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The Celebration Advisor - Wedding and Party Network Blog

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!

May
27
2016
by Karole Risker

First off, let's start with Jon's scenic photography. His portraits of homes draped in snow and his close ups of flowers with water droplets are stunning, a sure complement to any home or office. The images that he captures on his journeys are just the beginning. Jon Elder Productions is really about his work with people and his talents run the gamut. Jon and his team are available for many types of photography, from fashion to boudoir to senior portraits to engagements and, finally, to those gorgeous weddings.

Situated in western New York, they have a studio that is a roomy 3,000 square foot, perfect if you prefer more formal portraits. But since the photographers are ready and willing to travel, any location becomes a perfect backdrop. They believe that portraits are heirlooms, a tangible reminder of a unique moment in your life and the life of your family. In that spirit, Jon Elder Productions makes sure that all of your needs are covered, from invitations to save the date cards to wedding announcements, and they offer a variety of designs and packages to accommodate any clientele. Having been in business since 1988, they combine years of experience with the latest technology while capturing your memories, so you can trust that you will get a quality product.

Jon Elder Productions is happy to work with your children as they grow up. For your high school senior, Jon Elder Productions can highlight the sports or musical achievements of your child, create a classic portrait, or give you something a bit more modern or edgy. But most of all, they will give you something personal, and bring out your senior's unique personality. If you are interested in the more glamorous side of photography, their photographers can capture the chic style of every subject from boudoir portraits to head shots. These photos can be a stunning addition for your modeling, fashion or acting portfolio, or it can just be an unexpected gift.

Jon Elder Productions offers exquisite wedding photography and will snap all of the charming and heartfelt moments of your day. They are proud to offer sessions at the beautiful Chautauqua Institute (where they are a preferred photographer), a setting that will accent any wedding party. They capture every detail in their shots: the hair, wedding rings, and small decorations that bring out a couple's personality, while also getting the big moments: the bride getting ready, the groomsmen joking around, a quiet look between the couple. Each photograph tells a story and each one is taken with care given to light, background, and with plenty of emotion.

Reviewers say that Jon is professional, has a good sense of humor, and makes you feel at ease, all qualities a must when working with you and capturing who you are. From newborn portraiture to that special wedding day, if you are looking for a special photographer to capture your special moments, call Jon Elder Productions today.

Wedding & Party Network Newsletter

May
26
2016
by Rachel Brantley

See What Happened on the 
Wedding and Party Blog in May! 
Tilda & Wilton's Engagement Story
Wil and I met on the track team at Arkansas State University. With the prettiest brown eyes and kindness like no one else, I liked him from the start.
Wedding and Party Tips 
How to Include Your Pet
Show the world just how much your furry friend means to you and put your pet in your wedding! Check out these unique ways to include your pet in your big day.
3 Outdoor Parties
Springtime has hit and celebrating outside is way more fun than staying indoors! Check out these three fun parties we have lined up for you today.
Wedding and Party Trends
Assigned Seating vs. Free Seating
One of the most arduous tasks in planning your wedding just might be where your guests will sit at the reception. The questions is: "How do I want this to happen?"

To Look Forward To In June
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May
25
2016
by Rachel Brantley

Here are some adorable birthday party cakes that will instantly put a smile on your face! Find some inspiration for your child’s birthday party with these fun trending cakes!

Despicable Me Cake

Parents and children both love the hilarious Universal Pictures movie, Despicable Me. This adorable cake has a Despicable Me minion made completely of cake sitting on top of the base. If your child loves this movie, they will definitely love this cool cake!

Continue reading "5 Adorable Birthday Cakes" »

May
23
2016
by Karole Risker

One of the most arduous tasks in planning your wedding just might be where your guests will sit at the reception. As mundane as that might seem, it's an important aspect that deserves some attention. When your guests show up, they will need to know where to sit. The questions is: "How do I want this to happen?"  How guests are seated set the tone: an assigned seat implies a more formal setting while free seating indicates a more relaxed atmosphere. Guests may chime in with their preferences, but ultimately it's up to you to decide.

Continue reading "Assigned Seating Vs. Free Seating" »

May
20
2016
by Rachel Brantley

The Sweet Granada is a family-owned sweets shop located in Emporia, KS. This shop specializes in fresh fudge, handmade chocolates and other confections and gifts. All of the tasty products are made in small batches to guarantee quality and freshness.

This shop takes pride in offering a large selection of gourmet sweets made with premium ingredients. The Sweet Granada production team handcrafts more than 100 different gourmet chocolates. Some customer favorites include caramels, nut clusters, caramel nut clusters, creams, s’mores, dipped Oreos, double-dipped cherries, chocolate-caramel pretzels and more.

In November 2004, the mother-daughter team of Toni Bowling and Kim Redeker opened The Sweet Granada at its original location in the Granada Theatre south storefront. Toni’s son, Steve, helped design the shop. Toni’s husband, Steve, could be found dipping white chocolate doggie treats. Kim’s husband, Steve (yes, that’s right – they are all named Steve) is the official Sweet Granada bookkeeper. Kim and Steve’s children, Emmy and Joe, have grown up in the business and continue to do their share especially during school breaks. All of the other family members, have the best job of all – official test tester! In October 2013, The Sweet Granada moved to its new home sweet home right next door where customers enjoy watching the production team at work while browsing the retail shop for all their favorite confections.

