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. 💙

Top 5 Wedding Floral Trends for 2019

Flowers have been a part of wedding traditions dating back to Ancient Greece. Where flowers were used to ward off evil spirits and to mask the bride’s…um…scent? All kinds of Halloween spooky 👻 in that custom. Thankfully, the function of florals has evolved over the millennia, but their place in weddings has not. Today, couples spend roughly 10% of their wedding budget on flowers 🌸 + greenery, 🌿 which if your wedding budget is near the national average, that means you’re spending around $3,000!

So to help you get the most out of your flower budget, regardless of how big or small that budget is, we’ve searched the interwebs and curated our top wedding floral trends for 2019.

1. Hanging Floral Installations

We know hanging, floral installations aren’t a new trend, but we don’t see them going anywhere any time soon. And why would they? 💁‍♀️ Whether you go all in with a large-scale display or have a modern, minimalist approach there is just something completely romantic and dreamy about celebrating a wedding under a canopy of fresh flowers.

2. Bright + Bold

Colorful themes will start edging out neutral, blush themes, and we love the vibrancy of this trend! Choose a palette of bright blues + violets or warm tones like oranges + corals for a modern look. Or go full rainbow 🌈 for a fun, bold statement like this dreamy bouquet below.

3. Dahlias + Ranunculus

Peonies have been a bridal, bouquet 💐 favorite for adding texture and visual interest to arrangements. While we’re still big fans, we love the emergence of dahlias and ranunculus. They both add a similar flair to your arrangements, but with a wider range of color options.

4. Floral Ceremony Circles

We 👏 Are 👏 Here 👏 For 👏 This. Whether you go vertical or keep things grounded, ceremony circles create a visually stunning and romantic environment to exchange your wedding vows. We feel like the vertical circles lean a bit more glam with their on-the-ground cousins giving off more of the natural, boho vibe.

5. Dark + Moody

Moody colors are everywhere. Interior design. Beauty. Fashion. And weddings are no exception. If you’re loving the dark + moody 🖤 trend in other areas, don’t opt for a Rainbow Bright bouquet. You do you, girl! We fully expect to see more brides embracing these rich-color schemes with their wedding flowers in 2019.

And like we always advise, your wedding dress sets the tone for the rest of your wedding planning. So if you haven’t checked ✔︎ ‘find my dream dress’ off your wedding checklist yet, make sure to book an appointment at one of our locations today! Our discounted, designer dresses 👰 will save you money and create some extra room in that wedding budget for an over the top floral arrangement!

Let's Talk Wedding Shoes

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Here at Brilliant Bridal, we like to know that you're looking your best on your big day from head to toe. It's important to pick a shoe that coordinates well with your dress, wedding theme, and one that you feel your very best in too! Remember ladies, you will be in this shoe for hours-- dancing and socializing with your guests, so comfort should play a big role when you're choosing the perfect shoe as well! Some wedding shoe inspo for you all below!

1. The Chic Bride

A chic bride is a bride who considers her style timeless, but she likes a little bit of sass and glam too! Her shoes may be an off white color or include jeweled embellishments. The chic bride likes to keep it classic but isn't afraid to step slightly out of the box. 

2. The Romantic Bride

The romantic bride likes to keep things sweet and simple. She isn't going for a sexy platform shoe; she wants to be stylish yet practical. For her shoe selection, she prefers something simple yet elegant!

3. The Cool Bride

The cool bride isn't afraid to take fashion risks on her wedding day! Her shoe selection may include a dramatic lace up style or over the top accents. We're loving these two wedding shoe styles below!

4. The Timeless Bride

You can find the timeless bride shopping vintage boutiques for unique finds, wearing her grandmothers veil or a retro birdcage. She enjoys tradition, lace and doesn't stray far from the typical bridal style! 

So which style would you say is your wedding shoe style? Chic, romantic, cool or timeless? Comment your style below! 

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