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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!

by Rachel Brantley

The spring brides are combining vintage elements with classic modern touches to create the perfect Vintage-Chic Wedding. Brides are looking for new ways to make their wedding unique. This theme gives brides the opportunity to customize every detail.

Distressed Wood and Delicate Lace
These two decorations may seem like opposites but when paired together they form a beautiful antique look. Take a piece of old furniture, like an end table or a dresser, and sand the wood to give it a distressed look. Then drape a lace fabric overlay on the top and down the sides. Then use some of your smaller vintage pieces, like books or picture frames, to decorate the top of the furniture. Now you have a simple, yet elegant decorative piece to use for your wedding! This piece would work well as a guest book table or a table for pictures.

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by Miroslava Casiano

Bars are a great way to add character to the reception of your wedding! They make the event a fun experience for guests and are definitely a conversation starter. From cigar to cheese bars, let these ideas awaken your creative side!

Cigar Bar
A cigar bar is perfect for all the male guests in your wedding! Set up a table in an area of the venue where smoking is permitted, display a variety of cigars and let your guests enjoy! Have other accessories like matches and cigar cutters to help guests have an even more amazing experience.

Beer Bar
This is the best way to surprise your guests and the groom! The great thing about this bar is that you can experiment and brew your own beer or get it from your local area. Rustic beer bars are most common but definitely find the style that best fits the theme of your wedding.

Cheese Bar
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like cheese? Unless you are vegan or lactose intolerant, you will definitely find this ideal for your special day! An assortment of different cheeses, crackers and meats will make the perfect bar for cheese lovers.

Wine Bar
Want to add a touch of class and elegance to your wedding reception? Wine is definitely something that never fails to make us feel fancy as we take a sip from a delicate glass cup. Whether it be red or white wine, have a variety for guests to sample at the bar. This will definitely keep guests talking even after the actual wedding!

The options and possibilities are endless! These are just a couple of ideas to get you started. Are you looking for more inspiration, need tips or want to know the trends of today? Head to our Wedding and Party Network blog, we’ve got you covered!

by Tanya Giraldo

Here is an article from our friends at! Here are their tips on choosing flower crowns for your wedding!

Wedding Trends: Flower Crowns

Looking for a different kind of bridesmaid bouquet, flower girl accessory, or something a little extra floral for your wedding day outfit? Here are some trending flower crowns!

Tiny Blooms
A variety of greens, baby’s breath, and small florals matching your bouquet could make the perfect look as an alternative to a bridesmaid bouquet. Consider accents like small pinecones or even wheat for the winter look…

To read the full article click the link below! Make sure to check back with Wedding and Party Network for more great ideas and tips!

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by Caitlin LaFarlette

Say goodbye to the earthy, rustic shades of 2015 and usher in a soft new era with Pantone's 2016 colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

The first ever blend of hues offers exciting new ways to incorporate a variety of color palettes into your wedding day.

Take your walk down the aisle with a breathtaking bouquet sporting the cheery, yet delicate, pink of Rose Quartz. Perhaps a bundle of light-colored roses, daisies or tulips will adorn your hands, speckled with a blue lavender of Serenity in the way of jewels or ribbons.

If using Serenity as your main color choice, hydrangeas, periwinkles or agapanthus are all silky smooth choices that will bring a sense of peace over your wedding party and take away any stress.

Soft muted colors may not be your thing, but Rose Quartz and Serenity can still work for you! Take a walk down the wild side with metallic versions of these two colors and watch your centerpieces, banners and even invitations pop with shine.

Imagine a sparkling glass vase with a gleaming Rose Quarts ribbon tied around the top and Serenity-inspired flowers inside. And if you want an extremely unique yet gorgeous centerpiece, place an actual rose quartz on each table and wow your guests!

The perfect balance of contrast and blending of Pantone's 2016 color combination allows for a spark of creativity when it comes down to your accessories. Create an ombre effect with your bridesmaid dresses, flowing peacefully from Rose Quartz for your Maid of Honor to the relaxing blue of Serenity. Or place some color onto your own white dress, perhaps with a tulle underlay or a ribbon.

Still looking for "something blue?" Pantone has you covered with Serenity. Incorporate it by sewing your wedding date onto your dress, painting the bottoms of your heels or donning a pair of gemstone earrings.

