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

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!

Image Credit: Gene Higa – http://www.genehiga.com

Hotel Del Shoot featuring Wildflower Linen

Hotel Del Shoot featuring Wildflower Linen

La Costa Resort and Spa Shoot featuring Wildflower Linen

Hotel Del Shoot featuring Wildflower Linen

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

Friday Favorites: Wildflower Linen Giveaway!!!!

Image Credit: Gene Higa

Hey Ya’ll,

Today’s Friday Favorite is one of my biggest sources of design inspiration as an event planner and one of the leading designers and producers of specialty table linens and chair covers for event rentals in the world: Wildflower Linen.

Founder Youngsong Martin, formerly a nationally known fashion designer and marketer of high-style women’s apparel, launched Wildflower Linen in 2001. I personally had the pleasure of working with her for the first time while hosting the show “Shedding for the Wedding”.

Image from “Shedding for the Wedding” via Pam Scott Photography – http://www.pamelascott.net

Her full-service rental company has since redefined the special-event linen industry in terms of style, glamor and customer care, while becoming a prestigious provider to clients nationwide and abroad, for functions of all sizes, budgets and occasions.

Image Credit: Gene Higa http://www.genehiga.com

As an event planner and designer, I often log onto the Wildflower Linen website to see what is new for the season, or what they have to offer and find inspiration there.

Image Credit: Bauman Photography – http://www.baumanphotographers.com

Linen is a great place to make a statement when designing an event because tables often take up a large portion of a venue and this allows you to incorporate color, patterns and really create a unique space.

Wildflower Linen’s gorgeous line of rental table linens and chair covers has not only dressed the tables of high-end events like the ones that I have helped produce over the years, they’ve also been featured on the big screen in Hollywood blockbusters like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part”, as the exclusive linens of Edward and Bella’s wedding!

Image Credit: Line 8 Photography – http://www.line8.net

Now, I don’t know if any of you consider yourselves “Twi-hards”, but even if you’ve never seen the popular vampire flicks, you have to admit that’s pretty cool!

Wildflower Linen also recently launched their new line of accessories, some of which were inspired by “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” series. The new line features specialty items like table runners, decorative pillow cushions, napkin rings and candle collections including the “Kristy Rice for Wildflower Linen” Collection. And today, they are giving away a chic table runner to one of my lucky readers!!! See below for an example of their table runners, and to find out how to enter…

To enter for a chance to WIN a Wildflower Linen designer table runner (90″L x 18″W):

1. ‘LIKE’ Wildflower Linen on Facebook HERE.

2. Leave a comment below this post, letting me know why your table needs sprucing up with one of Wildflower’s lovely runners.

One lucky winner will be randomly selected from the comment section below by next Friday, July 27, 2012 at 9AM PST. Be sure to check back then to see if you’re our lucky winner!!!

Image Credit: Gene Higa – http://www.genehiga.com

In the meantime, I highly recommend Wildflower Linens to anyone looking to add the utmost in style and elegance to a function’s tabletops, place settings, and chairs–and now, even your home!
-Brian

Find them on the web at: www.wildflowerlinens.com & www.wildflowerlinens.com/blog
Follow them at: www.facebook.com/wildflowerlinen & www.twitter.com/wildflowerlinen
***Giveaway limited to U.S. residents only.***