Social media has become the most effective planning tool — and the most stressful timesuck — for brides. At first, it's a good thing, as you gather your ideas all in one place. It helps you sort out which color combinations you really like, and what doesn't work when you put it all together. But sometimes, all the overload of information can nearly put a bride over the edge. Here are four signs it's time for you to step away from your Pinterest board (at least for a little bit) while planning your big day:
1. You're sending vendors way too many options.
While it's smart to get your wedding ideas online, you have to know when to stop. You can't send your wedding planner 25 cake pictures and the florist doesn't want to see 50 different bouquets and centerpieces. A few of each that represent exactly what you want is the best route to go.
2. You've signed contracts, but can't stop creeping wedding Pins.
After you have made your selections and put down deposits with vendors, it's a good idea to back off Pinterest. If you continue to binge, you'll second guess all of your decisions. Continuing to add to your portfolio of wedding wishes will simply cause you stress (and more money if you decide to change your contracts).
3. Your groom is beginning to get annoyed.
Whether you'd like to believe it or not, your groom is not as enamored by Pinterest as you are — and he probably doesn't want to spend every single night looking at cakes, dresses, flowers and napkin colors.
4. Instead of asking your maid of honor for her opinion, you're asking all of your followers.
You shouldn't share your wedding "likes" and "dislikes" via your social media if you haven't invited all of your "friends" to your wedding. It can be insulting to ask the group's opinion on which favor or bridesmaid dress you should choose unless everybody reading your feed is invited.
Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007.