Pinterest can be a helpful tool when planning for your big day. Everything is so beautiful, and you just can’t stop yourself from pinning it all! Remember that what you see on Pinterest may have been professionally designed for a styled shoot for a $200,000+ event, and you must keep your own personal wedding budget in mind. Having the hanging lanterns, wall linens, endless flowers and tall centerpieces may seem like a great idea on Pinterest, but it may not be realistic. Pinterest is like a magazine spread. Most people don’t point at a picture in a magazine and expect to have that exact home or backyard. Pinterest is meant to be a source of inspiration, not absolute re-creation.
- Have reasonable expectations of your vendors. They may not have the resources available to recreate everything you see on Pinterest, but likely can get close with your input on what you like most about the pins you’re seeing.
- Be willing to be educated about what some things cost and trust your wedding vendors when they tell you certain things are incredibly difficult to reproduce locally. Remember, everyone really does want you to have the wedding of your dreams and wants to meet your expectations!
- Be willing to accept reasonable substitutes and don’t have hard feelings when your vendor can’t get a $200,000 idea to fit within your wedding budget. Know that they will do the absolute best for you—no matter what!
Be respectful to the photographers that you pin and your own photographer. Your photographer has his or her own ideas of how to capture your special night. Trust your photographers; they have the experience of what works best with your dress style, lighting,venue and all the other factors involved. Show your photographers what you like on Pinterest, but don’t expect it to be exact. You want your wedding pictures to be unique! Let your photographer know what it is about the images you pin that you like. He or she may not know whether you like the pose, lighting or ambiance specifically.
What goes up…must come down
Pinterest can give people unrealistic expectations about their own weddings. The popular images on Pinterest give people a standard they feel they need to live up to without regard to personal budgets. Don’t be overwhelmed by so much perfection! There is no reason to feel disappointed because you can’t afford a “perfect Pinterest” wedding. Use Pinterest as inspiration, not a guideline. Once you have pinned enough inspiration and know what you want, give yourself a mental and visual break from the site! There is no need to keep pinning ideas if you have a solid theme, color scheme and vision in mind. You’ll drive yourself crazy!
The most important point to remember when planning your wedding is that it’s your day and the start of a wonderful future with you and your partner! Don’t forget if you need help planning, Snappening is here for you. Consider hiring a professional event planner to help create a night to remember, or if you still haven’t found the perfect venue for your wedding, check out our venue search option.
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