Ahh, Pinterest…a dizzying array of colours and inspiration and a great tool, if used correctly, to organize your wedding planning. But where to begin? Pinterest can be a bit overwhelming and daunting, but if you follow the quick tips we’ve outlined below you’ll be on your way to a beautifully organized wedding that reflects your own personal style.
Tip #1 – Create Specific Boards
We suggest creating boards for each aspect of your wedding…dresses, invites, venues, bouquets & boutonnieres, hair, make-up, ceremony look, wedding poetry, reception table décor, late night snacks, guest favours, etc. We encourage you to be as dissective and thorough as possible. That way when you want to share your ideas with a friend, family member or vendor, every element will be captured in its own board which will make it easy to find. We like things neat and organized!
Tip #2 – Follow the Experts
In addition to random topic searching on Pinterest, we suggest following the experts. Wedding companies like The Knot and Style Me Pretty as well as wedding magazines like Real Weddings Vancouver and Martha Stewart Weddings are all over Pinterest pinning thousands of inspirational images. You can choose to follow as many or as little of their boards that interest you.
Tip #3 – Vendor Scoping
There’s no substitute for using trusted sources when it comes to your vendors, but Pinterest may shed some light on your vendors that are in the running. Wedding vendors know that you’re on Pinterest so they will most likely be there as well pinning their work, their services, etc. We suggest following a few photographers, florists, wedding planners, and rental companies to see what their posting, what they’re up about and if they match your style and meet your requirements.
Tip #4 – Secret Boards
If you’re worried about privacy and if you’d prefer to keep some of your boards tucked away from the general public, we suggest creating secret boards. These can be shared with a select few…your fiancée, your maid of honor or your wedding planner.
Tip #5 – Manage Expectations
Be aware that Pinterest is a curated collection of imagery that may not reflect reality. Pictures may have come from stylized wedding shoots or they may be the best images of someone’s actual wedding. The bottom line is, you may not be able to get exactly what’s been captured in an image. Consider the resources available to you and your budget when you’re looking through the thousands upon thousands of images and pinning like crazy. It’s a good idea to keep your expectations in check!
Tip #6 – Don’t Lose Yourself
It’s very easy to get wrapped up and carried away in the world of Pinterest. You will be faced with literally thousands of ideas as to how your wedding should look, and what you should include and do on your special day. Remember to take a moment every so often to ensure that what you’re pinning reflects who you and your fiancé are and what the two of you want your wedding day to represent. It’s easy to get caught up in the fanciful ideas, but at the end the day your planning your wedding and it should be all about you and your style.
Tip #7 – Narrow It Down
Once you’ve created your boards, have a good sense of your style and expectations, we challenge you to create one wedding inspiration board with 15-20 pins. While we admit, this may not be the easiest thing to do, it will give you a very clear idea of what your wedding day will look and feel like. Some of your ‘final picks’ might not even be wedding related, and that’s okay. Think of this board as your go to wedding day collage.
Happy organizing and happy pinning!