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Style Me Pretty features our lovely couple!

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! Desktop14

 

 

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

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.

A Brilliant Wedding: Jackie and Andrew

 Jackie and Andrew's January wedding day began with a ton of sunshine, despite the chilly temperatures. After spending the morning getting ready at the Trump SoHo Hotel, the two strolled across the street to City Winery in TriBeCa for a dazzling ceremony and reception.

Honoring both heritages, Jackie and Andrew melded a traditional Jewish ceremony with a Japanese Tea ceremony, while saying their I-Do's under a custom Chuppah.

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While guests snapped photos for the guestbook during cocktail hour, the ceremony space was converted to the reception space, filled with twinkling lights and oversized ranunculus. Our couple and their guests danced the night away to tunes from Dexter Lake Club Band - covers of the Beach Boys and the Beatles were in no short supply.  Guests dined at tables that had been made glamorous by Blade Floral and Event Designs and later, enjoyed late night pizza delivery to keep their energy up on the dance floor.

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Perhaps the most special moment of the night was when the newlyweds snuck away for a silent cake cutting, which kept the party rolling and allowed our couple a memorable moment for just the two of them to share.

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As a final nod to Jackie's roots, guests departed with red Chinese Takeout containers filled with fortune cookies. We loved these personal touches from the bride and groom, which made their night truly brilliant!

Congratulations to Jackie and Andrew!

 

Thank you to Craig Paulson Photography for the beautiful photos!

 

Grab Your Galoshes!

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! Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 11.40.19 AM

 

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.

Preserving Your Bouquet from the Big Day!

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. Recently Updated

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.