Monday, December 11, 2017
Parenting & Relationships

Pinterest wedding photos help create dreams

It should be known up front that though I do have a boyfriend, I am nowhere near getting a ring, buying a dress and planning what decades of advertising have told me will be the biggest day of my life.

Don't get me wrong; I have every good intention of doing all of those things and, honestly, the sooner the better. While I draw the line at dress shopping until I have a sparkle on my finger, the lack of bling doesn't stop me from looking and pinning. Pinning on Pinterest, that is.

And I'm not alone.

For anyone who has ever been on the image-sharing site, Pinterest seems like it was made for women planning weddings, whether they are getting married or not. According to Modea, a digital ad agency, 68 percent of Pinterest's users are female, and of those women, about 28 percent are in the age bracket of 25 to 34 years old.

What all of these numbers translate to is a lot of women who are marrying age with millions upon millions of photos of DIY centerpieces, perfect proposals and stunning dresses literally a click away. How many women, exactly? According to a Pinterest spokesperson, "We don't have an official count for wedding-related boards, but it's safely in the order of tens of thousands, if not more." (The company doesn't share data related to pins, boards or categories.)

Instead, I turned to a company that interacts with Pinterest on a daily basis. Paper Moon Weddings is an online wedding magazine, one I'm guilty of following on Pinterest because their pins are prolific and suit my taste for a subdued and natural-feeling celebration. Rebecca J. Hodges, the creative director, told me that Pinterest has changed their world because their ideas and photos can go viral in minutes at the sound of a pin. "Because of the creative generation coming behind us with technology at their fingertips, more and more crafters are sharing their ideas," she says.

What I was most interested in, though, was what type of weddings might be crafted out of Pinterest boards. If one was to look at the 100 pins on my "Wedding Partay" board, you would think I loved typography (which I do), want a wedding cake that is made to look like a tree (preferably an aspen) and am undecided on what my color scheme is going to be (too many choices). But through my pinning, I kept coming across some of the same bridesmaid dresses or mismatching wedding bands — everyone and their mom (who probably also has a wedding board) was pinning these photos.

Does this lead to the creation of more "cookie cutter" weddings because a lot of today's brides, and future brides, are using Pinterest as their inspiration? Hodges set my mind at ease: "It's hard to say 'cookie cutter' when brides are using circuses to inspire their day or if The Great Gatsby is their greatest wedding dream."

Hodges stressed that while Pinterest may make you feel like you have to make all of your guest favors and place settings, or make sure that you don't copy the next bride, its main purpose is what it started out as: a visual representation of what we all like. "While many brides want their wedding to look personal and DIY, they don't necessarily want to 'do it themselves.' More than anything we are seeing more specialized vendors that make these unique projects for them," Hodges says. "Pinterest feeds from these creative places. If anything I would say that Pinterest is keeping up with the growing creative and visual needs of the wedding industry."

In my experience of looking through wedding pins on Pinterest I've learned that there are too many ideas out there to count. And while I don't need to copy the photos exactly, they at least get me thinking about ways to incorporate Mason jars into my future wedding. Hodges agrees with me, saying that Pinterest helps brides to organize their ideas in order to show vendors what exactly they're looking for. "Verbally communicating creative ideas can be tricky if you have never done it before," she says.

So don't be ashamed if you have a wedding board and no ring. Don't even be ashamed if you have a wedding board and no man. I'm almost positive that you will thank yourself later for having pinned that photo of the perfect centerpiece.

Comments

Tell Me About It: Parentsí extreme sheltering feels creepy

Parentsí extreme sheltering feels creepyQ: My daughter, 11, has three friends from school. One girlís parents are generous hosts. "Emma" is an only child and has a pool, fun toys, great snacks.The problem is that Emmaís parents donít let Emma be a gu...
Published: 12/10/17
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 11-17

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 11-17

Katy Perry: The Teenage Dream songstress roars into Tampaís Amalie Arena on Friday ($45.75-$195.75). amaliearena.com. Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights begins Tuesday, bringing fun celebrations including Hanukkah in the City at the Sundial St. Petersb...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/10/17
Wild weather expected, 2 boat parades canceled

Wild weather expected, 2 boat parades canceled

Boat parades that were planned tonight in South Pasadena and St. Pete Beach have been canceled because of weather fears.Organizers said they will not be rescheduled. Heavy rain is expected to approach the gulf coast near sunset Friday ahead of a stro...
Published: 12/08/17
Fun and profound Hanukkah celebrations around the Tampa Bay area

Fun and profound Hanukkah celebrations around the Tampa Bay area

It’s time to observe the Festival of Lights, starting at sunset Tuesday and ending Dec. 20. Many congregations seem to be having a great time, because Hanukkah celebrations this year are hilarious. There’s a menorah made of fidget spinne...
Published: 12/08/17
From Hogwarts Castle to your home, digital projectors give a real light show

From Hogwarts Castle to your home, digital projectors give a real light show

At night, Hogwarts Castle is suddenly dusted with snow in steamy Florida. It’s not really snow, but light causing this trick of the eye. Projectors and sophisticated software then send ghosts across the castle towers. A turret spins and turns i...
Published: 12/08/17

Tell Me About It: Self-awareness best way to break bad habit

Self-awareness best way to break bad habitQ: I recently had a friend tell me that I have become arrogant since I entered a new career in which thereís a culture of snobbery and one-upping.I was defensive, and would really have liked to believe she wa...
Published: 12/08/17

Tell Me About It: Exís attempt to make amends falls flat

Exís attempt to make amends falls flatQ: My first love e-mailed me out of the blue, after 10 years, to make amends as part of his AA program. The lengthy e-mail detailed my exís love for me, regrets, and urged me to consider a phone call or FaceTime ...
Published: 12/07/17
Three shades of comedy this week: Game Grumps Live, Harlem Globetrotters, Liberal Redneck comedy tour

Three shades of comedy this week: Game Grumps Live, Harlem Globetrotters, Liberal Redneck comedy tour

VIDEO STARS: Game Grumps LiveYou thought video game players were wasting their time, but these days professional players are packing stadiums and making more money than youíll ever see. They also give us hilarious shows like Game Grumps Live, coming...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/08/17

Tell Me About It: Remarks about food choices grow tiresome

Remarks about food choices grow tiresomeQ: Iím going on vacation soon with my in-laws, siblings-in-laws, and their spouses. Over the last few years, Iíve been working on eating fewer unhealthy foods like bread and dairy, and as a result I feel much b...
Published: 12/06/17
A guide to holiday events at Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens and more theme parks

A guide to holiday events at Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens and more theme parks

Instead of shoveling snow, Christmas in Florida means celebrating the holiday season in shorts and T-shirts at theme parks and local attractions. Some parks even haul in “snow” for an authentic holiday vibe. While the last two weeks of t...
Published: 12/06/17