Weddings

2013 Event Trends & How to Use Them

We received an email from The Knot about this year’s most popular trends that brides are using on their wedding day. After reading through the list, we think a variety of events could use these trends to liven it up a little bit! Here are the trends that can give your event some direction:

1.       Great Gatsby 

Bringing the 1920s back to life is the theme for this kind of event! Some ideas to enhance this theme are tapered candles, gold accents, slim and chic dresses,  bold rich colors and great food and drinks!

Large feather centerpieces and bold red glassware accents bring the roaring 20s to life at this event’s reception tables.

2.      English Romance- Bringing this theme into an event would work very well for a wedding. We would recommend using soft pastel colors, having an outdoor ceremony and simple but well thought out details such as choosing a romantic and soft typography.

A beautiful and romantic outdoor ceremony can set the scene for this particular theme. Click on the image to see more photos of this wedding!

3.      Mod Accents-

This particular theme is very self explanatory and easy to replicate! Bold color choices along with strong shapes can make you feel like you’re back in the 60s. Want some other great inspiration? The television series Mad Men! Pinterest has hundreds of ideas like this one here:

A small collection of Mad Men inspiration to bring out the 1960s.

4.      Homestead Elegance  A absolutely huge trend right now is “rustic chic.” Brides combining the ranch look with modern and sleek additions to create a glam feel. If you’re look for inspiration for this kind of theme, you don’t have to look far because it’s everywhere! Starting with the venue to set the feeling, a common trend is to use a barn or a ranch as the backdrop. Bringing in gold accents, candles, chandeliers and wonderful food can bring together that chic feeling that pulls together this theme.

This beautiful table-scape is the epitome of homestead elegance. Take note ladies! This is perfect! To see more of this wedding, click on the image.

5.      EMERALD- This beautiful jewel tone is the Pantone color for 2013, so what better place to show it off than your event? Simple ways to incorporate the color without going overboard: use it for bridesmaids’ dresses, use the color in text on invitations or create flower arrangements with this stunning color and mix it with some more neutral tones such as white and ivory.

6.      Hashtag weddings - Most of use social media nowadays, why not give your guests a way to talk about your wedding! And there is no reason this doesn’t work for events as well. Using a hashtag for a specific event or even a seminar can create an open forum for discussion without the speaker bring interrupted.

7.      Couture Cocktails – One of the things that we suggest to our brides is creating their own signature drink using ingredients that are included in their bar option. It’s a personal touch right at the bar, and you don’t have to be a mixologist to create one! Below is a glob post from Etsy about creating your own custom cocktail.

8.      Farm to Fork – If it is something that is important to you, incorporating locally grown food into your menu and providing information for your guests on the menu card is a wonderful and personal touch.

9.      Reception Lounges – Creating a lounge atmosphere is a fun trend going around now. Instead of using the traditional round tables around the dance floor, set an array of furniture such as couches and cocktail tables.

10.   Guest Entertainment – We all want to make sure our guests are having a fun time at our event, more and more events are bringing in entertainers, photo booths with props or creating a fun personalized dance routine!

 

It’s All About the Feeling

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DC Centre has gone through adjustments to our enhancement (decoration) packages to make sure that it fits your event and your budget extremely well, and now we want to talk about it. Decorations aren’t just decorations, and we know that. Your decorations for your wedding create a feeling, they can create a casual feeling, glamourous feeling, spring, summer, you name it! Our goal is to make sure that the feeling you want when guests walk into your reception room is loud and clear. How are we going to do that? Let’s talk about it!

Our wedding & event representatives have been around weddings at DC Centre for quite some time, but something we’ve never done is sat down with the bride at a separate appointment and asked what she envisions for her big day. We’ll we are now! DC Centre has started, what we like to call, “Vision Appointments.” Our brides go home with a little homework to complete, bring it back a couple weeks later and we sit down and go through and talk about how we can help create the perfect day for her.

