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Modern Wedding Etiquette

From over-the-top glamorous affairs to chic DIY events, the Ballroom has hosted a wide variety of parties that have pleased a plethora of palates and budgets. Even though no two events are alike in terms of budget and/or aesthetic, the same wedding etiquette applies to any type of soiree.

Since the Ballroom’s employees are constantly faced with tough questions regarding wedding etiquette, they’ve decided to address some of the most common topics discussed.

Guest List: So, you’ve selected a venue that comfortably fits 300, but you’re so popular that you have 500 people on your guest list. You may want to reconsider so you don’t run into any capacity issues the day of the event. Always pick a venue based on your total guest count. Do not apply the 1/3 of the people will not show up rule because you may be in for a surprise. Not sure who to cut? Create a list from scratch and select immediate family members and close friends first. There’s no rule that states you have to invite everyone you have come into contact with throughout your life. It’s perfectly fine to leave your mailman and 2nd grade teacher off the list.

What happens if you don’t plan accordingly: Your venue will not be able to accommodate the extra guests. There will not be enough room or enough tables or chairs set up. Your reception will feel cramped and your guests will not be happy.

Inviting Co-Workers: A lot of brides and grooms ask if inviting co-workers is essential. If you have a close personal relationship with a colleague at work and you have a friendship outside of the office, by all means invite him or her. Be careful though because things can get tricky and people’s feelings can be hurt. It’s okay to invite your boss or manager, but keep the invites on the down low. Don’t make the invite extension water cooler conversation.

What happens if you make your wedding the talk of the office: The more you talk about it, the more people will expect to be invited. When some people get invitations and others don’t, expect some animosity to occur. People will feel very hurt, which will make you feel uncomfortable.

Plus One Rule: This gets tricky because some people expect to bring a guest. Even when there’s no plus one indicated on the invitation, people still think it’s okay to bring someone. For brides and grooms, it’s polite to give someone a plus one if they are engaged or seriously dating someone, or if they will be traveling from out of town and won’t know anyone else.

What happens if you don’t make the plus one rule clear: There have been so many awkward encounters at weddings within the Ballroom where people are assigned a seat and clearly didn’t pay attention to the lack of a plus one on the invite. It usually leaves the guest out of a seat and feeling out of place. A lot of venues work with the couples to create a very detailed seating chart and layout. Don’t expect a venue to set extra chairs or roll out another table during the event. If it’s a plated meal, the guest will likely not get served without a place card.

Wedding Party Inclusion: The Ballroom has seen a lot of large wedding parties, but the largest has to be the one with over 30 people. Basically, there were 15 bridesmaids and 15 groomsmen. There comes a point in time when head tables can only be so big. It’s okay to cut people and just stick with your siblings, cousins or very close friends. You don’t need to extend a bridesmaid invite to your entire sorority.

What happens if your bridal party is too large: Your venue might have certain restrictions in place on how many people can sit at a head table. You will also run into a lot of different opinions on bridesmaid dresses and tux rentals. The less people; the less hassle.

Food Allergy Overload: From a catering standpoint, it seems that everyone is allergic to something from dairy to eggs to black pepper. While some people are truly allergic to mushrooms or tomatoes, others simply have an aversion to these food groups. Unless someone is truly allergic to something, do not accommodate their food requests. Obviously, vegetarians, vegans, and other dietary restrictions can and should be honored, but guests shouldn’t push the envelope with their requests. One example is a guest who noted on their reply card that they were on a diet and wanted a healthy salad instead of the meal selected by the bride and groom. Not happening!

What happens if everyone writes an allergy on their reply card: Hopefully, you’ll know your guests well enough to know if it’s a true allergy. If you have your doubts or someone is being really picky and it seems a bit over the top, contact them and explain that the menu is set. Most people should understand this and will plan to eat at home prior to arriving.

Got a question for us? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Stay tuned for more wedding etiquette advice! Happy planning!

 

 

February Promotion

Announcement time! Starting on Feb. 5, the first five brides/grooms who reserve the Scoular Ballroom during the month of February for their 2018 or 2019 wedding reception will receive this amazing gift package that includes a complimentary bottle of champagne for the couple on their wedding day from Attitude on Food, a box full of fun surprises from Kiki Confetti, and a gift card to Chill Body! With just five boxes to give-a-way, you’ll want to schedule your tour today!

 

De~Light Your Senses Take Two

The Scoular Ballroom, along with Fade-Up Design GroupImage Entertainment, Omaha Musicians Live, Attitude on Food, MAK Images Photography, Creative Fleurs, Paramount Parking, AAA Rents & Event Services, and DSY Invitations, hosted one of the most epic dining events that Omaha has ever witnessed.

