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Three Reasons You Need to Hire an Event Planner, like Yesterday

When it comes to planning or hosting an event, it’s easy to lure yourself into the trap of “how hard can it be?” You’ll pick up some invitations from the supermarket next time you’re buying eggs, order a cake on your lunch break, and set a date for a free weekend. Then everyone arrives, has fun, and goes home. Easy peasy, right?

Of course, anyone who has ever hosted a party, wedding, or corporate event knows there’s a lot more to it than that. The frustrations that come with trying to stay on budget, on time, and on task have put more than one person in the position of scaling back their vision or avoiding it all together.

It’s easy to forget these stresses by the time your next event rolls around and you once again talk yourself out of asking for help. Event planners may seem like a luxury only used for celebrity weddings, but in reality they offer an affordable, schedule-sensitive solution to many of the common problems that pop up while planning an event.

Passion for Planning

First and foremost, event planners are event planners because they love to plan events (try saying that five times fast!) This might seem obvious, but that passion for party planning breeds creativity and unique ideas which will breathe new life into your events. While you might know you want a tropical themed employee appreciation day, professional planners have the experience and know-how to take the event from leis and pineapples in the conference room to a full-on island bash everyone will remember.

Additionally, an event planner can help you realize a vision you can’t quite figure out how to execute. Maybe your fiancé really wants to incorporate Welsh wedding traditions into your big day, or your toddler has a love for armadillos that can’t be found at the local party store. An event planner can sit down with you and your ideas and turn them into an achievable reality.

Staying on Budget

You may think you’ve found the slickest deal on flowers, but it turns out the florist lives up to their reputation for late delivery. Your event planner will negotiate contracts prior to the event that keep you from paying full price for half a service. Additionally, planners can often arrange for discounts, as they’re familiar with many of the area’s vendors.

In addition to using their experience and connections to help you stay on budget, event planners are also expert at, well, planning a budget. A discussion up front about exactly how much you’d like to spend will establish a strategy for the rest of the event, preventing you from overspending out of frustration.

No Muss, No Fuss, No Stress

Have you ever been to an office party where you’ve all gathered around the cake, plates and forks in hand, only to realize no one brought a knife to actually cut the cake? Small details like this can quickly derail an event as you all realize that the office kitchen isn’t stocked with knives and poor Jerry from accounting is left staring at his uncut birthday cake.

Attention to detail during an exciting event is difficult, as you—and your guests—have a thousand other things on the mind. And while you’re excited to get the party started and think you can find some friends to arrive early to help you set the party up, it’s a lot harder to convince someone to stay late and clean up when guests are full of food and ready to enjoy a nap. Event planners never need to be asked to stay and tear down the event, they’re already working with the venue and other vendors to have the most efficient clean up, allowing you to actually enjoy the fun you’ve worked so hard to curate!

Consider as well the time saved leading up to the event. Rather than calling, emailing, and texting multiple vendors in your free time (and remembering that their working hours are likely the same as yours, making contact tricky) you can rely on one point of contact, working on flexible hours, and familiar with your schedule and needs.

Not to mention all the other skills a planner brings to the table: problem solving, conflict mediation, travel plans, itinerary creation…It’s no wonder an event planner is a must-have vendor!

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Colors of 2018

The New Year is finally with us and dancers are lining up to perform in many venues all around the world for unique events.  This means that the designers of dance costumes have been busy creating new trends. Although nailing down the color of the year is not easy, dancers usually go with a trending color.

All events have a color palette that you theme your event around. In 2017, dance collections for events featured many bold colors but this year you should look forward to softer colors that are more romantic. The hottest color of the year so far is dusty rose. Last year, rose gold was the color for everyone. Women’s clothes, jewelry, and phones all had this beautiful color but it is time for a change. According the owner of Alexandra Costumes, dusty rose is the new color to watch out for. These color trends go for all events including weddings too. So, let’s talk more about these trending colors.

Benefits of Dusty Rose

Dusty rose is very feminine, which is why many women will fall in love with it. The color softens your skin tone thanks to its subtle pink hue. It also supports the nude color palette that is ideal for creating a chic and understated look for any event. You can enhance this trendy color with metallic ones such as bronze, silver, and gold.

