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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!

Oct
01
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

Your Wedding Wednesday Question

Is it rude to put "black-tie" on my wedding invitations?

Answer:

Just like you can request gifts on a registry, you can also request a dress code. Keep your guests in mind! Would they own a tux or be willing to rent one? Instead of making them feel like they can't attend your wedding without formal wear, suggest it by phrasing it like this: "black-tie optional." Even if they don't wear a tux, your guests will strive for formal attire. Everyone will be thankful to get a hint on what to wear for your special day, but make sure to make them feel welcome regardless of their attire.

Sep
30
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

This week's wedding favor offers a variety of uses. If you are planning to give a treat as a favor, then also add in this beautiful case that can be a favor too!

If you are having cupcakes instead of a wedding cake, miniature glass bell jars is the perfect container for your guests to take home some some leftover cupcakes or even put other treats in, like macaroons or cake balls. The treat inside may not last too long, but this case lasts forever. Your guests can use this cute jar for jewelry or decor in their home. This memory of your special day will become a part of their home. It's not just a wedding favor, it's a reminder of good times!

Perfect for: Summer or Spring Themed Wedding, Vintage Wedding, Romantic Wedding.

Check back with Wedding and Party Network for more favor ideas!

Sep
26
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

Modern weddings no longer resort to one color, but instead have included multiple colors–even a color palette! Two colors to keep in mind are the ever trending pink and green combination. Check out the many options brought to you by Wedding and Party Network's Inspirational Friday.

 

Shades for each color can be updated for the event's season. For example, if you are thinking of a fall wedding, consider a fuchsia and a moss green and for a summer wedding, think of coral and lime green. The girly color combination can bring out a romantic feel to your special day. Check back with Wedding and Party Network for more inspiring wedding ideas!

Sep
25
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

If you are throwing a video game themed party, you need something memorable for those little gamers! Wedding and Party Network has the top five party favors for a video game themed party.

1. Chocolate Coins
As every fellow gamer knows, always collect those coins! Chocolate coins will be a yummy reminder of the fantastic party.

2. Fake Mustaches
Everyone will want to look like their favorite plumbers–Mario and Luigi. See who does the best Mario accent!

3. Pacman Cookies
You can make sugar cookies and use icing to make Pacman's eye and mouth. They will be a huge kick to arcade lovers.

4. Joystick
Lollipops make great joy sticks. You can also make cakepops with red icing to make them look like joysticks too!

5. Game Over Bags
Make sure to put all their goodies in a bag that says game over. It will make the perfect end to your bash!

Check back with Wedding and Party Network for more great party favor ideas and tips!

 

 

Sep
24
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

Your Wedding Wednesday Question

My fiancée and I have lived together for three years and already have a lot of the usual registry items.
Is it rude to put unconventional items on our registry, such as movie tickets and boardgames?

Answer:

Modern couples often run into this problem. After living together for a while, you usually have the basic items. A good rule of thumb is to stick to items that are a gift to both of you. Movie tickets and boardgames are something that both you and your future spouse share and do together. However, items that can be considered "birthday gifts" like an iPod or some new heels are not a great choice to put on your registry. Offer a variety of gift options by considering upgrading some of your home items and put those things on your registry. Ultimately, a gift registry is there to give guests ideas for gifts and it is up to the giver what gift they would like to give you.

Sep
23
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

The creative bride in you wants to personalize and make your wedding uniquely yours. From adding crafty touches to creating a rustic feel, you are looking for a blank canvas, but also a dazzling locale.

Nestled within the Appalachian foothills of northern Georgia resides the natural beauty of Juliette Chapel.

This gorgeous chapel, surrounded by aging woodlands, turns every wedding into a woodsy locale that makes your earthy wedding dreams come true.

Surrounded by Nature
Located in Dahlonega, Georgia, this bucolic chapel is the perfect getaway for an intimate wedding. Along with the chapel, this location also has a reception building, patio area, bride's dressing room, caterer's kitchen, and can accommodate up to 70 guests–they even supply the tables and chairs.

The chapel itself is a sight to behold. The surrounding woods become a backdrop seen from large framed windows. You get the beauty of an outdoor venue with the security of an indoor ceremony–the best of both worlds.

If you really want to be immersed in nature, you’ll find a scenic patio that allows you to hold your ceremony or reception outdoors. Hear the birds sing and feel the sun touch your face as you exchange vows.

An Arcadian Reception
If you want to transition the nature theme of your ceremony into your reception, there is no need to look elsewhere. Start the party in the reception building that holds the chapel’s same rustic charm.

