Regardless of the season or color scheme, one eclectic wedding theme always embraces romance, it is the renaissance era! Craftsmen of wood, silver, lace, and even burlap create celebration scene only in fairytales. Enjoy a few candid pictures from a wedding of two talented musicians as they share their vows among family and friends.
“As a cultural movement, the ‘renaissance’ encompassed innovative flowering of Latin and vernacular literatures…the development of linear perspective and other techniques of rendering a more natural reality in painting, and gradual but widespread educational reform.”
“In politics, the Renaissance contributed the development of the conventions of diplomacy, and in science an increased reliance on observation…Although the Renaissance saw revolutions in many intellectual pursuits…it is perhaps best known for its artistic developments and the contributions of such polymaths as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, who inspired the term ‘Renaissance man’. There is a consensus that the Renaissance began in Florence, Italy, in the 14th century.”
WedEclectic is fortunate enough to have a renaissance man, Steve Riley, from New York, who creates amazing hammered silver wedding bands. The bride and groom will treasure these each day throughout their years together.
Eclectic brides can enhance their everyday tresses with gorgeous hairpieces in custom color matched braids. On top, an elegant orchid crown is the perfect style for a more medieval or renaissance style. This simple combination will create a distinctive look of centuries gone by which is very feminine and delicate.
“The middle class could usually afford to dye their wool and colors such as blue and green. The wealthy could afford to add elaborate designs to their clothing as well as dying it red and black, expensive colors for the time. Purple was also considered a color of royalty and was reserved for kings or religious figures such as the pope.” The Pantene color of 2014 is ‘radiant orchid’ so our eclectic brides can feel more like royalty when using this warm tone. WedEclectic artisan offers a stunning crown in this motif.
In medieval and renaissance fashion includes high-waist dresses and possibly corsets. These options allow for gorgeous dresses for many varying body types. This might be helpful for the bridal party. “Both men’s and women’s clothing was trimmed with bands of decoration, variously embroidery, tablet-woven bands, or colorful borders woven into the fabric in the loom. The famous Anglo-Saxon opus Anglicanism needlework was sought-after as far away as Rome. Anglo-Saxons wore decorated belts.”
Natural whites and light silver colors from birch trees can elevate cakes, gifts, or centerpieces for the bridal shower and wedding. After the ceremony, the new couple may continue to enjoy them as chargers for special occasions.
This rustic charm is enhanced by burlap silverware pockets. We lean toward the renaissance era and away from the medieval times, since flatware wasn’t always used by knights at round tables.
A wonderful gift for the bridesmaids would be long lace gloves, which would not require removal for touching up make up or even drinking champagne. This long lace can also be used after the nuptials with a favorite blouse during the holidays or an well-dressed dinner party.
Romance in the Renaissance can include Italian food for the reception and lovely music. Help your guests know what is in store by using fairytale ‘Save the Date’ cards, invitations, and Thank You Notes with golden crowns as found in this gorgeous custom collection.
The bride and groom can encourage their guests to participate or leave the fancifuls to the wedding party. Regardless, this eclectic wedding would be an event to remember.
Jewelry by Steve Riley:
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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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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
6. Fruit Kabobs
7. Hotdogs and Hamburgers
10. Dessert Pizza
12.Root Beer Floats
19. Trail Mix
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.
Something for everyone…Enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.