Luckiest Couple Creates Perfect Lincoln Wedding

When I rebranded last year, I wanted to do something big to celebrate. I threw around a few ideas but I couldn’t pass one that kept jumping out at me. I’ve never done it before, but if I were going to, this was the time.

Enter in my Biggest Giveaway Ever where I gave away one invitation suite for free. One hundred percent no strings attached free. Of course I made couples apply and jump through a few hoops (including the groom sending in a video about why his fiancé is “the one’) . Only a few couples made it through all the hoops and out of a random draw, Mary Beth and Josh ended up my winners.

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And man, did I have fun with this contest and designing for these two. I’m pretty sure Mary Beth and I chatted for 2 hours when we first met…if not more. I just loved their soft, blush, traditional style they were creating for their wedding day. She was so on-point for what is hot right now, yet they had their own look which I loved.

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We designed wedding invitations with a traditional layout using a calligraphy inspired font. Blush was the main color on these and we brought that in to the envelope as well as hints throughout the invitation pieces. Throw in a few gold foil table numbers and signs and this couple pieced together a perfect wedding.

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Congrats to my lucky couple and thank you for letting me design for your wedding day. I hope the “luck” continues throughout your marriage!

Mary Beth + Josh

July 21, 2018

Ceremony: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Lincoln
Reception: The Country Club of Lincoln
Dress: Ready or Knot
Men’s Wear: Mr. Tuxedo
Photographer: Ben Ramos
Floral: Petals to Platinum
Cake: Cindy’s Cakes
Transportation: Tailored Dreams
Hair: Emily Huttes, H Salon & Day Spa, Hickman
Makeup: Flawless Makeup by Katie Keister

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3 Things to Consider When Wording Your Wedding Invitation

How do I word my wedding invitation?  There are a few things to keep in mind.

You know your need your name on it, right?  Your wedding invitation.  Is there anything else?  I mean, it can’t be that hard, can it?

It’s trickier than you may think.  In fact, it’s one of the most common questions I get.  So here three things to consider when wording your wedding invitation.

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1. Are your parents being included on the wedding invitation?

Traditionally, the bride’s parents were the ONLY parents on a wedding invitation.  Today, more and more couples are adding the groom’s parents to the invite.  Why?  Traditionally, the bride’s parents were the only people paying for the wedding thus, it was their invitation to their daughter’s wedding (aka to their party they are throwing).  More and more groom’s parents are putting their financial stake into the wedding and thus, getting props on the invite.

So parent’s names are all about who is paying?  Well, yes and no.  Traditionally, yes.  But lots of wedding traditions get thrown out the door today.  Many couples are paying for their own wedding.  And if that’s the case, parents’ names are not needed on the wedding invitation.  Having parents’ names on a wedding invitation is also a great way to recognize the parents, paying or not.

2. Do I need to include my middle name?

How you want your name on your wedding invitation can be tricky as well.  But you have a few options, so let’s narrow this now.

You can have just your first names:

Jennifer and John

This is simple and to the point.  A warning with this though: if you do not have parents names on your wedding invitation, make sure you have your last name SOMEWHERE within your wedding invitation suite (think details card or even return address on the envelope).  Will everyone know who Jennifer and John are?  For smaller weddings, probably yes.  Larger weddings, lean on the side of no.

Include middle names:

Jennifer Ann and John William

To be a bit more formal, add middle names.  These are your given names at birth and being a momentous event in your life, it’s nice to break those out again.  But consider the same rule above about last names.

Include last names:

Jennifer Ann Johnson and John William Scott

This is a formal and well-known way to have your names on a wedding invitation.  Again, we’re being a bit more formal with the middle names involved.  Plus, having your last names gets rid of any confusion of who these people are, regardless of having your parents names or not on the invite.

3. What other information do guests need?

Give your guests the essential information for your wedding.  Simple?  Sometimes.  The little things are easy to overlook. Such as the time of your wedding.  It’s one of those small details you may get 100 phone calls about if you don’t put it on your invitation.  Also, give people the address of the wedding venue.  The address can be on the invitation itself or the details card, whatever you feel fits better for your design.


That should give you a basic start on wording your wedding invitation.  Check out  my other blog posts for wording information as well!


