Pretty, Pretty Pinterest Issue 03: A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
Comparison is the thief of joy.Theodore Roosevelt
Our team has a very love/hate relationship with Pinterest. We enjoy using it as a source of inspiration, gathering color palettes, styled shoot ideas, and even some yummy recipes or new hairstyles we’d like to try. Pinterest is a fabulous invention, but it can be extremely misleading when it comes to the reality of planning and executing a wedding.
Today’s issue of Pretty, Pretty Pinterest dives into our tried and true methods for getting a grip on Pinterest-inspired wedding planning! Following these steps will assist you in transitioning your dreams to reality.
Begin by creating a board for your dream wedding. Yep, we said it – go crazy! Start gathering ideas for every aspect of the design, from tablescape to signage to decor. If you have no idea what you like, try going through The Knot’s “Recommended” vendors for your area. Looking at photos of what’s available can often help generate some key words – such as whimsical, classic, modern, elegant, rustic, boho, etc.
Once you’ve gotten enough content generated on your dream wedding Pinboard, scroll through the board and gather your thoughts on the aesthetic, vibe, and tone of your dream wedding. Is it classic and traditional? Modern and linear? Elegant and chic? What feel do you get when scrolling through the images you’ve pinned? Are you surprised by what you picked out, or is it exactly what you expected?
Once you have the feel of your wedding, start to notice the patterns you’re seeing in those images. What are the aspects of the design that you absolutely cannot live without? Whether it’s a rustic outdoor bar or vintage glassware, take note of the details that you consider must-haves. Start making a list of those items.
Budget-wise, it’s often a good idea to make a list of your top priorities. For many brides, it’s their venue. That also tends to eat up a lot of your budget. If you’re having an open bar, this can also take a large portion of your budget. Catering, videography, and guest experiences, like a photobooth or live artist, are some brides’ other must-haves that tend to be expensive.
Working with your coordinator, florist, and other wedding vendors will make it much easier to turn that dream into a reality. They can use their network of event professionals to determine who can provide the items you can’t live without – and what those items will cost. It’s important to remember that the images on Pinterest often come from styled shoots with decor that was flown in, world-renowned designers and photographers, and a corporate budget. Have realistic expectations when sourcing the vendors, linens and napkins, furnishings, decor, and other details for your wedding.
Use your coordinator as a resource to know the important facets of a venue – even if it looks just like the venue you’ve seen on Pinterest, it may not be ideal once you’re faced with the facts. They may also know a florist who has a similar style to one that you’ve pinned, a rental company that can provide similar decor, and a photographer who shoots with the same aesthetic. But remember – budget may be an issue. Revisit your list of priorities to figure out where you can be flexible. And as always, Team BP is here to help. We’ve created The Wedding Brand Experience™ for those who have an idea of what they like, but don’t have the time, patience, or industry know-how to get it accomplished cohesively and under budget.
Most importantly, remember the “why” of your wedding. You’ve found your soulmate, dare we say The One. This is a celebration of your love and your future together! Try to avoid comparison (remember, it’s the thief of joy) and simply enjoy this incredible experience.
Don’t get stuck down the rabbit hole of Pinterest perfection when designing your wedding. Allow your vendor team to help you be realistic in planning this very special day!