We Won! The Knot Best of Weddings 2019

the knot best of weddings 2019

WINNER IN THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2019

Twelfth Annual Best of Weddings Awards, from the #1 Wedding Planning Website

Thanks to the stories and experiences you've all shared on The Knot over the past year, we are so excited to announce Brilliant Bridal is a winner of The Knot Best of Weddings 2019! 🎉

This award is especially meaningful to us because it's not like a Grammy or an Oscar, it's like a People's Choice award. Meaning, we wouldn't have won it without the votes from you, our sweet brides!! 👰

And not only do your reviews earn us fun awards. You help us earn the opportunity to continue helping more brides find their dream dress for less! Over 80% of brides-to-be read reviews before working with a wedding vendor. You did, right? 💁‍♀️ So when you share your experience at Brilliant Bridal it helps other brides know they will have a great time shopping at one of our boutiques!

If you haven't had the chance yet to share your Brilliant Bridal experience online, we would so appreciate if you took a couple minutes to write a review for us. You can copy and paste your review anywhere you'd like, but the places that brides visit the most are: The Knot, Wedding Wire, Yelp and Facebook (Arizona, Denver, Las Vegas + Dallas). Just make sure you are reviewing the Brilliant Bridal location you visited, and if you remember the name of the bridal stylist you worked with, we are all about name dropping. 😉

Eat Drink & Be Married

Since December is filled with all things holiday prep: shopping for gifts, 🛍 baking delicious goodies, 🍪 decorating the house, ✨ writing Christmas cards, ✍️ and wrapping presents, 🎁 we wanted to create a wedding dress shopping experience that was all the holiday fun without the holiday stress! And our hope is that Eat Drink & Be Married will be just that for you and your friends & family.

This Saturday kicks off the month long festivity leading up to Christmas. All of our shops will be adding an extra level of merriment by serving holiday treats 🍫and appley-ever-after cider ☕️ to celebrate your love story! (hence the Eat Drink & Be Married name 😉) Then after your appointment, you and your girls can take a cute boomerang in front of the Christmas decorations. 🎄 #eatdrinkandbemarried

EAT DRINK & BE MARRIED | December 1st - December 23rd

So come Eat Drink & Be Married, and enjoy some stress-free festivities with your favorite people! 👰👯‍♀️Click the 'Book Your Appointment' button to reserve your spot. Exclusive to appointments scheduled between December 1st - December 23rd.

How To Have amazing Wedding Food on a Budget

In today’s foodie climate, we’re all grateful that wedding food has evolved beyond dry chicken and overcooked vegetables. According to Martha Stewart food and drink eats up at least 40% of your total wedding budget (and she isn’t ever wrong when it comes to feeding people).

But what if you want amazing food with a normal person’s budget? And you’re thinking, “how do I feed all of those people?!” We’ve gathered some of our favorite big crowd/ low budget food options, so you don’t have to sacrifice taste or aesthetics! 🥂 Here’s to having your cake and eating it too!

Grazing Tables

Not only are grazing tables one of the hottest food trends, they’re also incredibly, budget-friendly. Think of grazing tables as a giant, beautiful, charcuterie-board. The meats + cheeses will be the majority of the expense here, but you can add so many inexpensive goodies that you can buy in bulk from Costco. Think olives, crackers, fruit 🍇, nuts 🌰, breads, cut veggies 🥒 + dip, etc. This is an especially great option, if you’re hosting your wedding at a time that doesn’t demand a full meal. But don’t get us wrong, we would be more than happy to attend a wedding featuring one of these!

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VIA boho-weddings.com

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VIA stylemycelebration.com.au

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VIA One Fab Day

Brunch

Bringing your favorite “Sunday Funday” meal to your wedding is a sure fire way that no one will go hungry without breaking the bank, and really, who doesn’t love brunch?! Eggs, doughnuts, pancakes, waffles, fruit - all of your brunch staples will cost significantly less than other dinner meal alternatives. Add a signature bacon station 🥓 or a standout doughnut wall 🍩 to up the visual aesthetic of a brunch wedding.

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VIA Inspired By This

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VIA Mod Wedding

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VIA Wedding Chicks

Taco Bar

If you are planning an evening wedding where food is normally expected, a self-serve taco bar is one of the least expensive ways you can feed your guests a full meal. And who doesn’t love tacos? 🌮❤️Make sure to include plenty of fun, tasty toppings like: mango, pickled onions, cilantro and - can you even eat tacos without guac? 🥑

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VIA Pinterest

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VIA Pinterest

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VIA Pure Wow

Barbeque

If you’re planning an outdoor or summer 🌞 wedding, barbecuing is a great, budget-friendly option. You would think this would cost more, since it is heavy on the meat. However, you can still feed a crowd because BBQ is slow cooked which allows your cater to use less expensive cuts-of-meat. Plus, traditional barbecue sides like: coleslaw, beans and mac and cheese 🧀 are also very affordable and easy to prepare for lots of people. Up the elegance level, by serving a BBQ meal plated rather than on a buffet line or family style.

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VIA The Knot

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VIA pinterest

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Via wedmagz

Let us know in the comments if you have a great idea for how to save on wedding food! And check us out on social media for more wedding tips  + new arrivals + BTS action. 

