Monthly Archives: October 2011

Fall Comfort with the Etsy Wedding Team

Here in the US the temps are dropping.  Comfort food and cozy sweaters are making there seasonal debut.  In honor of the cool weather and the sweet goodies that this time of year brings, I have chosen a collection of Etsy Wedding Team items that remind me of it.  Enjoy cream, caramel, chocolate, pumpkin, and spices galore.

Groomsmen Boutineer -Pale Peach ,Chocolate & Caramel with Feathers and Burlap

Caramel and Chocolate

Wedding invitations, swirly flower vines in dark orange and pumpkin orange

Pumpkin and Spice

Simply Mocha - Ribbon and Rhinestone Hair Pin Set in Chocolate Brown

Dark Chocolate

Bloom Collection - Aerin Pillow - Ivory on Dark Champagne

Butter and Cream

Fall Cake Flags - Set of 4

A Guide to Veils

Veils come in soooo many styles that finding a comprehensive list is near impossible.  Especially if you want to see some edgy or nontraditional looks.   Here is a guide from Wed Eclectic for your veil needs.

So you are planning on donning a veil for your wedding day.  What style do you choose???  Are you a lover of the romantic, a fearless modern bride that wants to rock the trends not yet started, or something in between?

Veils can be made of several different materials; Russian veiling, English merrywidow, French veiling (not made anymore but can be found in vintage stock), silk, lace, and tulle.

First of all length:

Birdcage… a short veil perfect for a modern bride.

  • – 9, 12 or 18 inches.  Two layered, bandeau, or whole birdcage.

Shoulder Length… stylish and a touch edgy with a vintage romantic feel.

Elbow Length… classic with a spirted twist.

Fingertip Length… a classic.

Waltz Length (sometimes called ballet)… hits at the back of the knees for a sweet look.

Chapel…long and flowing to the edge of your dress train.  Ideal for romance.

Cathedral…very very long trailing far past the edge of your dress line.  Uber romantic: the stuff of fairy tales and royal weddings.

bridesmaids veils package (4)

Birdcage

Wedding Veil - Short, Shoulder Length, 4 Layer Veil. Available in White, Diamond White, Pink and Ivory. The Prudy Veil - Made To Order.

Shoulder Length

Single Layer Elbow Length Tulle Veil with Swarovski Rhinestone Corners in Ivory or White

Elbow Length

Silk Dupion Edged Fingertip Veil

Fingertip Length

Silk Trim Chapel Blusher Veil SHIPS IN 72HRS

Chapel Length

Waltz Length Swarovski Crystal Wedding Veil 49 inch custom

Waltz Length

Custom Handmade Cathedral Veil Detailing Made to Order

Cathedral Length

Okay you’ve decided which length to choose but what about embellishments???  Crystals?  Lace?  Dots?

Embellish it!

32 Inch Sparkle Sparkle Wedding Veil

Crystals for Sparkle

Bridal Veil Circle with Vintage Lace Edge

Vintage Lace

Ivory and Gold Sunburst Flower Fascinator w/ Ostrich Feathers - Art Deco Revival - by Moonshine Baby

Dots

Okay so far we’ve been playing it safe and sticking with beautiful veils.  BUT, what if you’ve already seen all of your dear friends wear those and UGH it’s just not for you????

Alternatives!!!!!!!!!

Romantic White Lace Bandeau Mask w/ Swarovski Pearls & French Netting - by Moonshine Baby

Bandeau Mask

The Elenore

Bubble Veil

Turquoise Birdcage Veil bridal bridesmaid Bandeau 9 inches retro

COLOR! Turquoise!

Catalina-chantilly rose lace trimmed mantilla veil

Mantilla Style

Bridal lace cap with veil, french and vintage inspired - Style 103 - Made to Order

Bridal lace cap with veil

Peacock Inspired Headpiece

Inspired

Ultra-modern shoulder length veil - Style: 0038

Ultra Modern

Hockey Wedding

Women are typically the style behind the wedding but what if….the men planned the wedding???

