HOW TO USE PINTEREST TO PLAN YOUR WEDDING
Have you ever been accused of procrastinating while you’re happily Pinning away? Or let me put it another way – have you ever logged on to just add that 1 pic to your wedding Board, only to get sucked down a black hole & lose track of 3 hours?
I am a self-confessed Pinterest bowerbird. I love to collect as many shiny Pins of inspiration as I can on anything I’m passionate about. Interior design. Wedding styling. Health & wellness. Travel. It’s all fair game & I could blissfully spend days on end toiling for images that catch my eye.
And when planning our wedding I did just that.
It took a Pinterest intervention to give me a reality check. On my 5th straight night of wandering away from dinner to “look at something on my laptop real quick” until 2 am, my man called time on my Pinning sessions. I was indignant when he hinted that it was a form of procrastination. Didn’t he realise what I was actually doing was piecing together the look & feel of our wedding day? How was that not vital?!
My name is Sam & I am a Pinterest Procrastinator. Fighting off my initial instincts to ignore him & Pin on, I took the time to think about whether there was any truth to what he was saying.
Procrastination is all about delaying or putting things off, usually so you can do something that’s way more appealing. Looking around my desk, to my left I saw the photographer’s contract waiting to be read. To my right, I had our budget tracker with blank spaces where quotes we recently got should now appear. Hmm, I was beginning to see his point on the whole procrastination thing…
Pinterest is an absolute treasure trove of wedding inspiration. So many people have generously collected images & articles they love on all things wedding planning & styling to share with other users. The tricky thing is how to divide time spent online with all the other things you need to get done in order to plan your big day.
“Create a pocket of time where you can scour for inspiration
Here are my top 4 tips for how to draw all the goodness you can from Pinterest & still get a decent night’s sleep.
1. Pin with purpose.
Or as Brian Tracy would say,“eat your frog first!” By this I mean log on only after you’ve tackled the most important task on your wedding checklist for that day. For me, it would have been to read through the photographer’s contract. For you, it could be emailing a bridal boutique to arrange an initial appointment. Once this is done, choose one aspect of your wedding you want to start researching. For instance: your dress, bonbonnieres or table settings.
By knocking over the critical things first & zeroing in on a specific point of focus, you quickly start to make real traction with your wedding plans & create a pocket of time where you can scour for inspiration guilt-free.
2. Pins come second to ‘real world’ inspiration.
Yes, Pinterest is an awesome resource, but think about using your home & places you love as the starting point. Looking in your wardrobe, what is your favourite outfit? What is your most memorable holiday? What styles have you used to decorate your apartment (or would you if money was no object)?
This insight can spark some great ideas on colour palettes, venues & themes. Then all it takes are a few clicks to discover examples of how other people have taken these same passions & weaved them into their weddings.
“Be kind to yourself. Planning your wedding is a creative process that will take some time.”
3. Pin for the pleasure.
No real joy or sense of accomplishment will come from hopping onto Pinterest when you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious about your wedding. I had a few late night sessions at the beginning of our planning where I tried to push myself into finding our wedding style – unsurprisingly I usually came up with nada.
Be kind to yourself. Planning your wedding is a creative process that will take some time. If you’re feeling stressed maybe you need to take a night off or, as mentioned earlier, regroup & look a little closer to home for inspiration first. Pinterest will always be there waiting for you to use when you’re ready for it.
4. Pin on the small screen.
Most of us have shorter attention spans when we’re on our smartphones versus computers or tablets. If you limit your use of Pinterest to your phone, you may find you’re more likely to have a 15-minute power session, rather than a 3 hour (unfocused) marathon.
Thanks so much for being here. I hope you have a glorious time using Pinterest to help shape your big day.
P.S. Do you have a friend who could use some wedding planning tips? Feel free to share this post with them.
P.P.S Want to take a peek at what inspires me & my clients? Follow White Rapture on Pinterest!
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