Groomsmen Gifts They'll Actually Love

Brilliant Babes this post is for the men in your life. Wether you have some guys standing up with you or if your fiancé needs help coming through with some solid gift ideas. Your guys mean everything to you, which is why you and your fiancé have thoughtfully chosen them to stand with you as you say, “I do.” So thank them with a gift they will actually love, and tell them how much they mean to you.

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Rachel Solomon Photography

 

Personalized Docking Station

This Personalized Docking Station is such a functional groomsmen gift. It will allow your guys the chance to roll out of bed and be on the go in no time because all of their daily essentials are finally all in one place. This fir wood, multi-functional docking station features: a slot for watches or bracelets, a keychain notch at the top, and a groove along the bottom for charging cords. We love that you can personalize this gift for him, and it will take a primary spot on his night stand or desk.

Groovy Groomsmen

Groovy Groomsmen

 

Whiskey Decanter Set

This is the total package! A Whiskey Decanter Set makes the perfect personalized gift for guys!  Give the men in your wedding party the ultimate drinking trinity: decanter, whiskey glass, and whiskey stones. This practical set will add the perfect touch of sophistication to future guy’s nights.

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groovy groomsmen

 

Sony Portable Speaker

Perfect for the wedding party that likes to do just that - party! Get things booming anywhere with this portable Sony Bluetooth speaker with extra bass and a compact, water-resistant design for worry-free listening indoors or out. This small but mighty accessory will keep the party going all weekend long! Plus, you can find them in red and blue.

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Target

 

Groomsmen Survival Kit

Being a groomsman is a big job, where a lot of responsibility and a lot of alcohol meet. Equipped with: handkerchief; pocket comb; shoe cleaning fluid and cloth; toothbrush and toothpaste; and even a fake-backup-wedding-ring (you can never be too careful), this must-have kit will definitely come to the rescue! There's almost no disaster that can come their way that the Groomsman Survival Kit can't overcome.

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Men’s society

 

Stainless Steel Accessories

Maybe the guys in your wedding party are already super classy, but some might need a little help. Help them take that suit and tie to next level with custom stainless steel accessories. Put a little bling in your groomsmen’s wardrobe with this elegant gift set including: tie clip, cufflinks, and money clip. Plus, it’s all packaged neatly in a personalized, wooden box. No need for gift bags or wrapping paper.

Groovy Groomsmen

Groovy Groomsmen

 

Your guys have been there for you through thick and thin. Of course, they don’t need a thank you gift for being your friend. Just getting to be part of you and your fiancé tying the knot means the world to them! 💍 But your wedding day wouldn’t be the same without them, so say thank you with a gift that lets them know how much they mean to you! And to make these gifts even sweeter and add a personalized card. And don’t think we forgot about your girls, we have post for bridesmaid gifts they will actually love, too!

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Elizabeth le photography

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Valentine’s Day Wedding Inspiration

Valentine’s Day is known as one of the most romantic days of the year and a wedding planned on this date is just as romantic. Maybe you chose this day to celebrate because of when you met your fiancé, or maybe it’s because of all the love the holiday represents. Regardless of why you chose this day to say “I do,” you may be wondering how you can make it apart of your wedding theme without it being cheesy. So here are a few of our favorite trends to make V-Day work for you and your wedding!

Details in the Decor

Traditionally, when we think of Valentine’s Day, our minds go straight to red and pink everything-- luckily, there are so many other ways to incorporate the holiday’s traditional colors into your decor in a classy way. One of our favorites decor items this year is neon, and we are obsessed with this ‘crazy in love’ neon sign. You can stick with the love theme by labeling each table with a card saying “love” in different language instead of a number. Additionally, you can serve drinks with a light pink hue to look both elegant and on theme-- grenadine is a great ingredient for this! For even more romantic, Valentine’s Day inspired ideas go here!

Bridesmaids

A trend that’s been growing as of late is the ombre bridesmaid look. Let your bride tribe choose what shade of pink or red they want to wear and you’ll have a beautiful ensemble standing next to you as you say, “I do.”  The best part about this look is that it compliments any bridesmaid dress style. However, we think it looks the most cohesive when paired with floor-length gowns. Either way, long or short, this gives your girls the freedom to choose a color that best suits them without things looking mismatched. For an even bolder look, add in some complementary shades of green!

