Ask the Experts

One of the first things a bride and groom do when planning their wedding is book a ceremony and reception venue. Touring so many venues can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know what to look for, what questions to ask, and what to avoid. Lea Kucks, Event Specialist at Creighton University, wants to help brides-to-be by providing answers to questions you didn’t even know you had.

 

1. Consider Additional Costs
Keep in mind costs that you or your guests may have to incur when selecting your reception venue. Is parking complimentary and convenient or will you/your guests have to pay to park in a lot or walk a few blocks in heels and Nebraska weather to get to the reception? If you plan to play a slideshow of you as a couple with your favorite songs in the background, is the necessary audiovisual equipment provided by the venue and how much will it cost? Is there a separate area for cocktailing and dinner/dancing at no additional fee? What is included in the room rental fee, such as set-up/tear-down, equipment available to you, and is the fee hourly or daily? Be sure to ask what kind of rentals the caterer supplies, such as china, silver, glasses, linens, etc. Remember that some venues can add service charge and gratuity, on top of state tax, to their final bill, which can significantly impact a wedding budget.
2. Think About Proximity
Nebraska weather can be unexpected and ever-changing. Having a ceremony close to the reception venue can make the logistics of your day easier, for you and your guests. Convenient and free parking is also another factor to think about. Is there a nearby are for wedding party photos so you aren’t traveling the city with your photographer (who is charging by the hour)? Can guests walk from the ceremony to the reception venue? All something to think about for your wedding ceremony and reception.
As you tour possible venues, keep these tips in mind. Ask the right questions to ensure you understand exactly what each venue can do for you.
After reading these tips, are you second-guessing some venues you have toured? The Creighton Harper and Skutt Student Center on Creighton University’s campus are great options with many of the features Lea advises brides to be on the lookout for. If you want more information on these two venues, contact Lea at 402.280.3781 or reservations@creighton.edu. In the mean time, take a look at the tour we took through the Harper Center to get an idea of what the space is like!
Harper Ballroom Setup

Harper Center

 

Ready or Knot Bride – Emily & Justin

Another Ready or Knot bride got hitched! Congratulations to Emily and Justin! Emily is dressed in a Jenny Yoo wedding dress, which she customized with pieces from her mothers veil.

Check out these awesome photos from Christine McGuigan Photography.

Ready or Knot Bride - Bartlett Wedding

St. Johns is the backdrop for the gorgeous photos of Emily and her father and the backdrop for the reception is the Harper Center.

* Fun idea: Take a photo in front of your house with your wedding party and hang it in the entry way of your home. It will be a constant reminder of your love!

Want to see more pictures? Click here to see Christine Mcguigan’s blog.

Receiving lines

Do you want to have a grand wedding ceremony with a lot of guests but aren’t sure how you’ll talk to all of them? Receiving lines are the way to go. It may depend on the venue or amount of guests that you have but it is definitely a great way to reach all of your guests. We want to give you some tips on when and where to have it and why it’s a good idea.

Receiving Line at the Royal Wedding

This is the receiving line from the royal wedding

When & Where Should It Happen

  • Generally it will happen immediately after the ceremony
  • A popular time to have it now is as guests are coming in to the reception
  • The most common way is to dismiss guests out of the church
  • Other common places are on the front steps or outside of the front doors
  • Location really depends on space available; you want your guests to be comfortable while waiting and you and your guests don’t want to be a sweaty mess because it’s too crowded.
  • If it’s being held before the reception, you could use the lobby, front doors leading into the main hall or even the dance floor.

Why You Should Choose to Have One

  • It is the perfect chance to thank your guests for coming & ensure you have personally greeted & thanked each guest
  • If you are having a large ceremony, it is proper to have one (usually 50 or more guests)
  • Without it you will be so focused on greeting everyone at a later time and probably miss out on a few guests

Who Should Stand In It

  • Bride & Groom
  • Brides Parents (Optional)
  • Grooms Parents (Optional)

Alternatives

  • Serve drinks as guests walk into the reception
  • Serve cake/desserts to guests
  • Set up a table with a blank puzzle or something to represent you and some pens so guests can leave their congratulations, then you frame it as a keepsake

Alternative to a traditional receiving line

This fun find is from Pinterest!

