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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 colors do you think Brides will embrace in 2014?

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

Blood-orange…I’ve seen it listed by many brides in their color palette.

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Edi from MemoriesForLife

I definitely think Pantone’s color of the year Radiant Orchid will be showing up in a lot of weddings this year!

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Keri from DelaneyPhotoJewelry

I am seeing a lot of gorgeous peachy/pinks. And more gold tones than normal over the ever popular silver accents.

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Ella from EllaWinston

I agree with Keri. I have been seeing lots of brides embrace gold as a signature color in their weddings. They are choosing to compliment the gold tone with blush pinks, or minty greens.

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. : )

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!

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

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!  : )

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

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!  : )

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 🙂

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!  : )

Did you create anything for your wedding, what was your favorite DIY project? Your least favorite?

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

Since my husband wanted a 40k wedding on a 10k budget (which we went a bit over on…), I created everything I could.
Bouquets/bouts (my shop avatar is my clay bouquet)
Centerpieces/table arrangements (silk flowers & leaves and candles)
Invitations, place cards and table numbers (from Lotka paper – renewable resource and fair trade!)
Purchasing and setting up the chair covers and bows ourselves
Upcycled my veil
Upcycled my tiara

My Favorite labor of love? My clay flowers…still making them for other brides!

My least favorite? The chair covers/bows. Looked much nicer than without them, but what a pain! The drycleaner made my husband and the groomsmen 3 hours late for the rehearsal since they weren’t ready in time, and I found out the hard way that pressing them myself afterwards was nearly impossible. Rent them…it would be much easier! : )

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Kitty from KittyKanzashi

I only had a small DIY projects on my wedding which was my bouquet, hair accessories, buttonhole flowers for the immediate family and the table centrepieces.

All of which I enjoyed a lot. I wanted to make the wedding favours as well but my mother didn’t think it was appropriate so I didn’t. In the end it was for the best as I sort of ran out to time for some reason.

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Ella from EllaWinston

I did a few DIY projects for our wedding. I created the cupcake stands from platters and various glass trays and candle holders from different Goodwill stores. It came out really beautiful. Each piece was a little different, some short some really tall. I also created all of the place cards for the table from a set that I bought at Michael’s (love that store!) And I had my Aunt do all of my flowers from the bouquets to our table flowers. That saved us a TON of money!

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!  : )

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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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 🙂

WedEclectic Inspiration

By ClayBouquetShop

A bit of inspiration from the WedEclectic Team… a la Lady in Red.

It can be a stunning color to include in your wedding, whether it is a holiday wedding, such as

Valentine’s Day or Christmas, or a black tie affair with a single color accent.

Here’s a few items to consider including in your red wedding!

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from WeddingDressFantasy

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Jennifer Ferencz-Barato

Clay Bouquet Shop

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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!  : )

Do you prefer a large wedding reception (all of your families and friends) or an intimate celebration (the two of you or a very small group..20 or less?) And why?

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Edi from MemoriesForLife

For the wedding, a small family only ceremony. But for the reception, a big get together with all our families and friends!
I’d like the wedding small because I don’t want a big fuss made over the ceremony…short & sweet 🙂 But I want the party to last all night. A way to thank everyone for being there for us through the years.

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Julie from OddLotEmporium

Small, definitely small. I just want to party with the people closest to me, no need to invite everyone I have ever met LOL

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

I’m glad we had our friends and family there…less than 100 people. But part of me really wanted a small intimate wedding with just the two of us and a few people. 🙂

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Kitty from KittyKanzashi

Depending on your definition of small and intimate…..I had 65 guests at my wedding and in my parents’ eyes that was small and intimate since they are use to weddings with 150 guest as a minimum.

Personally I was happy with my number as I got to talk to everyone and it was nice and relaxed

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Tonya from DaintyJewelryByTonya

I enjoyed having all our family and friends at our wedding ceremony. But of course we could not afford to feed everyone at the reception. We limited the reception invites to 200 folks that were closest to us. We had both friends and family that traveled long distance to attend our wedding, so we made sure they were included in the reception plans.

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

We had about 150 people, but I don’t feel like I was able to really talk to each person very well. My groom had lots of cousins; I felt inadequately prepared.

Smaller would have been better, but we’d need more than 20, maybe more like 50 people?

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Ella from EllaWinston

My husband and I wanted to celebrate with our closest family and friends. We ended up around 100 guests and the size was perfect. I just wish we had about 5 more hours to social with everyone. I swear the night just flew by!

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 would be your ideal honeymoon destination if money weren’t an issue?

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Edi from MemoriesForLife

Australia! I’d love to go see all the animals in their natural habitat running in the wild!

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Julie from OddLotEmporium

I want to go to that lil vacation spot in Belize where the huts are over the ocean and you can see the ocean through the floor. The water is clear and you can see for miles.

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Joanne from HappyMooseGardenArt

Julie’s answer is hard to beat! New Zealand sounds nice too :o)

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

Oh, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji…three ideal destinations all in one grand honeymoon vacation…and only one long flight from the US East coast : )

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Steve from JewelryBySteveRiley

I would love to take a trip around the seven wonders of the world, & then see my family in the UK.

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Kitty from KittyKanzashi

Japan of course and most of the money would be spent on clothes.

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

Celtic Castle! Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, okay, even a castle in France would be okay. History! Gardens! Perfection!

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Ella from EllaWinston

Road trip! My husband and I actually considered buying an RV and spending 2-3 months traveling around the US for our honeymoon. It’s still on our bucket list….one day 🙂