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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 Team Treasury

Check out this elegant team treasury by Eva from ABridalTouch

Elegant Winter Weddings by Eva on Etsy

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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McDonuts

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!

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!

What is your dream winter wedding location?

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McDonuts

San Antonio, Texas! I am a bit biased because I got married in San Antonio in the winter but the trees lining the Riverwalk downtown are all covered in beautiful, twinkling lights around the holidays and the weather is absolutely perfect. The culture, food, and people in San Antonio are truly unique too, which makes it easy for guests to find plenty to do in the way of excursions or sightseeing around town before and after the wedding.

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Edi from MemoriesForLife

I’ve always wanted a summer wedding. But if I get married in winter, I’ll want a tropical destination. Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas…somewhere warm 🙂

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Amanda from ArtisanMaskers

I’m a homebody, so I’m afraid winter or summer wouldn’t have made much difference. I’d just have stuck right here in Utah!

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

Young brides have grown up reading Harry Potter, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and other fantasy classics. This love of castles and magic often shows up in some of my favorite wedding locations. We’ve been lucky to attend a few special events at historic homes and hotels, which feel like a magic castle with the right decor. My advise for a great holiday location is to capitalize on the festive season and find a Victorian-era locale with white lights!

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Eva from ABridalTouch

If money were no object, a small romantic wedding in a foreign locale.(as long as everything was taken care of legally). So many lovely places in this world to get married…

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Kitty from KittyKanzashi

If it is winter then somewhere near a nice warm fireplace with good food and drink. Although there is a place in Lapland where you can stay in a glass igloo which sounds lovely place for a wedding.

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Ella from EllaWinston

I would LOVE to get married in Lake Tahoe during the winter. I would want to find a luxury log cabin on the water and decorate with lots of flowers and candles, with a roaring fire in the background.

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!

What are your favorite color combinations for winter weddings?

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Julie from OddLotEmporium

red, pink black!
and then i swing totally opposite and go rustic with white and brown

 

 

 

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McDonuts

Jewel tones (deep purple, red, or emerald green) are so beautiful any time of year but especially in winter months. I also think that black or silver accents look incredibly elegant for winter weddings.

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Edi from MemoriesForLife

I love Blue & White and Red & White for winter weddings! A little silver thrown in too 🙂

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Amanda from ArtisanMaskers

Because of the potential for a lovely white backdrop, I agree that deep or vivid colors can look especially beautiful in the wintertime. I personally would veer for the “natural” palette–greens, browns, deep oranges, etc.–because those are the “deep” colors I love best! I think it would also be GORGEOUS to see a pale/pastel color scheme against the snow, though.

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Keri from DelaneyPhotoJewelry

Well I first imagined that I would pick beautiful Holiday colors, like red, white and silver. My initial thought was that it wouldn’t look right to have a pastel colored wedding in Winter. But then I realized that a steely lavender and white, would be stunning. Knowing myself, I would add a hint of deep purple into that combination. So now my new answer is a Lavender.

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

Crimson red roses, ebony black suits, and Snow White! A classic combination which can be personalized with vintage styles of dress and suits from the 1920’s and 1930’s.

These classic colors and styles can be worn again at most formal occasions. Choose a bridesmaid dress in a deep crimson velvet, for example. They will love you even more for it!

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Eva from ABridalTouch

I love the deep burgundy shades and the forest green with silver accents for the cold climates.

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Kitty from KittyKanzashi

I would probably look towards the deeper and richer colours like burgundy or blue with hints of cream. Sort of the deep colours that the victorian fashions are famous for.

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Ella from EllaWinston

I would opt for the deep purples and reds. I would love a blackberry purple with a red bordeaux and then add gold as an accent color.

WedEclectic Team Treasury

Enjoy this festive fall team treasury by Eva from ABridalTouch

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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!

His Wedding

By JewelrybySteveRiley

When it comes to organizing a Mans wedding there are a few gems for that individual guy that wants some say in the wedding arrangements. From boutonnieres to table decorations, wedding invitations to wedding rings, there are some great masculine choices amongst wedElectic team members.

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Wedding Cakes: The Cup Cake Wedding Tower

By ABridalTouch

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My father was a master baker and so I gravitated towards the various options for today’s wedding cake. The traditional wedding cake that my father baked and decorated in the 1950s and 1960s was a yellow batter cake close to a pound cake texture, filled and iced with white buttercream icing and roses. I could watch him for hours making those roses. Then taking his creation to where the reception was being held and putting it all together(I remember one time when it was a seven layer one-we were all holding our breaths on that one!)
A bridal couple can still decide to get a traditional cake like my father used to make or they can elect to choose something completely different.

One wedding cake option available is the Cupcake Wedding Cake. What is great about the cupcake wedding cake idea is that not only is it trendy but it is also easier on your budget. If you have dietary contraints/choices such as vegan, gluten free, diabetic, etc., making cupcakes is very doable and makes everyone happy.

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Just looking online you can find the recipes, various ideas for the stands(many have a small cake on top with the topper and the other tiers are the cupcakes. The option of the small cake on top means that you can still have the traditional “cutting of the cake” photographs).
There are cupcake decorations, cupcake boxes for the guests to take the cupcakes home, real flowers, photographs…wide open choices here. So many options for the towers and they can be rented, bought, or made.
A fun option for today’s wedding!

The Vintage Wedding Trend for 2013

By A Bridal Touch

One of the trendy weddings for 2013 goes back to the wedding dress styles of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.  This post will focus on the 1930s wedding styles(my parents were married in 1936).

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A. The bridal dresses in the 1930s were influenced by the royal weddings at the time(Princess Marina of Greece) and by old Hollywood glam.  The fabrics used were tight fitting, slippery and high sheen fabrics such as satin, silk and rayon with the colors being ivory, cream, a blue white or a pink white.
The styles could have cowl necklines, curved trains and long medieval sleeves with the bridesmaids wearing similar styles with Juliet caps.
B. The bouquets were varied ranging from posys to arm bouquets…usually roses as well as Madonna lilies.
C. The Groom’s attire depended on how formal the wedding was to be and from the semi formal dark suit to the formal tuxedo or tailcoat.  Buttonholes were stephanotis or lily of the valley.  The best man wore gardenias and the fathers and the ushers wore carnations. If you need to visualize the well dressed male of the time, think Cary Grant or Fred Astaire.

D. The  Color schemes of the 1930s were:
Cocoa brown with hyacinth blue
Prune with turquoise
Mustard Yellow with Gray

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E. White vintage cars such as the 1934 Auburn 851.

F. Wedding cakes were multi tiered and used fondant and buttercream icing and topped with a wedding topper.

G. At the reception, cocktails from the time were …Sidecar, whisky sour, mint julep.
The dances of the time were Lindy Hop dances(like swing dancing), foxtrot, rumba and the congo lines.

The vintage weddings of the 1930s included many exciting touches for today’s weddings…take as little or as much as you desire in the authenticity….