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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.

 Leah and John wedding

 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.

floral crown

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.”

Leah and John playing wedding

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.

burlap

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.

lace gloves

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.

fairytale print

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. : )

Two to Four Months Before the Wedding (Part 3)

Part 3: Favors

by ForestCandleStudio

Your wedding day will be here sooner than you think! Plan your favors as early as possible, especially if you want to DIY or to order handmade &/or personalized items. Leave some room open for unexpected last minute things by getting items on your checklist completed ahead of schedule!

In Part 3 of this four-part series, here are some unique handmade wedding favors from Etsy shops. Some inspiration to help you find what will be just right for you! Click photos to go to the shop listing for each item.

If you missed Part 1: http://wedeclectic.com/2013/07/11/two-to-four-months-before-the-wedding/

and Part 2: http://wedeclectic.com/2013/08/22/two-to-four-months-before-the-wedding-part-2/

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handmadefavorboxes  handpaintedflowerpotweddingfavors  paperribbonfanfavors  pressedflowerslaminatedbookmarksfavors

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Engagement Inspiration – Thank You Cards

by ForestCandleStudio

Congratulations – you’re engaged!! Here are some wonderful cards to thank your guests after your engagement party or bridal shower.

All are handmade and customizable from shops on Etsy. Two of them are pdf files so you can print out however many you need for yourself. Clicking on each photo will open a new tab to that shop’s listing for information about each item.

steampunkthankyoucardpdf stripethankyoucards personalizedthankyounotecards patchworkthankyoucards kissingcouplethankyoucardpdf kissingbirdsthankyoucards graciasthankyoucards filigreethankyoucard chevronthankyoucards bigthanksnotecards

Happy Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest

www.forestcandlestudio.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/ForestCandleStudio
www.pinterest.com/forestcandle

Two to Four Months Before the Wedding (Part 2)

Part 2: Decorations

Your wedding day will be here before you know it! Check those decorations off your list of to-do’s as early as possible. You’ll appreciate having some wiggle room the month before the wedding to take care of unexpected last minute things.

In Part 2 of this four-part series, here are some unique handmade wedding centerpieces and backdrops. Great inspiration or perhaps exactly what you’re looking for! Click photos to go to the Etsy shop listing for each item.

Btw, if you missed Part 1: http://wedeclectic.com/2013/07/11/two-to-four-months-before-the-wedding/

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Mossy Fairy Garden Centerpiece by SurroundingsOnline

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Triple Wine Bottle Candle Holder Centerpiece by BoMoLuTra

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Personalized Wedding Banner by TheArtofHandmades

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Custom Embellished Centerpiece Vase by KPGDesigns

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Woodland Wedding Centerpiece by DaliasHomeDecor

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Geo Curtain Handmade by FrenchKnotStudios

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Handcast Handpainted Birch Forest Vase Set by NECenterpieces
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Paper Rosettes Backdrop by ThePaperStudio
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One-of-a-Kind Wreath with Fairy Lights & Shabby Chic Window/Picture Frame Handmade by WildMountainWreaths
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Just Married Banner with Glittered Letters & Preserved Moss by QuiltedPolkaDot
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Choosing Bridal Jewelry

By HeatherBoyd

1. Follow your gown’s neckline

If you have a strapless dress you may want to look for a large multi strand necklace to stop you looking a bit bare in the neck area. Strings of beads that form a pattern when laid flat against the throat are also popular, and beading all the way around the neck can add interest. Gowns with a high or very detailed neckline may work better without a bridal necklace. If your dress has a round shaped neckline, look for a choker style necklace, but if you have a v-neck or sweetheart neckline you could wear a longer pendant.

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2. Try timeless classics

If you don’t think your wedding day is the time to experiment with a radical new look, stick to the classic bridal necklaces. A single string of pearls is a sophisticated yet feminine look, and a pearl collar with two or three strands can emphasise a long neck beautifully. With pearls symbolising marital happiness, they will always be a good choice. Another bridal necklace that has timeless appeal is a simple gold or silver chain with a diamond pendant. This can be coupled with diamond stud or drop earrings.

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3. Don’t overload on jewellery

A bride should wear a maximum of two statement pieces of wedding jewellery. If you have large, fancy earrings, you might want to skip the necklace or choose something very plain and simple. If you decide against a necklace you can always add detail with a beautiful bracelet. If you choose an intricate necklace, wear stud earrings and keep your bridal hair accessories minimal.

