Monthly Archives: June 2012

Recipe of the Week

From Rebekah’s kitchen, of WeddingMonograms.


No matter what kind of wedding your having, everyone has a budget. Save money eating out this week by making these awesome and super easy ribs at home!


Yummy BBQ Ribs


3lbs Boneless Ribs
2 – bottles of Kraft Origional BBQ Sauce
1 – Cup Brown Sugar
1 – Small Onion  Diced
1- Cup Katsup
Garlic  Salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Season ribs with garlic salt and pepper. Put ribs in a 9×13 glass pan and cover tight with foil. Bake for 3 hours.  About 2.5 hours into the baking begin making your sauce: Put remaining ingredients into a saucepan on medium heat, stir often.  After the 3 hours are up, drain some of the excess juices/fat from the 9×13 pan. Cover with BBQ mixture and cook for1 hour at reduced temperature of 250 degrees. Remove from oven and Enjoy!




Wedding at the White Rabbit’s Cottage

By NeverAPlainJane

So far in our wedding adventure we’ve followed Alice down the rabbit hole and throughout a caucus race. Upon leaving the race, our wandering waif was accosted by the White Rabbit who had mistaken her for his house maid. Not wanting to disappoint the harried fellow, Alice scurried off to his cottage to retrieve a pair of gloves and his fan.

Alice found the White Rabbit’s abode “tidy” and “little,” but I prefer to think of cottages as wild and romantic, time-worn and iconic – all terms that describe love. Cottagey touches in your wedding décor classify your love in terms of forever.

Set the scene

Whether your festivities take place indoors or out, you can create an environment with a cozy, homey, rustic feel.

Long, flowing draperies lining the walls or hung from tree branches will define your space.  The curtains you choose will set the tone for the rest of your décor.  Chintz prints will have a shabby chic feel. Solid sheers in white or pastel shades will lend your event a sense of airiness, while curtains in darker, solid tones will create a cozy, cabin atmosphere.

Bunting is also a sweet way to define spaces. Go with pretty floral prints, earthy solids, or add punch with a novelty print such as this one from Cathy’s Shop.

Set the Table

The more nature in your table-scape, the better. Moss, branches, berries and vines add to that wild and romantic feel. Also romantic? Candles. Bring it all together with Marcie Forest’s handmade beeswax creations.

Your table linens are another place to create a cottage feel. Burlap and lace make an elegant study in juxtaposition and set a rustic tone.  Vintage linens are another way to go.  Like your curtains above, mismatched linens will feel shabby chic while a united color palette or style will lend airy charm. You can find a few different styles in Tina’s vintage shop, Cherry Corners.

Dress the part

Don’t forget the fan and gloves Alice was sent to retrieve! Making handmade paper fans and sipping iced tea will be a fun way to while away a summer evening with your nearest and dearest before the festivities begin. For the gloves, consider walking down the aisle wearing these summery mesh pretties from Little White Dresser.

A walk in the woods offers a chance to pick wildflowers for a woodland crown worthy of a quaint ceremony at a hidden cottage. Never a Plain Jane Designs offers a whimsical tiara fit for a woodland bride or her maids.

Speaking of your maids, how sweet they’ll look dressed in lace that looks like came from a hope chest in the cottage attic. The eco-fabulous designs from Amanda Rose Bridal never disappoint.

Your groomsmen can also sport quaint nods to nature with Victorian-inspired feather lapel pins handmade by DelightWorthyn or lichen cufflinks from Polkadile.

Details Details Details

Close your eyes and picture your dream cottage. The details tell the story, your story! Cottages are the perfect setting for found objects such as this set of vintage sewing machine parts from My Smitten Boutique.

Alice knew she’d reached the door of her curious new friend when she saw the “bright brass plate with the name ‘W.Rabbit’ engraved upon it.” Brass name plates would make a lovely touch for marking anything from your guest book to the chairs you’ll sit in.  As an alternative, consider a custom monogram designed by Rebekah. Many of her designs are reminiscent of common plate shapes and the effect will be just as charming!

And remember how Alice got into this predicament in the first place: a little door opened by a tiny key. Scattering a few of these tiny charms from El Costurero Real throughout your décor is the key to charming your guests.

Consider hiding vintage hatpins in flower arrangements, use them to accent updos, or cluster them in a holder nested amongst your appetizers. Wed Eclectic team member Allison offers unique hat pins and holders in her shop Vintage in Color. Click on the image below for details.

I love Wind Rosie’s shabby chic Wonderland props for photo ops or in place of table numbers.

When it is time to say goodnight, let your guests take little bits of cottage with them. Like the custom name cards above, Christina’s hand-stamped paper sacks make for a nostalgic parting gift. Fill them with jars of local honey, homemade preserves, and terracotta pot with a packet of wildflower seeds.

Janice A. Bear

Giveaway alert!

Here’s a giveaway alert from our team…just happens to be one of mine. : )

Ends next Friday!

