Pinterest seems like the ideal wedding planning tool, but it comes with pitfalls.
"It's a double-edged sword," says Emilie Duncan at Emilie Duncan Event Planning. "Brides can show us photos and say, 'This is what I want.' A picture is worth a thousand words and it's helpful to see what they want. On the other hand, it's so overwhelming."
Obsessive pinning can it make it hard to settle on a cohesive theme for your wedding. Or you can get overly ambitious about the number of DIY projects you plan to complete for the big day. Worst of all, Pinterest might foster unrealistic expectations.
"Most of the images are not from real weddings," says Jennifer Drew at Something to Remember Event Planning. Much of what you see on Pinterest comes from styled shoots for blogs or magazines. Although those photos are wonderful sources of inspiration, they can be hard to recreate down to the tiniest detail. "We have to be realistic about how we can make it look without an unlimited budget, a perfect background and lighting," Drew says.
Of course, that doesn't mean you can't still use the social site. But you can use it better. First, Duncan says to always edit the pin description so you can remember what you liked about it. Drew recommends creating separate boards for different categories: one for colors, one for centerpieces, one for photography.
Lastly, remind yourself of what you and your partner care about most. Sure, those pinned centerpieces are cute, but if they don't end up in your wedding, that's OK. Trust us: When you're basking in the happy glow of getting hitched to your sweetie, you won't notice.