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7 Common Wedding Flower Mistakes to Avoid
by Christina Child

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Picking out the perfect, dreamy wedding flowers for your special day is usually a much anticipated checklist item for many brides and grooms. However, there is a right and wrong way to go about it!  Scrolling Pinterest to find floral inspiration can be fun, but at some point you'll have to get down to business and make a selection with a florist or wedding vendor. If you want to make sure you choose gorgeous AND affordable flowers, here are seven wedding flower mistakes wedding planners and florists say you can easily avoid.

1. The Inspiration Obsession For many brides who get inspired by a certain type of flower, they often become obsessed with trying to replicate the image they've seen on Pinterest or in a magazine. However, most florists and wedding planners agree that instead of trying to duplicate an image, it's best to use that image as a starting point for a new interpretation of that image.

2. Saying No Too Soon For some couples who decide early on that wedding flowers aren't a top priority for their ceremony, they may say no far too soon. Rather than decide to fill your venue with non-floral objects such as candles because you think you'll save lots of money, check into online wedding flowers that are far less expensive than traditional florists. In many cases, DIY wedding flowers or simple (but beautiful!) can cost as much as 50 percent less than the standard floral arrangement.

3. A Strict Color Palette When it comes to color palettes and flower types, be sure to always keep an open mind. If you're able to stay loose and flexible during the floral selection process, chances are you'll be able to purchase online wedding flowers that will make your wedding day even more beautiful. And along with this, you'll be able to take advantage of some rare flowers that may be in bloom when you're ready to walk down the aisle.

4. Arrangement Overload While some couples feel as if they need few if any flowers in their venue, other couples do the opposite and decide they've got to have flowers in every nook and cranny. As a result, every table may find itself filled with flowers. However, once the venue fills up with guests, the tables and other parts of the room may start to look cluttered. Look to have a few floral arrangements that will be incredible statement pieces, like your alter or photo backdrop, and tone down the rest.

5. All Your Eggs in One Basket Since flowers are very seasonal, you may find yourself preparing to use one flower and then have to change plans at the last minute if poor weather results in you not being able to get the flowers you had your heart set on from day one. To avoid being disappointed and having to make a last-minute change, find out what's in season at the time of your wedding and choose accordingly.

6. Unreal Inspiration While it's nice to be inspired, don't let your inspiration cloud your thinking when it comes to reality. If you do, chances are you'll pay more for your flowers and you'll also be disappointed if you have to make an alternate selection.

7. Not Considering Your Venue Whether you've selected a grand ballroom or a simple country church for your wedding, choosing the right type of flowers to fit your theme can make a big difference. By taking into consideration the venue's size, lighting, colors, linens, and other aspects, you will have little difficulty choosing the perfect flowers to fit your venue's style.

Since your wedding day is supposed to be perfect in every way, you'll naturally want to avoid these common wedding flower mistakes. Whether it's taking your venue's style into consideration, not putting all your eggs in one basket, or letting your inspiration get the best of you, taking the time to think clearly and follow the advice of seasoned floral professionals will ensure your wedding day will go off without a hitch.

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Carol Combs has been in the fashion industry for over 10 years. A mother of one, latest vogue and fashion trends keep her living hale and hearty. She aims to impart herself knowledge and experience to refine the look of womenfolk to look better than ever. You can also connect with her on Twitter.

Brands we Love - Moon and Lola (Plus an Exclusive Discount!)
by Christina Child

We are excited to bring you a brand that we've been fans of for quite some time.  Founded right around the corner from us here in Raleigh, Moon and Lola is a one-stop-shop for beautiful jewelry, accessories, and lifestyle items with southern charm.  They've been featured on Oprah's Favorite Things (twice!) and their pieces can be found in over 1000 retailers including Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.  Needless to say, they're pretty great neighbors to have. :) They also have a fantastic wedding and bridal party collection.  Whether you're looking for bling for your bridesmaids, cufflinks for the boys, fun party decor, or custom monogram pieces, they have you covered!  M&L even offers a discount program for brides!

And to make things even sweeter, M&L is offering an EXCLUSIVE WedPics discount for our readers!  Take 20% off using the code WEDPICS20 (one time use only).

Here are some of our favorite pieces from their current collection...

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Image via Summer Wind

Maybe it's our Southern roots shining through but we can't say no to a custom monogram... especially when it's for a bride with a new last name!

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Image via Katey McFarlan

Another great monogram style is the Hampton Block Monogram necklace, available in 6 different sizes and 5 different metal options.

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The Calypso Clutch was featured in the Oprah Magazine edition of View Your Deal on ABC's The View!  We love the on-trend tortoise shell acrylic and mother of pearl inlay...  Not to mention this clutch can also be customized with up to 8 letters!

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Choose from unlimited jewelry options for the bride, no matter what kind of wedding day look you might be going for (it's no surprise that this pearl necklace was featured in Southern Living, right?).

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M&L has an awesome selection of cufflinks, lapel pins, and tie clips for the boys... I may or may not be eyeing the Metal State Cufflinks for my own groom :)

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Stylish cake toppers and party decor for every occasion! M&L also offers matching acrylic table top "Guestbook" and "Gifts" signs and drink stirrers for a totally cohesive look!

