Monthly Archives: October 2012

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WedEclectic Q & A

Our new Monday feature…we will be asking the WedEclectic team a question, and posting their answers…providing some advice, inspiration and insight into the person behind our shops. We hope you enjoy them!

Please reply with your own answer!  : )

If you could change or prevent one thing that happened during your wedding or wedding planning, what would it be?

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Amanda avatar

I would probably be slightly less “bratty” during the planning process.  I definitely did not want our reception to be a reflection of our parents, rather than  us, and that was the motivator behind my attitude.  But I probably could have been a little more tactful about how I handled some offers for help, etc.

Keri O'Hara avatar

I’m not sure if, or how I would change this, but I certainly wasn’t prepared for it: Making my 3 boys go back home after our destination wedding was a lot harder than I had anticipated. But keeping them around for our honeymoon wasn’t a desirable option either.  If I could do it over again I would plan a second ‘mini honeymoon’ for our new family. So that the kids had something to look forward to when we returned from our real honeymoon.

Kitty Kanzashi avatar

The only thing I would change at my wedding would be the guest list.  My parents wanted to invite a lot of family members out of tradition but as I wanted a small wedding this left very little space for actual friends.  Other then that my wedding was fine………I think…….

Krissy Cartwright avatar

I would have liked the DJ to introduce us with the correct name and not be so confused about our music ;/

Jennifer Ferencz-Barato avatar
Had to laugh at yours, Krissy…we must have had the same DJ! Not only did he butcher a bunch of names at the introduction, and set the volume of the recession music to “earsplitting” (U2’s Beautiful Day will never be the same LOL), but Ruben and I stood in the center of the floor, looking discombobulated, for way too long while the DJ searched for our first dance music. Sigh.My one thing would either be breaking down and hiring the Pros instead of the craigslist DJ (worth the extra $500!), or not having layoffs looming over my job the entire year before the wedding. It put off my wedding DIY creations, and buying a wedding gown, until the last few months, in case we had to have a small private ceremony. : (
Stephanie Farley avatar

Still single!  However I would say as a singleton that stress is the number 1 thing to reduce for planning your wedding.  It’s YOUR and your PARTNERS wedding.  And really – if the flowers arrive in the wrong colour or you have to divide the food in half or have the guests take turns singing their favourite tunes acapella cause the dj passed out…it’s cool.
Your day is about your commitment to each other and all the rest of it is detailing.  We all want a perfect wedding but being too attached can perhaps lead to a stressful and avoidable situation.

So..if you could change one thing that happened during your wedding or wedding planning, or prevent something from happening, what would it be?

Recipe of the Week

From MsFormaldehyde’s kitchen, of MsFormaldehyde

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Minutes to Prepare: 45
Minutes to Cook: 35
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

4 large green bell peppers
1 cup of cooked brown rice
1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup chopped onion
shaved parmesan cheese
jalopeno peppers
Quinoa I use 1 cup of this and you can cook it before or after

tomato sauce – I mix everything with sauce then put some on top with cheese before cooking in oven
Water put enough to cover the bottom of a casserole dish

2 tbsp canola oil
salt and pepper to taste

Sirachi cocktail sauce – to garnish

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place in a casserole dish – the bottom of the dish should be covered with a thin layer of tomato sauce.
In a pan, add canola oil and sautee the onions until translucent (5-7 minutes). Add minced garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Then add the ground turkey and brown rice or quinoa

In a large bowl, combine the cooked ground turkey, brown rice, and  tomatoe sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Scoop mixture into each bell pepper half.

Bake, covered, for 35 minutes. If desired, uncover, sprinkle cheese on top, and bake an additional 5 minutes.

Drizzle with Sirachi cocktail sauce to taste.

Keep Calm and Carry On – Guest List Dilemma

By KittyKanzashi

So before deciding on your venue you have to decide on the number of guests you would like to be present at your wedding.  This can not possibly cause any trouble whatsoever…….. or can it?

Maybe your family have grand ideas!  Or maybe it is you who wants the big wedding whereas your other half is just happy with just a handful of friends.  Then there is of course who to invite but that will be another topic of discussion.  In this post we will concentrate on just the numbers.

