By now, I’m sure we’ve all at least heard about Pinterest. Personally, I’ve read about the good and bad about planning your wedding with the help of Pinterest but I want to talk about using it’s powers for good instead of evil (evil: overwhelming yourself with too much inspiration and unrealistic DIY projects).
First of all, if you’re not currently on Pinterest, I recommend visiting their site and signing up. It’s a great tool for building “boards” full of things that you want to reference in the future. For example, I have boards with favorite recipes, signature drinks, shoes that I love, hairstyles that I dig but don’t have the guts to do, and more. If you’re not sure what “boards” even are, think of them like categories. If you were to have a bulletin board with magazine clippings of all the places you’d like to travel to, think of that bulletin board as a Pinterest Board labeled as “Travel” or “Places I’d Love To Go” or whatever-the-heck you want.
So the first thing you’d want to do when using Pinterest for your wedding is to create more than just ONE wedding board. You don’t need to go crazy with every board, but the following are great boards to have when it comes to organizing your thoughts:
- Food & Signature Drinks
- Hair and Makeup
- Helpful Articles
- Wedding Party (great for attire, accessories and even gifts)
Now, chances are that some of these boards you won’t want to share with everyone and anyone. Pinterest does offer “secret” or “private” boards that allow only you to see what you pin to it. This is great for things like gifts, your dress and anything else that you’d like to keep confidential. As of right now, Pinterest only allows you to have three secret boards at one time.
When you separate your pins into separate boards (instead of just one big “wedding” board), it helps you to better reference and organize your thoughts when needed. For example, if you meet with your baker regarding the design of your cake, you can quickly reference your Cakes Pinterest board on other styles of cake that you like. Now, I’m not for copying anyone else’s design but I think it is helpful when describing a cake design to have an actual picture in front of you so can say specifically what it is you like about that cake (for example: the texture, the color, the height, the shape, the topper, etc.). The same works really well for flowers, hair and makeup. This gives your creative pro a better insight into what you’re looking for.
Now, you’ll notice I did not say to create a “Photography” board. Unless you are using it to keep track of potential photographers you’d like to use (this works with any vendors, btw) I don’t recommend finding a bunch of “cool” pictures that you see and ask your photographer to recreate it. Find a great photographer and let them do what they do best. Chances are if you ask them to recreate a photo, they will spend so much time trying to copy it that you could’ve had five other unique shots to you in it’s place. Trust them to do their thing with the surroundings they have.
Finally, the “helpful articles” board is one of my favorites. I have one called “killer, helpful and must-read articles” that is full of articles I find that offer great bits of tips, advice, and more. Use the board as a bookmarking tool to reference down the road.
I should note that there are rules to be respected when pinning on Pinterest. Give credit where credit is due and don’t remove things like “Photo by…”. Also try to avoid using “broken pins” or pins that don’t lead anywhere but to a random image or misguided tumblr page. If you need help finding an image’s source, use Google’s Search By Image.