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Pets in Your Wedding {Happy Friday!}

What better way to kick off the weekend than with these adorable photos! While most people might think of flower girls or ring bearers as the cute ones, we feel these furry friends just might steal the show.

If you or your fiance has a favorite pet, why not let them be a part of the big day? Here are some tips that will help you and your pet get wedding-ready.

1. Give them some grooming: Let your pet look their best! Give your pet a fresh bath and hair trim so they will look extra adorable on your big day.

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Inspiration, Planning, Realweddings on Thursday, August 14, 2014 7:49 pm.

Trend Alert {Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring}

Thanks to celebrity Olivia Palermo, yellow diamonds have become all the rage where engagement rings are involved. In fact, a "pop of yellow" is quite trendy in general, as other leading celebrity ladies such as Carrie Underwood and Adele have been seen sporting the color.

W.E. decided to seek out this trend right here in Omaha, and found exactly what we were looking for back in our Spring/Summer 2013 issue. W.E. were and still are completely in love with this square cut yellow diamond from Mark Edward Private Jeweler in Omaha.

So say yes to a yellow diamond, or at least in giving it a try as you search for the perfect engagement ring.  This little pop of color gives a modern yet timeless feel.  And how can a ring this color not brighten your day?

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Engaged on Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:21 pm.

Miss Cloud Nine // It's Go Time!

It’s the week before the big day and I’m oddly calm. Everyone keeps asking me if I’m nervous, if I’m stressed, if I’m OK? Surprisingly, I’m totally fine and even more important, I’m really excited!

It’s probably easy for me to remain calm since I have an amazing wedding planning team (a shout out to Lovestruck). They’ve made planning a breeze so I can focus on the fun details. 

My mom and I love to throw a party, and we tend to go over the top even for a small backyard barbecue. Normal people don’t use their new bakeware, pizza stone and dip chiller for a pool party. So we couldn’t help ourselves when we started coming up small projects that we could do for the wedding weekend.

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Chattybrides on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 11:06 am.

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! {Idea Show 2014}

Yes, we do know that it's still summer, but W.E. can't contain our excitement as we plan one of the biggest events of the year!

The Wedding Essentials Idea Show on Oct. 19, 2014, is our best yet, and we can finally brag a little because tickets are officially on sale.

So, regardless of if you who have never attended this event or you have been to many of them before, there is always plenty to see and learn from. Here's what you'll be in for: There will be 80+ exhibitors from the Omaha area setting up displays to show off their best work for weddings. Exhibits will include amazing displays that will give you inspiration for every aspect of your wedding. You can expect ideas for cakes, invitations, flowers, tablescapes, accessories, food, favors and much more! And did we mention that there is also a DJ and a runway show of wedding attire?

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Events, Idea show, Vendors on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:00 am.

5 Great Nail Polish Colors for Your Wedding

Future Brides,

When it comes to your wedding day nails, you want something that looks great in person and in photos. For picture-perfect nails, grab your girls for a fun night of nail trials with these five color suggestions.

1. Light pink: Essie Eternal Optimist, $8.50, Essie
This was the color of choice at Jenny Packham's 2015 bridal runway show. Light pink is a good go-to because it works with a variety of wedding themes/looks.

2. Metallic: Tom Ford Incandescent, $32, Neiman Marcus
Finding a metallic that doesn't chip, isn't too sparkly and is highly pigmented is difficult, but Tom Ford's Incandescent goes on very smoothly and dries quickly.

3. Nude: Estée Lauder Pure Color Nudite, $21, Estée Lauder
Estée Lauder's Nudite is the best nude because it goes on thick and opaque with a glossy finish. It's perfect for a bride who wants to wear a shade that's not too bold.

4. Clear: Dior Nail Glow, $25, Sephora
This is a clear, sheer pink "nail enhancer," which has a nice glossy finish.

5. Deep red: OPI Kennebunk-Port, $8, Drugstore.com
A dark wine red is perfect for a glamorous, black tie wedding, and OPI's Kennebunk-Port is exactly what we had in mind. Some deep reds can look brown when you put them on, but this looks exactly the same on your nails as it does in the bottle.

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Engaged, Inspiration on Monday, August 11, 2014 1:34 pm.

This Just In // Attitude on Food named exclusive caterer for Scoular Ballroom

Scoular Ballroom has named Attitude on Food its exclusive caterer effective May 1, 2015. Here is the news release from yesterday:

All new rental contracts for events occurring after May 1, 2015, will be exclusively with Attitude on Food for all catering and beverage needs. “It has been a year of many positive changes at the Scoular Ballroom. In the past year-and-a-half, our ballroom was completely renovated; a lobby area was added outside the ballroom; dressing suites were added for brides and grooms; kitchen improvements were made; and a buffet room was added to complement the existing space and provide new layout options. With these improvements, we are positioned for growth and opportunities in new markets,” said Theresa Farrage, Scoular Ballroom’s event specialist.

