Monthly Archives: January 2013

Wedding Theme Trends for 2013

By Tracey from SeamstressbytheSea

It is no longer enough to plan a nice color scheme with matching flowers and bridesmaids dresses, now your Wedding Day is an EVENT and needs a special  theme like one of the Lands of Disneyland. Your theme could be inspired by your favorite Fairy Tale and shows like “Once Upon a Time’ , “Mirror, MIrror” or “Princess Bride”. Your dream wedding from your girlish childhood fantasies. Maybe even Disney is partly to thank  for this Wedding Trend because they have a gorgeous line of Wedding Dresses created by Alfred Angelo that has been going strong now for several years with Princess inspired Wedding fashions and perfectly photographed Wedding party attire.

According to a recent article in “Brides” magazine, themed weddings will continue to be popular with Nautical, Fairy Tale, Rustic and Rainbow topping the list.

Members of the Wed Eclectic Team on Etsy.com are full of inspired ideas to compliment your Wedding Theme from Herbal to Vintage to Alice in Wonderland. Each shop has carefully created these find handcrafted items for your special day with as much love as if you made them yourself. Because we all know you don’t have time to do everything and enjoy your big day, so visit some of these shops for some creative handmade ideas.

My personal favorite recent theme is the Rainbow Theme. It is so wonderful at the end of a rainstorm to see the sun come out and a lovely rainbow streaming

Rainbow Themed ideas can include a DIY Wedding backdrop like this alternative ceremony backdrop for those with serious DIY skills: This “chapel,” created by interior design studio ICRAVE, has layers of rainbow-colored  ribbons hanging from the wire mesh ceiling of a framed cube. It would be easy enough for someone handy to put together this mesh and wire frame with supplies from the hardware store. A clever bride can inlist her flower girls and bridesmaids to tie on all the colorful ribbons.
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Invite wedding guests to enjoy in the fun and throw out these Rainbow Streamers as the Bridal couple leave the reception with these awesome hand rolled rainbow streamers with a wonderful array of colors.

Give your flower girls a rainbow crayon notebook in their gift bag from Paper, Passions, Cards on etsy

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And a fun rainbow ribbon barrette from Wild Mountain Wreaths

A rainbow colored bridal bouquet is a must and there are so many gorgeous ideas! I just love this idea with the peacock feathers instead of the usual flowers.
A feathered rainbow of color, which can be customized to your favorites from Decoramood

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Rainbow sprinkled cake pops from Simply Divine Desserts make perfect favors for guests and are so cute that they can be part of the table decorations too!

Rainbow Wedding Dresses? Yes, they exist. Here are a few of my favorites both crazy and wild.
This one from Italy is very lovely and low key

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A bit on the Wild Side of the Rainbow, this dress has shredded tulle in a layer of color under the traditional white bodice.

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This group of rainbow colored bridesmaids along with the beautiful bride in the center is a real stand out but very classy

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Some wonderful ideas for a DIY Rainbow wedding can be found at this blog

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Besides letting the bridesmaids have a bit of fun with color, the groomsmen and groom can join in with different colored ties, hats, sneakers or shirts just to name a few ideas. This rainbow bow tie is very festive but not too wild.

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Go a bit over the rainbow with colored seat covers, table decorations and some fun invitations with your Rainbow Theme. This DIY Rainbow Wedding Invitation on Etsy is a digital file that you can customize and create on your own. You save money and get to have a perfectly colored invitation.

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Your little flower girls will love to wear a fun rainbow ballet style dress and join the fun, while you can let the ring bearer carry a rainbow inspired pillow, tie or something to tie him into the groomsmen.

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A Summer Wedding with this fun Theme can have brightly colored tents for the reception and so many wonderful flowers. Let your guests dine on fresh fruit and veggies in a variety of colors, arranged like a rainbow. I really adore this layered Rainbow Cake Slice with six wonderful layers, each a different flavor.

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And to finish it off, a gorgeous pair of Rainbow Inspired cakes found on Pinterest Boards.

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If you search on Etsy.com or Google Rainbow Weddings, you will find all kinds of fun ideas and photos to inspire you. Don’t forget to look at the tag ‘wedeclectic’ when searching on Etsy for members of the Team.

I end with my favorite Rainbow item from my own shop! Although I would not subject a bride to sporting these unless she plans to run a marathon right after!

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WedEclectic Treasury

Getting married? You will want every item in this collection by Tammy Kowalczyk from FancyStrands; it’s gorgeous!

Wedding Princess by Tammy Kowalczyk on Etsy

WedEclectic Inspiration Board

An inspiration board by PuppyCatMeow…everything you need for a spring wedding!

