Post # 1
I have been stressing out more than enjoying this planning process!
The whole point of HAVING A DESTINATION WEDDING was so that there was minimal stress, and a naturally beautiful background!
The more I check out Style Me Pretty, Pinterest, and Green Wedding Shoes, I am overwhelmed. Granted, a lot of the brides on those sites higher decorating companies and really do it up.. but we’re on a budget (momma is paying!) and I’m trying to re-create everything myself, and when that fails (lol), I’m using Ety. I’m not that crafty! O-o
I have some really nice things so far, I’m just afraid that once it’s all together, I’m going to be disappointed. I’m also super nervous about our photographs!
Our photog normally captures some pretty swank affairs, so I don’t want mine to look LAME in comparision!
We are getting married on the beach, followed by a cocktail hour, dinner, and then a bonfire on the beach. All happening in Clearwater. I’ve attached some photos of things I like, and things I have. Our beach set-up will be arranged like in photo. What do you guys think??
Post # 3
I love those sites too but I think they can create unrealistic expectations. Most people don’t have the time and money. We’re fortunate we can still do something nice to mark the occasion.
The beach set up you posted looks very nice. I have not been to a beach destination wedding but a friend recently was. She she said it was a beautiful wedding and she really enjoyed herself because the atmosphere was so laid back. I think people generally remember feelings not specific details.
Post # 4
Your set-up looks wonderful! You’ve clearly spent a lot of time on this, and it will completely show. Try to relax, you’ve got time to fine tune things if needs be.
Post # 5
Your wedding is going to be perfect for you! It’s really hard but try not to compare. You are doing what suits your personality and budget. Marrying the love of your life and having all of your guests there to see how happy you are is what makes the wedding beautiful!
Post # 6
Half of what makes a wedding look nice on blogs is the photographer. You’ve got a great backdrop (the ocean), so that puts you at an advantage. Most people probably won’t even notice the small details, so don’t stress over them!
Post # 7
I think that looks really great! It fits the personality of your theme really well! Don’t stress and don’t worry about other people’s wedding… this is YOUR wedding so do what you think looks best 🙂
Post # 8
Keep positive but try to keep your expectations in check.
I think your wedding will be awesome!
Post # 9
everything looks pretty! Your photog will do a great job and everything will look amazing.
Remember it’s a day to have fun 🙂
Post # 10
ACK!!!! Wedding blog image perception disorder strikes again! I totally get where you’re coming from. When I first started wedding planning I got on a lot of those sites and was totally overwhelmed by thinking I had to have a wedding that had all these amazing details. Of course I need chandeliers outside. Of course I need hand made favors that are personalized for every single guest. Of course I need giant decorations with my monograms everywhere. But it turns out you don’t really need all that. In fact I quit looking at those sites because they made me feel self concious. You need to have a wedding that is meaningful for you and your fiance. Nobody will be upset if you don’t have a huge fabric strip background or a million coffee filter flowers. Do what you like best but don’t stress about creating some blog worthy wedding. Your wedding should be for you and your fiance. And maybe for your family and friends, but they’re really there for you – not decorations! Your wedding will be awesome! I love the details you have! Don’t stress!
Post # 11
Thanks everyone!! You’ve all given me really great answers and a lot of support! I feel a lot better!
I’m going to try and avoid those sites as much as I can! I have ENOUGH ideas! lol Now I’m just becomming indecisive!
@JenGirl – You’re SO right!!! lol that post you wrote was all me! Glad I’m not the only bride who has experienced that.
Post # 12
Your stuff looks great. STEP AWAY FROM THE BLOGS!
Remember, if there are 5 cool things, the photographer will take pictures of those 5 cool things, as well as a million pictures of you and your husband looking happy in front of the ocean. Pretty good, right?
Post # 13
I felt completely stressed about this same thing throughout my entire wedding planning process. One bit of advice that I started listening to towards the end, was a quote from a bride on a blog that went something like this: “brides tend to focus on the “pretty” aspect of the wedding. But people don’t remember the “pretty,” they remember the “fun.”” After my wedding, I can say that this is SO TRUE! I’m glad I stopped caring so much about the decorations, because in the end it’s really not what mattered. Good luck!
Post # 14
Wedding blogs do to weddings what beauty magizines do to a woman’s figure… for 99% of us – totally unrealistic and end up making us (or our wedding plans) feel like we’ll never measure up.
I totally agree with Sunflower Skies – People will remember the activites and the action far more than they will the decorations.
Your wedding will be uniquely you – no one else will have EXACTLY what you have. That alone makes it valuable. Sharing it with family, friends and the love of your life makes it priceless. (old-school cheesy mastercard commercial just came to mind. 🙂 )
Post # 15
I think everything looks lovely……but I can understand, I worry about the same thing.
Post # 16
This is why you get an awesome photographer, they can make any wedding look incredible, no matter your decorating budget. As for Style Me Pretty, add in an old rusted typewriter in the middle of the beach on a tree stump or a chandelier that doesn’t work to your tent and you’ll be ready for a feature on that blog.