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Brilliant Feature: New England Wedding Advice

Posted by SarahOct 19, 2016

Are you about to say “I do” New England? We’re on Boston Weddings today with some must-do’s to make sure you’re covered! Did you miss the article? Not to worry, you can catch up here and here!

Pashminas incorporated into decor to keep guests warm

Thanks to Millay and Young for the photo!

Brilliant Advice: How to Get Media Attention for your Business

Posted by SarahAug 10, 2016

We are delighted to share that we were recently featured as a success story on I Do PR’s blog! We shared some of our secrets on marketing, growing your brand, and the key to media attention .

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Catch up on the full feature here and be sure to pick up a copy of Marry the Media for tons of advice on how to market your brand!

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Exciting collaboration with Grand Velas Resort!

Posted by SarahJul 07, 2016

We’re excited to announce our recent collaboration with Grand Velas Resorts to create a wedding package fit for a billionaire! Highlights include a custom wedding gown by Michael Costello, a first dance choreographed by Karina Smirnoff of Dancing with the Stars, and a celebrity performance during the wedding weekend! 

Want all the details? Have a look at the press release here or visit www.grandvelas.com.

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Image courtesy of Grand Velas

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Brilliant Feature: Kelly and Zack on Bridal Musings!

Posted by SarahJun 20, 2016

We’re so excited to see Kelly and Zack’s beautiful rainy day wedding featured on Bridal Musings today! You can view the entire feature here.

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Thank you Ryan Brenizer Photography for the pretty photos and Gardenia Organic for the stunning flowers!

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Style Me Pretty features our lovely couple!

Posted by SarahApr 20, 2016

When Jes and Jack decide to have their wedding at the Riviera Maya in Mexico, we knew it would be a special day.  With smiling faces from ear to ear, the couple said their I-do’s on the beach, and danced the night away under the stars. Check out their fairytale wedding featured on Style Me Pretty!

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Thank you to all the *brilliant* vendors who made their wedding possible!

Daniel J Photography; Cinematography: Pure Love Films; Event Planning: Brilliant Event Planning; Stationary: It’s My Party; Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio; DJ: Big Band Productions; Band: Elan Artists; Officiant: Spirituality Riviera Maya; Transportation: Mayan Hospitality; Venue: Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa;  Floral Designs + Rentals: Planner 1 Events.

4 Reasons Why Newport is the Perfect Place for your New England Destination Wedding

Posted by SarahApr 06, 2016

For all our brides who dream of having a New England wedding right in their backyard, Newport, Rhode Island is the perfect place to say ‘I do’! With all the feels of laid back life mixed with beachside charm, here are 4 reasons why Newport is your go-to getaway.

 

 1. Beautiful Venues

This coastal beach town nestling on the fringes of NYC and Boston offers the perfect coastal backdrop. Whether you imagine being wed in a regal castle, or a quaint beachfront property, Newport has it all! We at Brilliant Event Planning especially love the Castle Hill and 41 North, but there are tons of venues to choose from, each more breathtaking than the last! Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 2.00.11 PM

 

2. Talented Florists

Some of the best and freshest florist ship out of Newport, why not head straight to the source? For rustic and vibrant bouquets, check out Robin Hollow Farm, or Laurie Marshall Flowers, both based right in Newport.  For a floral shop with a unique business model, check out BloomItOn, based right in Boston, MA. allows you to buy and sell your floral centerpieces for a fraction of the price, making this option both environment and budget-friendly. Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 2.09.51 PM

 

3. Exquisite Cuisine

Whether you’re looking for family-friendly or quaint and trendy, Newport is in no shortage of delicious places to eat. THE place for all seafood lovers, this Rhode Island town offers the freshest catch-of-the-day, and you can bet the catering for your wedding will be equally are wonderful.  For a special historic treat while you’re strolling through town, be sure to check out White Horse Tavern, the oldest tavern in America! Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 2.24.24 PM

 

4. Beachside Fun

Surrounded by the sweeping Atlantic Ocean, Newport, RI boasts 8 different beaches where guests can tan, play games, or even fly a kite. Whether you plan on getting married on the shores of Newport’s beaches, or are in it for the ocean-side views, you can’t go wrong with any one–or several–of these locations. If you’re feeling adventurous, ask the natives about making a short stop at Purgatory Chasm, a giant rock cavern located on the west end of 2nd Beach!