If you want a more dramatic look, you should go for event colors that have a black or navy blue trim. Since pink has been showing up everywhere lately, it is no wonder that it has made it into the world of events. If you are after a subtle romantic look, you should opt for this trendy color because it will bring out your femininity.

Other Trendy Colors

In this year, you will also see a comeback of 90s colors such as hot pink, red, royal purple, and coral. You should also watch out for brightly colored jackets, midriff shirts, and leggings with matching shoes. In 2018, events will be all about romance so you should expect to see colors that are more romantic in any venue.

Softness and beauty will be front and center this year but you will also see many tribal designs. When it comes to unique performance at an event, the colors that you should watch out for are smoky gray, camel, and deep olive greens.

If you are looking for something new this year, you should go for open front skirts. They leave the front open while giving you a bit of coverage on the back area. When paired with the right top, these skirts give you a modest but sexy look.

Contemporary and Jazz Trends

Mesh is everywhere that you turn. This year, you should be on the lookout for mesh with tribal and floral designs as well as mesh overlays. Everything is about illusion and romance this year. You should use mesh to add texture as well as to give the illusion of coverage.

This year, you will appreciate the cut, colors, and creativity that designers have decided to create. So, be unique and bold designing your next event. Ask an event planner to get involved to be able to make the most incredible event and experience for you and your guests.

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How to Include A Junior Bridesmaid In Your Formal Wedding

Your wedding day is fast approaching, and you are intending to include a special young lady in the ceremony. Maybe she is your daughter or soon to be daughter. Maybe she is your sister or a niece that you are close to. She is too old to be a flower girl and too young to be a bridesmaid, so the position of junior bridesmaid is a perfect fit.

Even for an elegant, and  ultra chic ceremony, there are ways to include her that will add to the day and let her know how special she is to you. Girls (usually between 8 and 15) take this very seriously.

Junior bridesmaid dress

You have two options with the dress of a junior bridesmaid. You can dress her is a mini-version of a bride, or you can match her to the bridesmaids. Either way is acceptable in a formal wedding.

Elegant weddings are getting away from the traditional black or navy colors and trending with Royal Blue Bridesmaid Dresses & Royal Blue Gowns | Azazie. When you make your selection for your junior bridesmaid, make the dress to match yours, or your bridesmaids, but make sure it is age appropriate. You can do this by adding straps to her dress if the matching gowns are strapless. If they are floor length, consider making hers tea-length or high-low hemmed.

Performance

Your junior bridesmaid should have a unique role to play. Some couples arrange for her to perform a song or dance at the reception. The reception is not as formal as the wedding, so you can feel comfortable letting her do a dance recital for the guests.

Make it extra-special with a great dance outfit. Just For Kix has a fantastic online selection. Your special little lady will be the star of the show. and she will have her moment in the spotlight.

If she is nervous about doing it live, let her do it before the wedding day and record it. Then show the recording on a screen at the reception.

Other duties you can assign her

Below you will find other responsibilities that can be given to the junior bridesmaid:

  • Seating the grandparents
  • Attending the guests book
  • Leading the flower girl down the aisle
  • Passing out programs
  • Passing out rice, bubbles, or confetti for the exit ritual
  • Greeting guests in the reception line
  • Helping with clean-up

Family vow exchange

There is no better way to honor your junior bridesmaid than to allow them to be part of the vow exchange. This is a part of many weddings where families are being blended. The parents write vows to the children to love and protect them. Let them write their own vows, of help them a bit.

This is a touching way to begin your new family and a wonderful way to bond with your special someone. As you begin your life, your daughter feels like she was included in the wedding and will remain an important part of your world.

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*Photo from wedding we designed in Nebraska City.

How To Organize Your Modern Wedding

Multi-tasking comes easily to you. You always have your life under control. That is until you began to plan your wedding. No matter how good you are, a wedding is a monumental task.

To plan a wedding you have to contact different business people in different companies and coordinate their arrival. If one of these key players in the wedding fails, the domino effect will begin. So how do you rope this in and ensure you have your dream wedding?

Time to call in the team

A wedding planner is a must. Even wedding planners hire a wedding planner when they plan a wedding. You have enough to do to keep you running. Let the wedding planner do what she does and you have time to iron out the details.

