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Who hasn’t gotten Pinterest wedding inspiration? Whether you’ve dreamed of your wedding your entire life or had a more abstract idea of it (like me), at some point in the planning process you’ll want to attend to details like color schemes, decorations and so on. Once your engagement length is set there are critical things like wedding date, venue and budget to consider, and I’ll cover those in upcoming posts.
For me, the excitement of getting engaged and then setting a longer engagement duration kept a lot of the wedding planning stress at bay. Alexander and I had over a year to make our wedding day choices. That time was a blessing! I had so much time between engagement and wedding day to plan. So it was a few months before I even started casually exploring what wedding day could look like. We enjoyed being engaged for a few months, basking in that glow. And when I started to think about what colors, flowers and so on I might want on wedding day, I realized I really had no clue what I wanted.
On wedding day, my decor ended up being inspired partially by the venue (much more on that in an upcoming post!) and the time of year. You may experience a brief portion of your engagement where your venue is unknown, the wedding date isn’t set yet and your dress is still an imagining so it’s hard to pin down decorations of any kind. But even before those details are set it’s fun to start gathering up inspiration!
Which of course means turning to Pinterest. Oh Pinterest. You glorious point of both inspiration and overwhelming possibilities of pressure. I knew I needed some Pinterest wedding inspiration. I initially spent just a few hours looking at weddings at Pinterest and suddenly I wanted a dining area decorated with overhanging mini-hot air balloons. Or perhaps I needed fairy lights and tastefully hung mini terrariums. Then again maybe I just wanted an obnoxious amount of greens and flowers.
My yet-to-be determined budget ballooned after my very first wedding Pinterest inspiration session. I could feel my heart beating faster as I looked at magazine-worthy after magazine-worthy wedding. Initially the urge to keep up with the Joneses, to make my wedding as fabulous as those weddings, was strong.
It’s very easy to get swept away by fabulous, over the top, and extremely expensive weddings. Pinterest wedding inspiration runs the gamut from the cute to the extravagant. In some respects they tend to make for dramatic photos and gasp-worthy moments. But as I started to feel the joy of wedding planning getting sapped away by an idea that I needed all those things at our wedding, I realized that I was already drifting towards Bridezilla territory!
The great thing about Pinterest is that it is a brilliant source of visual ideas and inspiration. The horrible thing about Pinterest is that it can create a false sense of pressure to live up to the photos we see there.
When putting together my Wedding Style Inspiration Board started to feel bad instead of good, I suddenly saw that I needed to check myself before I wrecked myself! It’s amazing how when I slowed down and centered myself in the moment, I could determine whether a photo was evoking a positive or negative emotional reaction in me. I went back and deleted the pins that were making me feel bad. I kept the photos that made me feel good or served as inspiration, even if I wasn’t going to go to the extreme ends the photo presented.
In the end, Pinterest was super helpful in our wedding planning. Pinterest wedding inspiration helped me solidify on a color scheme. I found inspiration for our centerpieces, bridesmaid bouquets, chuppah, and ceremony. I got cute posing ideas for photos. We also found cute gift ideas for everyone involved with the wedding. Having photos is very helpful during vendor consultations! It shows them exactly what you want which greatly reduces the risk of your dreams and reality not matching up on wedding day, when it’s too late to fix anything. All of my vendors created the exact things I wanted, and Pinterest helped hugely in those results.
Don’t be surprised if hunting Pinterest for your wedding ideas initially feels overwhelming. There are so many ideas that at first capture the imagination but then reveal themselves to be silly. For example a good friend of mine fell in love with the idea of a huge bridal bouquet that spilled over from her hands down over her dress. Every photo she found of the idea was stunning!
When she showed her inspiration photos to her wedding florist, she was warned that a bouquet that large would be heavy and unwieldy. My friend ignored that feedback and plowed ahead. Then, on wedding day, as she’ll laugh and tell you now, the bouquet was beautiful. And it was dramatic just like she’d envisioned. But as her florist had warned her, it was all hard to carry, extremely heavy and she ended up using it a lot less than she’d imagined because of how hard it was to wrangle.
So, inspiration is good. Reality might end up a little more practical. Will you use Pinterest to help plan your wedding? Or did you use it for your wedding? What crazy wedding ideas have you seen on Pinterest? What are some of the best ideas you’ve found?