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4. Match your necklace to your dress

Check out the details on your wedding dress. Are they pearls, crystals, beads or diamante? Your wedding jewellery should echo the theme of your dress so try to get a necklace in the same material. If you have chosen a simple dress you can get away with an intricate necklace, but if your dress is highly detailed, look for a very simple bridal necklace. If you have a vintage style dress, look for antique jewellery from the same period. However, a modern contemporary dress works best with an edgy necklace design.

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5. Add some colour

The bridal necklace is a popular place to add some colour into your wedding outfit. Not all women look good in pale colours, and bridal shades of white or ivory can leave them looking washed out. A bold coloured necklace between the gown and the face can help to avoid this. Many brides look for a sapphire and silver necklace and use it as their something blue, but another good idea is simply to match your bridal necklace to the colours in your wedding bouquet.

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Wedding Inspiration – Add a Pop of Color!

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Brides and grooms can really have some fun by adding a pop of color to their wedding outfits. To give you ideas, here are some colorful handmade and vintage items from Etsy shops.

 
Fyi, many Etsy shops can customize items to your desired colors and styles. So don’t hesitate to contact a shop whose work you like!

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For the Bride.for the bride

Clockwise starting at top left and ending in the center:

  1. Green and black fascinator hat with zipper roses & electronic resistors by Aula46
  2. Honeysuckle pink mask with detachable satin flower clip brooch by ArtisanMaskers
  3. Bead embroidery bracelet by CrownofStones
  4. Silk & linen flower with peacock feathers hair ornament by ButtonsnBlossoms
  5. Colorful floral bridal sash by RosyPosyDesigns
  6. Sunrise seashell and aqua chalcedony earrings by ThePineappleHut
  7. Handmade flowers shoe clips by ChloeANDMaddie.
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For the Groom.for the groom

Left to right, top to bottom:

  1. Map cufflinks for the groom and his attendants by BrassandChain
  2. Custom comic book sneakers by MoonlightDecorator
  3. Multi-color blue modern tartan tie by TiestheKnot
  4. Quilled blue boutonniere by MiaettiaCreations
  5. Blue, green, and yellow paper boutonnieres by TheLittleRedButton
  6. Vintage wingtip spectator shoes by flyfishark
  7. Men’s gingham suspenders by PaigeGrayson
Happy Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest
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Two to Four Months Before the Wedding

Part 1: Cake Toppers

by ForestCandleStudio

Your wedding day is approaching fast! Are you using a monthly checklist to carry out your plans? If you buy your wedding cake topper, decorations, favors, and attendant gifts as early as possible, you’ll be able to relax a lot more the month before the wedding and enjoy everything you’ve put together. Plus it gives you a little room to take care of any last minute things that come up unexpectedly without the added stress.

In Part 1 of this four-part series, here are some unique handmade and vintage wedding cake toppers from Etsy shops to help you find what will be just right for you! Click photos to go to the shop listing for each item.

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Comic Book Rose Wedding Cake Topper by A Bridal Touch

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Tree Stump Sculpture Wedding Cake Topper by Sweet Pixie Pie

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Nautical Wedding Cake Topper by Wyale Designs

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Vintage Bride & Groom Wedding Cake Toppers by Under The Sycamores

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Musical Birds Wedding Cake Topper by Weddings of Design

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Robot Secret Agent Wedding Cake Topper by Builders Studio

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Tropical Beach Flower Wedding Cake Topper by The Wedding Petal

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Personalized Tandem Bike Wedding Cake Topper by Heather Boyd Wire

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Vintage Porcelain Figurines Wedding Cake Topper by Red Truck Designs

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Wedding Cupcake Toppers by The Perfect Party Shop

Happy Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest

www.forestcandlestudio.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/ForestCandleStudio
www.pinterest.com/forestcandle

July 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 6 months or more in advance,

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

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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, July 31st, 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 August 1st via email with the good news!

 

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Congratulations to Damla, the winner of this giveaway!

 

The next giveaway will be posted in a few days!

Wedding Inspiration ~ For a Polka Dot Wedding

By ForestCandleStudio

Do you love polka dots? Here are some fun and fabulous ways to use them in your wedding!

All of these items are handmade and available from shops on Etsy. Just click on a photo to go to that shop.

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polkadotgarters

polkadotearrings

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bubblingchampagneflutes

dottedweddingbadges

polkadotflowerpotfavors

Happy Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest

www.forestcandlestudio.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/ForestCandleStudio
www.pinterest.com/forestcandle