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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!

Wedding & Party Network Newsletter

May
03
2016
by Tilda Helgesson
See What Happened on the 
Wedding and Party Blog in April! 
Rebecca & Jack's Engagement Story
I didn't think the proposal was going to happen. On the way home though Jack pulled over and asked me to put on a red bandanna. My heart was beating so fast and I had no idea what was happening. We drove for about twenty minutes and then stopped…
Wedding and Party Tips 
Engagement Parties 101
Hosting an engagement party can be a rewarding experience. Most happy couples are thrilled and ready to celebrate! This is not simply a bridal shower, but a party that announces their future life together.
5 Fun Party Games
Hosting parties can be so much fun but it is always a struggle trying to find the right activities to entertain your guests. Here are five fun party games that will definitely keep your guests laughing!

Wedding and Party Trends
Wedding Traditions 
Around The World
Marriage is an ancient institution that even predates recorded history. Every country and culture holds their own traditions. While love is always the common theme, the ceremonies and celebrations look vastly different.

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May
02
2016
by Tracy Brengard

Graduation is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Whether it is kindergarten, high school or the college level, honor your special grad and try a few of these party ideas!

Memorable Menu
Appetizers or pick-up foods are usually a great option for a graduation party. A cake, cupcakes or cookies can be decorated complete with mortarboard and even school colors. Many recipes can be altered or created with graduation in mind. Make sandwiches that look like a diploma by rolling turkey or ham inside and tying it with a chive. Use individual pepperonis and write out the graduation year on top of baked cheese dip. Sit out ring pop “graduation rings” for party favors. Consider the age and interests of your guests when you plan your menu.

Continue reading "Graduation Party Ideas" »

Apr
29
2016
by Rachel Brantley

From the breathtaking mountain views, to the amazing sunsets, the privacy and quiet natural surroundings of this outdoor venue creates a feeling of a simpler place and time. This venue also offers gardens filled with seasonal flowers, locust arbors and of course an incredible landscape of pure mountain country charm.

This beautiful property is located in Hendersonville, NC has been in Andrea Owensby’s family for generations. She wanted to share this “off the grid” space for special moments and beautiful memories that would last a lifetime. 

Continue reading "The Cabin Ridge: A Simpler Place and Time" »

Apr
27
2016
by Hannah Jackson

Invitations are a sneak peek to your guests of what your wedding will be like. It's really your first chance to show them the tone of your big day. What information to include on them can seem a bit overwhelming, but moving through your wedding invites like a pro can be quite simple with the help of a basic checklist.

1. WHO
-Couple’s full names
-Parents’ names (Optional)
-Stepparents’ names (Optional)
-Other hosts’ names (Optional)

Continue reading "Your Simple Guide to Wedding Invitations" »

Apr
25
2016
by Rachel Brantley

Marriage is an ancient institution that even predates recorded history. Every country and culture holds their own traditions surrounding marriage and the wedding day. While love is always the common theme, the ceremonies and celebrations look vastly different.

Scottish Tradition
The “Pinning of the Tartan” is an ancient wedding tradition in Scotland. After the proclamation of husband and wife, a member of the groom's family may present the bride with the clan tartan in the form of a pin or a sash. This presentation is a symbol of the bride’s acceptance into the groom’s clan.

Photo courtesy of Blue Bonnet Tartan Weddings

Continue reading "Wedding Traditions Around the World" »

Apr
20
2016
by Rachel Brantley

Hosting parties can be so much fun but it is always a struggle trying to find the right activities to entertain your guests. Here are five fun party games that will definitely keep your guests laughing!

1. The Shaving Game
For this game guests divide into teams or couples. One partner holds a blown up balloon in their mouth while the other partner covers it with shaving cream. The object of the game is for the player not holding the balloon to shave off all of the shaving cream without popping the balloon. The first clean balloon wins and if the balloon gets popped the couple is out. Be careful because this game is messy but it’s definitely a crowd pleaser!

Continue reading "5 Fun Party Games!" »

Apr
18
2016
by Caitlin LaFarlette

A Classic Celebration for Mother's Day
Sometimes a card just isn't enough to show how amazing a mother is. Why not take this Mother's Day to the next level with a tea party to celebrate the woman who raised you?

