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WedEclectic Wedding Inspiration

By ClayBouquetShop

A bit of inspiration from the WedEclectic Team… a la Purple.

It can be a stunning color to include in your wedding, using a myriad of shades, or a black tie affair with a single color accent.

Here’s a few items to consider including in your purple wedding!

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Jennifer Ferencz-Barato

Clay Bouquet Shop

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Renaissance is Romance!

By SteampunkWeddings

Regardless of the season or color scheme, one eclectic wedding theme always embraces romance, it is the renaissance era!  Craftsmen of wood, silver, lace, and even burlap create celebration scene only in fairytales. Enjoy a few candid pictures from a wedding of two talented musicians as they share their vows among family and friends.

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“As a cultural movement, the ‘renaissance’ encompassed innovative flowering of Latin and vernacular literatures…the development of linear perspective and other techniques of rendering a more natural reality in painting, and gradual but widespread educational reform.”

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“In politics, the Renaissance contributed the development of the conventions of diplomacy, and in science an increased reliance on observation…Although the Renaissance saw revolutions in many intellectual pursuits…it is perhaps best known for its artistic developments and the contributions of such polymaths as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, who inspired the term ‘Renaissance man’.  There is a consensus that the Renaissance began in Florence, Italy, in the 14th century.”

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WedEclectic is fortunate enough to have a renaissance man, Steve Riley, from New York, who creates amazing hammered silver wedding bands.  The bride and groom will treasure these each day throughout their years together.

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 Eclectic brides can enhance their everyday tresses with gorgeous hairpieces in custom color matched braids.  On top, an elegant orchid crown is the perfect style for a more medieval or renaissance style.  This simple combination will create a distinctive look of centuries gone by which is very feminine and delicate.

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“The middle class could usually afford to dye their wool and colors such as blue and green. The wealthy could afford to add elaborate designs to their clothing as well as dying it red and black, expensive colors for the time. Purple was also considered a color of royalty and was reserved for kings or religious figures such as the pope.”  The Pantene color of 2014 is ‘radiant orchid’ so our eclectic brides can feel more like royalty when using this warm tone.  WedEclectic artisan offers a stunning crown in this motif.

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In medieval and renaissance fashion includes high-waist dresses and possibly corsets.  These options allow for gorgeous dresses for many varying body types.  This might be helpful for the bridal party.  “Both men’s and women’s clothing was trimmed with bands of decoration, variously embroidery, tablet-woven bands, or colorful borders woven into the fabric in the loom. The famous Anglo-Saxon opus Anglicanism needlework was sought-after as far away as Rome. Anglo-Saxons wore decorated belts.”

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Natural whites and light silver colors from birch trees can elevate cakes, gifts, or centerpieces for the bridal shower and wedding.  After the ceremony, the new couple may continue to enjoy them as chargers for special occasions.

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This rustic charm is enhanced by burlap silverware pockets. We lean toward the renaissance era and away from the medieval times, since flatware wasn’t always used by knights at round tables.

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A wonderful gift for the bridesmaids would be long lace gloves, which would not require removal for touching up make up or even drinking champagne.  This long lace can also be used after the nuptials with a favorite blouse during the holidays or an well-dressed dinner party.

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Romance in the Renaissance can include Italian food for the reception and lovely music.  Help your guests know what is in store by using fairytale ‘Save the Date’ cards, invitations, and Thank You Notes with golden crowns as found in this gorgeous custom collection.

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The bride and groom can encourage their guests to participate or leave the fancifuls to the wedding party.  Regardless, this eclectic wedding would be an event to remember.

