(Closed) Pinterest & Trends – has it turned you off from ideas you love?

posted 8 years ago in Technology
  • poll: Have you stayed away from certain wedding ideas just because they are trendy?

    Yes, but I wasn't crazy about the idea anyway.

    Yes, and I really loved the idea!

    Nope, I still did what I wanted regardless.

    I don't like the current trends, so it was easy to steer away from them.

    Obligatory "other"

  • Post # 32
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    When I first saw on pinterest flowergirls and ringbearers carrying ‘here comes the bride’ signs, I thought it was really cute.  But then I began to see that incorporated into every wedding I went to so it’s a no-go for me now. 

    Post # 33
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    YES!  Oh man, I have to say, I hate how the “rustic” thing has become such a popular theme – at least on Pinterest and wedding blogs.  Cause that’s how I’ve ALWAYS envisioned my own wedding… we live in the mountains, we are super casual and festive people, we want to use mason jars / wildflowers / cowboy boots / etc because that’s the stuff we already have and use!  Ugh.

    But whatever, I’m just going to incorporate the stuff I want regardless of anyone else’s opinion (except my sweet Fiance of course).  The only trendy thing I’ve liked but totally decided against is bunting, because I think it’ll look super dated later (and my Fiance thinks it looks like a used car sales lot, haha).  I wasn’t totally set on the idea anyway, though.  

    I am definitely keeping wildflowers and mason jar centerpieces, burlap runners, signs made on salvaged wood, teal/coral/peach/yellow color scheme, etc, regardless of their popularity.  That is MY STYLE and I’m sticking to it.

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    @unimeg07:  +1 – same here girl!  πŸ™‚

    Post # 34
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    Bee Keeper

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    @lilone35:  I don’t think timeless tradtional elegance is a trend or is like one. A bride who has no creative inspiration at all can still throw a perfectly delightful and elegant wedding just by sticking to the traditional elements. However, I have yet to meet a single person who doesn’t have a creative bone in their body. When someone tells me he/she is not creative, what I find him/her to really be saying is “I have no faith that my creativity is good enough to share.”

    People may be using trends like crutches (“It’s like I was creative, and I will treat it as if it was my own idea, but really I know this has social approval at the moment because it is a trend”), …and I understand for some it can really be scary to do something that as far as you know has never been done before, or hasn’t been popular for years or decades or more. What if it won’t be well-recieved? So going to a trend is tempting, safer and almost like creativity. But in this case, I would stick to the timeless stuff, because it did become timeless for a reason.

    There are so many specific examples I could give about things that are trending right now on Pinterest or the bee that will look very dated in the future when brides look back at their wedding photos, but I don’t want to go outside bee guidelines by mentioning examples.

    The reason they will look dated is because they’re kind of silly now. People just tend to ignore how silly something is when it becomes a very popular trend in the moment. But later on, they will be saying, “What was I thinking?” like they do about their high school yearbook photos. And your wedding is meant to be a symbol of your marriage, timeless and potent with meaning always, not a symbol of the trends of the moment of 2013.

    Post # 35
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    @unimeg07:  I agree with this. I really want to believe that “trends” dont bother me for weddings. You only know it as another bride or if you go to 10-20 weddings a year. Even if something is “trendy,” if I like it I will do it. 

    Post # 36
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I have to say that I LOVE PINTEREST WITH ALL OF MY HEART. I have TWO wedding boards (one with actual ideas i’ll use and one with all wedding pins ever..) I’m pretty sure both boards combined is like 300 pins 😐

    It is my opinion that Pinterest shows a lot of trendy stuff because it’s beautiful and creative. Not because it’s just trendy. Every Wedding magazine right now is also doing the rustic/vintage/glam theme too. This doesn’t sway my barn wedding decision in any way.

    I think that even though Pinterest and the rest of the wedding world is widely broadcasthing certain themes and ideas, chances are your family/friends have never seen most of these ideas so it will be orginal to them.

     

    And just remember EVERYTHING has been done before Bees. Let’s not get worked up about it. Imagine a Pinterest world of nothing but glitzy banquet weddings…borrrring!

     

    My pinterest boards:

    http://pinterest.com/bretonvirginia/our-wedding-september-21-13/

    http://pinterest.com/bretonvirginia/till-the-end-of-time/

    Feel free to follow πŸ˜‰

     

     

     

     

    Post # 38
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    Bumble bee

    I love love pinterest. I only wish everyone else didn’t also:) Honestly, pinterest has ruined a lot of things for me. Especially fun birth announcements or gender reveals.. A friend I know did the whole opening of the box and see pink or blue baloons come out, or the girl throwing up and the guy giving the thumbs up or the cutting of the cake to show a color..  although the idea was adorable when I first saw it on pinterest, once it showed up on FB I couldn’t help but think.. so over done and and chuckle a little to myself when I read the “how original” comments. UHHH I know that is so stupid because in real life it was very original-no one else I know has ever done that but after seeing it pinned 400 times not so much. Literally every birth announcement I’ve seen lately-which is a lot I have already seein on pinterest.

