I was first introduced to Pinterest my sophomore year of college, and I instantly started a love affair with this new social media site. Even as a single 19 years old college student, I started a wedding planning board, luckily I could camouflage it as "Idea's For My Events". Over the years, Pinterest has become a starting point for newly engaged brides, and in recent months I've heard about more and more grooms that study their soon to be fiancé's Pinterest Wedding Board to see what rings she is interested in. I believe it's safe to say that Pinterest in the wedding planning world is not going anywhere anytime soon.
I've put together a small collection of helpful tips as to how to utilize Pinterest adequately and effectively during the planning process.
1. Start a new Pinterest Board. I know this may be hard to do, but trust me, you will not regret starting a new wedding board devoted solely to planning your wedding in Houston. Over the years, we've slowly collected wedding pins on our secret wedding boards, but this is the real deal! Take some time and go through your pre-engagement wedding board and see if any of your pins speak to you. If they do, move them to your wedding idea board, and if the pin doesn't scream "I want this at my wedding," then go ahead and retire this pin.
2. Have a private wedding board made just for you and your wedding planner. Also have a separate one for wedding suggestions that you share with your maid of honor, bridesmaids, mother and mother-in-law. Why would you want to do this? Simply because your family and friends are going to want to share with you the new trends that they love and think would be a great idea for your wedding, however you may not be as thrilled about those idea as your family and friends are. Maybe title the shareable Pinterest board "Wedding Idea's" whereas the board you create with your wedding planner can be called "Wedding of the Century" or "From Miss to Mrs."
3. It's ok to delete pins as you're making decisions. As much as this suggestion may pain you, it also may save you. As soon as you get engaged, what's the first three things you do? Call the family, post a ring picture on Instagram and Facebook, and get on Pinterest to start pinning your wedding. However something you may like in the moment of being engaged, may not match your wedding vision later on. Stop haunting yourself with pins that don't speak wonders to you. Let's saturate your Pinterest wedding board with pins that you want to utilize on your wedding day.
4. DIY doesn't always mean you should do it yourself. I am all for a good DIY project. Finding a craft online and trying to replicate it is inspiring, powerful and can be quite calming... unless it's for your wedding. Have you noticed that when you add "wedding" in front of a word, it becomes stressful? For example, most of us love to decorate and create centerpieces for our dining tables, but creating a wedding centerpieces can be tricky. Ask your wedding planner about suggestions as to how to make these DIY projects come to life, but without having to do it yourself.
5. Don't tease yourself with unrealistic pins. We all love that beautiful pin of the floating lanterns with the reflection glistening on the water below them. However, have you ever tried lighting lanterns at the end of an event that had an open bar? It doesn't always work out the way the picture portrays, so do a little research before you transfer that pin from the "Wedding Idea's" board to the "Wedding of the Century" board.
Birch Tree Events offers a full service wedding planning package that can help sort through the "I think I like this wedding idea," to the "I must have this at my wedding!". Contact us today to learn more about our wedding planning packages, firstname.lastname@example.org.