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The Right Branding

Branding Yourself Right

LimeLight Expressions is your Creative Design Firm.

We help both small and large businesses with their branding from identify packages (logos, flyers, brochures, ads and website) to event planning.

How do we help businesses?

It is simple! Some smaller businesses do not have their own internal marketing department or can not hire a full-time marketing person. That’s where we step in!

We have a staff that can start your business on the right foot or help you grow with re-branding including logo design, flyers, ads, brochures, invitations, and even website design at an affordable price with a quality product and service.

We also help larger corporations when they are too busy with other projects or need a different perspective.

How do branding and events go hand in hand?

Most companies when launching (grand opening), throughout the year, during holidays, etc., have customer, client and employee events. All of this is branding!

Whether it is a corporate event that you need a conference logo designed and branded or trying to get your brand name in the public eye, we have you covered.

We are here to help you with all your creative needs from design to planning.

Some of our clients include: Meridian Clinical Research, Woodmen of the World, First National Bank of Omaha, Kiewit Corporation, Vickie Lea Designs, Image Entertainment, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Omaha Home for the Boys, Red Basket and more!

Call LimeLight Expressions today at 402.915.3534 or email info@LimeLightExpressions.com for your free consultation and let us help put you in the LimeLight!

Giving Back to the Community

10% of all LimeLight Expressions sales goes to a non-profit organization of your choice.

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Best Tips for Organizing Your Dream Wedding

1. Set a Budget: Everyone has a budget and this will help determine all the other aspects of your wedding.

2. Guest List: Before choosing a venue, you need to know approximately how many people you wish to invite to your wedding. Make sure to include both the bride and groom’s family wishes.

3. Choose a Wedding Date: The wedding date can depend a lot on the wedding venue and whether it’s a destination wedding or a wedding in town.

4. Choose the Ceremony and Reception Venue: Most venues get booked months (if not years) in advance.  Make sure your venue can accommodate your guest list. If your reception is at a different location than the ceremony, you need to coordinate the time so that the venue is available after the ceremony.

Planning your wedding as early as possible will allow you to get the items (especially the venues) that you want.  It can also allow you to receive great discounts.

LimeLight Expressions in Omaha, Nebraska is a full-service Creative Design Firm. We are family-owned and operated with being a 8-time award winning event planning and design company.

We offer various event-planning packages to fit your needs or can custom design a one-of-a-kind package, just for you!

Once engaged, most brides are just not sure where to even start. Everyone is so excited and there are so many items to check off the list before the big day. That’s where LimeLight Expressions comes in. We can take all your stress and worries away, so you can focus and enjoy this special time in your life.

Trending for 2017 will be having your wedding as interactive as possible for your guests from hot and cold food stations, chef-carving stations, dessert bars, design-your-own stations, even into the entertainment and decorations.

Make your event fun and memorable for not only your guests but for you and your family.

Visit LimeLight Expressions at www.LimeLightExpressions.com or email us at Info@LimeLightExpressions.com for a free consultation. We are based in the midwest but travel all over the U.S. to make the wedding of your dreams.

Photography by Brent of LimeLight Expressions

We Are Back with Themed Events!

It’s been a while since we blogged and we need to do a better job in 2016. We would like to make this blog about helpful event tips and the life of an event planner.

As you may or may not know, Kimmylea is the owner of LimeLight Expressions and she is a single mother of 4 year-old twins. Juggling twins, a company and daily tasks are not always easy and we are here to share experiences with you.

For our first blog back, we’d like to discuss, ‘Themed Events’. Did you know that a theme is included in any event or wedding, even if it’s just a color. We can also take your specific theme in mind and make your vision come true.

We had a bride come to us wanting a Dr. Who themed wedding. Her and her finance just love Dr. Who. We themed everything from their custom invitations (created and designed by us) to their reception and made it into a Dr. Who wonderland. What do you think of themed events and weddings? Give us your feedback.

Let us put you in the LimeLight for your event or wedding and support a locally, family owned company.

