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Guest Post | Sara Burnett of Burnett’s Boards

Guest Post | Sara Burnett of Burnett’s Boards

Today I have a fun treat for all of you: a guest blog post by the very talented Sara Burnett of Burnett’s Boards.

Sara creates stunning inspiration boards for brides daily. Her blog is a wealth of information and palette loveliness. I asked Sara to share a bit about how brides can wade through the mass of wedding blogs to gain inspiration that is best for them and their style.

A week or two ago, Marta Segal Block asked Huffington Post readers: Are Wedding Blogs Ruining Your Wedding? In summary – she says that she advises her brides to, once they have their wedding planned, stop reading wedding blogs. Why? Because she says that a lot of what you’re looking at is not real and that the emphasis of wedding blogs is on the details and not on the people at the wedding or the two getting married. I can see her point. I can see how it would be easy to spend months on Pinterest, pinning things in your feed and exploring the popular blogs out there and falling easily into the mason jar and mustache photo booth prop pit. Pinterest shows you both unique pins and repins, but 80% of the pins on Pinterest are repins from other users so what you’re usually getting in the ‘wedding’ feed are the same things, over and over again (source).
There is absolutely nothing wrong with mason jars and mustache photo booth props, unless you find yourself pinning it and wanting it because everyone else does. It’s easy to start to covet the most popular trends when they are in front of your eyes for a good portion of the day. Who doesn’t want to be part of the ‘in crowd?’ My advice to you though is to step back, don’t stop reading and scouring wedding blogs, but step back for a moment and really think about what sort of wedding YOU want. Did you and your fiancé meet in your college chemistry lab? Go for a chemistry themed wedding! Do you both have a passion for the color orange and kitschy tiki mugs? Use them at your wedding! Your wedding should be a reflection of who you are as a couple, and it should be exactly the way you both want it, not the way everyone else is showing you to have it.
So, once you have stepped back and really come to terms with what YOU want, go read those blogs! Look for blogs that speak to your interests as a couple and the style that you are going for. There are millions of wonderful, offbeat, quirky, and romantic wedding ideas and details out there and you’re bound to find that little special something that can really make your wedding yours. If anything, wedding blogs can give you a creative kick to dream up your own unique touches.
On a more personal note and as a response to Block’s article, wedding blogs helped me once I had already planned my wedding. If it hadn’t been for my persistent reading of wedding blogs the bowl of gardenias floating in water on our reception tables (to represent my husband’s mother, who had passed away) wouldn’t have been there, and when my brother, who is in the military, was unable at the last minute to get leave, I never would have thought to use a laptop and Skype so that he could watch the ceremony live. Blogs gave me those ideas, and in the midst of chaotic wedding preparations and planning, I wouldn’t have had the creative energy to think of them on my own.
Thanks again to Amanda for allowing me the opportunity to guest post on her beautiful blog!
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