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20% Off Every Dress | Black Friday Weekend

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Brad LivenGood Photography

Black Friday is in less than a week, and our biggest sale of the year is coming. Every dress in our collection will be an extra 20% off! 🙌 Click the button to secure your spot.

 

Black Friday weekend 🖤🍂 is for sure our favorite because it’s so much easier for brides to get their tribes together. 👰👯‍♀️ Watching them say ‘YES’ to the dress is just that much sweeter, when their important people are present for the big decision!

Shop Our Biggest Sale Of The Year | 20% OFF EVERY DRESS

So after you've shaken off your Thanksgiving turkey 🍗 coma, join us Black Friday (Friday, November 23rd) - Sunday, November 25th for our Black Friday Sale. All five stores will have every designer gown discounted an additional 20% off! If you didn’t know, all the wedding dresses in our collection are already marked 30 - 80% off the retail price. This Thanksgiving sale will easily save you hundreds of dollars and give you a little something extra to be thankful for!! 🙏

You’ll get three full days to shop for your wedding dress! So pick your day, 🗓 text your girls, 📱 and come visit us for unbelievably priced gowns that you can take home with you that day! Now that we’ve covered the details, please note we will be:

CLOSING EARLY Thanksgiving Eve, November 21st
& CLOSED Thanksgiving Day

 

6 Times When You Shouldn't Wear Your Engagement Ring

   @lex.joness   Engagement ring from     @Bluenilediamond   via @instagram

@lex.joness Engagement ring from @Bluenilediamond via @instagram

Whether you’re currently engaged or soon to be one of the lucky ones who will get engaged this holiday season, there’s really nothing you want less than to take your engagement ring off. And we don’t blame you! That sparkly ring is now the symbol of your eternal love, but it’s probably one of the most valuable items you’ll ever own. While a diamond is the strongest gemstone, there are still some times when it’s better to take your ring off for safekeeping.

But have no fear! We’ve compiled a list of the six times you shouldn’t wear your engagement ring, as well as a few other tips to keep your ring shining its best. 💍

1. While You’re Sleeping

You may be thinking, “What damage could I possibly do while I’m sleeping?” 😴 Turns out, while you’re catching ZZZs, your ring can get caught on your bedding and even your hair, especially if you toss and turn in the night. This can loosen the stones or bend the setting. If your ring has sharp edges or prongs, you could also scratch yourself or your significant other during your slumber.

Keeping a ring dish on your nightstand is a great way to remind yourself to remove your ring before hitting the sheets and get a good night’s sleep knowing that it’s safe by your bedside.

2. Working Out

If it’s cardio day 🏃‍♀️ on your gym schedule and you plan on sweating it out on the treadmill or in a spin class, it’s safe to keep your ring on. However if you’re planning on doing exercises that involve weights, it’s better to keep your ring safe at home and reunite with it after your shower. Free weights 🏋️‍♀️ can cause scratches, chips, and even loosen stones, not to mention your finger can get pinched! If your finger is feeling naked without it on, companies like Enso Rings offer silicone ring alternatives for when it’s not safe to wear your real one.

3. Doing Household Chores

Everyday tasks such as cleaning, gardening, and moving furniture can cause accidental damage to your ring. When handling cleaning products, be sure to wear rubber gloves to protect it from the harsh and abrasive chemicals found in many household cleaning-agents. While these cleaning products make your living space sparkle, they make your ring dull.

4. Primping

Lotions and other beauty products such as moisturizers, sunscreen, and oils are some of the biggest culprits of diamond ring dullness. Applying these products while you’re wearing your ring will cause product to buildup over time. Other beauty products such as toothpaste and acetone can even discolor or weaken your ring. To keep your symbol of love in mint condition, make it part of your beauty routine to put your ring on after you’ve finished doing your. If you forget to take it off, be sure to gently clean it to prevent buildup.

5. Cooking

This probably goes without saying, but it can be easy to forget: remove your ring before any cooking 👩‍🍳 or food prep, especially handling any kind of raw or ground meat. The last thing you want is for your engagement ring to become bacteria-ridden. Sanitation is the new sparkle when it comes to your ring and working in the kitchen. Plus, you risk your ring slipping off when rinsing anything in the sink. If you can, keep a ring cone in the kitchen as well to prevent it ending up in the garbage disposal.

6. In Water

Whether you’re swimming, 🏊‍♀️ taking a shower, 🚿 washing the dishes, or simply washing your hands be sure to take your ring off beforehand. Cold water can cause your body temperature to drop, making your fingers shrink in size.This makes it easier for your ring to slip off. Trust us, it’s not worth the risk! Also, salt water can also create a film to buildup on the stones and setting, so the next time you’re headed to the beach, 🏖 leave your ring at home. And this applies to pools, as well. Chlorine and other pool chemicals can erode certain ring materials and metal alloys. As far as washing your hands and showering, it’s best to keep your ring off, so it doesn’t accidentally fall down the drain or get water damaged.

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emily mitton photography

Whether you’re married, engaged, or still shopping for the perfect engagement ring, it’s important to know how to properly care for your ring. With routine maintenance, knowing when to take your ring off, and insuring it - your ring is sure to stay in great shape for a lifetime! 💍

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