A tea party is the perfect way to add extra charm to a lunch gathering while still being relaxed and fun. There are so many treat options to ensure mom gets the finger foods she loves, and guests can wear their best spring dresses for an exciting girl's day!

Continue reading "Mother's Day Tea Party" »

Apr
15
2016
by Karole Risker

Hours of preparation go into finding that perfect dress, the best venue, and the right hue that will complement the wedding party and still look beautiful with the details at the reception. Brides even give great care to finding personalized gifts for their bridesmaids, and little-seen details like cufflinks for the groomsman. But how much time and preparation have you given to the person that will actually officiate the ceremony?

A detail not to be looked over, this person can set the tone for the wedding and tie it all together. You want someone that will calm the groom down before the ceremony starts, put the wedding party at ease once everyone is assembled, and get you married in style!  Your officiant will do most of the talking during the wedding and will lead you through the different aspects, such as the greeting, vows, and special additions, such as a sand ceremony, or a tying the knot ritual. So, you want to make sure your officiant is well versed in the ceremony and will be sure to reflect the personality of you as a couple.

If you are in the Seattle-Tacoma area, consider Mark Prusinowski of MP Ministry Officiating Weddings, whose mission is to personalize your ceremony. Mark has a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from Wadhams Hall Seminary-College in Ogdensburg, New York and a Masters of Arts in Theology from St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. He has more than a decade of experience in officiating weddings as a nondenominational minister, so he would be well equipped to officiate yours. Mark will accommodate you with any special requests that you would like to incorporate into your special day.

Mark with MP Ministry offers four different packages, depending on how often you would like to meet with him before the actual ceremony. Prices range from $100-$300.

Mark started doing weddings for friends and family and decided that being an officiant was a great way to use his Masters degree in Theology while helping couples remember their wedding day forever.

Apr
13
2016
by Rachel Brantley

Do you want to book more brides this year but you don’t know where to start? Starting to market your wedding venue can seem like a daunting and overwhelming task. We found that there are three ways to attract more brides to your venue without breaking the bank or taking up loads of your time. See how referrals and relationships are the best marketing tools to grow your business!

1. Create a referral method
You work hard to create memorable and beautiful weddings for your brides. After the wedding is over brides love to rant and rave about their experience. Use this as an opportunity! Let brides know that they can receive a small cash prize or gift basket for referring family and friends to your venue. Brides will already be talking about their wedding and including a small incentive will give them the motivation to emphasize your specific information. After friends of the bride come to tour your venue the bride can claim the incentive prize. Implementing a referral method is important because word of mouth is such a powerful advertisement.

2. Be Social
Taking time out of your day to post on social media sites is how you are going to form strong relationships with potential brides. We suggest scheduling fifteen minutes each day to take a break from your normal routine to be social.

When posting on social media remember that pictures are very powerful. Feature real weddings that take place at your venue so other brides can envision their own wedding. Also ask your fans and past brides about their experience. You can ask brides what they liked the most about their wedding or what their favorite part was. Asking open-ended questions is going to increase your engagement on your social media sites. When potential brides look at your social sites and see positive interactions it will build their trust in your venue.

3. Show Vendor Love
Helping out fellow industry vendors is another great way to build relationships and referrals. Consider partnering with other local vendors that you trust. Promote the vendors you partner with to your brides and they will promote you as well. These strategic relationships will help attract more brides to your venue.

Before you start working on these tips, you first need to be online!
If you don't have a website yet we can help you out. Click here to see how we can make your website vision come to life. 

 

 

Apr
11
2016
by Tracy Brengard

Hosting an engagement party can be a rewarding experience. Most happy couples are thrilled and ready to celebrate! This is not simply a bridal shower, but a party that announces their future life together. Invitations, decorations, food, the venue, and entertainment must be considered in your planning.

The Details
The couple of honor needs to first provide a guest list. Find out what type of party would they enjoy. Use them as a springboard for ideas when considering the theme, size, and formality of the event. Food may be casual or formal, dictated by the theme and the budget. Flowers add beauty and depth to any room, and depending on a color scheme or particular season, will help accentuate any area.

Continue reading "Engagement Parties 101" »