For many, once he’s popped the BIG question, the light-headedness and joy of being newly engaged is swiftly overtaken by feelings of anxiety, confusion and nervousness around the planning of the big day. Usually our better halves only start coming to the party a few weeks before the wedding, which means that a lot of the initial heavy lifting is left to you. This can be pretty overwhelming.
Planning a wedding is all about defining an aesthetic. If your day job doesn’t involve analyzing color palettes and identifying the differences between antique white, ivory and cream, your wedding planning days can seem like quite the nightmare. Do you want a rustic wedding, a vintage style wedding, a creamy dreamy style wedding or a blue wedding? What should your bridesmaids’ wear? How should your hair and makeup look on the day? Question, questions, questions!
Whilst you trawl through the sea of internet possibilities looking for wedding inspiration, your better half flicks through the TV channels and tries to calm you down by saying “Love, don’t worry. No one cares about how our table décor looks. People just want an open bar”. (Aaarrgh!)
This is where Pinterest swoops in to save the day. Pinterest is essentially a digital scrapbook. Gone are the days of lugging around wedding magazines, tearing pictures out and sticking them into your purse (yes, we’ve all done this at some point).
1. Start using Pinterest!
You can download the application for free on your phone or I-pad. Follow these steps on how to add the pin it button to your web browser, which will allow you to pin beautiful ideas you find on various websites. It’s really simple once you get the hang of it. Pinterest ensures that each picture pinned is linked back to the original site where you found the inspiration.
2. Categorize your pins
Especially when you’re getting started there is a temptation to pin everything to your ‘Wedding Board’. Try to avoid this. It’s much easier to start categorizing your pins from the beginning. We suggest creating the following boards: Stationery, Bridesmaids, Wedding Dress, Flowers, Table Décor, Hair & Make-Up and Bridal Shower Ideas.
3. Secret Boards
More recently Pinterest introduced the ability to create secret boards. This works so well when planning a wedding. You can create secret boards that can’t be viewed by your followers until you decide to share them. You can also share secret boards with your bridesmaids, wedding planner or florist without those boards been publicly accessible. (Incredible!)
4. Pinning on the go
Wedding planning is time consuming. Use your time effectively by pinning on the go. Pin wedding inspiration to your boards from your phone whilst queuing or waiting to catch your flight at the airport. Talk about multi-tasking!
5. Don’t forget to follow
Make sure you’re following individuals, magazines and service providers that inspire you.