Summer Wedding Trends To Beat The Heat

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of hosting Good Morning Arizona for a fun segment featuring 'Sumer Wedding Trends To Beat The Heat.' We loved partnering with their team to create valuable content for their audience and ours! Plus with the first day of summer less than a month away, these tips will be essential for any bride trying to stay cool during her summer celebration! 

Summer Dress Trends

Most brides planning a wedding for this summer probably have their dress already, but in case you are still looking, here are a few things to consider to help you stay cool on your wedding day without compromising on style or aesthetic. To watch this segment that was featured on the news, click here

You will want to choose:

  • Silhouettes that aren't clingy like a modified A-line, A-line or ball gown paired with a hoop skirt. Hoop skirts are favored by brides in the summer because it pushes all layers off fabric off their legs.
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  • Fabrics that are light and airy like tulle or chiffon. You can still look like a modern day princess in the middle of summer, if you choose a fabric that isn't going to weigh you down and keep in the heat.
  •  Embellishments that aren't too heavy like sequins and beading. Bling doesn't have to be avoided completely, but opting for a minimally beaded dress will mean less weight pressing against your body all day long. Some dresses weigh over 10 pounds; thats like carrying around a newborn baby all day. 
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  • Shorter sleeve length. Styles like sleeveless, off the shoulder, strapless, halter or cap/t-shirt sleeves will definitely keep you cooler on a warm summer day! Really this one is a no brainer, but with lace sleeves being a huge trend in wedding dress some brides may need to choose to incorporate boho elements somewhere else in their wedding. 

Summer Accessory Trends

Accessories can really make or break an outfit and in the heat there is no exception. We have collected the top tips and trends for keeping you cool without sacrificing your dream wedding look. To watch this segment that was featured on the news, click here

 You will want to choose:

  • Boho inspired headpiece instead of floral crowns. Floral crowns can wilt quickly during the summer and can be ruined before you even walk down the aisle. So if the thought of ordering two and swapping during the day is not ideal, maybe a metal crown is the vibe your looking for. Plus, metal crowns can be the keepsake that last forever.

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  • Updo hairstyle or at least one that is out of your face. You can still let your personality and wedding theme shine through with your hair up. Plus, the right accessories can complete the style you are envisioning. Rhinestone hair combs would make for a more glam look, while pearl hair pins would create a softer touch. 
  • Dainty jewelry instead of statement pieces that can trap heat causing you to sweat. Trade out a statement necklace for a simple, drop pendant or a heavy cuff for a delicate, tennis bracelet. Your jewelry doesn't need to be over the top to make a big statement. 
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  • Shorter veil length. Selecting a veil that is shorter will keep you cool during the warmer months by eliminating an additional layer of fabric that can cause you to become warm and uncomfortable over time. Shorter veils won't hold as much heat, but can still create a lovely effect.

Follow along on Facebook (ArizonaDenver, & Las Vegas) and Instagram for sneak peeks at some of our fave discounted dresses!

Veil Alternatives: Our Fave Wedding Headpieces

We're continuing in our second week of all things veils for the month of February. We still have more bridal inspirations + tips coming your way, so be sure to check back next week!

From crystal jewels to floral sprigs, it seems like these romantic, wedding headpieces are uniting brides of all styles everywhere! When choosing a headpiece, you'll need to make sure it compliments your dress, as well as, your hairstyle, aesthetic and venue, just like with veils. Also, you'll probably be wearing your headpiece all day, so it's important to consider your comfort. Try a few styles on or read the reviews online, trust us beauty is not pain in this situation. You'll want to feel as comfortable at the end of the day as you did at the beginning.   

You may think we're cheating by talking about veil alternatives during our month of all things veils, but we know a lot of brides are looking for other options beyond traditional veils to complete their perfect bridal look. So if last week's blog post left you wanting more, we've compiled our favorite wedding headpieces that'll make you want to opt out of the veil tradition entirely. 

Dazzling, Jeweled Pieces

These stunning bride's look so chic in their jeweled, wedding headpieces but with crystals how can you not! This option is very customizable to each bride's unique aesthetic because there are so many styles to choose from (think of all the options you had for choosing your engagement ring!). We love bits and pieces from each of these and are so glad we don't have to choose just one. The rose gold metal on the first, the freeform quartz crystals on the second and the delicate gold crystal + pearl combo of the third all have us swooning! Wanting more jeweled headpiece options?

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Bold, Floral Halos

Next up, these flower power brides are slaying the game in their floral, wedding headpieces. We've seen the flower crown trend all over Instagram, but we think these brides nailed this romantic look by pairing their make up seamlessly with their crowning glory. We love the asymmetrical designs and unexpected details hidden in each piece. There are so many options for making a floral piece work with your bridal look, but overall they're going to be best suited for a dreamy, outdoor wedding. Feeling inspired yet? Wait till you see the feathers! ;) Looking for more flower crown inspo?

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Soft, Pearl Details

Last but not least, these gorgeous brides are rocking their pearl, wedding headpieces. We've seen pearl engagement rings popping up more and more and can see this trend coming back full force soon! We love how unique each design is, from dreamy romantic to sophisticated fun to boho chic. It's no doubt these pearl crowns would make a lovely statement to any bridal look. Need more pearl headpiece choices in your life?

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We hope that these wedding headpieces gave you the inspiration you've been looking for to complete your perfect bridal look. Follow us on Instagram for more tips + planning inspo!

We Love... Bridal Veils by Urban Veils Couture

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custom bridal veils

Veils are an elegant and classic addition to any wedding ensemble. We've discovered in our bridal shop, that once a bridal veil is placed on a bride-to-be it's her first big "I'm really a bride" moment.  Not all brides choose to wear a veil on their special day, but before you make your final decision, take a peek at these gorgeous creations from Urban Veils Couture available exclusively at Brilliant Bridal!

lace bridal veil

A lace trimmed fingertip veil like this looks fabulous with a variety of bridal dress silhouettes that feature coordinating lacey details. This length and style is perfect for the bride who wants an elegant look without the high drama of a floor-length veil. Try out a single tier veil (like above) or a double tier for added drama and volume.

bird cage bridal veil

If a vintage or rustic event is more your cup of tea, perhaps a birdcage veil with a touch of lace would complete your bridal look! Try pairing this flirty veil with a form-fitting gown for a modern but classic bridal look. As beautiful as these spunky veils are, they can be a little difficult to place. Make sure your hair stylist knows the correct way to style your hair with a birdcage veil so it lays properly over your face. Bobby pins will be your best friend!

chapel length bridal veil

If you are a bride who wants to make the ultimate statement, a cathedral veil is definitely a showstopper! You’ll turn heads when wearing this magical, timeless hair accessory. These grand, lavish bridal accessories are usually thought of strictly for formal affairs, but don’t be afraid to mix it up! A cathedral veil can also work for lush outdoor venues and destination weddings.

New at Brilliant Bridal - Handmade Bridal Garters

[left]We are so excited to be introducing these gorgeous handmade bridal garters to our bridal accessory offerings!  Thanks to our big store renovation project at our bridal shop, we are now able to expand our product lines and the selection of accessories we're able to carry. We often get asked about bridal garters so we made them one of the first new items to launch with the new expansion.  The new line has a range of styles from traditional satin, to lace and fabric flowers, to a simple "something blue" and more!

Stop in soon to find the perfect bridal garter for your big day and stay tuned to our blog and Facebook as we continue to introduce new wedding accessories here at Brilliant Bridal![/left]

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