Wedding DIY Projects

Pinterest, magazines and wedding blogs can all help spark some creativity for wedding ideas. Although, remember that you don’t always have to purchase the exact flowers, centerpieces or tablecloths that you see. There are many easy ways to create your wedding décor all by yourself! Not only will this cut down on costs and allow you to spend your wedding budget in other ways, but it will also allow you to get personal and make each aspect specifically what you dreamed of in your head. Your creativity, inspiration and ideas can lead you to create the wedding of your dreams!

Each element of your wedding can be easily turned into a DIY project. From the vases to the candleholders, even smaller elements of your wedding can be individualized to your liking. Here are some ideas on DIY wedding décor for your special day!

Wooden Signs

Wooden signs add a cute, boho feel to any wedding celebration. These signs can direct the guests to the ceremony or celebrations or even to let them know what food is which at the buffet. There are many places where these signs can be incorporated and thankfully they only require a few materials. You will need smooth, wood pieces {they don’t all have to be the same size, shape, etc.}, stencils and either paint pens or paint and a paintbrush.

1.     Take the piece of wood and place the stencils on the wood to spell out the words you want.

2.     Trace the stencils with a pencil so you have the outline shapes of each letter.

3.     Remove the stencil and begin to fill in the letters with either the paint pens or paint.

4.     Let them dry and you will have amazing signs for your wedding!

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Lanterns

Lanterns are a great way to incorporate a different kind of item into your wedding décor. Inexpensive lanterns are available to purchase at places such as Michaels and Ikea. Although you can place a candle in the lantern for a more traditional look, you can also add flowers to the inside of the lantern or any other item that matches your theme. All you need are the lanterns and then whatever item you want to put inside!

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Suspended Flower Strings

Looking to add some more flowers to your wedding but want a new way to incorporate them? We love the look of hanging flower strings and think they are perfect for hanging around your celebrations or hanging from an altar. All you need is string, twine or a clear cord and flowers.

1.     Take the ball of string, twine or cord and cut long lines from the spool.

2.     Cut the stems off of your flowers so it is just the tops of the flowers.

3.     Attach the flowers to the long piece of string, twine or clear cord, making sure they are evenly spaced out so there is some distance between them.

4.     Once they are all tied onto the string, hang up and take some pictures!

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We hope we sparked some inspiration but remember to search for easy DIY ideas on Pinterest and the internet, too! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more easy wedding diy projects and ways to save $$ for your big day! 

 

 

 

Proposal Photoshoot

Grooms - this blog post is for you! Planning the perfect proposal takes time, dedication, secrecy and great logistics! When you're putting all of that work into proposing to your future hubby, why not capture this timeless moment on video or photo!? 

Proposal photo shoots are the perfect way to capture the engagement in real time! Doing a proposal photo shoot will capture the moments of sheer happiness right after you get engaged.  These photos that you capture the perfect photo op for you to share on Facebook to announce your engagement!  Here are a few tips & tricks on planning the perfect proposal photo shoot! 

Tell Your Squad

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So, you've got the ring and you've got a date set to propose. The next step is telling you & your fiance's inner circle. Be sure to share the news or ask her parents for approval and also share with your and her best friends! Be sure not to tell too many people - you won't want someone to slip and give away the big surprise! 

Pick the Perfect Location

Now that you've got the ring and her friends & family's permission, you'll have to find the perfect proposal location. Take her to the spot where you first met, had your first kiss or first date. Take her to the spot where you exchanged 'I love you's' for the first time. What does your soon to be hubby like to do? Think about her hobbies, favorite restaurants, things on her bucket list. From here you can choose the perfect location to pop the question! 

 Pick Your Paparazzi

Now that you've got your location in mind, it's time to bring in the backup! You'll want to spend a few weeks researching different photographers and possibly videographers to inquire about their pricing and availability for your proposal! When you're reaching out to these vendors, give them as much information as possible up front to avoid the back and forth. In your initial email, share the date, time, location, hour(s) needed and estimated budget you have for the proposal. After you've found a photographer that will work, you're onto your next step! 