Questions range from possible color combinations, so how elegant you want your reception to feel and what we can do to help you achieve that. Even if you aren’t having your event at DC Centre, make sure you can sit down with your hubby-to-be or mom or maid of honor and have this appointment yourself! Make sure that you are all on the same page so when adding vendors, decorations and ideas that you have a nice flow to your wedding and reception and your theme and feeling are consistent and well stated.

Are you a DC Centre bride? Have you had your “Vision Appointment” yet? Call or email your representative to just sit and talk about what you’re thinking! Not a DC Centre bride but liking the sound of all this? Give us a call (402) 393-7431 and we’ll set you up with one of our representatives and you can take a private tour of DC Centre and all we have to offer.

Extreme Measures

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If you’ve been paying even the slightest bit of attention to wedding news, then I’m sure you’ve heard about the extreme measure brides are taking to be perfect on their wedding day and of course we’ve heard it all too but we’re curious as to what you think about it.

The NY Times almost a week ago posted a story about women using feeding tubes for up to 10 days to lose weight leading up to their wedding day, all to fit into their dress. In case you haven’t seen this story, check it out here. The tube goes in the nose and down into your stomach allowing only 800 calories per day and no carbohydrates for quick weight loss.

I’m not sure if you ever watched this TV “reality” show but it was called Bridalplasty. Brides compete for the wedding of their dreams and the body of their dreams. Winning challenges allowed them to receive one piece of plastic surgery on their wish list. Curious? Check out this clip:

What’s ironic is the winner of Bridalplasty decided to forgo most of the plastic surgery because she had lost about 35 pounds during the course of the show by dieting and working out! Extreme dieting, massive surgery…what would you do to have the perfect wedding? What happened to having the dress fit your body not your body fit the dress? And if you really do want to lose weight, why not start early and do it the right and healthy way?

We want to hear what you think! Have you heard of any other extreme measures brides take?

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Just For You

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We are officially half way through the first month of 2012, how exciting! DC Centre would like to give a big congratulations to all of the couples who became engaged over the holidays and for those to come in February, we all know Valentine’s Day is a big one!

Everyone knows that you deserve to enjoy the engagement honeymoon for a few weeks but then it’s back to real life, and planning your wedding! Obviously, that’s where we come in. Our comparison chart is currently being revised but last year’s chart is still posted for you to compare reception venues around the Omaha area. DC Centre has unbeatable pricing, a great staff (meet them at our Staff Page!), fantastic food and what I’d like to consider one of the most important things: we care. We care about your wedding, how you envision one of the most special days of your life and how we can help you make that day come true!

Now, I would hope that you consider DC Centre for your wedding but hopefully even more so when I tell you a little more about the specials that we run year-after-year for our new brides.

This may have been a mild winter, which most of us hope for but brides who book their reception between the months of November 1 to March 31 will receive are Winter Wonderland discount.

Loving the sound of an April wedding? Who wouldn’t! Spring is absolutely gorgeous and you will be too! We have our Easter Special for brides who book over the weekend of Easter. To make this weekend affordable and elegant DC Centre will provide an indoor wedding chapel to marry you and your sweetheart, half off your suite or ballroom rental, half of chair covers and bows, a discounted menu and a champagne toast for the bride and groom. What’s more to love?!

Are you a Husker fan? Or not a Husker fan? This special can go both ways! Our Husker Game Day Special is for those of you that are having your wedding day on a Husker game day. We know it can be difficult but that’s why we make it easy! DC Centre will give you half off of your suite or ballroom rental, complimentary hors d’oeuvres for your guests before dinner, complimentary chair covers for the head table and reserved tables and one $1 for the bows(!) and if the game is televised during your reception on regular channel programming we can even bring in a TV to your room otherwise we can have it on in the lobby. Sounds like a pretty good deal, huh?

There are so many other things DC Centre can do to help you make your dream wedding a reality and keep your budget under control in the process. It’s always easy to get a hold of us, you can send in a form on our Contact Us page or give us a call at (402) 393-7431 if you have questions about anything.

