Beauty Tips to Beat the Heat

Summer is finally here!! The sun is out and the heat is coming! ☀️Although summer is an amazing time of year, it can bring its challenges - especially when it’s wedding season. To help you conquer the heat, we put together our best advice and favorite products to help you look your best, no matter the temp!

Makeup

It’s time to say goodbye to melting foundation and smeared mascara. But before we go there, let’s start at the beginning. Sunscreen. 👏Many people forget about this first, and very important, step. Some sunscreens can create an oily layer, but using oil-free moisturizers with SPF can help you minimize layering heavy products on the skin. Sunscreen is essential in the summer months! Check out our faves:

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Do you have trouble with your makeup sliding and smudging? Well the answer to your trouble is...primer! “A primer is a really good investment to ensure a beautiful, matte complexion” sayings communications manager for Deralogica, Sonette Donker. Here are some of our favorites:

Everyone loves that healthy, natural bridal radiance. ✨However, it can be hard to obtain that in the heat. Fiona Stiles, a professional makeup artist, says, “Avoid cream foundations or anything too luminous, as the humidity will make you extra shiny and sweaty-looking if you have too much sparkle on your skin.” We recommend using products with a lighter, more feathery texture - tinted moisturizers, lip glosses and stains, and cream blushes. That way you can still have glow that isn’t over-the-top shiny.

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TOUCH-UPS

An oily T-zone instantly portrays the message "I'm hot, like really hot”. 😰To eliminate that in seconds, nothing beats blotting papers. They are super cheap, easy, and convenient. By slightly pressing the blotting sheet onto the oily parts of the face, it can instantly take away that unwanted shine. If your makeup needs a perk as well, blot first and then follow up with a pressed powder. 

WEDDING TIP: Getting a bridal gown with pockets can give you the advantage of carrying blotting papers, tissues, or anything you need with you throughout the day. 👰

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ESSENTIALS

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summer BEAUTY MUST-haves

Megababe is a beauty line of “thoughtfully conceived and expertly crafted products that take the Ouch and the Ugh out of being a woman.” 🚺Their products are PERFECT for the hot summer months. Check out some of our favorite products by them: 

We hope you are able to stay cool & fresh with some of these tips & products. ☀️For more wedding inspo + behind the scenes action, follow us on Pinterest and Instagram.

Let's Talk Veils

Veil or no veil is the big question brides find asking themselves, along with - how did adding a piece of fabric to your head even become a thing? Glad you asked!

For centuries, veils have been connected to cultural and religious traditions like warding off evil or symbolizing modesty. It wasn’t until Queen Victoria rocked a veil and a white dress for her nuptials that veils became a wedding staple.

Today, it’s up to the bride if she wants one or not - sometimes popping on that veil can give you all the bridal feels! Let’s be real, when will you ever have the chance to wear a veil again? The trends of hairpieces and flower crowns come and go, but a veil is forever timeless. 👰

With all the options out there, it’s easy to find a veil that’s uniquely you. Once you’ve found your style, it helps to know where and how to wear it of course!  Keep scrolling for veil tips and inspo!

QUICK TIPS

  • If you have the opportunity, find your veil while you have the dress on. This will help you get the clearest picture of how it could look. It’s also the best way to guarantee the color and details coincide. *At Brilliant Bridal, we offer accessory appointments for this purpose! 🙌

  • If your veil has a comb - the curve of the comb goes with the curve of your head. Knowing this, will make wedding day prep a little less stressful.

FINGERTIP AND ELBOW LENGTH

These are the most common of veils. Fingertip length is what you typically see - where the veil just barely brushes the tips of your fingers. Elbow length is also just as it sounds - the edge will hit right at the elbow. Fingertip veils are perfect if you don’t want the fuss of finding a unique style and just want that bridal feel. TIP: since these veils are shorter and the detail is closer to the gown - make sure the veil detail doesn’t take away or compete with your gown. You want them to flawlessly blend.

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TWO - TIER

If you are a traditional gal and want the classic bridal feel - then a two-tier option is perfect! The veil that goes over your face is called a Blusher -  so having a two - tier veil, allows the top piece to be draped over your face and then lifted back once at the altar. This style also tends to add volume, so if you’re going for that Grace Kelly vibe, then this style is for you!

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CATHEDRAL

Cathedral veils are typically the longest style and tend to extend past the train on your gown.
No, you don’t have to be getting married in a church to rock a cathedral veil. These beauties are for all the drama and can be worn with an elaborate ball gown or even a simple silk sheath. These veils are meant for that bride who wants to be a little extra! So, if your goal is to feel like a queen strutting down that aisle then a cathedral veil will definitely make a statement.