Etsy treasury:

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTQ5ODEzMjl8MjcyMjkzMTEyNQ/renaissance-is-romance-wed-eclectic?ref=pr_treasury

WedEclectic artisans:

Dalias Woodland:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/171485444/birch-tree-sliceswood-slicesrustic?ref=tre-2722931125-1

Jewelry by Steve Riley:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/98069149/slim-hammered-silver-diamond-wedding?ref=tre-2722931125-2

Home Goods Alacarte:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/150369055/burlap-silverware-holders?ref=tre-2722931125-3

Puppycatmeow:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/61235166/bridal-hairpiece-wedding-flower?ref=tre-2722931125-4

Odd Lot Emporium:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/173709473/vintage-fairytale-royal-wedding?ref=tre-2722931125-5

Wedding of Dreams:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/173767072/wedding-gloves-white-gloves-of-high?ref=tre-2722931125-6

Ms Formaldehyde:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/153997862/floral-crown-wedding-wedding-crown?ref=tre-2722931125-7

References:

Pantene Color of 2014:

http://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21129

Renaissance:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance

Early medieval European dress:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_dress

English Medieval Clothing [colors]:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_medieval_clothing

February WedEclectic Giveaway!

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by

Jennifer creates customized keepsake wedding bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and more for your wedding or event!

Here are a few of her beautiful creations for many wedding themes…traditional, bling, and alternative!

(Please contact Jennifer well in advance for bouquet orders, as her schedule tends to fill up 3 months or more in advance,

though she may occasionally be able to fit in rush orders.)

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.She also creates coordinating boutonnieres!

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And that’s not all…she creates jeweled accessories…sashes and ribbon headbands including Swarovski crystals and CZ stones!

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Jennifer is offering a $25 gift certificate to a lucky bride!

The giveaway is open worldwide. Gift certificates do not expire, are not transferable, and cannot be combined.

This giveaway will run until midnight, February 28th, but don’t wait!

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Entries will be accepted for:

Commenting, including your favorite item from ClayBouquetShop‘s shop.

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

Commenting that you friended ClayBouquetShop on Facebook (and your FB page for verification.)

Commenting that you follow ClayBouquetShop on Pinterest (and your Pinterest link for verification.)

Follow ClayBouquetShop on Twitter.

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 March 1st via email with the good news!

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Congratulations to Hana Clay for winning the giveaway!

 

Keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter page…I’ll be announcing another giveaway soon. : )

Giveaway Alert!

Clay Bouquet Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate to her shop!

Enter here:

http://creativeweddingstuff.com/2014/01/08/creative-wedding-stuff-giveaway/

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December Giveaway!

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by

Kelly creates floral crowns, hair flowers, jewelry, and more!

An array of her floral crowns…a great veil alternative for the bride!

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And fascinators, for the bride who wants something different!

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And a few of her fabulous hair flowers…perfect for the Bride, the bridal party, and just for fun!

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Kelly is offering a TWO prizes! : )

A pair of Feather Bullet Earrings, worth $20!

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OR

A Dia de los Muertos Skull Fascinator, worth $22.50!

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And shipping within the US is included! (International shipping would be $8.00.)

Prizes will need to be claimed within 2 weeks of winning!

This giveaway will run until midnight, January 31st (extra long due to the holidays!), but don’t wait!

Entries will be accepted for:

Commenting, including your favorite item from MsFormaldeyde‘s shop.

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

Commenting that you friended MsFormaldeyde on Facebook (and your FB page 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 winners will be chosen randomly, verified, and contacted on February 1st via email with the good news!

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).

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The winner will be chosen randomly, verified, and contacted on October 1st via email with the good news!

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WedEclectic Inspiration

By ClayBouquetShop

A bit of inspiration from the WedEclectic Team… a la Lady in Red.

It can be a stunning color to include in your wedding, whether it is a holiday wedding, such as

Valentine’s Day or Christmas, or a black tie affair with a single color accent.

Here’s a few items to consider including in your red wedding!

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From BlingForTheTable

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Jennifer Ferencz-Barato

Clay Bouquet Shop

www.ClayBouquetShop.Etsy.com

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www.twitter.com/ClayBouquetShop

August Giveaway!

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by

Jodi offers decorative party bags, washi tape, straws, twine and and more supplies for your DIY wedding or event!

Here are a few of her items…let them inspire your décor…colors, stripes, chevron, polka dots???

