For most couples, Pinterest is like the Bible of wedding planning, an endless trove of ideas and inspiration. So it might seem counterintuitive to avoid it—but that’s precisely what we’re telling you to do, at least in the beginning. Here’s why.
While using Pinterest to help plan your wedding can be useful, it can also lead to unrealistic expectations, or a wedding that looks beautiful, but doesn’t actually represent who you are as a couple. Remember: Your wedding day is all about you—not some Pinterest-perfect couple—and you want it to reflect that. Instead of turning immediately to Pinterest, sit down together first and discuss what’s most meaningful to you, what you both love—travel, books, your shared alma mater. These are the elements you should incorporate into your wedding in some way, either overtly (mixing beautiful antique books into a tablescape) or subtly (including candies or sweets in your school colors on a dessert table).
Another problem with relying too heavily on Pinterest when planning your wedding? It can give you unrealistic expectations of what you can accomplish within your budget—and in your chosen venue. For example, that bohemian wedding where guests are all seated at long rustic wood tables under twinkling lights might look beautiful, but that table arrangement might not work with the space constraints of your venue. And while that flower-wall backdrop on Pinterest might be stunning, it could also take up a huge chunk of your floral budget. That doesn’t mean you can’t achieve these looks, but in most cases, it’s a matter of reinterpreting a feel instead of setting out to copy the exact same look.
In the end, turning to Pinterest can be helpful, but consider checking it out once you’ve nailed down what’s important to you as a couple—so that your big day be a reflection of you, not Pinterest.