Pinterest: Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

When it comes to weddings, there is one app which has changed the planning game more than any other…Pinterest.

When it comes to weddings, there is one app which has changed the wedding planning game more than any other…Pinterest. And we can understand why; it’s easy to use and it’s highly visual. But it also has it’s downsides…especially for the suppliers who might be working on your wedding or event.

Whilst it can be a great resource for pulling together mood boards, colour schemes and general styling ideas for your wedding, it is worth remembering that a multitude if different factors may mean that it may not be possible to replicate a particular image for your own wedding…cost, season, location to name a few.

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Louise Rodrigues from Beyond V explains more…

“when I’m working with a client who only wants on the day styling, I try to really instil in them how easy it is to have a Pinterest fail on their wedding day. When thinking about decor budgets and looking at aspirational images, its really important to think about your whole venue, not just that one photo you saw on the internet which is probably only one corner of a whole room of gorgeousness.”

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A really good point. Many images on Pinterest are taken from what we call in the industry a ‘styled photoshoot’, which is the pooling of wedding suppliers to create a conceptual shoot which showcases the talents and creativity of each supplier. A tablescape image may only be set for six whereas your wedding may require 80 place settings. Something which is all too familiar for Louise…

“I’m often sent pins of ceilings covered with balloons to re create on the day then when it comes to the day, I’ve been provided with thirty balloons to fill a whole barn… it is a Pinterest fail waiting to happen. And it goes for every aspect of styling; theres loads of images around with gorgeous vintage crates piled high with florals everywhere, then on the day Im left with two crates and a teeny bottle of stems”.

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Similarly, Cindy Lindsley of Peachy Keen Coordination is all too familiar with Pinterest faux pas. She tries to steer clear of Pinterest when mood-boarding with her clients…not least because she is driven by dreaming up new creations and ideas.

“I have to sometimes break their hearts by telling them the logistics/cost/reality of that one Pinterest photo. I almost think Pinterest needs a disclaimer”

She goes onto explain that ‘Pinterest-worthy’ images are super deceptive, and when planning for a real life event, typically on a couples budget things cannot always be closely replicated in the same way.

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Out top tips for avoiding Pinterest faux pas:

  1. Speak to your suppliers in advance – determine budgets required to replicate certain images
  2. Be prepared to use alternatives (especially when it comes to flowers) as seasonal growing may limit the flowers which are available
  3. Don’t rely solely on Pinterest for your inspiration – pick up a fashion or home decor magazine for fresh ideas and direction
  4. Set a realistic budget for all aspects of your wedding, and create a list of ‘must-have’ and ‘nice to have’ elements for your day
  5. Prioritise and work out what elements of your wedding are the most important to you – flowers may be your priority where a cake may not, etc

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How To Choose Your Colour Palette

Choosing a colour palette isn’t easy, but we have five tips to help you make up your mind.

There’s nothing like getting engaged to throw your mind whizzing into turmoil…you may have long decided on your colour scheme, wedding vibe, perfect venue, perfect dress, but seeing that rock on your finger can make you question every little detail you have ever thought about!

Arguably, choosing a colour palette is one of the more stressful aspects of early wedding planning; there are quite literally thousands of colour and shade combinations. But it needn’t be so stressful. Boho wedding planning is all about embracing yourself, expressing your spirit and outwardly showcasing your personality. And so, we’ve put together our top five tips for choosing your colour palette to take that weight off of your shoulders!

 

Autumnal boho styling at Kenton Hall Estate. Photography by Leah Lombardi.

1. Take a good look at your venue

Once you have booked your venue, it’s a good idea to confirm your colour scheme. Or, if you booked your venue with a preconceived idea of what your colours may be, then we definitely recommend that you look at this palette again and ensure none of the colours clash with any aspects of the venue decor and surroundings that cannot be easily changed or hidden.

Remember, lighter colours can make a space feel bigger than what it is, where darker colours can enclose and create a more intimate vibe. It’s useful to think about how intimate or open you would like your day to be.

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Neutral boho styling at The Granary Estates. Photography by Leah Lombardi.

Top Tip​ – Once you have booked your wedding, arrange a follow up visit and take swatches of colours you like!

2. Create a moodboard

Ordinarily, we’d recommend creating a Pinterest board…but Pinterest can be so distracting! Instead, create a couple of moodboards for a few different colour schemes and present them to your partner, bridesmaids, mum…! And once you have chosen the winning palette having a visual aid, which you can print and keep in your handbag or pocket, will allow you to call upon your chosen scheme whether you are shopping online or offline.

Top Tip​ – You can easily create moodboards in Word on your computer or laptop, or you could even go old school with a magazine and glue stick!

3. Focus on seasonality

Whatever the time of year you are getting married, it’s useful to familiarise yourself with the seasonality of flowers and plants. After all, flowers are often the glue that holds a whole wedding look together.

 

Beautiful seasonal flowers. Credits at the end of the blog.

You need to think about what types of blooms your florist will be able to provide for the season you are getting married in and ensure that your colour scheme is aligned with what is available at the time. There’s no point asking for Sunflowers in December…!

4. Take a break from weddings

Did you know that much of the trends and styling of weddings are directly influenced by fashion and interior design trends? So, if you are becoming bogged down with wedding magazines and Pinterest boards for table decorations, cakes, etc, take some time out to read an interior design magazine or this months Vogue. You may be pleasantly surprised, not only by how re-energised you’ll feel, but how many new ideas may pop into your head just by changing the subject matter!

5. Be true to who you are and what you love

This. Because after all, it is your wedding day and not your uncle’s, granny’s or your mum’s friend from down the street’s. If you love a certain colour but feel it has been overdone, is last season, or usually looks terrible (Cadbury purple,  amirite)…run with it and put your own individual spin on it. Your suppliers, if you choose them wisely, will support you and help bering your vision to life!

Don’t be afraid to be bold, or to play with colours.

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Whatever your couple style, don’t be afraid. Photography by Lola Rose Photography.

Bonus! Don’t overthink it!

Gone are the days where you paired white with one other colour. It’s quite natural these days for couples to choose a palette made up of 4-7 colours, which all feature either quietly or in a big way across their wedding day.

Image Credits

Featured Image Kelsie Low

Autumnal Boho Styling:

Styling | Beyond V

Floral | Rose & Berry

Stationery | Wonderland Invites

Cakes | Blushing Cook

Neutral Boho Styling:

Styling | Hall & Co

Florals | Clare Jones

Silks | Kate Cullen

Seasonal Florals:

1: Velvet Rose with photography by Kelsie Low

2. Country Garden Flower Company with photography by Gather The Light

3. Saint Floral with photography by Rebecca Carpenter

Couple Style:

Styling | Rose & Dandy

Florals | Meadow Folk