Monthly Archives: April 2013

Personalized Bridal Party Gifts

By BagSecrets

Have you been racking your brain trying to figure out what to get your Bridesmaids? Why not get them something personalized to each of them. Get them something they can use even after your wedding so they will always remember being a part of your special day. Below are some of my favorite personalized gift ideas. Enjoy!

Personalized Clutches ~ Give your Bridesmaids clutches that match your wedding colors. Not only does this create a fun photo opportunity but they can use the clutches even after your wedding! Bag Secrets also offers the option of adding a personalized label for the interior to make for a truly personalized gift!

To view more options visit Bag Secrets


Personalized Hangers ~ Amy from Amy’s Original Bridal Hanger offers another unique gift idea for your Bridesmaids. She creates custom hangers with your Bridesmaid’s names or titles!

To view more options visit Amy’s Original Bridal Hangers


Frames ~ For a rustic theme wedding you can give your Bridesmaids personalized picture frames. I just love these wood frames from Prince Whitaker!

To view more visit Prince Whitaker


Robes ~ Embroidered robes are another great gift idea! You can your Bridesmaid can relax in comfort before your wedding in your matching but personalized robes!

To view more visit Embroidery by Melissa


Shirts ~ I received a tank top much like these listed below at my Bridal Shower and needless to say nearly two years later I still wear it! These tank tops are fun, comfortable and make great gifts!

To view more visit Unique and Trendy


Necklace ~ I just love these necklaces from NY Metals. You can add a gem stone that matches your wedding colors, your Bridesmaid’s initial and a special charm just for them. What a sweet way for them to remember being a part of your special day!

To view more visit NY Metals


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WedEclectic Q&A


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!  : )

Did you have any special ways to include family members who traveled long distances to attend, so that they could feel more part of the wedding?


Dalynda Marie from SteampunkWedding

My bridesmaids were all friends & now living in different states. We were all so excited to see each other again, we wound up eating almost all of our meals together. Even a late-night trip to Denny’s is vivid in my memory 21 years later!

Luckily we had enough money budgeted to pay for all our families’ accommodations, in fact the hotel put all the rooms near each other so cousins and grandparents could see each other more. They all seemed to have a great time! Our wedding was outdoors in a gorgeous botanical garden. After the ceremony friends and family could stroll and catch up!


Kitty Kanzashi from KittyKanzashi

I had a couple of friends who drove 2 hours to my wedding on a weekday which I felt very honoured! It was great seeing them and I spent most of the time talking to them because I wanted them to know that I appreciate their efforts. If they stayed the night, I would have taken them out to dinner but alas they had to get home for work the following day.


Carrie and Stephanie from CarolinesBoutique

It’s been a while since I got married, but for my daughters wedding we invited all of our out of town relatives to the rehearsal dinner. That way we could catch up and let them know we were so glad them could come.

My mother in law held a brunch, the day after the wedding, for all the family members who were still in town. I think everyone really enjoyed getting together and talking about the fun we all had!

Jennifer Ferencz-Barato avatar  Jennifer Ferencz-Barato from ClayBouquetShop 

We needed lots of help setting up the rooms for the ceremony and reception, so many (20+) of our friends and immediate family came to the venue Friday afternoon. After some drama (there is always a little bit of drama), we finally got everything done, and did our quick rehearsal. Then, about 2 hours later than scheduled, we headed out for the rehearsal dinner…with everyone in tow. Much fun was had, and my husband and his friends (including the groomsmen) stayed afterwards to enjoy the bar. (I had to finish a few things that night…including my veil. : )

I wish we had invited those who traveled to attend our wedding to the rehearsal dinner (mainly my extended family), but between our tight budget and not knowing who would come (only half of my family ended up attending), we decided not to as we couldn’t afford it. (It was also an hour away from their hotel, as we got married in the middle of nowhere, which helped solidify the decision at the time…and the 2 hour delay confirmed our decision afterwards.)


