Pinterest is a fun way to waste away a Sunday afternoon but it can also be a big help in the wedding planning process. The site can be a bit intimidating if you aren’t sure the best way to organize your wedding ideas so that they are easy to actually apply when your special day is here. Here are my tips for How to Use Pinterest to Plan Your Wedding!
1. Join: The first step is to request a membership to the site. There is a bit of a wait list so don’t expect to start pining right away but there are a few ways to bypass the wait list. You can have a friend send you an invitation for a more immediate membership. If you don’t know anyone to ask for an invitation, just leave me a comment with your email address and I will send you the invite!
2. Start Following the Pros: There are a lot of amazing brands and people that will fill up your feed with creative ideas. A few of my favorite pinners are: Style Me Pretty, Rachelle Schwartz of Wiley Valentine, Pretty My Party, Wedding Chicks and of course..ME! When you start your page, you will automatically follow a few of the og’s of the Pinterest world, which I actually enjoy and have kept on my feed.
3. Create Specific Boards: I encourage you to create pin boards with a very specific focus, such as, Escort Card Displays, Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaid Style, Reception Decor and Centerpiece Inspiration. It can be easy to create one board titled, MY WEDDING, and then lump everything together but as time goes on it will become annoying and it is always better to be more organized from the start. It is also helpful to have a board for your wedding shower, bachelorette party and rehearsal dinner.
4. Browse and Search: On the top left hand side of the screen there will be a search bar that you can type in anything specific you would like to find. For example, I was on a Mint and Peach kick for a while and I would search phrases like, Mint Wedding, Peach Decor, Mint and Peach, etc. There is also a drop-down menu of different (more broad) categories to browse. When you create a pin board you will be asked which category it fits into and this is where that information is useful. Also, when you are pinning, be sure to use descriptive words so that other’s can find it in their searches.
5. Follow Your Pins: Before pinning anything to your own board be sure to click on the photo to enlarge it, then click on it once again. When you click on it the second time, it should link you to the original story or website. If it doesn’t lead you to the original story then just don’t pin it.
6. Create Secret Boards: A great way to keep your wedding plans a secret from guests is to create “secret” boards. You can choose to make a few of your boards private and only yourself or people you invite can see the board. I like to have secret boards with my clients so that we can bounce ideas off of each other and we can brainstorm without giving away to many details of the big day. Creating secret boards also helps with the constant questions, like, “oooh, I loved the 10 foot crystal and orchid tree centerpieces you pinned today! You are having those on every table right??!”
7. Inspiration Not Literal Translation: One of the biggest complaints of a Post-Pinterest world is that everyone will have the same exact wedding. Well, I don’t think this is 100% true because Pinterest is meant to be used for inspiration. For example, you can find a photo of a grouping of all white vases with vibrant tropical flowers, then use that as inspiration to paint your collection of thrift store vases white and put a few bright Gerbera daises in each one for a fun and whimsical centerpiece at the bridal shower or rehearsal.