Eco-Friendly Idea: Pre-Owned Wedding Items

used_wedding_dress_gown_sbbmarketplaceHey Y’all,

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.

used-wedding-dressesAs 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.

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 5.50.11 PMThe 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

Potty Like a Rockstar!

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 4.39.02 PMHey Ya’ll,

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.
-Brian

Secondhand Doesn’t Mean Second Best: My Tips Featured by WeTV.com!

Hey Ya’ll,

Do you LOVE to shop at thrift stores? Would you ever consider buying a secondhand wedding dress either online or in a store? I recently spoke with WeTV.com about this very topic, and while there are a few things to be weary of when buying secondhand, overall, I think it’s a great way to save money and be environmentally friendly on your wedding day.

Click HERE to read the entire article, which explains the benefits of buying your wedding dress secondhand and all of the things you should keep in mind while you’re shopping.

There are a lot of reputable websites dedicated to selling pre-owned (sometimes the dress was never even worn!) wedding gowns. If you’re buying your secondhand dress online, my biggest tip to keep in mind is as follows: Unless you are able to go to a local store and try on the same dress or another dress by the same designer in person, look for dresses that are slightly larger in size than you’d normally wear.

Why? First off, wedding gowns tend to run smaller in size than other types of dresses/clothing that you’re used to buying. Second, having a dress let out or having to add fabric for length is difficult and costly. On the other hand, taking a dress in is pretty easy, and with all of the money you’re saving by purchasing a secondhand gown, spending a little dough to make sure it fits you perfectly is well worth it.
-Brian

Today’s Friday Favorites Winner!

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Hey Ya’ll,

I’m so jealous of today’s winner, as they’ll soon be receiving one of the most gorgeous Eco-friendly living centerpieces that I’ve ever seen!

So… without further ado, our winner is: Melissa Kay Allen!

Congrats, Melissa, aka The Ebell of Los Angeles! I know that your Wisteria Lane arrangement will make bringing the unique look and texture of succulents into your home a total breeze! Send an email to brianworley007@gmail.com, and I’ll hook you up with all of the details on how to claim your living centerpiece! I hope you’ll check back in with me when you receive it and share a photo with all of us! (Who doesn’t love drooling over perfectly potted plants?!?)

If you haven’t already, everyone please ‘LIKE’ the them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WisteriaLaneFlowerShop, and if you live in the area and are ever in need of stunning centerpieces, bouquets, or any type of floral arrangements, don’t hesitate to give Sherene Hulugalle a call–you won’t be disappointed and you’ll be helping the planet thrive!

Again, a big thank you to Wisteria Lane Floral Design Studio of Beverly Hills for being our ‘Friday Favorite’ this week! Check back next Friday for more giveaways from my favorite places and people all over Los Angeles!
-Brian

Friday Favorites: Wisteria Lane Floral Design Studio – Enter to Win a $200 Centerpiece Delivered to Your Doorstep!

Hey Ya’ll,

As an Eco-concious event planner, I am always trying to make our events as green as possible. One way that I like to do this is by using floral arrangements and plants that are not only beautiful, but also locally sourced, organically grown and Eco-friendly.

For these reasons, the folks at the Wisteria Lane Floral Design Studio in Beverly Hills, California are some of my absolute favorite florists to work with. And as today’s Friday Favorite, they’re graciously giving away a centerpiece to be delivered, free of charge, to one lucky reader!

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Head to the bottom of this post to enter to WIN a gorgeous centerpiece from Wisteria Lane!

At Wisteria Lane, owner Sherene Hulugalle, creates stunning arrangements using flowers that are grown locally and have been certified as either Organic, or Veriflora products. Sherene’s ultimate goal is to protect the environment and improve farm worker safety by eliminating millions of pounds of toxic pesticides from agricultural usage.

Each one of Sherene’s creations is a shining example of how you can do your part to help keep our planet healthy and create a stunning event all at the same time.

For Eco-conscious brides, Wisteria Lane floral arrangements not only add style and beauty to your wedding, they also offer peace of mind because you’ll know that the farmers and earth were treated with respect, which makes your day extra special.

Wisteria Lane floral arrangements create a sense of beauty and add an air of sophistication or relaxed charm to any special event. This is because Wisteria Lane’s designers are skilled at creating a signature look that uses nature’s gorgeous resources to the fullest effect.

Plus, proceeds from the sale of Wisteria Lane’s Eco friendly designs are used to support non-profit organizations dedicated to education, social justice, environmental conservation and protection.

Okay, it’s giveaway time! You must follow each of the steps below, in order to WIN a gorgeous centerpiece that will be delivered to you, free of charge, from Wisteria Lane!

HOW TO ENTER:

STEP 1: ‘LIKE’ the Wisteria Lane on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WisteriaLaneFlowerShop. You’ll LOVE their flower photos and only fans will be eligible to win!

STEP 2: Let us know WHY you would like to win either an organic floral arrangement or a succulent planter that can double as a living centerpiece (both valued at over $200) in the comment section below!