Your Bridal Look

As the bride, you will be sure to be the center of attention on your wedding day. And there are some fun ways to keep the V-Day theme going with your skin care routine, so you look flawless on the big day. To prep your skin and keep it hydrated, try using a rose eye mask to moisturize and make your eyes look more awake. Be sure to not slack off on your current skin care regimen, and think about adding in a skin care product that firms and lifts your skin, so your make up will apply beautifully. Themed makeup looks can easily play up your favorite facial features, whether you want a glam, glittery eye or a bold lip. You can be as subtle or dramatic as you want and still keep the romantic vibes.

Floral Blooms in Pink Hues

This may be the easiest way to help create continuity in your updated Valentine’s Day theme. A monochromatic color scheme of all the shades of pinks and reds will look both elegant and perfectly, on theme. Play with adding texture for more visual interest in your arrangements. For even more floral wedding trends for 2019 click here.

Hot Cocoa Bar

Hot cocoa bars are a hot trend for winter weddings and can be a fun detail to include in your Valentine’s Day themed reception as well. Holiday themed touches such as heart-shaped marshmallows and color coordinated candies are a fun way for guests to dress up their tasty treat.  If you want to wrap this idea into your favors, gift your guests a DIY mug or for a more eclectic look, but still budget friendly, gather some thrifted ones. Your friends and fam can use them to fill up with cocoa during the reception, and then take home at the end of the night.

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2019 Pantone Color of the Year

With the new year comes new trends, new ideas and a new Pantone Color of the Year, which means new wedding inspiration! And this year's color is Living Coral. According to Pantone’s website, Living Coral is a vibrant, yet mellow hue that embraces us with warmth. They also mention this shade is a “reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life." This is so aligned with what we see in the modern wedding scene everyday, where brides find their wedding vendors on social media, Facetiming in relatives while wedding dress shopping, and the use of wedding hashtags.

Choosing wedding colors comes down to your personal style, which will coordinating with your selected theme. As you keep scrolling, watch how Pantone’s Living Coral morphs to each wedding day vibe. We can’t wait to see how you use this inspo to make your day uniquely yours in 2019.

Timeless Romantic

The intensity of Living Coral softens when paired with lighter hues from the same family for a timeless romantic look. This monochromatic wedding theme creates a dreamy look, while still adding a pop of color! If it’s still feels too loud, try muting it down even further with more whites and metallics, either way your day will look like a modern-day fairytale.

 

Bohemian Tropical

Living Coral was born for the bohemian tropical theme, with it's warm undertone and organic, energizing quality. Look how it just pops against the complementary jungle greens. Plus, pairing it with palms and ferns is a much welcomed update from the eucalyptus greenery trend. This wedding theme is full of unexpected texture, unifying details, and lots of natural elements.

 

Retro Eclectic 

Retro Eclectic would make the perfect wedding theme for the bride that's super into thrifting or honestly, just can't get enough of all the vintage details! Paired with other rich, vibrant shades, Living Coral isn’t as front and center in this color scheme. These quirky hues and unique, found objects will add an extra level of your personal touch to you and your fiancé special day.

 

Modern Bold

When paired with shades of red, orange and yellow, Living Coral is creates a modern bold aesthetic. Together these energetic colors really make a statement, setting the day up for a lively atmosphere. And we love any wedding theme that works in your favor to create the vibe you want.

 

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Wedding Planning TIps: Bridal Show

Bridal shows are one of the BEST ways to save money 💸 while wedding planning! Wedding vendors are all bringing out their best discounts and add ons to help themselves stand out from the crowd. Which means discounts for you! 🙌 Plus, bridal shows bring so many vendors together in one place, so you will save time ⏳ tracking down each aspect of your wedding.

If this is your first time attending a bridal show, these tips will make sure you are prepared to lock in amazing deals, stay organized and most importantly have the most fun ever! So here's to kicking wedding planning stress goodbye and planning your big day like a pro!! 👰👯‍♀️Scroll to the bottom, if you want details on which shows we will be at. We’re the ones with the blue veils!

