Category Archives: Vendor Spotlight

Sparkle and Satin

We LOVED this beautiful wedding by Occasion Designed! From the satin chair ties to the shimmery table runner on the head table, this wedding definitely brought the sparkle to the Scoular Ballroom!

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Vendors: 

Wedding coordination: Occasion Designed 

Catering: Attitude on Food 

Rentals: United Rent-All 

Florist: Flowers for Special Occasions 

Cake: Lorraine Arthur 

Chair Covers: Omaha Chair Covers

Blog photos by Tracey Fricke 

 

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It’s crazy to think how quickly winter passed us by, although we admit, it was a little slow going at times… However, we couldn’t be more excited to put winter behind us and start our favorite time of the year, wedding season! Full of unique tablescapes, surprising themes, love, laughter, and all around fun, 2016 is sure to be one for the books! Be sure to keep up with all the beautiful images from this year’s weddings here on the blog. We promise not to disappoint.

We kicked this season off right with an ABSOLUTELY stunning display from Florals Etcetera and Lorraine Arthur Cakes. Let’s all just take a moment to pick our jaws up off the ground and bring our thoughts back from the English Rose Garden we’ve been transported to. Seriously though, this collaboration produced a super romantic, super whimsical wedding reception that leaves the eye wanting more. Thank goodness these amazing designers grace the Scoular Ballroom with their presence and creativity often, otherwise we might just have to start making our way around Omaha to see more of the magic.

 

Cocktail of the Month: Red Velvet Delight

Cupcakes, cakes, and cookies…Oh my! With wedding season in full swing, we have cake on our brains. Today’s cocktail, mixed by Attitude on Food, reminds us of our favorite cake flavor: Red velvet! Yum!

All you need is:

1 oz kahlua

1 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur

1 oz heavy cream


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Directions:

Pour ingredients into shaker filled with ice.  Shake briefly, but vigorously, and strain into chilled martini glass.  Garnish with fresh berries—yum!

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Please remember to drink responsibly at weddings and events.

Soft Spring Appeal

Come spring, we become all giddy with excitement because wedding season is upon us! We love the way the brides and their wedding coordinators play with the soft, subtle spring colors and incorporate the romantic side of spring into their overall theme. We especially love the floral centerpieces by Flowers for Special Occasions that were used in the wedding photos below. A special shout out goes to Tracey Fricke of Special Occasion By Design for coordinating this beautiful wedding and for capturing it so elegantly in photos! Cheers to wedding season 2015!

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Cocktail of the Month: Strawberry Shaken Not Stirred

Spring is in full bloom and warmer weather is here! To keep cool on these spring days, try a refreshing strawberry cocktail mixed by the professionals at Attitude on Food!

Ingredients:

½ strawberry

¼ lime

¼ lemon

3-4 fresh basil leaves

2 oz spiced rum

1 oz St.-Germain elderflower liqueur

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 Directions:

In a shaker, gently muddle strawberry, lime, lemon, basil—careful not to tear basil.  Fill shaker with ice and add liquors.  Gently shake and strain into iced glass.  Garnish with half strawberry.  Enjoy!

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Getting to Know: DJ Benjamin Doll of Image Entertainment

Music is an integral part of your wedding reception. Choosing the right DJ can make or break the party vibe at your event. If you want your guests dancing the night away, consider selecting a DJ with years of experience and numerous wedding receptions under his or her belt. Benjamin Doll, owner and resident DJ of Image Entertainment, founded his company in 2008 and has been spinning tunes for over 11 years.

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What made you want to become a DJ?

BD: I was a broke college student and  a friend suggested it to me.

What are some of the worst wedding reception songs?

BD: Even though I do like some Metal music…. it just doesn’t work at weddings.

What songs do you absolutely refuse to play?

BD: I try my hardest to stay away from the Macarena!

What’s the hottest trend for 2015?

BD: Custom wedding party intros are trending this year. As far as music, EDM and hip hop are now merging more than ever. I think we will continue to see that. I also am hopeful that funk is coming back.

What’s the craziest first dance that you’ve witnessed at a wedding?

BD: I have seen countless choreographed dances, but the most memorable is a groom that had to run off halfway through the song to the bathroom because he had too many post ceremony spirits.

If you could give people one word of advice for their upcoming event, what would it be?

BD: Don’t lose sight of the reason for the day. Remember that as long as two people say “I Do,” the day is a success. Everything on top of that is just icing on the cake.

Favorite song:  “Toes” Zac Brown Band

Favorite singer/band: Prince

If you’re interested in learning more about Image Entertainment, please visit their website.

Reserving a Hotel for Your Guests

One of the many aspects of the wedding planning process that brides and grooms often overlook is reserving a hotel for their out-of-town guests. It’s a common courtesy to recommend a hotel and reserve a block of rooms for the guests who travel a great distance to be a part of your nuptials. We recently spoke with Kaytie Groen, the corporate catering manager of the Doubletree by Hilton Omaha Downtown, for her perspective on brides and grooms reserving a hotel.

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Why should brides/grooms reserve hotel rooms for their guests?

KG: Many brides and grooms don’t have the space in their homes for all of their out-of-town guests. Reserving a block of rooms allows those guests to stay close together as well as close to the destinations that are most important to the occasion.

How far in advance do brides/grooms need to reserve a block of hotel rooms?

KG: We recommend as soon as possible in order to reserve the best rate. Generally speaking, the further out from the event date, the better the rate. We will always try to provide them with the best rate no matter the time frame.

What should brides/grooms look for when choosing a hotel for their guests?

KG: Location and shuttle service are the number one factors that I hear from my brides and grooms. A low guestroom rate and cancellation charges fall close behind in the decision making process.

What are some of the amenities that the Doubletree Omaha Downtown provides?

KG: Doubletree Omaha Downtown is a full service hotel, which offers great options for travelers including restaurant and room service, bar and lounge areas, a pool for relaxing, as well as dry cleaning services. Complimentary airport shuttle is available to all of our hotel guests, as well as locations within a 4 mile radius of the hotel. Dedicated shuttle service is available to locations of their choice with a two hour minimum with an hourly rate. We create a custom webpage for each wedding group to book from, which allows them to monitor room pick up and names. Also, choosing a hotel that offers a warm, chocolate chip cookie upon arrival is always a good decision!

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For more information on the Doubletree Omaha Downtown, please visit their website.

*Photos courtesy of Doubletree Omaha Downtown.