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When it comes to wedding receptions and events, you want your tables to pop–which usually means you need a great centerpiece! Traditional flowers have gone out the window when it comes to modern table decoration. Wedding and Party Network have your inspirational board for some very unique table centerpieces.

Use green flowers and plants along with vibrant flowers. Add a rustic theme with succulents and logs or use branches to create a small tree. Use vases with minimalistic decoration and incorporate beautiful vegetables, like small white pumpkins for a fall wedding. Don't hesitate to make a candle or two you main centerpiece. Whatever you decide on, it will be unique and perfect for your event. Check back with Wedding and Party Network for more tips and inspiration.

by Tanya Giraldo

One of the first things to decide on when beginning your wedding planning is choosing your colors. For this Inspirational Friday, Wedding and Party Network has the trending color of this season: mint.

The color mint became a popular wedding color within the past year due to its seasonal versatility. Usually paired with white, the color carries a direct link to the popular Tiffany & Co. shopping bags. Mint can be used as little accents, like candy,  or it can be used in your reception linens and as bridesmaid dresses. Consider the color mint for your wedding color. Check Back with Wedding and Party Network for more wedding ideas.

by Tanya Giraldo

Many modern brides have opted to change things up a bit when it comes to traditional wedding accessories. From ditching something blue to something red and choosing a hat instead of a veil, there is nothing a bride can't do. But what about that accessory that is normally flowers you hold down the aisle? That can change too! The Wedding and Party Network has the latest trends on alternative bouquets that is sure to add a unique touch to your special day look.

Burlap, Ribbon, and Silk Petals

Is your event more on the rustic and country side? Mixing burlap flowers with silk callas and ribbon roses will look great with your theme. Add some baby's breath and wrap with a lace bow.

Paper Flowers and Bead Embellishments

Put your crafting skills to the test and make your bouquet out of paper. Make them as simple or as intricate as you like. Add beads in the middle of your flowers as the buds. They will be unique and forever lasting.

Brooches with Pearl and Rhinestone Accents

Brooches have been the most popular alternative bouquet. Start your own collection of vintage brooches or borrow them from those you love, that way you have a little reminder of everyone as you prepare to walk down the aisle. Add pearls and rhinestones to give that baby's breath effect.

Whether you are a modern bride looking for unique ideas or a classic bride deciding on saving money, consider alternative bouquets that can be made out of materials that you have around your home.

Choosing your wedding gown is at the top of the list along with choosing a date and location, so it is only fitting that the search for the perfect dress starts ASAP. With tradition being updated to fit the modern bride, Wedding and Party Network brings you some inspiration for non-traditional wedding gowns.

Gowns with color are trending. Consider a white gown with a splash of color, a blush dress, or break all the rules and choose a red dress! Also consider an alternative skirt. From hi-lo to short to a lace layered skirt that contrasts a simple bodice, there is a dress that can reflect your individual style. Check back with Wedding and Party Network for more wedding ideas and trends.

by Tanya Giraldo

Even though summer has recently arrived, there is just enough time to plan for a white wedding and Wedding & Party Network has this year's most popular winter wedding trends.

Winter Wedding Colors

When brides think of a winter wedding, some may picture turquoise or light blues and silver while others go for the deep reds of Christmas. However, this year blushes of pink and tones of gold have been making their way onto the winter wedding color swatch. Consider neutral colors like greys and tans, and even pair some colors rarely seen during the season, like mint or deep purple, which  go well with neutrals.

Winter Flowers

Unless you are planning on having your wedding in the snow, bring the outdoors indoors by incorporating rustic plants along with your flowers. Holly and pine needles add to the winter theme of your wedding. You can also add these plants of the season with your reception arrangements. Baby's breath can be incorporated into all your arrangements due to its likeness to snowflakes; make your bouquet full of baby's breath and it will seem as if you are holding a bundle of snow.

Wedding Decor

Make your guests smile with a little taste of winter. Set up a hot chocolate bar with jars full of marshmallows and candy canes to stir. Add other drink options like coffee or hot tea for those who aren't fans of the sweet drink. Fill apothecary vases with marshmallows of different sizes, candy canes, and small chocolates. Both guests young and old will have fun making their wintry concoction and be grateful for the warm snack. This snack serves as both food and unique decor.


You can get really creative with themed goodies like gingerbread cookies for dessert and eggnog cocktails for adults. Add a twist to the famous chestnuts roasting by dipping chestnuts in chocolate and coating them with sprinkles in your wedding colors.


Anything from snowflake shaped sugar cookies to homemade hot cocoa mix can make great wedding favors for your guests. Something they would really appreciate are some gloves, mittens, or even blankets as favors, and don't wait until after the party to give them out. Have baskets filled with them near the entrance of your reception or by the hot cocoa bar. Give them a personal touch by engraving the guest's name or the wedding date. Every time they wear the gloves or cuddle with the blanket, they will have memories of the great day they shared with you.

Personalize your winter wedding with the season in mind. Check back with the Wedding & Party Network for more wedding tips and trends.

by Hannah Jackson

If you're getting married this fall, you're probably already aware of all the wonderful things that come along with a fall wedding. But in case you need a boost during all the tedious planning, let me reassure you of all the ways that your timing for the big day is perfect.

Great Pictures

Possibly the greatest gift that autumn gives to us is its beauty. Wedding pictures in the fall are absolutely stunning. You really won’t have to get too creative with your bridal portraits if you’re having them made because up against the natural setting, you and your dress will be gorgeous. The trees will be full and adorned in yellow, red, and orange. If you love all the beauty that fall offers, then you will be in awe of your wedding photographs.