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Can you say #CakeGoals?  *Adding this pic to my wedding photo wish list now..."

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Cheers to YOU Moon and Lola!  Don't forget that M&L is offering an EXCLUSIVE WedPics discount for our readers!  Take 20% off using the coupon code WEDPICS20 (one time use only).  Plus, weddingveil store, hair wigs store, bandage dresses store Blushwish all is perfect.

20 Beautiful Reasons to Have a Summer Camp Wedding
by Christina Child

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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Whether you're inspired by Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, or get all of the nostalgic feels thinking about your childhood summers spent at sleep away camp, there are tons of reasons to opt for a summer camp wedding!  Not only can it allow you to have all of your friends and family present in one place for the entire wedding weekend, but camps can also provide a beautiful backdrop with an added bonus of tons of activities to keep your guests occupied (swimming, canoeing, archery, fire pits, etc).  Keep in mind that not all summer camps host private events (and if they do they are mostly limited to spring and fall weekends) and you'll want to double check about alcohol and catering rules.  Here are 20 photos that prove summer camp is the way to go for the rustic, outdoorsy couple!

    1. Fun invitations that feel like childhood
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Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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    2. Bonus points for a Camper's Guidebook
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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3. Built in backdrops that are perfect as-is

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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4. Because you can't get any better than mother nature herself...

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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5. Lighting opportunities are endless

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

6. And rustic indoor decor looks great too

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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7. Who doesn't want that perfect canoe pic?

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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8. Which can also double as your beverage station...

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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9.  A lake side view offers perfect photo opportunities

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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10. Or set up your own polaroid station

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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11. And you can't find favors more appropriate

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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12. Any groomsman would love to receive this copper mug

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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13. Be smitten, not bitten!

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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14. We love this place setting for a perfectly rustic vibe

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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15. Fire pits for gathering around and making S'mores

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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16. And EPIC photos

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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17. Don't forget cozy blankets for bundling up

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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18. And fun music makers for kids and adults alike

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

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19. Having every bunking together for the best weekend ever

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

20. Enjoy the peaceful scenery!

Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App
Summer Camp Wedding - Via Wedding Party App

5 fun childhood-inspired wedding ideas perfect for the kids at heart!
by Stephanie

Couples who love milk and cookies, confetti, Disney movies and other throwbacks from childhood — this post is for you! Getting married is one of those things that you've been looking forward to since you were a child, and now that day has finally arrived. If you're still a kid at heart and a little confused as to how you could have gotten to this grown-up stage so quickly, you're not alone. And rest assured, a wedding doesn't have to ascribe to the "grown up" traditions of weddings past — your wedding is your own, so it should include your interests, activities and personality to make it extra special. Why not incorporate some details that call back to your childhood?

We've rounded up five amazing ideas that are not only perfect for kids at heart, but perfect for entertaining your guests as well. Read on for more incredibly & undeniably fun wedding ideas!

Piñata

Who says piñatas are just for birthday parties? They make for a fun and unique break to the normal reception timeline. Plus, fill it with candy or other sweet treats, and guests will love having something delicious to take home!

 Photo by  Steven Michael  via  Ruffled

Photo by Steven Michael via Ruffled

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Photo by Anahi Weddings via Ruffled

Fun wedding games & activities

Even though most of your guests are grown-ups, doesn't mean they don't want to be entertained! Bingo, I-Spy and Mad Libs are all wedding activities that have gained traction in the past couple years — it's great for keeping guests mingling and having fun.

Or, order some custom temporary tattoos for your wedding day and set up a temp tat booth at your reception. Guests will go home with a unique reminder of all the fun they had!

Childhood treats

Got a sweet tooth? Embrace it and your inner child, and let it shine on your dessert table! Treats like mud cups (remember those?), milk and cookies or a candy bar will serve up fun memories for guests in a delicious way.

Wedding transportation

You and the wedding party need to get to and from the reception somehow — why hire a limo when you could get an awesome school bus? A school bus is a quirky and more affordable alternative, and chances are your bridesmaids and groomsmen will be raving about the experience for years to come.

Which of these fun wedding ideas inspired by childhood is your favorite? Honestly, I'd love to go to a wedding with all these amazing details and activities — it's hard to choose just one when they're all pretty much guaranteed to contribute to a good time!

A chic wedding at the Carondelet House by Katie Pritchard Photo
by Stephanie

Okay, why can't every wedding be as epic as Melanie and Ryan's chic wedding at the Carondelet House??? Yes that's a big statement — but this elegant wedding day has a secret ingredient that you won't see coming! Of course, Melanie and Ryan's day would be perfect even without this big surprise... their impeccable wedding day style, gorgeous and intimate ceremony, and stunning wedding photography by Katie Pritchard is completely swoon worthy. I mean, can you believe Melanie's cloud gray Reem Acra dress?

We really want to tell you the secret... but you'll have to find out just how awesome this wedding is for yourself! Get inspired by every moment and discover the secret sauce to this wedding after the jump!

