Monthly Archives: February 2013

WedEclectic Inspiration Board

By BlingForTheTable

Jewel tones are becoming very popular and emerald green is emerging as the front runner!  Nothing says March like the color green and I can’t think of a more appropriate wedding theme for the springtime bride.

A color pallet suitable  for a March wedding or any time of the year!

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Credits from Left to Right are:

TuTu: Krystalhylton

Garland: Fairyfolk

Hat: Surroundingsonline

Clutch: BagSecrets

High Heel: DesignYourPedestal

Ties:  PetitePeanut

Green Sash: TulleCabaret

Wedding Bouquet: Ardesign

Flowers: SweetPeasPaperFlowers

Ring: JewelerJim

Barefoot Sandle: SubtleExpressions

Invitation: NeotericExpressions

February Treasury Challenge

 

It’s time to get your vote on! This month there are only 4 entries, but I don’t know if that will make voting any easier; they are beautiful! Check out these gorgeous collections; each one featuring both of January’s challenge winners:  Clay Bouquet Shop and Bag Secrets.

Voting ends at midnight on February 28th EST, and the winner will be posted on 3-01-2013.

You have just a couple days to vote, and the winning treasury will be selected by majority vote. The winner will be announced here on the 1st. Please vote for your favorite collection here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6JDP9WK

Previews of the treasuries, in the order of entry: (Click on the photo to open the treasury in full page view.)
Thank you so much for voting!

WedEclectic Client Interview

By Naked Orchid Garters

An Interview with Shanika, a 2012 bride, and NakedOrchidGarters client!

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1. What inspired you turn to Etsy for your Wedding Accessories?

I needed help with the direction I wanted to take for my wedding. I knew the colors I wanted to but that was about it. I also wanted one of a kind items. I did not want the same things another bride may have also.

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2. What qualities & expectations did you look for in a vendor who sells handmade to Brides?

Communication is key; I need to be able to talk openly with my vendor. We both have to have a mutual understanding about things as well. Some flexibility is also needed; my vendors were great working with me regarding payments.
What were your expectations in handmade Wedding items?

I expected to get what I paid for. I expected quality items. I expected my vendors to do the type of work they would do for themselves or a loved one. I expected my items to be made with love, after all my wedding day was all about love.
How were you able to discern which vendor to trust among hundreds of thousands of Etsy vendors in the Wedding arena?

First impressions say a lot to me. My first Etsy convo set the tone for my relationship with each vendor.  Also the quality of the vendors work played a part in the selection as well. As well as if this vendor could create what I wanted & needed for my big day.

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3. How did you stumble across Naked Orchid Garters on Etsy? What was it in my Etsy shop that enticed you to contact me regarding a custom request?

I came across Naked Orchid Garters while doing a search for peacock themed wedding items. I fell in love with the garters; they were just what I was looking for. Very sexy and I was going to be a sexy bride. The original garter that saw was changed or tweaked to my liking.  The outcome was absolutely AMAZING!

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4. At some point during the processing of your customized wedding garters, you had an objection with the “Sage Green” color on the organza ribbon that I switched out to Gold for you, to tie in with with your main Wedding Colors and Peacock Theme. You could’ve easily said that you’d go to a different vendor who would make the garters in the right colors for you but you chose to stay with my Etsy Wedding Shop. I think my potential clients would like to hear why.

You were absolutely WONDERFUL to work with from beginning to end. I gave you the information you needed to create a custom garter set for me & you did an amazing job. I loved the garter but just wanted that one thing to be changed. You were wonderful enough to give me exactly what I wanted.  You understood the need of the bride, me. You didn’t try to change my mind or anything, which was great. You strived to give me your best, help make my day magical. That is why I also came back to you to make my headpiece also.

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5. Someone once said that customers may not remember your name, your company or what you sell, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Would you Agree or Disagree to this statement and why?

I disagree. For me, I remember your name, your product, company & how special you made me feel. You became an unforgettable to me. Not only for your products but also the wonderful service I received.

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6. In closing, would you recommend Naked Orchid Garters to your Bride-to-Be Friends and Family?

YES!!!! I have recommended you to friends & family since. I even did a review on Wedding Wire & I think the Knot as well. If I need anything else special that you make I will think of you also. I loved working with you.

What advice would you give Brides who want their Weddings to be exclusive, but might be skeptical about ordering handmade items on Etsy?
You can’t go wrong. I had several items made for my wedding from Etsy vendors. It started with my invitations, garters, headpiece, flower girl headbands, unity candle, wedding broom, flower girl baskets & ring bearer box.  I have no regrets at all, except I wish I could have ordered more handmade items for my wedding.  I am currently in the process of having a custom wedding album & wedding keepsake box made by 2 Etsy vendors.