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WedEclectic Q&A

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We ask the WedEclectic team a question, and post their answers each week…providing some advice, inspiration and insight into the person behind our shops. We hope you enjoy them!

Please reply with your own answer!  : )

 

What recommendations would you have in looking for a wedding planner?

msformaldehyde avatar

I would like to have a wedding planner that has pictures and good references.

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Keri O'Hara avatar
I would like a planner with a ton of energy. One who thinks out of the box. I like one-of-a-kind fun times. He/she will need to be able to travel & work like an interior decorator; customizing my wedding to my style, or lack there of :).
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idobliss avatar

I think you need to meet with them on many occasions and understand their organization and planning strategies. Possibly even attend a wedding they are directly involved with or speak/communicate with a past client. Proof is in the pudding ;0)

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Kitty Kanzashi avatar

I sort of had a wedding planner when I had my wedding at the hotel and I would recommend making sure you get a wedding planner who is willing to work with you and your ideas.  Oh and make sure you are able to contact them easily whether it is by email or phone because you want that reassuring feeling that they are there.  I had a tiny scare when my hotel wedding planner didn’t get back to me for 2 weeks!
Think of your wedding planner as your best friend for that one day.  As well as being professional because you are paying for their service, you must also be comfortable with them so take notes of your first impressions!

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Do you plan to hire a wedding planner, or plan your own wedding? If you had a wedding planner, what recommendations would you offer?

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Recipe of the Week

Ham and Egg Quiche

From the kitchen of ms formaldehyde

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Ingredients:

1 beaten egg with 3/4 cup of egg whites
1 cup mushrooms
1/2 chopped onion
1 cup   2% milk
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1 ham

I cheated and used a pre made pie crust but you can make your own very easily.

I added grated cheese on top
Directions:

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Thoroughly mix ingredients together.
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Grease a 10″ pie plate with butter. Pour in the mixture.
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Bake for 40-45 minute at 350°F.

Cover with foil and tent until 10 minutes before it is done
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Let quiche stand about 5 minutes before cutting.

Wedding trends for 2013

By DelaneyJewelryDesigns

 

(Part 1 of 3)

Here are some of my favorite trends topping the charts. If only I could do it again.

#1        Wedding Dresses with Pockets.

Of course, pockets. And it’s about time. Why didn’t I think of that? Okay, that wasn’t exactly my first thought. It was more like: What? Wedding Dresses with pockets? Well maybe just a little one for lipstick, or money, but wedding dresses are heavy enough without bulky pockets. That is what the maid of honor is for. But seriously, look how clever this is. Nothing like what I had imagined when I first read about them. I love this gorgeous dress by PureMagnoliaCouture:

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This one I found on The Art of Weddings almost completely hides the pockets. It’s amazing!

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I realized that pockets in a wedding dress can be completely invisible with the right designer. They are nowhere near as obvious as I had originally imagined.  I would probably have a hard time not loading them up with miscellaneous stuff, so mine would need to be small. But this one by PantoraBridal is what made me realize you can hide them on almost any dress.

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#2        Lace, Lace and more Lace

Everything I’ve read states that lace will not only maintain its very large presence in 2013, but it will continue to grow in popularity. I now see it everywhere, but some of these designers are clearly trend setters paving the way.  Lace is nothing new when it comes to shoes, but now there are so many options. In fact, even if you have already purchased shoes for your big day, but you’re not loving them as much as you did when you first spotted them, or if you have a favorite pair of shoes that you wish you could wear down the aisle, this shop will help you redesign and decorate your shoes to give them a new look!! Check out this makeover by Something thine wedding shoes:

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You absolutely have to spend time perusing this shop! You will fall in love with so many designs. I love the platform heels on these gorgeous shoes by DesignYourPedestal:

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One place I didn’t even consider incorporating lace was on my invitations. This elegant design by Vintage Lace Wedding Cards makes me want to plan another wedding:

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#3        Reality Wedding

Technology can play a larger part in weddings as live streaming becomes more popular. It’s a great way to share your special day with loved ones who cannot attend. Broadcasting your wedding to anyone anywhere is a fun way to include more people in your real life event. Check out “I DO” Stream to broadcast your wedding live. They offer a D.I.Y. package and they even allow you to share it on Facebook.

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WedEclectic Treasury

Check out this dreamy treasury created by DelaneyPhotoJewery!

