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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!

How many bridesmaids are too much?

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

Hm…depends on the size of the wedding. 50 guests…2-3 max, I guess. 100 guests…up to 4? 200+ … go for 4-6! : ) Not sure why, but I guess it makes sense to me to keep it so <10% of your guests are in the wedding party. : )

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Julie from OddLotEmporium

hmm that’s hard. As a stationery designer anything over 6 b/c it wont fit on the programs and makes it challenging for me 🙂 haha. But really it’s the brides day, so I say let her do what she wants!!!!

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

If they are sisters, there is no limit. Friends, I’d say 3 is plenty.

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Ella from EllaWinston

I agree with Dalynda, if they are sisters (or even cousins) there is no limit. I would suggest Brides consider asking friends who they are the closest too. I can’t imagine looking a wedding photo and seeing someone you just really don’t care for anymore. It’s your day and you can ask anyone you want. There may be hurt feelings but you can’t please everyone! I went with a small wedding party of two. I loved it because it was less people to organize and manage 🙂

WedEclectic Q&A

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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!

Please reply with your own answer!  : )

What are some of your favorite bridesmaid gift ideas?

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

Trip to the spa…did that together the day before our wedding. : )

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Julie from OddLotEmporium

I like the personalized makeup bags. What chic doesn’t need a makeup bag!

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

I bought each of my bridesmaids their favorite perfume. It was about $100 per person, but they used it everyday for a long time & remembered our special moments together.

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Ella from EllaWinston

I love personalized gifts that can be used many years after your wedding. Such as my personalized clutches!

WedEclectic Q&A

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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!

Please reply with your own answer!  : )

What are some of your favorite groomsmen gift ideas?

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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!

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Julie from OddLotEmporium

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

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8point8 from ThinkEco2

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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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
14 Cereal
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

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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WedEclectic Q&A

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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!

Please reply with your own answer!  : )

What are you favorite wedding color combinations?

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

Antique colors are my favorites: off-white or eggshell, silver, grey, even bronzes, and metal tones. My wedding dress was a vintage Victorian in almost a cream color. Most men look dashing in a dark grey suit. I don’t really favor black tuxes; its been done again and again.

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Kitty from KittyKanzashi

I love all purple colour combinations because there is always a purple to suit everyone.

From a pale lilac for girly to a deep rich purple for the more adventurous.

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

I love the vintage looks as well…ivory paired with pale blues. (My second favorite is an autumnal palette: reds, oranges, browns, copper…which we used for our wedding a few years ago. : )

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Amanda from ArtisanMaskers

I like vibrancy! My own wedding colors were citrus (tangerine, lemon, and lime), but I love to see any bride be daring and pair some unusual, bright colors together (like turquoise and tangerine).

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Kristin from BagSecrets

I love the vintage colors. Personally I went with a dark purple and gold with ivory accents. I also really love Tiffany blue with a dusty rose color 🙂

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!  : )

Theme Weddings ~ If you could choose any theme for your wedding what would it be and why. If you are already married, did you have a theme wedding? If you could do it all over again would you change the theme?

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Keri from DelaneyPhotoJewelry

I did not have a theme at my wedding, but if I could do it again, I would love to have a roaring 20″s wedding them with vintage photo props & centerpieces. I would love an old saloon photo shoot with the bridal party. And if the reception could take place in that same environment, piano player and all, it would be the icing on the cake.

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

Of course we here at Steampunk Weddings LOVE theme weddings! I highly recommend them! More and more people are doing this! It lightens the mood and contributes to a more enjoyable celebration. I saw a Harry Potter themed wedding set in a forest chapel. It was gorgeous & magical things happened all evening!

I’ve always been partial to Victorian style, yet lots of our friends and family in Oklahoma favor the Wild Wild West genre. Steampunk would have worked well for us. However, ‘way back then’ we went with Victorian Garden party theme. It was lovely, but not eclectic enough for me!

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Kitty from KittyKanzashi

I did not have a themed wedding because I think that would have upset my parents but if I had a choice then it would either be Victorian OR Japanese.

Victorian because I love the fashion of that period. Big dresses, elaborate hairstyles and high tea for reception what is there not to love. As for Japanese, well that is my other love in fashion and it would have been lovely to see the whole wedding party in colourful kimono. When my friend got married, she got married in a gorgeous kimono and asked her friends to wear kimono as well. We really brightened up the wedding photos.

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

We went with an Autumnal theme to bring in the colors of the season.

