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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.

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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!

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!

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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!

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.

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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!

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 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!  : )

Did you (or would you) opt for the traditional wedding cake? If not, what would you have?

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

We went untraditional…chocolate cake with chocolate ganache icing (yep, it wasn’t white) and raspberry filling. Mmmmmmmm.

Unfortunately, since we didn’t have traditional colors, the baker basically made a 2 tier birthday cake. It was abysmal.

I asked for fall colored flowers (and showed them the inspiration photo of the hydrangea covered chocolate cake I found online.) They substituted pink, orange and white birthday cake icing flowers (the ones you can find in your supermarket.) Ugh!

I’m still surprised that I waited until after the honeymoon to complain. But the cake was good…so good we took the top tier out of the freezer and finished it the week after our honeymoon. : )

I made up for it by having a mini replica of what it *should* have looked like for our first anniversary dinner. : )

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Julie from OddLotEmporium

We had a German Wedding cake, it was awesome. Totally nontraditional for the US. We had Rasberry filling with chocolate cake and this authentic German icing. It was the best ever! Hubby and I still talk about that cake to this day, and every time I visit my hometown we still go by the German Bakery and get a treat!

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

Dark chocolate raspberry, Italian creme, and carrot cake were the three different cakes we served, each layer was lifted by pedestals. It was amazing. So glad we took the time to find a great baker & spent the money to feed over 150 people.

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Amanda from ArtisanMaskers

My mother-in-law is a phenomenal cook and she made our cake traditional Argentine style. So it had layers of strawberries, puff pastry, whipped cream, and dulce de leche inside. It was SO GOOD.

Like Jennifer, I opted for a brown cake (though mine was a more caramel-colored fondant), and at first my mother-in-law was totally weirded out by my request! Ha ha! But she experimented until she got it just right and it looked beautiful and perfectly fit the casual, offbeat vibe of our reception.

 

 

 

 

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Ella from EllaWinston

Cupcakes!! I LOVE cupcakes! We choose mini cupcakes from this AMAZING San Francisco bakery. We had five different flavors so our guests could enjoy a variety. There was red velvet, carrot cake, mocha, chocolate and my personal favorite snickerdoodle. Every time we travel back to the Bay Area we have to stop and pick and up some yummy cupcakes 🙂

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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.

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.

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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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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!

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!  : )

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

My husband and I had a guestbook, although it was not a traditional one. We used colored paper in our wedding colors (purple and gold) and cut them up into about 3×5 size cards. We had a table where people could choose their pen color, write us a message and then leave it in this beautiful crystal bowl. After the wedding we took the cards with all our special messages and put them into a scrapbook. I found photos from each of our guests at the wedding who wrote us a message and put it next to their card. I loved the way it turned out! It’s so much fun for us to look back and read the messages while also enjoying some wedding photos!

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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 🙂