Monthly Archives: September 2013

September Treasury Challenge

Fabulous entries!  The NEW topic was wide open.

And since the previous challenge was another tie, these collections feature:

Dalynda Marie from Steampunk Wedding:
www.etsy.com/shop/SteampunkWedding
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Marcie Forest from Forest Candle Studio:
www.etsy.com/shop/ForestCandleStudio

Please vote for your favorite collection here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VGKBLZ3.

Voting ends at midnight on October 1st EST, and the winner will be posted on 10/02/13.

Previews of the treasuries, in the order of entry: (Click on the photo to open the treasury in full page view.)
Blue Gold and Silver by the Wed Eclectic Team Fall in Love with Vintage Rose Antique Pink  by the Wed Eclectic team
So your having a Steampunk Wedding by the Wed Eclectic team Fall Wedding collection by the Wed Eclectic team

WedEclectic Q&A

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!  : )

Does your family have any wedding traditions? If so, did you honor them on your special day?

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

We do the “dance with the bride” aka “the money dance”, where everyone (who wants to) pays a dollar or more to dance with the bride for enough time to wish her well.
We opted to skip it.
We also skipped the polka (Slovak/Hungarian heritage) due to my husband’s protests. LOL

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Kitty from KittyKanzashi

Well we sort of made the guest give us “lucky money” as wedding presents because that is the Chinese way of helping the married couple with their new life together. It is also very practical!!!

Then there is the tea ceremony where me and my husband present tea to our parents, brothers and senior members of the family. One to thank them for coming to our wedding but two it is the time where they would present us with gifts!!!!!

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

We did a traditional ‘Salt’ ceremony at our wedding to blend two families.

Covenant of Salt

The Covenant of Salt ceremony is used in many Biblical traditions. Salt is referred to in the Bible many times, since it was a very important and valued commodity.

To the ancient Hebrews, salt represented purification, and was also symbolic of enduring friendship, honesty, and loyalty. Today some Eastern people still use the phrase: “There is salt between us.” Having no salt, meant disloyalty and barrenness.”

The Covenant of Salt indicates as a binding contract. In the Bible, when a contract was made, each party put a pinch of salt into the others pouch of salt.
It was said that when each grain of salt could be sorted, identified, and returned to the rightful owner, the contract could be broken.
Today, partners each take a vial of salt, and pour their salt into a container, joining the grains together for eternity.
This tradition is popular with many religiously observant couples in place of the sand ceremony.

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Ella from EllaWinston

My family doesn’t have any special wedding traditions, other than what’s traditional for weddings 🙂

Some traditions we kept and others we broke, such as seeing the bride before the wedding.

WedEclectic Team Treasury

Check out this stunning fall inspired team treasury by Marcie from ForestCandleStudio

Fall Wedding Inspiration by Marcie Forest on Etsy

September Giveaway!

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by

Amanda and her group of artisans create unique masks, hats, and custom accessories for weddings, masquerade balls and parties, Halloween, Renaissance Fairs, festivals, and everyday!

Here are a few of their items…let them inspire you…who do you want to be today?  : )

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And check out these sweet hats to cap off your outfit!

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Amanda is offering a $30 gift certificate to their shop!

The giveaway is open worldwide, and shipping is the responsibility of the winner.

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

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Entries will be accepted for:

Commenting, including your favorite item from ArtisanMaskers‘ shop.

Commenting that you hearted ArtisanMaskers‘ Etsy shop (and your Etsy name for verification.)

Commenting that you like ArtisanMaskers on Facebook (and your Facebook name 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 October 1st via email with the good news!

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WedEclectic Q&A

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 create anything for your wedding, what was your favorite DIY project? Your least favorite?

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

Since my husband wanted a 40k wedding on a 10k budget (which we went a bit over on…), I created everything I could.
Bouquets/bouts (my shop avatar is my clay bouquet)
Centerpieces/table arrangements (silk flowers & leaves and candles)
Invitations, place cards and table numbers (from Lotka paper – renewable resource and fair trade!)
Purchasing and setting up the chair covers and bows ourselves
Upcycled my veil
Upcycled my tiara

My Favorite labor of love? My clay flowers…still making them for other brides!

