Does Pinterest Help or Hinder Your Wedding Planning?
A study found that 40 million brides are using Pinterest to find inspiration when they are planning their wedding. The fact that there are nearly 900 million pins about weddings and 378 million wedding related searches conducted every year doesn’t lie. But does Pinterest help or hinder your wedding planning?
Social media envy
Pinterest sells itself as a ‘virtual inspiration board comprised of a collection of favourite inspiration in the form of photos and imagery’ or is it, as the critics might say, ‘A place to waste a lot of time!’
It’s also a platform for creating serious pangs of envy.
Can you really have your Pinterest - worthy dream wedding on the budget you have, and is this driving a Pinterest- perfect wedding culture? What if your budget just won’t stretch?
Research into social media sites has shown that they can negatively affect our minds, particularly our feelings of self-worth. When you see other people’s Facebook updates about their latest dream holidays, expensive purchases, and life events, you begin to wonder ‘Where did I go wrong?’, or ‘Why can’t my life be like that?’ We are all guilty of having these types of feelings at some point.
The top 5 Pinterest mistakes
Venuelust’s blog discusses 5 mistakes a bride can make when using Pinterest:
1) Over pinning unrealistic ideas
I might receive an email from a bride who has pinned every last detail of her dream wedding, then when we discuss budget, the two very rarely meet in the middle. Many of the images on Pinterest are styled photo shoots, and to achieve it comes with a high price tag. This can make you very disheartened, if you realise that your budget doesn’t stretch.
Add to this the fact that over pinning can make you feel confused, as often having too many choices, trying to coordinate too many looks and clashing themes leads to stress and indecisive behaviour.
My tip is to choose a few elements of a look you want to achieve, step away from the computer, and work with your husband to be, your bridesmaids, your mother, and your wedding venue to create a look that is uniquely you.
2) Looking at Pinterest for wedding ideas…then deciding to make the entire wedding a DIY job
If you don’t have a crafty bone in your body, put the glue gun down! Wasted materials will cost you more in the long run, not to mention the stress of not being able to create your dream look.
Plus, on the run up to your wedding, would you want to be relaxing with your bridesmaids at a spa, or dressing your venue until 1am?!
3) Lack of organisation
Pinterest can be great for building up a picture of the colour scheme you want, and of your vision for your big day, but are you using it to its full potential? If you find that you pin everything you like the look of to one board called ‘wedding’, you might be at a loss when you have to search through all of the images to show your florist or cake maker what you want.
Organisation is key, so it’s best to categorise your boards into the most important elements of your day:
- Table centrepieces & reception decor
- Ceremony decor
- Wedding Cake
- Bridesmaid dresses
- Wedding dress
- Wedding hair and accessories
TOP TIP - make a note under the picture about why you pinned it. What did you like about the picture? Was it the colours, the style, the dress, or the flowers?
This will mean that when you go to meet your wedding planner, or your suppliers, you are armed with all of the information they will need to help you create your vision. I always ask a bride if she has a board to look at, so I understand exactly what she means when she wants me to create a ‘Winter Wonderland’ theme. My idea of what this might look like could be very different from hers!
4) The WOW factor
I am a great believer in creating the ‘wow factor’ for my brides, and this means not allowing them to see their reception or ceremony room completely dressed before it’s finished. It makes for a beautiful moment when they see it for the first time.
And on the big day, it’s the same for your guests. It’s wonderful to see them being wowed by your dress, what your venue looks like when it’s dressed, and being excited by your entertainment.
A downside of Pinterest boards is that unless you keep them private, your friends and family have already had a sneak preview of all of the elements of your day and it can ruin the surprise.
5) Don’t forget that it’s not all about Pinterest!
Don’t get caught up in the Pinterest bubble, you might find that the ideas that you are pinning are out of date; wedding dress styles or particular colours might be discontinued. Your best bet is to look at websites and magazines for the most up to date information and on-trend ideas.
Lessons you can learn from Pinterest
By all means, use Pinterest for inspiration, but your wedding day is about YOU! It should reflect your own personality and sense of style. Once you have a few good ideas, stop looking and don’t go back into the world of Pinterest. Don’t lose sight of what your day is actually about.
Contact us if you would like us to help plan your perfect day!