The Prenuptial Project: Where do brides turn for wedding inspiration
I think, in my very limited knowledge of weddings, that Pinterest is both the best and worst thing to ever happen to brides. I could extend this argument to include that Pinterest is the best thing ever invented, because it taught me how to cook, but that’s for another time.
Even before girls get engaged, they create these boards with titles such as “My Dream Wedding” and have the most extravagant things saved on them from floral arrangements to the specific poses they want their photographers to grab on the big day. While part of me finds this to be extremely helpful, I also find it to be a huge hindrance.
When browsing for ideas for the wedding, I’ve found some really helpful stuff regarding how to write a non-traditional ceremony and different ideas for readings, music and overall ceremony structure.
As a former sorority girl, I used Pinterest for a multitude of reasons and it really only taught me one thing: I’m not crafty. I could spend hours on a project making sure it’s picture perfect and then look at it and wonder why 5-year-olds are better artists than I am. But I still flock to the site, saving images of dresses, centerpieces, favors and every other tiny detail needed for the wedding of my dreams. Sure, it allows me to start piecing together the way I want the wedding to look, but every so often I sit back and think: How would I possibly do any of this?
And, of course, I know I’m not alone in this. I have been blessed with the greatest bridesmaids to ever roam this earth (in my completely biased opinion), and my friends are insanely gifted when it comes to crafting and generally being the best people in the world. I just hope they realize how much help I will need with such endeavors. In this way, Pinterest becomes my best friend. I will spend nights looking over ideas and picking and choosing from already done centerpieces, which brings me to the hindrance.
If I’m creating all of these things from other people’s ideas or weddings, do I lose a little bit of that individuality? Will my wedding just become a cookie-cutter “Pinterest wedding?”
It’s important to keep these thoughts in the back of my mind because I want to make sure I’m putting my creative mark on my decor, dress and flowers for the wedding.
But I want to pose a question to current brides out there and those who got married in the pre-Pinterest years: What did you use as inspiration when choosing decor for your wedding?
Reach Reach Brigid Edmunds at 570-991-6113 or on Twitter @TLNews
Editor’s note: Brigid Edmunds is the digital coordinator for Weekender and Times Leader. When she’s not working she’s busy planning her upcoming nuptials to fiance Mikey Lawrence.
If you’re a bride-to-be or recently got married and would like to share ideas, horror stories, funny anecdotes, or anything in between, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Her column, The Prenuptial Project, will run twice a month in Weekender.