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Preserving Your Bouquet from the Big Day!

Posted by SarahJan 29, 2016

One question we get asked a bunch at Brilliant Event Planning is how brides can best preserve their wedding bouquets. Some clients may choose to go with a professional service to flash freeze their bouquets, while other brides opt for at-home methods. Brilliant Event Planning shares their advice on choosing the perfect method.

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There are several advantages to choosing to flash freeze your bouquet.  This method, while time-consuming, leaves your flowers looking as fresh as the day you carried them down the aisle. The freezing process done by a professional typically takes about two weeks time, but can take longer if you purchase a mounting or display package.  This option starts at a cost of about $200, and can run up to as much as $500 depending on the mounting package.  Once deciding to go with the flash freezing method, professionals recommend sending your bouquet in immediately after the wedding day.  In order to ensure the freshest possible flowers, arrangements for your bouquet to be flash frozen should be made in advance of the wedding date.  If you are not able to deliver your bouquet to be frozen immediately after the wedding date, cut an inch off of all the stems and place your flowers in the refrigerator until you can deliver them to the freezing service.

For our clients, we recommend our favorite company to use for professionally freezing our brides’ bouquets: Freeze Frame It!

Hiring a service to flash freeze your bouquet has the benefit of having trained professionals product you’re sure to love!  The drawback is that this option can become costly quickly. For crafty brides on a budget, we suggest DIY preserving with silica gel.  While the traditional method has long been to air dry flowers, this often leaves bouquets turning brown and brittle, with little resemblance to their original beauty.  With the silica gel method, your bouquet will look good as new!  All you’ll need to get started is a large box, Activa Silica Gel, and your bouquet! Check out the full tutorial here.

 

Bouquet by Wildflowers Events and Occasions based in the Bahamas, and photo by Mark Da Cunha Photography.

 

Wedding Trends for 2016

Posted by SarahJan 15, 2016

As we at Brilliant Event Planning dive into the new year, we’re keeping an eye on upcoming wedding trends for 2016, and you can too! From colors to food, you can expect a major shift to more nature-inspired and romantic touches in all things bridal.

A major hit from the start of the new year that we expect to carry into the new year in Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity.  This romantic mix of blush and blue is sure to make it’s way into wedding invites and much more!

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Another color trend we can look forward to is the incorporation of metallics, particularly in fashion and decor.  Metallic tones are also the perfect compliment to the romantic touches brides are sure to add. We expect to see an increase in the use of hanging chandeliers and edison bulbs, as well as candelabras adorning centerpieces.

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Along with romantic themes of wedded bliss, 2016 will see brides unleash their inner wild side by returning to nature. Major trends that will utilize both organic and simplistic touches include wildflower bridal bouquets, often incorporating hand-picked flowers and even organic food items, and ‘naked’ wedding cakes, which opt out of buttercream frosting shells and expose the cake’s underlying structure.

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Lastly, we at Brilliant Event Planning predict that a major trend to hit 2016 weddings will be the theme of personalization.  Of course every couple seeks to make their big day their own, but the theme of personalization will become increasingly prolific in the form of individual social media hashtags and polaroid cameras for guests.

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A popular trend for foodie couples will be to add personal cocktail and food pairings, to reflect individual personalities or even special memories.  My personal favorite is for couples who love to vacation: a one-bite-taco and margarita shooter combo is sure to hit the spot!

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Dive in 2016 and tackle some of these upcoming trends to make your wedding a truly *Brilliant* affair!

 

Photo Credits: A2Z Wedding Cards, Jose Villa PhotographyIntimate Weddings, Four Seasons Weddings Magazine, Society Bride, Want that Wedding, Brides, Hoot Kit, The Knot, Style Me Pretty.

 

A Brilliant Wedding: Angelique and Joe

Posted by SarahAug 24, 2015

Last summer we had an incredible time designing Angelique and Joe’s wedding! On August 2nd, the lovely pair were married at the Glen Island Harbour Club in a beautiful outdoor tent ceremony.