First up: The Hockey Wedding

HOCKEY 'couch potato' GROOM. PERFECT Customized Wedding Cake Topper

Handmade Inspired Toronto Maple Leafs Wedding Garter

Personalized Groomsman Gifts - Sports TEAM LOGO Personalized BEER Mug - 16oz - Etched Beer Mugs by distinctglass on etsy

Hockey Keepsake Memory BoxBelt Buckle Vintage Hockey Game

Hockey Rink Cufflinks

This post brought to you by Jennifer Chow of Nostalgic Links

Wedding Lighting the Wed Eclectic Way

If you are planning a wedding and are tired of twinkle lights and votives to set a mood, here are some refreshing innovations on wedding lighting you may want to consider.

This passionate glowing rose Unity Candle Set by Forest Candle Studio would set an enchanting mood for an evening garden reception.  Marcie Forest also makes gorgeous stylized rosebud tapers.

Rose Candle Set - Wedding Unity Candles, Home Decor, Eco Chic Gift - Pure Beeswax, Rose Petals - Unique Candles by Artist Marcie Forest

Unity Candle Set - Pure Beeswax & Roses - Unique Rose Candles for Weddings, Gifts, Holidays, Home Decor by Artist Marcie Forest

Looking for a magical accent to add to the serving table?  Here is a fanciful illuminated Woodland Magic centerpiece by CCYCstudio that is perfect for this Autumnal season.

Weddings and Special Events Lighted Centerpiece, title: Woodland Magic

For even more enchantment,  these hanging lightning bug lanterns by bragginbags will bring back all of those childhood memories back of chasing fireflies with jars.

SET of 3 Outdoor Rustic Wedding Decoration Candles Firefly Lightning Bug Lanterns

Speaking of jars, here is some more Southern charm that would be perfect for any rustic wedding or even a 1920’s them wedding, calling upon the days of prohibition when couples would sip forbidden cocktails out of mason jars.  This chandelier of up-cycled mason jars by BootsNGus is incredible! Be sure to check out their store for many more clever lighting ideas made with up-cycled vintage materials!

Spiral Mason Jar Carousel Chandelier Hanging Light  - Mason Jar Lighting - Eco Friendly Rustic Wedding - Original BootsNGus Design

Planning a wedding beside a pond or fountain? These magnificent floating lotus lanterns by JubileePartyGoods add such elegance to any reflective pool. A perfectly serene setting for you and your guests to make a wish before the night is over.

Floating Lotus Water Lantern set of 3

If you are looking for some mood lighting for the entire room, here are some beautiful table luminaries by Myhaleygirl to cast a romantic shadows of lace and dazzle your guests!

Lovely and lacy wedding - Luminary package

And how about this beautiful geometrical origami pendant lantern you can even enjoy after the wedding to decorate your happy new home by Celia 29.

Blue Gold Paper Lamp 10 inches

This post was brought to you by Auriana of Moon Shine Baby

Earth Friendly Finds

Dragonfly Bouquet

Unique bridal bouquet, featuring many vintage elements

Lavender VEGAN Boutonniere by The Boutonniery

Vegan (and naturally aromatic!) boutonniere.

Orchid Rose Garden Tapers - 8 inch Pair, Pure Beeswax, Purple Rose Petals - Unique Eco Luxury Rose Candles by Marcie Forest

Natural beeswax candles, made with eco-friendly dyes

4 ECO Recycled Soy Ink Note Set Create Happiness

Recycled cards, using soy-based ink

Delicious Vintage 1950's PINK CHIFFON with Satin Cummerbund Garden WEDDING Frock

Delicious Vintage 1950's Pink Chiffon Frock

Amanda of ArtisanMaskers put together this collection of vintage and Eco friendly wedding goodies.