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How to Work at Home Efficiently

Think you can work from home?  Here are a few things to keep in mind.

“You work from home? I bet that’s nice.”

It’s something I hear a lot.  And I’m not going to lie: it is nice. My commute (after taking the kids to the bus/school) is literally 15 seconds down our basement steps.  I can control my own thermostat and take breaks to walk around the house to pull weeds whenever I want.

That being said, I believe working from home isn’t for everyone.

My husband worked renovating an old house when he was between careers for a few months.  He worked from home with me (which was interesting within itself).  There would be days I’d come home from a meeting and he’d be on the couch.  “Resting” apparently.  Or “taking a break”.  Regardless, it ticked me off.  I always feel I can be working or doing something for my business to make it better, more efficient or to help it grow.  No time for naps (okay, I did one time when I was pregnant…I was growing a human being, people!  I was tired!)

Working from home for the past eight years, I’ve learned a lot.  So here is a few tips on how I’ve learned to work efficiently from home.

Turn off the TV

When I started working from home, I would have the TV on in the background just for noise.  I soon learned that at times, this noise would suck me in.  “What?  Rachael Ray has a low carb blueberry muffin recipe?  I better watch.”

I learned to just turn it off.  In fact, the TV never is turned on in our house in the morning.  I work streaming Pandora just about every day.  And at times, silence is welcome as well.

Dishwasher & chores are for lunch time only

I don’t do chores when I’m in “work time”.  My work time is when I get home from taking the kids to school until 4 p.m.  Chores such as unloading the dishwasher, picking up stuff around the house, gardening, getting the mail, etc is left for my “lunch hour”.  It’s easy to get sucked into those things and they can very easily take hours away from your week. 

My only exception is laundry.  I do put clothes in and out of the washer & dryer during the day.  Folding is left until the evening though.

Get up early, get dressed and get to work

Just like I did before I worked from home, I get up early to workout, get home, shower and eat breakfast all before the kids are awake.  After that, I get them ready and off to school.  Just as if I were going to a “normal” office job (or job-job as I call it), I’m 100% ready for the day and for work early in the morning.

I believe this is very important for being efficient at work.  If you’re dressed in PJs and not showered, you’re going to act like you’re in PJs and not showered.  I remember my 7th grade math teacher pointing this out.  On a dress up day for Homecoming week, we all sat in math class wearing nice clothes…dresses, ties, etc  He made mention on how better behaved we were that day.  And it’s true.  “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”  That theory applies here as well.

Don’t leave the house every day

If I have meetings during the week, I try to block schedule myself.  Block scheduling means putting things like meetings and appointments outside of the house all on one day.  That way, you’re not constantly interrupting yourself on getting work done with travel to a meeting, the meeting and travel home.  Just an hour meeting can take two hours if you count in travel time, getting their early, etc. 

Sometimes, this can be easier said than done depending on your clients, but it’s a good rule of thumb to keep in mind.

But do leave your computer every few hours

It’s easy to get sucked into a project.  There are time I wonder where the morning went (my stomach usually reminds me it’s lunch time). Make sure you’re walking away from your computer a few times during the day.  This is good for your body and mind (especially your creativity!). If you’re like me and this is hard to do, set an alarm on your phone to remind  you to MOVE.  Walk around your office, around your house or let the dog out for some fresh air.  The time away from a screen is  beneficial!

Do you think you can work from home?  Being a mom of three, the benefits of working from home and for myself outweigh not.  It’s just figuring out how to manage my time to make it work efficiently for me.

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Greenery + Berries in a Nebraska Winter Wedding

I honestly can’t believe it’s taken me this long to put together a blog on this fabulous couple. Not only because I feel their wedding was so long ago (yes, like 10 months ago), but more because Jocie and I have talked, emailed and texted so many times since their wedding day that it’s unlike any other bride I’ve worked with.

But first, their wedding invitations.

When I met with Jocie I could tell right off the bat she was one of those brides who knew what she wanted, she just needed someone to put her ideas into motion. And those are my favorite brides. Greenery was #1 on her list. Lots of greenery. But the one element she always had to make sure I put on everything is berries. The berries that would pop throughout the greenery on her wedding day were small, but very important. I wonder how many times she had to email me, “don’t forget to put berries on it.”

