Monthly Archives: October 2013

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!

Wine & Dine: Choosing the best wine to serve at your wedding

wine1Couples naturally want their wedding to be perfect, from the fit of the dress to the awe factor of the cake. Highballs and punch ladled from big bowls have long been staples of wedding ceremonies, yet many of today’s brides and grooms seek more sophistication in the beverages they serve at their reception, with wine playing an increasingly large role. Whether you’re planning a party for 20 or 200, the questions are still the same: Which wine should I buy?

Basic wine information: Get to know your seasonal wines

Brisk white wines, dry rosés, and light- to medium-bodied reds are ideal for warm-weather weddings because they offer more refreshment than heavier Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz, and Zinfandel.

Brisk whites include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris/Grigio, unoaked Chardonnay, Riesling, and sparkling wines.

Medium-bodied reds include Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, Italian Valpolicella, Spanish Rioja, and Rhone Valley Côtes du Rhône.

For winter and fall weddings, wines with more weight and power (Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, and the like) pair best with chilly temperatures and rich comfort foods.

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What type of wine should I buy? 

Although sparkling wine is a wedding fixture, consider also serving one red and one white still wine if the reception includes a meal or hors d’oeuvres. Most wedding planners advocate serving equal amounts of red and white wine—if only so you don’t disappoint half the crowd. For those who want to pour just one wine with the meal, there is a happy compromise: dry rosé, a wine that’s refreshing and also substantial enough to drink with sturdy foods.

Sauvignon Blanc is a super-versatile white that goes splendidly with seafood, chicken, eggs, vegetables, and salads. The citrusy 2008 Geyser Peak California Sauvignon Blanc and the pleasantly pungent 2009 Brancott Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand are tremendous values and they’re often discounted. Or go with crowd-pleasing, easy-to-drink Pinot Gris.

Also consider un-oaked or lightly oaked Chardonnays, which are great to sip alone and, with their unadulterated fruit flavors, match a wider range of dishes than the toasty, buttery type of Chardonnay.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular red wine in America, and it’s best suited to serving with hearty beef and lamb dishes. There are indeed affordable Cabs made in Napa; look for one that is supple, medium- to full-bodied, and has textbook cassis and cedar Cabernet character.

Silky, earthy Pinot Noir is extremely flexible with many foods, including fish and vegetarian dishes, yet it also pairs nicely with light red meats, pork, and poultry. Pinot can be pricey

Sweet white Zinfandel is fine for casual, at-home quaffing, but weddings call for a more serious pink wine. Dry rosé is crisp and fruity, does not have the sweetness of white Zinfandel and other blush wines, and pairs beautifully with salads, poultry, pork, tuna, salmon, and even sirloin. Rosé also hits the spot in both warm and cool weather, day and night.

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How much wine to purchase will depend on various factors, including the number of guests, whether it’s a wine-drinking crowd, the format of the reception, the time of year and time of day, and the menu. Here, some general rules of thumb provided by wedding planners, caterers, and married couples who have been through it already:

It’s better to have too much wine than not enough. Guests grumble when the wine runs out and they still have prime rib on their plate, or if they have an empty glass for the toast. Unopened leftovers can usually be returned to the seller (or taken home, of course).

•The standard 750-ml wine bottle holds 25 ounces; count on five servings of wine, at five ounces each, from one bottle. For sparkling wines served in flutes, allow for four ounces per serving (plus foam), which equals six servings per bottle.

• Most caterers count on each guest consuming one-half bottle of wine—roughly two glasses—every two hours. If the party lasts four hours, count on one 25-ounce bottle per person. These calculations allow for the fact that some folks will drink more, some less, and some not at all. One bottle each might seem like a lot of wine, yet many attendees want to sample everything, even though they don’t drain their glasses (half your wine may sit at the end of the night in half-empty cups).

Please note: Buying wine in bulk—by the case—can save you money. But not all venues or caterers allow the client (you) to choose or bring the wine, so check with everyone involved before purchasing.

For more information or helpful tips for your wedding, contact LimeLight Expressions.

 

Your Holiday Party Checklist

Strictly Business Magazine’s October issue features LimeLight Expressions as your Holiday Expert.