(Somewhat) Prep Your Boo

 You won't want to give the surprise away BUT you will want your future fiance to have her nails done and photo ready! We promise, you don't want to put all of this work into a proposal photoshoot and have your fiance not happy with how she looks in the photos because you didn't tell her to get ready! (We can just imagine the meltdown now.. don't skip this step!) If you feel like you'll give the surprise away  - bring in the backup. Ask her best friend to take her to get her nails and makeup done. A day with the girls is less suspicious than you telling her to go get her nails done. 

 

Guys - take it from us - she will LOVE the fact that you took the time to put together a proposal photo shoot. If you take us up on our advice, tag us in your proposal pics, we'd love to see them! 

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Our Brilliant Bride Maura | Real Wedding | Brilliant Bridal East Valley

We're ringing in the New Year with the perfect wedding celebration! With Arizona being Brilliant Bridals' "home state", we're suckers for a good desert wedding.  And Maura + Jacob's does not disappoint! These two were married in October at Superstition Manor, right on the border of the desert wilderness with amazing views of the Superstition Mountains.

Maura wore a true princess gown from Casablanca Bridal and a classic cut edge veil from our exclusive veil collection.

There's so many fun highlights from this couple's wedding, but some of our favorites include the "first look" between Maura and her dad, all of the blush and gold details, and the bubbles at the ceremony exit! Thanks to our good friend April at April Maura Photography for sharing all of these images with us!

2017 Pantone Color of the Year

With the new year comes new trends, new ideas and new wedding concepts! As always, picking wedding colors comes down to your bridal style and personal preference,  along with matching with the selected theme. We're so excited to share a few color trends we're looking forward to in 2017. We're going to see a few of our favorite colors & trends from 2015 and 2016 - but with a fun & new twist! 

The 2017 Pantone color of the year is greenery. According to Pantone’s website, greenery is “a refreshing and revitalizing shade…symbolic of new beginnings.” Pantone also mentioned that the color represents the “pursuit of personal passions and vitality.” Greens are used frequently in wedding celebrations regardless of the theme.

Color reflects personal style, but here are some ideas for 2017 wedding color combinations.

Greenery, White + Wood

Wood has been a popular element for bohemian and rustic weddings. This color combination represents earth, nature and stability. Below are a few examples of how greenery, white and wood can be incorporated into your special celebration - including decor such as centerpieces, wood features and flowers and shrubbery.

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Greenery, Burgundy + White

For brides who want to bring richer, darker colors into their celebrations, burgundy is a great color to incorporate. Not only does it add a sultry element, but it also is great for the beginning of the new year when the temperatures are lower. This burgundy color can be added in with flowers, candles or bridesmaid dresses.

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Greenery, Blush + Gold

Blush is soft, delicate color that exudes femininity. However, it isn’t too overwhelming and adds a very subtle pop of color. Blush and gold really complement each other and the greenery elements will bring luxurious tones to your wedding festivities.

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Greenery, Sky Blue + White

White and various shades of blues are perfect for weddings at almost every time of year. YOu can incorporate sky blue in your flowers, linens and bridesmaids dresses. Sky blue is a calming color which also exudes respect and inspiration.

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Overall, greenery can really be added to any color combination. Happy planning and we hope you can find a way to add greenery, the 2017 color of the year, into your wedding! 

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2017 January Bridal Shows | Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas

It's our favorite time of year, bridal show season!  This month you can find Brilliant Bridal at the Arizona Bridal Show in Phoenix, the Rocky Mountain Bridal Show in Denver and the Bridal Spectacular in Las Vegas! 

And we will of course be bringing our hugely popular Wear It to Win It contest to each of these great cities!  In each location, we will be giving away multiple prizes for each day the bridal show runs.  Prizes include:

  • Date Night!  Dinner and a movie for two.
  • A super cute "Future Mrs." tank top.
  • A bridal garter from our exclusive collection.
  • A $100 Brilliant Bridal Gift Certificate!
  • AND MORE!

So now that you're pumped about the swag, let's talk about how to enter, because this contest literally could not be easier to enter.

  1. Stop by the Brilliant Bridal bridal show booth.
  2. Pick up one of our signature teal mini veils and wear it while you're checking out the rest of the bridal show.
  3. Get "caught" wearing your veil by our super secret contest spy!
  4. Take your winner picture for social media.
  5. Celebrate being an awesome winner!

Stay tuned for more details over the next few weeks about each specific bridal show.  We can't wait to meet you in Phoenix, Denver and Las Vegas!