You know how some clothes only work on the runway? Well, some weddings only work on Pinterest. The photos you find are great for garnering inspiration. However, the ideas you get from those same photos don't always pan out the way you thought they would in real life.
A Remote Outdoors Wedding
While the ambiance of getting married in a field overlooking the mountains sounds super dreamy in theory, the reality of it (bugs, blazing hot sun and no shelter) is a whole lot less glamorous, according to Kristen Ley, owner of Something New for I Do. "Styled shoots are often romanticized," she explains, "and it's easy to get sucked in by the pretty details. Pull off the outdoor wedding you want to achieve, but not at your guests' expense."
Asking a Friend or Family Member to Officiate
Unless your cousin Becky is a uniquely skilled public speaker, this cute little touch can spiral into a stage fright fiasco real fast, warns special events producer Richard O'Malley. "There's a lot of pressure on your friend or family member to get it right; they've never done this before, and unlike the bride and groom, they are looking directly at the crowd."
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Wish Lanterns, Candles and Sparklers
The last thing you want to worry about on your big day is starting a forest fire, or worse, having a drunken guest go up in flames! "Amongst the most obvious of things that seem like a good idea but can potentially turn out to be a big problem are candles at a windy outdoor venue, or anything involving fire, such as wishing lanterns or sparklers, around highly intoxicated people," points out Florida-based wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner.
Some projects are simply best left to the professionals, like your flowers, food, photos and music, for example. These things aren't worth the stress or later regret of doing it yourself, trust us. For brides hoping to save a buck on crafty DIY projects, keep in mind that your final product may not turn out as pin-worthy as what you saw online, cautions wedding planner Kia Martinson, founder of ESTOccasions. Then, you're actually out money.