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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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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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Unique DIY Wedding Favors

We went to my niece’s wedding a couple years ago and her dad had created some very cool DIY wedding favors using upcycled forks. To make the napkin holders he twisted forks with plastic coated heavy duty pliers and brute strength. He glued on a few rhinestones and added a tag with the couple’s names and wedding date.

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At another wedding my friend commissioned me to make wire silhouettes and she stuck them into the cork tops of tiny glass bottles. In the bottles she layererd colored sand. You could do the same thing and make simple wire heart shapes to stick into the lids. You could also add a tag with the couple’s names and wedding date.

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There are some other delightful ideas available on the Internet. I found this cute idea to give a mini apple crisp kit. Perfect for a rustic chic wedding theme.

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I like the idea of the DIY bubble blowers. You can make your own and even form the pink pipe cleaner ends in to small heart shapes instead of circles.

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I also love the idea of making your own jam and putting them in small personalized jars.

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For the sewers and tea-lovers you can make simple re-usable teabags with cotton fabric and a simple straight stitch. You can print out “Drink Tea” or “Tea for Two” on one side of the tag and the couple’s names and wedding date on the other side. Fill them with some tasty bulk tea from a Specialty tea store or with herbal teas from your garden.

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Recipe of the Week

From Heather’s kitchen of HeatherBoydWire

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MUG FOR THE CAMERA!!!
These little cakes would be so cute for a wedding. Imagine the mini mugs with the bride and groom’s names/wedding date attached with a fancy tag. Cups and saucers available on-line:http://www.hansonellis.com/espresso-cup-saucer-set.html
Here’s how to make your own mug cake for a quick chocolate fix:

The Most Dangerous Cake in the World: Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Prep: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

1 Coffee Mug
4 tablespoons flour(that’s plain flour, not self-rising)
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) Some nuts (optional) Small splash of vanilla

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well . Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla, and mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes on high. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired. EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to share!)

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!

Recipe of the Week

From Heather’s Kitchen, of HeatherBoyd

CRAZY FOR CUPCAKES

We recently celebrated my daughter’s 17th birthday. She decided to opt for cupcakes instead of traditional birthday cake. We went to our local cupcake shop and ordered a variety including the Saturday special “S’mores”. It was so decadent and delicious that I searched for a recipe and came across this one on www.marthastewart.com. These would be fantastic at a wedding since both cupcakes and S’mores seem to be the trend…why not combine the two?!!

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Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 8 large egg whites
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Directions

Marshmallow Frosting:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners; set aside.
  2. Sift 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix ingredients together on low speed.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl and continue mixing on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add boiling water and stir to combine; set cake batter aside.
  4. Place graham cracker crumbs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl; stir until well combined.
  5. Place 1 tablespoon graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each prepared muffin cup. Use the bottom of a small glass to pack crumbs into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Reserve remaining graham cracker mixture for topping.
  6. Place 2 teaspoons chocolate in each muffin cup. Transfer muffin tins to oven and bake until the edges of the graham cracker mixture is golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and fill each muffin cup three-quarters full with cake batter. Sprinkle each with remaining chocolate and graham cracker mixture. Return to oven and bake, rotating pans halfway through baking, until tops are firm and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer muffin tins to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely.
  7. Transfer frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a large plain round or French tip (such as Ateco #867 or Ateco #809). Pipe frosting in a spiral motion on each cupcake. Transfer cupcakes to a baking sheet. Using a kitchen torch, lightly brown the frosting, taking care not to burn the cupcake liners. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container, up to 2 days.
  8. Frosting Directions: Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set over a saucepan with simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 4 minutes.Transfer bowl to electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat, starting on low speed, gradually increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form, 5 to 7 minutes. Add vanilla, and mix until combined. Use immediately.

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Wedding Cake Toppers

By HeatherBoyd

Think delicious! Think dramatic! It is hard to imagine a wedding or any celebration without a cake.

The wedding cake holds a place of honor at the reception, and is the highlight of the wedding during the cutting ceremony. It symbolizes happiness, good fortune, and a sweet life together.

Today’s wedding cakes can reflect the couples’ hobbies, occupations or personal interests.

Other wedding cake design considerations will include:

  • The color theme used in the reception area.
  • Wedding cake’s flavor, filling and icing preferences.
  • The cake’s assembly; for example, stacked or tiered? And if tiered, will the tiers be placed directly above one another or will satellite tier stands be used? Will this be a sheet cake?
  • Shape of the layers:  round, square, heart?
  • Wedding cake ornaments may include fun charms for the bridesmaids, elegant cake jewelry, silk butterflies, live or sugarcraft flowers, and of course the cake’s topper.

Here is a collection of unique, customized wedding cake toppers available on Etsy…

1. LOVE topper by ThePinkOwlGifts…monogram wedding cake toppers and more.

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2. Tandem wedding cake topper by Heather Boyd.

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3. Love Birds…I do, me too by SkyeArt.

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4.  Awesome Seahorse cake topper by MorganTheCreator.

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5.  Paper Cut out Wedding cake toppers by ReadyGo.

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6. Custom banner wedding cake topper by atCompanyB.

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7. Custom Wood Folk Art cake topper by PokeberryPatch.

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8.  Custom cake topper by Silhouetteweddings.

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Recipe of the Week

From Heather’s kitchen, of heatherboyd

 

Memories of NYC

Inspired by our trip to the famous Max Brenner in New York City we decided to reproduce their decadent Belgium Waffle dessert with a healthy twist. Shown below is their Tutti Frutti waffle with red berries citrus salad, milk chocolate ganache, vanilla crumbled ice cream with chocolate crunchy waferballs. This would be a perfect dessert to impress your wedding guests.

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…and our Breakfast Waffles…

Combine: 2 cups flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 Tablespoon white sugar

Whisk together: 1 ½ cups milk, 2 eggs, 2 Tablespoons melted butter

Mix together wet and dry ingredients and cook in a waffle iron.

Toppings: French vanilla ice-cream, sliced strawberries, chocolate sauce (I mixed equal amounts of maple syrup and unsweetened cocoa powder and microwaved 20 -30 seconds).

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