If you feel like cathedral is too long - chapel and sweeping veils still give that long effect, but not nearly as much of a fuss.

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MANTILLA

Son tan bonitas!! Mantillas are a traditional Spanish veil with a thick lace trim from top to bottom. Instead of a comb, these romantic veils drape over the head and are secured with hair pins. Many brides that want that angelic traditional feel will choose a Mantilla. This style can either be shorter like fingertip length or go as long as a cathedral.

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JULIET CAP

The ever so romantic Juliet cap - oh how I Love thee! This unique style is for that bride with a vintage heart and a boho spirit. Juliet caps cover the majority of your head and often have beadwork or lace detail - typically worn with your hair down.

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BIRDCAGE

Now, if you really want to have fun and be unique - birdcage veils give that touch of sophistication with a dash of sass. 💋This vintage style is still popular among modern brides and is often worn off to the side of your head so it crosses over the eyes. TIP: make sure to steam it out and pin down any parts necessary so everything lays nicely for photos.

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CAPE VEILS

Cape veils are a recent trend as an alternative to the traditional veils and you wouldn’t believe how ethereal these beauties can be. This style typically hooks onto the back of your gown, so the fabric just flows past your shoulders cascading to the ground. Since this is such a new trend, there are all types of cape veils to choose from. Whether you want to be different or just want to spruce up your gown, this veil style will certainly make for some elegant photos.

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We covered the most common styles of veils and hope this helped you with your journey on finding the perfect one for your big day!

5 Ways to Reuse Your Dress After the Big Day

When you invest in something as expensive as a wedding dress, putting it away forever after the big day can be upsetting. BUT, we have some great ideas if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck!

TRANSFORM IT

Did you know you can take your dress to a seamstress and save pieces of satin, lace, beading, and tulle to repurpose? Turning your dress into something useful like a clutch, bag, or pillow will help you cherish the memories of your wedding daily. There are endless creative possibilities, it all depends what type of keepsake you’re interested in. 💍

SELL IT

Maybe you’re not as attached to your dress as you thought you would be and love the idea of getting some cash back to put towards your honeymoon, a new house, or a car. 💸There are plenty of platforms online to get back a reasonable amount of cash for your dress like Still White or Tradesy!

TRASH IT

There are plenty of ways to destroy your dress, but the key is to make sure it’s captured on film! 📸 One of the most popular trash it, is taking your dress to the ocean. Tropical water and sandy beaches are the perfect backdrop for this occasion. 🌊Consider bringing your dress with you on your honeymoon! A luxury cruise with fun destinations is a great choice, if you are still researching into options. That way, when the ship docks at one of the stops along the way, you can have a gorgeous photoshoot in the ocean!

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DONATE IT

Donating your wedding gown is quicker than sell and goes towards a greater good. 💙Consider giving your wedding dress to someone who needs it instead of letting it take up unnecessary space in your closet. Plus, you’ll feel good that your investment is being put to good use!

PRESERVE IT

There may come a day when you have a daughter, niece, or granddaughter that is planning her wedding. Saving your dress could provide her the option to use yours and alter it to her liking, going down the aisle with an extra touch of sentiment. It’s never a bad idea to preserve it just in case!

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There are endless ideas for your wedding dress after you get married. 👰Rather than throwing it in a closest never to be seen again, consider these ideas to make the most of a very special piece to your wedding day. It would feel great to have the dress live on!

Creative Wedding Table Favors

During your wedding, guests will be bouncing between their reception table, bar, and dance floor. The bar offers them spirits 🍷 and the dance floor brings good times. 💃But what about the reception table?  Yes, there is the food, but creative wedding favors are a great way to make your reception tables sparkle. ✨

Believe it or not, your guests will spend most of their time at your wedding at their reception table.  This is why it is crucial to aesthetically design each one. You want your wedding guests to smile on first arrival and what better way than to offer them a unique wedding favor gift as they find their seats. 🎁 Putting a distinctive touch to your wedding tables will make your big day truly exceptional.

Here are a few creative wedding favor options for your reception tables:

Mr. & Mrs. Personalized Wine Stoppers

Cheers to the new Mr. and Mrs.! 🍾 These beautiful and unique Mr. and Mrs. Gold bottle stopper favors are available in a classy and fun black polka dot design that is perfect for favors at a wedding or engagement party.  Add your own special details and you've got a great guest favor! 