 

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An Uncertain World

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This has always been an interesting topic, at least we think so, and we felt the need to talk about it a little more due to the recent closing of some of Omaha’s very popular wedding & event venues: Event/Wedding Insurance.

DC Centre actually can sell wedding and event insurance and we think more clients and people in general should be considering the positives in preparing for something unforeseeable in an uncertain world. You protect your life, your home, your car, why not your special day or event? You take the time to carefully plan and prepare but what if something goes wrong? Are you ready for it? Event insurance can save you a tremendous amount of time, money and a headache when dealing with your vendors.

Traveler’s Insurance is the insurance that we are able to issue so we can talk about what they can do for you. Just to give you an idea, policies for events start for as little as $160. That’s it! To protect yourselves from thousands possibly lost, we’d say that’s a smart move. You are able to read this all on Traveler’s Insurance site here but we’ll go through what it can do for you (information from Wedding Protector Plan from Traveler’s Insurance). Here are the examples of situations that Traveler’s Insurance discusses when talking about coverage for an event:

  • Cancellation or Postponement of your Event – If the venue suddenly goes out of business and is inaccessible or sudden illness prevents the honorees, parents, grandparents or children of honorees from attending, or an honoree is unexpectedly called to duty, this coverage can reimburse you for the deposits lost.
  • Lost Deposits - If your band or your limo provider fails to show up, this coverage can reimburse your lost deposit.
  • Additional Expenses – If a caterer or transportation company suddenly becomes unavailable for your event and you can find a last minute replacement, this coverage can reimburse you for the difference in cost up to 25%of the original contract price.
  • Event Photographs & Video – If your photographer fails to show up, or loses your photos from your wedding, this coverage can reimburse you for the cost of reconvening your wedding party to take new photos or video.
  • Event Gifts – If your gifts are somehow damaged while on display at the event, this coverage can reimburse you for repair or replacement cost.
  • Special Attire – If you’re traveling to your destination event and the airline loses your event attire, this coverage can reimburse you for the replacement attire.
  • Special Jewelry  - Special Jewelry can provide coverage for loss or damage to jewelry purchased or rented specifically for personal decoration of honorees on the event date or within 7 days prior to the event date.

There are of course optional coverage options that are most certainly something to look into such as Liability Insurance and Liquor Insurance.

Do you have questions about event insurance? Let us know and we can answer it for you! And we want to know what you think, would you buy event insurance? Why not, if you aren’t or wouldn’t purchase it?


Welcome 2012!

Happy New Year to everyone and welcome to our new website!

 

All the content is the same, just in a prettier package and we are glad to give it to you. 2011 has been a year of transformation for DC Centre, in a very positive way. All of the changes and adjustments that we’ve gone through have been to provide you with a better service.

 

You can now see all of DC Centre’s full time staff from our Director of First Impressions Marsha to our Culinary Manager Tim. We want you to know who we are and that we are  all here to make your event or dance lessons a truly wonderful experience.

 

In April, DC Centre’s Outdoor Wedding & Event Garden will officially be open and we couldn’t be more excited! You told us you wanted an outdoor ceremony and we listened. Surrounded by greenery and flowers with a beautiful altar and white wooden chairs on brick flooring, shaped like a heart. Everything about the garden screams romance.

 

We now have separate pages that talk a little about other events that DC Centre holds such as non-profit events, fundraisers, business meetings, birthday parties, bat/bar mitzvahs and anything else you can possibly think of. After your event, we don’t want you to remember that you had to do all those little things like rent tables and chairs, hire a caterer, rent linens, set up your event and clean up. We can do all of that for you.

 

Make sure that if you want daily ideas, information and deals about DC Centre that you go to our Facebook page and ‘Like’ us and ‘Follow’ us on Twitter!

We send out a monthly email about what’s been going on and what will be going on here at DC Centre. Just sign up for our ‘In the Loop’ Newsletter!

Have questions about anything you’ve read here? Go to our contact page to contact us!