Kristin Ames from BagSecrets

Both my husband and I were born and raised on the San Francisco Peninsula and most of our family remained locally. We did ask for help from a few of our family members. One of my Aunts was put in charge of our “guest book” which was actually 3×5 cards that people could leave us a message on (I later made a scrapbook with the cards and added a photo of the person from the wedding next to their card.) I had another Aunt who was a florist and she did all of our bouquets and table flowers (which saved us a TON of money.) I then had two members of each side of  our family coordinate all the family members for a large family group photo after the ceremony. My husband and I gave them all framed photos of that pictures for Christmas!

How do you plan on including family members and friends who traveled a long distance for your wedding?


April Treasury Challenge


This month’s treasury contest was about celebrating in style. These are fabulous collections, and it’s going to be a tough decision. We need your vote!  Check out these gorgeous collections; each one featuring  March’s challenge winner:

Julie Farrell from Odd Lot Emporium.

Voting ends at midnight on April 30th EST, and the winner will be posted on 5/01/13.

Please vote for your favorite collection here:

Previews of the treasuries, in the order of entry: (Click on the photo to open the treasury in full page view.)
April 1 Keri DJDApril 2 Karen - bag secrets April 3 Karen - bling for the tableApril 4 Karen - bling for the table

Recipe of the Week

From Steve’s Kitchen, of JewelryBySteveRiley

Lemon Chicken & Mashed Sweet Potato


This light and tangy dish is perfect for a romantic dinner for two, while sitting on the patio watching the sun set.

Serves 2


2 Chicken Boneless Breasts
1 Lemon
1/2 tsp Mixed Herbs
1/4 tsp Turmeric
2 Tsp Butter
1 Tsp Milk
2 Sweet Potatoes
2 Cups Kale
2 Cups Broccoli
3 Garlic Cloves
2 Tsp Olive Oil
2 Tsp Stock


Pre heat oven to 400, wash and dry chicken and place in a roasting dish. Sprinkle mixed herbs, salt & pepper over chicken, cut the lemon into 6 slices and place on top of the chicken, cover and bake for aprox 20 mins, until chicken is cooked through.
Bring a medium pan of water to boil, peal sweet potatoes and cut into 2 inch pieces, place in the boiling water and simmer until soft, aprox 10 mins. Drain water from pan and mash with butter, milk & turmeric.
Heat olive oil in a frying pan, wash and roughly chop kale & broccoli and add to frying pan, season with salt & pepper and mixed herbs and crushed garlic, add stock to prevent the pan from drying out, saute for 5 mins.

Serve with a chilled glass of Pinotage, and enjoy.

Product Review for SeamstressbytheSea

By MsFormaldehyde

Featured Review of Fingerless Gloves by SeamstressbytheSea

I opened my package and immediately put them on. 16.00 for a great product and fast shipping!! Who could ask for anything more?


I am very happy with these finger less gloves. If you want to wear them for a night out dancing or a wedding. They are versatile and fantastic to pair with any type of dress.


I had professional pictures done with them to show them off. These gloves are very well made and I plan on ordering another pair. I have to say I love them.


I plan on wearing them out many nights this summer!

The description of the listing:

Sustainable Eco Friendly Bamboo fabric in Fingerless Gloves in solid Black Elbow Length arm warmers with a thumb hole. Perfect for year round wear in a sustainable fabric. Simple and solid black arm warmers for all your Fashion needs this season.

*arm warmers or fingerless gloves
*black organic fabric
*fabric is a cotton and bamboo blend with only 5% lycra, very soft
*machine washable
* about 14″ long, other lengths available
*other colors include natural, black, teal, red, lime green, check with us for other selections.
*thumb hole or as a cuff with no thumb hole on request

Wear these for your Halloween, Steampunk, Lolita and Gothic costumes. Altered Couture Lace from lingerie makes a sexy and fun fashion statement. These would be Beautiful bridesmaid gloves at an Alternate Themed Wedding. We also carry smaller sizes in our children’s shop: Sew4Munckkins on Etsy.

WedEclectic Team Treasury

Check out this soft and beautiful treasury by BagSecretsLight Pink Wedding by Kristin Ames on Etsy

Center Pieces ~ Ideas for the Daring Bride!

By BagSecrets

The trends for 2013 show that Brides are looking for ways to make their weddings more unique. They are becoming bold and fearless, breaking many traditions that have long been a part of weddings. One of these traditions is the table center pieces. Many Brides (including myself) have gone the traditional route of flower arrangements. Flowers are beautiful and elegant and while I LOVED my center pieces, if I could do it all over again I would add some other interesting elements.

