Pinterest is certainly the most addictive of social media sites and one of the biggest drivers of its popularity is weddings. These days very few women plan a wedding without first seeking inspiration here. And rightly so – Pinterest is king and offers the best help that any bride could ask for. There are the prettiest photos of everything from dresses to hairstyles and a flood of ideas for the bride who really wants to take her wedding into her own hands. This is, however, also the problem: with so many ideas there is a real danger these days that weddings will become a mixed-up mess of different styles because brides want to use every idea that they see. Focus is the big secret! Because we decided to tackle this special edition as a bride would, we also began to plan using Pinterest. It’s important to make an inspiration board from which everything else will flow. If you have already decided on a style, it is that much easier. If not, ask yourself what colours make you happy, what style you are always drawn to and if you will still find that style attractive after a few years. Do you prefer flowers or are you more of a ‘green’ nature and leaf person? Does raw wood make your heart beat a little faster or is it bling that makes your eyes twinkle? There are wonderful styles available but they are not necessarily your style. There are also many fantastic dresses, but they might not be right for your personality or body, and on this big day in your life you want to feel and look at ease. When you look back years later, you don’t want to think that something was just a ‘phase’ – you always want to think your wedding was wonderful and a reflection of the two of you as a couple. You can start the process in different ways: if you know that you want a vintage-style wedding, then search for vintage weddings on Pinterest and you will get all the weddings that fall under this theme. However, if you are not sure what theme you want, type in ‘DIY weddings’ and then follow our five-point plan to use Pinterest in a way that will help you focus your ideas. 1 First search for photos on Pinterest and on wedding sites. Make a folder on your computer with the name ‘wedding’. Save all your photos in this folder. 2 Pinterest is like an onion with lots of different layers. The photo that you see can lead you to the site from which it was pinned and on that website you may find other weddings to view. In this way you can delve even deeper looking for more ideas! 3 When you feel that you have enough photos, follow this next step: look at your photos and decide which belongs with which theme. For this special edition we decided on a blackboard theme, a Mexican theme, a hipster theme and a romantic Midsummer Night’sdream theme. There are heaps of different ideas – make sub-folders in your wedding folder for possible themes that you like. 4 Store the photos that fit with each theme in their appropriate folder.
With so many ideas on the internet it’s important to make yourself just one inspiration board and then to stick with it. We help you to make one.
5 You can also make more sub-folders for the following and store photos there:
• Wedding dress
• Invitations, save-the-date cards, thank-you cards, and so on
If you prefer, you can pin the photos on Pinterest boards, but in the end you will want to make one board that you can print out and keep at hand. Most of the hard work is now done and it’s time to decide on one theme and make your inspiration board. You can make one on Photoshop, on Word or on a design program such as Indesign. Otherwise, you can simply print the photos out in colour, cut them out and stick them on a piece of black cardboard. Follow our examples. The key to success is to stick with the ideas on your board. You can plan your whole wedding this way, from the colour scheme to the flowers and the dress. Take your inspiration board with you when you go to look for dresses or flowers, or when you consult the caterer so that everyone who is working on your wedding knows precisely what you want. Say ‘no thanks’ to any other suggestions and refer everyone back to your board. You don’t need to make everyone else happy – just yourself. Now spring into action and start planning your dream wedding!