Pinterest has become one of the fastest growing sites around, and for good reason…you can find almost anything on it. Recipes, home renovation, holiday crafts…you name it, pinterest will have an idea and inspiration for you. And then another idea. And then another idea. And then yes…probably another. and as a Philadelphia Wedding Photographer who wants your wedding to be unique and representative to who you both are- this can be a problem!
Don’t get me wrong, I am a big pinterest fan. It is a great place to find new ideas or trends, and get some inspiration. However, it is becoming the site that can drown the bride or groom in ideas and ‘must have’s’ until their centerpiece selection consists of every shape, size, flower and color, their photo list is 118 groupings long, and the dress selection includes everything from mermaid cut to Cinderella skirt.
In other words, it can become overwhelming.
No doubt Pinterest is filled with beautiful pictures and ideas, but here are some things to keep in mind:
Many of the photos of bridal parties and couples are from photo shoots, not actual weddings. The shot you are looking at could very well be from a staged bridal shoot, which took 30 minutes to take so as to get the lighting correct and the bride & grooms silhouette ‘just right.’ Your wedding is not a staged photo shoot. It is a day filled with naturally occurring moments of love and laughter. Capture those moments. Select one or two ‘must have’ shots that you pulled from Pinterest, but don’t make a list a mile long. Let your photographer capture the fun and spontaneous moments of your wedding day. Those are the ones with the emotion and the memories. The moments you will want to remember. (Like this photo -pure fun that you can’t stage…and that you have worked hard to make happen!)
But if you like something like this (me too!) it is a great shot, only mildly staged, completely fun, and easy to add into your line up of photos -
Your options for centerpieces are endless…and this is part of the problem. Flowers are beautiful, and many different groupings of them are gorgeous. So, continuously perusing Pinterest for your inspiration is bound to leave you overwhelmed. My suggestion here – decide on the colors you want, and the budget you have to spend. Select a few different photos (5 MAX) of things that you like, and take them to your florist appointments to see what the cost estimate for each is. Once you know which ones are in your budget, select what you want. None in your budget? Ask the florist for some ideas (flowers and size of centerpiece that ARE in your budget), look at Pinterest for a few ideas within those guidelines, and decide from there. AND THEN STOP LOOKING. Once a decision has been made, let it be made. Don’t drive yourself crazy continuing to look and revise and look and revise again.
That rule goes for gown shopping as well. Peruse Pinterest for some ideas on things you like (lace, satin, chiffon, and colors you like), and bring these ideas to your shopping appointments. However, allow a salesperson to pull a few gowns for you as well. They are experts in knowing what cuts and shapes look best on certain figures; you may find you love a gown that you never would have thought of. And again, once you select your gown, STOP LOOKING. You fell in love with a dress that made you feel beautiful and like a bride, continuing to look is only going to frustrate you and take the joy away from the process.
Bottom line – if your Pinterest page has taken on a life of it’s own, (you have more than 10 different ideas per category, it takes more than 10 minutes to see all that you have posted, and you find yourself spending more than 15 minutes at a time on it), it’s time to back away from the laptop. You know what you like. You’ll know it again when you see it, in person, during your planning. Don’t fall into the Pinterest Pit. It will suck you under until you drown. Instead, look at some photos for fun, keep them, and use them as your own inspiration. Your wedding is your day to express yourself, not re-post a Pinterest page.
We would LOVE to hear where you pull YOUR Inspiration from!
(leave a comment below and help others out with your ideas)
The Pinterest Pit…and why you should avoid it! || Wedding Advice || BG Productions