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Wedding Wednesday :: The wonderful {and overwhelming} inspiration of Pinterest :: Effortlessly with Roxy

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.

Wedding Wednesday :: The wonderful {and overwhelming} inspiration of Pinterest :: Effortlessly with Roxy
Chuppah inspiration. See the Pin :: Follow my Wedding Style Inspiration Board

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.

Wedding Wednesday :: The wonderful {and overwhelming} inspiration of Pinterest :: Effortlessly with Roxy
Bridesmaid Bouquet Inspiration. See the Pin :: Follow my Wedding Style Inspiration Board

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.

Wedding Wednesday :: The wonderful {and overwhelming} inspiration of Pinterest :: Effortlessly with Roxy
Centerpiece inspiration. See the Pin :: Follow my Wedding Style Inspiration Board

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?

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56 Comments

  1. September 4, 2019 / 9:51 am

    Loving all of this wedding inspo! There’s so much on Pinterest it’s hard to choose!

    • September 5, 2019 / 6:56 am

      It's true, that's why I felt overwhelmed at points!!

  2. blogthirtyminusone
    September 4, 2019 / 11:04 am

    I love Pinterest because it’s really a great source for any category. Especially events like birthdays, weddings and everything in between. 🙂

    • September 5, 2019 / 6:56 am

      That is also true. I got some great ideas for my bachelorette weekend there!!

  3. hillheady
    September 4, 2019 / 11:05 am

    So much good inspo here!! I could spend hours looking up wedding photos on Pinterest!

    • September 5, 2019 / 6:57 am

      I do love looking at wedding photos! As long as it feels good.

  4. rachelritlop1
    September 4, 2019 / 12:40 pm

    ahh so much inspo!! it can be tough getting caught up in the pinterest rabbit hole! My planners noted items i had accidentally pinnedm ultiple times to help narrow stuff down!

    • September 5, 2019 / 6:57 am

      That is super helpful of them!!

  5. Lina Melo
    September 4, 2019 / 1:36 pm

    Pinterest is a great inspo platform! I love this wedding inspiration!

  6. September 4, 2019 / 2:26 pm

    I love that you shared this! Pinterest can be great for ideas and inspiration but we have to be careful to be realistic with how to implement and execute the ideas into beautiful wedding reality. So much truth in this post, and beautiful wedding inspo!

    • September 5, 2019 / 6:57 am

      Yes exactly. Lots to love, just gotta keep the competitive streak in check. 🙂

  7. Anne
    September 4, 2019 / 4:10 pm

    Pinterest is amazing for ideas! I got married a few years prior to it’s invention, and I had to go out and buy all of the wedding magazines, and there was no BHLDN or anything like it! I was never one to dream up my wedding, and my husband was on the west coast and I was on the east coast while wedding planning, so it was tough! I just called to confirm everything—venue, menu, everything. We also met in October, got engaged in January, and married in April, and I found a lovely place that was all inclusive—-so I had a wedding planner and dj and caterer and photographer. Everything was top notch and EASY. I was not the scary bride type. When my wedding planner called about linen colors, I told her to choose whatever she thought went! I don’t deal with stress well…hence the meeting and getting married within 6 months! (Ok, well we did go to high school together—we just didn’t know it!) 14 years later, we’re still here hahaha and I’m trying to ask my husband to have another wedding because I need a BHLDN dress Bahahaha! A girl can try! Congrats to you Roxy! Many years of happiness to you both!

    • September 5, 2019 / 6:58 am

      That is awesome Anne! We also had a full service venue and it made a HUGE difference. As you say so much less stress. 🙂

  8. She Saw Style
    September 4, 2019 / 6:49 pm

    I wouldn't have had the wedding I did without the help of Pinterest and all the inspiration I collected during my planning. It was amazing to see it all come to life. I'm sure you're excited to see that happen with your own big day! It's good that you're giving yourself enough time to get to that dream wedding!

    • September 5, 2019 / 7:04 am

      Very true, it is directly due to Pinterest that I had incredible floral designs (helped by Jimmy from JR Florals who is amazing!) and a solid idea of how much decoration overall the venue needed (not as much as I initially thought).

  9. September 4, 2019 / 8:11 pm

    So exciting! Loving all of this inspo!

    • September 5, 2019 / 7:04 am

      Thank you!! It is such an exciting time in our lives.

  10. September 4, 2019 / 8:19 pm

    Pinterest can be such a great resource when planning something like a wedding. It can also be overwhelming. Love these words!

  11. Amy
    September 4, 2019 / 11:16 pm

    Stunning inspiration! I love Pinterest for ideas like this! I hear you about needing to watch how much time I spend there and getting carried away.

    • September 5, 2019 / 7:05 am

      It's all about balance in the end.

  12. Christa Anne
    September 5, 2019 / 12:08 am

    I live looking to Pinterest for inspiration but I definitely need to monitor how much time I spend on it. I can certainly get carried away and start to get a bit overwhelmed with the perfection pictures.

    • September 5, 2019 / 7:06 am

      That's what can get me too. You never see 80% perfect on Pinterest, at least not without some digging. And while that makes sense because it's about getting the best photo possible, it can also put some unneeded stress into a situation when I'm looking for inspiration.

  13. September 5, 2019 / 12:33 am

    There is so much inspiration from Pinterest, but I love the idea of being aware of what feelings each picture evokes! Glad you got some great inspiration from it though!

