By Kim Letteer  

Since the 2010 launch of Pinterest, brides everywhere have diligently pinned ideas for every aspect of their wedding from the guest book that greets attendees to the favors handed out at the end of the evening.

The good news? Inspiration can sometimes be difficult to come by, so a guide such as Pinterest can jump-start your creativity as you begin planning.

The bad news? With the vast majority of brides relying on Pinterest to guide them, we are seeing the end of wedding creativity as we know it.

While Pinterest is an optimal place to start when seeking preliminary ideas, it has now become a guide for every detail we see, taking with it all sense of wedding uniqueness. Trends are repeating themselves, and while the details may have a “wow” factor when you first see them on a pin, they are simply exact replications of someone else’s wedding.

In other words, ladies, it’s time to shut down your laptop as we offer you an alternative solution.

First, it’s important to gain a bit of perspective and acknowledge your budget.   Oftentimes, the lavish affairs you see on Pinterest far exceed your budget. Take the time to set a reasonable budget and then seek out wedding professionals that can develop your vision within the budgetary parameters you set. Additionally, remember that a limited budget doesn’t mean your wedding can’t be just as beautiful as that one you’ve seen pinned hundreds of times over on Pinterest.   Remember, the last thing you need as a newlywed is an empty wallet!

Next, look to Pinterest for inspiration purposes only. Gather ideas on what colors you want throughout your wedding and the particular style you are aiming for-vintage, romantic, eclectic, etc. Run across something that just doesn’t mesh with your vision? Pin that too so you can better visualize and articulate looks you’d like to avoid.

The color board on the RVAWeddings Pinterest page is probably our most useful. Make one similar that is full of color palates that are appealing to you, and you'll be able to narrow down your wedding colors.
The color board on the RVAWeddings Pinterest page is probably our most useful. Make one similar that is full of color palates that are appealing to you, and you’ll be able to narrow down your wedding colors.

Then, allow your wedding day team to utilize their creativity, expertise and professional judgment to ensure your vision comes to life. You chose to partner with these professionals for a reason, so trust that they will produce every element you envision from start to finish.

Give your vendors a starting point based on your pins, be open about the budget you’ve created and then let them work their magic. Have patience and see what they come up with, as more often times than not, the end results will be ten times greater than you imagined . . . or pinned.

Looking for a completely one-of-a-kind wedding that is perfect for you and your new spouse? Step away from your Pinterest account and start making it happen!

Kim Letteer is the owner of Lettier Event Planning Studio, a Richmond based event planning and design studio  that assists brides every step of the way to ensure their wedding day is the one they’ve been waiting for their whole life. To learn more, please visit  www.lettierstudio.com.