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Organize and Repurpose Your Home in 2013 – A DIY Guide

By McDonuts 

As we all start to settle into the new year it seems that there are more “home organizational guides” and “de-clutter your life” articles than you can count!  But where can you find a simple guide to organizing and diy repurposing with items you already have in your  home – or that cost next to nothing?  Right here on the WedEclectic Blog!  I’ve decided that 2013, for me, will be all about repurposing as well as organizing and I’ve found some neat tricks and finds that are already inspiring me to get my house in order.

One Creative Housewife’s blog has a lot of great ideas and she really has it together with this ‘command center,’ seen here:

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This winter, I’ve been pretty much obsessed with the idea of repurposing old items as well as organizing my shelves with old baskets I’ve found at my local thrift store.  You can find some of the most unique and practical storage containers at local thrift and second-hand shops, especially after the holidays.  Lately, my goal has been to go into my local thrift store (which is, dangerously, only a few blocks away from our townhouse) and only spend the amount of change I have in my purse.  On my last trip, I was able to purchase a beautiful antique napkin holder for our dining room table (which was much needed) and a wicker storage basket for a grand total of $1.59.  I felt really good leaving the store, mostly because I found out I had $1.59 in change in my purse to unload, but I also knew that I would be able to use both items to help organize my life.

Home organization can be overwhelming, but I’ve found that starting slow makes it much more manageable (and much less anxiety-producing).  If you know that your bedroom closest could use a good de-clutter, for example, then start there and go through only what you should keep, toss, or giveaway in that area of the house.  Once that area is organized you can move on to the next project.

A unique example in repurposing items for home organization came to me, via pinterest, from blogs.babble.com.  Check out this awesome antique drawer repurpose.  It’s creative and aesthetically beautiful all at the same time!  This makes me realize that there are so many items we have lying around the house that could be used as creative storage and organizational pieces.  Now, that doesn’t mean you need to keep every random item you have lying around the house that you never use but, in moderation, these repurpose projects can be really inspiring!

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And finally, one of my favorite DIY repurpose projects lately has been making recycled magazine baskets.  Just as the name implies, you use old magazines (hello decluttering) to make baskets for storage (hello organization!).  The “How About Orange” blog has a great tutorial for how to make your own recycled magazine baskets here: http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2009/06/recycled-magazine-baskets.html.

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So, in 2013 I hope to be a savvy home organizer and repurposer…with a little help from thrift store finds and a lot of creativity, I think it just might happen!  I hope this little guide inspired you as it has inspired me and that you have a happy, healthy 2013!

 

WedEclectic Q&A

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We ask the WedEclectic team a question, and post their answers each week…providing some advice, inspiration and insight into the person behind our shops. We hope you enjoy them!

Please reply with your own answer!  : )

What was your favorite DIY project for your wedding? And your least favorite? Why did you take them on? (Financial reasons, your skills/ability, etc.) And did you DIY it yourself, or did you have help, and from whom?

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msformaldehyde avatar

I bought my dress and altered it myself. Bought it at the mall on sale and altered it again and still get to wear it when I go out sometimes. Made my own veil and flowers. did my own hair and makeup we eloped to Vegas. My best friend walked me down the aisle the best man for the job 🙂

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One of my favorite D.I.Y. wedding projects was little white envelopes that held bird seed. There was one for every guest, and there hadn’t been a wedding in our family for 10 years, so there were hundreds of them. They were purchased completely flat, so each one had to be folded, filled and then a very small rose and ribbon were glued onto the flap to hold them closed.  This was my favorite project because it was back when everyone was still throwing rice, and I took it on in an attempt to save some little birdies. It started out as my favorite project, but thankfully I had a lot of help, because it wasn’t long before I had burned every one of my fingers with hot glue. I passed it on to my wonderful auntie and she was still gluing the morning of.
My least favorite project was in preparation for the morning after. Since we had so many guests coming from out of town, we wanted to do something that would allow us to spend a little more time with them. We delayed our honeymoon for a couple of days. So my mother offered to host a very large brunch in her home. I was so grateful that I agreed to fill cheese blintzes for everyone. I wish I had asked her how many she wanted to make before I made the offer. lol It was a nightmare!

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Amy Finn-Sawyer avatar

We got married in Caesars in Las Vegas with 50 guests, my mother in law and myself found these cool over sized playing cards in our wedding colours. We took those and made them into our programs to direct the guests to the different locations that we needed to be that weekend.

