#BWorleyTips: Your Questions, My Answers!

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 3.39.20 PMHey Y’all,

I’m starting a new series of quick posts that supply you with answers to some of the best questions I receive via your comments and emails and through working in the wedding/event planning industry. Today’s question is:

Q: If there’s one design element I should splurge on, in terms of my wedding budget, what is it?

A: Spend the money on a stunning bouquet because it will be in all of your pictures. #BWorleyTips

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Screen Shot 2014-01-07 at 2.20.54 PMHey Ya’ll,

***This giveaway has ended. Congrats to Alyson, on her win!***

Happy 2014! Let’s get the New Year started right with a wonderful giveaway courtesy of Pear Tree Greetings!

Screen Shot 2014-01-07 at 3.28.01 PMSince 2008, Pear Tree Greetings has helped people celebrate life’s sharable moments with a collection of uniquely personal, high-quality greetings and stationery. Their website is easy to navigate and offers plenty of ways to customize their modern selection of photo cards, invitations, announcements, stationery, address labels, gift tags, save-the-date cards and dozens of other paper products.

Screen Shot 2014-01-07 at 3.33.52 PMWhether you’re planning a wedding, having a baby, or looking to connect with friends and family in a unique way, Pear Tree Greetings has something to help you do just that!

Screen Shot 2014-01-07 at 3.43.35 PMTo enter to win a $50 credit to PearTreeGreetings.com, leave a comment here to let me know what you would like to use the credit towards by browsing their selection now. Good luck!
-Brian

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Unique Design Tips For Your Winter Wedding

Image via ruffledblog.com

Image via ruffledblog.com

Hey Ya’ll,

In a sea of summer brides, ladies who dare to say ‘I Do’ in the winter months are a truly unique bunch!

To see this beautiful bride's winter wedding, visit greenweddingshoes.com

To see this winter wedding shoot, visit greenweddingshoes.com

After blogging about how cold-weather-brides get to have a little more fun when it comes to accessorizing on their wedding day, I thought about all of the seasonal design elements winter weddings often have that make them so magical. Below, you’ll find a collection of my favorite ideas for everything from flowers to lighting to cake and more.

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 4.32.13 PMScreen Shot 2013-12-05 at 4.44.29 PMScreen Shot 2013-12-05 at 4.56.52 PMScreen Shot 2013-12-05 at 5.05.41 PMOverall, I love the idea of using what’s in-season to decorate and bring the outside in but without all of the cold!

Twig & Twine, Studio CastilleroIf you keep it simple you can easily use pine cones, candles, red holly, or even a simple green garland to add a chic nod to the holidays at your winter wedding.

What’s your favorite thing about winter weddings? Let me know in the comment section below.
-Brian

This Woman Proves That Donning a Wedding Dress Can Make You Feel Beautiful At Any Age

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 11.56.18 AMHey Ya’ll,

I saw the cutest story this morning on the TODAY show! It was a segment all about a 70-year-old woman who’s life-long dream of wearing a beautiful wedding gown is finally coming true, thanks to an organization called “Second Wind Dreams.”

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 12.49.34 PMThe woman’s name is Ruth Sullivan and she was married following WWII in 1946. There was no dream dress, no big reception, and no fancy honeymoon. Just a simple ceremony in a minister’s study and a night at a local hotel. All these years later, even though her husband has passed away, Ruth is still in love with the idea of going to a bridal store to try on the beautiful gowns she sees on reality television show’s like TLC’s “Say Yes the the Dress.” And that’s just what she got to do!

Click HERE to watch her shop at David’s Bridal and try on dresses for her entire family.

I was touched to see how beautiful she felt and how neat something so simple like trying on wedding dresses, even at 70, can make someone’s day all that much brighter. Just another reminder that it truly is the little things in life that make all the difference!
-Brian

My Best Tip for Selecting Your Signature Wedding Colors (Hint: Think flowers!)

A great way to determine your wedding colors is by deciding what kinds of flowers you want in your wedding bouquet and centerpieces...

A great way to determine your wedding colors is by deciding what kinds of flowers you want in your wedding bouquet and centerpieces…

Hey Ya’ll,

When planning a wedding, one of the very first things that most couples do is determine what their “colors” are.  For any newbies out there, “colors” refer to the accent colors incorporated into the design of your wedding ceremony and reception.

Image via beau-coup.com

Image via beau-coup.com

Once selected, these colors are used to determine things like the bridesmaids’ dresses, the groomsmens’ ties and boutonnieres, the flower girl and ring bearer’s outfits, the cake, every detail of the tablescapes (i.e. table linens, runners, chair covers, napkins, centerpieces, etc), the food, and of course, the flowers.

Image via ellegolden.com

Image via ellegolden.com

Selecting these colors can sometimes be a tough task for a couple to agree on with endless combinations to choose from.  My advice? Think about your dress (remember, it ALWAYS starts with the dress!), and then think about the bouquet of flowers you see yourself holding in front of that dress. What colors and textures do you envision working with the crown jewel of your wedding? That should get you on the right track in terms of selecting your main color choice.
Expert Tip: Given your chosen wedding date, certain flowers may not be in season, so be sure to plan accordingly. Click HERE for an article I did about what flowers are in season when and how that influences your wedding arrangements.