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1. Wedding Email

Create an email address 💻 that is easy to remember and reflective of your wedding day like: jackandjill2019@gmail.com or jackandjillwedding@gmail.com. You can use this address to give to wedding vendors, as an eco-friendly RSVP option, or to keep in touch with your wedding guests without having your personal email bombarded. There are so many free email options out there, but at Brilliant Bridal we choose to run everything on Gmail. It easily allows you to set up folders that you can use to organize your vendors.

2. Information Labels

One super easy thing you can do that will save you lots of time at bridal show is creating a contact information label. Many vendors will be offering giveaways and promos that will require your contact info and instead of writing this over and over again, a sheet or two of labels will save you from the dreaded writer's cramp! You can put as much or as little information on the label as you're comfortable with, but do make sure to include your full name, phone number, wedding date and your wedding email address at minimum.

3. Team Bride

A lot of brides-to-be like to bring a whole bride tribe to the bridal show to help make wedding planning decisions and to carry all the free goodies from vendors. Rather than inviting your entire bridal party, family and lifelong besties, consider selecting just a few key people to help you navigate the bridal show. Think fiancé, mom/MIL, MOH and sister/BFF. And if you have a hard time staying organized and on track, bring someone to keep you focused, or if you're more of a type A personality, bring a friend who will keep things light and stress free. 💁‍♀️

4. Calendar & Organizer

Bridal shows are an amazing opportunity to meet with a high quantity of wedding vendors in a short amount of time. So it's pretty likely that you'll meet a handful that you will want to remember to reach back out to. Before heading to the show, take a look at your calendar 🗓 to get a feel for which days or weeks you're available to schedule appointments. 📖 Many vendors (us included!) will offer a discount on their services, if you book and keep an appointment, so coming prepared to schedule appointments could end up saving you hundreds of dollars if not more!

5. Good Bag & Bad Bag

The bridal show will likely give you a bag at the start the show to keep all the fliers you’ll get. Bring a second bag, so you can make one bag your “good bag” 👍 for vendors you liked talking with and want to reach back out to. Then, you can use the other bag to create a “bad bag” 👎 to toss fliers you aren’t as interested in. This will help you keep your sanity when you’re back home after the show trying to remember which person you talked to worked where.

This is going to sound a lot like the advice you'd get from your mother the day before taking a big test, but don't tune us out, if you want to be on top of your game! (Not that you would ever tune your mom out. 😉) 1. Get some good sleep the night before. 2. Eat breakfast & drink plenty of water (plus bring snacks). 3. Wear comfortable shoes! It's amazing how being tired and hangry with sore feet affects your mood. 4. Arrive earlier than you think necessary, since parking can be time consuming.

Aside from that, plan to have the best day, meet some incredible wedding pros, taste all the samples and make a huge dent in your wedding planning checklist! We can’t wait to meet you!!

Find Us At These Shows

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Colorado Brides | Rocky Mountain Bridal Show at the Colorado Convention Center in the Mile High Ballroom on Sunday, January 20th 11am - 4pm. Buy tickets here & visit us in booth TBD. 

Dallas Brides | Bridal Shows Inc Bridal Show at the Dallas Market Hall on Saturday, January 26th & Sunday, January 27th 10am - 5pm. Buy tickets here & visit us in booth TBD.

Nevada Brides | Bridal Spectacular Bridal Show at the Rio Hotel in the Pavilion Ballroom on Saturday, January 26th 11am - 4pm & Saturday, January 27th 12pm - 4pm. Buy tickets here & visit us in booth 509. 

2018 Top Celebrity Weddings

While we're all about the designer label without the designer price tag at Brilliant Bridal, sometimes it's fun to reflect on the past year and get lost in the over-the-top luxury of celebrity weddings! 🤩 And 2018 did not disappoint. It was a big year for celebrity weddings, and it was hard to just share ten with you! From the dresses to the veils these brides planned incredible weddings!! 👰✨

Plus, keep scrolling to the end for our tips on pulling off a celebrity style wedding without a celebrity budget! You might be surprised what wedding planning tips you pick up from these dream weddings. 💁‍♀️

Meghan Markle + Prince Harry

This long awaited international wedding did. not. disappoint. Actress, Megan Markle, married Prince Harry during a royal affair at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. The bride wore a gorgeous gown designed by Givenchy that featured a boat neckline and three-quarter length sleeves. And she made waves with her over 16 feet long veil as she entered the chapel.

