Have you noticed just how much wedding inspiration is available to a bride today? It seems like everywhere you look, there’s a styled shoot, gorgeous cake, or real wedding that could be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s great when you first start wedding planning, but once you’ve made some big decisions with your vendors, seeing a constant stream of new inspo can make you start to second-guess your plans. So how can you keep loving your wedding in the age of Instagram? Here are a few tips from our experts that might help.
As you’re planning and designing your wedding, it’s important to focus on what fits together. Sure, you might start out with a design board that’s all over the place, but once you’ve narrowed it down to a theme or idea, try not to get too far off track. So while you might see a photo of a lounge area with midcentury furniture that is totally stunning, if your wedding is more of an elegant garden party, save that idea for your living room and don’t try to mix it into your reception!
After you’ve got your primary details figured out, it's time to step away from Pinterest, wedding blogs, and Instagram feeds full of wedding inspiration. You’ve signed a contract and paid a deposit, and your vendors have started to place orders, so don’t tempt yourself with something new! If you get an itch, go back to the design boards you’ve been working on and immerse yourself in all the pretty things you’ll see on your own wedding day.
Has your wedding come and gone? It’s easy to look at other events and think, “I should have done that!” or “I wish I’d seen that!” It happens to all of us. Instead of wishing you’d done something differently for your own wedding, though, remember how beautiful it was and how much fun you had. Watch your film again, pore over your album, and reread your guest book. Those are the memories that matter, not whether or not you should have used a different color scheme!
And of course, keep budget in mind. Don’t forget that those gorgeous, super-lush settings and incredible furniture vignettes are expensive! From rentals to out-of-season flowers to custom design details, it costs a whole lot to have a wedding like what you’re seeing in your feed. So even if that’s where your inspiration is coming from, keep your expectations realistic and talk to your vendors to find out exactly how far your money can go.