Ah, Pinterest. Both the best and worst thing to ever happen to me. If you haven’t used Pinterest yet, I recommend that you do, but be forewarned- it’s even MORE addicting than Facebook. Also, make sure you’re pronouncing it correctly. When I first saw the site, I called it “Pin-interest.” I know, apparently I just can’t read.
Anyways, for today’s Wedding Wednesday, I wanted to share with you some pointers about this wonderful resource for brides. If you haven’t already done so, you can register for an account here or click on the Pinterest logo above.
1. Keep your Wedding Boards Organized. There are SO many ideas out there for weddings these days. It gets overwhelming very quickly. To make the most of these ideas, I would recommend separating your wedding boards into categories. You can make one for flowers, one for cake ideas, dress inspiration, decor, etc. It’s so much easier to find something you’re looking for when you know it will under the “Flower” category than searching through 500 pins on just the “Wedding Ideas” board.
P.S.- I am extremely guilty of not having organized boards.
2. Pick a Theme. I cannot stress this one enough. Once you decide on a theme for your wedding, don’t pin things that aren’t related to that theme. For example, if you’re going for a rustic country feel, don’t pin photos from a black tie themed wedding. This will help keep you from getting overwhelmed by all of the options out there. And it will help your wedding have a more cohesive look!
3. Don’t Imitate Exactly What You See. Pinterest is AWESOME for inspiration, but don’t forget this is your day. If you see something you like, by all means, click that “Pin It” button! However, when you go to implement that detail into your wedding, make it your own. Change the colors to something more you, or let it inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to picking a guest book. Your wedding should represent you and your fiance, not anyone else.
4. Upload Your Own Pins. This kind of falls under the tip above, but I wanted to address it separately. There’s the option to upload your own pins onto your boards, and I love it! If you make a cool decoration or find a creative cake topper, upload it. You never know who you might inspire through your own creativity.
5. Trust Your Photographer to Create Pin-Worthy Images. This is the most important point I wanted to make. All you have to do is click on the “Weddings” category and you’ll see hundred of pins of beautiful wedding shots. Pinning these is fine! However, don’t expect your photographer to duplicate these shots. Not only can this cross into copyright infringement territory, but it causes you to miss out on a lot during your engagement and wedding shots. When you’re busy imitating someone else’s memories, you don’t get to make any of your own. A big downside to this is that your photographer won’t be about to do his/her job. Most photographers out there offer custom portraiture (including myself!). If we are copying others poses and editing styles, we aren’t delivering on our promise to make your day yours, and yours only.
I hope I helped at least one person with getting their ideas organized! You can check out my boards by clicking here 🙂 They’re a little bit disorganized right now, but check them out next week for some new stuff!