With wooden floors and glass doors, the picturesque woodlands serve as scenery for your reception as well. The beauty of this location is decor enough, but also leaves room for DIY.

You can decorate the reception with jute wrapped wine bottles and mason jars with tea lights to give your reception a little something extra.

One Atlanta bride looking to add her personal spin to her wedding had this to say about the rustic venue:

“Juliette Chapel is like a beautiful blank canvas in the serene woods of the North Georgia mountains, and is perfect for couples who don't believe in breaking the bank for their wedding, want flexibility and the opportunity to add a lot of your own personality to your big day,” she said. “Thanks to Juliette Chapel, I was able to have the cozy, intimate, earthy wedding of my dreams.”

At the Juliette Chapel, let the serenity of the woods and your DIY talents make this wedding venue everything you hoped for your special day.

Sep
23
2014
by Rachel Simpson

This week's wedding favor is all for making a big impact in a small way. Candles make perfect wedding favors because they're useful, festive, and can be customized to match your theme or personalized.

From specially shaped to votive candles, there's a variety of options available for finding the perfect candle to give your guests as wedding favors. Feel free to add a personalized label with the soon-to-be newlyweds'  initials and wedding date for a more personalized touch!

Your guests will appreciate having a small token of your appreciation in a wedding favor that can be used around the house all year long.

Perfect for: Simple Weddings, DIY Weddings, Personalized Wedding Favors

Check back with Wedding and Party Network for more favor ideas!

Sep
22
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

The pumpkins and the candy corn have arrived at your local store, which means the clock is ticking for the Halloween party planning. Wedding and Party Network has the top three Halloween Parties that will have your guests begging for this yearly tradition!

A Sweet Tooth Social
Typically the goal of the night for your little ones is to get the most candy! So, why not turn your home into a sweet shop? Set up games and contests where they win special tickets that let them "purchase" from the sweet shop. From spookylicious cupcakes to a yummy candy bar, your kiddies will have their fill of trick-or-treating. Finish the night off with a classic like It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown or Hocus Pocus.

A Spooky Soiree
Adults can have just as much fun as the kids! Turn your home into a swanky cocktail bar where ghouls and witches mingle and drink devilish brews. Set a dress code, such as a black tie event with masquerade masks or even Victorian wear with the powdered wigs. When you decide a dress code, get really creative and include an appropriately-themed three-course meal and everyone must remain in character (or no dessert)!

A Haunted Affair
Want to give those horror movie lovers a spook? Turn your home into a haunted house! The older kids won't expect their parents to remain in character. Put together a maze in the backyard and have a theme for the party, such as an asylum or a carnival. Set up a whole storyline–or even a murder mystery–and finish the night off with a bonfire.

This year, make your Halloween party one to remember with these top three party ideas! Check back with Wedding and Party Network for more great party tips.

 

 

Sep
19
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

There are so many ways to number your tables at your wedding reception or special event. You can go as creative or as classic as you'd like with the way you lead your guests to their seats. Wedding and Party Network has some inspiration so you can start brainstorming!

Include your theme even down to the table number! Have a summer beach theme? Name each table after a famous beach. How about attaching their place card to their wedding party favor? Make it simple and stick the number to your centerpiece or use a picture frame in your wedding colors to display the table number. You can't go wrong with this minor detail, but make it uniquely yours! Check back with Wedding and Party Network for more great inspiration and ideas.

Sep
18
2014
by Rachel Simpson

Boss's Day is a secular holiday that recognizes the head honcho of your business or corporation. On Thursday, October 16, 2014, it's a time for employees to express thanks and appreciation for their supervisors, managers and employers.

Make the holiday a little fun for everyone in the office by throwing an office party! Need ideas for how to please the man or woman of the hour? Wedding and Party Network has got you covered!

Roast
If your boss has thick skin and can take a joke, then host a roast at the office party. Ask fellow coworkers that have a great sense of humor or the boss' favorite employees to say a few words. Encourage them to keep the mocking playful and to round off their comments on a good note. Remember, you don't want to make fun of your boss or embarrass them.

'Who's the Boss'?
Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, your boss won't expect to see everyone dressed up like him or her on Boss's Day! Do they wear a unique tie or outfit? Is their hair bright red? Have a contest between the office to see who is the best look-a-like.

My Favorite Things
Appease your boss by having their favorite food(s) catered to the party or brought by coworkers for a potluck. They'll appreciate that their team took the time and effort to provide their favorite foods that he/she likes.

As long as everyone's having fun and your boss can see that their hard work is worth it, you and your boss should be laughing all day long on Boss's Day.

 

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