My least favorite? The chair covers/bows. Looked much nicer than without them, but what a pain! The drycleaner made my husband and the groomsmen 3 hours late for the rehearsal since they weren’t ready in time, and I found out the hard way that pressing them myself afterwards was nearly impossible. Rent them…it would be much easier! : )

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Kitty from KittyKanzashi

I only had a small DIY projects on my wedding which was my bouquet, hair accessories, buttonhole flowers for the immediate family and the table centrepieces.

All of which I enjoyed a lot. I wanted to make the wedding favours as well but my mother didn’t think it was appropriate so I didn’t. In the end it was for the best as I sort of ran out to time for some reason.

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Ella from EllaWinston

I did a few DIY projects for our wedding. I created the cupcake stands from platters and various glass trays and candle holders from different Goodwill stores. It came out really beautiful. Each piece was a little different, some short some really tall. I also created all of the place cards for the table from a set that I bought at Michael’s (love that store!) And I had my Aunt do all of my flowers from the bouquets to our table flowers. That saved us a TON of money!

Recipe of the Week

From Ashley’s kitchen of McDonuts

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This is a very simple, very traditional whole fig preserve recipe.  I look forward to giving the canned fig preserves as gifts throughout the fall and winter months.  Since figs have been in season the past few weeks, I thought it would be an ideal recipe to make.  This recipe is easy to follow (especially for a first-time preserver like myself!) and the preserves turned out beautifully!
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Recipe:  Makes 24 servings (roughly 6 jelly jars in 8 oz size)
Ingredients:

6 cups fresh, whole figs

1 teaspoon baking soda

4-1/2 cups boiling water

3 cups white sugar

1-1/2 cups water

1/2 lemon, sliced

  1. Place fresh, whole figs in a large bowl and sprinkle figs with the baking soda. Pour the boiling water over the figs and soak for 1 hour.
  2. Drain figs and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Combine the 3 cups sugar and 1-1/2 cups of water in a large dutch oven; bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the figs and lemon slices to the syrup in the Dutch oven and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Spoon figs into hot, sterilized jars and spoon syrup over figs, leaving 1/2 inch of head space. Top jars with lids and screw bands on tightly.
  5. Process for 10 minutes in a hot water bath.
For more information on how to correctly sterilize and preserve canned foods, visit the following link from ehow.comhttp://www.ehow.com/how_5748428_seal-preserve-jars.html
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WedEclectic Q&A

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!  : )

When planning a wedding it’s important to have your partner’s opinion and input. But who Gets the Final Say, Anyway?

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

That’s a tough one.
I think that if someone is contributing financially (the couple and/or parents), respect should be given to their opinions.
If the couple are covering half or all of the costs, final say should go to the couple, but the input needs to be considered.
If the wedding costs are being covered in entirety or in majority by the parents, then they will most likely control the expenditures, so final say would be theirs. But, for instance, if 2 gowns cost the same, the bride should be able to choose between them.

When it comes to DIYing, I think the DIYer gets the final say…as I told my husband, if he wouldn’t help me, and negated the first 3 or more creations without making suggestions or offering to pitch in, he lost his vote on future revisions! LOL (I love him dearly, but oy vey!)

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MsFormaldehyde

We both have input. We both work on things.
I do think because I am more crafty I get the final say since I am doing it.
But, this time around he is more hands on:)

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Keri from DelaneyPhotoJewelry

I think it is very important to ask, but I always have a very convincing sales pitch for my opinion. I think if they feel important enough in the decision making process they may be more likely to give in. The final say really boils down to the topic. But I think the bride should have the final say for most decisions.

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Edi from MemoriesForLife

In my opinion, a wedding, like a marriage should be about compromise. If I get final say on one thing, I would allow my fiancee to have final say on something else. It’s about give and take 🙂

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Ella from EllaWinston

I would have to agree with most that it depends on what we are talking about. If it’s the wedding dress, the bride ALWAYS gets the final say. I would say that anything else should come down to what the bride and groom want for their big day. Of course with taking into consideration the opinions of those assisting financially 🙂