Photography, Event Planning, Design and Invitations by LimeLight Expressions

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Getting the entertainment right – for your event or wedding

llex1Getting the entertainment right is a crucial element to any event. Entertainment can make or break an event, leaving guests with a memorable experience and a positive reflection. This is why the entertainment aspect should be an integral part of your event planning from the very beginning. Ready to plan your event entertainment? LimeLight Expressions has these tips for you to begin…

  • Think ahead! Do not try and book your entertainment – and make last minute decisions. Truly great party bands are hard to come by and when it comes to the busy festive season they are likely to have been snached up and booked 6 months in advance.
  • Gage your guests or audience with your overall concept. How do you want them to feel leaving the event? Do you wish them to be wowed? Impressed? Left feeling glamorous? The entertainment details have a huge impact on the type of entertainment you hire; in the same way the venue reflects your theme.
  • Think outside the box. Entertainment should be exciting, invigorating and above all – fun. Whether you’re looking for a live band, a jazz trio, some roving entertainment or a DJ, keep things fresh, on trend and current. Why not spice up your DJ’s set by having a live instrumentalists play over the top, or take a traditional string quartet and supply them with a modern repertoire?
  • Trust your wedding planner or event planner. Let them provide inspiration and ideas for your event and be creative alongside you. Sometimes you don’t know exactly what you want and, having a trusted event planner with you, may offer a chance for additional concepts to flow.

Follow these tips to be prepared for your wedding dress fitting

veil1You may be surprised to find out there is more to wedding dress fittings than just showing up and trying it on. Follow our tips to make sure you get the most out of your  dress fitting experience.

weddingdress1Bring your shoes with you. Even if you haven’t purchased the shoes you are going to wear for your big day, bring a few pairs of your own. This might give you a better idea of the hemline you want. If you have purchased your shoes already, bring them to ensure that the alterations will be precisely the length you want, depending on your heel height. If you plan on switching shoes – to a more comfortable flat for the reception, make sure to bring those, or ones similar along too.

Do your hair before your fitting. That way, you can get the overall picture of what you will look like on your big day. You might have an idea of a hairstyle that you love, but you may totally change your mind once you see how it looks with your wedding dress.

Make sure to eat prior to your fitting. By skipping lunch you might think it will help make the dress feel – and fit correctly, however, the last thing you want is to feel sick or dizzy while you are at your fitting.

Go make-up free to your fitting. Some makeup such as foundation and concealer, or self tanning lotion, can stain your wedding dress. Wear clear deodorant to avoid any mishaps on the sides of your dress.

The coolest, wackiest and most beautiful wedding trends of 2013!

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It’s sad to say, but 2013 is almost over. As the year comes to a close, we wanted to share some of the most water cooler worthy wedding trends and topics of this year. So lets count down some of the funniest and most note worthy wedding trends of 2013!

# 6: Engagement Ring Selfies – Instagram and Twitter were filled with celebrity engagement ring selfies this year. It has become such a popular trend in 2013 that there are now several “how to take a engagement ring selfie” websites, to insure your engagement ring selfie is just as fab as the ring itself.

# 5: Going Viral: Youtube Engagement Videos – These wedding proposals include choreographed dancing, movie theater trailers, adorable little puppets and even graffiti street art. These now infamous Youtube wedding proposals were extremely moving, and it’s hard not to tear up at the amount of effort and creativity shown by these love-struck individuals.

# 4: Art Deco – Thanks to the remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, The Great Gatsby, 1920′s-inspired weddings were a hit in 2013! While shabby chic and rustic weddings have been popular for a few years, 2013 was the year that vintage-inspired weddings became a lot more glam thanks to the art deco-inspired themes.

# 3: Long Sleeved Wedding Dresses – Yes, ever since Kate walked the aisle in 2011, wedding dresses with sleeves have gradually gained in popularity. In 2013, however, is when we saw both the runway — and Pinterest — full of gorgeous, long-sleeved wedding dresses.

# 2: The “Cat Toss” –  A Tumbler site set off the most epic pictures of weddings in 2013. Ever since the site’s photoshopped pictures of a bride throwing a cat behind her with bridesmaids hands eagerly waiting went viral, the internet hasn’t stopped laughing.

# 1: Sci-Fi Weddings – A Star Wars-themed wedding is presumably the ultimate binding experience for the chic geek couple, whose force is strong. For those whose love interest has been sparked by their appreciation for sci-fi, having a wedding dedicated to Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica or Star Trek seems very fitting.

