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

How to Personalize Your Wedding with Lighting

Hey Ya’ll,

Happy hump day! I hope you all had a fabulous Labor Day weekend. Let me know what you were up to over the holiday in the comment section below. Today’s tip, as featured by Wedding Bells magazine, is all about personalizing your wedding through lighting.

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Lighting changes everything. The type of lighting you choose is a huge factor in setting the mood for both your ceremony and your reception. Be creative with the lighting above your guests…

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…as well as on the tables and walls…

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…and even the floor below!

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If you’re going for a romantic, vintage-feel, candles are a beautiful choice. They light up the space in such a natural way, and so the more candles to illuminate the room, the better!

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If you want to take a modern approach, LED lighting that can change color throughout the evening is a great choice.

Use this type of lighting to create fun and different vibes as you change from speeches to food to dancing.

For a rustic wedding or any reception that takes place outdoors, consider twinkling lights or glowing lanterns hung from the rafters or surrounding trees.

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For a green option, you can even use solar powered lighting or upcycle old mason jars on your wedding day!

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These are just a few of the simple ways that you can light up your wedding ceremony and reception in a way that its uniquely YOU!
-Brian

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Wildflower Linen Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Hey Ya’ll,

I’m glad so many of you took the opportunity to enter our Wildflower Linen giveaway this week! Unfortunately, we can only have one winner. 😦 So, without further ado, our lucky reader is: Kelly Huddy!

Kelly, we love that you discovered Wildflower Linen after researching the linens used for Edward and Bella’s wedding. We hope that you’ll send photos of the runner being used at your own fairytale wedding! In the meantime, please send an email to BrianWorley007@gmail.com, with your full name and mailing address, so that we can send you your Twilightinspired table runner compliments of Wildflower Linen!

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I bet some of you didn’t realize that by using rented linens and chair covers from companies like Wildflower Linen, you’re doing your part to help reduce waste on your wedding day. Actually, there are plenty of more fun ways that you can reduce, reuse and recycle on your big day…

Check back in with me on Monday morning, for all of my best tips on how to plan a green wedding!
-Brian