Wedding DIY, crafts and making everything at home is brilliant. I LOVE the revival of crafts and how brides and grooms (and mums and bridesmaids) are getting their fingers glittery and glue in their hair. You ROCK.
It’s also what blogs are all about. We exist to share ideas, to show you new styles and help couples share their real wedding crafts with the world. Every great wedding blog is full of styling touches which we hope will inspire you to get your craft on… or shop from the best wedding designers and crafters who will get glittery on your behalf.
Handcrafted or homemade – it’s all good.
But more and more often brides tell me about a design – say for a cake, an invite or a table plan – which they found online and copied / asked someone to copy for them.
This is how I hear it…
“I looked everywhere for an invite I liked and then found a design on Pinterest which was perfect! I took a picture of it to a lovely lady I found at a local wedding fair and she made the design for me – nothing was too much trouble and she was brilliant.”
“We struggled to find a cake locally but we’d seen one on a wedding blog which was amazing. It took a bit of practice but we managed to make one the same at home, and all of our guests commented on how fab it looked!”
And the problem is, whether they’re asking someone to copy a design for them, or making it at home themelves, this is a) illegal and b) morally questionable / wrong!
How bad is it to copy a design you find on Pinterest?
It’s really bad.
Please don’t do it… there are better ways to make your dream wedding:
- Use Pinterest by all means – it’s an amazing place and full of ideas. But they’re not there so you can copy; they’re there to inspire you to create something unique of your own. Make changes to what you see – change the colours, the sizes, shapes, wordings… as much as you can to personalise your ideas. Copying is boring. Creating is brilliant!
- Track down the suppliers you find on Pinterest / wedding blogs and ask them if they will deliver to your area. Most photographers I feature on the blog will travel throughout the UK, for example. Some don’t even charge more for travelling to you. Don’t copy from the designers; buy from them!
- Use Pinterest to make mood boards the way designers do. You can ‘collect’ a series of images of cakes / bouquets / invites which will make it clearer what styles you love. You might be a fan of botanicals, of illustration or of muted colours. Discover your style and then start your supplier search again! Search the internet for designers near you who love the same things, and you’ll discover amazing pieces closer to home. There are always more wedding suppliers than you think; it’s often a case of a really thorough local search.
What strikes me most of all is that people find it so easy to copy a designer’s work – and don’t realise it’s a bad thing to do. So this is my plea to you: by all means be inspired by Pinterest, but add a personal touch to every aspect of your wedding.
Between us, we can help put an end to copying in the wedding industry.
Ethical wedding suppliers will never copy a design – and most will be very clear in explaining why they won’t copy. The occasional Ebayer might be willing to make something “identical” on the cheap… but trust me, you get what you pay for!
So if you see a design you’d like to copy, think again. Go back and try to find the original designer. If you can’t, see if you can dream up a similar idea, have a similar style or use similar colour tones or textures – but never copy!
Thank you for listening 🙂
It means a lot to me!
If you’ve fallen in love with the styling and ideas from the images I’ve used today, they’re all from a styled shoot we featured back in June. See the full shoot here:
Cotswolds wedding suppliers whose wonderful talents feature in today’s images:
Emma Matthews – Creative Styling and flowers – www.the-flower-girls.co.uk
Venue – Brockworth Priors Barn
Iris Fitzgerald – Model – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Tarren – Photography – www.robtarren.co.uk
Katya Katya Shehurina – Dresses – www.shehurina.com
Lancaster & Cornish – Ribbon – www.lancasterandcornish.co.uk
Made by Marie Green – Cakes – www.madebymariegreen.co.uk
Bella Bridal Hair- Hair & Make up – www.bellabridalhair.co.uk
Cotswold Vintage party Hire – www.cotswoldvintagepartyhire.co.uk
Saunders Creative – Signage – www.saunderscreative.co.uk