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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!

Aug
24
2016
by Jamie Woods

Setting a formal table each night is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Many people live such a fast-paced lifestyle that fast food and microwave meals are the new norm. Sometimes it helps to slow down for a second, take a breath, and enjoy the small things in life. That’s why we decided to give you 5 reasons to set a tablescape. Whether it be for your next party, the holidays, or the start of a new tradition, a beautiful tablescape will add a wonderful touch to any occasion. Continue reading "5 Reasons to Create a Tablescape" »

It's the one thing no bride-to-be wants to think about. What happens if your engagement is broken? In case of the unthinkable, we've compiled a list of the proper etiquette for a broken engagement.

The Ring
Whether or not the bride keeps the engagement ring depends on a combination of things. Some people believe that the ring is a gift, and therefore the woman should get to keep it no matter the circumstances (this also depends on the state's laws). A general rule is if the man breaks the engagement, she will keep the ring. If the woman breaks the engagement, it is common courtesy to return the ring. A ring that is a family heirloom should be returned to whichever family it originated. A couple that purchased the ring together should make the decision of the ring's fate together as well. Continue reading "The Unthinkable: A Broken Engagement (And How to Handle It)" »

Aug
19
2016
by Jamie Woods

By now you've seen all kinds of #wedding hashtags.  From the cliche #JohnandMary2016 to the crazy #WeTiedtheKnotNowLetsBoogieDown, brides are stressing over a special hashtag that no one else has.  But there's a new craze on the rise.  One that is a little more personalized:  Snapchap Geofilters.

 

Earlier this year, Snapchat began allowing its users to design custom Geofilters.  Now you can design your own Geofilter, just for your big day (or bachelorette party)!  It costs as little as $5 and there are a few guidelines to follow, but now your friends can snap pictures and apply a special filter you create.

The process is fairly simply, and Snapchat even has some templates to help you out.  The first step is to design your filter.  Snapchat suggests not covering too much of the screen and to make your filter fun to look at.  Also, you are not allowed to include photographs of people, phone numbers, hashtags or social media handles on your filter.

 

After you have your design, you need to decide when and where you want Snapchat to activate your filter.  The cost of your filter will depend on these factors, so make sure you know when the filter should go live as it is only available during the time you set.

Now you are all set to submit your filter to Snapchat for their approval, which takes about one business day.  You are not charged for your filter until the time it is scheduled to go live.

Plan to create you own Geofilter?  Let us know!

Still searching for the perfect venue?  Let us help!


Location, Location, Location…Find One

Aug
17
2016
by Jamie Woods

 

August is halfway over, and September is right around the corner bringing Labor Day with it. What better way to celebrate the unofficial last weekend of summer than throwing a party?

Most people grew up with the old adage, "You're not supposed to wear white after Labor Day!" While this fashion faux-pas has become more relaxed in recent years, why not have some fun and white-out the weekend? Have guests wear as much white as possible to the party, and theme the food and decorations to match. Continue reading "Labor Day Party Idea: White-Out the Summer" »

Aug
15
2016
by Jamie Woods

Epic wedding videos-it seems like they are popping up everywhere.  Couples doing extreme sports on the way to their wedding (or during their wedding).  There are Marryoke videos that immortalize the special day with a favorite song.  Even Maroon 5 has gotten in on the epic wedding video trend by crashing weddings to make their video for the song "Sugar."

There's no doubt that some of these videos can be quite costly, but if you've already hired a videographer, it probably won't cost much more to have them create an awesome video for you.  Even if you don't do something crazy at your wedding, a video lets you relive the day in ways pictures alone can't.  If you've thought about skipping the videographer, don't.  Need more convincing?  Here are our top reasons why you need a videographer! Continue reading "Wedding Video-Trust Us, You Want One!" »

Wedding & Party Network Newsletter

Aug
12
2016
by Jamie Woods
Aug
12
2016
by Jamie Woods

Bridal shows and expos are a great way to help you create the vision for your wedding.  They put brides into contact with everyone from photographers to bakers.  Many have fashion shows that feature the latest in bridal gowns and tuxedos.  Bridal shows are the perfect opportunity for you and your girls to have some quality time, and involve your soon-to-be family with the wedding planning.  We've compiled a list of some of the shows coming up around the country in September to help you with your planning!

September 11, 2016

Bridal Shows, Inc. – Plano, TX 12pm-5pm
Plano Centre
2000 East Spring Creek Parkway
Plano, TX 75074
http://bridalshowsinc.com/

Georgia Bridal Show – Duluth, GA (Atlanta Area) 12pm-5pm
Infinite Energy Forum
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
http://www.eliteevents.com/

Washington Wedding Experience – Washington, DC 11am-5pm
Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001
http://www.weddingexperience.com/

 

Continue reading "September Bridal Expos" »

Aug
10
2016
by Jamie Woods
Aug
08
2016
by Jamie Woods

The wedding day is often spoken of as one of the most important days in a woman’s life. One of the most important days in a man’s life is when he proposes. The moment you pop the big question, you are officially declaring you want to spend the rest of your life with the same person. Make this day extra special so the memory will stay with you both in wedded bliss.

Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is a great way to propose. It is a fun way to create a proposal unique to one another as a couple. Select places that are meaningful to your relationship, like where you had your first date, or use places of interest to your significant other, like a library or coffee shop. You will have to do some planning, but the opportunities are numerous. Continue reading "3 Amazingly Simple Ways to Propose" »

Aug
05
2016
by Jamie Woods

 

To turn your event into an experience, you've got to get a hold of HI-DEF DJ's. Based in the Atlanta area, this company will come to your event or wedding for only $488 for 4 hours. This fee includes customer-focused customer service, professional sound equipment, a wireless mic, Master of Ceremony services, party lights, setup and breakdown times, and, of course, a rockin' good time. They constantly update their sound systems and equipment to make sure you get the latest and the greatest in sound and service.

 
As a groom said after his reception: "He's amazing at what he does. The best." DJ HD, the featured disc jockey, grew up with a passion for music and turned that love into a profession. He has an ear for what you want to hear and will play Sinatra, "The Nae Nae," hip-hop, reggae, or country. And that's just for starters. Growing up in South Florida, a melting pot of different cultures and flavors,  DJ HD was strongly influenced by what was around him, making his style diverse and high-energy. He has performed for more than a decade at some of the best wedding venues, major air lines, retailers and firms.
 

They will take care of you whether you have a party, corporate event, or even a Sweet 16. And it's not just the sound that will excite your guests–HI-DEF DJ's can also provide fog and lighting effects. If you'd like the "Hollywood Effect" they can offer you a photo backdrop, engagement photos, a photo shoot during the ceremony, and music service for both the ceremony and reception offering DJ/Emcee for up to 6 hours.

 When you hire HI-DEF DJs you get a professional disc jockey at a great price, and that includes everything from your rowdiest party to the most elegant of events. Check them out!