How To Use Pinterest To Plan Your Wedding
Why Didn't I Think Of Pinterest?
By now, unless you live under a rock, you've probably heard of Pinterest. If you haven't and you're a future bride or even MOB, (that's wedding shorthand for Mother of the Bride!), you need to get smart on this handy wedding planning tool quickly. For those not quite in the know yet, Pinterest is an online kind of virtual bulletin board. In your search for that perfect wedding dress or wedding hairstyle, it gives you a place to save all those pictures that you run across that you want to look back at later without running through 10 ink cartridges in your printer or carrying around a bulging notebook of pictures wherever you go. Yes, I know, you Miss Bride-To-Be and as a planner, I know about "the notebook." Now I'm not saying you shouldn't keep one, but keeping a virtual notebook using Pinterest that you can share with family, friends, your planner, or other wedding vendors can certainly make the wedding planning process go much more smoothly. You might actually be able to walk down the aisle without limping from the herniated disk you got from carrying around that heavy notebook! Here, let me explain!
Hobnail Wedding Cake Found On Pinterest
Joining Pinterest is pretty simple if you have a friend who's already a member. Then you can just have them kind of "sponsor" you and you're in. However, if you don't, you'll have to fill out a little online form and request an invite. Relax, it's nothing complicated, but it may take a day or two to get a reply that your request has been granted. Once you are a member, (absolutely FREE, by the way), you can go in and create your profile and then create your boards. Your boards are actually categories to divide your interests into, so they'll be easy to find later. For this, you might want to do a little pencil and paper prep work ahead of time. If you want to use Pinterest to plan your wedding, write down a list of all the categories in which you'd like to save pictures. These are some categories you might want to use to build your boards for wedding planning purposes:
Wedding crafts and DIY
Wedding table décor
Wedding flowers (you can split this up even further into bouquets and boutonnieres, if you like)
These are just some general ideas, but you can get much more specific as you go. The great thing about Pinterest is you can continually add boards, move things around between boards to a more specific title, etc. Name them some fun names, personalize them to suit you. One of mine is "Wedding Lust" for things I see that I absolutely must do or have...it's a pretty broad category, I know, but it gives me a place to stick things till I'm ready to move them to other, more specific, boards!
How To Use Pinterest
There is a little bookmark button you can save to favorites on your computer, so that as you are browsing wedding sites, you can simply click it and it will automatically pin the picture to your boards. You can also pin items that others have pinned before you. Simply type in the item you are searching for in the Pinterest search, for example, "wedding cakes," and a ton of previously saved pictured by other pinners will come up. Saves you a lot of work and the great thing is there is usually a link that takes you to the source of the original picture, so you can track down the baker, florist, caterer, etc. You can even discover great little wedding blogs with all kinds of cool ideas if you look at the sources of the pictures on Pinterest. Save your inspiration pics to a disk or thumb drive, so when you sit down with your planner or vendors, you'll have it all on one handy little tool, no heavy notebook involved!
Pinterest is Addicting!
I do have to warn you Pinterest is addicting and you can spend literally hours and hours pinning inspiration pictures to your boards. However, I am here to tell you as your planner and new best friend, DON't! You do have a wedding to plan here, so get busy, Bride! Allot a certain amount of time per day to browse Pinterest and don't go over it. You can cheat a little while you're on your subway commute, waiting for appointments, or if you have insomnia, but don't let it consume your life! Once you've organized your boards and pinned a ton of stuff you love, use those pictures to help you with your planning. If you're looking to hire a planner or other vendors, you might ask potential candidates if they're on Pinterest, so you can look at their boards. You can really tell a lot about people and their tastes by what they have pinned. For instance, if you absolutely hate shiny gold and that's all your potential planner seems to have pinned to their boards, you might want to think twice about hiring that person. It's kind of important that you have similar tastes or that they have a wide range of looks in their repertoire.
Pin Some Wedding Decor Inspiration
Share Your Pins With Your Vendors
When you've gathered plenty of ideas and you start interviewing vendors, you could even take your laptop along and let your potential vendors look at some of your pins, so they can get a feel for what you are looking for and also let you know if they are capable of duplicating some of your favorites. It's a great tool for your florist, decorator, or baker to see pictures of the looks you're trying to achieve. They could even start following your boards, so they can quickly get an update on new ideas as you pin them. If they are avid pinners, you could look through their boards and see if there are ideas that they've pinned that you may have missed. You could even use Pinterest to share bridesmaid dress ideas with your attendants to help them see what dresses you like and they can leave their comments as well.
Don't overlook Pinterest as a great source of hair and make-up ideas, either. There are tons of pics of side buns, elegant chignons and up-do's, up-downs, and lots more ideas you can take to your stylist. Some of the pictures even link to a how-to, so if you're trying to save money by styling your own hair, you have the directions right there to create the "do" of your dreams!
Beautiful Wedding Hair Inspiration
Pinterest is a great resource when you are working with your wedding photographer choosing the shots you want them to take before, during, and after the wedding. Wedding photography has changed a lot in past years and is no longer simply a boring array of shots of the bridal party lined up in various configurations. Wedding photography these days is all about capturing the unique details that make your wedding special, whether it's a shot of the rhinestone heart on the sole of your Christian Louboutin's, a close-up of your handmade brooch bouquet, or an adorable first look shot. Pinterest has tons of inspiration for your wedding pictures, just type in "wedding photography" in the search engine, and you'll be ogling all the swoon-worthy pictures in no time. Pin them and when you sit down with your wedding photographer, show him or her the kinds of shots you are hoping to capture. In addition, while you're surfing wedding porn, which I know you'll be doing every waking moment possible, pin photographs of "real weddings" which every wedding site seems to have now that appeal to you.
Pin Some Great Wedding Photography!
Save Yourself Some Stress In Your Wedding Planning!
Using Pinterest as a tool for your wedding planning can make planning seem like fun, instead of a stressful chore. With literally thousand of pictures at your fingertips and the ability to add more to your virtual bulletin board as you come across them, you can't go wrong. For once, it's OK to feed your Pinterest addiction!
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