My Friend Maradee’s Bridal Styling Tips on iHeart Radio

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My friend Maradee Wahl is a professional bridal stylist who specializes in assisting the Bride. . . Dressing, Styling, & Ensuring Against Emergencies! She was recently interviewed on iHeart Radio’s ‘Bridal Bar Radio’ and I thought I’d share the link here for anyone looking for advice or a fantastic bridal stylist for hire.

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If you love her tips and you’d like to connect with her, you can find her on Twitter via the handle @dearmaradee, as well as here: http://maradeewahl.com/ or herehttp://dearmaradee.com.
-Brian

Flowers for Every Season: Spring Blooms

Found on borrowedandbleu.com

Found on borrowedandbleu.com

Hey Y’all,

With all of the different colors and types of flowers to choose from, picking a selection for your ceremony and reception can be difficult. However, just as your wedding menu will typically reflect the time of year you are getting married and the location you are getting married at, those two things will also tend to lend themselves to the rest of your design choices.  The most obvious of which being flowers, since each type of bloom is in season at different times of the year. Color trends will also help to guide you in the right direction when making design choices. For all of you spring brides, here’s a quick guide to flowers that are currently in bloom.

Found on blog.myweddingreceptionideas.com

Found on blog.myweddingreceptionideas.com

For a broader guide to seasonal flowers for your wedding, click HERE.
-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

Potty Like a Rockstar!

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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

My Tastemaker Tips Featured in the New Issue of The Knot: Southern California – On Newsstands Now!

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Did you know that one of my favorite wedding websites, www.theknot.com, also publishes a gorgeous n’ glossy magazine? In fact, I’m featured in the current issue of The Knot: Southern California (on newsstands now through August 2013) and you can find my advice, along with a few other industry experts, in the STYLE section, in an article called, “6 Ways to Style Your Wedding”.

Brian Worley007The photography that accompanies the article is really cute. I hope you’ll pick up a copy the next time you’re out! Here’s a sneak peek at the rest of the feature…

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-Brian

7 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

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Hey Ya’ll,

Today, I’m sharing my best advice for staying healthy over the holidays because let’s face it, with the cold weather, the stress, traveling, and all the binge eating and drinking, it’s pretty darn easy to get sick this time of year!

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1) Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.  Water is essential for good health. Alcohol and warm holiday drinks function like diuretics so make sure to drink lots of water to reduce your chances of getting sick.

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2) Get a flu shot.  Flu season last until spring, so there is plenty of time to deep the benefits of a flu shot to help keep you from getting sick, especially when you will be interacting and socializing more than usual and coming in contact with lots and lots of people.

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3) Get plenty of sleep!  The holidays bring on the added pressure of not only your everyday job and life, but attending holiday parties, shopping, entertaining guests, etc… so maintain a regular sleep schedule as much as possible.  Schedule a 15 – 30 minute power nap during the day to help you stay refreshed.

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4) Kick up the Vitamins.  Add a little extra Vitamin C to your daily intake, some B-12 and even a multivitamin to help boost your immune system. With all the processed foods and sweets that you may be adding to your diet during the holidays, a little vitamin boost can do wonders!

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5) Don’t starve and binge. The idea that you will skip breakfast to indulge at the holiday party that evening is not healthy. Keep your routine for three meals a day rather than saving them all for one sitting.  Eat healthy, nutritious foods and try to splurge in moderation.  This is the most difficult one for me, I have the world’s worst sweet tooth and I want to try everything, a couple times over. LOL!  Enjoy the foods you love… and LOVE every minute of it!  Savor the flavor!  Sugar also weakens the immune system.

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6) Avoid stress!  Don’t try to conquer the world during the holidays, avoid taking on too much and keep your life as on schedule and streamlined as possible.  Shop online rather than dealing with the crowds at the mall and the crazy parking lots. Attend parties that you really want to attend rather than the ones you feel obligated to attend so that you can keep yourself from feeling fatigued.

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7) Keep up with your exercise routine.  Exercise is the first thing to go when life starts to get hectic, so make time in your day, even if only for 30 minutes to take a walk, hit the stair master, or pump a few weights. Also, don’t over overtax your body, if you do that can also cause your body to shut down, making you more susceptible to fatigue and getting sick. Moderation is key, just because you ate your way through every holiday party you were invited to, does not mean you have to kill yourself in the gym trying to work it all off.

Bonus Tip: Wash your hands often and use hand-sanitizer while traveling. What’s your BEST tip for staying healthy over the holidays?

If you do end up getting sick, I prescribe a lot of hot cocoa, chicken noodle soup and a movie marathon of all your fav holiday movies. (Click HERE for My Top 7 Holiday Movie List!) Be well my friends!
-Brian