It seems like every couple uses Pinterest for wedding ideas. Is that actually a good thing? This may seem like a blog post hating on Pinterest, but it is actually the opposite! Pinterest is a great platform for gathering inspiration. Wedding vendors use it daily to spark creativity. However, this is exactly what Pinterest should be used for: inspiration. Myself, along with Caitlin of the Hon Collective, who are Kentucky wedding photographers and cinematographers, will share the dos and don’ts when it comes to using Pinterest for wedding planning.
Pinterest boards are a great tool to help organize all of your ideas in one place. On a computer screen you may feel organized, but there is much more to a wedding than colors and bridesmaid dress styles. While Pinterest helps narrow down colors, style, and overall aesthetic; a wedding planner helps with timelines, vendor communications, and making sure those ideas don’t go too far off track.
Caitlin shares, “No one snaps their fingers and the esthetically pleasing and perfectly coordinated wedding day magically appears. There is a TON of hard work that goes on behind the scenes and wedding vendors work meticulously together to make sure that the couples, and preferably their families, don’t have to lift a finger for any of it. I feel that Pinterest sets an unrealistic standard for couples.”
Pinterest is known for showing perfectly curated weddings and making it seem they are limitless. Both in design ideas and budget amounts! When in reality, most of these weddings around the world being shown on Pinterest are costing thousands upon thousands of dollars.
Caitlin adds to this topic by saying, “Pinterest is just one snap shot of what could be without any story of what it took to create that stunning image. Just because you have a budget, doesn’t mean your wedding can’t be luxurious or high-end. But when presenting ideas to your wedding team, talk through the mechanics and cost of production.”
Your wedding vendors will be your best resource when you plan your wedding. Most likely, they have already worked at your venue! Wedding professionals know what colors, styles, and aesthetics look best in a space. That is because this is their full time job! Wedding vendors do this on a weekly basis and are experts when it comes to your venue and what style will look best. So, while your Pinterest pins may seem to all blend together; always seek the advice from your wedding vendors. They may have ideas that you have never thought of before that could be better than you ever have dreamed of.
Caitlin agrees and adds, “In my experience, I have noticed that ALL vendors feel so relieved when the couples gives them creative freedom. Don’t get me wrong, I love and fully respect people who know what they want. There are non-negotiables on a wedding day and your vendors are fully aware of that. BUT, when you can happily say “I trust you” to your wedding team, a weight is lifted and everyone feels more comfortable.”
I love using Pinterest for color inspiration. That inspiration can be found in art, nature, fashion…the list goes on! Color is so important when it comes to flowers and Pinterest is a great tool to help make sure the couple and I are on the same page. I also love using Pinterest to share overall shape and aesthetic for arrangements. While going over these images with my couple, I always empathize that their arrangements will be special to them. I explain that while we can take inspiration from these images, I will be creating a one of a kind work of art! This allows each couple I design for to have their wedding be completely unique and customized. Most of my couples find that this is what they would prefer anyways. They want something new, not something that has been shared on Pinterest a thousand times.
The Hon Collective is a husband/wife photo & cinema team serving Louisville, Lexington, and Cincinnati areas. The Hon Collective’s style is vivid, natural, and fresh; allowing for timeless imagery to enjoy for years to come. If you’re looking wedding photo & video for your special day, reach out to them!
Looking to ditch Pinterest for wedding ideas? Reach out to Roots Floral Design! Let’s dream up some ideas for your wedding day, see our past work here.
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-Megan, Mother of the Bride, Spring 2019 Wedding
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-Laura, Summer 2019 Wedding
"Kaytee became so much more than a vendor for us. The first time I met her I felt as though I met a long lost friend. She was the very first vendor I chose for the wedding (even before the venue) and she lived up to all my expectations and went above and beyond. Each time I met with her I felt confident that she completely comprehended my wants and would fashion them into something that looks put together, yet natural. The day-of she silently transformed a bland rustic space into an enchanting, romantic barn. I couldn't have asked for anything more beautiful or unique."
-Grace, Spring 2019 Wedding
"Kaytee was so great to work with!!! I provided her with some floral inspirations from Pinterest and Instagram but gave her a lot of free rein coming up with the flowers for our wedding and she went above and beyond expectations. Our photographer was obsessed with all the bouquets and we got so many great pictures of them! She did such a good job making my smaller budget work to make high impact arrangements. She's also the sweetest person to be around!"
-Bo, Spring 2019 Wedding