Finding the Right DJ for your Wedding
Selecting the right DJ for your wedding can be a daunting task! Do we go the cheapest route? How much should we pay for our DJ? What should all be included? Do we get to pick the music? Do we really even need a DJ for our reception? Finding a DJ isn’t that difficult. Finding a great, reputable one can be! Your DJ should rank high on your list of expenditures for your wedding, right up there with your venue and your photographer. YES, YOU NEED A DJ! The DJ is the glue that will hold your entire night together. A great DJ will act as a traffic cop of sorts. They are the ones lining up the wedding party for introductions, making sure your photographers and cinematographers are in the right position for capturing the best shots and letting everyone in the room know what is happening. Check with your venue, photographers, and cinematographers to see who they have liked working with. Remember, they have seen it all, the bad, the good, and the great! Inquire with your DJ! Once you have a few leads for your DJ, make contact with them! Us DJs get just as excited to […]
Wedding Tips from The Olympic South Side Theater
We recently sat down with Anna, Venue Manager at The Olympic South Side Theater in Cedar Rapids to learn some tips and tricks that she thought would be helpful to share as you’re planning your big day. ––– We totally get it! Planning a wedding is hard. Here are a few things that people forget to plan: Feed yourself, your friends, and your family before the reception! Don’t forget to plan for food during the morning and afternoon when you, your family and the wedding party are getting ready. Nobody wants to get hangry on such a fun day. Look into local food vendors to cater coffee and pastries in the morning. For example, right below The Olympic South Side Theater is Brewhemia who can provide amazing coffee and treats for your party to stay caffeinated and full! Don’t forget about what the guests are doing in between the ceremony & reception! This is especially for those couples having their ceremony and reception at different locations. Don’t forget about that hour where you know what you’re doing, but what should your guests be doing? Are you offering a cocktail hour at the reception location? Do you not want them to […]
Tips to Save Money on your First Home as Newlyweds
As we all know, planning a wedding can take a ton of work! There’s a lot to iron out and so many questions to be answered such as what colors you’ll have, where you’ll get married, what kind of food you’ll have, the list goes on and on. For some couples, getting married may mean another big purchase: buying a house! So many couples get engaged when they are still renting, either together or separate, and by the time they are married, they may be ready to own. We talked to local Licensed Realtors, Margie Jenkins and Nick Jenkins with Skogman Realty to get their top tips when it comes to purchasing your first home together! Tip #1: All banks are not created equal It’s important to shop around and ask a lot of questions. A good place to start is with a bank that you already have a relationship with but not all banks offer the same products. Some banks offer 100% financing while others may have first-time buyer grants to help with your down payment. If you’re not sure what to say or where to start, you can talk to your realtor for more information or even have […]
Express Limousine Service
We spent a little time with Lisa and Mart from Express Limousine Service in North Liberty to learn more about their award-winning company which provides transportation for many weddings in Eastern Iowa. They’re the leaders in their industry and have been a member of the National Limousine Association for over 30 years. You can count on them to get you to your destination on time and in style! Read below to hear all about what they have to offer! Tell us a bit about your company and fleet. Our fleet consists of 2 divisions- Express Limousine Service for groups of 2 – 14 passengers. This includes our Black Executive Sedans, SUVs, Lincoln Stretch 6-8 passenger, SUV Stretch Limo 8 – 14 passengers, Sprinter Van 10 passenger + wheelchair transport available, + Limo Buses. Our other division is Black Diamond Limousine which is for larger groups from 15- 30 passengers. This fleet consists of Hummer H2 Super Stretch, Minibuses, Shuttle Buses, Limo Buses, and a Party Bus. These vehicles are most popular for wedding parties and their guests. How do you determine how long a wedding will need transportation for the day? We visit with the bridal party and the couple’s […]
Wedding Hair: Tips & Tricks
Start with a consultation! As with any hair service, consultation with your stylist, well before your wedding is recommended. If you don’t have a regular stylist, make several appointments with a variety of stylists until you feel confident they know what you want, and are capable of doing it. Communication is the key to getting the results you want in your wedding hairstyle. Your consultation should include questions about your wedding…style of wedding, time of year and time of day it will be held, pictures of your dress and headpiece if available, pictures of what you have in mind. Having an honest discussion about your hair type and what is possible, and deciding together how to get the look you want. What to Expect the Wedding Morning Typically we allow one hour for each bride and bridesmaid for styling their hair. The time necessary for each person varies depending on what is being done to the hair. That’s where the consultation comes into play when planning. Some brides want a certain style for their wedding party, some don’t care. Most stylists will schedule at least one practice for their bride close to the wedding to get a game plan in […]
Wedding Cakes and Desserts – How Do You Decide?
