Is Instagram the new Pinterest for wedding planning?

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Wedding at the Sanctuary on Camelback

The headline above was from a recent article in Harper’s Bazaar.

I was researching to write a blog post on what to look for when choosing your wedding photographer and came across the above referenced piece.

[Bazaar Bride is a must read. So much great content about modern weddings and everything from the best photographers to style + fashion. If you are getting married, take a look! ]

Some of what the article covers is actually one of the points I wanted to bring up in the blog post I’m putting together.

Look for Real Weddings.

When choosing a wedding photographer ask to see a full wedding: getting ready, family + bridal photos, details, ceremony, couple’s photos, reception, low light, bad weather, good weather. The full wedding story.

Make sure you see more than just some posed editorial photos in their best of gallery.

Make sure you like their style all day long.

A wedding is more than just posed couples photos with perfect lighting. If emotion is what you are looking for, make sure they show it.

If fun dance photos under the stars is what you want, make sure they can do it. If a sparkler exit in the pitch dark is your dream, make sure they know how to photograph it. You get the point.

Dig a little deeper than the website or their instagram feed. Ask for full galleries of real weddings. Seeing several full wedding days will be an eye opener and will help you in you make this big decision.

Here’s the clip from the article: “When it comes to wedding planning, is Instagram the new Pinterest?”


On Instagram, you’re much more likely to stumble onto real wedding content; on Pinterest, a larger array of photo shoots that resemble real weddings awaits you.

Pinterest’s trove of floral arches, favors, couple’s portraits, and DIY ideas are most likely original content created for the platform or another outlet, rather than aspirational, real wedding imagery. Be wary of six-person tablescapes set in a dreamy field in Provence or a bride with a crystal headpiece clutching an oversize bouquet. Intimate table sizes replete with vintage dishware typically cannot be translated into an event for 100+ guests. And bouquets over a certain size are gorgeous in pictures but weigh far too much to tote around for photos, down the aisle, and throughout your ceremony.

Planner:: Rhonda Rush, Impact Events

Venue:: The Sanctuary on Camelback, Phoenix, Arizona

Wedding Flowers:: Avant Garde Studio