Scoular Ballroom was constructed in 1927, and hosts some of the most prestigious and elegant events in Omaha. Located in the historic Scoular Building, the Scoular Ballroom boasts accommodations for up to 325 people with custom up-lighting; 30-foot ceilings; four loges and a 28-foot balcony; a glass and Italian marble atrium; a lushly draped full stage; a large professional-quality dance floor; a state-of-the-art video projector and P.A. system; wireless Internet connectivity; a separate banquet room and bridal suites; and fully-lit off-street parking.

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Vendors, Catering cakes, Venues on Friday, August 8, 2014 1:00 pm.

Spotted: Fall Trends 2014 // Isabelle Armstrong Bridal Couture

Isabelle Armstrong Bridal Couture has spotted the trends. And with the fall 2014 collection, they have added their own twist to these trends. Here are four of the biggest ones for this fall. W.E. think brides should give them a chance when dress shopping. You never know until you try it on!

Sweet as Peach Pie

Brides can have fun with color too! Color is not off-limits for the bride, as peach is reigning queen this season. Peach complements any bridal party, and nontraditional colors are being explored and embraced more often.

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Attire, Engaged, Inspiration on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 2:00 pm.

Wedding Etiquette

The staff at Wedding Essentials has attended and taken part in quite a number of weddings. If you're like us, you've probably witnessed your share of poor behavior among guests, friends and members of the wedding party.

We want to help our readers with what's right and wrong, so we've compiled some helpful etiquette tips to keep in mind. Don't forget to share these with your friends and family!

1. When you're invited to a wedding, give the bride and groom a gift whether you're attending or not.

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Engaged, Planning on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 11:00 am.

Wedding Gifts // Parents

Last, but certainly not least, we want to talk about gifts for your parents. Your parents have probably done a lot to help you with your wedding. Being the support systems that they are, W.E. think they deserve something special when your wedding is said and done. Here are some great gifts that they are sure to appreciate.

1. B&B Stay: Book them a weekend getaway at a sweet little B&B. It's such a fun way for them to relax and unwind.

2. Massage: Book a massage for each of them. They'll feel the love.

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Engaged, Inspiration, Planning on Friday, August 1, 2014 1:56 pm.

Wedding Gifts // Groomsmen

To all of you future grooms: Help your fiancé out by taking care of the groomsmens' gifts on your own! Feeling a little lost as to what to get them? Here are some great ideas so you can get started as early as you please.

1. Flask/Decanter: A little something to hold their drinks. They can be as cool or as funky as you like.

2. Cuff links: Something nice that they can use again.

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Engaged, Inspiration, Planning on Friday, August 1, 2014 1:39 pm.

Wedding Shower // Miss Cloud Nine

I knew my mom and bridesmaids would throw a good shower, but I was amazed by all of the hard work and details that they put into making the day really special.

It all started with a mason jar. I love mason jars! The girls used these jars for all kinds of things. I think they knew how much I do not enjoy being the center of attention, so they made sure to distract the guests with fun details and delicious food.

The front table displayed a large white platter with the shower date, which everyone signed and wrote their well wishes. When I got home, we baked it, and now we have a memorable new platter to use. 

Posted in Weddingessentials, Blog, Chattybrides, Engaged, Events, Showers gifts on Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:21 pm.

Wedding Gifts // Bridesmaids

Your bridesmaids have stood by your side long before your wedding day, so when choosing gifts for them you want to be extra-thoughtful. Here are a few gift ideas that any bridesmaid would love.

1. Makeup Bag: This is a cute, fun and very handy gift for your girls. Consider getting the bags personalized for an extra-special touch.

2. Monogrammed Jewelry: This is very trendy right now. Shop around, and search for a delicate necklace or pretty bracelet.

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Engaged, Inspiration, Planning, Showers gifts on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:06 pm.

Wedding Gifts // The Groom

We can't forget the men. Brides, give your future husband a thoughtful gift that he will adore. We have a few ideas for you to run with and personalize based on your fiancé's personal preferences.

1. Letters: Write letters on the days leading up to your wedding, or write letters for him to open at different times during your first year of marriage.

2.Watch/Watch Box: A watch is always a good gift. If he has a nice one already, consider buying him a nice watch box. This is something he might not have thought of to purchase for himself.

