This week, I was lucky enough to attend a brilliant event hosted by Pinterest UK and the lovely Ellie from The Wedding Enthusiast where we learned all about how best to use Pinterest for your wedding business. While the event was aimed at professionals working in the wedding industry, the advice they gave us about how to use Pinterest was really helpful for anyone using the site - and it really got me thinking about how it could help couples using Pinterest to plan their weddings.
Pinterest is such a visual platform and the perfect place for finding inspiration and curating your ideas, but with so much on offer it can feel a little overwhelming if you don't have use the platform in a strategic way. But, worry not, there are some super easy ways to make Pinterest work for you and help you plan the wedding of your dreams!
So, with that in mind, here are my 5 top tips for using Pinterest to plan your wedding, based on expert advice from the very lovely people at Pinterest itself!
USE MULTIPLE BOARDS WITH CLEAR TITLES
If you're anything like me, the second you get engaged you'll probably start a new Pinterest board, excitedly call it something like 'Wedding Ideas!' and start pinning anything wedding related you like the look of. While that's really exciting when you first start out, it's not actually going to be that helpful as your wedding planning journey progresses. In fact, it will probably leave you feeling confused and overwhelmed when you look back at the vast jumble of ideas you've saved.
Instead, start multiple boards which really focus on specific areas of your wedding - have a board called 'Wedding Dresses', one called 'Wedding Flowers', one for 'Wedding Cakes' and so on, and keep all your ideas for each specific area in one place.
USE BOARD SECTIONS
Sections are a fantastic way to organise your Pinterest boards. They will really help you to hone in on specific details and prevent inspiration overload! Within each board, create named sections and save relevant ideas to those sections so you can quickly and easily find exactly what you're looking for.
For example, within your 'Wedding Flowers' board, you could have the following sections - 'Bridal Bouquets', 'Bridesmaid Flowers', 'Buttonholes' and 'Centrepieces'. Keeping everything so organised will really help you to get clear on your ideas for each element. And if you are showing your boards to suppliers to help them understand what you're looking for, it's much easier to communicate your ideas if everything is laid out clearly rather than just a brain dump of all things wedding!
CURATE YOUR BOARDS
When you first start wedding planning, you may not know exactly what you're looking for, so pinning anything you like the look of is not necessarily a bad place to start. But as you get a little further along and your ideas start to crystallise, some of those early pins will no longer be relevant and keeping them in your boards can get a little confusing.
To stay on top of your vision, make the most of the various Pinterest features available to regularly curate your boards and keep them organised and relevant. Drag and drop boards so the most relevant current boards are at the top of your profile page, delete pins you don't need anymore or archive boards which are no longer relevant but which you don't want to delete completely. Use these tools to create a curated mood board which really captures the essence of your wedding day and makes you feel excited, not overwhelmed!
The visual nature of Pinterest makes it a really great, simple way to share ideas ideas with other people - whether that's your wedding suppliers, your bridesmaids or even the person you're marrying - and shared boards are the perfect way to do it.
For example, a board called 'Bridesmaid Dresses' which is shared with all your bridesmaids and has named sections for each person's ideas is a much easier way to figure out what style of dress will work best than a convoluted Whatsapp group or trying to describe what you've got in mind during a Prosecco fuelled brainstorm!
USE SECRET BOARDS
Secret boards are the perfect place to save ideas for elements of your wedding day which you may not want to share with other people just yet - like your wedding dress! Only you can see your secret boards so you can pin ideas to your heart's content without giving away any surprises ahead of the big day. If you want to collaborate with someone on a secret board, you can still share them with specific people, safe in the knowledge that no other prying eyes can find them!
It's also super easy to switch a board from secret to public, or vice versa, so you can share all your top secret ideas with the world after the big day!
Pinterest is the perfect platform for curating your ideas and planning the wedding of your dreams. Using these 5 tips will help you to feel empowered and organised, and make wedding planning easy!
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