We came up with these amazing invitations that showcased the greenery that was at their wedding. And berries. Of course the berries. We wrapped the invites with a light grey belly band with their monogram front and center on top of that. We kept it classic with an off-white envelope as well.

And the wedding day items…I love when I get to help with these fun pieces. We did a bar sign, bathroom signs, no cell phone sign, gift bag tags and my favorite…custom cards for her bridesmaids and her new groom who loves to mow. I mean, this man really loves to mow.

The icing on top of the cake for this amazing couple’s wedding is that they were featured on the cover of Wedding Essentials magazine. One would have thought I was on the cover when I saw it and squealed in joy. Check out WE’s magazine online.

Like I mentioned, Jocie and I have shared a few texts since January. One being the news that they are expecting! And no kidding, I think I was the third person to know as she needed some custom cards to surprise her family with the news. I’m looking forward to meeting Baby Kobes soon!

Jocie + Owen
January 20, 2018

Ceremony: St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church

Reception: Founders One Nine

Dress: Ready or Knot

Suits: Tip Top Tux

Photographer: Brett Brooner

Videographer: Tyler Johnson

Floral: Creating Atmosphere

Cake: Cake Creations

Transportation: Nebraska Party Bus

Wedding Coordinator: Creating Atmosphere & Pop, Fizz, Clink Events

3 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Guest List

It’s the most painful part of wedding planning: the guest list.  I mean, where do you start?  How many people can we invite? Where do you draw the line?

Before you even open that Google doc to type in your uncle’s address, consider these 3 things before your start.

1. How many people can your venue hold?

Seems easy enough, right?  But many times people over invite thinking some of their guests won’t show up and you’ll fill the venue perfectly. But what if that cousin in Ohio decides they want a little vacation for her family of 8 and your wedding is a great getaway? Things happen.

Find out the max capacity of your venue and stick with that number at first.  If your list grows past that, consider the 80/20 rule.  80% of your guest list will come; 20% will decline. 

2. Who’s wedding is this?

What do you mean, it’s ours, right? Yes, kinda.  There are some people who raised you (*cough cough* your parents) and they may have a list of their own.  Keep in mind, if you have parents that are contributing financially to your wedding, it’s best if they can invite people they want to invite.  Even if they’re not, be considerate of your parents and their own lists.

3. Openly communicate with your fiancé on who you’re inviting

If you want to invite your second cousin who you haven’t seen in 10 years, be ready for your fiance to want to invite his second cousin who he hasn’t seen in 15 years.  Have an open discussion with your significant other on who you want at your wedding.  Is this going to be the biggest party the city has ever seen?  Or do you want something more intimate with family and close friends? Understand the vibe you want before deciding who to invite.

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Downloadable Wedding Guest List

The guest list could be the hardest part of wedding planning.

I provide my couples with a template to get them started. This template helps you stay organized and is exactly what I need if we’re printing on your envelopes.  I have a lot of tips included on this excel sheet, so make sure to check those out!

Enter in your info below and I’ll send you an email with your guest list template!

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Romantic Blush Omaha Wedding at the Omaha Design Center

I sometimes look back at my notes I take when I meet with couples at our invitation consultation.  When I look back and Jenn & Austin’s notes and then look at their wedding photos, it reminds me that visions of a wedding day can come true exactly how you want.

Within their notes I have the words of “classic” and “romantic” and “airy”.  What does airy mean when it comes to wedding invitations?  I’m not sure but I believe we nailed it with their design.

Jenn and Austin were a fun couple to work with and you can tell their personalities not only through the design of their wedding invitations, but from the beautiful wedding photos by Green Feather Photography.  They’re not afraid to have a little fun yet know that they wanted to throw a beautiful party to celebrate their marriage.

We gold foiled their invitation and created this oh-so-cute timeline of the day’s events.  I mean, no reason not to miss anything at this wedding!  We paired everything with a blush envelope to tie in this popular color and kept everything…airy.  And romantic.

Congratulations to this amazing couple!  Thank you for choosing me to help design your wedding day and I’m excited for what the future holds for you two!