Ready to get into gear for your 2014 wedding? LimeLight Expressions is your one stop shop for creative wedding ideas, planning, photography and coordination. Everything we do is completely custom and tailored to your vision for your special day. LimeLight Expressions would love to help you be a trend setter for 2014, Now you’re in the LimeLight!

 

 

Walking In A Winter Wedding Wonderland! Tips for planning your perfect winter wedding

Wedding bouquet laying on ice“Wedding Season” is generally confined to the spring and summer months. The winter is often overlooked during wedding plans mostly because of chilly weather. However winter has some amazing advantages too! Bring in the magic and warmth of the season with these festive winter wedding tips.

There are many reasons to get married in winter including:

  • Increased availability for venues
  • Hotel rates can be far less expensive
  • Photographs have a distinct winter feel – with crisp sunlight and beautiful reds and greens
  • Churches and hotels will often have beautiful Christmas decorations already in place

Here are a few things to consider when planning your winter wedding.

If there’s potential for snow, aim to have your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception in one venue. It may be easier for your guests to keep travel to a minimum. And be sure to provide guests with an attended coat-check area to accommodate all those extra outdoor layers! Also, don’t choose an out of the way venue. You may have longed for that cozy little wedding in a tucked-away inn, but poor road conditions could prevent your guests from getting there.

Note that some flowers traditionally used for a spring or summer wedding, will be out of season. But don’t fret! Winter flowers can be very beautiful and romantic too. Your floral designer can suggest winter-wedding appropriate blooms like ranunculus or tulips. Also various outdoor winter elements can be integrated into your floral arrangements including: Nosegays of fir, wild pine cones, cedar, aspen twigs and vibrant red berries, These accents will bring the season right into your venue!

Many wedding dresses are strapless with short arms, which is not always so practical for a cold winters day. Brides – look for matching coats, wraps or furs, which then can be combined to match your bridesmaid gowns too. Remember, you can always take a layer off should you become too warm. 

After the clocks change in October, there is limited time to get your photographs taken outdoors. As a general rule of thumb, light starts to fade around 3:30 pm. So, if you want the majority of your photographs outdoors, its often best to schedule your wedding earlier in the day. However, in late February/March, you will have until about 4:30 pm before the light begins to fade.

We would love to help you plan your perfect winter wedding wonderland! If you need a day of coordinator, a photographer, or a wedding planner who will work with you every step of the way, LimeLight Expressions can help. Now you’re in the LimeLight!

Tips and helpful hints for the Mother of the Bride..

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As the mother of the bride, your role is to help your daughter shine on her special day. Acting as hostess, wedding consultant and sometimes counselor are duties assumed by a mother of the bride. Working with members of the bridal party and the wedding planner to ensure the bride’s wishes are fulfilled, it is easy to say a mother has several duties leading up to her daughter’s special day.

Once you’ve received the happy news from your daughter and her fiancé, you might feel as if you are living in a tornado of appointments, planning and details. Whether you choose to divide financial responsibility or keep it traditional, getting the wedding budget worked out at the beginning will help prevent headaches in the future.

As the mother of the bride, one of your most important jobs is to assist the bride with invitations, guest lists and revisions to these lists. It’s common for parents to invite their friends and close co-workers to their children’s weddings, even if the bride doesn’t know them very well. As one of the people hosting the wedding, you’re entitled to share the day with those close to you too. Also, you may need to help the bride with any extended family questions, as she may not be as clear on who’s who.

Make contact with the parents of the groom and stay in touch with them. Coordinate with the mother of the groom to include their guest list requests for invitations, and also work out sleeping arrangements for any out-of-town relatives.

Many mothers of the bride help work out the details for the rehearsal dinner with the wedding planner and bride. Or for less traditional weddings, maybe a family outing so both the brides family and grooms family can meet each other. Just follow your daughter’s lead on how she wants things to go for the pre-wedding festivities.

Beyond the nitty-gritty of wedding prep are the fun tasks for the mother of the bride. Most brides ask their mothers to accompany them to look for a wedding gown and veil. You may also be asked your opinion on a variety of wedding subjects, from flowers and favors to a DJ or a venue. Be helpful and honest, but try not to overstep your role as mother of the bride.

