How to Plan Your Dream Wedding Using Pinterest ~ Bonus: FREE Downloadable Workbook "Defining Your Wedding Vision & Priorities"
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Gone are the days of torn out magazine pages, bulky folders, and stacks of handwritten notes. We are truly in the digital age right now when it comes to wedding planning. Now it’s all about online platforms, apps and tools when it comes to planning a wedding for the modern bride.
A perfect example – Pinterest!
Whether you are newly engaged, or have been secretly planning your wedding for the last 5 years, it’s likely you have stumbled across the extensive visual platform that is Pinterest.
And by ‘stumbled across’ we mean… have been obsessively scrolling, clicking and saving pins of flowers, dresses, cakes and more wedding-related inspiration than you know what to do with!
Although Pinterest is an amazing visual tool and can be an incredibly helpful resource when it comes to planning your wedding, it can be a little overwhelming if you don’t know where to start.
Luckily we have some tried-and-tested tricks up our sleeve when it comes to using Pinterest to plan your wedding!
First things first, are you signed up to Pinterest? If not, you should be utilizing it when it comes to planning your wedding.
Pinterest is so much more than just a collection of beautiful pictures (though there are so, so many beautiful pictures!). It’s essentially a very useful and simple way to collect wedding ideas and inspiration, communicate with prospective vendors, learn how to DIY your own wedding decorations, and help define your wedding vision. And did we mention the beautiful pictures?!
Think of it as an interactive vision board where there are no limits. Pinterest gives you access to all of the inspiration you could ever need to create your dream wedding. And the best part is that it’s completely free!
The first step is creating your account. All you need to do is go to Pinterest and sign up for a new account with your name and email address. It’s really that easy, and now you’re ready to start using Pinterest to plan your wedding!
How to use Pinterest – the right way
Creating inspiration boards is essentially what Pinterest is all about, so this is where the fun really begins!
But make sure you have an organized approach when it comes to gathering your inspiration.
If you don’t, you could end up feeling overwhelmed very quickly!
Wedding Inspiration Overload? Organize your Pins!
Create and Organize your Boards:
Once you sign up you’ll see you have your own profile with the option to create different ‘boards’ with different titles. As you start browsing through Pinterest you’ll start to find images you love, and the option to save it to a particular board. So it makes sense to create a ‘Wedding’ board and save all of your inspiration here, right?
Now, take a moment to consider all of the different elements of your wedding. The flowers, the stationery, your hair and makeup, your dress…and the list goes on & on.
Only allocating one board for all of your wedding inspiration means that it could grow to contain literally hundreds of pins. Obviously, that’s going to get very confusing when you need to start making actual decisions, or communicate your inspiration to someone else (like your wedding planner or florist).
The easiest way to organize your pins is to create a separate board for each category. One for ‘floral’, one for ‘wedding dresses”, etc. This way, you can save each pin into the relevant category and keep things nice and streamlined.
If you’re already an active pinner with tons of boards already on topics like food or interiors, it’s a good idea to create an entirely new Pinterest account solely for your wedding planning. This way you can log in to your wedding Pinterest account with a clear frame of mind, and avoid unrelated pins from causing you distractions.
Think of your Pinterest profile as a filing cabinet, and your boards as different folders that you can file your inspiration into. When you need to refer back to a particular photo, you’ll know exactly where to find it.
And don’t forget that you also have the option to create ‘secret boards’. Secret boards are great to use if you are connected to friends or family on Pinterest, but want to keep your wedding plans hush-hush (like for an elopement).
You’ll see the option to create secret boards right there on your profile, underneath your public boards. These secret boards are only visible to you, so you can pin your heart out without giving away any details!
Find and save your dream pins:
So your categorized boards are set up and organized thoughtfully. But, they’re empty! Where to begin with finding your dream inspiration?
There are a few different ways you can start collecting your wedding inspiration on Pinterest and finding beautiful images that you love.
When you first sign up, you have the option of following different categories created by Pinterest. By following categories like ‘weddings’ or ‘pretty flowers’, Pinterest will then tailor your feed to reflect this. So each time you sign in, you have hundreds of wedding-related pins waiting for you to peruse through. Can you see now why brides are spending sooooo much time on Pinterest?
Keep in mind that simply searching for ‘weddings’ can give you very broad results. It’s likely you could be scrolling through pins for days without finding exactly what you’re looking for. It’s best to use the handy search bar and be a little more specific when it comes to the vision you have in mind.
