THIS IS NOT A TEST—THIS IS THE REAL DEAL—PLEASE TAKE COVER FOR THE BOMB I AM ABOUT TO DROP!!!
PINTEREST IS RUINING YOUR WEDDING!!!
I know….I know…..we all love Pinterest. It is a wonderful tool to gather all your whimsical aspirations and inspirational quotes in one place. Who doesn’t want to have cache of recipes for bacon wrapped asparagus AND a ‘how to’ on creating the perfect Papier-mâché centerpieces?
But please be advised. Pinterest will have you believing that you can achieve your dream wedding on a wing, a hope and $37.00. You can’t. It’s not real.
Unless you are a crafting wizard, who has unlimited funds, no job and infinite patience. Many brides will visit vendors with pages upon pages of Pinterest ideas and no clue how much those beautiful pictures cost in reality. They are then promised something close to their idea and unfortunately many times, brides are sadly and frustratingly disappointed.
Please know: Most times, vendors work very hard to provide elements so that you have the day of your dreams. However, we are often times stymied by ever changing themes and ideas, ballooning costs and shrinking budgets. There is nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, wrong with being a DIY bride. I was a DIY bride (well…truthfully, I was a D-I-Aunt Anita bride but same diff).
It took one shopping trip to a local discount crafting store before I realized that the $300.00 I’d budgeted for 25 centerpieces was NOT going to be enough. So I had to trust my designers vision (again, Aunt Anita) and let her have carte blanche. I was not disappointed; my centerpieces were exactly what I wanted. But they most definitely cost more than $300.00.
The title of this blog is meant in jest…. but it is also a fair and true warning. Pinterest can be a great tool for fleshing out ideas and can provide a wonderful starting point for your event design. Please be mindful though, that those beautiful ideas on Pinterest are very rarely TRULY budget friendly.
Also, remember that many of those pictures are gleaned from bridal magazines and websites that have budgets far more extensive than the average bride is willing to spend. When visiting vendors, it helps to not just have your Pinterest ideas but to also ask them for examples of work they’ve completed that is similar to your vision.
Finally, take a trip to a local craft store—or a local florist. Before you visit a vendor, do a quick shopping trip; that will help you go in with an idea of what your potential costs will be.
Last but not least, the age old adage is true: If it’s too good to be true, it’s usually too good to be true.
Till Next Time,