Pros and Cons of planning a wedding on Pinterest

8 Dec

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We all, meaning I, have spent hours browsing the endless eye candy that Pinterest has to offer. When I first joined I really didn’t understand what it was, other than I was finding tons of recipes, fashion, fitness and wedding (even though I wasn’t then engaged) ideas that I wanted to put into action. Pinterest can be a great tool to use to plan many things, and when I got engaged (and even before lol) I was immediately going Pin-crazy. Now that I’ve been putting my planning and Pinteresting into action, I’ve put together a list of good and bad things about trying to Pinterest plan.

 

Pros:

-Ideas for pictures: I’ve found countless of picture ideas I never would have thought of if I never got online. I can easily show my photographer some great snapshots I can’t go without on my big day.

YES - Have your family and friends in the background of the first kiss instead of the officiant

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First kiss from behind the preacher

Awesome shot!

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I’d love to do this!

– Ideas for colors/bridesmaids dresses and flowers: I can easily show a florist and look for bridesmaids dresses that go along with a shot I’ve seen and easily Pinned.

 

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-Easy organization. When visit a vendor or go to the bridal salon to buy bridesmaids dresses, I can easily whip out my phone and show colors, ideas and my vision. I don’t have to print out endless amounts of pictures and remember to bring them with me when I meet with a vendor. It’s all right there!

Cons:

-Idea and Information Overload: I have One could possibly spend countless hours looking at ALL of the great ideas for favors, pictures, colors, decorations, extra fun activities, etc. But you can easily get overwhelmed with all of the ideas, trying to do all of these great ideas that sounded good at the time but make you lose track of the purpose of the day- marrying the love of your life. I was talking to a friend of mine whose friend recently got married, and commented that she got so caught up in doing all of the ideas she saw on Pinterest, it became too stressful. I don’t want to spend my wedding day stressing over whether the photographer is going to still be there at the end to snap that awesome ‘sparkler picture’.

-Will I be able to afford that?: As I begin to actually plan my wedding, I’m quickly realizing that:

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Things that I thought I was definitely going to have at my wedding- like a rustic barn venue and vintage cowboy boots for all of my bridesmaids- just aren’t a financial reality for me. Looking at all the pictures then realizing what you can actually afford can leave you feeling inadequate and unfulfilled. Just remember that you don’t need all the bells and whistles- remember the true meaning of the day!

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Not my wedding….. Sad smile

– Usability of images you find: Again, as I start to plan my wedding, I’m realizing some of the stuff I Pinned really isn’t even useful to my actual planning. I Pinned a ton of dresses before buying my wedding dress, but when I went I didn’t even  show the consultant. There isn’t a substitute for knowledge and face to face interactions when it comes to buying your wedding dress! The wedding dress I bought was in the style of my original vision for my dress before I even knew what Pinterest was anyways.

 

Pinterest can be fun- but try not to get overwhelmed! It’s really easy to get caught up in “I need to do this” and “I must have this”. Don’t lose sight of the point of your day. My advice is pick 2-3 really good ideas that you find and focus on those instead of trying to focus on 15 things you find you want to do.

What do you think? What are you finding as you plan/planned YOUR wedding on Pinterest? I’d love to hear!

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2 Responses to “Pros and Cons of planning a wedding on Pinterest”

  1. katiemoves December 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    omg i love those purple bridesmaid dresses! that would so be my color scheme. 🙂 i would definitely love to look at ideas on there but I think it could get very overwhelming!!

    • aburgwin December 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

      Yes.. it does..I’m hardly using any of the stuff I’ve pinned….oh well, it’s fun!

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