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

#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

YourBash! and the Bacon & Barrels Food Festival

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My YourBash! partner Jaime and I are producing the fun, food-filled Bacon & Barrels event in San Diego this weekend, which is an outdoor festival for bacon lovers and folks who prefer their drinks from a barrel, hence the name!

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The festivities take place in San Diego’s Embarcadero Marina Park South on May 31, 2014. If you LOVE bacon, you’ll definitely want to come for the food and libations and stay for the music, since we booked two great bands, The Stone Foxes and the Black Crystal Wolf Kids to perform live. Tickets for this awesome event are available for purchase HERE.

Bacon.1.HRfbsizeDo you have a great recipe that includes bacon? Let me know in the comment section below! Mmm… Bacon.
-Brian

Look For Me and YourBash! In The Knot’s Spring 2014 Issue On Newsstands Now!

TKM14SP Cover.inddHey Ya’ll,

If you’re planning a wedding or any other big event, do yourself a favor and pick up the Spring 2014 issue of The Knot Magazine on newsstands now.

TKM14SPp136Once you have your hands on its glossy goodness, crack it open and look for the Knot Gala feature (pictured above) on page 136. That’s where you’ll spot me and my giant bride mannequins! In the meantime, for wedding planning ideas you can steal from the gala, go to TheKnot.com/2013gala.
-Brian

Related Posts:

A Peek Behind-the-Scenes + Highlights From The Knot Gala 2013

Top 10 Wedding Ideas To Steal From The Knot Gala!

The Knot Industry Gala (and Me!) in This Month’s CeciStyle Magazine

My Knot Chat Re-Cap!

Rehearsal Dinner Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

Image via blog.theknot.com

Image via blog.theknot.com

Hey Ya’ll,

Years ago, I had the honor of designing my little sister’s wedding down in Laredo, Texas where my grandparents lived and my family has visited for as long as I can remember.  While my sister’s wedding took place in the Cathedral and the reception at an art gallery near by, we threw the rehearsal dinner out at our hunting lease (remember this is Texas) where we had a huge traditional Texas BBQ with all the fix’ns and lots of great fun. For our family, the hunting lease was the source of many wonderful memories and provided a relaxed and stress-free location for everyone to gather and just enjoy the evening in a casual setting that gave all the guests from out of town a glimpse of our family’s traditions.

Images via Project Wedding: http://bit.ly/193Omrc

Images via Project Wedding: http://bit.ly/193Omrc

I love the idea of keeping things relaxed the night before your wedding. You’ve already spent so much time and money planning a big party that there’s no need to go overboard to make your rehearsal dinner on the same level as your wedding day. Instead, simply pick a place or theme that says something about you as a couple or your families. Maybe it’s where you went on your first date, or your favorite restaurant in town, or maybe you’ve got strong Italian roots or you’re both from Texas and you want to host a BBQ!

Find out how to make this fabulous Strawberry Shortcake for a BBQ rehearsal dinner, here: http://bit.ly/193Omrc

Find out how to make this fabulous Strawberry Shortcake for a BBQ rehearsal dinner, here: http://bit.ly/193Omrc

The Project Wedding blog recently featured some great tips for hosting a BBQ themed rehearsal dinner, you can find them here: http://bit.ly/193Omrc.

Image via Project Wedding http://bit.ly/193Omrc

Image via Project Wedding http://bit.ly/193Omrc

Whatever you decide on, try to keep things as simple and easy as possible for yourselves. Even if you decide to host the dinner at your home or a rental space, consider bringing in food from an outside source. Cooking and cleaning up can add stress to an already chaotic time. There’s a restaurant for almost every kind of food, so order ahead of time and just pick it up before the event. Better yet, assign the pick-up to your favorite groomsmen or bridesmaids, they’ll be happy to help out.

Image via SeeJaneBlog.com

Image via SeeJaneBlog.com

If you’re okay with spending a little more, you can always consider having your dinner catered or even having a couple food trucks come to your rehearsal venue. This is a nice option because there’s lots of options and you’re not left with a mess to clean up yourself! Click HERE to read a great blog post about how to do food trucks right by Cloe Bleu.

Another affordable option is hosting a traditional Italian pasta dinner, complete with red and white checkered napkins. I found a great menu HERE for this type of rehearsal dinner that you could add personalized touches to make it your own. Bon Appetit!
-Brian

Take a Peek at My YourBash! Design for the SIIK FM Halloween Party!

Happy Halloween Ya’ll!

My YourBash! business partner Jaime and I designed a great Halloween party for SIIK FM’s Halloween party to benefit The Painted Turtle held at the House of Rock in Santa Monica, CA on Tuesday night.

Check out these great photos from the spooky, star-studded event:

Photo Credit: Chris Pizzello, Invision

The entrance lit up at night! What a difference! Photo Credit: Chris Pizzello, Invision

Photo Credit: Chris Pizzello, Invision

Photo Credit: Chris Pizzello, Invision

Photo Credit: Chris Pizzello, Invision

Photo Credit: Chris Pizzello, Invision

Photo Credit: Chris Pizzello, Invision

Photo Credit: Chris Pizzello, Invision

The food was sponsored by Fresh Brothers Pizza and Chipotle, with beverages by Coca Cola and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. There were musical performances by Kat DeLuna and Karmin. All in all, it was a spectacular event for a good cause.

What do you think of our Halloween inspired design? Let me know in the comment section below.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!
-Brian

Halloween is Almost Here: What Topics Should I Blog About this Year?

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Hey Ya’ll,

I can’t believe September is here and we’re already approaching the mid-way mark! This time of year always gets me thinking about one thing and one thing only: Halloween!

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Last year, I blogged about a different Halloween topic each day in October for my “31 Days of Halloween” series. That was a lot to keep up with–so this year, I’m planning ahead and wanted to get your input on what I should write about. Do you want food tips? Or maybe you’d prefer interior decorating advice for the orange and black (and purple, in my opinion!) themed holiday? Party ideas for entertaining with friends at home or with your entire neighborhood? Or maybe a series dedicated to costumes? Whatever you love most about the holiday, whether it’s the tricks or the treats, let me know and I’ll do my best to cover it!

In the meantime, does anyone already know what they want to dress as this year? I need some ideas…
-Brian