Wedding images on Pinterest
A magical world where every cake looks perfect, every table-setting is gorgeous, and everybody's wedding dresses are immaculate confections. It's a beautiful world, that Pinterest universe, but it's also completely, totally, not realistic.
Still, that hasn't stopped many from comparing themselves--and their weddings--to the perfectly constructed world the site provides. In Pinterest-land, everyone's supposed to know how to shabby-chic a table, make a delicious souffle, and dress in the most gorgeous clothes. But what Pinterest doesn't take into account, of course, is how much time and money all this stuff costs.
It's causing problems for some wedding planners, who say Pinterest and other image-oriented inspriation sites give people unrealistic expecations of their own weddings. "Because everyone can see the same images, they want the same
standard without regard to what their financial situation is,"
Fabienne Laveau, a Washington D.C., wedding planner, told the CSMonitor.
And a lot of people are using it. More than 48 million people--mostly women--now pin for pleasure, and wedding boards are hugely popular on the site.
What's the toll on people psychologically? Well, some Pinterest users say they've begun to feel inadequate in the face of so much perfection. Just like well-curated home and lifestyle blogs, Pinterest creates an alternate, unrealistic reality -- but one that many women unfortunately buy into. And that leaves many brides deeply disappointed when they realize they can't afford, or don't have the time, to create the lantern-lit, lily-centerpieced, lobster-serving wedding of their dreams.
Still, Pinterest can be a useful tool for brides, when it comes to collecting images for inspiration -- as long as they keep in mind that they're just pictures, and the real thing is so much better.