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Photos courtesy of:

https://www.facebook.com/videophotoflorida

http://www.videophotoflorida.com/

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!  : )

If there was one splurge you could have done for your wedding (or plan to do for your wedding), what is it? (Be as detailed as possible.) Why aren’t you including it in your wedding? Are you including anything “inspired by” it instead?                   

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Tracey N Audrey avatar
Tracey N Audrey from SeamstressbytheSea  

I got married 30 years ago when a Wedding was not such a big event but have always wished we had hired a better photographer instead of using a family friend. I had a list of shots I really wanted and did not get ! I still feel upset when I remember it. No matter who you hire, create a list of shots that you want with specific guests, Bridal Party, etc….Type it up and make the photographer sign an agreement to take these for you so that you have those wonderful memories to look back on later.

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Kristin Ames avatar
Kristin Ames from BagSecrets  

I really wanted to have a photo booth at our wedding, but the venue was too small to include all the guests we wanted to invite and a photo booth. In the end I don’t regret not having one. Our photographers were so great in getting photos of everyone at the wedding anyway.

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Melissa Jebril from Dibrel 

My wedding was in 2011 and I only discovered photo booths a month before our wedding.  I wish I would have known and got one, although I probably wouldn’t have because I was very strict about my budget – I wanted my husband and I to start off on the right foot not with lots of “party debt”.  We attended a wedding one month before ours and they had a photo booth, we took pictures and had a really good time.  At the time it didn’t seem that special, but two years later our print out of our four goofy prints is still on the refrigerator. When we are having a meaningless argument and I walk by the kitchen and see that picture – our faces, how happy we were in that moment being so silly with all of the props – I realize that is what marriage is all about – having fun and enjoying each other – and the argument seems to be so small and I get over it right away.  We had our first child just two months ago and just the other day I was holding him in the kitchen and pointing the pictures of different family members on the refrigerator and telling him who they were, then I came to the photo booth picture and I told him – that’s mommy and daddy before we got married!  It was a special moment for me, who would have known two years ago.

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Karen avatar
Karen from BlingForTheTable 

My dress!  Polyester quiana was the big thing in 1980 as far as fabric went.  Here I  go dating myself again!  I thought once I had the dress I was done.   Never thought about the slip or crinoline.  I wanted a drape of fabric to create a slimming silhouette.  Then on the day of my wedding I realized my dress was a  little shear!  A last minute trip to the store solved the problem.  However if I had it to do again, I would pay more attention to the dress and accept advice from the experts.  Comfort, style and class are a must.

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Kitty Kanzashi avatar
Kitty Kanzashi from kittykanzashi 

I am not sure what I would have splurge on if I could because my wedding was very family orientated so there was a list of do’s and don’ts.
Given a choice, I think I would have loved to invite more of my friends to my wedding and had a huge stock of decent cider and cake!

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Jennifer Ferencz-Barato avatar
Jennifer Ferencz-Barato from ClayBouquetShop 

I have two…my attire and a candy buffet.
I wanted a sparkly lace wedding gown (fell in love with a few $3k+ gowns along the way to finding my used $500 gown…which I really liked after all of the drama of finding a gown) and tried to justify purchasing a $600 necklace and earrings set, but bought much cheaper rhinestone pieces on Ebay instead. Sigh.
And I *so* wanted to have a candy buffet at our wedding, but after pricing that, even as a DIY project, had to drop it. My aunts made some of the family recipe cookies instead to be served with the wedding cake, which I really appreciated. : ) (That’s the reason I picked up a few candy buffet sets and rent them out at an affordable price…to let others have them at their weddings/events within their budget.)

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Karen Grace Hornsten avatar
Karen Grace Hornsten from GracelinePaperStudio 

I was young, we were broke, and it was quick. My dress was beautiful, no invitations, just verbal, small party at my mom’s and dad’s house. If I had my druthers i would have waited until I was older, i would have been wiser, i would have been richer……but, and here is the big but, without all of the above we would not be where we are today, almost 13 grandkids richer, still poor in $ but rich in the places where it counts. Today I am helping brides make their weddings just perfect. Seems paper flowers are the thing. Lucky me!

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What one splurge do you wish you could do for your wedding?

Why aren’t you including it in your wedding?

Are you including anything “inspired by” it instead?