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The incredible white floral arrangements from Arcadia Floral, as well as the beautiful natural backdrop of the Glen Harbour Club set in New Rochelle, New York, made for a stunning scene that wowed guests from start to finish.

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The happy couple started off the fun outdoors popping a bottle of champagne. They made sure the guests joined in on all the good times too! Fun signage in the powder rooms encouraged guests to get back on the dance floor.

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The merriment continued throughout the night with gorgeous candles and place settings in the club. Family and friends danced the night away with the happy newlyweds!

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Congratulations Angelique and Joe!

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Thanks to Adagion Studio for the amazing photos!

 

Summer Wedding Inspiration

Posted by SarahAug 06, 2015

Guess what? Paperless Post asked us to share some of our favorite summer wedding inspiration with you to potentially inspire future designs!

As simple as it may sound, there is no better inspiration for a summer wedding than summer itself. Summer – or l’ete as the French call it – means picnic baskets and lemonade and days by the pool. It means fresh fruit at the farmer’s market and this summer we’re all about taking inspiration from our citrus cravings. From half-orange sorbets and lemon-filled vases to watermelon canvas totes to fit welcome gifts for guests, we can’t get enough of all that juicy Vitamin C. It’s fresh, fruity, fun, and can be spun anyway you want. And the fact of the matter is? No one does color better than nature herself.

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It’s a midsummer night’s dream and we’re looking toward the fragrant bohemian notes of Scandinavia. Think lush flower crowns of dark blooms and milky leaves, and exquisite white gowns of hand-embroidered lace and tiny beads. Envision flower walls of white chrysanthemum and pink peonies and layered cakes topped with strawberries as red as the rose. There is something magical and mesmerizing about this ethereal contrast of dark and light – and we can’t get enough!

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We love the idea of old-school romance, but it doesn’t hurt to take a few ideas from our times. It is the twenty-first century after all! We’re talking about wedding sites for your guests (go green on the RSVP?), and cell phone charging stations (those electronics need some fuel too!). We mean Fujifilm instant cameras for a guestbook and #hashtags for the big day.

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These are just a few of our 2015 summer favorites! What are yours?

 

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A Brilliant Wedding: Anna & Christopher

Posted by SarahJul 08, 2015

Designing Anna and Chris’ gorgeous winter wedding was nothing short of fun! The happy couple was married at University Club in late December of last year. The bride, dressed to perfection in a strapless beaded gown, stunned their guests as she walked down the aisle to “Jurassic Park”. In order to include family and friends in their ceremony, each guest received their own breaking glass and joined the happy newlyweds in the tradition of breaking the glass!

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Later, as guests entered the reception space, they marveled at the custom table numbers, that Anna’s dad sketched by hand just for their wedding! The bride and groom shared their first dance to an acoustic version of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up”, which artfully faded into the real deal, bringing guests onto the dance floor.

After dancing much of the night away, the guests and bridal party continued their festivities with a champagne pour and enjoyed specialty desserts from famous restaurants around the city! The end of the night didn’t disappoint either – each guest received a tiny bouquet of flowers, hand-wrapped with a custom sticker, as they made their way to the after party. Congratulations Anna and Chris!

Thanks to Christian Oth Studios for the amazing photos!

Recent Favorites: Bridal Bouquets

Posted by SarahMar 27, 2015

We’ve seen some incredible bridal bouquets over the years. Here is just a sampling of some of our recent favorites. Hint: one of these belongs to Sarah Pease, can you guess which one? Read on to find out.

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Left to right and top to bottom: Lianna’s flowing, garden-y bouquet by Blossom & Branch and photo by Lauren Rutten, Sarah Pease’s colorful bouquet by Rountree Flowers and photo by Photo by Aubrey, Alena’s beachy boho bouquet by Planner1 and photo by Elizabeth Medina, Lauren’s art deco bouquet by Heather Lee and Cristina Lozito and photo by Jonathan Young, Britten’s classic bouquet by Rountree Flowers and photo by Craig Warga.