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5. Talk of the Town!

Whether taking a stroll down Bannister’s Wharf, or biking along Ocean Drive, you and your guests will be enthralled and delighted by Newport’s quaint little towns. There’s so much to see and shop, your guests might want to book an extra night! Thinking about hosting an afterparty for your wedding? Newport’s nightlife is classy and plentiful, with popular spots like The Fifth Element or Sky Bar at the Clarke Cook House.

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Photo Credits: Castle Hill Inn, 41 North, Robin Hollow Farm, BloomItOn, Katie Kaizer, Discover Newport, & Summer in Newport.

Wedding Paper Divas feature Brilliant’s Pro Tips

Posted by SarahMar 25, 2016

Planning to pop the question? Sarah Glick gives Wedding Paper Divas some pro-tips on what to do to make sure you pull off the perfect proposal! Check out the full article here!

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Gifts for Your Girls and Groomsmen

Posted by SarahMar 02, 2016

If you’re a summer bride looking to spice things up for your wedding party, you may be starting to think of unique gifts to your bridesmaids or groomsmen.  Lucky for you, the experts at Brilliant Event Planning have found some of the trendiest items for gift giving. Whether you’re popping the question or sharing a special day-of touch, we’ll show you how to ‘wow’ your wedding party!

 

How Charming

Who said girls can’t have a little fun with ‘proposing’? Ladies, if you’re looking to bring a smile to your bridesmaid-to-be’s face, try giving her a custom charm necklace or bracelet. Every time your lucky lady looks at this special gift, she’ll think of the bond you two share and of course about your wedding day!  For the grooms, we suggest a gift that makes their best men and groomsmen recognizable by all the rest of the wedding.  We especially love these “Best Man” monogramed cufflinks, which come in many labels, including “Father of the Bride” and “Usher”.

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Sourced from Petal and Paperie and Inside Weddings

 

Perfect in a Pinch

A great gift for wedding party guests that is both cute and functional is a customized cosmetic bag, available from many pricy brands and artisan shops.  However, our favorite pouches for the wedding party to be able to use on your wedding day are these ‘minimergency’ kits by Pinch Provisions. Perfect for any day-of mishaps or traveling needs.  They even come in Bride, Bridesmaid, and Groom versions; oh and did we mention you can even build your own custom kit on their website?  With so many colors and iconic charms, you can’t go wrong!

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Sourced from BHLDN and Pinch Provisions

 

Bring on the Bubbly!

Your wedding party has no doubt been working very hard to make your special day the absolute best, why not reward them with a cocktail or two?  There are many websites that offer customized champagne labels for the ladies, including ones that ask “Will you be my bridesmaid?” For the men we suggest customized flasks or mugs, with each man’s name on it and perhaps your wedding date.  Both gifts leave a lasting impression, and ensure your wedding day is off to a great start.

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Sweep them off their feet

On your wedding day, you and your girls will be dressed to the nine’s, we’re guessing with some sky-high shoes included — but every girl knows just how great it feels to kick off her heels at the end of a long day.  Brides, give the gift of comfort and try providing these packable, wearable flats for your bridesmaid to change into during the receptions, we bet they’ll be thanking you later.  For the groomsmen, we love the idea of having all members wear the same socks, that the groom has personally picked out! The labels are customizable, and the matching scheme makes for adorable wedding photos.

