My Friend Maradee’s Bridal Styling Tips on iHeart Radio

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My friend Maradee Wahl is a professional bridal stylist who specializes in assisting the Bride. . . Dressing, Styling, & Ensuring Against Emergencies! She was recently interviewed on iHeart Radio’s ‘Bridal Bar Radio’ and I thought I’d share the link here for anyone looking for advice or a fantastic bridal stylist for hire.

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If you love her tips and you’d like to connect with her, you can find her on Twitter via the handle @dearmaradee, as well as here: or here

Potty Like a Rockstar!

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I was recently contacted by the friendly folks over at Royal Restrooms–you heard me, restrooms! They specialize in renting luxury port-a-pottys for events and wanted to feature my tips for How to Throw a Green Wedding on their blog.

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 4.39.30 PMI of course, said yes, because I’m all for a service that let’s people potty like a rockstar! Let’s face it, there’s nothing more frustrating than being at a party with food and drinks galore but no bathrooms in sight. For this reason, and I’m sure my new friends at Royal Restrooms will agree, making sure there are plenty of clean, well-stocked restrooms in good working condition should be one of your biggest priorities when planning an event. The general rule of thumb is one restroom for every 50 guests for a three hour event. Even if your party is small, I recommend having at least two restrooms. That way, you have a back-up if anything malfunctions. A clogged commode will cause much undue stress and can potentially ruin your entire event.

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 4.40.02 PMYou can read my guest post on their blog, HERE, and learn more about their eco-friendly yet luxurious portable restroom trailers, HERE.

My Tastemaker Tips Featured in the New Issue of The Knot: Southern California – On Newsstands Now!

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Did you know that one of my favorite wedding websites,, also publishes a gorgeous n’ glossy magazine? In fact, I’m featured in the current issue of The Knot: Southern California (on newsstands now through August 2013) and you can find my advice, along with a few other industry experts, in the STYLE section, in an article called, “6 Ways to Style Your Wedding”.

Brian Worley007The photography that accompanies the article is really cute. I hope you’ll pick up a copy the next time you’re out! Here’s a sneak peek at the rest of the feature…

Brian Worley013Brian Worley018Brian Worley019Brian Worley020You’ll have to buy a copy of the magazine to read my advice, since the text is a bit too small to read here! I just wanted to give you all a heads up and give you a feel for the layout of the feature. Make it a great day, everyone!

Traveling for the Holidays? 3 Mags to Snag for the Journey!

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I contributed to a bunch of fantastic publications this month, and I’d love for you to snag yourself a copy to read during your holiday travels! So, check out my featured commentary below, then be sure to look for each magazine on newsstands or online for your laptop or tablet all month long.

416244921_370Screen Shot 2012-12-11 at 3.34.44 PMIn Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, I commented on new wedding trends, like how the royal wedding and Downton Abbey have created a resurgence of interest in the pastoral charm of english gardens and wide, stately lawns.

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Screen Shot 2012-12-11 at 3.14.26 PMI also offered up my advice on creating a green event by giving guests the freshest food, and sticking to what’s locally grown in order to support the local community and help to reduce the carbon footprint of your wedding.

2012-11-29@00.33.292012-11-29@00.31.31In this month’s First for Women, I’m giving seasonal tips for creating stunning holiday floral arrangements. My main advice being, don’t be afraid to mix textures this season! Try velvety crimson roses paired with star-shaped paperwhites. Add evergreens and berries as filler to put a cheerful seasonal twist on any bouquet.

2012-11-28@23.14.33Screen Shot 2012-11-28 at 5.08.14 PMInside this month’s Entrepreneur magazine, I’m talking “Party Protocol” for all of you attending holiday work parties. The main thing to remember here, is that while it may seem like a relaxed atmosphere with all of the free alcohol, drinks and food, decorum is still very important. People are watching… people like your boss. So respect yourself and others and be sure to stay on your best behavior. You’ll thank yourself come 2013.

Screen Shot 2012-12-11 at 4.16.02 PMAlso, a wedding I coordinated earlier this year is being featured on The Wedding Click HERE, to see all of the stunning photos from Taylor and Matt’s wedding at La Cuesta Ranch, in San Luis Obispo, CA. Let me know what you think of the flowers and decor, since those were all my doing!

Lastly, thank you for taking the time to check out all of my recent press, I really appreciate all of your support. It’s been fun looking back on everything I accomplished in 2012… I can’t wait to see what 2013 holds!

My Top 10 Tips for Hosting an Easy Holiday Party

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It always seems like such a great idea to gather all your friends together for a big holiday party this time of year… but once you’ve actually sent out the invitations and you have to start planning and getting ready for your guests to arrive, the stress kicks in and many hosts start to second guess their joyous holiday gesture! So, here are my Top 10 ideas that will make throwing your holiday party a lot more enjoyable.

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1) Send an evite or digital invitation through or  With all the running around that we do during the holidays, forget about dropping invitations in the mail and handwriting them (save that for your thank you notes!). Instead, with a few strokes of your keyboard, you will have a holiday inspired invitation ready for the masses to help you celebrate.

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2) Create a theme for your party. You could throw a ‘Desserts Only Party’ that starts later in the evening so your bash is the last stop on the party schedule and all you have is a decadent display of holiday desserts for your guests to enjoy after they’ve eaten their way to your house! Or maybe you decide to host a ‘Wine and Cheese Party’, where you provide the wine and your guests are asked to bring their favorite cheese and crackers (or vise versa!). Maybe it’s even as simple as the always funny ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater Party’, where everyone wears the worst holiday sweater they can find and then votes on who’s outfit is the ugliest! Whatever you do, decide on a theme early, this will help to bring all the rest of the elements into play with time to spare.