Next, you need to contact a dress supplier like Azazie. You may need traditional bridesmaid dresses in a color like baby blue or blush pink, or you may want an elegant bridesmaid color like champagne or black. Azazie can accommodate you. They are there to serve you, so just reach out to them. They are unique in that they will let you pay a small (really small) deposit and send bridesmaids dresses to you to try on at home. You can save a lot of time and money taking advantage of online services. The sooner the bridesmaid dresses are out of the way, the more you can focus on you.

Define Bridesmaid

Somewhere along the line, brides became confused about the duties of their bridesmaids. Your bridal party is made up of people you love and respect, who are willing to help you pull your wedding together.

This doesn’t mean they are to be treated like hired help. Nor does it mean they are to ignore their own responsibility to help you. Make your selections carefully. If one of your maids in waiting has young children, you cannot expect her to have time to run errands for you.

Assign duties

Remember to be kind, thoughtful, and polite. Remember to thank them when they have taken their time and effort for you. The function of a bridesmaid is to attend to the needs of the bride. While the majority of the duties fall on the maid of honor, each member of the bridal party should be willing to assist. Whether that means mailing invitations, arranging flower donations to a nursing home after the wedding, or picking up your shoes from the mall. Ask your bridesmaids to help you and assign them duties as they have time to help.

Being organized for your wedding is not just a good thing, it is a critical thing. The organized bride has everything she needs at hand when she needs it. She is not searching for a necessary item that slipped her mind.

Be organized, but cut yourself some slack. If some little something goes wrong, you have two choices, laugh it off or ruin the honeymoon screaming and crying. The second option usually doesn’t end well. Life isn’t perfect, but you can be perfectly happy with a little effort.

Business

Treat the preparations for your wedding like a business. Keep a binder with contracts, rental agreements, recipes, and names with phone numbers. Make sure you have all of the dates, times, and names of people you are dealing with.

If something happens to you like an illness or unexpected trip, someone can pick up the binder and know exactly where you are with wedding plans.

Being organized for your wedding is critical. You only get one shot at this eventful day. Good or bad, it cannot be redone. So work with your people and keep your finger on the wedding pulse. You will earn the perfect wedding of your dreams.

More information and blogs at: Wedding Traditions and Outreach Mama

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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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A Twist on St. Patty’s Day Events

Our friends at the Prevention Coalition wanted us to get the word out about other fun options for St. Patrick’s Day. No matter your choice, please be safe and make wonderful memories!

Enjoying St. Patrick’s Day in Different Ways

Contrary to popular belief, not everyone wants to spend St. Patrick’s Day chugging booze ‘til they drop. Some people may be faced with overcoming addiction, while others have small children and would rather spend the day doing family-oriented activities. Even though it may seem like celebrating the Irish holiday without liquor is impossible, it can be done! Here are a few ways you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day minus the alcohol –and potential hangover!

Patrick’s Day Events

Sober St. Patrick’s Day is a non-profit organization that was founded by award-winning theatre producer WIlliam Spencer Reilly, after he almost lost a family member to addiction in 2004. This family-friendly event comprises of acts from world class musicians, singers and dancers who all gather to celebrate Irish culture. Each year Sober St. Patrick’s Day is held on parade day in New York City, though it is growing vastly across the world. Philadelphia, Richmond, VA and even Dublin have all joined in on the fun by hosting Sober St. Patrick’s Day events. If you live in a city that has not yet caught onto this rapidly growing trend, fret not! You can be the one to organize your city’s very first Sober St. Patrick’s Day event! For a nominal licensing fee you will receive permission to use the Sober St. Patrick’s Day name and you will be provided support to plan, market and fund the event! Why not take part in a new St. Patrick’s Day tradition that will provide a fun, healthy and safe environment for everyone involved?

Plan an Irish-themed dinner party

Nothing honors the tradition of the Irish more than a good, home-cooked meal. When it comes to traditional Irish food, many people confuse it with Irish-American dishes i.e. corned beef and cabbage. Get into the true spirit of the holiday by researching food that those native to Ireland actually enjoy indulging in and learn how to prepare it! A quick online search will steer you in the right direction for any recipes you may need. Dishes like lamb stew (Irish stew) and soda bread are a few old-fashioned favorites for the Irish. Allow yourself plenty of time to plan for your dinner party, and be sure to do a test run on all the foods you will be serving. You will thank yourself for this step should any dishes not turn out as planned! Make your home festive by decorating with a few St. Patrick’s Day-themed pieces. After dinner, get the kids and adults together to participate in a few Irish games! The best thing about hosting a dinner party in lieu of St. Patrick’s Day is that it can easily become a family tradition. Each year have the party at your home or assign a different friend or family member to host at their place.