The possibilities are endless with the combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity, so take a deep breath and fall back into the peacefulness these colors are sure to give you on your wedding day!

by Tanya Giraldo

Wanting to add something a little dapper to your special day? Bring a little bit of the traditional wear into your modern event! Trending now are delightful bow-ties as part of groom attire and wedding party wears.

For The Groom
Make your groom look extra handsome with a colorful bow-tie that will make his outfit really stand out. Consider a complimentary color to your wedding colors or even a metallic gold or silver.

For The Ring Bearer
Wouldn't your little ring bearer look all grown up in a cute little bow-tie? This also works if your ring bearer is the family dog!

Don't rule out all the possibilities when deciding on wedding attire! Choose this little touch of something old! For more great tips and trends, check back with the Wedding and Party Blog!

Wanting to change the flower girl petal tradition? Have your flower girl(s) carry something different before you make your grand entrance down the aisle. Here are some alternatives to the traditional petals.

1. Balloons
Whether it's one big balloon or a couple of different colored balloons, your flower girl will make a playful entrance and will love every minute of it!

2. Ribbon Wand
Is the wedding outside? A ribbon wand will look really beautiful with the blowing wind and make your flower girls feel like fairies.

3. Garland
If you have multiple flower girls, you may opt for a garland that they can carry together. It can be a floral garland or perhaps one made out of colorful tissue.

These three alternatives to the petal tradition will add the personalized finishing touch to your wedding. For more great tips and tricks, visit the Wedding and Party Blog!

by Caitlin LaFarlette

Brides of 2015 revelled in rustic, country style weddings, miles of lace and plenty of chalkboard to personalize their big days. Recently engaged and planning for a 2016 wedding? Here are some trends to look forward to in the new year!

Rich Colors
Soft pinks and creams are being traded for rich tones. To add a pop of color to your decor, try metallics, like gold or silver, to pair with your color scheme. Bridesmaid dresses, centerpieces or even invitations can sparkle away and bring on the glamour to any wedding in any season.

Deeper tones are also exploding on the runway as a contrast to the vintage hues of 2015. Accents of dark purples, ruby reds, and cobalt blues will make any wedding decor pop with color!

Return To Your Roots
Personalizing weddings to bring out the story of the couple is becoming more and more popular. Couples are pulling elements of the places they hold dear in their hearts to celebrate with guests. Adding references to hometowns, recent trips, and favorite hobbies will be more apparent in wedding themes and decor.

Non-Traditional Dresses
Brides are constantly pushing the limits with their wedding gowns, and this new year is no different. Be prepared to see floral prints, feather accents, and metallic tones. Brides want to make a statement and they aren't holding back when changing the traditional ivory gown.

We are excited to see what this new year will bring in weddings! Whatever look you decide to go for in your wedding, make it uniquely yours! Happy 2016!

by Tanya Giraldo

Putting the finishing touches to your special day? Wanting to do something special for your future spouse? Here are some ideas for gifts you can give your groom!

1. Cold Feet Socks
Surprise your groom with socks for the big day that say, "In case you get cold feet!" He will love the humor!

2. Favorite Drink
Get him a bottle of his favorite whiskey or maybe the bottle of sake he's been itching to try. He can share with his groomsmen while they get ready and toast to your wedding day.

3. Secret Message
Sew your wedding date on the back of his tie or give him a watch with a meaningful quote engraved on the back. This little token will be a memorable gift he can wear when you say "I do!"

Whatever gift you decide, your groom will be surprised and make the day even more special! For more great ideas and tips, visit the Wedding and Party Blog!

by Tanya Giraldo

There are many little ways to make your wedding day extra special. One way that will bring many smiles, laughs, and some "Awww's" is to have your little ring bearer hold a cute sign as he walks down the aisle before the big entrance!

The sign can be funny or meaningful, and the handsome ring bearer gets the guests prepared for the first look of the bride!

Here are some great ideas for the ring bearer sign:

1. It's too late to run because here she comes!
2. Hey ladies, I'm still single!
3. (GROOM), here comes your bride!

Whatever sign you choose, it is bound to add to your special day and make for a great photo of the ring bearer! For more great tips, visit the Wedding and Party Blog!