Which wedding site?
Planning a wedding is part of being engaged. It can be exciting and dreamy and stressful and overwhelming. The advice comes from all angles. Have you ever tried to google ‘wedding site’? There are hundreds of them and I am just as guilty, after all this is another wedding site. So how do you navigate the sea of ‘advice’ and plan a wedding that you want?
First things first
First of all you need to remember whatever wedding site you are looking at, they are giving advice to any and all couple that might stumble upon that site, but all couples a different. Everyone will have different budgets, different timescales, different tastes and different ideas. Particularly when you are looking at a planning timeline and and average budget. I know its easy for me to say but try not to let these things stress you out, remember they are trying to cater for everyone, the advice isn’t tailored and it can’t be unless you ask for it. Planners like myself can work with couples to ‘kick start’ your planning.
Manage the negativity
If I don’t have a wedding or consultation, my Sundays are spent curled up with a cup of coffee and a wedding magazine or wedding site that features some wonderful blog but I am stunned at the times I read something negative on a wedding site. I always try to steer clear of the negativity. It leads you to worry about things you didn’t know you needed to worry about but some websites are full of it. Brides Facebook page has recently come under a lot of criticism for it’s negative posts and with articles like this it is no surprise. The article is about guest complaints and I must admit when I read it I was rather annoyed. The first thing they think that people might complain about is the date being inconvenient…hmmm…most couples invite close friends and family. People they love and want around them. We are not all Kate and Wills inviting heads of state we have never met. If the date isn’t convenient, then just RSVP thanks but no thanks, it’s okay. But to be honest, in all the weddings I have worked through or been to as a guest, I have never had this. In my experience, guest don’t complain, even the wedding where the weather was so hot the bar couldn’t keep the beer cold and all the ice melted, no one complained. They just got on with enjoying themselves.
Too much choice!
It is no secret that I am a massive Pinterest fan and don’t get me wrong, it is an amazing wedding site. In fact, for many it is THE wedding site. Full of ideas and inspiration. Perfect for planning every aspect of you wedding, however I do occasionally meet with couples for an ‘advice hour’ as it can be overwhelming with too many suggestions. The other big issue with using Pinterest as a wedding site is that sometimes, there are no links behind the photos. Leaving brides unsure how to recreate something. I have spent many an hour driving round to different Asda’s trying to recreate a table for a bride!
Instagram is another wonderful wedding site where I spend way too much time. The hashtags are perfect for searching for ideas but unlike Pinterest most of the photos are credited so you are able to find exactly who or where you can get that stunning back drop from or who made that amazing cake.
Of all the wedding sites, I think that Instagram is my favourite. How about you? What wedding websites do you use?