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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 Rachel Brantley

The Beginning
It all started a few years ago at an event called Greek Week at Arkansas State University. As I was leaving the event a blue-eyed babe casually said, "Hey," as I walked by. I cautiously said, "Hey," back because I was unsure if he was speaking to me. Later that night someone with the name of mconner_5 added me on Snapchat and we started to snap almost everyday. A few weeks after Greek Week my big sister in my sorority, Madison Caldwell and her boyfriend set us all up to all hang out! I was so excited and anxious but it went great! After that Conner and I went on our official first date to see Spider Man.

The Proposal 
Conner and I had plans to go on a normal date night but when I got in the car I knew something was up. He told me the plans had changed a little bit and said that I couldn't ask any questions. He started handing me cards with little clues as to where we were going! We went and got my favorite candy, then shopped for a little bit, got some ice cream and then the next card said we were going home and getting ready for dinner! When we pulled into my driveway I had to close my eyes and was told to get on Conner's back! He carried me to my backyard… There were pink petals leading to a beautiful gazebo lit up with string lights. We sat down and he told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I happily said YES and we went to celebrate with family and friends!


Happily Ever After
Conner and I got married on June 11th! We had our wedding outside at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro, AR. It was an amazing day that I will remember for the rest of my life!



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by Jamie Woods

Food, fun, family, and fireworks.  These are what come to mind when someone mentions the 4th of July.  Take your BBQ to the next level with these fun Independence Day party ideas.

The 4th of July is all about tradition.  Nothing gets more traditional than grilling out during the summer.  Fire up the grill and get ready to throw on some tasty morsels.  

Choose meat and veggies that are simple to prepare, but will turn out perfectly.  Grab some corn on the cob, potatoes, or any fresh vegetables that you like, wrap them up in foil with your favorite spices (and a little butter) and place them on the grill with your meat.  The foil will save you time on cleanup and cooking everything on the grill will keep the kitchen cool.  Grilled chicken breasts basted with bbq sauce, or ribs with a dry rub are always wonderful.  Don’t forget that hamburgers and hotdogs are a never-fail crowd pleaser also.  For dessert, wow your guests with a beautiful red, white, and blue cheesecake cake, or use fresh strawberries and blueberries to make a more traditional flag cake. Continue reading "Independence Day Party Idea" »

by Rachel Brantley

On your wedding day the last thing you will be thinking about is your photographer. To make sure that your important memories are captured, we recommend making a list of the shots you want taken about a month before your big day. Meet with your photographer before the wedding and relax knowing that you will have the important photographs you want. Here are some must-have wedding photos to get your list started!

First look
One of the most exciting photographs is always the "first look" picture. This special moment holds so much emotion and you will want to it remember for a lifetime. If you choose to do a first look make sure to have your photographer in a convenient spot ready to capture the joyous moment.

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The beautiful  memories of any wedding day are easily the most important thing to preserve, and Craig Rowitz Photography and Videography takes special care to capture each moment.

Rowitz has been in business for over 20 years, creating lasting friendships with his clients in addition to providing the unique photos that every bride and groom will treasure. The Palmdale, California based photographer also offers videography services when flipping through a photo album just doesn't cut it. Enjoy playing back your vows and first dance with top notch video from the Rowitz team!

Rowitz pays close attention to the small details of every wedding. Your centerpieces, flowers, and cake become the focal points of Rowitz's photos, ensuring you will remember every bit of the wedding day. After the party ends, Rowitz can also create a collage showcasing the most beautiful photos from the collection, allowing you the ease of showing off various photos at once!

Even if a wedding isn't in your future, Craig Rowitz Photography offers services for other important events! Graduating seniors can rest easy knowing their senior portraits will be one-of-a-kind and pertain to their interests, such as sports. From anniversaries to quincenereas and pageants, your next life milestone is sure to be a hit with amazing photos and video! Looking for family photos? Rowitz has that covered. Gather the parents and kids for a snapshot worthy of hanging over the mantle!

Rowitz and his team take pride in treating each client like family. "This philosophy has not changed over the years and is still our number one goal," he says.

What is usually the most important step in wedding or event planning becomes the easiest with Craig Rowitz Photography and Videography. Every special occasion can be frozen in time with Rowitz's photos and video that are sure to please!

by Laken Watts

Planning a party can be overwhelming at times. Our best piece of advice is to get organized on the front end, and save frustration at the end. Here is a quick checklist to help you start planning for your next party!

