Oh Pinterest

Oh Pinterest-you will be the death of every woman, myself included. Isn’t it funny how as women we complain about never having time to clean the house, work out, run errands, yet we find ourselves dedicating an hour or more scrolling through thousands of pins on Pinterest daily? It’s like time literally speeds up while you mindless scroll Pinterest pinning recipes you’ll most likely not cook, workouts you’ll most likely not wake up early to try, outfits that only exist on Pinterest, and planning your future wedding (even though you are not engaged), baby room (even though you’re not pregnant), or even your dream home. We’re all guilty-myself included!

On the flip side, the inventors of Pinterest, Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp are pure geniuses! How no one thought of the concept before is beyond me. When used correctly Pinterest can help you create the event of your dreams. But, you can easily get overwhelmed on Pinterest. You can have an idea in your mind and after five minutes of searching on Pinterest have ten other ideas. We here at Tailor Made are here to help you create your dream event and we haven’t found a Pinterest idea that we can’t recreate, however we have to have a concept first. Below are some tips and tricks to help you create the perfect board for your upcoming event:

  1. Stay true to you!

Easier said than done I know-but it’s important. Work with your own style, that way finding ideas comes natural. Are you the glitzy, over the top type? Avoid simple looks. Are you the shabby chic style? Avoid modern looks. There is nothing wrong with trying out different styles but ultimately if you don’t stay true to yourself you will find that you’re always looking for different ideas and constantly wanting to change them.

  1. Think about your venue!

Probably the absolutely most important part of this! An indoor venue holds lots of possibilities. You have ceilings, walls, and floors you can decorate. Outside-not so much, which requires more effort on planning for décor. You have to think about the surroundings, the current theme at the venue, if outdoors-what flowers will be in bloom what the weather will be like, etc. It can make finding a focus a lot simpler.

  1. Think about the weather (if applicable)!               

You will be surprised at how much weather can make a difference for an event. Candy bars are super trendy and cute additional to any event, but if it’s 80+ degrees outside you might want to avoid chocolate. Or if it’s hot outside you might want to think of coverings (which is a great additional for décor as there are a ton of overhead décor ideas on Pinterest). If there’s a possibility that it’s cold or could rain-have a backup plan and avoid paper decorations as they can easily be ruined.

  1. Pick a color scheme AND stick with it!

When I say stick with it I mean stick with it! Take into consideration venue (coral and white go great on a beach but red and black might not be so ideal) and weather (you don’t want browns and olive greens in the summer or coral and white in the winter). And think about accent colors and stick with them-silver vs gold or black vs white. Changing the color scheme half way thru the event will create nothing but chaos, stress, and frustrating and it will change the entire look of your event.

  1. Real vs fake!     

This is super important and a lot of factors come into play here! Fake flowers are less expensive than real and when selected correctly look just as nice as real flowers. However, there are some things to consider. Is the venue outdoors in the heat? Real flowers tend to wilt and not look as good by the end of the event. Is the venue indoors where water is accessible? Real flowers might be perfect then. How far is the venue from your home? Real flowers are super fragile where fake flowers aren’t as fragile. Fake flowers allows you more time to create gorgeous arches, backdrops, etc. where real flowers you are limited with your time and handing on them so they don’t become ruined.  

  1. Be realistic (But why?!)

One of my biggest complaints about Pinterest is that nothing is realistic on there. Outfits don’t exist at stores. Recipes never turn out the way they should. Craft projects end up disasters but it’s not the case with décor if you have a realistic approach. Take into consideration when your event is. For example is the event a month away? Unless you have nothing else to do, over the top, elaborate décor that requires extensive pre-planning and creating isn’t realistic.  Is the event 1 year away? Then you have a lot more time to do some extensive décor.

Hopefully these tips help! Pinterest is truly a great tool for any event. 99% of my wedding décor was from ideas on Pinterest and it’s all possible once you have a focus. Here at Tailor Made we are there to guide you along the way and to make your dream event come true!

 

You Said YES! Now What?

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014 2,140,272 marriages occurred in the United States? Break that down-and that’s 5,863 per day! To break it down even more, in 2014 Stanislaus County issued 2,590 marriage licenses! That’s over 7 a day!

With all the weddings happening in Stanislaus County you would think we would have it down. It would be natural to assume that everyone planning a wedding would be stress free thanks to all the advice of the other 2,590 couple who got married. But let’s be real, that’s not the case AT ALL. The Knot did a study in 2010 (they surveyed 19,000 brides that got married in 2010) and it found that “nearly 50% of brides found that planning their wedding was more stressful than expected” and “in the last three months leading up to their wedding, brides spend an average of 11 hours a week planning.”

These are BIG numbers. Think about it, in one 24 hour period, say you work 9 hours (one hour lunch break), commuting time there and back is 2 hours, you sleep for 8 hours (you wish right?), that leaves you 5 hours for everything else: getting ready for work, chores, maybe a social hour here and there, or spending time with your fiancé or kids. And now you have to squeeze in 1.5 hours a day for wedding planning?! How is there time? Which then is where that stress level comes in at. Planning a birthday party is stressful, let alone a wedding where you are trying to make your fairy tale, childhood dreams come true.

In the same 2010 study done by The Knot, “nearly 1 In 3 hire or use an event/wedding planner, with more than half of those brides hiring them for day-of coordination (52%).” So out of that 19,000 surveyed only 6,300 of brides got it right.

Which brings us to the whole point of this-why hire an event/wedding planner? I mean out of 19,000 brides 12,700 didn’t use one so why should you, right? Let’s go back to the stress survey-50% of those 19,000 brides that it was more stressful than they anticipated! You have enough stress to worry about on a regular day-to-day basis to add wedding planning stress into your life. You want to talk about a stressful situation-try having 2 days to lose the last 5 lbs. before your wedding so that you fit into your wedding dress because you bought the smaller size thinking it would be no problem!

Tailor Made is here to help you be stress free. Imagine waking up on your wedding day morning drinking a mimosa, getting a massage, turning OFF your phone, getting your hair and makeup done, casually taking your time without a single concern. Let me tell you from personal experience I WISH I had it that easy on my wedding day. On my wedding day we (my bridesmaids, groomsmen, family, my fiancé, and myself) woke up at 6:00 am to set up our wedding. We had it on the beach and it was dark and windy at 6:00 am. Let the stressful day began! Then, because our wedding was in the early afternoon I had to stagger the times my bridesmaids got their hair and makeup and by the time the last one went, only the groomsmen were left to finish setting up/decorating. Just in case you were skimming over this, let me repeat myself…the groomsmen finished setting up/decorating. That’s a whole other level of stress were talking about now! My poor mother-in-law was rushing around finishing getting the wedding set up and barely had time to get ready herself, I didn’t even shave my legs that day, and I’m pretty sure a few things were missing. My wedding day was one of the best days of my life and it was everything I ever wanted but I wish I would have had a service like Tailor Made available on my wedding day.

So let us do the stressing for you. Let us create your dreams. There is nothing to small or big for us. Each one of us brings our own strengths to Tailor Made ultimately creating a dynamic team. Tailor Made is here to help you on any scale you need to make your day less stressful. We’ve got you covered from the beginning-from décor (we haven’t found a Pinterest idea that we can’t recreate yet!), invitations, venue set up (we can even help you find a venue), RSVP management etc., thru the day of coordination, to the very end and very dreaded by everyone-clean up. Let us do it for you. Trust me you won’t regret it! And if that’s not enough to convince you then think about this-stress gives you wrinkles and grey hair. NOBODY WANTS THAT.