We hope this helps make receiving lines a little more clear. We want you to feel comfortable with reaching your guests anyway that you can. If you are looking for a great venue with plenty of space for any occasion check out the Harper Center!

 

Ready Recap – July 9-13, 2012

We’re ready to recap this weeks posts…are you?

This week was full of great stuff. From our new dress to great wedding cake alternatives, we have just about everything you need to be ready for wedding day in this weeks blogs.

Monday

We featured our newest dress, style BT0658 from Nicole Miller. It is the perfect “little black dress” only it’s not black, it’s in a beautiful white lace instead. The attention to detail with the great neckline and lace sleeves is absolute perfection.

Nicole Miller Short Lace Dress, located in Rockbrook Village Omaha, Ne

Tuesday

Tuesday was all about wedding cake alternatives. We featured some great vendors in Omaha that would be sure to please your guests with some sweet and gooey treats. We showed you alternatives like pies from Wheatfields and some yummy cheesecake from Summer Kitchen Cafe and Bakery.

Wednesday

Wednesday was none other than wedding shoe wednesday! Badgley Mischka ‘s Roxie peep-toe pump was the feature because it’s got a great combination of color, sparkle, and vintage detail. This shoe is perfect for any bride!

Roxie Peep-Toe from Badgley Mischka

Thursday

Still looking for the perfect wedding reception venue? The Harper Center is absolutely stunning and so versatile. Especially if your ceremony is at St. John’s Church on the Creighton University Campus. Plus, a few added bonuses are that the venue opens up ample parking for your guests so that they don’t have to walk far and they offer a fantastic discount for Creighton affiliates. Contact Lea for more information at (402) 280-1493.

Harper Ballroom Setup, Omaha, Ne

Friday

Friday the 13th was all about receiving lines and why you should have one. If you like traditional and want a great way to reach all of your guests in one easy shot, then this is the perfect fit for you. We told you all about when and where to have it, why you should have it, who should stand alongside the happy couple, and some fun alternatives in case you aren’t the traditional kind of person.

Enjoy the rest of your spooky Friday the 13th 😉 and have a great weekend! We will see you again on Monday and don’t forget about the Jenny Yoo Trunk Show coming up in 2 weeks!

Wedding Reception Venue – The Harper Center

For many brides-to-be, the hardest part about planning the wedding is finding a venue. Taking into consideration guest count, catering, location, and your budget can be overwhelming and make it difficult to find a venue that suits your needs.

That’s where we come in. We know from personal experience how hard the search for a venue can be. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be touring different Omaha wedding reception sites and bringing you all the details you need to know when determining your own reception location.

Our first stop was the Harper Center at Creighton University. Located at 20th and Burt, the Harper Center is the perfect reception, especially for couples getting married at St. John’s Church on the Creighton campus. The first thing we noticed about this venue is the abundant parking. For your event, Creighton opens up the parking lot directly  south of the Harper Center along with the top level of their parking garage. Your guests won’t have to walk far to make it to this venue.

When guests walk in the front doors, the staircase leading up to the ballrooms is directly on  the right. Creighton provides signage to ensure guests don’t get lost. The staircase leads guests into a lobby, complete with a view of downtown Omaha, a grand piano, and plenty of room to mingle. The sound system also carries out into the lobby, making this a perfect area for a cocktail hour or buffet line.

Harper Center Ballroom Lobby

The ballroom itself is everything a bride could ask for. The room comfortably seats anywhere from 300-35o, depending on your room setup. Two large windows on the eastern wall provide a beautiful view of the Creighton campus. With a neutral color scheme, dance floor, and audio/visual capabilities, this venue has everything you need.

Harper Center Ballroom

Ballroom Dance Floor

The Harper Center gives you the flexibility to set up the room any number of ways

Beyond these amenities, the Harper Center comes with a few added bonuses. While Sodexo  is the exclusive caterer, there is no service or gratuity charge, keeping the cost of food down. There is also no security required. Want to keep the party going past midnight? The Harper Center can extend the building’s hours just for you.

Our favorite thing about the Harper Center is the discount Creighton affiliates receive on the room rental rate. Whether you or a family member graduated from Creighton, you can receive this discount, making the Harper Center a vert attractable venue.

Overall, the Harper Center provides a beautiful venue with a flexible staff that will meet your needs and help you pull off your dream wedding. For more information, visit their website or call Lea at 402-280-1493.