Recipe of the Week

From Steve’s kitchen, of JewelrybySteveRiley  

Quick Chicken Stir Fry

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This is a great dinner option when you don’t have much time to be in the kitchen. You can use up any left over vegetables from the day before, if they are already cooked just chop them up and throw them in at the end with the cashews to warm up.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup scallions
1 cup sugar snap peas
1 cup Kale
1 cup carrots
1/4 cup fresh ginger
1/2 cup raw cashew nuts
2 hot chili peppers
2 Tsp Sesame oil
Tamari soy sauce, it is gluten free & low sodium

spice mix made of:
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground turmeric

Directions:

Heat a wok or deep frying pan to a medium high heat with 2 Tsp sesame oil (good for high heat cooking). While pan is heating chop chicken into 1 inch cubes toss in to pan with spice mix & two hot chili peppers, stir occasionally while roughly chopping scallions, ginger & carrots and add to chicken once its turned white. Stir and roughly chop Kale and cut snap peas in half, add to pan with cashews and 2 -3 dashes of Tamari soy sauce.  Stir and fry for a further 3 mins, just enough time to make sure the chicken is cooked through and the veggies are hot but al-dente.

Serve with rice or noodles and a dash of tamari soy sauce to taste.

It’s Gone to Print

by Jodi Ethington, owner of talkingtwineandtrim

It’s gone to print is not about a newspaper as they are going but print is the news for spring brides.   Let’s check out a few prints and where you can add them for a pop of color, a great theme for a wedding,  or the last little touch for a wedding.

Let’s start with paisleys bold and bright often.   They take up room  when you have blank areas.   Paisleys are very detailed and usually have patterns within the paisley pattern.    Now Brad Paisleys music does count for paisleys but I was thinking more along the line of this.

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So the pretty paisleys are you thing how about ginghams and checks.    Outdoor, more laid back, country and all words that go along  ginghams.   Doesn’t a checkered table cloth just brink a smile to your face.   Lemonade in a mason jars with striped straws on a gingham table cloth is inviting and fun.  Remember the little details need to be tied up to and gingham ribbon might just be the thing.

Check out (pun intended) some  ginghams for weddings.

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Next let’s explore a non traditional wedding print, hounds tooth.  Never would have thought of this one but I can tell you this I would strongly consider it after doing the research.   Bold and classic usually in black and white.   Pop your favorite color with hounds tooth and you have a show stopping theme.    Theme your wedding favors in hounds tooth too.   Take a look at some fun hounds tooth wedding items. 

 

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Brides and flowers just go together so floral prints are the last in the spotlight here but couldn’t be over looked.    Flowers come printed on about everything and are made for everything.   From bride maids dresses, shoe, paper napkins and over course table deco flowers just complete weddings.   The last photos here are a few flowers found in the Etsy  shops of several of the members of Wed Eclectic.

 

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So think prints when planning your bridal showers and weddings.   They help with themes and will set the mood for your event.

WedEclectic Treasury

Check out this gorgeous Ombre team treasury by IDoBliss!

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What’s for Dinner?

by Natalie of PaperFlora 

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Those words can send me running for the hills. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy cooking, most of the time, and when my girls were younger I cooked a lot more than I do now. But answering the question “what’s for dinner and what are we having tomorrow?” just drove me nuts.

So when I found this project for a Menu Board I had to try it.

What you’ll need:

A picture frame with glass (I used an 8.5×11).

One piece of patterned paper, I used scrapbook paper with a small pin dot so that it wouldn’t obstruct the writing.

Computer and printer.

10 inches of coordinating ribbon.

Thin point dry erase marker.

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Step 1- If your paper isn’t trimmed to 8.5×11 trim it so that it will fit in your printer paper tray.

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Step 2 – Open up a word processing application (I used Word) and center the word “menu” at the top of the page. Then on the left hand margin type in the days of the week and print.

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I printed it a couple of times until I got the word placement just right. When I had it the way I wanted I then placed my scrapbook paper in to print.

Step 3 – Place the printed paper in the picture frame and close the back.

Step 4 – Tie the ribbon around the dry erase pen and attach to the back of the frame. You don’t have to do this step but it keeps the pen from getting lost.

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And that’s it, you are ready to tell the whole family what’s for dinner or what you’d like them to make you for dinner.

Mine sits on top of my refrigerator and believe it or not my family checks it when they come in the kitchen!

This also makes a great house warming or thank you gift. And don’t forget Christmas is only 88 days away!

Let me know what you think…go give it a try!

Natalie

PaperFlora

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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!  : )

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What offbeat idea(s) did you include (or want to include) in your wedding? Did you do it/them? What reactions did you receive to your ideas, and was it / were they received differently at your wedding?

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Tracey N Audrey avatar
Tracey N Audrey from SeamstressbytheSea  

We used three different pastel colors for the flower girls ( we had 7! ) and bridesmaids. The pale pink, lavender and jonquil yellow looked very pretty together and no one had to wear a shade that did not look good on her.

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Kristin Ames avatar
Kristin Ames from BagSecrets         

My husband and I had one goal for our wedding, we wanted it to be FUN for everyone! My husband is older than me and for our first dance we decided to go with Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream. We made up a whole routine and even had the bridal party join us half way through. Most people thought it was funny (and I am sure even some stupid) but we had so much fun and to this day every time I hear that song I laugh.