  14. thesmalladventurer
    September 5, 2019 / 2:43 am

    My partner and I have been together for 6+ years and constantly talk about getting married, but it's still super far in the future (we're not even engaged yet). However, I've had a Pinterest wedding board set up for a while sometime and it's really opened my eyes to all the amazing options you can have WITHOUT breaking the bank! It is such an incredible source of ideas.

    • September 5, 2019 / 7:07 am

      That's a great way to use it!! We also were able to stay very close to our budget (a little over budget, but less than 5%) by just a few key things ourselves. More on this in upcoming posts.

  15. Christina
    September 5, 2019 / 3:50 am

    Congratulations on your marriage, Roxy! It's good to see you posting again; I missed your refreshing honesty. I hope you will also share pictures of your honeymoon soon! 😉

    • September 5, 2019 / 7:09 am

      Thank you! It's nice to be back. 🙂 Now that the wedding has happened (and we are blissful!!!) I do have a lot more free time, lol. We're waiting to do our honeymoon, possibly until Sept 2020. We'd like to go to Croatia and it felt like too much to plan to do it this Fall, so we're taking our time so we can do a fun long trip there sometime next year!!

      And photos should be back from Laurel Creative in the next few weeks. I'm SO excited to see them because most of the wedding day was a blur.

  16. September 5, 2019 / 7:40 am

    I used Pinterest a little for my wedding and though it helps for initial ideas, I did feel a little deflated in the end because it didn't look "how it was supposed to"! All in all, I love Pinterest, but it's good to keep a healthy mental balance of inspiration/reality!

    • September 8, 2019 / 2:30 pm

      There is definitely some feelings of missing out on who knows what when looking at Pinterest!!

  17. September 5, 2019 / 8:35 am

    The details looks amazing. Pintrest can be overwelming with the many ideas and inspo you can find. Great post!

  18. Louella Reese
    September 5, 2019 / 9:28 am

    I have to say I used Pinterest a lot and was so happy with how everything turned out. It really helped me show vendors what my vision was and have them make it come to life!!! It can definitely be overwhelming at times though. So many ideas!

    • September 8, 2019 / 2:31 pm

      That's a great spin to hear! And agreed, Pinterest was very helpful when it came to working with my vendors.

  19. meximoments
    September 5, 2019 / 10:54 am

    Pinterest can be soooo overwhelming, but I love it so much! I'm currently on there getting my Fall decor inspo and there is so much!!! You picked out some great centerpieces! I love the oranges with the Flowers!

  20. gretahollar
    September 5, 2019 / 5:45 pm

    Pinterest wasn't really around when I got married so I relied on wedding magazines! I can imagine now a days it's a little overwhelming with so much at your fingertips!

    • September 8, 2019 / 2:31 pm

      I feel like the wedding magazines can be just as bad or good!

  21. Anna English
    September 6, 2019 / 7:02 am

    I could get lost for hours scrolling through Pinterest!

    • September 8, 2019 / 2:32 pm

      So true. Who wouldn't?

  22. monicamiller58
    September 6, 2019 / 10:08 am

    Oh I completely agree! Pinterest wedding planning is both helpful and challenging! I tried to use mine more for inspiration vs copying specific things — bc I didn’t want it to end up being a Pinterest fail! Lol

    • September 8, 2019 / 2:33 pm

      Yes, no one wants to be a Pinterest fail, lol! That's how like half my recipes turn out the first time. Especially baking!

  23. September 6, 2019 / 8:25 pm

    Pinterest is a great spot to get inspiration, but it can be definitely overwhelming when you want to try to keep up with the Joneses, as you said! Even with birthday parties, it’s easy to get like that. Love the chuppah you shared at the top – SO gorgeous!

    • September 8, 2019 / 2:34 pm

      Oh lord yes when did kid's birthday parties get so fancy??

  24. mariahevely
    September 7, 2019 / 5:00 pm

    I'm not engaged or seeing anyone for that matter, but I still have a Pinterest wedding board. LOL. If I ever get married, I would do it in the fall that's for sure!

    • September 8, 2019 / 2:34 pm

      Ha! I started mine a little bit before getting engaged, but I had a very healthy feeling the ring was coming.

  25. September 7, 2019 / 10:05 pm

    I am not married or engaged but if I was and had to do wedding planning I would for sure use Pinterest! I love Pinterest for everything lol and it helps to get better ideas to get creative with decorations!

    • September 8, 2019 / 2:34 pm

      Pinterest is totally a decorating heaven.

  26. September 8, 2019 / 11:59 am

    I love the orange flowers and decor, especially for a fall wedding! Pinterest has so much great inspiration 🙂

    • September 8, 2019 / 2:35 pm

      So true! I got married in the Summer (in August, last month) so we used lots of pinks and purples and whites.

  27. September 9, 2019 / 11:37 am

    I am doing this too! There's so many ideas on Pinterest and sometimes I don't know exactly what I want, but man, I had a wedding board made before I even got engaged!

  28. Tara
    September 9, 2019 / 4:15 pm

    i forever love pinterest and i wish i could go back and redo parts of my wedding with all the inspo that's out there now!

  29. Yukti
    September 11, 2019 / 4:14 am

    Wow what a lovely and wonderul wedding inspiration. I loved all floral decor, especially the orange-yellowish center piece. Amazing pictures

  30. catalyn924
    September 11, 2019 / 7:03 am

    I wish I could get married all over again!

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