Monthly Archives: October 2013

Ideas for the Fall Bride

I love the Fall. Of course I love the colors, and the endless social gatherings, but the food is the real reason that I look forward to this time of year. Homemade apple crisp, eggnog lattes, Irish cream, and pumpkin everything. It’s when I really get excited about baking. I learned to cook from some amazing women. And everything was made from scratch. So recently, when my mother came to a complete standstill over the fact that I didn’t have the Pumpkin Spice Mix that she needed for her recipe, I was floored. She could not figure out how to make her dessert without my help, and I loved every minute of it. For those of you who rely on the Pumpkin Spice Mix as my mother now does, here is the breakdown. And if you ever find yourself in my mother’s predicament, I hope your daughter is more understanding than I was.

Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice Mix:

•             4 tablespoons ground cinnamon

•             4 teaspoons ground nutmeg

•             4 teaspoons ground ginger

•             3 teaspoons ground allspice

•             1/4 teaspoon cardamom seeds (optional)

For all of you brides who happen to be have Pumpkin Spice Mix on hand, here are some really cute, and very creative ways you can incorporate it into your wedding.pumpkin spice cappuccino

I think these are fabulous favors.  You can place these instructions on the back of the tag: Add some spice to your life! Stir 2 tbs of cappuccino mix into 1 cup hot water/milk and enjoy!


You could personalize these bags by adding a custom tag or label with your wedding information (names and wedding date).


Okay, this one is just because I’m hungry. But these are so cute, bite size, no mess, and very Fall’ish.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcake

Wouldn’t these be beautiful sitting in a tiered cupcake holder on your dessert table.

What? You’re drooling? Do you need a reason better than taste approval for your big day? I think not….

Here is a 5 star recipe for the most amazing Pumpkin Spice Cake: I recommend a cinnamon glaze to top it off.

And just a little more inspiration…….

cakeYou can see more of this gorgeous cake here:

pumpkin ring holder

Beautifully simple, and very simply beautiful.

By Keri O’Hara

Delaney Jewelry Designs

October Treasury Challenge

We have a lot of great entries for this Fall themed challenge.

Each one featuring our previous winner, Dalynda Marie from Steampunk Wedding:

Please vote for your favorite collection here:

Voting ends at midnight on October 31st EST, and the winner will be posted on 11/01/13.

Previews of the treasuries, in the order of entry: (Click on the photo to open the treasury in full page view.)
Fabulous Fall by Keri O Hara on EtsyThe Steampunk Bride    by Kelly Flegal on Etsy Hitting Just the Right Note by Amanda on EtsyBrass that Makes the Heart Grow Fonder by Amanda on EtsyFall into a Wedding  by Eva on Etsy Fall Wedding Season by Edi Royer on Etsy
Good luck everybody!

WedEclectic Team Treasury

Check out this wine lovers team treasury by Keri from DelaneyPhotoJewelry

Wine Lovers Wed by Keri O Hara on Etsy

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 (or would you) opt for the traditional wedding cake? If not, what would you have?






Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

We went untraditional…chocolate cake with chocolate ganache icing (yep, it wasn’t white) and raspberry filling. Mmmmmmmm.

Unfortunately, since we didn’t have traditional colors, the baker basically made a 2 tier birthday cake. It was abysmal.

I asked for fall colored flowers (and showed them the inspiration photo of the hydrangea covered chocolate cake I found online.) They substituted pink, orange and white birthday cake icing flowers (the ones you can find in your supermarket.) Ugh!

I’m still surprised that I waited until after the honeymoon to complain. But the cake was good…so good we took the top tier out of the freezer and finished it the week after our honeymoon. : )

I made up for it by having a mini replica of what it *should* have looked like for our first anniversary dinner. : )






Julie from OddLotEmporium

We had a German Wedding cake, it was awesome. Totally nontraditional for the US. We had Rasberry filling with chocolate cake and this authentic German icing. It was the best ever! Hubby and I still talk about that cake to this day, and every time I visit my hometown we still go by the German Bakery and get a treat!






Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

Dark chocolate raspberry, Italian creme, and carrot cake were the three different cakes we served, each layer was lifted by pedestals. It was amazing. So glad we took the time to find a great baker & spent the money to feed over 150 people.






Amanda from ArtisanMaskers

My mother-in-law is a phenomenal cook and she made our cake traditional Argentine style. So it had layers of strawberries, puff pastry, whipped cream, and dulce de leche inside. It was SO GOOD.

Like Jennifer, I opted for a brown cake (though mine was a more caramel-colored fondant), and at first my mother-in-law was totally weirded out by my request! Ha ha! But she experimented until she got it just right and it looked beautiful and perfectly fit the casual, offbeat vibe of our reception.










Ella from EllaWinston

Cupcakes!! I LOVE cupcakes! We choose mini cupcakes from this AMAZING San Francisco bakery. We had five different flavors so our guests could enjoy a variety. There was red velvet, carrot cake, mocha, chocolate and my personal favorite snickerdoodle. Every time we travel back to the Bay Area we have to stop and pick and up some yummy cupcakes 🙂

WedEclectic Team Treasury

Check out this romantic team treasury by Eva from ABridalTouch

I Am Falling For You by Eva on Etsy

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!  : )

What are some of your favorite groomsmen gift ideas?






Edi from MemoriesForLife

My personalized beer mugs make great groomsman gifts. I love that they are something that the guys can use after the big day and that they’re personalized with anything the guys would like!






Julie from OddLotEmporium

Have to say beer mugs also. The guys just love em!






8point8 from ThinkEco2

Guys love our handmade 100% recycled cedar liquor gift boxes.






Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

This is tough! For my brother’s wedding I bet we’ll do nice cigars, local brews [beer], and gourmet coffees. He’d pick cycling things for each of his friends, or maybe hiking packs stuffed with goodies like venison jerky, etc. Hope something here is helpful!






Amanda from ArtisanMaskers

Well, I’m Mormon, so no drinking favors–ha ha! 😉 I love the geeky cuff links (like lego figures, etc.) and in our church-going culture, ties are always useful (though a bit boring). I also see no problem personalizing the gifts a bit–a book for the brother-in-law that reads a lot, nice shaving equipment for another, etc.






McDonuts from McDonuts

A friend of mine recently got married and it was tough thinking of creative gifts for the guys because everyone in their group is very outdoorsy. They ended up giving each groomsman individual items that fit their personality (i.e. beer mug, or food they love, etc) and, instead of traditional gift wrapping, they wrapped everything inside a small, portable cooler that was personalized for each guy. I thought it was so creative and the guys loved it!






Ella from EllaWinston

We went with really nice watches for our two groomsmen. Nothing to wild and crazy but we knew it was a gift they could use all the time.