A friend recently mentioned that she “had her entire wedding planned out on Pinterest,” though she’s not even engaged yet. It got me thinking about Pinterest, weddings, and how pinning has changed how people plan major events. As I quickly found out, I’m not alone.
A look at the Pinterest wedding category shows everything from color palettes to table décor to wedding registries to venues, even when there’s no big day in sight. Just last year Amanda Roman’s boyfriend Ryan Leak planned their entire surprise wedding using her Pinterest board. He overheard when she said to a friend her dream was to be engaged and married in the same day (!!!), and he made it happen. Incredible.
Whether or not your wedding day is set, here are six ways to effectively use Pinterest when planning your wedding (and not let it take over).
- Check out boards and see the styles you like. Theme weddings, classically elegant weddings, quirky camping weddings, weddings on a budget, destination weddings… if you can think of it, there’s probably a wedding idea out there for it. Browsing though a variety of boards will let you see what appeals and what’s not right for you and your partner’s big day. Buzzfeed’s top 25 list of wedding Pinterest accounts is a great place to start.
- Pin broadly, then narrow down. When starting out, go wild. Pin everything that’s even vaguely appealing. Bridal Guide recommends this technique as a way to get inspiration you may not have encountered otherwise. After you’ve pinned your heart out (give it a few weeks), go back and look for patterns. Chances are you’ll have repeats of everything from colors to bouquet styles to favors, giving you some clear places to start crafting your event.
- Pin with your partner. The wedding is for the two of you, so make sure you can both pin onto your boards. Initially keep the categories broad and see where ideas overlap.
- Include a board for honeymoon ideas. You’ll both need something fun to look forward to after the big day.
- Include your own ideas. Pinterest is inspiring, but it doesn’t have everything. Upload photos of things that you like, like that window display or save the date card your friend recently sent.
- Create a finalized board that fits the mood of your wedding. When you’ve figured out colors, mood, and style, a board with this narrow focus (and fewer pins) will keep the entire event in perspective. Then, as Belle & Chic suggests, stop looking for inspiration and focus on making your wedding truly yours.
Have Pinterest wedding boards you truly love? Let us know by leaving a comment below. Also check out our own wedding inspiration board for everything from dresses to cakes to wedding registry ideas and share your favorites.