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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 ūüôā

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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!

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 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 ūüôā

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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.

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 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 ūüôā

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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!  : )

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! ūüėČ 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.

Recipe of the Week

From Ashley’s kitchen of McDonuts

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This is a very simple, very traditional whole fig preserve recipe.  I look forward to giving the canned fig preserves as gifts throughout the fall and winter months.  Since figs have been in season the past few weeks, I thought it would be an ideal recipe to make.  This recipe is easy to follow (especially for a first-time preserver like myself!) and the preserves turned out beautifully!
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Recipe:  Makes 24 servings (roughly 6 jelly jars in 8 oz size)
Ingredients:

6 cups fresh, whole figs

1 teaspoon baking soda

4-1/2 cups boiling water

3 cups white sugar

1-1/2 cups water

1/2 lemon, sliced

  1. Place fresh, whole figs in a large bowl and sprinkle figs with the baking soda. Pour the boiling water over the figs and soak for 1 hour.
  2. Drain figs and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Combine the 3 cups sugar and 1-1/2 cups of water in a large dutch oven; bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the figs and lemon slices to the syrup in the Dutch oven and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Spoon figs into hot, sterilized jars and spoon syrup over figs, leaving 1/2 inch of head space. Top jars with lids and screw bands on tightly.
  5. Process for 10 minutes in a hot water bath.
For more information on how to correctly sterilize and preserve canned foods, visit the following link from ehow.com: http://www.ehow.com/how_5748428_seal-preserve-jars.html
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Recipe modified from the following:¬†http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Fig-Preserves/Detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Thumb&e11=fig%20preserves&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page.¬† Beautiful photos courtesy of¬†allrecipe.com¬†poster ‘mckaufman’.

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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April Giveaway!

This month’s WedEclectic giveaway is hosted by

Ashley and Shannon, the creative sisters behind the McDonuts, create décor, jewelry and supplies for your wedding or event!

Here is a¬†collection of their creations for wedding and shower¬†d√©cor…centerpieces, escort cards, chalkboards for table numbers or menus, and¬†table accents!

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And they are also a one-stop-shop for supplies for your DIY wedding projects!

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Ashley and Shannon are offering your choice of these two sets of bridal party earrings from her shop…a value of $30-40!¬† And shipping within the US is included!

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This giveaway will run until midnight, April 30th, but don’t wait!

Entries will be accepted for:

Commenting, including your favorite item from McDonuts‚Äės shop.

Commenting that you hearted McDonuts‚Äės Etsy shop (and your Etsy name for verification.)

Commenting that you friended McDonuts on Facebook (and your FB page for verification.)

Commenting that you follow McDonuts on Pinterest (and your Pinterest link for verification.)

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 May 1st via email with the good news!

Organize and Repurpose Your Home in 2013 – A DIY Guide

By McDonuts 

As we all start to settle into the new year it seems that there are more “home organizational guides” and “de-clutter your life” articles than you can count!¬† But where can you find a simple guide to organizing and diy repurposing with items you already have in your¬† home – or that cost next to nothing?¬† Right here on the WedEclectic Blog!¬† I’ve decided that 2013, for me, will be all about repurposing as well as organizing and I’ve found some neat tricks and finds that are already inspiring me to get my house in order.

One Creative Housewife’s blog has a lot of great ideas and she really has it together with this ‘command center,’ seen here:

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This winter, I’ve been pretty much obsessed with the idea of repurposing old items as well as¬†organizing my shelves with old baskets I’ve found at my local thrift store.¬† You can find some of the most unique and¬†practical storage containers at local thrift and second-hand shops, especially after the holidays.¬† Lately, my goal has been to go into my local thrift store (which is, dangerously, only a few blocks away from our townhouse) and only spend the amount of change I have in my purse.¬† On my last trip, I was able to purchase a beautiful antique napkin holder for our dining room table (which was much needed) and a wicker storage basket for a grand total of $1.59.¬† I felt really good leaving the store, mostly because¬†I found out I had $1.59 in change in my purse to unload, but I also knew that I would be able to use both items to help organize my life.

Home organization can be overwhelming, but I’ve found that starting slow makes it much more manageable (and much less anxiety-producing).¬† If you know that your bedroom closest could use a good de-clutter, for example,¬†then start there and go through only what you should keep, toss, or giveaway in that area of the house.¬† Once that area is organized you can move on to the next project.