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What do you do?  Clearly you have to decide on one or the other because your venue choice is depended on the guest list.  Now as much as I enjoy a good argument I think in this case it might not be suitable.  There are a number of factors you could consider.

Budget

Of course the most easiest way to decide on guest numbers is with your budget.  The more guests you want the more money you will need to spend.  It is really that simply.

Time Spent on a Guest

This may sound a bit silly but you have to consider how much time you would like to spend with each guest because the more guest you have the less time you will have with each one.  I have heard of one couple where their families just invited every living relative and friend they knew to the wedding and the couple spent the whole wedding day just posing for photographs which annoyed the bride so much, she actually stormed off.  They consequently planned a second wedding party to make up for the first one.

Intimacy

Generally the smaller the wedding the more intimate it is which is great if all of your guests get along with each other.  There is nothing more uncomfortable then awkward silence from everybody.  So if your guest list is a bit fractured then maybe inviting a few more people so that everyone has a group where they can belong is a good idea.

Expectations

Does your family have a tradition whether cultural or social of throwing huge parties?  I had this little problem when I was planning my wedding because I come from a culture where you pretty much invited every single living relative no matter how distance they are.  This to me sounded like hell on Earth because all I will be doing on my wedding day is talking to relatives which I have not seen for over 20 years.

Potential Location

Maybe you have an idea of where you would like to have your wedding which could put a constraint on the number of guests.  For example, maybe you would like to get married in a quaint little village but this place could have a finite number of guests accommodations available in so many miles radius.  I think it would be a little rude to leave your guest without a roof over their head.  Sure it is their responsibility to book the room but it would be nice to give them some choice.

I think those are the ones that I could come up with off the top of my head.  By all means you can have a panic when you are discussing these factors but in the end of the day “Keep Calm”.  Nothing will be achieved if you are constantly panicking especially at this stage of planning.  There is a whole load more to discuss!


Isla Wong
(aka Kitty Kanzashi)

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WedEclectic Q & A…

Our new Monday feature…we will be asking the WedEclectic team a question, and posting their answers…providing some advice, inspiration and insight into the person behind our shops. We hope you enjoy them!

Please reply with your own answer!  : )

 What long-standing “tradition” did you choose to throw out the window at your wedding? And why?

msformaldehyde avatar

I went to vegas and got married. I will not be doing that again. I regret not doing it right and having some fabulous with a few close friends and family.

Bridesmaids.  Okay, so I sort of had bridesmaids (in that a couple of friends and my sisters threw bridal showers and all), but I married into an Argentine family who thinks the whole “everyone wears the same dress to the reception” concept is just STRANGE.  And, since our wedding and reception were pretty casual and all about the “fun” (rather than the “formal”) aspects, it was no problem really.  It also avoided having to feel like every “close” friend had to be invited to be a bridesmaid!

Oh, I also didn’t have a bouquet.  (Which is EXTRA funny because I’m a horticulturist, who was working at a florist at the time…  ;D  )  I just didn’t want to carry something around all day/night.  So, instead we did a “cake charm” pull to replace the bouquet toss.  Still fun and way less hassle than the bouquet!

Keri O'Hara avatar

We didn’t have bridesmaids, or Groomsmen. We had a destination wedding & only invited family and a couple of friends. It was a 3rd marriage for both of us, so we didn’t have any problem making it all about us. lol

Kitty Kanzashi avatar

I went for the bare essentials so lets see
1) No bridesmaids and groomsmen.  2) No Hen/Stag Party (ie bridal shower) 3) No readings as we wanted the short, short, short version (think of the Spaceball wedding) 4) Did not throw the bouquet as I wanted to keep it. 5) Speeches were banned
What other traditions are there that I didn’t care about????

Christina avatar

I had my brother stand on my (the brides) side!
There was also no father/daughter or mother/son dance at our reception.  We just got the party started!

We had a three day party instead of a formal rehearsal.

