Top 5 Wedding Planning Tools

Our team loves two things (besides wedding dresses, of course!): technology and wedding planning made simple! Thanks to mobile phone apps, pinterest, etsy & more, planning your wedding has never been such a breeze. Check out these top 5 apps, websites, and tools that we love sharing with our brides! 

1. WeddingHappy

WeddingHappy can simply be described as a pocket wedding planner! It’s free on the Apple app store, and users have rated it an impressive 4.5 stars! The app has every tool from a countdown, task list, and even a way to store your vendor contacts all in one place! One unique feature is that you can track specific payments are due, and what you have already paid. Being able to store all your wedding-related details in one place is changing the wedding game completely!

 

2. The Knot

The Knot is another one of our favorite mobile planning tools. The Knot App is also connected to your account on TheKnot.com. From the app, you can manage your guest list, registry, and even build a wedding website just for you and fiance! We're loving The Knot's mobile app - it makes planning on the go so easy for our couples!

3. Etsy

For those of you that follow our blog, you know how much we just adore Etsy! Find exactly what you’re looking for in terms of décor, invites, bridal party accessories, and other special keepsakes for unbeatable prices! Etsy’s handmade or vintage policy assures only the finest and most unique additions to your special day! Check out our favorite Etsy finds blog post here!

4.  Guesterly

If you thought there was no solution for awkward wedding moments—you’re wrong! Guesterly connects your guest list prior to your wedding by compiling a flipbook of questions your guests have answered. This is a great solution if your groomsmen and bridesmaids or family members haven't quite met each other yet! It will save you many, many introductions on your wedding day which leaves time for more celebrations & champagne! Think of Guesterly as a glorified wedding program that your guests helped to create. How cool!? 

 

5. WedPics

WedPics has received glowing reviews on the Apple app store. This photo sharing app makes it seamless for you to receive all of your guests photos for your special day. You can create albums, a slideshow, and even order prints directly from the app. Toss those disposable cameras, those will not be needed any more! Not only does WedPics making sharing photos easier, but you can also share information on the app such as accommodations, ceremony time & location and more! 

 

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Summer Wedding Makeup Tips

Whether you're a bride or a guest, summer wedding makeup can go really right or really wrong. Being in the wedding industry we have found, that in this generally hot season, the lighter the better. As a bride, a fresh subtle face is what your guests want to see. Your natural colors, combined with your radiant smile are more than enough-- we promise! Of course, there's ways to do this, while feeling confident in your natural-looking skin! We've thrown together some important summer makeup tips to remember for your special day!

1. Go light on the skin

We're big advocates for this tip in particular! Summer means heat, combined with dancing, socializing and just movin' around! Don't clog your pores. Go easy on the foundation, and touch it off with a light layer of powder-- or tell your makeup artist this is what is sensible! Say no to contouring for the day. The one exception to this, is using a light pink blush to accentuate your already gorgeous features! Let your natural beauty be seen by those who love it most.

2. Let us see your pretty eyes!

A light eye shadow will definitely do the job. Avoid dark browns and deep maroons to stay away from that beloved fall look. As far as eyeliner goes, a thin line on your top lid does volumes to brighten up your eyes! Consider using a brown liner if you have lighter eyes or skin. No need for a cat tail or harsh thick line. Something really neat you can do with your bottom eye liner, is smudge the line below your lashes. If you insist on wearing false eyelashes, don't go with extremely thick and long ones! There are plenty out there that will allow you to continue with that natural look you're going for. Remember, you can always trim them, too! 

3. Don't skip a bold brow

Thick brows have definitely made a come back in recent years. Fill them in so they're "on fleek", but stop there. No need to take a pen to them! Again, this is one type of make up that would be pretty embarrassing if it smudged off throughout the night.

4. Pretty and pink smooches!

A lot of people tend to forget the lips! The truth of the matter is, your light pink or blush lip color is going to add to your natural look! Whether you prefer a gloss or a lipstick, choose light and pink. Below are our favorite lip looks. 

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Phoenix Store Dress of the Week - La Sposa by Pronovias "Siglio"

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We are excited to share a Dress of the Week from our Phoenix store today! It is a dramatic lace Pronovias wedding dress from their "La Sposa" line that is sure to be a showstopper on your wedding day.  This bridal gown was until just recently selling for full retail in traditional bridal stores.  But this week  only you can save over $1,250 on this

Pronovias wedding dress!

pronovias wedding dress

This bridal size 14 Pronovias wedding dress has an A-line silhouette with lace applique cascading down the skirt and features a scalloped v-neck with sheer straps and a scalloped low back. Rhinestones emphasize its natural waist and the scalloped hem gives a custom look to the gorgeous train.

Retail Price: $2,304 | Brilliant Bridal Price: $1,150

With the additional 10% off for our Dress of the Week feature, your price is just $1,035 this week only!  All of our bridal dresses sell off-the-rack so if your wedding is coming up soon and you still need to find the perfect wedding gown stop by our bridal store in Phoenix to take a look at this dress and the hundreds of others that we have to offer!  Walk-in's are always welcome at our Phoenix bridal shop (pending dressing room availability) or you can always schedule an appointment through our online appointment request form!

Our Brilliant Brides featuring Jasmine!

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We have another fabulous Brilliant Bridal bride to share with you this week!  Jasmine was drop dead gorgeous in her asymmetrical drop waist Alfred Angelo wedding dress. Thanks to PFYI Photography for sharing this picture of Jasmine with us!

Congrats Jasmine!  We wish you and your groom many years of wedded bliss!

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Dress of the Week - Both Locations - Lace Christina Wu Wedding Dress

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We're excited to share for the first time on the blog a beautiful wedding dress by designer Christina Wu.  Just recently we've built a relationship with the House of Wu bridal line to have direct access to purchase their overstock and close out bridal gowns at deep discounts.  We get really excited when bridal lines and designers open their doors to us because it means bigger discounts for our brides! It also means another first for our Dress of the Week since we were able to purchase this wedding dress in enough quantity to offer it at both our East Valley and Phoenix bridal store locations!

This week only, visit either Brilliant Bridal location and save over $400 on this

lace Christina Wu wedding dress!

Christina Wu Wedding Dress

This full lace ivory bridal gown is available in a variety of sizes and features an a-line silhouette, sweet heart neckline and a matching ivory sash at the natural waist (mocha sash pictured).

Retail Price: $1,119 | Brilliant Bridal Price: $775

With the additional 10% off for our Dress of the Week feature, your price is $697 this week only!  Walk-in's are always welcome at both bridal store locations (pending dressing room availability) or you can always schedule an appointment through our online appointment request form!  Just make sure to choose the location you would like to book your appointment at.