A¬†unique example in repurposing items for home organization came to me, via pinterest, from blogs.babble.com.¬† Check out this awesome antique drawer repurpose.¬† It’s creative and aesthetically beautiful all at the same time!¬† This makes me realize that there are so many items we have lying around the house that could be used as creative storage and organizational pieces.¬† Now, that doesn’t mean you need to keep every random item you have lying around the house that you never use but, in moderation, these repurpose projects can be really inspiring!

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And finally, one of my favorite DIY¬†repurpose projects lately has been making recycled magazine baskets.¬† Just as the name implies, you use old magazines (hello decluttering) to make baskets for storage (hello organization!).¬† The “How About Orange” blog has a great tutorial for how to make your own recycled magazine baskets here: http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2009/06/recycled-magazine-baskets.html.

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So, in 2013 I hope to be a savvy home organizer and repurposer…with a little help from¬†thrift store¬†finds and a lot of creativity, I think it just might happen!¬† I hope this little guide inspired you as it has inspired me and that you have a happy, healthy 2013!

 

Recipe of the Week

From Ashley’s Kitchen, of McDonuts

 

I am a big fan of simple recipes for easy entertaining.  Here is one of my all-time favorite recipes that is as easy as can be:

Roasted Grapes, Thyme and Fresh Ricotta on Grilled Bread

 

This recipe is so simple but looks so beautiful in its presentation.  Your holiday guests will think you are a gourmet chef after tasting this simple (but very delicious) recipe!

 

 

 

Ingredients:
olive oil
kosher salt
fresh thyme sprigs

good rustic/french bread, sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces
fresh ricotta cheese

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1. Preheat oven to 450¬ļF. Spread the grapes onto a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with the kosher salt. Lay thyme leaves over top of the grapes. Mix and toss gently with your hands or a spoon. Place¬†cookie sheet¬†in the oven for¬†6 to¬†10 minutes (depending on your oven, times will vary) or until grapes just begin to burst — they will smell and look beautiful!

2. In the meantime, heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.  I typically use our George Foreman Grill for this and it is so easy!  Brush the bread with olive oil and grill until toasted.

3. Assemble the ingredients: spread fresh ricotta over each slice of grilled bread. Top with the roasted grapes but be very sure to discard the thyme sprigs.  The sprigs are overpowering in taste if you serve them with the grapes on the bread.  The thyme is just meant to season the grapes, not to serve with them. And voila Рan easy recipe for entertaining during the holidays!

 

Recipe adapted from: Real Simple Magazine and http://www.wellsphere.com/healthy-eating-article/lunch-roasted-grapes-with-thyme-fresh-ricotta-grilled-bread/1501505

Wedding Planning within your Budget

By McDonuts

 

There are a lot of articles out there about how to budget for your wedding.  There are many approaches you can take but I’ve outlined a few general rules to keep in mind in order to not only plan the wedding of your dreams, but to also save a little money for your life as a married couple!

One of the most important things to keep in mind when planning a wedding within a budget is to consider the things that are most important to you and which you do not want to compromise on.  For my me and my husband the catering was very important.  We wanted our guests to enjoy a variety of excellent food and drinks with us on our special day.  Many of our guests had traveled across the country to celebrate with us and we wanted to show them a good time.  But having a full dinner catered -as well as an open bar Рdoes not come cheap my friends!  Since this was very important to us though, we knew we would have to find a way to make it happen within our budget.  The way we did this was to specifically look for reception venues in which we could bring in the caterer of our choice and purchase our own alcohol and bar supplies.  We cut our catering and alcohol bill nearly in half when compared to our other options.

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Another great budgeting tip is to use items you may already have at home to accent your decor for the ceremony and reception.  Chances are you have a style that you infuse into your everyday life that you can also incorporate into your wedding decor. For example, maybe you have a few great picture frames and candles that could easily be used to decorate your guest book and gift tables.  Now that we are coming up on holiday sale season, this is also a great time of year to think about those little details ahead of time and shop sales to purchase items (like candles, paper supplies, etc) that are on sale for the holidays and that you can use for your wedding decor.

If you have always dreamed of having fresh flowers for your wedding, but dread the thought of spending large sums of money on fresh flowers¬†for your special day, shopping seasonal flowers is a great way to save money.¬† If you aren’t sold on the idea of¬†having fresh flowers on your big day, there are a lot of great bouquet and flower options out there that offer a beautiful, unique alternative to fresh flowers and that you can have as a keepsake for many years to come:

 

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A wedding created on a budget does not have to LOOK like a budget wedding and as long as you keep that in mind, work creatively with what you have, and never settle on the things that mean the most to you on your big day Рyou will most certainly have the wedding of your dreams!

 

–The McDonut’s

 

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