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Engaged, Inspiration, Planning, Showers gifts on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:58 am.

Wedding Gifts // The Bride

The long-standing tradition of giving gifts to your fiancé and wedding party is special, but it isn't necessarily the first task that the bride or groom focuses on in their wedding planning. Instead of waiting until the last minute, allow time to be thoughtful. And have the gifts ready in advance so you can check it off your list.

This week, we are giving you some great gift ideas for the bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen and parents. 

First is the bride. W.E. think a gift from the groom to the bride is sweet, so give her something that will mean a lot to her. She has probably been working hard getting ready for the wedding, so gentlemen, we think she deserves something special. Here are a few ideas.

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Engaged, Inspiration, Planning, Showers gifts on Monday, July 28, 2014 3:25 pm.

Vera Wang Love

As if we don't already love her dresses, the talented Vera Wang has come out with a new collection of engagement rings, bridal sets, wedding bands, pendants and earrings called Vera Wang Love. All of the designs are a natural extension of her bridal collection, and they have a timeless feel.

Each piece in the collection features a blue sapphire, which is a unique design statement and is known as a symbol of everlasting love. Every diamond is hand-set and meets Vera’s requirement of a near colorless quality. Features include elegant engraving and intricate milgrain.

This line is offered exclusively at Zales. 

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Attire, Engaged, Inspiration on Friday, July 18, 2014 1:51 pm.

What Brides Want Their Bridesmaids to Know

We asked recent brides what they wish their bridesmaids would have known leading up to and on their big day. Here is what they shared.

1. Know the financial expectations that go along with being a bridesmaid: You might have to buy a dress and/or shoes, get your hair done and buy a gift for the wedding.

2. You're expected to be at everything: As my bridesmaid, I want you by my side during the process. Showers if possible, rehearsals, etc., -- I expect you to be there unless I tell you differently.

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Engaged, Planning on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 2:49 pm.

What Your Bridesmaids Wish They Could Tell You

Your bridesmaids are a big part of your day. Acting as a support system, they are the ones who are there for you as you plan and anticipate your big day. They calm you down when you're nervous, and they fawn all over your gown just as they should. But what aren't they telling you? Here's some advice that will help make you just about the coolest bride ever.  

1. Make it clear in advance what you want from us. Tell us any duties, dates and times of events as you book them so we can all be there when you need us.

2. Tell us what you want for your bachelorette party.

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Engaged, Inspiration on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 10:53 am.

Slimming Down for the Wedding Season

Everyone wants to look their best for the wedding season. But we all know that it's harder than it looks, so we asked for a few tips from expert nutritionist Colette Heimowitz.

Here is what will help you lose weight and feel good. 

1. Spice up your snacks: Healthy snacks will keep your metabolism moving and your hunger at bay. Keep cut-up fresh vegetables handy, or try rolling up sliced ham, turkey, roast beef or smoked salmon with asparagus, cucumber or avocado. Then add aioli, mayo, cream cheese or egg salad.

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Engaged, Events, Inspiration on Monday, July 14, 2014 3:30 pm.

Ready or Knot Cocktail Hour

A couple of friends and my sister and I attended the Ready or Knot {Wedding Chic} cocktail hour last night, and boy did we have fun! While I'm not engaged (not even close), seeing the gorgeous gowns that Owner Jocelyn Robertshaw carries in the boutique was a great experience to say the least. Featured were dresses from the Augusta Jones latest trunk show (It isn't even in stores yet!). Many of the dresses have a classic look that has been coming back in style.

Besides the chance to ooh and ahh at the gowns, a hairstylist from Boss Studios, Dani Cooper (recently married herself), was doing hair trials. While styling my hair in big sassy waves, we discussed trends in bridal party hair. She said she has been doing a lot of braids and styles for hair worn down since both of these have become big trends.

Dani said she's been doing wedding party hair for about 10 years. When it comes to hairstyles for brides and bridesmaids, Dani said the bride should stick out. "If a bride chooses something chic and classic, I'll suggest that her bridesmaids pick a hairstyle with some texture such as curls, waves or braids so the bride really stands out." 

Posted in Blog, Weddingessentials, Engaged, Events, Inspiration, Planning on Friday, July 11, 2014 12:00 pm.

Bridesmaid's Kit // Gifts For Your Girls

What better way to say thanks to your bridesmaids or maid of honor than by putting together a bridesmaid's kit!

We collected several thoughtful gifts that your girls will be crazy about.

What's Inside the Bag:

Posted in Weddingessentials, Blog, Idea show, Inspiration, Planning, Showers gifts on Thursday, July 10, 2014 4:01 pm.