Roles of the Wedding Party by Karen of KDP Events

What would wedding photos be without the entourage of bridesmaids and groomsmen?  The wedding party is typically made up of the closest friends and family to our bride and groom, and they have varied responsibilities to fulfill in order to see that wedding day celebrations run smoothly.  Listed below is a sampling.

•    Best Man - The best man serves as one of two witnesses to the signing of the marriage license.  He is to facilitate the toast both at the rehearsal dinner as well as at the reception.  The best man is to arrange for the bachelor party, hand payments/gratuities to the officiate and other wedding day vendors, as well as keeps the groomsmen close by for photos.  He is also to be sure that the couple’s get away car is awaiting them at the end of the event.
•    Maid or Matron of Honor - She is the second witness to the signing of the marriage license.  She arranges the bridal shower and attends all pre-wedding celebrations.  She is responsible to aid the bride in dress fittings and bustling the train.  If asked, she is to keep secure the bride’s gown, veil, and bouquet at the end of wedding night until the bride returns from her honeymoon.  She is also expected to give a toast at the wedding reception.
•    Groomsmen - These dashing gentlemen are to assist in any additional duties that the bride’s or groom’s family ask them to help with.  They are expected to participate in the reception celebration and stay until the end of the event.
•    Bridesmaids - These lovely ladies are to aid with the bridal shower and mingle with guests at the reception, pack up the bride’s personal belongings at the venue and make sure that they are in the get away vehicle for the bride to take on her wedding night.
•    Flower Girls and Ring Bearers - These tikes are expected to scatter petals or bear the ring at the ceremony, be available for wedding party photos, and be adorable.  Their parents are expected to be involved in caring for these children and provide their transportation to the events.

A wedding party may encompass a range of siblings, family members, and friends from the span of the couple’s lifetime, or just be a select few.  In any case, the wedding celebration is to be filled with joy and laughter in abundance, and our wedding party magnifies this for their bride and groom.

- Karen Podrasky of KDP Events 


$95 Memorial Day Bridal Gown Sale This Weekend!

We always love the chance to have a good sale at Brilliant Bridal!  Last year we had a huge response to our biggest bridal gown clearance sale ever, and this year with our recently opened 5th location in Las Vegas participating it will be even bigger!

Celebrate the start of Summer with an amazing deal on your designer bridal gown.  Join us Saturday May 28th - Monday May 30th at any of our five Brilliant Bridal locations where we will be blowing out designer bridal gowns for just $95!

We are constantly needing to make more room for new inventory at Brilliant Bridal.  That's just how our off-the-rack bridal store concept works!  And sometimes to really get wedding dresses moving out the doors, we mark them way down so we can get the new styles on the floor.  There will be mark downs all throughout our stores but the real savings will be in our bridal gowns marked down to just $95!

If you know you're planning to do some shopping this weekend make sure to call your store or schedule an appointment online to get on our calendar today!  If you're planning on hanging around the pool and might do some shopping if the mood strikes, we always welcome walk-ins (though we do anticipate wait times this weekend and can not guarantee dressing room availability.)  Visit our locations page for the hours, address and other info of the Brilliant Bridal location nearest you and we'll see you this weekend (if not at the store, we'll meet ya at the pool after work!).

*Bridal gown clearance sale may not be combined with any other coupons, discounts, or other offers.


10 Practical Wedding DIY Crafts

When it comes to wedding DIY - it can go two ways. you can choose a few wedding DIY projects to help save costs on your wedding while adding cute flair & personality. OR you can spiral into a DIY black hole by trying to do everything yourself which may turn into your bridal party turning against you and spending even more money than you intended! But don't worry girl, we got you. We've rounded up the top 10 practical DIY weddings crafts that can save you money & are bridal party friendly! 

1. Glitter Cutlery - The perfect accessory for a food truck wedding!

2. Brown Bottle Tablescapes - Do you and your hubby-to-be love to drink beer? Then this project is perfect for you! via SouthBound Bride

3. Flower Curtain - Carnations are a very cost effective flower choice! String these up with fishing wire and you're good to go! Via Mod Wedding

4. This Simple Wedding Arch - You don't have to go all out to make a stunning ceremony backdrop. Via Buzzfeed

5. Free Wedding Printables - Did someone say free!?! via Popsugar

6. Baby's Breath Flower Crown - so easy! Via Beau Coup

7. DIY Giant Jenga - Because a little competition never hurt anyone. via Lemon Thistle

8. Bulk Flowers Online - Did we change your life yet? 

9. Wedding Favors - Box of Rice Krispies & Marsmallows. You can't beat that. Via Tulle & Chantilly

10. Mirror Menu - Save $$ on printing menus and create a beautiful menu on a mirror for your guests! Via Coco29

And one bonus, because, dessert.- DIY Smores  via I Floyd Photography

What are your favorite DIY projects? Comment below! 

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Our Brilliant Brides | Real Wedding | Erin + Elana


We are so thrilled to finally share photos from Erin + Elana's wedding! These ladies hosted their wedding at the beautiful Paseo Event Venue which is located at the foothills of the Superstition Mountains. Elana purchased her gown from our East Valley location a few months before her March 2016 wedding. The fun and exciting part of shopping for Elana was finding a gown that was true to her own style but also complimented Erin's dress.

Elana selected a gorgeous lace David Tutera gown that fit her personality so well! Sweet, feminine and delicate! The v neck straps and dramatic buttons on the back of the dress were the perfect classical touch. Elana & Erin definitely have similar tastes as they both rocked lace dresses with dramatic backs, but each chose a dress to let their personal bridal style shine. Our stylists did an amazing job at selecting the perfect dress for Elana!

One of our favorite moments from Erin & Elana's wedding is their first look! They both exchanged love notes before the wedding and held hands from around one of The Paseo's beautiful sliding barn doors. After a few picture perfect moments, they both stepped out to see each other for the first time. You can just feel their love through these photos! 

Their photographer, Suzy Goodrick, did a phenomenal job capturing Erin + Elena's big day. You can see more beautiful photos from Erin & Elana's wedding on Suzy's blog post. Thank you, Suzy for sharing these wonderful photos with us! 



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Our Brilliant Bride | Real Wedding | Jordyn + Cody

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We love Jordyn + Cody's love story.  It's so romantic.  They met at Staples.  Yep.  Office supplies.  Just goes to show you never know when and where you'll find "the one"!  5 years later Jordyn + Cody tied the knot at Val Vista Lakes with Jordyn wearing a beautiful gown, sash and veil her bridal stylist helped her to put together at our East Valley location.

Jordyn was absolutely stunning in her lace trumpet gown from Allure Bridals.  The cathedral veil and rhinestone sash from our private collection of bridal accessories complimented her gown and amazing BADGLEY MISCHKA shoes (!) perfectly. 

One of our favorite Arizona photographers April Maura captured Jordyn + Cody's day beautifully and we're so thankful to her for sharing these images with us!  Check out April's blog for more of this stunning Arizona wedding!

Ceremony Venue: L VISTA LAKES

Reception Venue: VAL VISTA LAKES




Dress: LURE


Bride’s Jewelry: DILLARDS

Bride’s Cathedral Veil: ILLIANT BRIDAL

Bride’s Shoe Brand: ADGLEY MISCHKA

Bridesmaid dresses: DILLARDS

Grooms attire: MEN’S WEARHOUSE


Guest’s favors: SHAMROCK COFFEE


Calligraphy: (Invites) TSY HAPPY LIFE PRINTABLES & (Signs) Janet Scarpelli