you think about it, would make Ian the happiest man on earth on his wedding day. CONFUCIUS SAY Ian proposed over carryout Chinese food, but he found himself in a pickle when Kailey refused the fortune cookie he kept offering her. After about 30 minutes of coaxing, Kailey finally gave in and cracked open the cookie. Inside, she found Ian’s burning question: “Will you marry me?” “We are reminded of that special day every time we see a fortune cookie,” she says. CROWNING TOUCH In a sentimental touch, Kailey’s mother repurposed the floral crown from her own bridal veil for Kailey. This “something old” now has a story for the next bride who wears it. THE ULTIMATE EAVESDROP Before the ceremony, the bride and her dad enjoyed a walk together through the church gardens while Ian waited patiently in the courtyard. Family and friends, watching through windows, had a ringside seat for the couple’s first look. “Even though friends and family were watching, it felt like we were there alone. Ian was speechless, and I was crying tears of joy.” FUN DETOUR “Ian hired a limo and driver for just the two of us and after the reception, we drove around for an hour. It was the first time all day that we had time alone to relax, laugh and reflect on how special the day had been.” FLAVORS OF MEXICO While the couple didn’t have a wedding theme, their love for Mexican food was apparent. They served a taco bar for their rehearsal dinner and their favorite wedding gift was a mortar and pestle for homemade guacamole. RESIDENT TRIP PLANNER Ian planned a honeymoon to Puerto Vallarta as a surprise for his bride. He didn’t tell her where they were going until they got on a connecting flight in Houston. Kailey loved having her groom take on the “huge task” of planning the trip. “It was fun to anticipate the surprise and have our families guess where we might go.”


Posted in Blog, Realweddings, Weddingessentials on Monday, September 14, 2015 9:00 am. | Tags: Real Omaha Wedding , Real Wedding , Omaha Bride , Nebraska Bride , Wedding Essentials Omaha , Omaha Bridal Magazine , Chase Vanderveen Photography , Fountains West Omaha , Borsheim's , Men's Wearhouse , 8 , King Of Kings Lutheran Church Omaha , Ceremony Locations , Spring Wedding , Summer Wedding

The Bold Bride // Wedding Makeup Plan

The key to a scene-stealing wedding look? Focus on making a statement with one key beauty feature.

Dramatic makeup can have big impact on your big day – but to avoid looking overdone or garish, it’s best to go bold with only one key feature. Here the experts tell you how to make your beautiful eyes pop or play up a stunning smile.

The Eyes Have It

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Friday, September 11, 2015 8:00 am. | Tags: Omaha Wedding , Omaha Makeup Artist , Wedding Essentials Magazine , Omaha Bridal Magazine , Nebraska Bride , Wedding Beauty Routine , Nebraska Wedding , Makeup Artist , Omaha Bridal Hair Salon