Be of service

Even though you are opting to not spend your St. Patrick’s Day drinking, chances are you have a few friends that are looking forward to having an all day boozefest. Assure that your friends are drinking responsibly by offering to be their designated driver. By serving as a safe ride you will be given peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are out of harm’s way and in return, they will be grateful that you are concerned about their safety. Signing yourself up to be the designated driver for your friends is a very noble deed that is an extremely selfless way to spend St. Patrick’s Day.

In the past, you may have felt excluded in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities because of your choice to stay sober. Fortunately, you can start new traditions that are true to your values and begin to enjoy the day just as much as others!

 

Article written by Sarah Lockwood

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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.

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Wedding Rings

What’s the importance of a wedding ring and why you should wear it?

There is real no record when the wedding ring started but some believe that the oldest recorded exchange of wedding rings comes from ancient Egypt, about 4800 years ago. Sedges, rushes and reeds, growing alongside the well-known papyrus were twisted and braided into rings for fingers an other decorative ornaments worn by the women in those days.

The Romans adopted it soon after giving it to both the man and woman for a sign of strength permanence.

There a lot of different theories of why the left hand and why we wear them. But, in today’s world there are reasons that you should wear them. Before we get into those, a little personal story of how this ring blog came up.

As many know, I am divorced. WHAT?!?? Story stopper….an event and wedding planner that is divorced? I know, right! haha. I never wanted a divorce, especially with children, unfortunately it was the hand I was dealt and I try to make the best out of it for my kids and I. I am still an amazing event and wedding planner. My divorce has nothing to do with my skills, abilities and I hope one day that I find a wonderful man that can love my kids and I. Until then, I plan dreams and memories.

But, there was more to the point of tell you this. I was doing my estate planning and wanted to give my guns to my son and my wedding ring to my daughter. I noticed my ring was gone! I was devastated, I still am. I love my wedding ring! It is absolutely gorgeous and I wanted to give it to my daughter one day. My reason for telling you this is make sure your rings are fully insured so that if something like this happens, you can replace it. I know replacing it is not the same as the original but at least you didn’t lose such an expensive memory.

Back to the reasons that you should wear a ring in today’s world:

1. Wearing your ring in public shows the world that you value your spouse and the covenant of your marriage.

2. Wearing your ring even when alone, because it reminds you that everything you do, whether in public or in private, doesn’t affect only you but your spouse as well.

3. Wearing your rings together when it’s just the two of you, has a visual symbol of your past promises, your present blessings and your shared destiny for the future.

Cherish your time together as you never know when it’s your last.

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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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The benefits of a small and more intimate wedding…

Deciding on your wedding guest list will be one of the first steps you’ll take in planning your wedding. Deciding on the number of guests who will attend will set the tone for everything that follows. If you want to have a small, and more intimate wedding, you’ll be happy to know that there are a lot of benefits. Typically, a small wedding would be a event that consists of about 75 guests or less.

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Having a small wedding opens up a number of possibilities for your venue. You will have options like a sentimental wedding at home or in a backyard, to more unique options, such as a historic building, a downtown rooftop or a secluded forest alcove.

Specialty Vendors:

Did you know that some vendors specialize in intimate weddings? What better way to get the wedding you envision than to choose vendors who have an eye and passion for the same thing? Whether day-of, week-of, or month-of-coordinator, these professionals can do wonders for easing the stress of planning, especially as you near the big day.

wedding buffetEat What You Love:

Another great advantage to keeping the guest list narrowed down to well-known group of family and friends is that you can capitalize on the opportunity to serve a menu of family favorites. Feeding a large group of people sometimes requires a more general meal selection.

Are you ready to plan your wedding? LimeLight Expressions can help. Whether your preparing for a small and intimate wedding, or a large and extravagant affair, we are your one stop shop for wedding planning services in the Midwest.