Category Archives: wedding planning

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

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!

If you had a winter wedding where would your dream honeymoon location be?

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Julie from OddLotEmporium

Ice castle in Greenland!

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Amanda from ArtisanMaskers

I’d either embrace the cozy inside/cold outside and go somewhere in Germany’s black forest, or skip off to the much warmer Italian Mediterranean!

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

A ski resort with a fire place and a hot tub or a big jacuzzi tub would work. Hot cocoa and flannel – totally romantic and cozy! Bring great black and white classic movies too!

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Eva from ABridalTouch

I do not do well in cold weather…so, honeymoon would definitely be a warm spot…not necessarily hot. When I got married in March, we went down to Jekyll Island for our honeymoon…warm and quiet times.

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Kitty from KittyKanzashi

I would love to go to Japan from North to South.

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Keri from DelaneyPhotoJewelry

Fiji Islands for sure. A dream honeymoon for newly weds and the romantic at heart.

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Ella from EllaWinston

I would love to honeymoon in a snowy winter wonderland. Stay in a beautiful log cabin (with all the modern amenities of course!) maybe in Tahoe or Colorado.

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!

Holiday Weddings – Would you attend a wedding (or have your wedding) on a major holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas?

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Julie from OddLotEmporium

If it was an offbeat or super cool themed wedding I would!

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We attended a friend’s wedding last year over Thanksgiving weekend and it was so much fun. The couple created an entire wedding weekend (and on a strict budget no less!) on the bride’s family farm. A lot of the guests actually stayed out at the farm for the weekend and the family made Thanksgiving dinner for everyone who was in town the day before the wedding. All of the thoughtful details that went into the weekend made the whole event feel so intimate and family-oriented. It was truly a one of a kind wedding that I will never forget!

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Edi from MemoriesForLife

Yes, if it was for family or a close friend. If it’s a family wedding, I’ll get to spend it with my family and celebrate a new family member 🙂

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Amanda from ArtisanMaskers

I agree that it would depend how close I was to the family. I did take photos for a Valentine bride once, and it was really beautiful because (unprompted!) everyone showed up in her colors: black, white, and red! She also had the good fortune to get married on a snow day. I don’t remember ever photographing a more striking event!

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

Of course! Sometimes it is the only time a family can get together! For example, my little brother is on active duty in the military & often it is the one time of the year he can get leave to come home. The more the merrier!

By the way, a Halloween Wedding is the most fun ever! Everyone got to dress up and have a lot of fun!

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Eva from ABridalTouch

My niece was married Jan 2…it was a terrific way to end the holiday. I would definitely attend a family member’s wedding whenever it is held because there is usually a reason why it would be held over the holiday.

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Keri from DelaneyPhotoJewelry

I want to say, No, and No. But we go to my parents for Christmas, and I supposed that since my father can officiate, it could happen at my parents home. They have hosted weddings there before. But it’s very important to me to have Christmas morning as planned. I still have believers.

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Kitty from KittyKanzashi

I probably be hesitant about Christmas only because of travel and accommodation but if that has all been sorted then why not.

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Ella from EllaWinston

I don’t think I would attend a wedding on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. With two large families it’s hard enough trying to get in time with everyone. If a close family member were getting married I would go. Any other holiday would be fun! I’d love to go to a New Year’s wedding, a Halloween wedding or even a Thanksgiving wedding!

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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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.

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Happy Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest

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

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 🙂

Wedding Inspiration – Aisle Markers

by ForestCandleStudio

Here are some beautiful ideas for pew decorations / aisle markers to wow your guests when they arrive for your ceremony!

All are handmade and customizable from shops on Etsy. Click on shop name to see info for its item (listed in order of photos shown in rows, left to right, top to bottom).

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BURLAP

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1. Daisy Daze Design

2. Shannon Kristina

3. Soiree Supply

4. Pink Pearls White Lace

5. Butter Bean Vintage

6. Wedding Parties

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PAPER

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1. Alices Wedding

2. Shabby Papercrafts

3. Rose Flower 48

4. Blooming Bridges

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FEATHERS, FLOWERS, BOWS

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1. Kirahley Kreations

2. Lindas Wedding Frills

3. Superbuy4j

4. Silk Bridals

5. Creatively Carole

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ASSORTED NATURALS

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1. Smoky Mtn Woodcrafts

2. Miss Violet Weddings

3. Spotted Leopard

4. Jessmy

5. Beachy Chic decor

6. The Celtic Heart

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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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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!

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!  : )

Guestbook ~ Did you have a traditional guestbook? If not, what did you do different?

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

Yes! I love the tradition of a guest book. Looking back 21 years ago, I can’t remember which aunts were there, so I can look. We’ve lost many family members since then and it is wonderful to have their signatures as part of our ceremony forever. My daughter and I were looking at the book last month and took the time to tell her about so many of the great-grandparents that she doesn’t remember.

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

Instead of having a book everyone had to find to sign, we included paper on each table, cut in sizes to fit into envelopes I glued into a nice scrapbook. We got notes from our guests, some good wishes, some funny stories, and some advice. It makes me smile whenever I take them out and read them. : )

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Amanda from ArtisanMaskers

I had a traditional style guest book which I added photos to (from our engagement pictures) in order to liven it up a bit. I also used portions in the back of it to keep notes about my bridal showers (who came, what gifts we received, etc.) so now I can look back and find it all in one place!

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Kitty from KittyKanzashi

Nope, my partner and I couldn’t be bothered with one because we only had 65 guests so it would have been a very empty guestbook and it was my intention on the day to talk to all of the guests.

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Kristin from BagSecrets

We had craft paper in our wedding colors that I cut up into 3×5 cards. People then wrote us little messages on them and left them in a beautiful crystal bowl. After the wedding I took the cards, matched them up with photos from those people at the wedding and made a little scrapbook. I love looking through it and see the photos with their messages!