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Renaissance is Romance!

By SteampunkWeddings

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.

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“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.”

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“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.”

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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.

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 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.

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“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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Etsy treasury:

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTQ5ODEzMjl8MjcyMjkzMTEyNQ/renaissance-is-romance-wed-eclectic?ref=pr_treasury

WedEclectic artisans:

Dalias Woodland:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/171485444/birch-tree-sliceswood-slicesrustic?ref=tre-2722931125-1

Jewelry by Steve Riley:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/98069149/slim-hammered-silver-diamond-wedding?ref=tre-2722931125-2

Home Goods Alacarte:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/150369055/burlap-silverware-holders?ref=tre-2722931125-3

Puppycatmeow:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/61235166/bridal-hairpiece-wedding-flower?ref=tre-2722931125-4

Odd Lot Emporium:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/173709473/vintage-fairytale-royal-wedding?ref=tre-2722931125-5

Wedding of Dreams:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/173767072/wedding-gloves-white-gloves-of-high?ref=tre-2722931125-6

Ms Formaldehyde:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/153997862/floral-crown-wedding-wedding-crown?ref=tre-2722931125-7

References:

Pantene Color of 2014:

http://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21129

Renaissance:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance

Early medieval European dress:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_dress

English Medieval Clothing [colors]:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_medieval_clothing

WedEclectic Team Treasury

In honor of Chinese New Year please enjoy this team treasury by Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

Wed Eclectic Asian Year of the Horse by dalynda marie on Etsy

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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 Team Treasury

Enjoy this stunning vintage treasury by Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

Fall in Love with Vintage Rose   Antique Pink  by dalynda marie on Etsy

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 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 🙂