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Inspiration Overload

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Laura Furlough

I know you’ve heard it before, in this technological age, having the world at your fingertips in a matter of minutes can be both a blessing and a curse. I find that especially true in regards to weddings. There are numerous wedding magazines out there and I must confess, wedding magazines are one of my top 10 favorite things (remember?). No really, I took a picture of my wedding magazine collection to help you better understand.

wedding magazine collection Inspiration Overload

In my defense, I have been collecting them since I was 13, so for fourteen years worth of magazines, it’s not too bad, right? I don’t know, maybe I’m just deluding myself 🙂

But maybe you’re like me, maybe you have lots (hopefully not as many as me) of wedding magazines, maybe you follow multiple wedding blogs (I’m at 25), or maybe you too get sucked into that time vortex known as Pinterest.

There are millions of wedding ideas at our fingertips and I’ve found that it is really easy to get overwhelmed with the details and not focus as much as I should on the big picture. For example, I know exactly what I want for my cake topper, but I haven’t even found a caterer yet!

In his book, The Big White Book of Weddings, the one and only David Tutera gives this advice with regards to the details, “The biggest mistake I see brides make is when they jump right into the details, the plans, and the purchasing before even pausing to think about the overall picture. It’s like running a marathon without pacing yourself, and on top of that, it’s like not stretching before you take off!”

Now I am thinking about my big picture, it doesn’t have to be something as precise as picking a “theme,” but I’m thinking about the feeling I want my guests to have when they leave, the emotions that I want them to take away with them. Once I focus on that and finish working on the big things, then I can start thinking about the details but thinking about them in light of how they contribute to the wedding as a whole.

What about you? Do any of you have inspiration overload? How do you handle it with planning your own wedding?


Laura Furlough

is a DIY bride who planned an autumn wedding in North Carolina in 6 months a budget of $7,500. You can read her wedding planning posts here.