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Interested in planning a wedding? Curious about party planning? Do special events intrigue you? Then The Celebration Advisor is the place for you! We are a community of people who enjoy sharing the ins and outs of planning a celebration. Party planners will find topics ranging from party themes to party ideas. Wedding planners will discover wedding tips including handy checklists, learn about wedding traditions and find the answers to issues of etiquette. In this party and wedding blog, we invite you to share your experiences while exploring the celebrations of others. Welcome, let's celebrate!

by Kelly Curtis

There are many little details that go into planning a wedding. One little detail that stands out is your flowers. Actually, flowers play a huge role in your wedding since they help convey your theme and style. This is why meeting with your florist is a must. Why? Your florist must understand exactly what you are wanting so they can achieve your vision. That is why we've reached out to florist to see what's important to bring to a meeting with them and these are the responses we received.

1. What should brides bring to a consultation with a wedding florist?

Anette from FloraWorx in Charles City, VA: Pictures

Jan from New Look Floral Design in Rochester, MN: Color swatches, pictures, budget amounts & corsage/bouti numbers

Donna from Beautiful Flowers and Balloons and DScott Concierge & Events in Beaufort, SC: Enthusiasm, pictures of their ideas, swatches of their colors and the proposed budget along with a description of their dream wedding.

2. How far in advance should brides book their wedding florist?

Anette: 3-6 mos

Jan: 3-6 months

Donna: As soon as they start planning and have ideas of what they've budgeted for flowers.

3. What are the top questions a bride should ask when contacting potential wedding florists?


  • Are you familiar with my venue? Do you book more than one wedding per date? Me: "no"
  • Will you delivery flowers on my wedding day? Me: "Yes! I deliver to you personally and set up/ place all arrangements "
  • How much of a deposit do you require? Me: $300.
  • After I sign the contract can I still make changes should my wedding plans evolve? Me: "yes! I just ask that any drastic changes be made 30 days prior to your wedding. This gives me time to rethink your designs . "


  • Is my wedding date available? Yes/No
  • Is my budget amount reasonable? Yes/No
  • Who will be designing my flowers? I will with help from staff
  • Do you have suggestions for my theme/flowers? Yes/No


  • Have you done wedding designs for any weddings within the last six months? Ans: Yes, we've done several. Some larger and contemporary with lots of color and some small and intimate with singular color like creame and whites.
  • Do you offer package deals that bundle everything including wedding party flowers and some extras like church flowers and arch decorations? Ans: That's our specialty: "Bundling beauty and a budget." Not only do we offer the complete wedding and more flowers that include everyone and everything, but we create custom bundles with a creative edge like balloon bouquets and centerpieces that combine both flowers and balloons with an aire of taste and elegance. Not your kiddie faire.
  • Can you create floral designs and decor with a theme in mind? Ans: Yes we've done just that: We had one couple who wanted a Pepsi wedding reception decor with the Pepsi bottle and cans incorporated into the flower designs. We put on our creative hats and it was a real hit.
  • How do you work with destination brides? Ans: Very well, many travel to the Coastal Carolina and Georgia areas to wed because of the area's scenic beauty. We are very astute at working with couples as far away as New York, Indiana and Ohio to name a few. We use the electronic tools of today and stay on task through text, e-mail, cell phone and we are soon to add, skype.
  • Do you provide flowers designs in silk as well as fresh cut? Ans: Yes we do arrangements in silk, fresh cut and sometimes a combination of the two.
  • What kind of deposit do you require and what does it cover? Ans: We require a Good Faith deposit of 10% which reserves your date of service and covers our consult and conferring time. It is part of the payment not an extra cost.
  • Do you have a cancellation policy? Yes we do a very fair one and it is provided at contracting.

These questions and answers are really helpful when you are planning to meet with your wedding florist. Also, thank you to FloraWorx, New Look Floral Design and Beautiful Flowers and Balloons for helping us out!

by Laken Watts

Tissue paper flowers are an easy, inexpensive way to add some decoration to any event. This simple tutorial with pictures, will walk you through how to make them step by step.

What You'll Need:

  • Tissue paper (whatever colors you like)
  • Pipe Cleaners


1. Lay out materials2. Begin by measuring and cutting your tissue paper into 10-12” squares. You can do smaller or bigger, but this is for a medium sized flower. You will need 5 pieces of tissue paper. Extra tip: Use different colors for multi colored flowers!
3. Stack the tissue paper

4. Start to fold like a fan
5. Wrap pipe cleaner around folded tissue paper
Continue reading "DIY of the Month – Tissue Flowers" »

by Kelly Curtis

Warmer weather is upon us and it's time to start planning those outdoor events. Whether it's for a birthday party or engagement party, outdoors maybe the perfect setting. Need inspiration? This week's Inspirational Friday focuses on all the great details you can do outdoors.

There are many ways you can present a party outdoors. Your options are really endless when it comes to how you want to set up your party. This goes for your food, flowers and decor. Just make sure you consider everything that could happen like rain and the bugs. Other than that, having an event outdoors is truly ideal.

Planning a wedding? Have you ever thought about hiring a wedding planner? You should. They help bring your vision of your wedding to life when you have no clue where to start. This is what Southern Sass Weddings strives to achieve with each wedding they help plan and coordinate.