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Sourced from Talaria Flats and Groovy Groomsmen Gifts

 

Your wedding day is all about having fun and celebrating with the people you hold most near and dear.  Show your special someone’s your appreciation with a one-of-a-kind gift, we promise your own personalization of whatever gift you choose will make for a truly *brilliant* affair.

Kiss that Cliché Proposal Goodbye!

Posted by SarahFeb 19, 2016

Hey there love birds, planning on proposing? We at Brilliant Event Planning already showed you how to make your proposals pop,  now let us help you avoid the trap of the dreaded cliché proposal. Here are our Dos and Don’ts for sending you on your way to wedded bliss!

 

Do: Prep your man or lady properly

Whether you ultimately decide on bringing your significant other to dinner, or some other special event, it’s important to let them know that you two will be going somewhere special.  We guarantee your significant other will want to look extra spiffy the day they get proposed to, so make sure you accurately set up the situation, without giving anything away!

 

Don’t: Borrow your Playbook

While every hopeless romantic loves a good RomCom, don’t take the easy way out by copying a scene straight out of a movie or novel.  You want your significant other to feel special on this day, they deserve your own personal design!

 

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Do: Do the Unexpected

We guarantee any fianceé-to-be would swoon over a unique proposal tailored just for them, but how about kicking it up a notch?  No one knows your significant other like you do, and now’s the time to prove it!  Think about what they love, what makes them tick, and find a way to incorporate your insider info and you may just catch him or her by surprise.

 

Don’t: Choose a Touristy Spot

Unless a particular landmark has special significance to the two of you as a couple, leave it out.  Especially in New York, there are thousands of proposals daily at spots like the Empire State Building, Times Square, etc. – save the crowds and choose a romantic scene that you’ve hand-picked.

 

Do: Have fun!

We know that proposing to your lady or man is a big step in your relationship, and we understand the nerves that come along with it! However, remember that this day is for both of you to start a new journey, focus on the beauty in this big moment and all the pressures will melt away!

 

For more *brilliant* proposal inspiration, check out Brilliant Event Planning’s proposal section on the blog!

 

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Thank you to Blue Daisy, and Paparazzi Proposals for the beautiful photos!

 

Grab Your Galoshes!

Posted by SarahFeb 05, 2016

Hey there bride-to-be’s, expecting rain on your wedding day? Don’t fret! Successful events start with thinking ahead, and we at Brilliant Event Planning can show you just how to do that!

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Have a Plan

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, it’s important to have a backup that is both thoughtful and feasible.  Before you even sign the contract with your venue, make sure that your Plan B can be executed by your venue, and is a scenario that honors the vision of your big day.  When rain pours down, it’s very possible that your Plan B will quickly become Plan A, make sure it’s something you love!

 

 

Know When to make the Rain Call

Weather forecasts can often be fickle, making it difficult to know when you should move your outdoor ceremony indoors.  Most assume that you can make the Rain Call within a half hour before the start of the ceremony, but this can lead to all kinds of problems with vendors: florists and rental companies need to know in advance where to set up, and some may even require a 24-hour advanced notice.  Check with your vendors and set a deadline for yourself for when to make the call, and be ready to stick to it!

 

 

Say Cheese!

Whether you have to move your location from outdoors, or already planned an indoor wedding, keep in mind that rainfall does stop. If you’re feeling adventurous, snag those few minutes of sunshine and take some outdoor wedding photos that are sure to be memorable.

 

 

Bring the Rainwear

If you know in advance that your wedding day forecast calls for a drizzle, perhaps you’ll want to go ahead with the outdoor ceremony and add a twist!  Surprise and delight your guests with rain boots and umbrellas as unique wedding favors, that are both useful and adorable!

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Whatever your preference may be for your big day, don’t the let weather put a damper. Take control and plan ahead, and you’re sure to have a truly *brilliant* wedding!

 

A big thank you to  Ryan Brenizer Photography for the beautiful photography of Kelly and Zack’s wedding!

Additional photo by Crown Photography as featured on The Knot.

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