Recipe of the Week

By Janice of NeverAPlainJane

Smashed Potatoes

I love this recipe. The ingredients are available any time of year, it can serve a group of any size, and it works for any meal.


3 lbs small potatoes (Yukon Gold or Red Bliss)

3 Tbs. olive oil or butter

¼ cup chopped chives or flat-leaf parsley

Fresh ground pepper

Sea salt


  1. Throw your potatoes into a pot of cold, salted water. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until you can easily slip a knife into one of the potatoes.  I usually check mine after ten minutes, then every few minutes after that.
  2. Drain your potatoes and transfer back into the pot. Smash (not mash, we’re going for hearty chunks not smooth mush) with the back of a wooden spoon while drizzling with your olive oil or adding chunks of butter.
  3. Transfer to a roasting pan and broil until potatoes start to crisp.
  4. Shower with chives or parsley, sea salt, and pepper.

If you are making smashed potatoes for some lucky guests attending brunch, throw in some bacon bits. For any meal-centric gathering, consider adding a generous handful of grated cheddar. Stick the cheese-topped potatoes back under the broiler for an additional minute or two so the cheese gets nice and melty. Should my husband be in attendance, it wouldn’t hurt to have a dish of sour cream available as well.

Celebrate your Differences

By DelaneyJewelryDesigns

A marriage is more than blending families. It’s blending personalities and styles as well. It’s easy if you have the same taste styles.


But for those who don’t, why not embrace your differences. It’s a healthy way to begin a life together.


You can tastefully celebrate the individuals in your bridal party as well. If it’s done with just a thread of similarity you will pull it off beautifully.

Celebrating your differences can be fun if you approach it right. After all, I don’t know a single couple whose taste is similar enough to pull off something like the matching wedding bands below:

Summer Wedding, Hand fasting, Bridal, Peacock wedding inspiration

This treasury of spectacular color and summery goodness is from MsFormaldehyde .

Recipe of the Week

Here’s the start of a new feature on WedEclectic…a weekly recipe! Enjoy and share!

From Rebekah’s kitchen, of WeddingMonograms.

Are you short on time but still want to make a delicious dinner for your partner? Do you feel like your sacrificing your precious “wedding-planning” time slaving away in the kitchen? Here’s super-fast and super-easy recipe to save the day!

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

1lb ground beef
1 onion chopped
1 (16oz) can of chili beans with liquid
1 (15oz) can kidney beans, with liquid
1 (15oz) can of whole kernel corn, with liquid
1 (8oz) can of tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 (4oz) can diced green chilies (optional)
2 (14.5oz) cans of peeled & diced tomatoes
1 package of taco seasoning

For Garnish:
Shredded Cheese
Sour Cream
Corn Chips

Dice Onion. Brown beef over medium heat. Drain and combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8hrs.

Top each serving with shredded cheese, sour cream and corn chips. Enjoy!

(Pssst…. We promise we won’t tell anyone you spent all the time you saved stalking wedding stuff on Pinterest!)

Make a Statement in White

This week’s treasury of creamy goodness comes from Wed Eclectic team mate Rebekah over at Wedding Monograms by Bellus Designs.


Tips for a Less Expensive Wedding – #6 Do it Yourself

By ArtisanMaskers

Doing it yourself seems the obvious choice when trying to cut back on expenses.  BE WARNED, though, that sometimes going  “DIY” doesn’t save you enough money to be worth the extra headache!  Jennifer, from ClayBouquetShop, wrote a fantastic article about this very topic.  She offers some great tips if you are planning to take some elements of your wedding day into your own hands!  That being said, if you are artistic or good with your hands or just already know your own talents and limitations well enough, it can be a great way to save some money!  So go ahead and ponder the possibilities, just know that you personally won’t have the time to do everything.  Pick and choose wisely.

My real-life example, Julianna, wanted her bouquet to last beyond the wedding day.  She also wanted something that was uniquely her.  With a little craft-store savvy, she rounded up the elements that fit her vision, and came up with this gorgeously unique bouquet for around $20.

Looking for some more DIY inspiration?  Check out these fabulous posts right here on the Wed Eclectic blog!

Mercury Glass DIY

DIY Photo Booth (with Props)

How to Edit Your Own Photos

June giveaway!

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by

And just look at the fabulous garters she creates!

For (semi-)traditional and eclectic brides…from the glamourous to the demure…

And for the eclectic bride…or for every day!


She is offering a made to order “Demure Jane” garter to the winner…a $40 value! (She does have an antique gold in stock. : )


This giveaway will run until midnight, June 30th, but don’t wait!

Entries will be accepted for:

Commenting, including your favorite item from NeverAPlainJane‘s shop
Commenting that you hearted NeverAPlainJane‘s Etsy shop (and your Etsy name for verification)
Following NeverAPlainJane’s blog
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Follow @WedEclectic  on Twitter
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Posted this giveaway on your blog (please include the link here)

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The giveaway is open worldwide. Shipping is the responsibility of the winner.

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