Pinterest ruined the way I planned my wedding (insert major sarcasm here!)
I was on Pinterest waaaayyy back before it was known to so many people—back in the old days when you had to wait for an invite! Soooo…even though I was single, I totally had that Pinterest wedding planned, and I was just full of Pinterest wedding dreams, waiting on The One!
Naturally, after getting engaged, I turned to my Pinterest wedding board to start those wedding plans! Pinterest said that rustic barn weddings were in—so a rustic meets vintage barn wedding it was (btw: 2.5 years later, I still LOVE my wedding theme)! After deciding on a theme, I had to navigate through all those random wedding pins that didn’t go with my rustic theme to delete; and then it was on to hours and hours of more pinning (obviously!)
With my plans I had decided on quite a few DIY projects that were inspired by… Pinterest! I’m really crafty, but I seriously began a love-hate relationship with Pinterest at that point. For one, there were a couple of epic Pinterest fails…you know what I’m talking about. The Pinterest fails totally crack me up! Then I’d create something that was going to be so very unique and awesome and never before seen idea for MY wedding…and I’d attend a wedding with something similar or (gasp!) even better than my creation. Or I wouldn’t like what I had spent an entire day working on, and have to do that project all over. Or…well, you get the point…
For my wedding pictures, I’m guilty of doing what I told you exactly not to do on the Pinterest v. Reality post… I planned my wedding ceremony around the time of the day where we could get the perfect pictures with the sun setting. I had four thousand pins of pictures (not really that many, but it was a lot!) to send to my photographer. I expected my wedding photos to look exactly like those four thousand pictures pinned…but better! I wanted the pictures of my bridesmaids and I getting ready in the room laughing and sipping coffee. Those gorgeous, magical “Pin Worthy” pictures with my hubby where my hair or veil was flowing in the wind… you know… the same pictures you have pinned!
Something bigger and better was always trending on Pinterest, and I couldn’t keep up.
About two or three months before my wedding I was fed up with it, and decided to quit Pinterest. (gasp!)
YES! I QUIT PINTEREST!!!
I needed to accept that my wedding was REAL and it wasn’t going to be exactly like the ethereal Pinterest pins, but I was determined that my wedding would be me and the BEST. DAY. EVER.
What did that do? Well, since I had quit Pinterest cold turkey, I had the best time planning my wedding! I had fun coming up with my own, ORIGINAL DIY ideas. My wedding may have had some Pinterest touches—but everyone still agrees that it was ME and totally different from other weddings they attended.
I stopped trying to live up to the world of Pinterest expectations, or out do other weddings; and my wedding was far more than I could have imagined! It was truly beautiful and magical, and you know what? My pictures may not look anything like those four thousand pictures I had pinned; but I love them because it tells a real, sentimental story about OUR wedding day. In my eyes, my wedding was far better than “Pin Worthy”! I’m so glad that Pinterest totally ruined my wedding plans, because the REAL wedding world is pretty awesome!