We asked owner, Sara Young, of Iced Bakery for her expert advice on how to choose your wedding cake and ideas for all of the details! It’s no secret that there is a ton of work that goes into planning your wedding! One of those things to plan is choosing your wedding cake or desserts for you and your guests. Sure, you probably know what you like when it comes to cake, but have you ever thought about the details of your wedding cakes and how to choose one for yourself? Sara offers and recommends doing a cake tasting and consultation for the couple prior to making any decisions to make it easier to answer any questions you as the couple may have. It’s a great idea to meet face to face to make sure everyone is on the same page, and what other meeting do you get to go to where you can also eat cake?! What happens during the cake tasting? The first thing Sara likes to ask is how many servings of cake you’ll be needing and what your budget is. These are two very important things to know to make sure she can help determine what […]
Choosing Your Florist, an interview with Hydrangea Bloom
Allison Krivachek is the owner of Hydrangea Bloom, a florist based in North Liberty. This unique shop specializes in wedding and overall floral design for special events. Whether your event is large or intimate, Allison and her staff use their unique talents to create gorgeous, customized arrangements to complement your occasion. Allison is passionate about making the flower process enjoyable! Her primary goal is to understand her clients’ wedding visions and to bring them to fruition. If it’s over a cup of coffee or a drink at the local watering hole, she will meet to ensure that her clients are happy with the plan for the big day. She will often meet several times prior to the wedding to make sure that everything she is planning is aligned with the couple’s vision, with her own personal on-trend spin. Allison works hard to make sure that her clients are thrilled with her floral work. If there is one thing Allison always gets right, it is the bridal bouquet. She is not only passionate about it; she designs and creates each one individually. We asked Allison a few questions about what to expect when working with a wedding florist, and here is […]
How To Succeed On Your Wedding Fitness Goals
Getting healthy and fit should top your wedding to-do list. Whether you have 12 months or only 6 weeks until your wedding, right now is a great time to get organized and develop your fitness plan.
Catering And Reception Tips For A Perfect Event
What do guests think are the most important to a great wedding? Good food and an enjoyable experience.
Choosing a Photo Booth For Your Wedding
T Marie Portraits and Photo Booth shares tips and advice on how to get a photo booth rental that you’ll love.
Planning Your Outdoor Or Indoor Wedding Reception
Whether you want unique ways to make your wedding theme more striking, you want an outdoor ceremony or just a fantastic view for your cocktail hour, Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and Brown Deer Golf Club is your answer.
Finding The Dress Of Your Dreams
Heart to Heart talks about choosing the perfect wedding dress for every bride planning her wedding.
3 Easy Treats To Delight Your Wedding Guests
Great American Popcorn Co. is an award-winning family business that sells gourmet popcorn, ice cream, candy and soda. Here are 3 ways to serve popcorn for weddings, graduations and more:
Trends And Tips For Choosing Wedding Flowers
“Flowers will never be replaced for weddings, but brides are now using more foliage.”
Planning A Fun Reception For Wedding Guests
“Think of your reception from the perspective of your guests,” says Chris. “Once the reception starts, make sure there’s not downtime.
Tips & Trends With Reception Planning
Your wedding reception is an important part of your wedding day. You want it to be fun for your guests and easy for you.
