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Confessions of a Non-Pinterest Bride

Can you even throw a wedding these days without spending hours pouring and agonizing over the beautifully crafted images on Pinterest?

I certainly couldn’t, and I am guessing that you probably can’t either.

But! I don’t own a glue gun. I don’t know how to sculpt metal bits into fabulous centerpieces. I don’t think it’s even possible for me to visualize, let alone execute, the beauty that Pinterest tells us that we need to achieve.

So. What’s a girl (or wedding planning boy) to do?

Take a deep breath, realize what your limitations are (skill, time, money, etc), and have a good long think about what is most important to you. If you are like me, and you just don’t have a crafty bone in your body, but you absolutely, positively HAVE TO HAVE a wedding that looks like those images – then I suggest you call a wedding planner and designer asap. They will not only have the know-how, but they also have the skills and the time to make it exactly what you want.

For the rest of us, who maybe don’t need the favors and the invitations and the table runners to match exactly, here’s what I realized: it is all going to be ok. And not owning a glue gun is ok. *deep breath, let it out*

There are little things you can do to class up your wedding without having to spend hours crying over stuff you don’t know how to make.

• You can hire an amazing photographer to shoot your wedding, and while you’re at it, shoot an engagement session so you can use those images for your invitations or even print them out and use them to decorate your venue.

• You can choose to rent colored table linens instead of just white, to give the venue a little character and a little personalization to your wedding colors.

• You can hang a bunch of lights across the ceiling or down the walls to create a backdrop if you don’t have time to make wall decorations.

• You can ask your florist to jazz up your centerpieces to take up more visual space, or make more little bunches of flowers, so that you don’t have to worry about table decorations.

•And you can absolutely see if the venue you pick has tried-and-true ideas that are easy to pull off that you can recreate with your own colors/images/flare/etc. You can easily google image search for your venue and tons of photos will pop up to give you ideas of what has been done there before.

Just remember, not all of us brides are craft experts. And we can throw an amazing wedding anyway.

Keep in mind what is MOST important to you (hopefully having a great time marrying your honey) and let the stuff that sounds good, but maybe isn’t as important go.

A great party is still a great party if the napkins don’t exactly match, I promise.


~ Sarah


photographed by barbie hullSarah is our new Wedding Wednesday blogger. She is one of our fabulous giver brides from 2012 who walked into Get Hitched Give Hope with the intent on getting married in Jamaica in 2014, and walked out with packages and vendors she fell in love with, and a new plan for a fall 2013 Seattle wedding. Sarah will be bringing us thoughts on the wedding industry and wedding planning from the perspective of a bride who isn’t the traditional “been dreaming of my wedding since I was five” type of girl.


photo by Barbie Hull 

December 20, 2015 - 7:59 pm

Ashley DiGregorio - Thank you for this. I think these tips are really helpful!

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