Pinterest: The Pros and Cons

These Two-Cent Tuesday posts are probably going to get me beat up one day... Anyone who knows me knows that I am very transparent with my opinions and I needed an outlet. This week's post is all about my love/hate relationship with......

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Ahh... Pinterest. The best and worst website to ever grace the world wide web. When the whole Pinterest craze started, I was in early college years and I never really caught on. I didn't think twice about a bunch of home decor and recipes, nothing just jumped out at me and made me sign up. It took a few years and countless amounts of social media peer pressure later that I finally joined. Meh, still wasn't impressed, what's the big deal? It wasn't until I got my own apartment and started to mature a little bit that I realized the addictive potential. You want wacky tilted potted plant display? You got it. You want banana peanut butter blueberry sweet southern muffin cake? It's probably on there. Looking for a craft to fill that last empty corner of your home? You're in the right place. Pinterest. Has. Everything. -- Let's be honest, I'm preaching to the choir here. Chances are if you are reading this, you are well aware (as you count your Pins) and you are curious what I could possibly say bad about Holy Pinterest.

There is this really thin line I have with the site and weddings. You see, Pinterest is so chocked full of ideas and inspiration and that's why I love it. If you're feeling stuck and need a inspiration, this is the place to go. You'll find everything on there. However, this is also the same root of conflict. I believe that Pinterest limits creativity so much. Ironic, right? A site full of ideas and inspiration can lead you to decreased creativity? It's true though! Sometimes I get the feeling that brides go on Pinterest to start planning their wedding before they even talk to the groom! As if those Pins are the only themes that are allowed for weddings and they have to abide by what's on there. Guys... that's not true!! :) When you are planning a wedding and deciding on decor, look to your hobbies, interests, and your personality before you jump onto Pinterest and decide on something that you saw in a picture. Remember, weddings aren't about the decor, florals, dress, or anything... a wedding is about the beginning of your happily ever after and Pinterest helps us lose sight of that. 

Now, before I go further... I'll tell you that I have my own Pinterest wedding board. I'm not ashamed at all.. I use it for inspiration for my work and maybe my own wedding one day. I don't want anyone to think that I am bashing Pinterest or any of the wedding ideas pulled from there. This is a call to action, even a challenge! What can you do to your Pins to make them totally your own? Instead of traditional mason jars, what about mason jars with stems to resemble wine glasses? Meh? No? Well fine, but get creative! 

Another thing I hate about Pinterest: it creates disappointment. Each wedding board is a collection of pictures from weddings that we dream of and most likely can't afford. Therefore, we are left with fragments of a fairytale wedding mixed with the reality of financial restrictions. You have this board with hundreds of Pins from lavish ceremonies with several thousand dollar floral arrangements, with a car-priced wedding gown, and a destination venue. When you are looking at all of these images, it takes a few minutes to realize you are swooning over someone else's fairytale and not working on your own. Keep in mind that MOST of the over-the-top weddings are not only extremely expensive, but unrealistic. I wish I could meet the type of person that has the 500 person wedding at the Waldorf Astoria in Paris on a warm summer night, do they want to adopt a 20-something year old? 

What I'm getting at is this: don't let the idea of a dream wedding on Pinterest take away from the real fairytale that you are living in right now. If you can't afford the insane florals or the designer gown, don't sweat it.. Cinderella scrubbed floors but she still married her Prince.



Posted by Ashley Lester.