Hello, beautiful people + Happy Thursday! Have you heard of Pinterest? If you’re new to the site, the best way to describe it is a visual pinboard. Imagine you have a huge bulletin board in your office where you tack words, inspiring quotes, organizing ideas, recipes, and more – only, this pinboard is larger than life, includes brilliant ideas from folks around the world, and can be categorized, indexed, and searched in no time flat. Amazing, right? And that’s just the beginning! This site is helpful for literally every area of your life, from organizing your home, cooking meals, cleaning tips, finding DIY ideas, designing your dream (totally unrealistic) home, planning trips for someday, and yes, planning an incredible wedding. Today, we’re focusing on how to plan a wedding with Pinterest by showing you easy how-to’s to turn you into a pinning expert by this afternoon. Whether you’re a bride-to-be, a photographer, a wedding planner, handmade artisan, Maid of Honor, or someone who just loves to be inspired by beautiful things, this is the post for you. Ready to get inspired? Let’s begin… but first, I (Emma here!) must warn you… it is HIGHLY addictive. ;) Enjoy!
First things first: you must sign up. Pinterest is free, but you must request an invite to join or have someone invite you. Once you receive the green light, log-in to join in on the fun!
When you log in, you’ll start to see “pins” of images with a description underneath. If you place your mouse over the image, you can see three options: “Repin”, “Like”, and “Comment”. Basically, get to know that Repin button because you’ll be using it. A lot. For everything. You’ll begin pinning all of the things. It’s pretty addicting. When you “pin” something, it gets saved to your pinboards, which you create and categorize. If this all seems a little confusing for newbies, check out this handy-dandy Help guide which will give you insight into the nuts and bolts of the operation. It’s easy to get the hang of it… and, once you do, you’ll find yourself pinning nearly everything. Word to the wise: be sure to read the ‘Pin Etiquette’ portion and always (ALWAYS) give props where props are due.
Pretty soon, you’ll be logging in to your own personalized pinboards of loveliness…
How to Plan a Wedding with Pinterest
Pinterest can help you…
1. Find inspiring ideas for must-have photos
You can find inspiration from REAL BRIDES just like you to create a stellar must-have list for your wedding day. This is one of my personal favorites of the bride before getting ready…
photo: moore photography via aphrodite’s wedding blog via pinterest
… or this shot, where the bride and groom don’t see each other, but know the other is there…
photo: gina leigh photography via aphrodite’s wedding blog via pinterest
Discover inspiring images for your wedding – and find the photographer who captured the moment. Who knows, you may even find your perfect photographer through the link!
2. Discover the wedding dress of your dreams
Search styles, find out what’s hot this season, and pin to your heart’s content until you find the dress perfect for you.
3. Select the best colors for your big day
Color palette is an important part of your wedding day. You can search TONS of color combinations… just type in your favorite color or ‘color palette’ to see what you like best. Also, be sure to check out The Perfect Palette who is the color EXPERT. Plus, Chrissy is a total sweetheart.
via the perfect palette via pinterest
4. Dress your bridal party
Visualizing the bridesmaids and groomsmen is easier with actual photos. See what styles work best for your wedding theme, season, and style.
photo: studio castillero via style me pretty via pinterest
5. Locate handmade items for invitations, decor, favors, and more.
The inspiration just keeps flowing: find all kinds of invitations, decor ideas, favors, and more. (Follow our pinboards – we pin like CRAZY.)
photo: erin grace photography invitations by alyson graves brown via oh so beautiful paper via pinterest
6. Get creative with DIY ideas
Get crafty with DIY pins happening all the time. Just search the project you want to try and give it a go!
diy by lulu the baker via pinterest
7. Dive into various wedding themes and locations for your ceremony / reception
Where to tie the knot: the beach? A winery? The forest? See real examples and picture the big day in your favorite setting.
photo: jessica velarde / via hi-fi weddings via pinterest
8. Plan a killer food and drink menu with all the fixings
Don’t even get me started on the food, dessert, cake, drinks… the food inspiration is intense. I’ve never been more inspired to cook and bake in all of my life!
9. Find wedding hairstyle + makeup inspiration
Find practical hairstyles and makeup tutorials with pins, like this one from our favorite beauty resource The Beauty Department:
by the beauty department via pinterest
Use the site to find other things that spark your interest and de-stress you… like a particular quote, a funny image, or ideas for that dream honeymoon of yours. You’ve earned it!
… and much, much more.
So, did Pinterest pay us to say all of this? Of course not. We simply love it! It’s a killer resource for daily life and can organize wedding planning in such a beautiful way. So… join, follow us, and start planning your wedding! We can’t wait to see + share your pins!
Happy Pinning! :)