Planning Without Pinterest
Not long ago I had taken my teenage daughter out for a little one-on-one time, and as we stood in line waiting to be seated, we couldn’t help but overhear a conversation between a couple of college-aged girls. The one was telling the other about a recent post by one of her favorite bloggers. I didn’t hear the details of what she had read, but I did hear when the other girl interrupted her saying “Oh, my gosh! That has so been done already by like a billion other bloggers… I’m so tired of how nothing is original anymore!” A few moments later when we were finally seated, my daughter asked me if I thought that statement was true. “Can anything be truly original anymore?” I smiled at her and recited one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes… “Today you are YOU, that is TRUER than True. There is no one alive that is YOUER than you!”
Simply stated, originality comes from people being true to themselves. No two people on the earth are exactly the same. Everyone has a different way of expressing themselves. Every artist has a different creative process; every true designer, writer, painter, creator has something that is unique to them and only them. Yes, “copy and paste” copycats exist, but they usually aren’t remembered for much. Throughout the rest of our meal we talked back and forth about the importance of being true to oneself, not conforming to society and the trendiest trends because it’s easier or more widely accepted. Planning an event that speaks to your unique personalities is not quick or easy, but I do have a few tips to make the daunting task a bit easier.
UNPIN your EVENT and OPEN your MIND to the POSSIBILITIES
Before I go any further I have to come clean with the fact that I am a card carrying
“Pin-aholic.” I first came across Pinterest when it was still in beta-testing. From the minute they approved my account info I was hooked! To embarrass myself even further, to date, I have over 20,000 pins in my collection ranging from food to fashion, home décor to floral design, and of-course, hilarious quotes and grumpy-cat memes. It is still to this day my favorite “go-to” website and phone app. It is a wonderful website and can be so helpful when planning a wedding or event. However, the downfall of Pinterest is its ability to turn me into – what I like to call – “a point and pay zombie.” You might be laughing, but we have all been there. You see a cute outfit or a well decorated living room, and instead of thinking to yourself, “Is this really my style? Does this really speak to me and my personality?” We find ourselves scrolling down the page searching for a “Buy All” button and wondering how fast it can be delivered to our doorstep. There’s nothing truly wrong with that. It’s easy and oh so convenient, but when it comes to planning your wedding day, “Point and Pay” is not the way to create an unforgettable event. Therefore, veer away from becoming a cyber-sheep. So now you may be asking yourself, “How can I use sites like Pinterest to help me and not hurt the originality of my event?” To that I would say one simple thing, “pin outside of the box,” Meaning: do not rely solely on the images and ideas that are already inside of the Pinterest-Universe. Yes, they are shiny and pretty, but they can distract you from finding your true voice and style.
READY TO GET REAL?
Find a gluestick and a notebook (you know, those things that we used to write stuff down in,) and of course, your trusty smart phone and go out into the world and do a little leg-work. Stop by a florist or flower market and talk to them about what blooms will be in season, and then literally take the time to “stop and smell the roses.” Wander the aisles of a nearby fabric shop and get handsy with all the different textiles. Spend an hour or two at the bookstore perusing the wedding section for inspiration and maybe pick up a bridal magazine or two (or ten), and bookmark a few of your favorite ideas or events. Take notes of things you like and things you dislike. Collect swatches if available, and if not, snap a few pictures with your phone. Then when you have a moment, create a private wedding board on Pinterest and begin uploading your photos or pin images directly from wedding websites and blogs onto your private Pinterest board. Why private you ask? In my experience, the fun of planning a unique-to-you wedding or event is keeping the details somewhat under-wraps. With a private board, even if all of your relatives or friends follow you on Pinterest, they won’t be able to see everything you are planning or putting together for the big day. Plus, as an added bonus, you can easily share access to the board with individuals such as your wedding planner or florist if you choose to.
Once you have your ideas and supplies gathered and your personal Pinterest board rolling, you can set meetings with wedding planners, florists, caterers, cake decorators… you name it. Wedding professionals are invaluable when planning a wedding. They will be able to walk you through the planning process seamlessly, give advice and suggestions, and most importantly: help make your dream a reality! What you will be presented with is a day that you will never forget, filled with little bits of you and your fiancé’s, personalities. It will be unique and original and one-of-a-kind…Just like you!
By Lindsey Madsen, Photos by Gideon Photography
Cake- Sweet Cakes by Karen
Design- Forevermore Events
Food & Beverage- Kitchen 435
Hair – Julie Thomas – Blow Beauty
Makeup- Chantry Wagstaff – Blow Beauty
Mens Wear- Urbana Custom
Photography- Gideon Photo
Props- Urban Renewal
Rentals- St George Party Rentals
Stationery- Kortney Eggertz
Video- NP Films