Owned by Lisa Hankins, she is a full service wedding planner and coordinator that makes your wedding day stress free. Her business features a variety of wedding packages suited to your needs. Whether you are needing simple guidance or someone to plan your entire wedding, they do it. Live out your fairy tale wedding by letting a wedding planner take care of everything.

Why A Wedding Planner?

Many people may think that they do not need a wedding planner or that they're out of their budget. Really, they will help save you money in the end. They want to understand your dream and make it become a reality, as well as cost-effective. Think about problems that may occur on your wedding day as well, wouldn't it be nice to have trust in someone to take care of it? Southern Sass Weddings wants to do all that and more. One bride even had this to say:

Southern Sass not only has an eye for style, but they care about your specific ideas. Lisa listened to what I wanted and then took it to the next level.

Packages Suited For You

  • The Dogwood - Already planned your wedding? This package is great for you if you need someone to help the day of. This ensures your wedding day will be stress free and go off without a hitch. This package includes helping with the flow of the ceremony, scheduling, create a timeline and just be the go to person the day of the wedding.
  • The Jasmine - If you want to be involved in the planning yet still need help, this package is for you. They'll help you establish a to do list, help research & offer suggestions, schedule meetings and day of assistance.
  • The Magnolia - This is for the bride who wants full service. This includes helping create a wedding plan, floor planning, help with budget and research. It also includes creating information letters for the wedding party and wedding day coordination.

Those are just a few services that each package includes. They really do think about all their brides and exactly what they need.

Having a wedding planner ensures you'll have your dream wedding day, stress free. Southern Sass Weddings, located in Magee, MS, is the one to contact when you are wanting everything to be perfect on your big day.

by Kelly Curtis

Your Wedding Wednesday Question

What's the polite way to ask guests not to take photos during our wedding ceremony?


We may suggest including an enclosure card along with your wedding invitation asking your guests not to take photos during the ceremony. You can state it such as this, "Please respect our wishes when asking our guests not to take photos during the wedding ceremony". You can also display this on a sign before your guests enter asking them to turn off cameras and cell phones. Also, have your family help spread it as well. Just be aware that it could still happen.

Cascading bouquets are making a comeback. This bouquet is big and bold. We are loving the flowing, lengthy bouquets. It's something different and adds a nice accent against your wedding dress. If you love flowers and want to go bold, a cascading wedding bouquet is perfect for you.

What do you think of this trend?

A sweet 16th birthday party is a big deal. Therefore, you want the theme to be unforgettable as well as creating a memorable party. Are you stuck on what to do? We're bringing you a list of party themes that any teenager will enjoy! Hope these help you out and don't forget to share them with us.

  • Red Carpet/Hollywood Theme
  • Limousine Ride
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Mystery Party
  • Bonfire
  • Neon Party

These are just a few themes and there are so many more out there to choose from. Just make sure you go with your sweet 16 year old's personality.

by Kelly Curtis

When choosing colors for your wedding, it's important to focus on a color that captures your style. So if your color is pink, draw inspiration from this week's Inspirational Friday.

Pink is such a beautiful color and can be paired with many other colors, as well as used throughout the year. It also comes in various shades, such as pastel, bright or a deep hue. Are you planning on using the color pink, how will you incorporate it into your wedding?

Flowers are a huge part of your wedding day. They are seen throughout your wedding and tell the story of your day. So, having a florist that understands your style and is skillful is a must. This is where Adcock & Associates Inc. comes in. Located in Benton, LA, this florist offers creative floral designs and an understanding of each and every one of their brides.

Meet The Owner

Jemi Adcock began floral designing in her first shop at age 27. She strives to stay on top of trends and the market by attending continuing educational seminars and conferences. With that knowledge, she offers a wide variety of designs and caters each wedding to what the bride envisions.

Nothing cookie cutter with her shop and she works to incorporate their vision and dreams into their wedding. There are no “packages” that are the same for every bride. After all, it is YOUR big day! She is also proud to say that she has even done a few second generation weddings for children of former brides!

Why Choose Adcock & Associates Inc.?

This florist will work with you in every possible way to make your dreams come to life. They do on site meetings, as well as in house, to get a feel for any new venues they may be going to. Also, another perk is that they work with a large number of local vendors, so they have contacts for most anything a bride might need. They know that a wedding is a once in a lifetime event, and it deserves to be treated with the utmost importance and skills.

From Your Bouquet To Your Reception Flowers…

They design it all. From your wedding bouquet, bridesmaids' bouquets, boutonnieres to your wedding ceremony & reception flowers, they create it. Whatever your wedding colors, theme and style, Adcock & Associates Inc. can't wait to design your dream flowers.

Beautiful baby's breath in galvanized tins at your wedding ceremony, ivory wedding bouquet or a purple cascading bridal bouquet all are stunning designs that this florist can create.

If you are needing a florist to design your wedding flowers, Adcock & Associates Inc. can't wait to make your vision come to life.

by Kelly Curtis

Your Wedding Wednesday Question

What should my step mother's role be in the wedding? I'd like to include her in some way since she has been a big party of my life.


It is polite to include her. First, you can have her walked down the aisle by a groomsman and would sit in the third row or if your mother is fine with it, then she could sit in the front row. You could also have her in the receiving line if you would like, but it's not necessary. This is all up to you and how big of a role you want her to have in your wedding.

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