 

The Proposal Planner: Travis & Tamara

Posted by SarahDec 04, 2014

Travis and Tamara’s proposal was a beautiful family affair. Tamara’s father lives in Puerto Rico and she had not seen him a while so Travis knew he wanted to include him in this special moment. Tamara thought that they were simply in New York City for a special night out. They checked into their hotel and once they were settled in their room, they received a surprise phone call from the concierge. They were invited to a “special AMEX cocktail hour” in the hotel’s rooftop venue, a stunning room with amazing views of the NYC skyline. When the elevator door opened, Tamara was stunned to see the room filled with lush florals in her favorite color, purple, and a band playing the couple’s special song. Travis got down on one knee and proposed and Tamara responded with a resounding “yes”! But, the surprises for Tamara were not over yet! Tamara was overwhelmed with emotion when her family and adorable young son ran out to greet newly engaged couple and congratulate them! It was especially emotional as Tamara had not seen her father in some time. The family then enjoyed a private dinner in the space at a table covered in love poems chosen by Travis to celebrate their relationship.

Travis and Tamara’s proposal was featured on The Knot in this article on my tips for a perfect proposal. See the full article here. 

Congratulations to Travis & Tamara!

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Thanks so much to Paparazzi Proposals for the gorgeous photographs!

A Brilliant Wedding: Alena & Andrew

Posted by SarahNov 17, 2014

Alena & Andrew were such a relaxed couple to work with – they made planning their wedding a breeze! The couple chose the Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico for their destination wedding. Picking this resort for their big day was a no-brainer as they had vacationed there with their families many times in the past. The couple was very laid-back and wanted this to be reflected throughout their wedding weekend. Alena picked a bright, coral color for her touchpoint and we went from there with decor. Their guests’ names and table numbers were written on drink flags placed in festive watermelon-habanero margaritas to get the night off to a spicy start! The reception tables were decorated with lanterns and the floral arrangements were meant to look “undone”, again reflecting the relaxed theme. Guests dined on locally-inspired fare all weekend and danced the night away under the stars.

We are super excited to have Alena & Andrew’s wedding featured on Jet Fete, an amazing destination wedding blog.

Check out the post here!

Congratulations Alena & Andrew

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Thanks to Elizabeth Medina for the amazing photographs!

 

A Brilliant Wedding: Christina & David

Posted by SarahOct 20, 2014

Christina & David got a perfect day in June for their wedding! The bride rode in style in a vintage Rolls Royce to the church for their ceremony at St. Francis Xavier. After a heartfelt ceremony, the couple hopped back in the Rolls and headed to their reception at Cipriani 42nd Street. The bride stunned guests when she changed into a gorgeous, trendy white jumpsuit for the party. Guests dined on delicious Italian fare and partied on a dancefloor custom made for the couple.  After his speech, the bride’s father sang a beautiful, not to mention impressive, song in honor of his daughter’s marriage. At the end of the night, guests left with hand-painted ceramic plates that the bride’s Italian mother commissioned just for her daughter’s special day. What a beautiful family affair!

Congratulations to Christina & David!

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Thank you to Ira Lippke Studios for the beautiful photographs!

A Brilliant Wedding: Heather and Chris

Posted by SarahAug 11, 2014

Heather and Chris were such a fun couple to work with and incorporated so many unique and creative ideas into their wedding.  The ceremony was held on the rooftop of Skylight West featuring breathtaking views of the surrounding Manhattan skyline.  The couple wanted the space to feel “happy”, so bright yellow rose petals lined the aisle and whimsical topiaries with lush bouquets of roses served as altar décor.  Pashminas, serving as chair covers, could also be used by guests to keep warm during the ceremony.  As self-proclaimed “foodies”, the couple wanted to draw on their love of food and fine dining to create a unique reception for their guests.  Banquettes along with different sized tables were set up the make the space feel like a posh New York restaurant.  The couple even had cell phone chargers set up in the reception so that guests could keep snapping pictures all night long. We were thrilled to have our couple’s beautiful wedding featured on Carats & Cake. Check out the post here. Congratulations Heather and Chris!

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Thanks to Sue Kessler from Christian Oth Studio for the beautiful photos!

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