Jenn & Austin |  4.28.18
Ceremony: St. Columbkille Church, Papillion, Nebraska
Reception: Omaha Design Center
Photographer: Green Feather Photography
Videographer: Roland Massow (check out the video below!)
Florist: Bloomworks
Cake: Cake Creations
Dress: Ready Or Knot
Hair & Makeup: Chloe Heil – Victor Victoria
Transportation: Nebraska Party Bus
DJ: DJ & Lights

Sunflowers, Sunshine and Smiles: Rustic elegance at The Players Club Omaha

I met Chrissy at an All About Weddings Omaha Happy Hour.  Here, other vendors and I meet couples who are engaged, have drinks, eat cake and hopefully help plan their wedding.  This is when Chrissy confessed that she stalked me on Instagram and knows she wanted me to design her wedding invitations.

Ultimate compliment.  We became friends fast.

I met with her and her mom and got her wedding style down pat.  Sunflowers.  Bright, cheery…pretty much summed up this gorgeous bride’s personality as well.  Throw in some lilac purple and sage green and I knew what I wanted to design for this couple.

I definitely brought in a sunflower look with these invites and after looking at the photos from her wedding, I LOVED how everything coordinated perfectly.  Sunflowers: check.  Smiles: check.  But sunshine? 

wedding invitation sunflower omaha nebraska dana osborne designWell, it was a bit cloudy on wedding day.  But you can’t tell from the smiles on Chrissy & Collin’s faces.  I’m pretty sure they lit up the room everywhere they went.

Congrats to this fun couple!  Thank you for letting me design your wedding invitations and here is to a lifetime of sunshine, sunflowers and smiles!

Photographer: Kimberly Dovi Photography
Venue: Divine Sheperd Lutheran Church, Omaha
Reception Venue: The Players Club at Deer Creek
Wedding Planner: Lindsay Elizabeth Events
Videographer: Clark Young Videography
Florist: Fancy Plants
Cake: Cake Creations
Dress: Ellynne Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Ready or Knot
Guy’s Wear: Men’s Wearhouse
Makeup: Joe Bohac from Colour Artistry
Transportation: Ollie the Trolley
DJ: Pat Geho from Complete Weddings
Jewelry: Elisa Ilana

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New Years Eve Downtown Omaha Wedding – Love Warms the Record Cold

I’ve always thought a New Years Eve wedding is the perfect holiday for a wedding.  I mean, you want to stay up late and party anyways, right?  So invite your friends, have a wedding and count down to a new beginning of the year.

I was thrilled when my little brother proposed to his girlfriend on New Years Eve 2016.  Under the fireworks of the Gene Leahy Mall in Omaha, he got down on one knee and surprised her.  They thought that holiday worked well for them, so they set their wedding date for NYE 2017.

I gotta admit, they were my toughest customers last year.  Not because of their style or their demands (there weren’t any) or anything like that.  It’s because I wanted these to be as perfect as they could be.  I wanted to grab the style my future sister-in-law had for the big day and articulate it perfectly in their invitation.  This could be more pressure than I’ve ever put on myself to design wedding invitations. 

We created invitations that matched the day perfectly.  A soft dusty blue watercolor invitation with a fun yet elegant script font adorned their invitations.  The invites were wrapped in a beautiful hand dyed gray blue silk ribbon with a light blue envelope. 

What was most fun created for these two were their wedding day pieces.  Not only ceremony programs, but place cards, an acrylic white ink framed welcome sign, stickers for their New Years party hats and horns, champagne labels and tags for their guest bags, stickers and more.  The personalization was so much fun.

Also fun: the entire day.  The truth is, I design for weddings all the time.  But I don’t get to go to many weddings!  (watch it…I may be crashing yours soon) Paige was beautiful.  Just stunning.  I couldn’t have asked for a better sister than I got with Paige. 

My brother…What happened to that goofy 4 year old that would follow me everywhere?  What happened to that kid in the glasses that would visit me in college?  He’s grown up.  And I’m so proud of him. 

Congrats, Paige & JJ.  Thank you for letting me design for your wedding.  It was an honor and I wish nothing but the best for you guys as your life begins together.

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