I am sure most brides-to-be are aware of or are already using the visual discovery tool Pinterest. For anyone planning a DIY wedding there is a wealth of inspiration to be found browsing the site, using key words to search for and pin to virtual boards anything you are interested in. You then have a great visual snapshot of what your wedding day will look like. Without a doubt Pinterest can make planning your wedding more manageable especially if you are sharing your boards with your wedding party so they can view and leave comments on your pins.
It can however be totally overwhelming for a first time user and over-pinning can cause confusion and end up making the planning process harder rather than easier! The following tips have been put together to make using Pinterest to assist with your wedding planning a pleasurable and user-friendly experience!
Find your wedding style
If you are undecided on whether you want a vintage, rustic, glam, or classic theme or even just a style based around a certain colour, simply start pinning anything and everything you love on a board called ‘Wedding Style’ and before long a theme will start to emerge. It may even be one you might never have previously imagined!
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Create your own boards
Creating boards based on the various planning areas makes it easy to keep track of ideas and narrow down preferences. Pictures can also be pinned on more than one board. Consider these as possible boards to create: Venues, food, cake designs, bridesmaids, groomsmen, table styling, favours, photography, music playlist, wedding dresses, shoes, accessories, invitations, flowers, hair, make-up, nails and transport.
Don’t forget to personalise the captions
Whether you’re repinning a magnificent 3-tier wedding cake that has floral detail you adore, or a 1920’s chic hairdo, it’s important to personalise the caption with the specific details of what attracted you to the image in the first place. That way, you won’t forget the main reason for pinning it to your board, and it is obvious to anyone you have shared the board with as well.
Create boards for your bridal party
Create a bridal party board or one for each bridesmaid where they will pin their ideas and suggestions. It is a way to contain all the advice you tend to get from well-meaning friends and family and you just never know, there could be some winning ideas you can use which ultimately saves you time!
Share boards with your suppliers
A great way to keep your florist, cake designer, or even your wedding planner informed of your imaginings is to share your boards with them. Pin images of bouquets you love, table flowers, boutonniere, corsages and share them with your florist. They can comment on your pins and if you allow them to can also pin images of similar things they have created for you to browse.
Know when to say when
It’s fair to say Pinterest is an addiction! Knowing when you have enough inspiration and to start working with your suppliers on your version of the ideas you have pinned is the best piece of advice for making Pinterest work for you. To keep trawling long after your boards are loaded with ideas could lead to you never being satisfied. It is important to engage your suppliers and get them started on bringing your vision to life, based around the ideas you have pinned rather than replicating them. Remember this is your perfect day and you want it to be as unique as you are!