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Wedding Sense – Making your wedding sensibly memorable

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To have a wedding that everyone will enjoy, try tapping into the five senses! Each person’s memory is connected and recalled by each of their senses for different situations and events. For example, when smelling funnel cakes or cotton candy at whatever time of year, you are instantly brought back to the great time you had at the county or state fair during the summer. You want to incorporate the same concept into your wedding. Everyone can remember the great time they had for different reasons. See the several tips below on how to make your wedding sensibly memorable.

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The first things your planned guests will see are your wedding invitations. Make sure these set up the theme that your invitees should expect.

Decorations should describe the bride and groom as well as compliment the theme. Having strong color schemes that include deep greens, contrasting colors (green and red), black and white, or gold or silver give the wedding good memorable visuals for everyone involved.

Seeing fresh flowers, fancy non-traditional dresses, and beautifully set tables helps to get everyone in the mood and flow of the wedding as they arrive.

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Sometimes wedding attendees will smell the wedding before they even get to it. This first impression as guests step into the wedding area should be unique. Try including candles, fresh flowers; or consider putting something such as rosemary or essential oils of your choice into your centerpieces for a great first impression as the guests roll in. A soft evergreen oil or candle will make the whole place smell like Christmas without overbearing the room. Try to make sure the smell of choice fits with the theme as well. Also, by serving coffee, this gives the guests a familiar smell that will be comforting to many.

Sound-

Try playing music when guests first come into the venue. Let the music set the tone for your wedding theme. For example, if your wedding theme is black tie and elegant, try incorporating some timeless music. Include background music for all events including entry and exits to keep the wedding flowing. You could also consider sounds of birds singing or peaceful nature sounds if you want something nontraditional for background music. Make sure whatever music you choose sets the mood, pace, and feeling of the occasion.

Touch-

The first things your invited attendees will touch are the wedding invitations that they will hold onto until the wedding.  The quality of paper and raised ink will set the formality, theme, and color scheme that guests should expect to see at the wedding

Once there, they will feel everything from the chairs they sit in, linens, china, and glassware they use, all the way to the food and beverages they consume. Try adding small details such as bows to the chairs, fancy rings around the napkins, special glassware to drink out of, and even different textures and tastes of foods and beverages to delight the senses of all.

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Taste everything before you serve it to your guests. If you don’t even like it, why would they?

Since the food is the number one activity that the guests will be involved in, make it count! It may be the most memorable to some. If your budget permits, try offering different types of meals for the guests with dissimilar taste than yours. If you have quite a few guests coming to your wedding who have specific food requirements, make sure to include them in the taste experience too. You can also try offering a variety of desserts for those who don’t particularly favor cake. Ad mints, cookies, or other goodies to satisfy the sweet tooth of many.

By think of these suggestions while planning your wedding, you’ll be amazed how many of your guests will notice the little things you’ve done to make the night enjoyable for the whole crew! And when your guests see, touch, smell, hear or taste something similar later, they’ll be transported back to your special wedding day.

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Wedding Reception Seating 101 – Place Cards, Escort Cards and Seating Charts

Deciding on seating arrangements for your wedding reception can be daunting. This basic guide to wedding reception seating will help you decide on which seating plan you may want to go with.

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Place Cards, Escort Cards and Seating Charts:

Place Cards: Displayed near the entrance of the reception in alphabetical order, they usually include the guest’s name and table number. Once at the table, guests usually select their own seats.

Escort Cards: Used in the most formal seating plans, escort cards usually contain the guest’s name on the outer envelope, and their table number on the card inside. Place cards await guests at each table, designating their seats.

The Seating Chart: Usually displayed alphabetically in a pretty frame near the entrance of the reception, seating charts are lists of guests’ names with their designated tables. Additional place cards may be used at each table to designate assigned seats, if you wish

If you need any help with your wedding planning, contact LimeLight Expressions in Omaha, Nebraska. We would love to help with event planning, day of coordination and/or photography. Now you’re in the LimeLight!

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.

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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.

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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How to choose your wedding menu – 5 tips to remember!

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When it comes to choosing your wedding food, there are many things you have to consider. While it is your wedding, and you are entitled to choose any food you want, it would be ill advised to choose something that couldn’t be enjoyed by (at least) the majority of your guests – though you cannot please everyone. With that being said, you also don’t want to make your food choices bland and boring! Here are 5 important things to remember when making your choice:

Cost

This is a major factor and something you should think strongly about. It has been said you should spend about 30% of your wedding budget on food and drink. There are definitely some food options that are more affordable than others. It may be a good idea for you to sit down and come up with a budget for your food before you begin making elaborate arrangements for the menu. You don’t want to set your sights on a five course meal when you have a low budget to work with.

Food Options

One thing to consider is a wedding buffet. This is actually great for all types of weddings. It will give plenty of options, which means that even the pickiest of eaters will be able to find something that they will enjoy. If you are not planning on having tables set up for everyone to sit down, then finger food options may be a great idea. Choose something that will be easy and simple.

Formal Or Informal?

Some brides will choose to have a formal dinner at their wedding reception. If this is the route that you want to take, then you will want to make sure that you have a few different options available to your guests. Some people may prefer to eat chicken, while others may want beef. Some people love pork while others cannot eat it. You must also consider vegetarians that may be at your wedding.

Problem Foods

Another factor to bear in mind is the fact that most of your guests will probably be dressed in their best attire. If you serve foods that are messy, such as pastas with sauce or barbecue ribs, you may find that many people cannot enjoy them for fear of getting barbeque sauce all over their suit or  dress.

Buffet Foods Vs Formal Sit Down Meal

There really is no right or wrong answer to this, it’s really just what is best for you and your guests on your special day. For a fork buffet, you want to offer a great variety of foods to keep everyone happy. So foods like chicken strips, ham, pork, beef, cream and roast potatoes, vegetables, etc all complete with a choice of sauces. For a formal sit down meal, you are really looking at two or three options from a set menu from which the guests would have picked their choice on returning their RSVP card. For this you’d expect maybe a Chicken dish, a Salmon dish and of course, a vegetarian option. In the evening, a smaller buffet with sandwiches and finger food options and some sliced cake will keep your guests happy!

Make sure that you take the time to look into all of your options so that you will choose the perfect menu for your wedding. After all, this is your big day and you will want to make it the best it can possibly be. If you need help with event planning for your wedding, large or small, give LimeLight Expressions a call! Don’t forget to follow our blog for more helpful tips on event planning, weddings or photography.

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Dressed to the nines at LimeLight Expressions!

Congratulations to Kimmylea, owner of LimeLight Expressions for being a 2013 Best Dressed Nominee for Strictly Business Magazine!
Voting officially begins August 1st, 2013 and ends September 3rd, 2013.
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