Another job for the mother of the bride is to work with the maid of honor on a wedding shower. While it’s considered a breach of etiquette for the mother of the bride to throw a wedding shower for her daughter, it’s perfectly acceptable to volunteer your home for the event and accept certain duties from the maid of honor in pulling it all together.

Finally, choose your own dress for the wedding. Generally, the dresses for the mother of the bride are ones that complement the bridesmaids’ dresses, whether in color, style or fabric. General etiquette rules regarding dresses for the mother of the bride include not wearing white, cream or black, and the dress should match the level of formality of the venue. Talk to your daughter about what she envisions, and try to choose a dress that closely matches it.

If your daughter’s reception includes a receiving line, normally of the mother of the bride is first in line, due to her role as hostess. Make sure you greet everyone with a smile and identify yourself to guests whom you are not familiar with, such as relatives of the groom. At this stage, your primary role is to enjoy yourself and be proud of your daughter.

Rocking the wedding dance..Helpful tips for wedding choreography, routines and dance lessons

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We’ve all seen the great wedding dance Youtube videos. It starts off with the bride and groom dancing at the reception. A beautiful couple dancing a waltz or slow dance, and suddenly, the lights flash, the new couple stops and the music hits! As soon as you know it, they are in-sync and dancing a perfectly choreographed (and some times hilarious) dance routine!

And while you may want your wedding dance to be slightly more low-key than that, it is always good to know what to expect in the process of creating a wedding dance. How does one go about coordinating a memorable dance for a wedding reception and does it take a lot of work? What if you are working with two left feet? Don’t worry, LimeLight Expressions has put together some basic tips for helping you coordinate a fantastic dance number for your wedding reception!

From fox trot to hip hop, flash mob style to father daughter dance routines, there’s no doubt about it…dancing has become a very popular way to entertain guests at wedding receptions! Dancing at your reception is a timeless tradition. Wanting to add a bit of dance flare to your steps seems only natural, right? But it really boils down to what you want to do. If that means sweeping the dance floor with graceful steps and elegant turns you may want to sway your way into a ballroom class. Or maybe you are going for something a little less traditional, like moon-walking to your favorite Usher song. No matter what, your wedding dance should be uniquely yours and something you will remember forever.

What are the different dance styles to choose from?

  • Waltz: Be smooth, light on your feet and graceful with the Waltz. This dance will leave you gliding across the dance floor and is great for an elegant, black-tie wedding. It is also a perfect style for the father/daughter dance.
  • Foxtrot: Channel your inner Fred and Ginger with the Fox Trot. This style of ballroom is glamorous and a total classic. It will make your first dance unforgettable.
  • Salsa/Latin: Break away from the ordinary with a Latin themed dance routine. From Cha Cha to Salsa, this upbeat dance style is sure to get the party started.
  • Hip Hop: Surprise your guests with an unconventional or even funny dance routine. Go old school with MC Hammer or go modern with Usher, with hip hop, the choices are endless.
  • Musical Theater/ Jazz: This style is perfect for those who intend to lip-sync and dance a routine at the same time. Find your inner “Glee” and put on a show with this over the top style!
  • Disco: Take it back to an unforgettable era with dances like the Hustle! Disco is truly entertaining. Oh and nobody will ever forget your John Travolta-esque dance number!

What if we are not fantastic dancers…does this matter? 

A dance routine doesn’t have to be difficult to look fabulous. Most ballroom styles as well as choreography will consist of a series of basic steps which are repeated. The key to a great wedding reception performance is to keep the routine nice and simple as well as easy to remember, especially after the champagne has been flowing!

What kind of dance should we do for our wedding reception choreography?

Most couples will dance a ballroom number, like a waltz or foxtrot for their first dance, it looks beautiful and is very traditional. While flash mob wedding routines are mostly done in the style of jazz, hip hop or musical theater. They are done as a “feature” at the wedding reception. However, don’t let the ‘norm” limit your creativity! The sky is truly the limit, from Bollywood to country western dance..Go with a style that you enjoy watching, feel comfortable dancing to, with a song that you love!

Does a choreographed dance have to include both the bride and groom?

You can always plan a surprise dance routine or flash mob dance as a gift to your new spouse. Some surprise routines include the bride and bridesmaids or the groom and groomsmen dancing a routine together. A choreographed dance can also be perfect for father & daughter dances, mother & son dances etc.