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Surprise! It's Maroon 5! That's right, Melanie and Ryan's wedding day was one of the celebrations that the band crashed for their "Sugar" music video.

Well, that's definitely a wedding day that I'm sure Melanie, Ryan and their guests will never forget! Oh, and there's no way we're forgetting it anytime soon either — this has to be a new favorite. Congrats to the happy couple, and thanks to Katie Pritchard for sharing these lovely photos!

Vendors:

Photographer: Katie Pritchard Photo | Videographer: Love & You Video | Venue: Carondelet House | Event Coordinator: Burgundy Event Coordinating | Florist: Fanny’s Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Janet Miranda of BE.NYLA | Invitations: Paperless Post | Ice Cream Truck: Coolhaus | Catering: Tres LA | Rentals & Lighting: Chivari Chair Rentals | Shuttle Bus: My Bus Charters | DJ: Smiles Davis of The Flash Dance | Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra | Shoes: Lanvin | Headpiece: Etsy | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss | Cufflinks: Heirloom | Tie Clip: Etsy

Cozy wedding lighting ideas for a fall wedding
by Stephanie

There's no easier way to take a wedding ceremony or reception from beautiful to breathtaking than with some cozy wedding lighting! In the fall when the days are getting darker and people are looking for some extra warmth, creative and fun wedding lighting is an especially great way to make the big day unforgettable to your guests. And of course, there's the beautiful wedding photos you're sure to get with pretty, glowing chandeliers, bistro lights or candles. It's really a win-win!

Not sure where to decorate with lights, or what type of lighting to choose? There's tons of options — whether you're looking for an illuminated ceremony backdrop or hanging lights at your reception, these ideas from real weddings are sure to inspire you!

Read on for more beautiful and cozy wedding lighting ideas, perfect for your fall nuptials!

 Photo by  Cami Parker  via  Ruffled

Photo by Cami Parker via Ruffled

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Photo by Adriana Klas

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Photo by Cami Parker via Lunss

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Photo by Aaron Delesie via The Knot

How perfect are these wedding lighting ideas? I just love bistro lights — there's nothing that livens up a reception quicker, and if you find some fairly affordable strings you'll be able to keep the lights to give your new home some ambiance as well!

Which of these lighting ideas will you be using? Pin your favorites, and let us know in the comments!

A retro glam wedding at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs by Joel Bedford Photography
by Stephanie

What's not to love about a hip couple that not only has an amazingly stylish wedding day, but an incredibly emotional and sweet one as well? Viv and Frank's retro glam wedding at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs was a beautiful celebration that was visually stunning and celebrated the couple's love in the most perfect way. From the tear-jerking first look to their joyful first dance together, you can tell that this is one couple that is excited to start the rest of their lives together.

Captured beautifully by Joel Bedford, Viv and Frank's wedding is one we're going to be remembering for a long time. Read on for more amazing retro glam wedding inspiration!

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How beautiful is Viv and Frank's love? These two are clearly destined for a long, happy marriage, and will have lots of sweet memories of their wedding day. Congrats to Viv and Frank, and thanks to Joel Bedford for sharing this amazing day!

Vendors:

Photography backdrops: katebackdrop | Event Planning: Rachael Ann Lunghi | Floral Design: Siren Floral Co. | Wedding Dress: lilybridal| Bride's Shoes: Alexander Wang | Bridesmaids' Dresses: FoxBride | Makeup Artist: Nicole Vaisman | Hair Replacement: NewHairLine | DJ: Dart DJs | Groom's Attire: High Society | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Ace Hotel Palm Springs

A whimsical free-spirited wedding by Lara Hotz
by Stephanie

It's always a treat to feature Lara Hotz on Wedding Party — her couples always have the most unique weddings, and today's feature is no exception! The bride and groom, Lara and Jarred, were married in a whimsical, free-spirited wedding celebration with tons of offbeat touches like dreamcatchers, lovely lighting and the best dance party ever. Seriously, this couple can really break it down!

From the emotional first look to the last moments of their fun-filled reception, this couple truly celebrated their personalities, relationship, and community with this special wedding day. There's just too many amazing moments in this wedding to do it justice, so read on (and don't miss) this whimsical celebration!

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Be still our hearts — this wedding isn't just visually stunning, it's also incredibly romantic, isn't it? Congrats to Lara and Jarred, and thanks to Lara Hotz for sharing!

Vendor:

Event coordinator: Glenda Graff | Photographer: Lara Hotz | Videographer: The White Tree | Venue: Sydney Polo Club | Rabbi: Benji Levy | Dress: Dress Bridal, Strand Arcade | Suit: P Johnson Tailors | Florist: Sam Cox | Rings: Raphael Jewellers, Strand Arcade, Jeff Einstein | Caterer: Amaze in Taste (Felicia & Stan Kahn) | Band: Ilan Kidron, Steve Clisby | Lighting: Glenda Graff | Tipi company: Glenda Graff | Made of honor dress: Bridesmaids Only | Make up: Cassie Mendoza-Jones | Hair: Bryoni's Hair