Bridal Tradition: Something Borrowed

Throughout July, we will be bringing you another mini series! This month we'll be diving into the wedding tradition "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." This bridal rhyme may be dated, but our ideas of how to incorporate each token are full of new life!

Part three of the rhyme "something borrowed," may be one of the most difficult because it tends to be the most limiting. Sometimes you're not the same dress size or shoe size as the other women in your life, or maybe you simply don't have the same taste in style as they do, which can be so limiting in the items you wish to borrow. 

In an effort to not leave you empty handed, we have researched some fresh ideas to help you pick your 'something borrowed.' However, don't let picking an item stress you out too much, and especially this something, since it's supposed to represent happiness and a lifetime of marital bliss! So just remember, whatever you choose for your 'something borrowed' should bring you joy! 

Jewelry 

Borrowing jewelry, unlike shoes, is a much easier fit! You're friend, mom or grandmother may not have your exact style, but maybe you've always admired one of their bracelets or rings. This option is definitely good for an eclectic bride or one who is pretty sentimental.

In case you missed the first two weeks of this series, we talked about ways to incorporate jewelry in both our 'something old' and 'something new' posts, as well. Look back through our posts to get caught up on all you've missed, and be sure to check back next week for some inspiration on 'something blue.'

Shrug or Shawl

A shrug or a shawl can be the perfect 'something borrowed' because the styles can be easily overlapped. Often times your married friends may have already purchased one for their own wedding or special formal event. Shrugs are super practical for winter weddings, but also, a lovely accessory to add some texture and personality for any wedding day look, regardless of the season. Below are some of our favorites, and there are even more pinned to our Pinterest

Bouquet Charms

We mentioned bouquet lockets during the first week of this series as a way of honoring lost loved ones, but we also love this twist for all our sorority sisters! Ask your sisters to borrow their pins and attach them to the ribbon around your bouquet. This is a sweet way to incorporate your sisters, even though they may not all be able to be a part of your wedding party.

Veil or Hair Accessory 

As we've mentioned before, a lot of ideas for fulfilling the four parts of this rhyme overlap, but you are almost definitely going to wear a veil or hair accessory of some sort, so it's worth mentioning that maybe you will be able to borrow one or both items to complete your wedding day look! Think back to your favorite brides looks, and don't be shy. Just ask if you could borrow one of your favorite somethings that they wore. 

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Day of Necessity 

Your need for a last minute something is bound to come up. The question is are you willing to wait and see what that item may be. If you're a spontaneous bride and don't really feel the need to plan each of your somethings out. Then, wait until your wedding day and see what you actually need to pull your look together. It could be as simple as a bobby pin or a touch up of lipstick from one of your maids. If nothing is needed, borrow a penny and stick it in your shoe, face up of course. This tradition is also for good luck and not just happiness. 

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Wedding Tradition: Something New

Throughout July, we will be bringing you another mini series! This month we'll be diving into the wedding tradition "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." This bridal rhyme may be dated, but our ideas of how to incorporate each token are full of new life!

Last week we covered ideas for 'something old;' if you missed it, we'll link that post here to get you caught up! This week we are on to the second part of the rhyme 'something new,' which as it sounds is the opposite of the first part. 'Something old' was honoring the past, while 'something new' celebrates the hope of a future marriage. This symbol is worn for good luck to represent the success the new couple will have together. 

There are overlaps between each part of the rhyme. You may find that the something you want to use is both 'something old' and 'something borrowed,' or maybe its 'something new' and 'something blue.' There isn't a right or wrong way to acquire and combine items; just do what brings you the most joy and pair up items as you see fit! For example, we covered jewelry, perfume and veils last week and this week, so it just depends on your bridal aesthetic how you want to incorporate each item. 

Keep scrolling to see what we came up with for 'something new' and leave us a comment at the end or through social media letting us know what you'll be using as your 'something new' on your wedding day!

Jewelry

If new jewelry is in your budget, then we totally recommend looking into Kendra Scott jewelry. Each piece comes in a different metal tone or color; it's all so customizable! Plus when you sign up to join their mailing list, you can earn fifteen percent off your first purchase! 

If jewelry isn't really in the budget, but you would still like some new pieces, we carry necklaces, earrings and bracelets in all of our stores (everything is marked down from the retail price).

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Shoes

After you've bought your dream dress, shopping for new shoes has got to be one of the most fun things to buy for your bridal look! There is so much freedom to wear whatever shoes you love, whether they are: girlie and sweet; over-the-top and fabulous; quirky and unique; or sporty and comfy. Really, let nothing stop you because they will be hidden under your dress!

Perfume

We talked about perfume last week, but smell is just so important for remembering this special day that it's worth bringing up again this week. If you are going to make perfume your 'something new,' there are really two routes to take. Either work with a professional to create a custom scent just for you, or head over to Ulta and start testing all of their samples 'till you find one you like! If you're creating a custom scent, you can use Google to find someone local, so you can actually smell your fragrance beforehand!

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Tattoo

Getting a tattoo for your wedding day may be a little bit edgier than you're up for, but according to studies about 30% of the population (or three in ten) already have at least one tattoo. So maybe you already have one or maybe you just have a board on Pinterest dedicated to them, either way these inspo photos are going to make you think twice! We love how boldly these couples are declaring their love for each other, with permanent reminders of the commitment they made.

Veil + Hair Accessories

We've covered veils and hair accessories on the blog earlier this year, so we'll link back to those to give you even more ideas. However, one option that we haven't mentioned in either of those blogs are our hair vines. We offer them in silver and gold and they can either be worn vertically like what's pictured below or like a crown/halo. They are the perfect hair accessory for brides who don't want to wear a veil or a flower crown!

