Confessions of a Former Industry Insider

As a former editor of Columbus Weddings, you'd think I would have whipped out a Pinterest board filled with color combinations, beautiful bouquets and the trendiest bridesmaid dresses the second my fiancé, Matt, popped the question.

Reality: My wedding Pinterest board consisted of a mere 17 pins during my entire planning process.

The advantage of editing a wedding magazine before you get engaged is having a leg up on all of the latest and greatest. For my May 2017 wedding, I had a huge pool of notes and magazines from which to pull as I planned the big day. But when it came to making some of the detail decisions ... that's where it gets tricky.

See, when I wrote for and edited Columbus Weddings, I had to look through a very objective lens. I shared what was popular and up-and-coming for all kinds of brides. So imagine how overwhelming it was when I realized I could make these decisions all for myself! This was our day—not a feature story in a magazine that many brides would read. I was excited to make subjective decisions based on what Matt and I wanted, not what would appeal to a wide swath of readers.

A tighter bouquet instead of the recently popular loose, natural flowers? Done.

Peanut butter cake? No-brainer.

A gown that fits my style exactly, instead of one that embodies a theme for a photo shoot? You bet.

And that is what makes planning a wedding so special. No two weddings are exactly alike. This was my day, and I could inject in it the things that make Matt and me happy—Pinterest board or not.

Heather Weekley Lofy is a freelance writer and senior content specialist at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She and Matt Lofy wed on May 20, 2017, at St. Brigid of Kildare Church in Dublin.