I’ve got BIG news! I’m headed to Costa Rica (today!) to design a photo shoot for Destination I Do magazine. I was presented with this amazing opportunity earlier this year and I’m excited to blog more about it once I am back and the photo shoot comes out in print.
Beyond getting to stay at the gorgeous Four Seasons Resort in Costa Rica, a premiere wedding destination and the location for our shoot, I am lucky to be working alongside a top-notch team of wedding industry pros! Here’s a breakdown of my dream team:
I look forward to sharing more about the shoot once I get back but for now, I thought I’d share a photo of the unique item that is our design inspiration: green malachite stone! What do you think? Lovely, right? And with that, I’m off! Have a wonderful weekend everyone! -Brian
Over the last few years, I’ve noticed that it’s becoming more and more acceptable, especially among millennials, to purchase pre-owned wedding items. This makes sense, since the “sharing economy” continues to become more widespread. Meaning, people are using items they already own to make money. For example, a car with apps like Uber or a spare room with sites like AirBnB. So, why not save money by going pre-owned with expensive items like your wedding dress or your engagement ring?
Budget-savvy engagement ring shoppers have long turned to peer-to-peer marketplaces including eBay and Craigslist to purchase pre-owned rings for less. And now there are more online marketplaces like Have You Seen the Ring and 1stDibs popping up to help sellers receive up to 60 percent more for their unneeded rings and saving buyers up to 80 percent off retail.
As for pre-owned dresses, PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com helps brides save hundreds or more on luxury brand dresses that were only worn for a few hours. The site also provides a valuable service to sellers, who are able to pass on their dresses for another bride to enjoy instead of storing them away in a box. Another trend among frugal brides is buying pre-owned accessories and shoes or even using rental services like Rent the Runway, to reserve a designer dress for their wedding and then return it after.
The peer-to-peer wedding economy even has folks selling their leftover wedding décor on sites like Etsy, Ebay and Recycle Your Wedding, in an effort to make back the money they spent making them for their own wedding. As you can see, the stigma behind pre-owned wedding items is disappearing and people are using these savings for other wedding or honeymoon expenses.
What do you think of the Eco-friendly, pre-owned wedding trend? Let me know in the comment section below. -Brian
With all of the different colors and types of flowers to choose from, picking a selection for your ceremony and reception can be difficult. However, just as your wedding menu will typically reflect the time of year you are getting married and the location you are getting married at, those two things will also tend to lend themselves to the rest of your design choices. The most obvious of which being flowers, since each type of bloom is in season at different times of the year. Color trends will also help to guide you in the right direction when making design choices. For all of you spring brides, here’s a quick guide to flowers that are currently in bloom.
Found on blog.myweddingreceptionideas.com
For a broader guide to seasonal flowers for your wedding, click HERE. -Brian
We’ve all attended a party where the host cannot be found because they’re busy putting out fires the whole night! This isn’t fun for the guests or the host and it’s the reason most people hire event producers so that they can be hands off and actually enjoy being the host! If you’re planning an event and can’t afford to hire help, here’s my advice…
Q: What’s the best way to impress guests when entertaining at home? At a rented party venue?
A: When entertaining at home, impress your guests by being prepared before they arrive and allow yourself to also be a guest at your own party. Enjoy your friends and socialize rather than running around and working the entire party. At a venue, it should work the same as at home, allow yourself to be a guest by making smart event design choices that will allow you to be hands-off so that you can enjoy your family and friends. -Brian
I read a blog via Bridal Guide Magazine that’s full of useful tips on how to add fun decor and activities to your wedding reception that promote socializing among your guests and add a personal touch to your big day.
I highly recommend taking a peek at the post if you’re in the throws of wedding planning. Have a great Monday, everyone! -Brian
I’ve got another quick tip for you inspired by your questions!
Q: What’s the biggest No-No in terms of selecting my wedding flower arrangements?
A: Make sure your arrangements are not too tall for your guests to see over while seated so that they can easily converse. Nothing is worse than looking into a centerpiece and not being able to see the rest of the table.