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Keeping it Organic

Although we love a beautiful blush wedding full of fragrant florals, shimmery linens and frilly touches, sometimes it’s just refreshing to peel back the wedding layers in order to reveal a more organic approach to wedding decor. Last Saturday’s wedding definitely capitalized on showcasing the natural elements with bountiful greenery and succulent centerpieces.

Lets not forget about the charitable component with donations going to two worthy causes. The couple also wanted to share their love of animals with their guests by offering cat and dog favor bags. Another fab touch, Attitude on Food created a cookie dough waffle station…need we say more?

Since we can’t stop oohing and awing over this fabulous wedding, we’ll let the photos continue the conversation.

 

 

Vendors:

Decor: Memrical 

Event coordination: 402 Event Services

Catering: Attitude on Food

 

 

In a Sunny State of Mind

Despite the horrendous winter weather that keeps looming around Omaha, the spring 2018 wedding season is in full bloom!

For couples still putting the finishing touches on their springtime nuptials, we’re excited to showcase some of our favorite sunny shades that embrace brighter, more cheerful days!

Think peach, yellow and tangerine! Brides and grooms can incorporate these warm hues in everything from their signature drink to accents in their bouquets and boutonnieres.

When incorporating bright hues such as yellow, tangerine and peach, think simple. Color contrast is where it’s at, so a minimal approach is best. Sometimes all you need is just a sprinkle of sunshine to embrace the warmth that springtime brings.

Scoular Ballroom’s event assistant, JoAnna LeFlore, recommends the following ways to incorporate these bright, cheerful springtime colors:

  • Display your favorite accent by tying colored ribbons around your napkins.
  • Embrace your color by featuring it in Scoular Ballroom’s up-lighting.
  • Play around with fashionable accents such as hairpieces and/or jewelry.
  • Add a pinch of pizzazz to a floral bouquet or feature a colorful table runner on the head table.
  • Create a dessert around your color such as a macaroon display or wedding cake.
  • Don’t forget the beverages! Signature drinks in your accent color will keep your guests fashionably refreshed.

 

For color inspiration, check out this mood board by JoAnna: https://pin.it/vje7nnrvrns46l. For more inspiration, check out Scoular Ballroom’s Pinterest boards: https://pin.it/rfe2v5zgr2vtwh, https://pin.it/itc3sf5ez22oha and https://pin.it/ihd3ufmt45qllz.

Happy planning!

Below are a few images taken from actual events within the Scoular Ballroom. Enjoy!

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