5 Signs You’re Relying Too Much on Pinterest to Plan Your Wedding
Okay, before you think that I’m anti-Pinterest, I definitely am not. I love it, I use it all the time, and I can’t imagine planning a wedding without this tool. With that being said, there is a line that you can cross in the planning process and that line is called “way too much Pinterest.”
I’ve been to a lot of weddings, and trust me, they’ll all incredible feats of hard work and vision, and I’m not one to knock anyone’s style. It’s just not who I am. However, it can be so easy to lose who you are and end up with a wedding that’s more of a culmination of other people’s dreams rather than your own.
So couples… please, use Pinterest. Just don’t overuse it. Here are five signs you might be relying a little too much on Pinterest to plan your wedding:
Sign #1 – You’ve Lost Your Personality
Like I said before, it can be so easy to get stuck in an “oh, that’s cute!” loop and before you know it, you’re drowning in a bunch of adorable wedding decor ideas, but nothing that really represents who you are as a couple. Are you really the blush-and-sage-shabby-chic type? Or did you just get swept up in the gorgeous photos from other people’s weddings? If you’re starting to feel like you’re losing your personality in all the wedding planning and projects, it’s time to put Pinterest on pause so you can come back later with a more clear head.
Sign #2 – Your Friends Don’t Want to Craft With You Anymore
Okay, the first craft night was really fun. You had wine, laughed a lot, and made Pinterest crafts for your wedding. The second night, not everyone showed up and it was a little less fun. The third night? Well, it’s just you and the hot glue gun. If your friends are over the Pinterest projects, it’s probably time to call it a day. There *is* such thing as too much DIY.
Sign #3 – You’re Confusing Your Vendors
I’ll be the first to say, Pinterest is an amazing tool for sharing your vision with your wedding vendors. I love when my clients have a board dedicated to wedding photography they love. However, if you are pinning too much, it could quickly go from helpful to confusing. I love a dozen or so examples of shots that you love… but not 200. Your florist, coordinator, and hair stylist probably feel the same way. It can just be too much to sort through and it can be difficult to nail down what you actually want for your wedding.
Sign #4 – Your Budget is Getting Stretched
There’s a real danger in loving too many wedding ideas: it can get expensive! It’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking, “it’s my special day and I want to make sure it’s absolutely perfect, so I need everything that I’ve pinned in order to have my dream wedding.” It’s a slippery slope because no matter how much you spend, there’s still going to be more to entice you. Having a budget is crucial because it gives you a boundary to work within. Too much inspiration can make it tempting to stretch that boundary. Trust me, you’ll regret it later.
Sign #5 – You Get Overwhelmed into Inaction
Too many pins. Too many ideas. Too much to think about. I think almost everyone who is about to be married feels overwhelmed at times, especially when you’re in the midst of all the decision making. Because of this, some people completely shut down. They get burned out and need a break, but sometimes that break lasts too long and they start to miss deadlines. That’s no good. It’s best to just take things slowly and take breaks when you first start to feel a bit overwhelmed. Even taking the weekend to just do non-wedding stuff can help immensely and make you feel like you again.
Just remember: as long as you stay true to your heart and the love you share with your significant other, you’re going to have an amazing wedding day. Planning and doing DIY projects can be a blast, but the moment it starts to not feel fun anymore, it’s totally okay (and necessary) to take a step back!