Monthly Archives: November 2013

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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Planning for the Holidays

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When planning any event, there is a laundry list of items to consider, and that list may get even longer when you are planning something for your co-workers or corporate clients, especially during the busyness of the Holiday season. One very important task of planning your to-do list is choosing the right people to assist in your holiday party planning process.

When choosing companies to assist in your holiday party needs, always think local first. Not only do you support the local community but also you have the added benefit of having better customer service. They can meet face-to-face as well as get you your product or service more efficiently.

One local company that can make your holiday party planning a little less stressful is LimeLight Expressions. They are a family-owned and operated, based in Omaha, NE. They can assist you with everything from invitations to décor or your full on event planning needs from start to finish, so you can enjoy, relax and show your employees, co-workers or clients a wonderful time without all the hassle of planning your event during the holiday season.

A holiday party is to show your appreciation to your employees, co-workers or clients for the hard work or the business they have done with you throughout the year. But, planning a unique holiday party takes good preparation and organization.

LimeLight Expressions is a full service event planning and design company that can put you in the limelight for the holidays with unique party ideas. Want some holiday party ideas that will have your guests talking throughout the years? Consider these:

Entertainment: Creating the right atmosphere for any event is key. Why not create an electrifying atmosphere with a live band or DJ for your holiday party.

Did you know some of the top live bands are right here in Omaha? It’s true! We have unbelievable live bands that will not only create an uplifting atmosphere but will have the dance floor swinging all night long. By supporting a local band, you will not only show your in touch with the local community and are supporting it but you will have the bonus of an impressive corporate image.

If you’re having an employee appreciation holiday party and want a little more of the team-building atmosphere, think of things that will get everyone up and moving around. There are great interactive game shows that can be set up at local venues or even in a home setting. Local scavenger hunts are a great way to not only see the great sites of Omaha but also give employees a time to bond and have some fun.

LimeLight Expressions can assist in all your entertainment needs for your holiday party from disc jockeys, to a live band or full interactive entertainment.

Ice Sculpture: For unique and fun centerpieces or a rare adult beverage dispenser, who doesn’t love a creative ice sculpture? Ice sculptures are a real crowd pleaser and if a sculpture isn’t big enough for you, how about your company logo in ice or an entire bar of ice.

Cook-Off: If involvement is what you seek, then tickle your guests’ taste buds with a little fancy feast.

We have amazing culinary artists in town that are remarkable. Not only can they come in and do a cooking demonstration for you but also you can have your guests participate. It is a fun interactive way to learn new recipes and participate as a group or allow a top chef to cook for your guests.

Flair: Have you ever seen flair bartending or flairtending? It is a fun way to WOW your guests and get delicious cocktails for the entire evening. It is sure to please all your guests as they juggle, flip and flame through the evening.

Theme: A holiday party theme is a wonderful way to really have fun and get your guests involved. Find a theme that makes it interesting to come to your event.

Everyone loves the ugly sweater parties and winter wonderlands. If your budget allows, allow your home or venue escape to a unique setting of wonder. This is a sure way to make your holiday party different and your guests will be talking about your event for years to come. Plus, the invitations with your one-of-a-kind theme will peak your guests’ interest to mark their calendars right away.

If you want some additional holiday party ideas or want to try one of these suggestions but just not sure where to start, contact LimeLight Expressions to assist in your holiday planning.

The benefits of planning a holiday party are to show your appreciation to your guests and thank them for everything they have done. It really does make a difference for your employees, co-workers or clients but planning can be stressful so call the experts to help you make a truly memorable event.

LimeLight Expressions is a unique family owned business in that they can assist in your entire event planning needs from holidays, weddings to corporate parties. Everything they do is customized to the individual or business from invitations to decorations, they have you covered.

If you still need those Holiday cards either personal or business or even Holiday party invitations, think of LimeLight Expressions. Everything they design is hand drawn and completely unique for you.

Plus, you’re not only receiving a quality product or service with LimeLight Expressions but you support a local business and the local community. Every dollar spent with LimeLight Expressions, 10% of the net proceeds goes to a charity of your choice and during the holiday season, 20% of all net proceeds go back to the local community.

Let LimeLight Expressions put you in the limelight by thinking outside the box for you and making your holiday party something that your guests will truly remember.

Read the full article about LimeLight Expressions in the Strictly Business Magazine.

The owner of LimeLight Expressions, Kimmylea also appears on the cover of the Strictly Business Magazine this month.

Keep calm..and get married!

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Your wedding is shortly approaching, and suddenly, it’s here! On the days leading up to your big day, you might find yourself panicking about some of the small details. And while sometimes a little hiccup may be impossible to avoid, we wanted to give you some pointers on how to keep stress at bay in the days leading up to your wedding…

Have a Spa Day! Could you think of anything better then being pampered before your wedding day? The pre-wedding spa day has become increasingly popular with brides and their bridesmaids. So put some cucumber on those eyes, get a mani/ pedi or even a special bridal Swedish massage. This will definitely help ease your mind before your wedding day.

Quality Time with Friends: Enjoy a relaxing girl’s movie night or night-in with all of your bridesmaids before the wedding. Laughing with close friends and family will always take the edge off.

Wake Up Refreshed: 8 hours of sleep before your wedding helps guarantee that you will have the energy for the whole day. Research shows that loss of sleep can manifest into irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness; basically all of the things you don’t want to be on your wedding day.

The Back Up Alarm: This seems like a given, especially for brides that are heavy sleepers. Do not let oversleeping be your biggest fear. Set a back up alarm for your alarm, just in case.

Wedding planners are here to make certain that your special day is just that, your day. Our job is event management as well as small details. Let LimeLight Expressions help make your wedding stress free. We want your wedding to be the beautiful celebration you’ve always dreamed of.