Instead of searching for ‘weddings’, try searching for something like ‘organic wedding designs’ or ‘colorful summer wedding’. Use descriptive words to describe the look and feel you are wanting to achieve. You can even get super specific with something like ‘blue watercolor stationery with gold foil’ and you’ll find it!
The ingenious thing about Pinterest is that once you click on an image you love, it will suggest similar photos that you might be interested in.
You can also click on the image again, and it will take you to the original website source (if the original poster hyperlinked it). This is extremely helpful because the original source is usually from a blog featuring a real wedding or a styled shoot. You’ll be able to see even more photos from the same setting. More inspiration!
If you’ve been browsing through some wedding blogs, you can also save images from these sites onto your Pinterest boards for future reference. Just hover your mouse over the photo until you see the Pinterest icon pop up and save it straight into one of your boards (pop over to our blog & pin us!).
Click, pin, and repeat. There’s a step missing here that is going to be very helpful in the long run, and that’s noting your pins!
Each time you pin an image, take a moment to write a brief note in the description. Explain why you have chosen to save that particular photo. Even just a few words like ‘love this color palette’ is going to be a helpful reference when you are re-visiting pins that you may have saved months beforehand.
It’s also a nice way to personalize the whole process and infuse your thoughts and personality into your boards. It can be very easy to become a Pinterest robot, clicking through images and saving pins like a crazy person, without really thinking about why they are meaningful to you. The extra couple of seconds to note your pins is going to make all the difference when it comes to pulling your ideas together.
Say YES to Your Wedding Style!
Like choosing your future spouse or your bridal gown, you’re going to have lots of wedding options. Now comes the Pinterest After-party: As you reflect on the boards you’re created, a few style finalists have emerged naturally (they’re the ones you can’t stop looking at!), so get with your fiancé and decide which wedding motif speaks to you both. Once you’ve come to a mutual agreement, trust your instincts and commit to it. Just say NO to second guesses!
At this point, begin cleaning up your pins to reflect your chosen style. By filtering out pins that don’t fit your vision, you’ll curate a focused collection of images to inform your decision-making process. Keep only those that match your theme and that you also really love. Delete all other pins. Yes, I said it. Delete! This process will help you stick with your decision, and prevent Pinterest A.D.D. (Oooooh, shiny!)
Communicate with your dream team:
Your Pinterest boards can be a very personal thing to begin with, but when you’re ready to start making final decisions it can be a great way to collaborate with your wedding vendors.
You’ll find that most wedding vendors also have a Pinterest account. This means you can invite them to view and collaborate on your boards, and offer their own advice and inspiration. It’s also an easy way to communicate your wedding ideas to your vendors visually so they know exactly what you’re vision is when you approach them.
For example, by inviting your florist to collaborate on your ‘floral inspiration’ board, they will be able to browse through your pins and get a really good idea of your style and preferences (this is where the notations come in handy). Your florist can then add their own inspiration for you to look over, and can make their own notes on your original pins. It’s a great way to brainstorm and bounce your ideas off each other!
If you have a wedding planner, they will also be able to go through all of your Pinterest boards, get a feel for your ideas, and help you to define your wedding vision. This usually means pulling your key inspirations together into one cohesive board.
Be realistic and true to yourself:
There’s a fine line between drawing inspiration from all of the fabulous images on Pinterest, and replicating something down to the very last detail. Remember, there is never going to be another couple exactly like you and your partner. You are both unique in your own way, so do you really want your wedding to be an exact copy of a photo you’ve seen? Probably not.
It’s crucial to keep in mind that a lot of the weddings you see on Pinterest are carefully orchestrated styled shoots. Behind the scenes is an entire team of professional wedding vendors who have spent countless hours creating one beautiful table that is then photographed from hundreds of different angles and edited to perfection. That one gorgeous photo could have taken hours to get just right.
These shoots (while incredibly beautiful!) would be extremely difficult and expensive to replicate for an entire wedding. So keep your expectations realistic and understand that the Pinterest weddings you see might not be completely achievable, but they are fabulous sources of inspiration.
By keeping these tips in mind, you will become a Pinterest pro in no time at all as you embark on your crazy wedding planning adventure!
Embrace Pinterest for what it is; an amazingly effective digital tool to gain inspiration in a creative and organized way while giving you a platform to communicate with the people involved in bringing your special day to fruition. And most importantly, a fun way to enjoy the process of planning your dream wedding!
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If you need a little help to get the ball rolling, download this FREE worksheet. Print out two copies and lock in a time with your fiancé to sit down and figure out what your expectations are priorities are for the wedding!
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