Pinterest: Bride's Best Friend...or Worst Enemy?!
Wedding planning sure has come a long way in the past 5 years or so. There are so many valuable resources that are accessible to brides, especially on the internet. A few that I have come across amidst my planning have included www.theknot.com, www.weddingwire.com, www.stylemepretty.com and many more.
One site that has become increasingly popular over the past few years has been www.pinterest.com.
So what exactly is Pinterest?
“Pinterest is a web and mobile application company that offers a visual discovery, collection, sharing, and storage tool. Users create and share the collections of visual bookmarks (boards). Boards are created through a user selecting an item, page, website, etc. and pinning it to an existing or newly created board. Users save and share pins from multiple resources onto boards based on a plethora of criteria, e.g., similar characteristics, a theme, birthday parties, planning a vacation, writing a book, interior decorating, holidays. Boards can develop projects, organize events, or save pictures and data together.” –Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinterest
Pinterest is a great source for recipes, DIY projects, decorating, etc. It is also a great place to browse and discover numerous wedding ideas, themes and styles. As soon as I got engaged I made sure to create a Pinterest Board specifically geared towards my wedding….well let’s be real, I already had a board created well before I was engaged with dream wedding ideas, but I made sure to tweak it a little once I actually was engaged!
You can view my actually board by clicking on the link below!
Pinterest can be an awesome tool for inspiration, but it can also be a bit deceiving. What many brides do not realize about a lot of the weddings they come across on Pinterest is that they aren’t actually weddings but styled shoots. A styled shoot usually consists of one mock guest table setup as well as a cake table that many vendors collaborate on with photographers to have featured on blogs and in magazines. Many of these setups are unrealistic and extremely expensive if used for actual weddings of 100+ guests. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to break it to brides that the ideas they have pinned won’t fit within their budget.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are tons of ways that Pinterest can be beneficial, especially to the DIY bride! Pinterest is a great resource for obtaining ideas on DIY centerpieces and décor that can help cut down on huge expenses. Pinterest is also a great resource for you to collaborate with your vendors. In fact I have added my florist and baker as guest pinners on my wedding board so that they are able to see the different styled cakes and flowers that I am interested in that way when we meet they have a better idea of my vision.
How have you found Pinterest beneficial? Do you currently have a wedding board that you’ve created?