Today's guest post is written by Abby Giffin. Abby is a midwest based wedding planner and the owner of Heirloom Event Co. Her mission is to ease the overwhelming task of planning a wedding by focusing on the core values most important to the couple and designing a celebration based on their lives together. Abby lives in Chicago with her 3 dogs and husband-to-be. (Yes, she’s planning her own!)
Gathering inspiration images on Pinterest can be such a help for wedding vendors who are looking to understand and communicate your wedding vision. There is no disputing the fact that this visual social media tool has changed the game for planning. With access to so much inspiration the bar was raised all around and the concept of “pinterest-perfect” entered our lives. Here are three easy step by steps to harness that inspiration, keep it all organized, and battle the scroll overwhelm.
STEP 1: Create 1 Board for Style
First, set up one board that is exclusively dedicated to your wedding style. That includes things like colors, textures, and overall design ideas. When you look at this board, it should FEEL like the wedding you want to have. Keep the sources and specific ideas off this board. This board is purely about "pretty!" Those table numbers that you want to recreate, but are neon orange, and don't match your cream and blush look do not belong here. Reference this board when making your design and decor decisions to keep everything a lovely and consistent look.
STEP 2: Add Boards for Specific Ideas
Then set up one or more boards that are dedicated to wedding ideas. These boards are for the individual ideas and details that you like and may want to incorporate into your day. They don't have to represent the exact style that you're trying to create. You can break these down by areas to match your budget, or group like things together in a way that makes sense to you. Some popular examples are: Dresses + Tuxes, Cakes, Favors, Sweets Tables, Floral, Updos, etc. The Heirloom Event Co. Pinterest page has some great categories of inspiration already broken down for you!
STEP 3: Store All Shop-Sources Together
Finally, create one board that is dedicated to "sources". It's a streamlined place for all the Etsy links, vendors you want to look into later, or other shops you find online. When you're ready to order, you can reference this back and easily access that online source you found months ago.
It's really helpful to note what you like about the idea in the caption area, so when you're referencing back to it, or when you send that board to one of your vendors, there is no guessing about why you pinned it. It may slow down your pin-fury speed, but once there are a lot of images on the board, you'll be thankful that it's clear why you pinned it.