Expert Bridal Show Advice and Tips
Before you got that gorgeous ring on your finger, you probably didn’t realize how much work wedding planning would be. Luckily, bridal shows are a huge help, saving you time, money and effort–as long as you prepare! Much like speed-dating, a bridal show gives you the chance to meet many wedding professionals in a short amount of time. In one day, you’ll have the opportunity to taste an array of cakes, smell fresh bouquet flowers and see different photography styles.
How To Choose A Wedding DJ
What makes a good DJ really depends on the couple’s preferences. To see if a DJ is a good fit for your “reception personality,” ask how they would motivate a shy crowd to the dance floor.
Wedding Invitation Tips & Trends
Your wedding stationary is the first glimpse your guests get into your wedding. A beautifully done save-the-date or invitation will give them a sense of your style. Emily, owner of EmDesign, wants every bride and groom to get the oohs and aahs from amazing wedding invitations.
Protect Yourself On Your Wedding Day
Two important things that can help you are Wedding Insurance (sometimes called Wedding Cancellations Insurance) and Wedding Liability Insurance. Jeff Barnes is president of Jeff Barnes Agency, INC., an American Family Insurance agency in Cedar Rapids. He has over 28 years experience as an award winning agent and wants to help you be prepared so you can relax and enjoy your special day.
Tips To Help You De-Stress
Couples can really benefit from couples massage. “It would be great if they came on a regular basis, as it helps them to relax and communicate with each other better.,” says Wahneta. “Once a month would keep their relationship grounded and balanced, while helping them to speak from the heart.”
Where To Focus When Planning Your Wedding
When planning a wedding, you always wish you had more time: researching vendors, planning Pinterest-worthy decor, and creating the wedding schedule seems to fill more hours than you have available. Heck, even finding time to just cook a healthy meal is difficult. With Nichole Bushong’s help, you’ll get it all done and have more time back in your day.
Get A Gourmet & Budget-Friendly Wedding Menu
“We use real, fresh ingredients and our own recipes, made from scratch, never from a mix.” This is what sets The Wright Touch Catering apart from their competition.
Smart Reception Tips
Kerry Brewer, catering sales manager at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel, has that passion and is excited to help brides and grooms have the best reception possible. With almost 26 years of experience, she enjoys seeing dreams come true and making people happy.
Don’t Miss A Step Many Brides Forget!
Planning a wedding requires so many steps and things to do. Having one company that can check off several items from your to-do list will save you time.
Tips For Tans, Make-up & Pampering
“When the bride has been stressing about her wedding for the last year, it’s nice for her to be able to take a break and enjoy some time before the wedding,” says Colleen Beer of Spa Bilanca.
Getting the ‘Right’ Engagement Ring
Deciding that you want to spend the rest of your life with someone is a monumental decision and choosing an engagement ring is often the first step in a couple’s life journey together.
Choosing a Videographer
“The reason a wedding video is so important is that it captures moments from the entire day, even moments that the bride and groom wouldn’t normally get to see.” Meghan, First Kiss Video
Reception Tips For Less Stress
When planning a wedding, you have a lot of details to think–and stress–about. Ellen and Cassie, from the Clarion Highlander Hotel, share tips and advice so you can stress less.
Tips And Trends For Wedding Receptions
Tazia Heyl with Shores Event Center shared the trends she sees happening and her tips for a great reception. She loves her role in helping wedding couples choose the perfect location for their party.
Tips For Dress Shopping
Every bride wants an amazing wedding dress. Finding that perfect dress is a special milestone in wedding planning. Elegant Repeats and Elegant Bridal has 24 years of experience helping brides reach that milestone while not breaking the bank.
Trends in Men’s Wear
When you want to know about men’s formal wear trends, you go to the experts. For almost 90 years, Prince Albert Tuxedos has been that expert as a leader in Cedar Rapids tuxedo and formal wear rental.
Register For Exclusive Offers
Get exclusive offers and tips from our trusted local vendors.Register Now