I'm not usually one to fall for fads or fashion statements, whether as a consumer or even a bride, but lately I've found myself getting caught up in a rather popular social media program called Pinterest. I'm sure most of you out there have at least heard of it, if not have fiddled around with it.
At first I resisted its charms, rolling my eyes at my friends who spent way too much time scrolling through pages of pins and photos and memes that didn't make a lot of sense to me. After all, to me it was just another fad; another social media thing for girls to do when they're bored or want to look up new hair styles or outfits.
Not exactly my thing.
But then I got engaged and didn't know where to start when it came to wedding planning ideas. I didn't have a theme, I didn't have colours and had no concept of what I wanted. A good friend of mine (an avid Pinterest'er) told me I should get on Pinterest for ideas to help me figure out what I wanted.
Again I resisted getting involved with something I thought I'd be embarrassed to admit to using, but when I worked up the nerve one night with a glass of wine and secretly opened up Pinterest on my laptop, I realized I'd been approaching the whole thing was a rather narrow mind (not the first time and likely won't be the last).
In truth, Pinterest was amazing. It turns out it's the perfect little online helper for planning a wedding, or a party, or a slow-cooker meal. It has everything - and I mean everything - and the more people share their ideas/photos/crafts, the more people learn and the more "pins" they have to look at, so in that way, it's socially driven like Twitter or Facebook.
On Pinterest, once I entered "weddings" or "nautical theme wedding" or "bridal hair" into the search bar, the pages and pages of amazing ideas, examples, photos, websites and DIY instructions were incredible, and I immediately started to kick myself for being so stubborn and not getting onto Pinterest sooner.
Since discovering it, I have created four boards on my account, three for wedding planning and one for crock pot recipes (I know, lame). One I have for basic nautical wedding themes/ideas/decorations, another is for dresses and veils, and the most important for DIY craft ideas and instructions for my wedding.
I've basically been able to plan almost my entire wedding theme on things I've found on Pinterest, whether they're little handicrafts or big centrepiece ideas that suit me and my theme. The reason I've been able to do this is because other brides or wedding planners post photos of their weddings on Pinterest and share them with other brides-to-be, kind of like paying it forward, and then those new brides-to-be pin the photos to their personal boards, possibly to be shared by another bride in the future. It's like the Circle of Wedding Life.
The best part of Pinterest that I'm able to share these boards with my mom and our wedding decorator, so they can go online and see exactly what I want and what I have in mind. That's a big deal when I'm currently 1,400 km away from my wedding venue and relying on other people to help me out with my planning.
And frankly, the most useful part of Pinterest for wedding planning is simply how much information is on there. It seems endless, and you can find almost anything you're looking for, or at least a variation of it, even if it's something like a dumb 'statement' necklace for your wedding dress (what I've currently been looking for).
To cut this column short, if you're planning a wedding, use Pinterest. Don't be like me and be too stubborn and anti-fad to try it out; it'll save you a lot of time and a lot more thinking.
Pin it to win it, as I say.
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