Skip The Cookie Cutter Wedding

By: My Haley Girl

Ever drive through suburbia and notice those giant subdivisions with the taupe colored houses all in a row? Everyone has a two car garage, a swimming pool, and at least 2.5 trees in their yard. Well I can appreciate all kinds of housing, but personally I like the character of homes with unique quirks and architecture. It kinda reminds me of all those weddings out there…. People shoot for classic and end up geting… cookie cutter. I know a lot of brides who shoot for innovative, and end up getting the same old same old. So today thought I would share a few straightforward and simple tips on how to make the big day your very own.

5 Tips to making your wedding YOURS!

1.     Make a list!

What do you want your wedding to be? Small, big, romantic, quirky, vintage, classic, safari themed (out there… but do-able!). The more your able to pinpoint what you want (and what you don’t!), you can the focus on how to get your vision to come to life. I usually recommend picking 5 words to describe your wedding. Mine was, Unique, romantic, vintage, glowing, and family.
Mini Compass Cufflinks
Compass cufflinks available at….. http://www.nostalgiclinks.etsy.com

2.     Plan ahead!

By going through your budget and planning early will help you not only stick to that budget, but it will let you see what exactly your spending and on what. If you look at your budget and see that you’re paying for napkin rings, table menus, plate decorations, and a favor you might realize that is too much for what you envisioned.

Giving yourself plenty of time will help you keep your budget and your vision in check. In the end stress inevitably gets to most of us and that can drive you crazy, plan to have all wedding planning/purchasing done at least a month before the wedding. It might not happen, but you’ll have less to do last-minute without a doubt.

Wedding - 10 Felted Heart Place Cards - Romantic Soft Wooly Name Place Seating Cards
Hand felted heart pace cards available at…. http://www.fairyfolk.etsy.com

3.     Think outside the box!

If you love classic wedding traditions, but want a wedding that is truly yours then you need to think outside the box! Not everyone needs to carry fresh flowers, if you want a classic vintage themed wedding perhaps a brooch bouquet is a unique touch to make the day more personal. Or maybe you want a custom wedding topper, but can’t find one that fits your style in the store. You can find custom toppers, or even design your own with the help of an artisan on Etsy.com for a reasonable price. Classic choice of a topper, but certainly personalized to you. Small touches like this will help you achieve a classic day with personal and creative touches.

Love Birds Custom Wedding Cake Topper

Love bird cake topper available at…. http://www.theaircastle.etsy.com

4.     Do your research!

With the online community growing every day you now have (almost) unlimited resources for inspiration, and shopping! I myself looked at blogs, websites, pintrest, and google for my wedding and parties. The more you take in the more you’ll be able to see the options out there for you. Rather than buying everything in a box store, you might be able to find an Etsy.com artisan to make you a custom headpiece, or custom wedding invitations that are classic, but still quirky and best of all 100% “you”.

25 Dapper Invitation Ensemble Vintage lace indie wedding invitations
Custom invitations available at…. http://www.earmark.etsy.com

5. Enjoy!

A wedding is supposed to be a happy day full of love and celebration. I have known a lot of brides who agreed to certain elements to make others happy or simply because they are simply overwhelmed.  Make a commitment to yourself and your future spouse that this day will be all about you, and remember this is a special time, enjoy it! Take a break from planning or shopping if you need to, and remember a wedding is one day, but a marriage and you love for one another is forever.

Statement Bridal Belt Wedding Sash Black and White
Bridal sash belt available at… http://www.krissy167.etsy.com

October Digital Calendar

Adaleta otherwise known as Polkadile contributed this stunning image for our October calendar.  Feel free to click on the picture and download your jpg image.