Should we choreograph something ourselves, or do we need a professional? 

Yes, you definitely can choreograph it yourself. It will really depend on your ability to make up the choreography or memorize the choreography you want to learn. Some people take to Youtube to help them learn dance moves by searching through various dance tutorials. You can take dance lessons in the style you’ve chosen for the wedding dance, and utilize the new moves you’ve learned from there. Or a mixture of both. With that said, hiring a teacher can really make a dance routine have that “wow” factor. I know many brides and grooms who felt that using a professional choreographer or dance teacher was really worth it for them. The dance practices can be tremendously fun for the bride and groom, or for a group routine, with family and friends! Another benefit to working with a teacher or choreographer is you don’t need to worry about being in charge of the routine as well as performing it. Whew!

What exactly is a wedding “flash mob”?

Wedding flash mobs are very popular now a days. They look amazing and are relatively easy to pull off. One person, say the groom, starts the dance off and little by little, additional people jump into the dance routine until it becomes a “mob” of dancers. It can involve the whole wedding party, the groom leading the groomsmen or anything your creativity can come up with! Note: Everyone involved must be able to coordinate practice times together. If your wedding party is coming from out of town, this may be a bit tricky.

Dancing is something that is intended to be a happy experience and fun for all involved. It can be incredibly beautiful, funny or creative as an end result. It is a past-time that many people enjoy, however, many people have a deep fear of. First and foremost, make sure you and your partner are both on board for dancing a routine. Neither of you should feel overwhelmed by the idea.

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A Groom’s Check List:

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It’s officially the day of your wedding!  You and your beautiful bride, or maybe your bride and her wedding planner, have made all of the wedding plans. Now its time to enjoy the day…But first, there are a couple of things the groom is responsible on the day of the wedding. Here is a easy to follow check list for you to keep in your pocket on your big day!

  • Vows- If you have written your vows, DO NOT forget them. Even if you memorized them, it is a good idea to bring them anyway, just in case you freeze up during crunch time.
  • Rings- You will probably need to bring these if you haven’t made arrangements for the best man to carry them.
  • Aspirin- It is going to be a long and stressful day, but also the best day of your life. Some aspirin can relieve a surprise headache.
  • Extra Shirt- You never know when a spill or rip might happen. A back up shirt can be a life saver.
  • Extra Tie- Another tie or bow tie can save you some stress if something should happen to the one you have on.
  • Extra Cuff Links- You may drop one, lose one, or break one. Some spare cuff links are always a good idea.
  • Cash- You never know when you might need a few bucks for a tip or something else.
  • Cell Phone- For emergencies, just in case you need to call someone in the wedding party, or get a hold of someone at the wedding facility.
  • Boutonniere- Usually you receive this at the venue, but if not, do not leave it at home.
  • Snacks- A few snacks will keep you and the groomsmen from going hungry before the reception. It’s also not a bad idea to have a bottle of water or juice close at hand too.
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Floss- Show off those pearly whites in pictures and to your bride. You do not want to have anything stuck in your teeth, so, after a snack, be sure to brush and floss.
  • Directions- Just in case the limo driver gets lost on the way to the church or venue.
  • Comb and Gel- Just in case you need some last minute hair touch ups.
  • Deodorant- Especially if it is the summertime, you are going to sweat, and some extra deodorant will keep you smelling fresh.
  • Shoe Insoles- You may want to place them in your shoes, as you will be on your feet all day long.
  • Cologne- A few squirts will keep you smelling great when your bride comes down the aisle.
  • Watch- Do not lose track of time! Your bride will kill you if you are late, so use your watch to keep everyone on schedule.
  • Lint Brush- Just to get those annoying fuzzies and dust off you quickly and easily.
  • Extra Socks- An extra pair of black socks are a great idea, just in case the ones you start with get sweaty. There is no better feeling than a fresh pair of socks.
  • Wedding Documents- You want to have your marriage license and other important documents on you.

At LimeLight Expressions, our goal is to make sure your special day goes exactly how you’ve always dreamed. We can help plan your wedding no matter if it’s large or small, a destination or a backyard wedding..we can make your vision come to life. Now you’re in the LimeLight!