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Jodi is offering a package: 2 packages of peach polka dot bags, 1 box of peach polka dot straws and 25 yards of twine to match.   A set of for 24 to a lucky bride!

The giveaway is open worldwide.

This giveaway will run until midnight, August 31st, but don’t wait!

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Entries will be accepted for:

Commenting, including your favorite item from TalkingTwineAndTrim‘s shop.

Commenting that you hearted TalkingTwineAndTrim‘s Etsy shop (and your Etsy 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 September 1st via email with the good news!

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Neat Wedding Reception Food Ideas

By ABridalTouch

Wedding reception food…in my area it doesn’t seem to have changed for as long as I can remember going to wedding receptions.  Doing research for this post about unusual and fun ideas/themes for reception food, I sincerely hope I get invited to one of these weddings soon!
Here are a couple of really neat ideas for your reception or really any large gathering.

a. The His and Hers Buffet
The one side of the buffet has the favorite foods of the bride and the other side has the favorite foods of the groom.

b.  Food Stations
Having tables/stations with different “do it yourself” bars.  Here are some ideas
1. Grilled Cheese
2. Mashed potatoes
3. Baked potatoes
4. Taco Salad
5. Pancakes
6. Fruit Kabobs
7. Hotdogs and Hamburgers
8. Waffles
9. Salad
10. Dessert Pizza
11. Pizza
12.Root Beer Floats
13. Oatmeal
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15, Biscuits
16. Pasta
17. Nachos
18. Subs
19. Trail Mix
20. Yoghurt

c. For outdoor weddings is the Food Truck Idea…having one or multiple food trucks at your wedding reception.

d. Food in Mason Jars.  Several options with various foods already in mason jars..salads, desserts.  There are lots of ideas on the internet for these.

e. A “cheese cake”…instead of a traditional cake, use whole wheels of real cheese layered like a wedding cake.  A cheese and wine theme goes well with this.

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Something for everyone…Enjoy!

Steampunk Paris Honeymoon Destination Theme

By SteampunkWeddings

One of the most popular wedding themes & honeymoon destinations is Paris.  Art, architecture, history and great food surround you.  Don’t think you can afford it?  Here are a few tips to make it all possible!

First, travel from the U.S. on the week of Thanksgiving.  International flights and travel are very affordable & your families will forgive you for missing this one weekend of football.  Our round trip flights and hotel for the week were about $1,000 per person.  Only part of the payment is due upfront with groups like Gate1travel.com so we could even break the costs up over a few months.   Pack warm & comfortable shoes for seeing the sites.  Don’t be surprised if the scene turns romantic with the first light dusting of snow.  This photo is from Paris in November; it was cool enough for a coat, but not windy or forbidding.

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Next, grab a travel guide or search the web and mark all the museums and sights that are free or open late certain days and plan accordingly.  One easy visit is the Arc de Triumph.  If your groom is a history buff, he might also like the tomb of Napoleon.  [see details below]

One thing not to miss is the Eifel Tower.  We highly recommend seeing is for the first time at night, since it is adorned with twinkling lights in golden hues.  It is a romantic sight, especially in the fog.  The view of the city is fantastic; however the photos and history of the tower itself are just as intriguing.  Be sure to pack your cameras.  The honeymoon is a great chance for the couple to wander and capture memories for a lifetime.

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In lieu of gifts at bridal showers, consider a honeymoon trip web page like this young couple created for their trip to Italy. http://pruittlorenzwedding.com/   This is perfect for professional adults who are combining households.  Most newlyweds would much rather travel than receive a new set of towels, especially when they already have dozens.  Several companies offer this service; check out their fees, they should be less than 5%.

Most brides marry in the summer, so the bridal showers will be in the spring & play host to fabulous themes.  Our last tip is to be sure to gather the décor from each shower to decorate for the wedding reception.  For example, flowers handmade from vintage French books are a great way to re-use décor! Saving decoration from a shower will flatter your shower hostess and save up to a couple hundred dollars on your wedding reception budget.

