Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

From Diamonds to Pinterest ; Showcase to Cover Trends in Wedding Planning

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

From Diamonds to Pinterest ; Showcase to Cover Trends in Wedding Planning

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White Christmases and silver bells are becoming more associated with diamond rings and white dresses. About 20 percent of married couples in the United States got engaged around the holiday season, making December the most popular month to get engaged.

It's not long after the groom-to-be pops the question that the bride-to-be starts arranging her dream wedding.

And with changes in technology, there's a good chance the bride might already have that dream wedding in mind. Pinterest has changed the ways many brides plan their weddings.

Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Pinterest is home to tens of thousands of wedding-related boards, where brides can find the perfect venues, centerpieces and wedding dresses.

"It's the perfect wedding planning tool," said Andrea Whitehead, owner of House of White Bridal Boutique in Newburgh. "I wish it had been around when I was getting married."

More often, brides are coming into bridal gown stores such as Whitehead's with pictures of their dream dresses.

One bride, Whitehead recalled, has barely even spoken with her wedding planner. Instead, the planner just follows her on Pinterest to gauge what the bride wants from her big day.

"I encourage brides to come in with inspirational photos," Whitehead said. "It's easy to translate what they're thinking and wanting when you have something to look at."

While the options online are endless, there are some downfalls to using Pinterest and similar sites when planning a wedding.

Sometimes the options are just too overwhelming.

Mike Daniel and his wife, Lisa, are owners of Newburgh's Ella Park Bridal.

Mike Daniel said they have seen more brides come in with inspirational photos than ever before.

Sometimes a bride can get in over her head with expectations for the perfect gown.

"Sometimes we have brides come in with pictures of what they think is their dream gown because it looks so nice online," Daniel said. "They try it on and it's just not it, and that can be frustrating."

Too often, Daniel said, brides are ordering their dresses online. …

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