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Pinterest is a wonderful wedding planning tool.

There are so many options, suggestions and design ideas that quite possibly anyone, even without a “crafting thumb” could follow the instructions and make something wonderful.

For months, I have collected these ideas on my special secret wedding planning board and I even shared with others that my planning progress was right on track, primarily because I had this board with a million ideas “pinned” and I felt somewhat accomplished.

Then I had a lightbulb moment and I sat down to read through all of my pins and figured out what ideas would become a reality.

It was a mess!

I was all over the place and needed to figure out what DIY projects would fill my to do list. I tried to do this by myself by printing out everything, laying it all out on the floor and checking to see how much it would cost to make my design dreams come true. Again, the process was a mess!

I needed help.

I called Leigh Strong a real life Superhero but also known as a designer and stylist. Leigh assured me that she could whip my plan into shape and we scheduled a meeting.

Leigh Strong, Designer Extraordinaire

We started talking at 7 a.m., and two hours later I had a solid plan and realized that I would save tons of money by focusing on what I REALLY wanted vs being solely inspired by my Pinterest board.

 

Planning on a budget? Make sure you think about the following:

  • Pinterest ideas still require time and money. Do your homework before you commit to the DIY project, price out how much the materials will be as well as the investment of your time!
  • It’s amazing how a little instruction/how to lesson can open your eyes to the additional items that you will need to make DIY project come to life! When I made my wedding budget, I  didn’t plan on buying power tools or a Cricut machine.
  • DIY + non-DIY projects, are not always created equal. Take inventory on what you plan to make, buy and/or rent and ensure there is a good design flow. You don’t want some things to look better than others.

How did you organize all of your creative ideas? What tips do you have? Share in the comments below!

 

 

  • 3/1

    … I am still on the hunt for a florist, how about you?

    The original plan was to keep the flower plan simple: bouquets and boutonnieres only. Well that plan is not realistic! Who was I kidding? I love fresh flowers and buy them weekly to decorate my house. A minimal flower presence at my wedding was a silly idea. What was I thinking? 

    Real Bride Ciji Floral Event

    I attended a floral event/book signing in hopes of being inspired

    I started looking for florist in December 2016 and I am still looking. I’ve hit one roadblock after another but I still have hope! Here’s how you can avoid my mistakes:

    • I started talking to florists before I had a decor plan. The thought was that I could share bits and pieces of my vision and they would tell me what to do, that hasn’t happened … yet
    • Be open to suggestions but not all suggestions. I don’t really want mother’s corsages and I should stick with that decision without being influenced by tradition and florist feedback
    • Talk it out! I have so many ideas in my head and so many pictures on my Pinterest page but what I need most is to talk thru my vision. I’ve tried not to be a burden my friends and family with all of my wedding talk, but I need to get over that and I have a plan. More to come on that plan in a future post! 
    • Be gentle on yourself! Nothing’s worse then the feeling of wasted time. When I realized that it’s taking me almost four months to check this box off my list, I was two minutes away from a meltdown. I’ve had to give myself pep talks and encouragement. It’s your big day, it’s ok to take your time and get it RIGHT! 

    I am confident that I will be able to share soon a status update on my floral decor plan, stay tuned! 

    What have you been running into massive roadblocks with?

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    My Pinterest board is filled to the brim with ideas. I've considered everything from building an altar from used pallet boards to growing my own rose garden and assembling the bridal bouquet. It's time for an intervention! I've known for years, well before I was officially engaged that I would be a "do it yourself" bride. Not just because of the cost savings but also…

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    1/16

    My fiancé and I are social and at times private people. We enjoy both quiet and unpublicized time with loved ones as well as social media engagement and interactions. It's a healthy balance. With that being said, our wedding website needed to reflect both sides. We desired to create an informative and functional wedding website to share our love story with visitors and inform our…

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    1/3

    I am from Texas. Travis is from Michigan. We have different backgrounds and our own way of doing things. A year ago, we traveled to different cities to celebrate the Holidays independently of each other and it was on Christmas morning, 2015 that we decided that we would not spend another Christmas away from each other. Home is where the heart is. Photo Credit:  Rayna…

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