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Priyanka Chopra + Nick Jonas

Move over Meghan and Harry. 😏🙊🔥 Priyanka Chopra and her now-husband, Nick Jonas, left us mesmerized during their week long cultural celebration. Their western wedding taking place at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in India, just a few weeks ago in December. According to People, the glowing couple both walked down the aisle in custom Ralph Lauren (pictured left).

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Karlie Kloss + Joshua Kushner

Did you see the wedding footage that was just released of their intimate day?? Supermodel Karlie Kloss wed American businessman Joshua Kushner in a small Jewish ceremony in New York. The bride walked down the aisle in a custom lace Dior gown, paired with an epically long cathedral-style veil. 2018 was for sure the year of the veils.

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Kaley Cuoco + Karl Cook

Big Bang star Kaley Cuoco exchanged handwritten vows with her love, Karl Cook, in a horse stable outside San Diego, California. The bride looked ultra trendy in her white lace dress & cape by Reem Acra. Cuoco later changed into a lace Tadashi Shoji jumpsuit ✌️ and threw her hair into a ponytail for the reception.

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Shanina Shaik + DJ Ruckus

Earlier this Spring, Shanina Shaik, model, married in-demand DJ, Gregory “DJ Ruckus” Andrews. The ceremony took place on a beach in the Bahamas, where wooden benches were arranged around an altar covered in greenery. The bride looked stunning in a curve-hugging Ralph & Russo lace wedding dress.

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Amy Schumer + Chris Fischer

Commedian, Amy Schumer and chef, Chris Fischer vowed their love at a private beach in Malibu, California. According to The Schmooze, “Schumer said that she bought the first gown she tried on, a $5,500 Monique Lhuillier Severine Chantilly Lace and Tulle Gown, which can be found at Nordstrom’s.”

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Mandy Moore + Taylor Goldsmith

This is Us star Mandy Moore and musician Taylor Goldsmith tied the knot during a colorful ceremony at their newly rennovated mid-century modern home in Los Angeles, California this past November. The bride wore a non-traditional, pastel pink Rodarte gown! 💖 Giving us all the romantic vintage vibes.

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Miley Cyrus + Liam Hemsworth

This was the epitome of a secret holiday wedding. The ever gorgeous, Miley Cyrus, rocked retro vibes in her off-the-shoulder, minimalist chic gown designed by Vivienne Westwood. The on-again-off-again couple shared their secret nuptials with close family and friends at Miley’s home in Franklin, Tennessee. Both Liam and Miley shared a black and white photo on Instagram to announce their wedding to fans.

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Christina El Moussa + Ant Anstead

Christina El Moussa, from Flip or Flop, wore a lace dress designed by Ines Di Santo to tie the knot with her now husband, Ant Anstead, at their secret winter wonderland wedding. 🤫❄️ The couple kept the wedding a secret by inviting their friends and family to meet at their home and then attend the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Instead upon their guests arrival, they walked right into their wedding that took place in their front yard!

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Meghan Trainor + Daryl Sabara

Meghan Trainor and Daryl Sabara wed on the bride’s 25th birthday in the couples’ backyard in Los Angeles, California. Their day was filled with personal touches and about 100 friends and family members. Meghan looked radiant wearing a shimmering Berta gown and Badgley Mischka heels.

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Having celebrity dream wedding envy? Here are a few tips for you: 

1. Hire a wedding planner. We know that might sound expensive, but this was the number one tip we heard from brides this year. A planner will make sure you stick to your budget and get the biggest bang for your buck!

2. Take a cue from the celebs and pare down the guest list and spoil those in attendance!

3. Your wedding dress doesn't have to cost a fortune. Save money and look like a million bucks by coming in to see us at Brilliant Bridal. 

4. Opt for classic decor items like candelabras, chargers and candlesticks, while staying away from overly trendy pieces. 

5. Pinterest is your best friend. You can see what designs look like without using your own wedding as a guinea pig. 

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