I love Pinterest! It ranks right up there on my list of favorite things right below cozy throws and my homemade taco’s. If you’re a Pinterest addict like me, check out my profile sometime. I have wedding inspiration boards along with healthy eating + living, inspiration + motivation, healthy relationships, home decor ideas, and more!
Brides naturally find Pinterest to be a GREAT tool in planning their weddings. And I couldn’t agree more — it really lends itself well to gathering loads of inspiration for that purpose. But I’ve found that there are definitely some things to keep in mind and some “best practices” in using Pinterest to plan your big day. And pinning things to your boards is only the very first step.
There are four important parts to using Pinterest effectively to plan your wedding:
1. START EARLY.
You’re probably already doing this step. If not, it’s easy to get started. (But don’t blame me if it’s not so easy to stop!)
2. CREATE AND ORGANIZE YOUR BOARDS
Creating boards full of inspiration 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 collating your inspiration. If you don’t, you could end up feeling very overwhelmed very quickly!
Tip: create a separate board for each category. take a second first 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.
3. COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR DREAM TEAM
Your Pinterest boards can be quite a personal thing to begin with, but when you are ready to start making some decisions it can be a great way to collaborate with your wedding vendors.
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Tip: Invite your wedding vendors to view and collaborate on your boards and offer their own advice and inspiration. It’s a great way to communicate your wedding ideas to your vendor’s visually so they know exactly what you are after.
4. BE REALISTIC AND TRUE TO YOURSELF
This is the biggie, and the main thing I really want you to take away from this post.
You know the look on your hair stylists face when you walk in with a head full of frizz and ask for a style exactly like Kim Kardashian’s? Yeah. Don’t make your vendor team give you that look. We want to make you happy. It’s why most of us are in the business! But chances are that we’re not going to be able to precisely recreate that pin you love. It was taken in a specific location, with specific lighting that is often dependent on weather, and a million other variables that come together to produce a one-of-a-kind photo. And even if we try to recreate a pin for you, it will at best be a mimicry of someone else’s work at someone else’s wedding. If you choose to go that route, you’re missing out on the opportunity to make your wedding the unique celebration of YOU that it could be.
So instead of asking your wedding vendors to imitate someone else’s work, allow us the freedom to be creative for you. You can still use your Pinterest boards to show us the kinds of things you love and communicate your style and the feel of the event you’re going for! I use my boards that way, myself. But open your mind and give us your trust, and I promise we’ll deliver amazing things.
Then, maybe just maybe… you’ll see future brides pinning YOUR wedding.