Pinterest Wedding vs Real Wedding

August 11, 2017

Everyone has seen those Pinterest fails posts, right? Thankfully this is more of a Pinterest success post - and I'm sorry it's late! I was going through my Pinterest boards yesterday and realized how many pins I had on my wedding board that I hadn't used and was surprised by how many I actually had

My Counting The Days board was such a great tool to have as we planned our wedding. I was able to keep all of my thoughts and fairy tale ideas organized, it was super easy to give to our photographer to reference, in addition to the list of shots and certain family members I wanted to make sure we captured, and it served as a visual checklist for me, my MOH, and my mother as we rushed through our 6 weeks of planning. Cake? Check. Hair style? Check. His wedding ring? Check.

For those that criticize all of those Pinterest weddings as being over the top and not taking marriage seriously and you-spent-how-much?? I'd like to say relax. I feel that my wedding was still very unique and personal and small and family-oriented, even as I drew inspiration from other weddings (real or not). We kept our priorities straight, crafting & DIYing a lot of our decor and using coupons at Hobby Lobby and Michael's for flowers and ribbons and toule and hot glue, a friend baked and decorated our wedding cake for a great price, and my budget off-the-rack wedding dress that my mom altered for me was almost the most expensive component.  You can read about the wedding planning process in my previous post, Thanks to the Keeper of the Stars.

Now that that's out of the way, enjoy these side-by-side expectations and results! Left or top photo, depending on orientation, is the Pinterest photo. Right or bottom photo of each set is photography from our wedding. 

This was the winning style after my first trial hair run wasn't quite what I wanted. I had originally wanted a low off-centered up-do so that the back of my dress would be more visible - and that's the hairstyle in my bridal portraits - but having long hair made an updo difficult to maintain, it was heavy & took lots of hairpins, and probably wouldn't have survived the first dance.

I hope the guys prayed for B before I walked down the aisle! This is one the sweetest moments that Kaylee captured that day and it meant the world to me that I had my closest friends, two of my sisters, and my mother pray for B and I before we took the biggest step of our lives.
I had to have my chandelier and a tree to get married under! No arches for this girl!
Okay, maybe this could be considered a fPinterest fail since we kind of missed the whole "pinky-promise" bit of this pose. Oh well!
First dance under chandeliers and twinkle lights!
Curious about this cake topper? I had it custom-made from an Etsy seller! You need to check out TrueloveAffair!
Madlibs kept guests occupied as B and I slipped away for a few photos between the ceremony and the reception.
And last but not least, our homemade photo booth! Our started hanging from the awning over the bar, but eventually was cut down and made its way around the party.

So what do you think? Pinterest successes or Pinterest fails?

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19 comments

  1. Looooove your photos! They have so much more color and life.

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    1. Thank you so much!! A great photographer was on our must-have list and we loved having Kaylee photograph our wedding!

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  2. I love your bridal hairstyle. The cake topper is gorgeous!I think Pinterest is a great tool for brides to get inspriration for their weddings. It also is a great tool for bridges to show images to their event planners so everyone can be on the SAME page.

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    1. Thank you Meladee! The cake topper was such a sweet custom piece that we got really quickly from TrueloveAffair on Etsy. I agree that Pinterest can be a great tool for collaborating and coordinating.

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  3. Absolutely beautiful! My daughter is getting married next year, and I shared with her!

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    1. Thank you, Julie! And best wishes to your daughter! My mother was an amazing help & support & friend through my whole (short) wedding planning process; I couldn't have done it without her!

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  4. Great post! I'm a wedding photographer and I've found that Pinterest is such a huge help for many brides when it comes to planning and inspiration.

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    1. Thank you, Zarah! Pinterest is such a great tool -- as long as it isn't misused and becomes a comparison tool. Are you solely a wedding photographer?

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  5. This is such a great post idea! I love wedding pictures, these are so gorgeous. Beautiful blog!

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  6. Memories can be catched either ways, I think how ever you like it

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  7. This was a wonderful post! Definitely think it was a Pinterest success! I wish I could redo my wedding day!

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    1. Thank you, Antonia! I hope you still enjoyed your wedding regardless!

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  8. Wow! What a stunning day! Beautiful photos that I am sure you will pull out time and time again to treasure. Thanks for sharing them

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    1. Jem I pull out my wedding photos ALL THE TIME. Kaylee Mariee Photography was worth every penny and more for the value she provided and how great she was to work with leading up to the wedding and the day of. I cannot wait to have another event so that we can shoot with her again!

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  9. Beautiful, beautiful photographs! Id definitely say that the images you captured showed the inspiration perfectly!

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  10. Oh wow, your wedding was beautiful! I can only hope my Pinterest wedding hacks come out this nice!

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    1. Thank you Kelli!! My best advice to you is if you see a Pinterest "hack" just isn't working out like you want it to for your wedding or reception, feel free to abandon it! Keep only what you love or what you'll have fond memories of (because some fails are worth keeping just because of the laughs).

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  11. This post is adorable! Sometimes Pinterest seems so unattainable and this was such a beautiful recreation.

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