Thanks to MAK Images Photography for capturing these amazing images and time lapse video of our entire event from set-up to completion! Enjoy!

De~Light Your Senses-A Dining Experience Unlike Any Other

When creatives collaborate, dreams come true! Back in the fall of 2016, we had a light bulb moment while speaking with our catering partner Attitude on Food. Attitude on Food had always wanted to host an epic event in our historic ballroom. We toyed around with a variety of ideas, but nothing ever seemed quite right. It wasn’t until Nathan Newhouse and Melissa Tibben started brainstorming with their creative staff and culinary team that an idea slowly became a spark that would eventually light a flame within each of us. This flame became our burning passion; our dreams come to realization.

We wanted this event to revival something that you could only witness in Las Vegas or New York. If we were going to commit to something, it had to be epic. If guests didn’t leave with their minds blown and their jaws hanging on the floor, it wasn’t done right.

After much discussion, Attitude on Food and the Scoular Ballroom decided we needed to bring in a team of creative minds; people whose execution would match our vision. In time, a team was assembled and after months and months of planning, our collective vision became an amazing night full of culinary surprises and delightful entertainment.

Sixty guests enjoyed a five course meal prepared by Attitude on Food that featured edible flowers and dirt, lighting clams on fire, and a deconstructed fruit cake (just to name a few). Each course was paired with a craft cocktail also prepared by Attitude on Food. The entertainment for the evening included an energetic band, DJ, tap dancers, baton twirlers and so much more that was provided by Omaha Musicians Live and Image Entertainment.

A special shoutout to the following vendors for showcasing their fabulous skills:

Fade Up Design Group  (Lighting)

Image Entertainment (DJ and emcee)

Omaha Musicians Live (Entertainment coordination)

Creative Fleurs (Flowers and decor)

AAA Rents & Event Services  (Rental items including linens, glassware, flatware, china, tables and bar stools)

DSY Invitations (Invitations)

Attitude on Food (Food, cocktails and event coordination)

Scoular Ballroom (Venue and event coordination)

Paramount Parking (Valet services)

MAK Images Photography (Photography and video)

Here’s a snippet from the night…Stay tuned for professional photos and video in the coming weeks!

*Photos by Theresa Farrage 

Happy New Year!

In honor of the New Year, we can’t wait to serve you up one heck of a deal! All March, April and May 2017 dates now qualify for $700 off the rental rate if booked by January 20, 2017. Certain restrictions and blackout dates apply. 

If you bring us the latest edition of Wedding Essentials magazine and show us our beautiful three page editorial, we’ll give you an additional $300 off . 

Beat the Engagement Season Rush

Looking to get hitched in 2017? Here’s how to secure your date and beat the engagement season rush…

For all you engaged couples who have yet to decide on a reception venue, you need to make a decision before Thanksgiving. Did you know that from Thanksgiving Day to Valentine’s Day  a magical spell is cast over all couples? Well, it’s not magical, but something does happen that spurs a lot of engagements. According to wedding blogs and vendors, Thanksgiving Day marks the start of engagement season. If you want to beat the crazy rush, secure your venue and your chosen vendors by Thanksgiving or risk the chance of losing out to other couples.

For all you couples who get engaged this Thanksgiving, enjoy your engagement, but make sure you have a plan of action come Monday. Research your top venues and schedule some tours. For those of you who want to revel in the moment a bit longer and put off the planning, you may have to postpone your  wedding to the off-season or wait another year due to lack of availability in the prime season.

For those of you who get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, know that the pickings might be slim, especially if you are shooting for a 2017 wedding. Set real expectations and be flexible with your venue choice and vendor selections. You may not get your number one photographer, but don’t let that hold you back from having your dream wedding.

As a reminder, the Scoular Ballroom will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Weekend. Tours will resume on November 27. Schedule your tour today: (402) 449-1424.

Autumn Wedding Season

Fall is a beautiful time to host a wedding! The air is crisp, the leaves are changing into hues of gold, red, and burnt orange, and autumn whimsy can finally begin to inspire your decor.

Over the weekend, we hosted a gorgeous wedding reception that featured touches of fall in the most romantic way!

Kudos goes out to Tracey Fricke of Occasion Designed, Attitude on Food, Flowers for Special Occasions, and Jones Bros Cupcakes for the cake and cupcakes. Rentals provided by United Rent-All. Blog photos by Tracey Fricke of Occasion Designed.

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