Any bride-to-be who has spent a few minutes online has inevitably encountered Pinterest. This social media website, which allows users to “pin” pictures, ideas, recipes, and crafts to a virtual bulletin board, is an incredible source of wedding DIY. From simple tasks like making mason jar centerpieces (a hot ticket item right now) to more involved plans like setting up a wedding photo booth in your reception area, you can find pretty much any wedding idea here.
Pinterest can be a great tool for making your Utah wedding plans perfect. Indoor or outdoor, winter or summer, simple or extravagant—there’s something here for everyone. Be careful, though, of falling too far into the website. Like most wedding DIY plans, there is such a thing as too much.
Using Pinterest as a Wedding Idea Generator
Ideally, you should use Pinterest in much the same way that you use bridal magazines—as a way to spark ideas and narrow your vision. Look for things like:
- Color palettes that inspire you
- Wedding dresses/hairstyles you might like to copy
- Food and catering ideas
- Unique wedding themes
- Photograph poses
- Activities for guests and children
- Wedding favors and other design elements you can create at home
Scanning through pictures can also be a great way to put yourself in the wedding mindset or to encourage a loved one to participate with you. Even if you live cross country, you can share your Pinterest board and work together to get your wedding planning underway.
The Pitfalls of Pinterest for Wedding Plans
Like bridal magazines, most of the Pinterest pictures and projects you see are done by professionals. The crafts may have been tried several dozen times before they were done right, the individual in charge might be excellent at staging, and the photographer hired to capture the moment may have a very expensive camera and decades of experience.
In fact, few brides attempt to perfectly re-create what they see in a magazine, because it’s common sense that these things were done by professionals with a large budget to help them along. Pinterest can be deceptive because it gives the appearance of having been done by average, ordinary brides. For example, when you look at something like the mason jar centerpieces mentioned above, it seems like a low-cost way to decorate your wedding. After all, these are supplies many people have on hand. A little hot glue and a few ribbons and voila! You’ve saved a fortune, right?
Unfortunately, this not always the case. Mason jars can be expensive to get the look you want, and it may be necessary to take into account several “trial runs” before you get the craft right. The result may look more homemade than you were anticipating, and the overly rustic look may not match the rest of your décor. There’s nothing worse than putting in all the time and effort only to give in and buy centerpieces anyway.
Wedding cakes are especially difficult to recreate. Bakers have their own style and talents. Prices frequently escalate and expectations may not be met from what was found on Pinterest.
Plan a Low-Stress Utah Wedding
When it comes to planning a wedding, most brides agree that less is better. If you can’t resist the lure of Pinterest projects, pick one or two to focus on first. If they go well, you can build from there to include more ideas. If they don’t go well, try not to take it to heart. Instead, it’s a good idea to fall back on a Utah reception venue that can provide most of these gorgeous, well-thought-out details for you.