Garters

Garters are one of those timeless 'something new' tokens that resulted in a whole other wedding tradition, the garter toss. If you're opting out of this tradition, there are plenty of other choices for your 'something new,' but if you are shopping for a garter, you can find them online or in our store. We have a little bit of everything: some with sparkle, some with lace and some that are even blue.

Robe

A bridal robe can be so necessary to keep your hair and makeup looking fresh while you continue getting ready for the day. Plus, you can find them in all kinds of styles; just look on Etsy or Pinterest or of course, Google. You don't get to wear this 'something new' the whole day, but it still would be a beautiful symbol of good luck and make your getting ready photos look amazing!

Again, we would love to hear what you're planning on using as your 'something new' so leave us a comment on any of our socials. And to see more wedding inspo + new arrivals + behind the scenes action, head over to our pages and follow us on PinterestInstagram, Facebook (ArizonaDenver, & Las Vegas).

Our Brilliant Bride Katie | Tempe Real Wedding | Brilliant Bridal East Valley

Katie and Marc were married at the beginning of February, outside of the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park. Their wedding was full of friends and family and lots of brightly colored, geometric details! If you want the story behind how this sweet pair met and fell in love, you can read their feature on Phoenix Bride & Groom's Blog

Katie said yes to her satin, fit n flare gown at our East Valley location. This Da Vinci dress featured a ruched bodice, sweetheart neckline, and chapel length train. She accessorized her gown with crystal earrings and bracelet to add a little bit of sparkle and a pair of blue TOMS for her "something blue!"

We're so excited for Katie + Marc and loved getting to share in celebrating their special day! We hope they enjoyed their first Fourth of July weekend as a married couple (celebrating five months of marriage)! 

Also, a special thank you to Tracy at Fully Alive Photography for sharing these beautiful photos with us, and a shoutout to all of the amazing vendors that came together to make their wedding dream a reality: Planner - Sharon Parker; Stationary - Greg Brokaw; Florist - Maggie Apel; Cake - Floured Cupcake; Makeup - Caitlin at Facelabs and Alterations - Gemma's Fashion & Sewing.

Wedding Traditions: 'Something Old'

Throughout July, we will be bringing you another mini series! This month we'll be diving into the wedding tradition "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." This bridal rhyme may be dated, but our ideas of how to incorporate each token are full of new life!

Wedding traditions come from some quirky superstitions and silly sayings, but at the core this one is focused on bringing the new couple good luck! The object worn for 'something old' represents continuity and leverages the good fortune of marriages that came before. It's a way of honoring the couples that raised them and bringing that love into their relationship.

As we were researching inspo for 'something old', there was a strong overlap between the parts. You may find that the something you want to use is both 'something old' and 'something borrowed', or maybe its 'something new' and 'something blue.' There isn't a right or wrong way to acquire and combine items; just do what brings you the most joy and pair up items as you see fit! Keep scrolling to see what we came up with for 'something old' and leave us a comment at the end or through social media letting us know what you'll be using as your 'something old' on your wedding day.

Veils

Most of our brides aren't very interested in wearing mom or grandma's dress, but wearing their veil is a sweet way to still incorporate a piece of history. 

Lockets + Photo Charms

By tying a small locket or photo charm around your bridal bouquet you can honor lost, loved ones on your special day. And if you already have your 'something old,' but are looking for other "heartfelt ways to include lost loved ones in your wedding day" click here.

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Jewelry

Jewelry may be the easiest 'something old' to find, whether it's a family heirloom or vintage piece you found on Etsy the options are endless from earrings to necklaces and rings to bracelets. 

Perfume

We got this idea from one of Our Brilliant Brides; she used her grandmothers perfume as a way to include her memory into her wedding day. 

Clutch 

This bridal accessory is super functional for keeping all of your "day of" necessities (lip stick, blotting papers, bobby pins, deodorant). If your mom/aunt/grandma doesn't already have a clutch or coin purse it won't be hard to find one at your local antique store and there is always Etsy for online convenience. 

Hair Combs + Headpieces 

We love the idea of taking part of your grandma/mom's antique wedding dress and having it made into a head piece or hair comb; that way you still get to have a piece of history that's true to you. One of those 'something old' and 'something new' combos.

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Gloves

If you're choosing to tie the knot during a colder month or your wedding has a vintage, Great Gatsby feel, antique gloves would be the perfect addition! Whether they are short and sweet or long and dramatic, gloves can make quite the bridal statement.

Lastly and definitely the most practical 'something old,' would be to use an item you already have, and there is nothing wrong with that! Again, we would love to hear what you're planning on using as your 'something old' so leave us a comment on any of our socials. 

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Our Brilliant Bride Jacey | Gilbert Real Wedding | Brilliant Bridal Phoenix

Our Brilliant Bride Jacey and groom Marcus were married at Seville Golf & Country Club in Gilbert, Arizona this past fall on November 11th. Did you catch that?! Their wedding date is 11-11-2016; like the saying, "it's 11:11 [time], make a wish." These two are true romantics!

Each element of their day was planned with such thoughtfulness from writing their own vows to the unity ceremony to the way they included their precious little one. And you're not going to believe the send offs! Not only did they ride off into the sunset in a horse drawn carriage after the ceremony, but they also had a sparkler send off when they left their reception. These two really know how to make an exit!

Now, we have to talk about how radiant Jacey looked in her Alfred Angelo bridal gown. Her dress featured a ruched bodice with a dropped waistline and ruffled organza skirt. We couldn't be more obsessed with her crystal tiara and statement earrings that compliment the embellished, sweetheart neckline perfectly! She said yes to her dream dress at our Brilliant Bridal Phoenix location a little over six months before her wedding date.

Scroll on for some of our favorite photos from this Arizona wedding by Maite M Photography! And Congrats Jacey + Marcus; we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!