Predictable Weather

After September, the weather is fairly predictable. You probably will not have to spend time worrying if it will rain on your big day or if it will be too warm. If you’re being brave and throwing an outdoor wedding, fall is the perfect time. You will more than likely be able to fully enjoy your day without the threat of bad weather and your guests will be able to celebrate you getting married with a comforting crisp breeze. We all know how nerve-racking getting ready for your ceremony can be, so not having to worry about heat or freezing cold air will bring you some comfort. You don’t want to have to be concerned with things like uncontrollable sweating on the day of your wedding!


You have more range in the fall than possibly any other season when it comes to your color choice and your theme. You can do bright colors if you want to, do a subtle wintery vibe since it is right around the corner, or settle into the autumn color scheme. It’s really up to you and either way it will be appropriate because that’s just how amazing fall is!

You Can Take Your Time

It may just be me, but as far as weddings go time seems to slow down in the fall. Spring and summer are intense wedding seasons, and the fall tends to not be as fast-paced, wedding wise. Take this opportunity and relish in that! You can have all summer to observe other ceremonies and get inspiration if you’d like. By the time your wedding comes around it will be like a breath of post-wedding-season fresh air.

Planning for a fall wedding is absolutely the best, especially since there are so many benefits that come along with it.

by Kelly Curtis

Here at Wedding and Party Network we want to give you inspiration for your wedding and party details. The details are what sets your wedding and party apart from anyone else. The colors, theme, detailing and style all creates your wedding day style and conveys your party theme. So, today's Inspirational Friday will focus on groom's cakes.

by Kelly Curtis

Here at Wedding and Party Network we want to give you inspiration for your wedding and party details. The details are what sets your wedding and party apart from anyone else. The colors, theme, detailing and style all creates your wedding day style and conveys your party theme. So, today's Inspirational Friday will focus on the color orange.

Orange is such a stunning color and can be used throughout the years within weddings. Summer, spring, fall or winter, this color makes a statement.

by Kelly Curtis

Here at Wedding and Party Network we want to give you inspiration for your wedding and party details. The details are what sets your wedding and party apart from anyone else. The colors, theme, detailing and style all creates your wedding day style and conveys your party theme. So, today's Inspirational Friday will focus on wedding cakes.

What's on trend for wedding cakes this summer? The rustic & vintage feel is still on trend, but so are ombre and non-traditional wedding cakes. The most important thing to remember when choosing your wedding cake is that it fits your personality, theme and of course tastes good. Hope these photos provide a bit of inspiration for you.

There comes a time in everyone’s wedding planning when you start to think of places you would like your wedding. The church you’ve been going to since birth, the vineyard 20 miles up the road or the land your grandparents own all seem to come into play and are unique to every couple. Well, except one. The beach may seem like a huge hassle for those of you who want to invite 250 people, but for those looking for a destination wedding that grabs the culture of the beach without strangling it, read on.

“Sail Away with Me” was my theme when I wanted a beach wedding at one point in my life, so all these ideas have been laid out to perfectly align together. I know! I know! You’re welcome. Ok, so here were my first thoughts, “I don’t want it to be cheesy.” Same here, sister, no one wants your wedding to be cheesy and that starts out with colors.

Wedding Decor:

  • Main Colors: Navy and Starch White
  • Accent Colors: Anything cream and natural, such as starfish, seashells or pearls. Stay away from reds, or other bright colors to keep the elegance of the navy, white and cream.
  • Vases: Big round glass vases in sea glass colors or clear will add height and dimension to your seaside wedding.
  • Arrangements: Remember to stick tall dried grass or your favorite summer arrangements in large tall quantities. You could also add smaller vases to even out the area.
  • Lanterns: These are a huge obsession of mine and so is the color white. It just makes sense to have white lanterns at your wedding. I found mine at IKEA (made of real glass and they're pretty sturdy) that were pretty budget friendly , but don’t forget to check out TJ Maxx and Marshalls. You can stick seashells in the lanterns or candles depending on the time of day.
  • Wooden Arches: They are a huge hit on the beach. They can be white or a natural wood color with sheer white curtains to add to the elegance of your dress.
  • Pillows for Chairs: Depending on how formal your wedding will be, the extra expense for chairs may just be a pain. Laying out matching blankets and chairs can send an ambience for your guests to sit back, relax and enjoy the romance.

Reception Decor

  • Long Tables: If you are creating your own reception area, I would personally adore long tables. They feel so much more intimate instead of splitting your party into circles. Plus, its way easier to decorate long tables with long runners and garland
  • Napkins: Brides can have a field day on napkins even if they are paper. Luckily, I have two suggestions for you. (1) Take grey linen looking cloth napkins and find a stencil that relates to your wedding and simply paint it in blue paint. It can be “LOVE” like the picture below or your new name. If you are using white napkins, simply wrap them in navy and white ribbon and a twig of rosemary adds a touch of your theme, while the rosemary leaves a refreshing scent.
  • Seashells: What is something so natural and beautiful in a large abundance at the beach? Seashell! Seashells can be used for candles (Simply, pour wax into the belly of the shell and add a wick.) The seashell candles will be a beautiful hit at your reception table. or under a beautiful coral and candle arrangement! Wouldn’t those scream elegance on your seaside wedding?

Whatever you decide for your beach side wedding, just remember, you are there to relax and enjoy the wedding, but who doesn’t love to plan a delicate and classy wedding? We all do! So enjoy planning your “Sail Away with Me” Destination Wedding!

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