Have you ever noticed how everyone has a board on Pinterest for weddings?
It doesn’t seem to matter what age you are or whether you are single, engaged, or a happily married woman, everyone is planning a wedding on Pinterest.
This means that it is impossible to log into Pinterest without coming across half a dozen awe inspiring wedding photos. Then comes a big problem.
It is so easy for the lines to become blurred between a magical dream wedding created by a fairy godmother (or a ridiculous amount of money) & what is a realistic dream wedding.
I recently was talking to my sister Bri who is getting ready to graduate this December with her AS in nursing before moving on to get her BS.
Even though she is still so young she already has two wedding pinterest boards. One that is public that displays her dream wedding & another that is private that is a more realistic dream wedding.
And when the day comes to actually start planning her dream wedding we will start another private/shared board in order to create a realistic Pinterest wedding.
So today I thought I would share with you a few tips to help you achieve your realistic dream Pinterest wedding.
The Reality of Your Wedding Venue
One of the first things you will do after getting engaged is choose a wedding date & wedding venue or venues. This is a huge step because it will effect everything!
The kind of dress you wear, the colors you choose, the food, the decor, the guests, everything!
So, for example, if you choose to have a traditional church wedding with a fellowship hall reception it is important to only pin what is realistic to your venue. Pinning any & all beautiful indoor reception ideas such as hotel ball rooms, lodges, ect. will not help you in the long run & can be a bit depressing once you realize you can’t use those ideas.
So pin specifically for what is possible at your venue.
I would also suggest pinning pictures you find of your venue online, even pictures of what other people have done for their wedding at the same venue so you can easily recall things like the height of the ceiling, the color of the carpet, or the amount of lighting the barn has outside. By doing so you will be able to keep yourself on track & create a beautiful realistic plan.
Another thing to consider when pinning for your wedding venue are the parameters that your venue has set, such as if you are allowed to hang lights, bring in outdoor caterers, sparklers vs bubbles, ect.
You wouldn’t want to pin a million pictures of beautiful twinkle lights or a sparkler exit if your venue has strict rules.
The good news is that if you know the realities of your venue you can take that knowledge & turn it into your dream wedding because you won’t waste time on what you can’t do, but all the beautiful & unique things you can do.
My wedding was in my parent’s backyard so I knew exactly what I could & couldn’t do.
I knew I couldn’t have fireworks because of the county they lived in.
I also couldn’t have church pews for the ceremony as I had dreamed. One, because no one in their right mind would let me take them out of their church & put them in my parents backyard. And two, because there was no way to haul them in & out of the backyard.
But I did know I could hang lots of twinkle lights. And we were able to hang a thousands of twinkle lights all over their property because we started weeks before the wedding & had a lot of help from family & friends.
It is so incredibly easy to go overboard with wedding DIY ideas on Pinterest.
There are so many beautiful ideas created by bloggers & brides & it is easy to want to do all of them.
But take a deep breath & remember you don’t have to DIY everything.
Now I will admit my wedding was a DIY wedding. From the programs, to the guest book & pen, to the decor, to the food & wedding cake. I have a lot of family & friends who are incredibly talented who volunteered to use their skills & talents to create my dream wedding.
However, that wasn’t the only reason we were able to pull off a DIY wedding. We started planning & DIYing even before Roger had proposed (everyone & their mother knew he was waiting for just the right moment to pop the question).
+ First, you need to know your DIY skill level.
If you are not a crafty person you might want to pick & choose the projects that are right for you & then look for sales & deals for what you can’t make yourself or don’t have time for.
However, if you are a major crafter this next tip is specifically for you.
+ Second, you need to pick specific projects & set dates to start & finish them by.
By doing so you won’t get behind, run out of time, or plan too many projects for how much time you have before your wedding.
Staying organized is key.
+ Third, you really have to have time.
And I don’t mean a few weeks or days before the wedding.
My mom & I were working on my wedding just about everyday after I got engaged. We even had weekly girl nights at my moms house in which we ate snacks, watched tv & movies, & worked on projects for my wedding.
Make sure that your calendar of projects are realistic by going over it with the groom, a bridesmaid, or a trusted friend or family member. A second opinion is always helpful & they might even over to help!
It All Adds Up
Pinterest is a wonderful way to gather ideas for your big day, but it isn’t so friendly to your budget. Sometimes something will look so simple or beautiful & you will immediately pin it (& maybe even many variations of it), but it won’t be until later (after your heart is set on the idea), that you will realize it is out of the budget.
For example there are some very beautiful pictures of s’mores thank you gifts floating around Pinterest. The idea is so simple, beautiful, & looks incredibly easy to create. For many brides on a DIY budget this will look like the perfect idea, until you start adding up the cost for 100-200 people.
So pin savvy.
I know it is easy to pin now & research later, but this is your wedding day we are talking about. It will be here sooner then you think & if you spend all of your time pinning, instead of doing, the only way we will be able to attend your special day is if we get on Pinterest.
So when you find something you love do a little research before pinning it. That way you save time later, stay on budget now, & can really create your dream Pinterest wedding.
Pin the Details
Only pin once.
If you see something that you want to do at your wedding pin only one version of it & write a detailed description of what it is that you like/want & how much it will cost to create.
Pinning a ton of pictures that are all similar to each other will not only get confusing but overwhelming. The less you pin the more organized you will become.
For example if you find a picture that is exactly how you want your centerpieces (or pretty darn close) pin it, describe what you want & like to a T, & don’t pin any more variations.
Trust your taste & judgement.
You are a brilliant & beautiful lady & you can create your dream Pinterest wedding!
Just remember. It is only one day to the beginning of your new & beautiful life!
With love, G
Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
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