***This giveaway is open to everyone, but the centerpiece will only be delivered within the Los Angeles area. In order to receive the centerpiece yourself, you must live locally. Otherwise, if you know someone who lives in the Los Angeles area, you can enter to WIN a FREE Eco-friendly centerpiece to be delivered to them on your behalf.***

Again, everything in the winning centerpiece will be locally sourced, Eco-friendly and organic, so you can enjoy it knowing that you’re supporting a healthy planet. Check back *Friday, August 31, at 9AM PST* to find out if you’re our lucky winner. Good luck!
-Brian

Wisteria Lane Floral Design Studio
489 South Robertson Blvd.
Suite 200, Beverly Hills CA 90211
Phone: 888-345-6101
Tweet them at: @ecoflowers
Visit them at: https://www.facebook.com/WisteriaLaneFlowerShop

DIY Patio Lighting Perfect for Savoring Summer Nights!

Hey Ya’ll,

Since the summer is almost over, I thought I’d feature a few cool DIY solutions for lighting up everyone’s favorite place to spend a hot summer night: the patio!

Most of the projects I found require either a string of lights or votive candles, in addition to the materials you decide to accessorize with (many of which can be found around the house and up-cycled!).

Think Green: If you want to be more eco-friendly, opt for the projects that utilize candles and recycled items. If you decide to use string lights, be sure to purchase energy-efficient LED lights.

One thing is for sure, no matter which one of the projects below strikes your fancy, you’ll end up with lovely patio lighting that’s perfect for savoring what’s left of these hot summer nights under the stars. Enjoy!

Items you’ll need to make these mini fabric lamps via http://www.itstaylormade.com/2012/06/mini-fabric-lamps.html

Drill holes to hang from string lights or simply insert candles! Image and Tutorial via http://inhabitat.com/how-to-recycle-a-tin-can-into-a-gorgeous-outdoor-lantern-for-summer-parties/

Same idea as above, but with bright spray paint! Image and Tutorial via
http://narcissusfloralstudio.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/diy-patio-lights/

Fun project to do with the kids! Image and Tutorial via http://putitinajar.com/crafts/solar_powered_fabric_mason_jar/

Which one of these projects is your favorite? If you have any other fantastic ideas for DIY patio lighting, leave them in the comment section below.
-Brian

How to Plan a Green Wedding!

Hey Ya’ll,

One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed over the last few years, in both industry professionals and the clients we work with, is that to the newest generation approaching adulthood, AKA the Millenials, the idea of “going green” is something that they expect as a matter of course. And while I may be a tad older than the Millenials, I too am a huge proponent of producing green events and doing my part to be good to our planet, so I am happy this is starting to become the norm!

Today, I’m shedding some light on how easy it is to throw an eco-friendly wedding that is not granola and burlap, but stunning and elegant! Here are a few tips that are so easy, you may not even know that you are helping to save the planet.

I’m Hungry:
One of the easiest places to begin your eco-friendly journey is the menu. Just asking that the items presented on your menu are grown locally (within 100 miles), organic, pesticide free and including only free-range meat, you have just done a little greening and without even lifting a finger to to exercise your right to health. Making delicious yet smart food choices food on your big day will make a huge impact not only on your guests, but also on the environment.

Divide and Conquer:
Weddings and events always produce a lot of waste. One way that you can cut back on waste, is by inquiring with the venue you choose as to whether they separate the trash into compostable, biodegradable and recyclable bins. If the venue doesn’t participate in some sort of greening effort, there are waste management companies that will drop off a dumpster at the location, and all of the trash you put into the dumpster will be separated and distributed to their proper locations. Otherwise, you should try to create a recycling system of your own, using bins and signs to help guests understand what goes where!

Flower Power:
Second to the wedding dress, flowers are synonymous with weddings, so if you want fresh cut flowers, find a florist that uses blooms from local and/or organic farms. If you are really feeling green, decorate with potted plants, orchids and flowers that will last much longer. These non-cut arrangements can be recycled after the wedding as a party favor to be a lasting reminder of the special day.

Seeded invitations and confetti via http://www.botanicalpaperworks.com

Evite vs. Invite:
I still believe that for a formal occasion like a wedding, a formal invitation through the mail is the way to go. Paper choices today can be stunning as well as eco-friendly and processed without chlorine; some even have seeds embedded in them that can be planted after it is received, and soy based inks that will do the print job beautifully. To save paper, use a postcard (no envelope) for the reply card. Encourage your guests to recycle their invitation afterward or if you really want to “mail” greenly, use www.cocodot.com or www.paperlesspost.com to send creative invitations via the web.

Blinded by the Light:
Lighting can change the entire look and feel of your wedding, so use LED and incandescent lighting to brighten up your celebration by creating various moods and atmospheres while using less power and energy. If you opt for a daytime wedding, let color be your electricity. Vibrant colored linens, flowers and decor elements will illuminate any space naturally.

Recycled Rentals:
There are a number of areas when it comes to your wedding that you may not have even realized that you were being so conscientious. China, flatware and glassware is all reused and if cleaned with environmentally safe products, that is one step further in the right direction. Beautiful and unique linens from www.latavolalinen.com and www.wildflowerlinens.com get rented over and over again, and most grooms rent their tuxedos as well, all of these things are helping to make the world a more beautiful place. Brides and bridesmaids can also partake in the rental of designer fashions these days, through online sites like www.renttherunway.com and www.onenightaffair.com.

Image via rebelliousbrides.com

By making a few ecologically-aware choices, throwing a green wedding is much easier than most couples about to embark on a lifetime together even imagined. No matter if you are a Baby Boomer, a Gen X or Y’er or a Millennial, anyone can use these tips to start creating a better world that we can all share together.
-Brian