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The destination décor theme can be embellished with old luggage, photos, and of course our favorite, steampunk accessories.  The metal flowers can decorate tables at a shower, and then actually become the corsage or boutonniere for groomsmen at the wedding.

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Steampunk is popular in France, which was the home of Jules Verne, author of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”.  In fact there are a few things to see for free on your Paris honeymoon, if you appreciate this genre.  You’ll need a pass to the subway to head underground to begin this excursion.  Part of the Paris subway was renovated in honor of Jules Verne with copper and submarine style ‘windows’.  On the line 11 platform, the bride and groom may  feel not only underground, but underwater in the Nautilus, Captain Nemo’s submarine. The walls are covered in copper sheet metal and huge gears come down out of the ceiling. The filtered light completes the atmosphere as you peer out of portholes showing sea life.

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Above ground the newlyweds will find the Musée des Arts et Métiers which was founded in 1794 as a repository for the preservation of scientific instruments and inventions.

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REFERENCES:

Wed Eclectic Etsy Shop: A Bridal Touch features flowers created from vintage French books:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/108283658/paper-rose-and-pearl-wedding-cake-topper?ref=sr_gallery_6&ga_search_query=wedeclectic+France&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=wedeclectic+France

Wed Eclectic Esty Shop: Steampunk Weddings features metal flowers for boutonnieres:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/118363712/steampunk-wedding-flower-boutonniere?ref=shop_home_active

Gate1travel features 6-day Value Independent Vacation for just over $1,000 per person:

http://www.gate1travel.com/france-travel/paris-vacation-6dparvva13.aspx

Honeymoon gift registry sight: http://www.travelersjoy.com/

Arts et Métiers (Paris Métro)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arts_et_M%C3%A9tiers_%28Paris_M%C3%A9tro%29

Underground/Subway : Arts et Métiers, Réaumur-Sébastopol

The location is on the brown line 11 in the subway map below:

http://parisbytrain.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/metro.pdf

Musée des Arts et Métiers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_des_Arts_et_M%C3%A9tiers

60 Rue Réaumur

75003 Paris, France

+33 1 53 01 82 00

http://www.arts-et-metiers.net/

Affordable Paris: Museums for Free

http://www.budgettravel.com/blog/affordable-paris-museums-for-free,10512/

About 22 museums offer free entry every day. And the French government also subsidizes free days and nights at an even longer list of attractions. A complete rundown of these cultural freebies can be found at the Parisinfo website, and some of my favorites are listed below.

Free Every Day: Entry to see the permanent collection of these museums is always free. There may be a small charge for temporary exhibitions.

• Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris (history of Paris) 23 rue de Sévigné, 3rd arrondissement.

• Musée de la Vie Romantique (the Romantic movement, that is) 16 rue Chaptal, 9th arrondissement.

• Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (modern art) 11 avenue du Président Wilson, 16th arrondissement.

Free Every Wednesday Evening: One of my favorite places, Maison Européenne de la Photographie (better known as MEP), opens its doors every Wednesday night for free. Set in the Marais, the MEP is steps away from some great eating and drinking. 5-7 rue de Fourcy, 4th arrondissement.

Free on the First Sunday of Every Month: Major tourist draws like the Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Orsay, the Quai Branly and the Picasso museum are free on the first Sunday of every month. However, the crowds are so overwhelming that I avoid them on this day. Instead, I like take the first Sunday to explore some of these less-mobbed museum treasures:

• Musée national de l’Orangerie (home to the massive Monet water lilies) Jardin des Tuileries, 1st arrondissement.

• Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (hunting and nature) 62 rue des Archives, 3rd arrondissement.

• Musée national du Moyen Âge (Middle Ages) 6 place Paul Painlevé, 5th arrondissement.

• Musée Rodin (The Kiss, the Thinker, and other great sculptures) 79 rue de Varenne, 7th arrondissement

Read more: http://www.budgettravel.com/blog/affordable-paris-museums-for-free,10512/#ixzz2Z2YIRroW