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!

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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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!

2018 Pantone Color of the Year

With the new year comes new trends, new ideas and a new Pantone Color of the Year! And this year's color is Ultra Violet. According to Pantone’s website, Ultra Violet is an energizing shade that inspires connection. They also mention this color “communicates visionary thinking that points us toward the future," which is so fitting for a wedding day where couples vow their whole futures to one another.

Picking wedding colors comes down to your personal style and coordinating with your selected theme. So to help get your creative, wedding-planning juices going, we're sharing a few ways to rock the new Pantone Color of the Year! Looking forward to 2018, you'll see favorites from this past year, but with a fun, new twist! 

Maybe you're a big fan of the new Color of the Year or maybe you really can't imagine it being part of your day at all. We've heard lots of mixed reviews on this new hue; we think it's helpful to visualize this shade as more of an accent color and add it in sparingly. If you've already picked your wedding colors, not to worry there is still good inspo in this blog for you, as most of these ideas can be modified for any color scheme!

Geodes

Geodes add an organic element and unexpected texture to everyday wedding items. They come in a variety of colors, but these Ultra Violet babies will add some personality to your tablescapes. And we love any wedding item that does double duty like these name cards that your guests can take home as wedding favors! 

Florals

Unique floral items are all the rage. We're seeing this trend everywhere, from floral flavored desserts and mixed drinks to artisans soaps and candles. You can even make your own flower lollipops, and if you get good at it, this could be a fun favor for your guests!

Tip: If you're thinking 'go big or go home' with your florals, make sure you talk through with your florist and/or planner how to repurpose your ceremony flowers. Not just so they are reused in your reception, but for after the wedding, as well. Here's a list of ideas from Loverly, in case you need some inspiration.

Galaxy 

Ultra Violet was born for the galaxy theme, with it's futuristic undertone and mystical quality. It would make the perfect wedding theme for the bride that's super into astronomy or honestly, just can't get enough of the galactic goodness! 

Marble 

If pairing Ultra Violet with a monochromatic color palette is too overwhelming, try muting it with whites and metallics. These lighter hues tone down the intense color creating a softer look, while still adding a pop of color. 

Are you planning on using any of these ideas in your 2018 wedding, or which wedding planning idea was your favorite? We'd love to hear about your vision. Leave us a comment below!

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2017 Pantone Color of the Year

With the new year comes new trends, new ideas and new wedding concepts! As always, picking wedding colors comes down to your bridal style and personal preference,  along with matching with the selected theme. We're so excited to share a few color trends we're looking forward to in 2017. We're going to see a few of our favorite colors & trends from 2015 and 2016 - but with a fun & new twist! 

The 2017 Pantone color of the year is greenery. According to Pantone’s website, greenery is “a refreshing and revitalizing shade…symbolic of new beginnings.” Pantone also mentioned that the color represents the “pursuit of personal passions and vitality.” Greens are used frequently in wedding celebrations regardless of the theme.

Color reflects personal style, but here are some ideas for 2017 wedding color combinations.

Greenery, White + Wood

Wood has been a popular element for bohemian and rustic weddings. This color combination represents earth, nature and stability. Below are a few examples of how greenery, white and wood can be incorporated into your special celebration - including decor such as centerpieces, wood features and flowers and shrubbery.

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Greenery, Burgundy + White

For brides who want to bring richer, darker colors into their celebrations, burgundy is a great color to incorporate. Not only does it add a sultry element, but it also is great for the beginning of the new year when the temperatures are lower. This burgundy color can be added in with flowers, candles or bridesmaid dresses.

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Greenery, Blush + Gold

Blush is soft, delicate color that exudes femininity. However, it isn’t too overwhelming and adds a very subtle pop of color. Blush and gold really complement each other and the greenery elements will bring luxurious tones to your wedding festivities.

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Greenery, Sky Blue + White

White and various shades of blues are perfect for weddings at almost every time of year. YOu can incorporate sky blue in your flowers, linens and bridesmaids dresses. Sky blue is a calming color which also exudes respect and inspiration.

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Overall, greenery can really be added to any color combination. Happy planning and we hope you can find a way to add greenery, the 2017 color of the year, into your wedding! 

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