Customized Bottle Openers

Make it easy for your guests to open up their wine bottles with this rustic-inspired bottle opener. 🍷 Designed with the phrase "Eat, Drink and Be Married" together with your names and the date of your wedding in a lovely faux vintage chalk design.  These palm-perfect bottle openers simply make the best wedding favors for your rustic inspired wedding. 

Bear Hugs Salt & Pepper Shakers

Be sure to keep adding a little flavor to your guests’ lives long after your big day is over. These bear-shaped salt & pepper shakers will be sure to remind your guests of the love you and your groom share for years to come. 💍

Featuring high-quality porcelain and a locked “bear hug” style, the Bear Hug Salt & Pepper Shakers make a sweet addition to any dining table.  This comes in a beautiful gift box for easy gift-giving. ❤️

Personalized Foil Playing Cards

Young or old, male or female, a deck of cards is a crowd-pleasing wedding favor for anyone. ♠️These personalized playing cards are such a great “deal,” you’ll want to get enough for every single one of your wedding guests!

The Personalized Foil Playing Cards can be endlessly customized to perfectly fit the theme of your dream wedding.  With 11 vibrant metallic colors, 19 wedding designs and 12 other themed designs to choose from, you’re certain to find a perfect combination.

Luminous Tea Lantern

This decorative lantern is skillfully crafted using matte-black metal and glass.  🕯This luminous tea lantern is perfect for creating the romantic ambiance you would like to achieve for your wedding.  Guests would be glad to bring this mini lantern and recreate that special moment they will always remember when they get home. 

Sand and Shell Tea Candle

What brought you to the beach for your wedding?  The sun glistening on the sand? The thousands of seashells scattered along the shore?  The gentle sounds of the surf? The salty air and cool ocean breeze? 🏝The "Sand and Shell" Tea Light Holder wedding favor lets your guests take home a reminder of everything that was wonderful about your once-in-a-lifetime day. 🌊

Other Wedding Gift Ideas

Along with reception table gifts, we have scoured the Web for some great Bridesmaid and Groomsmen gift ideas.  Both online shops offer a wide variety of unique personalized gifts for all of the loved ones who will make your wedding day special.  And don’t forget your parents and grandparents! They’ve supported you every step of the way. Check out this site for gifts for older wedding guests. 💙

Adventure Elopement

Somewhere in the chaos of wedding planning, don't you ever imagine running off just the two of you? Wind in your hair without a care in the world - you, your partner and an unforgettable view. 😍

Adventure eloping is reshaping the wedding industry by emphasizing the love between a couple with a creative twist. It's a chance to say "I Do" at the top of your favorite mountain, or hop on a plane to an unfamiliar destination. 🗻 But, wherever love takes you, just remember there are ways to have your dream day without the stress of people pleasing. 🙌Keep scrolling to see if eloping is for you!

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Savor the Moment

With the crazy amount of options for weddings these days, people tend to get caught up in the world of decorating, color coordinating and people pleasing. We forget that our weddings are meant for celebrating the love we share with our partner - not necessarily the tablescapes and what Aunt Suzy is wearing. 🤷‍♀️For some, that’s exactly what they want and should do it! For others, wedding planning can be overwhelming. Eloping helps you savor the moment without the need to please those around you.

Pay for Experiences not Things

Let’s face it, weddings are expensive. 💰 If you’re a travel bug and don’t really care about all the little details that go in to planning your wedding day -then pack that bag and go elope at a destination that you and your fiancé will never forget.

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Location

The best part about adventure eloping is that you don’t have to follow a list of venues - you can literally choose to say “I Do” anywhere your heart desires! ✈️Want to get married on the edge of a cliff in Sedona? Do it. Are you and fiancé dying to see Iceland? Go elope there. Want to say “I Do” in the middle of a forest? Well then, you better hike up your dress and go marry that fiancé of yours! 💍

Not only will your photos be epic, but you’re escaping the norm and doing what’s you.

That being said, check online for the state or country you chose your location in to finalize all the legal details. Some National Parks require a small fee. Out of the country elopements tend to require a fee and documentation.

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Details

Typically, when you hear the word “eloping” people assume you’re going to the court house. Today, eloping is so much more than that. Don’t skimp on your big day just because you’re eloping. You can still go all out with an elaborate dress, florals, backdrop and even cake! 🍰Adventure eloping is meant for escaping the traditional wedding and making it your own!

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