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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?


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Laura is a DIY bride who is planning an autumn wedding in North Carolina. She has 6 months to plan with a budget of $7,500. She has a love of all things southern and homemade and can't wait for the day when she gets to marry her best friend.

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  • Maria Furlough

    Great article, Laura! But I am sure you have more magazines than what is shown in the picture..are they piled 5 mags deep?? Four months and counting till the I do’s. Your thoughtful planning and wise decisions are keeping things running smoothly. I look forward to your future posts!!

  • Razan

    I completely agree! I am over-inspired, and I honestly don’t know how to stop! Everyday, I find something new on Pinterest, or The Budget Savvy Bride, or The Knot, and I instantly want to incorporate it into our wedding. Most of the time, it just doesn’t fit into the “theme”, but also, the financial strains of wanting everything can take their toll on a budget conscious bride! I have had to let go of one too many dreams found on Pinterest, and I am slowly but surely accepting the fact that, although I cannot afford and do not want to spend a lot of money on a fancy schmancy wedding, I am still going to have a fantastic wedding that incorporates both of our interests and showcases our love for each other…at least I HOPE! LOL

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