Sneak Peek at My Costa Rica Trip and Photo Shoot

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A teaser of what’s to come from our ‘Destination I Do’ photo shoot in Costa Rica.

Hey Y’all,

I’ve been so busy with work I haven’t had a chance to post any snapshots from my trip to Costa Rica here, although you may have already seen some on my social channels.

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As I said in my initial post about this trip, the people that I had the opportunity to travel and work with on this job were a real ‘dream team’. Our photographer, Laura Grier from Beautiful Day Photography, posted a collection of her snapshots (mostly us having a great time, a few of the design process and photo shoot) and you can check them out, here: http://beautifuldayphotography.com/2014/05/four-seasons-in-guanacaste-costa-rica-fam-trip/

As you can see from the photo gallery, we had a blast together. The photo shoot turned out even better than we expected, but it will have to remain under wraps until the the special issue of Destination I Do magazine comes out. I’ll be sure to keep you posted! Have a fantastic weekend, everybody!
-Brian

#BWorleyTips: How to Be a Great Host

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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…

FCG-birthdayQ: 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

#BWorleyTips: Your Questions, My Answers!

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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

I’m Speaking at Engage! 14 Bachelor Gulch

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It’s almost time for another spectacular Engage! Luxury Wedding Business Summit! This time, the event takes place at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch on Beaver Creek Mountain in Colorado.

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 11.58.50 AMThe Engage! 14 website is now live, so please visit for all of the details: http://bachelorgulch.engage14.net.

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 12.34.09 PMThere, you’ll find their full lineup of speakers, which I’m excited to announce will once again include me. This event marks the third time I have been invited to speak to the attendees about my experience as a wedding planner and event producer. Also, much like Engage! 13 and Engage! 12, I’ll be sure to share some of my best tips and photos with you throughout the 3-day event taking place June 1-4, 2014.
-Brian

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

My Favorite Tent Design Yet (Again!) for the 2013 Teen Choice Awards

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For the last five years, one of my favorite events to design is the tent for the Teen Choice Awards.

photo[5]The design is always dictated by the surfboards that are awarded by the teens to the winners. Since the theme for the surfboards changes from year to year, my tent design does too!

photo[6]During the event, I kept trying to think of an award show from when I was the age of the teens and celebrities involved… and I honestly could not think of anything that would be the equivalent of this show.

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Other than getting slimed at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, but I guess that shows how old I am.

photo[3]It’s fun to see what teens are interested in at the show every year, as well as the current fashion trends. I managed to spot a couple celebs on the carpet… can you name either one?

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Some of the biggest stars of the night had to be the popular boy band, One Direction.

photo[9] I spotted them (above) on the red carpet from behind and got to check out their performance during the show.

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photo[7]In terms of how the tent turned out, this may be one of my favorite Teen Choice Awards to date but then again, I say that every year!
-Brian

My Top Five Tips for Creating Stunning Tablescapes!

Hey Ya’ll,

When it comes to creating stunning tablescapes, I always try to focus on five key elements to ensure that my designs are as extraordinary as the event.

First, remember to keep your centerpieces either very low or very high. I like to either use items that are no taller than twelve inches, or create taller centerpieces using a thin or transparent base, so that your guests can see each other while seated.

Typically, guests are seated next to someone they already know or came with, so help keep the conversation flowing throughout the evening by giving everyone at the table an opportunity to meet their table-mates. This makes for a much more fun evening than one where flowers are blocking your view and ability to socialize. Remember, you’re spending a lot of time and money on your centerpieces with the hope that they will be admired by your guests, not pushed to the side so that they aren’t blocking everyone’s line of vision.

Second, when I design a wedding or event I always like to create what I call “Hills and Valleys”.  This means mixing tall arrangements that are eye level and will always be seen, with shorter arrangements that add color and texture to each table. I recommend using a combination of different varieties and styles rather than just one unified arrangement.

Variety is the spice of life and so having three different versions that share a cohesive style will make the reception look more unique and up-scale, as opposed to a corporate event where everything is often uniform.

Third, stunning tablescapes don’t always require extravagant floral arrangements as the centerpiece. Try using potted plants like orchids and succulents in beautiful arrangements that all of your guests can take home at the end of the evening.

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This is an excellent “GREEN” option, and perfect for charity events because you can sell the arrangements at the end of the evening as an opportunity to make your money back and cover the cost of the decor.

Forth, I love incorporating lots of candles when creating a stunning and romantic tablescape.  Natural lighting is one of the best ways to create impact while keeping your budget in check. If you are spending money on beautiful table arrangements, you need to “pin spot” them to ensure that they get the pop of light they deserve. Pin spotting is when you light each table from the ceiling or from lights around the room that are focused directly on the centerpiece so that it pops! If your budget restricts having pin spots, bump up the amount of candles you are using in order to create your own natural glow to illuminate your centerpiece… if you are paying to have a centerpiece, it is important to light them so everyone sees them throughout the entire event.

Fifth, if flowers and candles are not your thing or your budget just won’t allow for them, you can still create a stunning tablescape with a little creativity!  Try building your centerpieces out of found objects or items that relate to the event in some way. A collection of giant shells, vintage books, interesting rocks, unique blown glass, feathers, or interesting uses of paper, are all great alternative tablescape materials.

Images via my friends at The Hollywood Candy Girls: http://www.customcandybuffetbars.com

You could even use edible centerpieces or build a mini “candy island” (aka candy buffet) on each table using your favorite candies with jars and scoops.

Be sure to include small to-go bags though, so you’re not left with buckets of leftover candy. Have fun with it and try to think outside of the box!

Your tables scapes are the cherry on top of the event you’re designing! Use this opportunity to create something extraordinary that will keep your guests buzzing all night. Good luck!
-Brian