Planning Our Wedding - Part Two

My last blog post ended by telling you how perfect our wedding colors ended up being and I told you to hold all judgment until this blog post. Read on below to learn more about how we incorporated our bright, bold colors into our stationery, decor, and more!

Stationery

I didn’t own this business when we got married, but I was a graphic designer and Clark was a sports designer for the newspaper so we decided we needed to design our own invitations. This was before Pinterest existed so think Google image search lol! That is where I found this fun idea to use a brad to secure multiple pieces of paper together, making it easy for guests to not lose any important information … remember, we had a lot of out of town guests. We also used this same concept for the programs. I also designed our save the date magnets, reception menu/order of events card, and favors - koozies with blue and green tootsie rolls inside.

Printing was cheap because where I worked at the time, I also managed our in house printing. I bought the paper online and I was given the OK to use the work printer to print my stationery during non-work hours. For 2010 I think they turned out pretty good, but my standards have {thankfully} gone way up since then!

Decorations

Decor for the ceremony was minimal, just some flowers tied to the chairs. The Joslyn Art Museum was gorgeous enough that I didn’t feel we needed to go overboard. Thankfully, having minimal decor for the ceremony also made it easier when we had to make the decision to move indoors because of rain. The water fountain in the middle of the area we got married in was blue and green so our artificial blue and green flowers tied to white chairs looked very much planned - but was not at all!

Our reception was at Tiburon Golf Club. Centerpieces were the easiest part of wedding planning … I wanted to use vases from my own collection for the centerpieces. It was a way to personalize it around us and keep costs down because we didn’t have to rent or buy centerpieces. We kept it minimal here as well with the focus on the vases on top of circle mirrors surrounded by votive candles. The vases were filled with artificial gerbera daisies because I didn’t see the point in wasting money on flowers.

In fact, all flowers in our wedding were artificial except for 2 vases of real flowers on Greek columns for the ceremony and a dozen yellow roses in honor of Clark’s late mother - those were from HyVee. I made all of the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages myself. I was very much a DIY bride!

I’ll just insert a note to all florists here - you do great work and it’s beautiful, but flowers have never meant a lot to me when it came to my wedding dreams. Yes, they’re pretty, but it’s never what I remember about a wedding. Also, I’m a very practical person so I chose to put my parents hard earned money toward other things in our budget.

The Greek columns and circle mirrors mentioned above were from United Rent-All in Omaha. We also rented table runners, napkins, and pipe and drape for our reception head table setup from them.

Cake or no cake?

Clark would tell you I’m pretty traditional, but I would tell you I like to break tradition! So when it came to cake we did a bit of both.

We had a smaller two-tier cake from The Cake Gallery in Omaha that we cut for pictures. The bottom tier had a strawberry filling and we ate that at our gift opening brunch and the top tier had a banana cream filling. We froze the top tier for our 1 year anniversary - and it actually tasted really good!

So now you’re wondering what the guests got for dessert right? Well, since Clark and I aren’t really big cake people anyway, we decided to have ice cream sundaes with tons of toppings to choose from! This, along with our buffet meal, was provided by our reception venue.

Photography

I LOVE photos! Like, obsessively love photos. They make me happy to have them scattered around our home so when it came time to pick a wedding photographer I wanted to find a great one! I had looked at some in the local wedding magazines, but just wasn’t finding someone to fit our style. Then we went to a bridal fair and met this couple that took photos together, Sammons Photography. Their style was very artsy in that they didn’t take you to the typical places around town for photos, they took you to places that meant something to you. And they captured more “in the moment” photos than just “grip and grin” staged photos. We ended up booking with them later that day because they had a special where we’d get all of photos on DVD (yes, DVD lol!) if we booked with them that day. Back when we got married digital delivery did not exist and photographers didn’t always give you all of the photos. This was something I was very adamant about having because I wanted to create my own album and print photos to hand around our future home together so I needed as many photos as possible.

I absolutely LOVE how all of our photos turned out! Our engagement sessions were in front of some art murals around Lincoln, at Holmes Lake, in a parking garage {sounds strange, but I loved the artsy photos we got from this idea}, and the studio in our photographers’ basement. Our wedding day photos were exactly what I imagined … a recap of the entire day from getting ready to partying the night away with friends and family! Unfortunately our photographers are no longer in business.

Registry

Since we had been together for 4 years, 5 by the time we got married, registering for gifts seemed a bit difficult as we had many things already. But we came up with a great idea to register at Nebraska Furniture Mart. We ended up being able to get a new mattress set and a nice camera to take on our honeymoon! We also registered at Bed Bath and Beyond and JCPenney.

Other VENDORs

I could go on and on about every single vendor, but instead I will just end it here by giving you a list of the rest of our vendors. Some are no longer in business and are noted below if I am aware of that. Make sure to check out my list of vendors I would recommend you use for your wedding that I know are in business - and are most likely friends of mine! Please support small and local businesses - we have your best interest at heart vs. some of the larger chains!

Wedding Gown - Group USA

Bridesmaids Dresses - Dress Barn

Miniature Bride Dress - Group USA

Flower Girl Dress - eBay

Tuxedos {groom, miniature groom, fathers, groomsmen, ushers} - Tip Top Tux - Lincoln, NE

Ring Bearer Tuxedo - JCPenney

Manicure & Pedicure - Center Pointe Salon & Spa - Lincoln, NE {no longer in business}

Rehearsal Dinner Venue - Grisanti’s - Omaha, NE {no longer in business}

Our Hotel - Hilton Garden Inn - Omaha, NE

Guest Hotels - Hampton Inn & Suites or Courtyard Marriott - La Vista, NE

Hair & Makeup - Marcia Tauriella - Omaha, NE {unsure if she is still in business}

Officiant - Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Lincoln, NE - Paster Clint K. Poppe

Ceremony Music - Nova String Quartet - Omaha, NE

Transportation - VIP Limousine - Limobus

Videography - Uncle Steve

DJ - Music Masters - Seward, NE {coworker of mine at the time}

Guest Book - traditional one plus caricature by George Stanton {former coworker of both of ours}

Honeymoon Planning - Cornerstone Travel - Lincoln, NE

Honeymoon Hotel - Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort - Clearwater Beach, FL