My husband wanted a more traditional affair than I did, so the only thing that looked different (up close) were the clay flowers I created. : )
Also no bridal shower…we were in our late 30s, so we didn’t need stuff to fill our already full house. We received recipes to fill a “family and friends cookbook” instead. : )

What traditions do you plan to leave out of your wedding? Or, if you already had your wedding, what did you omit? And why?

Recipe of the Week

From Amanda’s kitchen, of ArtisanMaskers

Mock Apple Crisp

Doesn’t this Autumny apple crisp look delicious?  Well, if you thought those were apples you’d be  WRONG!  Believe it or not, this is a picture of my sister’s “mock apple” crisp, which uses not apples, but ZUCCHINI!  (Great way to use up all the excess zucchini from your garden, right?)  Here we go!

First, to turn all that zucchini into “apples”!

8 Cups Zucchini, peeled, seeded, and chopped into “apple-like” chunks or slices

3/4 Cup Lemon Juice

1 Cup Sugar

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Nutmeg

1 Tbsp Cornstarch

Boil zucchini pieces in lemon juice until tender (about 15 minutes).  Add sugar, spices, and cornstarch and simmer another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Let cool slightly.

To make “crisp” topping, cut together with a pastry blender:

1 Stick Cold Butter (1/2 Cup)

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Cup Oats

1 tsp Cinnamon

Pour your mock apple mixture into a 9×13 baking dish and sprinkle crisp topping crumbs evenly over all.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until top looks slightly browned.  Enjoy hot with ice cream!

October Calendar

Thank you to Adaleta of Polkadile for our monthly calendar!

 

October Giveaway

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by

Keri creates Memorial Charms for your bouquets and boutonnieres, necklaces, bracelets, even ornaments!

An array of her bouquet charms…to remember someone dear who cannot be present at your wedding, or to include a photo of the two of you with your wedding date!

And a few of the options she offers of customized charms to wear! Perfect for Moms, the bridal party, and gifts!

Keri is offering a photo ornament from her shop…a value of $39!  And shipping within the US is included!

This giveaway will run until midnight, October 31th, but don’t wait!

Entries will be accepted for:

Commenting, including your favorite item from Delaney Photo Jewelry‘s shop.

Commenting that you hearted Delaney Photo Jewelry‘s Etsy shop (and your Etsy name for verification).

Following Delaney Photo Jewelry’s blog.

Commenting that you follow DelaneyPhotoJewelry (@delaneyjewelry) on Twitter (and your twitter name for verification).

Commenting that you friended Delaney Photo Jewelry on Facebook (and your FB page for verification).

Follow @WedEclectic  on Twitter.

Friend WedEclectic on Facebook.

Tweeted this giveaway (please copy your tweet here).

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!

Recipe of the Week

From Jennifer’s kitchen, of Clay Bouquet Shop

I’m a sucker for Irish Beef Stew every time my husband and I go to an Irish Pub, which is a few times a year. (We even traveled 20 minutes to have our rehearsal dinner at one.)  And I finally found an easy recipe to follow…prep, throw into a crockpot for the day, and dinner is served at dinnertime. Now I just have to test out how much Guinness to throw into the stew to make it taste familiar…so shall we add: Guinness, to personal taste? : )

Cannot wait until the temps go down a bit more…stew is always a wonderful warm and filling 1-bowl meal on a cool night. : )

Irish Beef Stew

(Source: Mad In Crafts   Check out the blog for great craft and DIY ideas…how I stumbled upon the recipe!)


2 lb. beef, trimmed, cut into bite-size pieces
5 T.  flour
2 tsp. oil (not olive)
2-3 medium onions, cut into large pieces
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) beef broth
1 can  (14-1/2 oz.) stewed tomatoes, undrained
2 lb.  red potatoes, quartered with skin on
small bag of baby carrots
2 T. minced garlic
salt and pepper, to taste

Dredge meat with flour. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add meat; cook until browned.

Add the beef to crockpot.  Add in broth, tomatoes and vegetables.  Add garlic and salt and pepper.  Bring to boil, then turn crockpot down to low.

Let cook for several hours.

Stew may be thickened with cornstarch if desired.

Mmmmm….