    I think mostly, pinterest has made people who aren’t really naturally creative or artsy turn into that by imitating someone elses creative or artsy idea or project. Include myself there also.. I have gotten a ton of ideas from there.

    Post # 39
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    @joya_aspera:  me too and there is a toooon of pins on it too. I like that pinterest covers every wedding idea ever. obviously some are more popular than others.

    Post # 40
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

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    @joya_aspera:  I agree with you somewhat, but I think some of these trends will only look ridiculous later if they don’t fit your life and relationship right now.  The bee above who mentioned that she loved the look of rustic stuff, but actually hates the outdoors and anything casual… well yeah, those types of decor would not age well in her wedding album.  (Which she realized.)

    But just as a counterpoint, my Fiance and I (and friends & family) live and breathe fun, festive, outdoor stuff.  Having a classic, elegant wedding with muted ivory tones and butlers serving plated meals would just not represent who we are whatsoever.  (And having waited 12 or 13 years to get married, we are not too concerned about what is “traditional” for a wedding – we just want it to feel like us.)  So in our case, we have a million mason jars because we can food and drink out of them.  We don’t want to waste money on a bunch of vases.  So BAM, reusing mason jars and picking wildflowers out of our huge garden = perfectly “us” centerpieces.  Etcetera.  πŸ™‚

    Post # 41
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    Bee Keeper

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    @bretonvirgniia:  There are more wedding ideas, which aren’t on Pinterest πŸ™‚ And they probably won’t pinned up by those brides, either.

    Post # 42
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I always wanted a big red barn wedding and for guests to sit on hay bails.  But the whole country/rustic thing has gotten out of hand so I decided to go in an opposite direction and restructure what I’ve “always wanted”.  I knew the dress I have always wanted and the type of shoes (cowboy boots) and the only thing that stuck was the boots and dress so that everything else didn’t see trendy.

    Post # 43
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    Bee Keeper

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    @lolot:  If your inspiration comes from your deep love of wildflowers rather than seeing a lot of “pinned” burlap flags (I forgot what brides are calling those), I don’t think you can really go wrong. There will probably be other elements of your wedding that are very “you” and not necessarily “on-trend.” I also think there are more casual or understated, simple versions of timeless elegance… butlers are certainly not required to be timeless! 

    Some of our ideas are bound to happen to be similar to trends, past or present. But it’s very unlikely that a bride happens to have taste that exactly matches a trend that also happens to be current.

    Post # 44
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    @unimeg07:  I feel you there! A lot of your ideas are mine, too! (Mason jars, color scheme, mixing rose gold with white gold… I also have been making my own bunting for ages and now it’s everywhere, too!). It kind of sucks when the things you think you thought of first all of a sudden blow up, then you look like you’re just following trend.

     

    P.S. We’re date twins! πŸ™‚

    P.P.S. I went to college at Ohio University and love Hocking Hills! What an incredible backdrop for a wedding. And if you’re going for that “rustic” feel, it’s totally suitable for that area πŸ™‚

    Post # 45
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    @joya_aspera:  I’m not sure I get what you’re saying so I went on pinterest to see if maybe they don’t have other wedding ideas than Glitzy/Barn/Shabby Chic/Super trendy weddings…

     

    I typed in

     

    Video Game Wedding – Fairy wedding – Garden Wedding – Glamour Wedding – Modern Wedding – Every colour ever (purple,pink,blue, green) wedding – Pig Wedding yep! – Twilight wedding – Victorian Wedding – Chic Wedding – Church Wedding – Catholic Wedding – Gay Wedding – and so on.

     

    Every single one turned up a whole lot of pins.

     

    I think Pinterest is resourceful for everyone. Obviously if you click “categories” and view the most popular pins, it’s not going to be a wedding themed around Zelda or whateva…

    Post # 46
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Nothing specific in our wedding has been ruined by Pinterest, but it does drive me crazy sometimes. I feel like everytime I get a new idea or have an “a-ha moment” I end up seeing it on Pinterest the next day!

    The rustic weddings can be SO cute, but I would never ever do one because now it seems so overdone! I went to a wedding not long ago and afterward someone asked me, “was it a Pinterest wedding or a regular wedding?” Haha!

    We are using a couple of ideas I found on there – like my something blue will be part of my grandpa’s shirt sewn into my dress, but generally if I see it on Pinterest more than a few times then I cross it off my list. Oh and my fiance asked me the other day, “what is up with all of these freakin’ mustaches all over the place??” LOL

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