Image of color theme via KissMyTulle.com

Image of color theme via KissMyTulle.com

Once you’ve determined your main color, you can play around with different color pairings, hues and textures to determine what your “colors” will ultimately be. Here are a few examples of my personal favorite color schemes of all time:

Screen Shot 2013-08-21 at 4.32.37 PMWhite flowers will always be a staple when choosing your wedding colors.  The good thing about white flowers is that there will always be an abundance of choices depending on the time of year you get married and you just can’t go wrong!  This simple, pure and classic choice will forever remain timeless.

d6344c956f6bdbc7b5debb431ff27d61Many brides have grown up planning their wedding day since they were little girls and they envisioned a pink wedding.

Image via birddogwedding.com

Image via birddogwedding.com

Weather you choose a soft pale pink or brighten things up with fuchsia or shades of raspberry, pink flowers will always make a statement.

Screen Shot 2013-08-21 at 4.49.08 PMI find that when a bride is looking to create the quintessential feminine wedding bouquet, pairing coral and blush pink shades always do the trick!

4d3fa3d5a2ffa6950547283948ec2313Screen Shot 2013-08-21 at 4.56.32 PMShades of purple ranging from lavender to aubergine, or an ombre of them all allows a bride that made bold choices for her wedding day, while creating a lush and dramatic purple bouquet.

Screen Shot 2013-08-21 at 5.08.29 PMRed is the color of passion and love and can easily be used to create a richly stunning bouquet that is dramatic and demands attention, but paired with softer hued colors, textures and shapes, a bride easily create an eye-pleasing floral statement.

Image via thingsfestive.blogspot.com

Image via thingsfestive.blogspot.com

Varied shades of green bouquets offer a myriad of choices for the design of your wedding.

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Overall, I think a stunning white bridal bouquet wrapped with a thick navy blue ribbon is elegant, classic and stunning. A well made bouquet that is perfectly tailored and perfectly constructed also speaks volumes about the overall design and theme of a wedding.

Example of how to combine citrus colors like Orange and Yellow with opposite colors like turquoise.

Example of how to combine citrus colors like Orange and Yellow with opposite colors like turquoise.

Another thing to consider is choosing a color like orange as the signature color for a wedding and pairing it with colors from opposites sides of the color spectrum like turquoise or lime green to create a big impact.

005Windsor-Lawn-XLWhat were your signature wedding colors? Let me know in the comment section below.

For more wedding color combos via flower inspiration, click HERE.
-Brian

Target’s Tevolio Bridal Line: Dress Your Entire Wedding Party for Less!

Wedding party image via http://www.travel-babbles.com

Wedding party image via http://www.travel-babbles.com

Hey Ya’ll,

As with most aspects of planning your wedding, selecting bridesmaids dresses can be a time-consuming and expensive endeavor–especially if your leading ladies happen to be an opinionated bunch.

panel1This being said, it brings me great joy to tell you there’s a NEW affordable and easy place to find fabulous dresses for your wedding party and it just happens to be my absolute favorite store. Here’s a hint:

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That’s right! TEVOLIO is Target’s new bridal line available exclusively at Target.com.

Target Bridesmaids Dresses

The collection features styles for brides starting at $100 and bridesmaids and flower girls dresses at about $25. The name of the line was inspired by the Italian phrase “Ti voglio,” which translates loosely to “I love you” in English.

panel2So, if you’re looking to save some money and you’ve settled on your wedding colors, simply log onto Target’s website and figure out which of these options is best for the kind of wedding you’re designing:

Option 1 – All your bridesmaids wear the same color and cut/style. *You could have your maid of honor wear one shade lighter or darker of the same dress or put her in a different cut/style to set her apart from the group.

Option 2 – All your bridesmaids wear the same color but can choose ANY cut/style.

Option 3 – You assign each bridesmaid a specific shade of your chosen color to create an ombre effect with their dresses. *Again, you could go with all the same cut/style for the group with the maid of honor set apart in a different cut/style.

targettevolioweddinggownsWhile you’re at it, be sure to take a look at the options available for the bride on a budget. There are a few simple options available, and if they happen to suit your body type and catch your eye, you’ll have a LOT more money to spend on the rest of your wedding!

Wedding Dresses from Target

Some of the bridesmaids dresses could also work for the bride in white or ivory. Keep in mind, if they aren’t chic enough for the ceremony you’re envisioning, many of these dresses could work for the rehearsal dinner or even as a secondary dress to change into for the reception or after-party.

So what do you think of these budget-friendly frocks? Would you rock a Target wedding gown on your special day? Let me know in the comment section below. Also, I’m thinking about doing some follow up posts about how to style a wedding around each of these dresses… let me know if that sounds interesting to any of you!
-Brian

Wedding Style Quiz #2 – The Results Are In!

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Hey Ya’ll,

Since yesterday’s wedding dress pop quiz was so much fun, I thought today I’d post three very different veil options to see which one would come out on top…

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 5.25.34 PMAs it turns out, ya’ll definitely preferred veil #3! I love a long, lace veil. It’s dramatic yet classic and can transform a simple white dress into a stunning wedding gown. However, if your dress already has a lot going on and makes a statement of its own, I think it’s smart to forgo the veil all together and opt for a flower or something with a little sparkle to wear in your hair.

Which one would you wear if you had to chose one of the above options?

Be sure to Follow Me on Facebook so that you can participate in my next wedding style quiz! I’m thinking… flowers!
-Brian