Here is your Holiday Party Checklist:

Set that Date: Start by planning your personal or business holiday party early so that your guests save the date. With many other events during the Holidays, you want to make sure your party is at the top of mind. LimeLight Expressions can assist in making a unique and memorable event that your guests will be talking about for years.

Create a Budget: Every event has a budget and Holiday parties can get expensive. A budget allows you to stay on track with your projected expenses and compare them to your actual expenses.

Select a Venue: The number of guests that you will be inviting will determine your venue accommodations. The venue should complement your holiday décor vision. Determine if the venue is more accommodating for a buffet-style meal or cocktail service. Holiday parties are often held in a home for that personal touch.  Whether your event will be held in a ballroom or at home, LimeLight Expressions can help you with all the details no matter the size of event.

Theme: A holiday party doesn’t necessarily have to have a theme, as the holidays are a great theme in itself! However, themes help you plan decorations, invitations and even the menu. Holiday themes can range from ugly sweater parties to Winter Wonderlands.

Invitations: Creating the invitations is an important step and sets the entire mood for your event. Paper invitations instead of electronic invitations are such a wonderful touch in today’s technologically savvy world. Create an invitation that is unforgettable and makes the guests not want to miss out on your party. Whether you need holiday party invitations or custom holiday cards, both personal and business, think of one place that has it all–LimeLight Expressions.

LimeLight Expressions can assist you with any holiday needs from event planning, family portraits and Christmas cards, both personal and business. They truly are a one-stop shop for all of your needs. They custom tailor your event and cards to your specifications and personality, designing an event and invitations/cards that are truly unforgettable. Call LimeLight Expressions today or visit them online to begin planning your holiday cheer! Creating images, memories and moments for your holiday season is their specialty and pleasure.

Read the full article in the October issue of Strictly Business Magazine.

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Time to smell the flowers – Choosing your wedding bouquet

You’ve arranged the venue. You’ve purchased the dress. The next big decision is ‘What flowers should I have for my wedding?’ It’s a detail that’s worth taking time to think about. After all, your bouquet is going to be in almost all of your wedding photographs.

Wedding bouquets are highly essential for a wedding. It sets tone in a wedding. Bouquets come in so many different types. If you are looking for a perfect bouquet to be used on your wedding, this article can give you some good advice.

Cascade bouquets possess an outstanding representation. Generally, they are planned to be similar to a blossoms’ waterfall. There is no doubt that these bouquets are captivating. The cascade bouquet is larger than most types of bouquets. Thus, it looks really lovely on brides who are tall and are wearing a dress with slight detail. If you are selecting a cascade bouquet, you must consider whether it matches the color and the size of the dress you are wearing. Cascade bouquets are a combination of different flowers such as orchids, calla lilies, stephanotis, and greenery.

The hand-tied bouquets are commonly seen on summer weddings or ceremonies that are taking place outdoors. This style bouquet is definitely inspired by nature. It’s a simple bouquet that ties the flower blooms altogether. Flowers are often tied either by ribbon or twine. Tied bouquets are also ideal because they have a high range of adaptability. They suit either a formal or an informal wedding. You can incorporate flowers such as chrysanthemum, sunflowers, roses or peonies for a great hand-tied look.

The over arm bouquet looks very modern. It has a simple and elegant appearance and is suitable for any kind of wedding. The over the arm bouquet is often made up of long-stemmed flowers like calla lilies, tulips, sunflowers, orchids or roses. Flowers are wrapped together with the use of a ribbon or twine.

Posy bouquet is composed of smaller flowers. This is often intended for bridesmaids and flower girls. Some flowers used for this kind of bouquet are lily of the valley, hydrangeas, baby’s breath and spray roses. An alternative style for posy bouquet is the incorporation of some larger flowers to make focal points throughout the bouquet. This can also balance the color scheme.

Round flower wedding bouquets are often used as bridal flowers. This bouquet has a similar characteristics as the posy bouquet, however, it can be much larger in size. It often uses flowers like gerberas and roses. This kind of bouquet is also ideal for both formal and casual wedding.

If you need any help deciding what flowers, decor or invitations you will need for your wedding, please contact us. Event planning, photography and design is what we do best! If you are in the Omaha or Lincoln, Nebraska area, and planning a wedding – contact LimeLight Expressions for all of your wedding needs. LimeLightExpressions.com

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