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Karen avatar
Karen from BlingForTheTable 

32 years ago I totally broke with tradition and had my mother and father walk me down the isle.  That was a real breach from tradition but I wanted to credit my mother as well as my father for having raised me!

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(Kristin–I LOVE that you guys did that!  So fantastic!  And Karen, that’s the kind of tradition-breaking that brings people closer, so good on you for taking the initiative!)
I didn’t have bridesmaids at all, and we didn’t set the bridal party apart (by specific dress/clothing).  I also didn’t have a bouquet.  I did my own flowers, so it wouldn’t have cost much to create a bouquet along with the corsages, etc., but I didn’t want to waste the time on something that I was just going to have to carry around all night.
We incorporated some of the traditions from my husband’s country of origin (Argentina), such as a ribbon-charm pull in the cake and crazy/silly hats and other accessories which we brought out during the dancing for people to dress up in.  It was a little wild, a little silly, but people still compliment us on how much fun our reception was, so I’m glad we chose to be different!

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Kitty Kanzashi from kittykanzashi 

 I had a Chinese tea ceremony after my wedding ceremony!  I suppose for half of the guest this was not unusual but for my husband side it was a sight to be seen.  None of them have ever seen it and for me it was paying respect to my family tradition.
Oh and for wedding presents, I asked for “lucky money” which is the polite way of saying “we want cash as present”.  I know it was cheeky but in Chinese tradition, lucky money is the gift you present to the bride and groom and since my partner and I didn’t need anything like household goods, it seem the perfect solution.  My mother-in-law wasn’t too happy with the gift suggestion but once I exampled to her that it was traditional she seemed happy enough and for the guests, I think it made their life easier.  No need to spend ages wondering what to get the happy couple!

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Jennifer Ferencz-Barato avatar
Jennifer Ferencz-Barato from ClayBouquetShop 

Oh, I wanted an eclectic wedding…but my oh-so-traditional husband kiboshed most of my ideas. (No red wedding gown, no untraditional wedding site, no informal wedding wear for our wedding party….sigh.)
The one untraditional thing I wanted, – and got -, was alternative flowers (because I flat out refused to have real ones). I created clay flowers for all of the bouquets and bouts, and caught royal hell from most about it. The constant complaining and griping didn’t stop until they saw them…and then encouraged me to keep making them.  : )
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The McDonut’s Event Decor and Fine Jewelry from mcdonuts 

My husband and I planned our wedding on a budget, before the days of pinterest, and having a unique wedding venue was important to us.  We had our wedding ceremony in an old spanish mission (in Texas) and our reception was in a natural history museum.  Both were places that reflected our loves of history, science and nature.  Instead of giving wedding favors, we donated to a non-profit organization in the names of our guests and had information about the non-profit (and the donation we made in honor of our guests) at each of the tables.
My husband and I also both have big families and we broke with tradition when we decided NOT to have toasts during the wedding reception.  Instead, we had toasts during the rehearsal dinner in a more personal, informal setting with our closest friends and family.
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What offbeat or alternative ideas would you like to include in your wedding? Have you received any feedback from your ideas, and how are you dealing with it?

Recipe of the Week

From MsFormaldehyde’s Kitchen

Deviled Eggs

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 dozen eggs
  • 4 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • ½ cup minced onion or shallot
  • 2 teaspoon srirachi (rooster sauce)
  • 4 teaspoons basil dried or fresh is better
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 small clove of fresh garlic chopped fine
  • 2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • Paprika in the eggs and on top for presentation
  • Top with fresh low fat mozzarella sticks cut into chunks

METHOD

1 First hard boil the eggs.  Fill up a large saucepan half-way with water and gently add the eggs. Cover the eggs with at least an inch of water. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water (this will help contain egg whites from leaking out if any of the shells crack while cooking). Add a pinch of salt to the water. Bring the water to a boil. Cover, and remove from heat. Let sit covered for 10 to 13 minutes. Drain hot water from pan and run cold water over the eggs. (At this point if you crack the egg shells while the eggs are cooling, it will make it easier to peel the shells.) Let sit in the cool water a few minutes, changing the water if necessary to keep it cool.

2 Peel the eggs. Using a sharp knife, slice each egg in half, lengthwise. Gently remove the yolk halves and place in a small mixing bowl. Arrange the egg white halves on a serving platter.

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3 Using a fork, mash up the yolks and add mustard, mayonnaise, onion, srirachi, garlic, garlic powder, basil, cayenne pepper and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Spoon the egg mixture into the egg white halves. Sprinkle with paprika and top with mozzarella cheese and a dab of srirachi so everyone know’s these are hot.

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You can make these without the srirachi sauce and these come out great also!