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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.

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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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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

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.

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Photography, Event Planning, Design and Invitations by LimeLight Expressions

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Photographs that every wedding album should have!

It’s obvious that you two will be the center of attention on your special day, especially through the photographs that are taken. These are memories you’ll want to capture to have forever, but each picture will necessarily be of the both of you. Check out the list of detailed photos that every wedding album should have.

Your Venue  – You’ll want to remember what it looked like, regardless of whether you choose a beach, a ballroom or a chapel. The photographer can capture the exterior in a few shots so you can remember it perfectly.

The Dress, Solo – You probably spent a lot of time searching for the perfect dress; and chances are, you spent a lot of money on it too. Having your photographer take a few iconic shots of the gown hanging solo before you put it on will give you the opportunity to love it for years to come – without the wine stain and dirt you acquired during the ceremony and reception.

Down to the Details – If you are carrying or wearing something special with you, like the locket necklace that belonged to your grandmother, or a note from your grandfather, these memories need to be photographed too. Make sure you let your photographer know what special details you want in your wedding photos.

The Accessories – Every detail from jewelry to shoes to bow ties makes your look unique to you. These accessories, though necessary, may not be noticeable in all of the photos you are wearing them in. Your photographer should try to get a few photos of these items so you can remember what you were wearing.

The Rings – Your newest accessories, the engagement rings and wedding bands, should be included in the list of solo photos before you get to wear them. The photographer of choice often takes a few creative photos with the rings for you to have.

Flowers Everywhere – Making sure your photographer gets shots of the bouquets, boutonnieres, and any other flowers you. Years from now, you’ll want to remember how gorgeous they looked.

Ceremony Décor – You aren’t going to spend a lot of time gazing around at all of the details and décor. Chances are your thoughts and eyes will be on your future in front of you. Let the photographer take some photos of all your ceremony decorations up close so you can view them later on.

Wedding Party – It’s an honor to have your nearest and dearest standing by your side. You’ll want to remember how they looked as they watch you wed.

Your Family’s Reactions – When your focus is on your soon-to-be spouse, your vows, and your officiant, there isn’t much time to look around at anything else. The emotions your parents, close friends, and relatives will have on their faces will be something you will miss during the ceremony. It is your photographer’s job to capture those important moments.

Reception Décor – From the centerpieces, to the linens and lighting, right down to the color palette you chose, the hours you spent picking these out, the hard work finally pays off on your wedding day. The photographer traditionally tries to get wide shots of the reception area as well as close-ups of the centerpieces and details. These should be taken before guests’ arrival, so the flowers and décor are perfect and pristine.

The Stationery – If you love your invitations or save-the-date cards, be sure to bring a copy so that your photographer can take photos of them.

The Food and Drink – In case you are too busy mixing and mingling at your wedding, your photographer can take photos of the food you chose to serve so you can remember what it was and what it looked like – even if you didn’t actually taste it.

The Cake – Being almost too pretty to eat, you’ll want photos taken before the cake is cut. Then the famous cake cutting photos can commence.

The Kiddos – The small guests of the party provide the comedy. Awnry and all, you’ll want to remember how cute they were on your big day – especially with all those chicken dance moves.

Your Guests Getting’ Their Groove On – Hoping mostly everyone will hit the dance floor at some time in the night, you’ll want your photographer to capture these moments. From your Great Aunt doing the YMCA to your besties making a train around the room, these are memories you’ll want to look back on to see all of the crazy dance moves years from now.

Enjoying the Party – Although it is nice to take a look around at your reception and see all of the people you love in one room together, you may not be able to remember everyone that was there when thinking back to your special day. Your photographer can capture this moment, with photos of the groups of people mingling and dancing around so you can look back and be happy that your aunt from Florida or your friend that you haven’t seen in years actually got to show up!

The Toasts – Wedding toasts may be completely emotional and make everyone cry, or just plain silly. These moments come from the heart. You will want some photos of each special person as they give their toasts during your reception to remember how grateful, silly, or embarrassed each one made you feel.

Although you will love the focus being on you on this very special day, you’ll want to remember the exceptional details like decorations and attendees who came to spend time with you, when it is all over. Leave capturing the details to a LimeLight Expressions photography professional, so you have every memory for years to come.