October Giveaway

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by:

MsFormaldehyde

She creates a myriad of unique items for weddings and other occasions, including feather fascinators, flower brooches and hairpins, birdcage veils, burlesque accessories, butterfly and skull hair pins, jewelry, and even sugar skulls!
And she loves custom orders! : )
1920s Hollywood Dame, Peacock Feather, Skull, Mardi Gras, feather fascinator, OOAK

She is offering the winner of this month’s giveaway their choice of these three couture fascinators. : )
Halloween Wedding, NOLA, Wedding, Wedding Couture, OOAK, Purple fascinator, peacock feather, peacock, purple,burlesque boudoir
Wedding, peacock fascinator,Vintage pearl, Wedding fascinator, peacock, modern bride, hollywood glam,Marilyn Monroe

Wedding,True Blood,  Purple Fascinator, Vampire fascinator, NOLA, Wedding couture fascinator,Peacock feather
The giveaway is open worldwide and shipping is included!
This giveaway will run until midnight, October 31st, but don’t wait…enter today!

Entries will be accepted for:

A comment including your favorite item from MsFormaldehyde’s shop

Extra entries for comments indicating that you:
(Please include your email, handle, etc for verification & contacting you when you win!)  If you do not your name will be announced and it is your responsibility to check back on November 1st to see if you won.

Heart MsFormaldehyde’s Etsy shop
Friend MsFormaldehyde on Facebook
Purchased an item from MsFormaldehyde’s shop

Follow @WedEclectic on Twitter
Friend WedEclectic on Facebook

Tweeted this:

I just entered to win a purple couture fascinator from @MsFormaldehyde and @WedEclectic http://wp.me/p1BibD-jA

Posted this giveaway on your Facebook page (please copy your post here)
Posted this giveaway on your blog (please include the link here)
Posted this giveaway on a wedding/social network (please include the link here)

The winner will be chosen randomly, verified, and contacted on November 1st via email with the good news!

Wedding Shoes

Shoes shoes shoes! Who doesn’t love shoes? When you’re getting married, it’s a great excuse to buy an amazing pair! Your first thought might be that you want some amazing, stylish and beautiful shoes, but remember that you might be wearing them all night! You have a few options:

Option 1: Buy a beautiful pair of shoes regardless how comfortable they are.

Option 2: Buy a beautiful and comfortable pair.

Option 3: Buy a beautiful pair of shoes with heels for the ceremony and some flats for the reception.

Ballroom dancing shoes are a great option for style and beauty with a heel! Many are customizable. You can choose colors and extra cushioning. There are lots of online vendors where you can find ballroom dancing shoes. Step one is just one of many

There are also quite a variety of hand-made and hand-embellished shoes on Etsy:
NoraKaren has fantastic selection of beautiful hand painted flats and heeled shoes.
Parisxox also has an amazing selection of embellished shoes:

I hope these hints have been helpful and that your shoe hunt is an enjoyable one!

Eden Gallery
http://www.etsy.com/shop/EdenGallery
http://www.facebook.com/EdenGallery
http://www.twitter.com/EdenGalleryArt

Just Between The Two Of You

You’d love a traditional wedding, but there’s a PROBLEM: deep down you’d also love to express the side of yourselves that isn’t traditional at all, without calling everyone’s attention to it!

Don’t worry, this can be SOLVED: To get you started, here are some great items  from Etsy artisans. Private treasures for wearing on (or under!) your wedding clothes, or carrying in your bridal clutch and his jacket pocket, a secret for just the two of you on your special day…

For skulls aficionados:

Skull Cufflinks
sexy SKULLS and HEARTS TATTOO thigh-high socks light mocha xs/x/m

For steampunk enthusiasts:

In Bloom Ankle Corsets - Tatted Lace Accessories - Ivory

Silver and Wood Timeless Fashion Mechanical Pocket Watch, Watch Chain Fob - Victorian Steampunk - Item MPW28

For nature lovers and sci-fi fans:

Glow in the Dark Solar System Underwear Womens

For Lord of the Ring devotees:

Lord of the Rings Elvish Pocket Mirror - 2.25"

Map Of Middle Earth Liquor Hip Flask Fantasy Stainless Steel 6 ounce

Best Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest
Forest Candle Studio

www.forestcandlestudio.com
www.facebook.com/ForestCandleStudio