Red and orange bouquets/bouts were carried/worn, and the accent color for the gowns and tuxes and chair sashes were Apple (David’s Bridal/Mens Wearhouse.) Centerpieces were made from orange Chinese lanterns and deep red berries and velvet maple leaves I purchased at Michael’s stores. (I cleaned out the 4 stores around us to make them.) I made our invites and placecards out of burgundy and ivory lotka paper with accent leaves, and the chocolate wedding cake was accented by the autumnal colors. Cocktail tables had candle holders with japanese maple leaves from our yard, and I even dried leaves from a few yards the prior year for the ceremony aisle. And the reception hall provided many accents of leaves, berries and flowers in similar autumn colors for the fireplace and windows in the room to add to everything we did ourselves. : )

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Amanda from ArtisanMaskers

I would love to have done a masquerade-themed wedding (obviously), but because of the extra time and cost involved in doing it “right,” I don’t regret not doing it. Would’ve been a blast, though!

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Kristin from BagSecrets

We got married at the Cliff House in San Francisco which is a historic landmark. So naturally we went with a historic San Francisco theme. We had old photos of different landmarks around the city put them into gold vintage frames and used those as our table names. Our last song was “I left my heart in San Francisco” which naturally got everyone on the dance floor. I loved our theme and I wouldn’t change a thing!

WedEclectic Q&A

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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!

Please reply with your own answer!  : )

Grand exit ~ Did you opt to make a grand exit at your wedding? If so what did you do?

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

I wanted to leave a bit early when planning our wedding, but we opted to help pack up everything that night (still in our gown and tux) so we didn’t have to come back in the morning. It was a very DIY wedding, so we had to pack up the centerpieces’ vases, stones and silks, the chair cover and sashes, and the many other décor pieces around the rooms.

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Karen from BlingForTheTable

I love the grand exit. 32 years ago we had a post reception party for close family and friends. I hated to leave!!

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

My favorite grand exit was when the couple rented a gorgeous old car, a Bentley Mark VI, and drove off to their destination!
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My husband and tried to do a grand exit… My husband is a BIG cyclist & we married in an outdoor wedding in Colorado. So when we were ready to go, he put me on the bike and he peddled us away!

My mom and grandmother rolled their eyes – so go with the Bentley Mark VI instead!

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Kristin from BagSecrets

My husband and I opted for a grand exit. We originally wanted everyone to hold sparklers for us to run under. Unfortunately it didn’t happen as the sparklers were hard to light, plus we got married on the coast and it’s typically windy there. Luckily we tested them first! Instead we had a large paper banner made that said “Just Married” and our wedding date. We had a few people hold it up and everyone lined up on both sides. We then charged down the “aisle” high fiving everyone along the way and then tore through the banner like a football game. Kinda cheesy, I know, but it was fun and different. 🙂

Recipe of the Week

From Heather’s kitchen of HeatherBoyd

GET YOUR SUSHI ON…

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Sushi is always a huge hit at receptions, showers and gatherings. The preparation takes a bit of time, but so much fun to make with friends. Prepare it the night before and cut slices just before the event to insure freshness and save time the day of.

SUSHI RECIPE
Rice:
6 cups water
3 cups of Italian Arborio or Sushi rice
1/3 cup Seasoned Rice vinegar (or 1/3 cup white vinegar plus 1 Tablespoon sugar)

Filling:
Use a variety of these ingredients (about 4) in each sushi roll; all cut in julienne slices
1 package Alaska crab flavored Pollock
1 cucumber, peeled
1 red pepper (or yellow or orange peppers)
1 package cream cheese
1 avocado
1 mango, peeled
grated carrots
coriander leaves (or other fresh herbs)

Base:
1 package (30 grams) Nori dried seaweed sheets
Bamboo sushi mat
plastic wrap to protect mat (optional)

Dipping Sauce:
Combine:
1/8 to 1/4 cup soya sauce or tamari
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 Tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Garnish:
Pickled ginger slices
Wasabi (Japanese horseradish…very hot)

METHOD:
Cook rice. Remove from heat. Add vinegar and stir to combine.
Cover sushi mat with plastic wrap (optional). Lay one Nori sheet on mat. Spread 2 heaping spoonfuls of cooked rice onto Nori, leaving about 1 inch bare at the top. Place a few rolls of filling ingredients on the rice, about 1/3 way up from the bottom. Roll sushi as per this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swGJ2dIu9XE. Cover rolls in plastic wrap until ready to cut. Cut each roll into 1 inch slices. Discard messy ends or save in a bowl.
To serve, place sushi on a large platter. Put dipping sauce in a small bowl and drained ginger slices in another small bowl. Guests dip the sushi in the sauce and top with a ginger slices. A small dab of wasabi can be added by guests if they dare!