3) Shop around your house first, then the holiday section at stores! The best place to shop is your house for various items you can easily re-purpose and use as holiday decor with a few minor tweaks. (CLICK HERE FOR A POST ALL ABOUT DOING JUST THIS!) After you have taken inventory of what you currently have, make a list, check it twice, and hit a local discount store to finish off your party shopping list!

4) Get organized right from the get-go, gather everything you need to set-up your party in one place. Storing all of your party supplies in the spare bedroom, a closet or even on the dining room table, will help you ensure that you have everything ready for the day of the party so you don’t have to scramble at the last minute to find what you need.

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5) Use the food as decor and also a party favor! Be creative with the food you are serving and how you serve it because it can easily be used as decor and will allow for faster clean up at the end of the night, since everyone will have devoured all of the delicious treats you were serving. One year, I threw a holiday party for my friends and baked banana bread in holiday bread pans, wrapped them with cellophane and tied them with a bright colored bow! Then, I had them placed around the house, on the mantle, the coffee table, the buffet, and at the end of the night, each guest took one home and I killed two birds with one stone, decor and gifts all in one!


6) Create ambiance with lighting and music! Again, shop around your house, pull out all the cables, some twinkle lights, dim the lights and utilize your iPod to create the perfect playlist. You can also use Pandora or Spotify on your computer or the music stations that stream through your cable television.  A little background music always helps to make for a festive holiday celebration.

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7) Make your menu manageable! As the host, when you start to create the perfect holiday menu, remember that you should also be able to enjoy the evening as well. Don’t create a menu that will keep you cooped up in the kitchen, cooking and constantly replenishing food for the buffet. Finger foods and one-bite appetizers are always best to serve. Try to create a menu that requires minimal maintenance and if you need help, hire someone to lend a hand so that you can feel like a guest as well.

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8) What do you want to drink?  When I throw a party at my house, I let my guests be their own bartender. For a small gathering of your friends, set up a table that acts as the bar, stock it with plenty of wine, soft drinks, alcohol, mixers or whatever you want to serve.  If you really want to make it easy, choose to serve only wine and beer, or kick it up a notch by creating a festive holiday mixed drink with the recipe posted and ingredients labeled for use. Also, be sure to have soft drinks and water for those who are driving or just would rather not have alcohol. Hot cider and hot chocolate are also great to serve and will go a long way if you keep it in an insulated serving container.

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9) Make clean up a snap! After all of your guests have gone home, the host is left with a memory and a mess! So, serve food items on recyclable festive plates, use paper napkins and throw the glasses in the dishwasher so that your clean up time is minimal. I think it is perfectly acceptable to use paper or plastic plates for this type of occasion, however, it is always nice to provide real glassware for the drinks.  I went out and bought a couple dozen wine glasses and all purpose glasses that I keep stored in the box they came in, then, when I want to entertain, I pull them out and I am ready to party. Try IKEA or Target for budget-friendly glassware.

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10) Be MERRY!  It is the holidays and you have worked hard all year long, so make sure that you get to have fun and enjoy yourself at your own party. It can be difficult to do, but if you plan head and are organized and not afraid to ask for help, there is no reason that you, as the host, should not be able to have a merry old time!

What’s in My Bag: 10+ Items Every Event Planner Needs!

Hey Ya’ll,

With years of event planning under my belt, I’ve learned that things can go wrong at the drop of a hat and so you just have to be prepared so that you’re ready to deal with the chaos at every turn. To help myself and my staff be more prepared, I’ve developed an “event planner survival kit” AKA my little bag of tricks, which I like to keep handy just in case things go awry.

In case you’re curious, here are some of the items you’ll find in my bag:

iphone (cell phone) and charger
sewing kit
zip ties (cable ties)
safety pins
first-aid kit
Swiss army knife
notebook + pens
tape measurer
super glue
clear nail polish
bobby pins/ hair rubber band
duct tape

As you can see, a lot of these items are things you can find around the house. So if you or a friend are planning your own wedding, you might want to put together one of these survival kits yourself! You can never be too prepared, that’s my motto!

More of My YOU-nique Wedding Tips Featured by Wedding Bells Magazine!

Hey Ya’ll,

I hope you all had a great weekend. Today, I’m sharing another one of my sure fire ways to create a unique wedding celebration. Click here, to read all of my best tips as featured by Wedding Bells now. For the next tip in the series, read on…

In my first post we covered Tip 1: The Venue. Today, I’m skipping ahead to #10, because it should actually be #1…

10. The Dress
Say it with me, “It all starts with the dress.”  Whenever I start working with a bride, I ask her what her dress style is. I think it’s important to incorporate elements of the dress into the wedding.

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A good place to incorporate your dress’s personality (and hopefully your own!) into your wedding is usually with the centerpieces, invitations, or even the cake.

Knowing the dress helps me also understand what type of bride I’m working with. I can tell if I’m going to design a princess-style wedding…

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Or a chic and modern one:

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So, when you’re looking for ways to infuse your wedding with your own YOU-nique personality, remember that everything radiates from the dress! Think about who you are and don’t be afraid to make a bold statement on your wedding day. As long as your fashion choices are authentic to your personality and taste, you’ll love like the stunning bride you always dreamed of being as a little girl! Happy shopping!