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idobliss avatar

Being a crafty and creative person, I did A LOT of DIY projects for my wedding. Back then (2003) one of the few that stands out, was I created fun gift baskets for each of the members of my bridal party and had them ready in their rooms. Our wedding was a semi-destination wedding, so I wanted them to feel special for all they had done for me. I got some super cute natural baskets and filled them with tons of goodies, created custom tags with each of their names, and worked on them a few days before the wedding day. It was a bit stressful to pack in another responsibility, but it was worth it when I found out that everyone appreciated all the treats and snacks at 2am when they got back to their rooms! :0) Probably the most dissapointing DIY project I had was creating the special seed packets that each guest was given to throw at us after our ceremony. Me and my team of bridesmaids worked hard to fill white paper baggies and stamp them with love quotes. Then we tied them up with pretty ribbon. No one felt like doing them, and they turned out not as cute as I had planned. The worst part: no one opened them up at the end of the ceremony! So it all went to waste 😦 Oh well, looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing! Laura

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Amanda avatar

My favorite DIY from my wedding was the centerpieces because they were EASY!  My colors were all citrus-y (lime green, tangerine, and bright yellow), so I just bought a crate of lemons, limes, and tangerines and arranged them around the middles of the table with greens (I used salal, because it went so well with the citrus fruit!) and baby’s breath from the florist where I worked at the time.
This would be such an easy/cheap way to dress up the tables for any season, because you could just switch out the fruit and types of greens.  Also, your guests can snack on the centerpieces, so hopefully you won’t be left with crates of fruit after it’s all over…  ;D

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Kristin Ames avatar

My favorite DIY project from my wedding was creating my cupcake stands. The bakery we used for the cupcakes wanted to charge me small fortune to rent their stands so my mom and I set out to find our own. We ended up purchasing some beautiful glass pieces in all different shapes and sizes from our local Goodwill store.
We turned some glasses upside down and used them as a base for some of our platters. We had some platters just flat on the table, some raised to two tiers and the one that held our jumbo wedding cupcake was three tiers high. The end result was eclectic and fun!

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Tina Cooke avatar

I wanted a table plan with a difference for my vintage themed wedding last year.  An old steamer trunk as a statement piece was going to have to make an appearance somewhere in our wedding…so..we eventually tracked one down on Ebay, the poor thing needed some attention so with a little lick of paint, a bit of repair it looked alive again. My bridesmaids were dressed in 50’s style black and white polka dot dresses, so I found matching material and lined the inside.  I then found a vintage fire screen from a thrift store and lined it with the same material..this is were the seating plan was put on.  By filling the trunk with dozens of old books and placing the fire screen in it it looked amazing!! The whole look was finished off with a dozen long stem red roses and shabby chic signs hanging from the trunk!

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Jennifer Ferencz-Barato avatar

We were on a tight budget while planning our wedding in 2009. (The economy was reeling at the time.) The only way I could create the wedding that we both wanted on our less-than-half-the-average wedding budget was to DIY as much as I could. Invitations, place cards, centerpieces, my veil and headpiece, and more…luckily, we had 18 or so months for me to create everything!

I received a bit of help from my Mother in law with assembling the cafe table centerpieces, and our friends and family helped decorate the hall the night before…hurray! And my friends were invaluable with their feedback during the creation process. : )  And my husband may have sworn quite a few times while assisting me with a few projects (he is not into crafting at all), but he did help a bit. LOL

My favorite project…our flowers. It was a long trial process, looking for alternatives I could create. But when I discovered clay flowers, I knew I had finally found the solution. : ) Unfortunately, there was a bit of friction from many loved ones when they heard what I was doing, but it disappeared on our wedding day when everyone finally saw what the bouquets and bouts I had created. And when my hairstylist, photographer and venue manager all told me that I had to continue creating bouquets for other brides, my shop was born. : )

My least favorite…was probably my veil. It’s a bit of a funny story. I wanted to reflect the scallops and beading in my lace dress, so I purchased a long plain scalloped veil, and sewed the crystals on individually along the non-so-straight edge. After about 7 hours of work, I was fluffing it out and making sure it was straight and not pulled anywhere…when our cat took one of its lives in its paws. He grabbed the end of the veil in his teeth, and made off with it up the stairs. (I think I screamed, but I am not sure, as I was the only human home.)  Whatever I did, I believe I scared the bejesus out of him, as he dropped it and continued running…from me. (And he didn’t come back downstairs for a few hours.) After reviewing the damage, I found that he had torn the veil next to my cheekbone. <groan> It took another week to find a lace that worked with my gown, which I had to sew onto the veil at the top of each and every scallop…just to cover the one rip he made. I love my veil, but I-yi-yi!

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What DIY plans have you planned to do, or have already completed? Do you have a favorite, or discovered in the process that you really don’t like creating something? : )