Don’t fret the wet! How to best prepare for rain on your wedding day..

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One of the last things a bride wants to think about is what will happen if it rains on the big day. But the truth is, the more you prepare for this situation, the happier you will be if it does happen. It has even been said that it’s a sign of good luck if it rains on your wedding day!

Here are a few tips from our experts to help you navigate a rainy wedding day.

If it does happen to rain at your wedding, you most likely will have two windows of time to photograph, before the ceremony and during the cocktail hour – where hopefully the rain slows down or even stops. However, rain will not ruin your photographs. It can actually add a beautiful element to your wedding pictures! On photographs, rain can look like little gleaming sparks of light all around you both. So don’t fret the wet, embrace it.

Get prepared by purchasing rain boots and matching umbrellas. Preferably ones that match your wedding colors. If you can, avoid white umbrellas as it will blend in with the overcast sky. Purchasing these items prior to your wedding will definitely make you feel more relaxed. Also if you have rain boots on hand, you will be more willing to go out in the rain for photos because you won’t mind stepping on wet grass as much as you would in heels!

Parasols are very cute and have a vintage style that can be perfect as an accessory even if you have a beautiful sunny day!

On a rainy day, think about your makeup. Primer and water resistant products are a must have on a rainy day. Use an invisible powder or blot powder to set your makeup for the whole day.

For more wedding planning tips, tricks and hints, check back with LimeLight Expressions blog regularly or subscribe to our feed!

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Save-the-Date and Valentine’s Day = The Perfect Combination!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Why not combine your Save-the-Date with a little Valentine’s Day love for all of your guests?  Just like the two of you, it might be the perfect combo! A Save-the-Date inspired by Valentine’s Day.. it seems like the perfect marriage. Contact LimeLight Expressions to set up a engagement photography shoot. We will help you create a beautiful Save-The-Date that all of your guests will love when you ask them to “Be Ours”.

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The Story of Baby – A Maternity and Infant Photography Session

LimeLight Expressions would love to help you celebrate your pregnancy with a maternity photo session.

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What we are really trying to document through your maternity photographs is a life created and life changed. Melissa and Brent were amazing to capture.

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When the baby is born, we would love to help you document that milestone too.

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Call LimeLight Expressions for your maternity and infant photography session. We cannot wait to help you capture the excitement and joy a new child brings.

 

Schedule A Fall Family Photography Session with LimeLight Expressions!

As much as we love summer, I think Fall must be one of our favorite seasons! We love the mild, windy weather, right before it turns really cold as well as the the beautiful red, gold and orange colors on the trees. It’s a great season for taking photographs of your child too, so in order to make the most of this beautiful time of year here’s a little checklist of some ideas for fall photo sessions! If you would like to schedule a Fall photo session, call LimeLight Expressions! We would love to photograph your family in the beautiful colors of Fall!

  • Standing or sitting under a fall-colored tree
  • Kicking a pile of leaves
  • All wrapped up in a cosy sweater and hat
  • Silhouette at fall sunset
  • Throwing leaves up into the air
  • Looking at the fall colors through a window
  • Sitting under an apple tree with the fallen apples
  • Lying back in the leaves
  • Child doing a leaf angel
  • Playing in a golden wheat field
  • With a basket or crate of apples, pumpkins or corn
  • Running through a patch of dry leaves
  • Playing out in the first frost

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What to wear for Family Portraits?

 

Don’t know what to wear for family pictures? Check out these tips…

  • Coordinate the style and color of your clothing with your location in mind.When choosing a color palette, consider what will go well with the colors of your home. After all, most people plan to hang them up!
  • Try to avoid clothing that is super seasonal. Unless you’re planning on using them only for Christmas cards, red and green scarves may not be the best choice. Pick a style, color, and location that you don’t mind displaying in your home year-round.
  • Don’t be afraid of color and pattern. While you may not want everyone to wear a bold color or a busy pattern- a pop or two of color and design adds interest to the picture.
  • Layer! Adding layers to your outfit not only adds texture to the picture, but also allows you to shed layers later on for different looks in different pictures.
  • For a photo that stands the test of time- opt for clothes that are classic rather than super trendy.
  • While a little bit of pattern can be a good thing, it’s best to avoid clothing with large graphics and logos.