When I started to think about how I wanted my wedding day to look and feel, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration. I already had a pretty clear idea of the direction I wanted the day to take, but my husband and I met on an airplane, so I was seeking some creative ways to weave that part of the story into our day. Three hours and eight new wedding boards later, I emerged from the rabbit hole otherwise known as Pinterest with a less clear idea of what I wanted than when I started.
Like most brides, I fell prey to the overwhelming world of Pinterest. There’s an idea for every color, every person, every theme, and every setting. The trick is finding the right ideas for you. It’s easy to get swept up in someone else’s vision. I’m not saying I swore off Pinterest completely, nor should you. It’s a wonderful resource for brides-to-be (speaking of which, are you following us yet?), but I do encourage all brides to be smart about their Pinterest etiquette. Here are five tips for successfully using Pinterest to plan your wedding.
It’s okay to go pin-crazy when you first get engaged, but after a few weeks, start to go on to the site with a purpose. If you need table number ideas, limit your search to that—and only that. Don’t get sucked into searching for other ideas that you don’t need, or you may never make a decision.
It’s easy to get swept up in the plethora of ideas available, but remember what you wanted before you were inundated with other people’s weddings. For example, rustic chic weddings are a major trend right now, but if burlap isn’t your thing, don’t let it creep into your vision. This is your day, and should reflect your personal taste and style.
Stick to your decisions.
If you make up your mind on those aforementioned table numbers, stop looking. You don’t want to spend your final months of wedding planning second-guessing the decisions you’ve already made.
Keep the mystery alive.
You don’t want your followers to know precisely what they’re going to see on your wedding day (should any of them be invited), so consider making some of your boards private. Come the big day, your guests will be pleasantly surprised by some of the elements you kept hidden.
As editors, we are taught to curate the best ideas to put on the pages of our magazine. Make yourself your own editor of your wedding and curate the ideas you see on Pinterest to a realistic amount of doable components for your big day. Keep your budget and the amount of time it will take for each additional element in mind. It's better to put your energy into a few key ideas that will make your wedding unique than every idea that makes your pinboard. Remember, less is almost always more.