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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

Styled Shoot // Modern Mosaic

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, Styled shoots, Weddingessentials on Thursday, September 10, 2015 8:00 am. | Tags: Fall Wedding , Winter Wedding , Summer Wedding , Spring Wedding , A View On State , Nebraska Bride , Rhylan Lang , Blush Bridal Boutique , Blush Bridal Omaha , Hayley Paige Omaha , Omaha Bride , Omaha Wedding , Nebraska Wedding

Advice // Wedding Planning A-Z


Weddings are all about personalization, and that brings infinite possibilities for your big event. The ambiance or mood you set should capture your personalities to a ‘T’. 


Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 7:00 am. | Tags: Wedding Planning , Omaha Wedding , Wedding Essentials Magazine , Omaha Bridal Mag , Nebraska Bride , Nebraska Wedding , Omaha Event Planning , Omaha Wedding Planning , Iowa Bride , Omaha Wedding Vendors

Inspiration // A Modern Styled Shoot

The bold black and white stripe is a modern bride essential. Here, it offers a pop of sophistication against a rustic outdoor backdrop.

Photos: Samantha McFarlen

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 8:00 am. | Tags: Summer Wedding , Spring Wedding , Styled Shoot , Samantha Mcfarlen Photography , Omaha Wedding Photographer , Omaha Bridal Magazine , Wedding Essentials Omaha , Omaha Bride , Nebraska Bride , Nebraska Wedding , Omaha Wedding Planning , Wedding Rentals

Real Wedding // Melinda + Chandler

LESS IS MORE “Old things we appreciate and love” became the theme for Melinda and Chandler’s country wedding. “We used many things we already had, along with things we borrowed or found at thrift stores. Being open to variety made it easy and interesting,” the bride says. And freed funds for food and music – for celebrating with friends and family. SURPRISE! Melinda’s 92-year-old grandma made it to the wedding from her home in Knox City, Missouri. “We found out that morning and we both were a mess.” To add to the emotion of the day: The ceremony had to be moved from the pasture to the farmyard. Rainstorms had left the pasture too muddy for guests and hayracks. At one point during the reception, the wind blew so strongly, guests scrambled to hold up the support poles on the tent. Chandler yelled, “Don’t leave yet! We’ve still got dancin’ to do!” MEMORIES FOR A LIFETIME Chandler, choking up with emotion as he spied Melinda and her young son, Kai, coming down the road in his green and white Chevy pickup... Melinda walking down the aisle with Kai at her side, spying grandma and feeling blessed … Friends surrounding them in prayer as a gust of wind came through the hayloft, blowing straw everywhere. “The wind had never come through there before.” The only logical explanation: “God was such a presence at our ceremony.”  WHAT’LL YA HAVE? Instead of a receiving line, Melinda and Chandler greeted guests from behind the buffet line. “By serving our guests, we got to have one-on-one time with each.” FLOORED BY NEIGHBOR’S GENEROSITY Chandler and  Melinda were re-doing the barn floor for the wedding when they discovered they needed more wood. The original floor was made of bridge planks dating to about 1864, when Chandler’s great-great-grandpa built the barn. As his gift to the couple, a neighbor came to the rescue with old bridge planks of his own, salvaged a number of years ago. FISHING FOR LOVE The newlyweds first met at Wackos Bar & Grill in nearby Knoxville, Iowa. Melinda was working there and Chandler would come in on Thursday nights for supper. They became fast friends. For their first date, they went fishing on a farm pond not far from their current home. A MOO-VELOUS PROPOSAL Chandler, Melinda and Kai hopped on a four-wheeler to check on a herd of cattle grazing in a pasture. Chandler kept circling the herd, acting like he saw something wrong with one of the cows. Eventually, he got off the four-wheeler, walked into the cluster of heads and hooves, and called for Melinda. Once she was at his side, he got down on his knee, said, “All I ever wanted was a pretty girl to enjoy all of this with. Will you marry me?”  HAPPY ENDING When the storm blew away and the sun finally came out, “We danced in the mud in our front drive.” Before marriage, he never knew “she enjoyed cows as much as I do” and she never knew “he could make me feel so loved … Every. Single. Day.” 


Posted in Blog, Realweddings, Weddingessentials on Monday, September 7, 2015 7:00 am. | Tags: Real Omaha Wedding , Wedding Essentials Magazine , Omaha Bride , Omaha Bridal Magazine , Tin Box Weddings , Spring Wedding , June Wedding , Omaha Wedding Photographer

Advice // Accessorizing Your Gown's Neckline

Layering too much bling will overwhelm your dress. Here’s how to properly embellish eight popular wedding dress styles.


Pair this beloved bridal neckline with a statement collar necklace and either stud earrings or none at all, says Rachel Leonard, fashion director for Brides magazine. “Another option is to wear statement earrings and not the necklace. Be careful that the proportion of the earrings works with the shape of your face – chandelier earrings often work best versus those that are long and narrow. With that, wear an accessory in the hair that is placed towards the back of the head so it doesn’t compete.”

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials on Friday, September 4, 2015 5:11 pm.