Pinterest: Planning Friend or Foe?
Technology and the Internet have no doubt made wedding planning easier than ever for brides. Where once blogs were the only online tool used in your wedding planning, today’s brides have access to countless Web tools to plan their dream day—including Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
We spoke to some wedding professionals about the pleasures and pitfalls of planning a wedding on Pinterest. Here's what they had to say:
“I think Pinterest helps by providing visuals. Some brides have a difficult time seeing the big picture. It can help the bride articulate her vision down to the smallest detail and also gives me a feel of the bride’s personal taste.” — Felecia Pleis | Cabbage Rose Florist
“I’m on the fence. The last thing any bride wants is to feel disappointed by her wedding and think that it didn’t live up to the (sometimes unrealistic) expectations she imagined.” — Kati Mallory | Kati Mallory Photo + Design
“My advice is to not get to ‘pinned down’ to a dress from Pinterest. Keep an open mind. Your pins are helpful guides for bridal consultants to point you in the right direction and choose styles in our stores that you might like, but chances are we can’t make that exact dress appear. Believe me, you will not know what you truly love until you get in the shop and try a few on.” — Colleen Dempsey | Proposals Boutique
“I personally love to see a bride’s Pinterest board. I use it as a starting point for inspiration to design their dream wedding and ultimately execute their vision.” — Jessica Zimmerman | ZIMMERMAN
“I really think it can hinder the creative process of shooting a wedding. Everyone’s day is different — from the venue to the décor to the bride and grooms themselves. The hope is that the images I create with a bride and groom on their day tell the story of THEIR day, rather than someone else’s day that they saw on Pinterest.” — Whitney Bower | Whitney Bower Imaging
“What many brides-to-be don’t fully understand is that many of those ‘couples portraits’ are not real couples, they are paid models. They are ‘too perfect.’ Many, but certainly not all, of these types of photos are carefully crafted and are a collaboration between stylists, makeup artists, hairdressers and photographers.” — Karen Segrave | Photography by KES Weddings