Below I have shared just a few of my favorite ideas for new center pieces. Do you dare to be different?


I love all the deep purples in this center piece with the gold accents. To view more visit


This is a beautiful alternative for a rustic or outdoor wedding. To see more visit


I just love these truly stunning feather center pieces in all white. This is so elegant! Via


Talk about mood lighting, how romantic is this center piece? Visit for more ideas


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Recipe of the Week

From Brenda’s kitchen, of SweetJonesin

Easy Recipes for the DIY Bridal Shower by Sweet Jonesin Designs

The  DIY top shelf hors’doeurves for  this month recipe is a sure winner.  It only takes about 30 minutes to make and 1 minute to eat. Who doesn’t like anything mexican.


Nacho Cheese Pinwheels



4 spinach-flavored or plain flour tortillas, 8 to 10 inches in diameter

1/2 cup bean dip

1/2 cup nacho cheese dip

3 to 4 tablespoons chopped green onions or chopped fresh cilantro


Spread each tortilla with about 2 tablespoons bean dip and 2 tablespoons cheese dip. Sprinkle each with onions.

Tightly roll up tortillas; wrap individually in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour but no longer than 24 hours. To serve, cut off ends            from each roll and discard. Cut rolls into 1/2- to 3/4-inch slices. Secure with toothpicks if desired.

Featured Team Shop

We like to feature one of our team member’s shops each month…

Here is an interview with Julie, owner/designer at OddLotEmporium, and one of our most active new team members. She won the February Treasury Challenge. : )


How did you start your shop?

I have been an artist and an online artist for years. I got my start at a popular POD site and then heard about Etsy through some friends and decided hey why not!?


How did you come up with your shop name?

I have an offline website and blog that goes by the name of Odd Lot Weddings and my Etsy shop Odd Lot emporium was suggested by some friends b/c I offer so much more than jsut wedding printables. I do handmade wood blocks also!


What has the response been like from the (local/online) community since you opened?

Oh man, I really just thought it would be slow and Id have to build, but the response has been overwhelming! I have had my offbeat wedding invites in a magazine, featured on Offbeat Bride and been asked to exclusively design for 2 online stationery stores. So this year has been great! And of course my brides are amazing and I feel so honored that I get to create amazing design for their weddings!


Tell us about some of your favorite items in the shop.

Man, some of my favorite are my sugar skull designs, s much so that hubby has actually gotten one on his leg tattooed while we were on vacation in Mexico! Another is my Gothic skeleton wedding suite. I just LOVE offbeat weddings!


Who or what would you say has had the most influence over your craft?

I would have to say that just comes from within. I have always been told I was “unusual” and most people think I’m a little quirky. That’s fine with me!!! lol. I am the type of person that can be inspired by almost anything, especially the weird! I love a challenge!


What inspires you?

The funkier, more unusual and just weird the better. I will often be walking and have to do a double take to stop and capture an image with my phone. I just get inspired by everything and have to take notes that very second so I don’t forget it.


What is your favorite wedding trend (now or past)?

Oh man, I have always loved gothic steampunk all the way.


What would you like to see at more weddings?

I’d just like to see Brides not be scared. Take your wedding to the next level and be unusual, be yourself. Its your day and you shouldn’t live up to anyone’s expectations except your own. Let your personality shine through in everything you do and it will be a very memorable day full of fun.


Given the opportunity, which celebrity would you like to see wearing your designs?

Bah! Dita Von Tess absolutely! She would rock it!


What is your unicorn – that is, what is an object or skill that has eluded you so far?

Marketing, lol. I am good at designing but really need to learn how to get my name & what I do out there to the public.


What do you think the future holds for you / your shop?

The future is great. With hard work and dedication to being the best person with a great attitude for my brides, it can only grow! Because when it comes down to it, my designs are great but I am offering not only those but also my compassion and helping hand to my clients to make their day special and memorable.


Sale Announcement!


I am having a spring sale on my etsy store, to get 20% off your order use this coupon code at checkout, Spring13

Spring Sale ends April 30 2013

Happy Spring

Steve Riley