Continue reading "The Sweet Granada: A Chocolate Cafe" »

May
18
2016
by Laken Watts

Springtime has hit and celebrating outside is way more fun than staying indoors! Check out these three fun parties we have lined up for you today.

Promotion Celebration
A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of celebrating a big promotion with a friend. The weather is beautiful in Utah, so naturally for the celebration we set a beautiful table out on the garden patio and enjoyed the weather. We used simple place mats and napkins for linens and had a fancy dinner under the lights! We had a blast enjoying good food, good company and victories in life. Here are the details:

On the Menu—Honey Glazed Spiced Table, Garlic Roasted Asparagus, Strawberry Spinach Salad and big chunks of Artisan bread. Strawberry Jello Cake for dessert. Cucumber Lime Spritzer, and French Mules for Signature drink.
Decor—Rattan red place mats, red, yellow and white striped napkins, white plates, silver flat ware, clear glasses. Yellow tulips from the garden in a glass vase. SIMPLE SIMPLE SIMPLE!

Continue reading "Three Outdoor Parties" »

May
16
2016
by Rachel Brantley

During the busy engagement season it’s easy to forget about scheduling time with your closest friends. Planning a bridesmaids’ luncheon is a great way for the women in your life to gather in celebration one last time.

A bridesmaids’ luncheon can be an elaborate party or a simple get-together. It’s typically a brunch, luncheon, or an afternoon tea. The luncheon is a special time to reminisce over sweet memories with your bridesmaids.

Who hosts it?
Traditionally the bridesmaids’ luncheon was either hosted by the bridesmaids honoring the bride, or by the bride honoring the bridesmaids. Today though the luncheon is almost always hosted by the bride and her mother as a thank-you to the bridesmaids.

Continue reading "Bridesmaids' Luncheon" »

May
13
2016
by Karole Risker

There is so much to do at Vineyard 345 Family Farm, whether you're interested in a farmers market, tours with school-aged kids, picking your own fruits and vegetables, or getting married in a unique venue. Located in Lawton, Michigan, there are all types of things to do at this farm run by four generations of the Derhammer family, a tradition that began in the early 1900s.

From Mid-May through October, drop by for a host of events including their Harvest Days Festival, where you can pick up a pumpkin, get lost in a maze, take a turn in a bounce house, and ride a barrel train. You might even try your hand at giant yard bowling. Your paid admission includes lots of extras during their family days, from making s'mores around a campfire to face painting. They even offer a pumpkin carving weekend where you can find the perfect pumpkin while enjoying caramel corn, dipped caramel apples and homemade pretzels.

Continue reading "Vineyard 354 Family Farm" »

May
11
2016
by Laken Watts

When did it become okay for us to stop celebrating birthdays? Some of my favorite memories are of my summer birthday parties at the swimming pool. At Wedding and Party Network, we believe in celebrating everything, especially adult's birthdays! Here are a few ideas to celebrate those special grown-ups in your life.

For Men…
Adults definitely don’t get celebrated as much, but guys really get the short end of the birthday party stick. The dads and husbands in our lives really deserve so much celebration! So this year, why don’t you take a whole Saturday to celebrate your man? What are the things he loves? Organize something big, with all of his friends. My favorite idea for a manly grown up birthday party is a whiffle ball tournament. First invite all of his best friends, then you gather the supplies (whiffle balls, bats) and create a bracket for the day! Men love a good competition. Afterwards, grill burgers and hot dogs and celebrate the victory with his favorite sweets!

Continue reading "Adult Birthday Party Ideas" »

May
09
2016
by Caitlin LaFarlette

Share the love with furry friends!
Let's face it: for any animal lover, having a pet be part of your special day is a unique and fun way to show others just how much your furry friend means to you. Bringing a cat or dog into the wedding party is easier than you think!

You've just gotten engaged and it's time to kick off the wedding planning. The the engagement announcement photos come first. Why not take a different approach and step out of the main photo completely? Let your adorable pooch be the subject with a chalkboard sign that says, "My humans are getting married!" For other photos, try placing your ring on the dog's nose, or even hang it from a collar! Are you a cat person instead? Place your left hand on top of your future husband's to show off your ring, and add your kitty's paw on top of your own hand to show what a fun loving family you'll be.

The day of the wedding is the time to have the most fun with your pet. Put your dog on a leash and fit him with a handsome tuxedo vest for a walk down the aisle with your ring bearer. Watch the video below for a cute example of this. You can even hook the rings on his collar for an extra special touch! If you own a trained pet bird, wow your guests with your feathered pal flying the rings down the aisle.

Don't forget about the photo possibilities before the wedding ceremony too. It's the perfect time to grab your cat as she inspects your bouquet or dress for an adorable photo. Then when it's time for cake, treat your furry friend to a small slice of his own for a perfect photo moment of him licking icing from his nose.

Pets are just as much part of the family as humans, so bringing them into your celebration of love makes complete sense. Get creative and show your dog or cat you will always have a special place in your heart for them!