Besides Facebook and Twitter, the next largest social media network is Pinterest. Pinterest is a visual social media tool that allows users to share, plan, organize and express their ideas for all different types of events, thoughts, projects and collections. Each collection/event/idea can be organized onto a different “board”. With over 70 million active users, it’s hard to argue with the success of the network. 68 % of Pinterest users are women between the ages of 25-34. These demographics are also quite similar to the most popular marriage ones in the U.S., which is why so many women are using Pinterest for wedding ideas these days rather than an actual wedding planner. For many women who are on a budget for their wedding, a wedding planner is a luxury, not a necessity. With social media networks like Pinterest (which is completely free), savvy DIY women can take personal wedding planning to a whole new level.
Here are some tips to use wedding planner via Pinterest
- Join: First and foremost, you need to become a member of the popular social network in order to begin planning your happily ever after. If you’re already on Facebook, you can even find your friends that are already on Pinterest and “follow” them. From then on, everything in your Pinterest home page will be pins that your friends have pinned to their own boards. It’s basically like Pinterest’s version of the newsfeed.
- Make your Boards: After you’ve joined, your next big thing will be creating your boards. Create as many as you’d like. If you’re planning on using Pinterest strictly for your wedding, then make a different board dedicated to each specific part of your wedding. For example, have a board for: centerpieces, floral arrangements, catering, wedding dress, shoes, party favors, etc. Having organization in your boards will make your life a lot easier in the long run!
- Follow the Wedding Gurus: There are hundreds of wedding experts on Pinterest. Find them and follow them to get ideas and inspiration to create your fairytale wedding on your own terms. Searching on Pinterest is very easy. You can simply type in “wedding” into the search bar or any keyword you’d like, even a designer’s name to find their boards. Here are some recommended wedding users to follow on Pinterest.
- Pin Everything: The only way to really make the most out of Pinterest is to Pin what you like. You can narrow down later, for now just pin anything that catches your eye from DIY ideas to the best mosquito traps for an outdoor wedding. It’s very easy to get lost on Pinterest and forget where you saw those adorable wedding heels, so as soon as you see something you like, pin it right away. You can even Pin from different websites other than Pinterest using the “Pin it” button that can go right into your bookmarks on your web browser.
- Comment/Interact: If you want comments from the peanut gallery (aka your Pinterest followers) make sure you’re giving to receive. Comment on other people’s pins and ask questions, it’s the best way to engage your audience and get some opinions. You can even give trusted friends and bridesmaids permission to pin with you through their Pinterest account.
- Create Private Boards: Want to keep your wedding plans and ideas secret until the big day? You can create private boards on Pinterest to keep everyone guessing instead of knowing what your wedding will be like.
Make sure you begin using Pinterest early in the wedding planning process. This way, you have time to really think about which ideas you like best and can narrow down as the big day gets closer.
See also: 4 Tips for Making Your Pinterest Pins More Shareable