Five Weeks Out
Invitations! These days, snail mail is thing of the past and e-vites are so much more simple. You can create amazing invitations online and email them or even text them! Start planning and creating your invite five weeks out from your party, and get the invite sent within the next week. The ideal time to have them sent is by four weeks from the date of the party. Try websites like hobnob to plan your event and invite people through text! They can respond right on their phone. They even have an app for your smart phone! Continue reading "Party Planning Tips & Tricks" »

by Rachel Brantley

Flowers set the tone and bring life to weddings. Most people typically think of bouquets and centerpieces when they hear wedding flowers, but there are so many other creative ways to incorporate beautiful blooms into the ceremony and reception. Here are three ways to add the elegant beauty of flowers to your big day.

Flower Arch
The wedding arch is the focal point of the whole ceremony as the bride and groom exchange their vows. A lovely curved arch decorated with colorful blooming flowers is a great way to make a ceremony more romantic and it also creates beautiful wedding photos.

This beautiful arch was designed by Ann’s Petals in Longview, TX. It features grapevine with purple hydrangeas, roses, spider mums, trick, delphinium, lavender roses, picasso mini callas & silver dollar.

Continue reading "Creative Ideas for Wedding Flowers" »

by Rachel Brantley

Whether you want modern or classic music at your wedding reception, this playlist has songs that both you and your grandparents will love. It is easy to set the right mood by kicking off your reception with a popular song. Get your guests dancing with this list of the top 20 weddings reception songs of 2016.

1. Cheerleader – OMI
2. Die a Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
3. One Call Away – Charlie Puth
4. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
5. Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
6. Jumpin, Jumpin – Destiny's Child
7. I Want it that Way – Backstreet Boys
8. Stand By You – Rachel Platten
9. Honey I’m Good – Andy Grammer
10. Cupid Shuffle – Cupid
11. Watch Me – Silento
12. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
13. Wobble – V.I.C.
14. Shout – The Isley Brothers
15. Here for the Party – Gretchen Wilson
16. Heartbeat Song – Kelly Clarkson and David Bowie
17. Marry You – Bruno Mars
19. All Night Long – Lionel Richie
20. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson

If you want to guarantee that your reception is going to be a blast, hire a D.J. with experience. For example, DJ Marty The One Man Party is known for his spectacular parties in the Tampa, FL area. There is no chance of dull moments with his fun entertainment. He lets brides create a request list in the music library and he handles the rest. He even offers laser lights, strobe lights, black lights, fog machines and bubble machines. The best way to bring the excitement level up at your reception is with the help of a fun, experienced DJ


by Hannah Jackson

Ever wonder how to plan the perfect, yet simplistic, activities for your kids to enjoy with their dad on Father's Day? Here are some ways to ensure that they get that sought after quality time on Dad's big day.

Breakfast Date
Start the day off at Dad's favorite breakfast place. The break in routine is refreshing and it will fuel you up for any other activities you have planned for the day!

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by Rachel Brantley

One of the most difficult decisions in the wedding planning process is picking a venue. It is hard to imagine what your wedding reception will look like when you are touring empty rooms without tables, chairs and decorations. Here are four stunning wedding receptions to give you some inspiration and ideas. Having a clear vision of what you want your reception to look like will help you decide if the venue is the right one for you!

Glamorous Reception
This beautiful reception space is lined with floor to ceiling windows making the room feel open, bright and large. This reception layout is a mixture of rectangular and circular tables. There are large hanging drapes that match the color scheme and divide the room. The white and pink floral centerpieces, white tablecloths and candles, and light pink napkins are a beautiful contrast to the black chairs and wood tables. A venue like this is perfect for a wedding in any season.
See more pictures of this beautiful venue here

Continue reading "4 Stunning Wedding Receptions" »

by Rachel Brantley

If you are hosting an event or planning a wedding, don’t let stress overwhelm and ruin your experience. Let your creativity shine and your nerves settle with the help of Dream Design Events. Dream Design is Northwest Arkansas' Premier Event Planner & Design Team. As one of the most sought after event planners in Northwest Arkansas, they create expression in every detail to tell a unique story.

Continue reading "A Stress-Free Planning Experience" »