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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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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.

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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 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!

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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!

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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 🙂

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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!

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How did you decide who you were going to ask to be in your bridal party?

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

As a couple we talked about who we’d lean on the most in our relationship. Who would be there for us, when time get tough? We’d face our new in-law issues, children, etc.

We chose a couple of close friends and our siblings. It was perfect! His sister was on my side and my brother was on his side. Funny how that worked out – when times do get tough – his sister is usually still on my side! 😉

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

It was easy for both of us…my sister and our closest friends. : )

We had a bit of drama when my party was 3 people, and his was 6…I didn’t think it mattered, he did. After trying to get his sister and two other unknowns onto my side, the drama that ensued from his sister made it easier to reduce it to three people each.

Yes, there is always some drama…but you get through it one way or another. : )

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Kitty from KittyKanzashi

I didn’t really have a bridal party as such. I think I just assigned tasks to certain people who I knew could do them. So my parents choose our wedding meal and cake after I have already shortlisted a few things and my mother-in-law made sure the registry office and the hotel where kept up to date.

Then it was just the case of telling my brothers to make sure the wedding guests knew where they should be going on the day.

All a bit uneventful really.

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Kristin from BagSecrets

My husband and I decided we didn’t want a large bridal party. Our wedding was going to be on the smaller side anyway so I thought it would look weird to have a large bridal party with only about 100 guests. I of course asked my sister to be my Maid of Honor and then asked one my best friends to be my Bridesmaid. My other best friend hates being a bridesmaid so instead I asked her to perform the ceremony and marry us! She was a little stressed about it but she did AMAZING 🙂

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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!