Almost immediately after brides answer “yes!” to that oh-so romantic question, they begin the “fun” party of wedding planning – searching for inspiration for their special day. Whether it be deciding on a color scheme, flowers and décor, or invitation design there are millions upon millions of websites and blogs that provide brides with every wedding detail imaginable. All you have to do is sift through the overwhelming amount of creative and unique ideas that could make your special day that much more special.
More and more, clients are coming to us with inspiration that they found on sites such as Pinterest, Style Me Pretty, or Etsy. The question we are asked as planners is “can we recreate this for my wedding?” and the answer is always YES!! These websites/blogs are fantastic tools to get the creative juices flowing as you narrow down the ideas and details you want to use to personalize your day. Here are a few tips to help you make these sites work FOR you, not work you over.
1. Create your own “inspiration board”
Inspiration boards are a visual way to gather all of your ideas into one place and work through them to find the best combination for you and for your day. This can be a cork board dedicated to your day, a virtual document, or even pictures taped to the wall! The best part about creating an inspiration board is you can pile as many ideas on it as you like, revisit them and then rule out things you really don’t need or want. The more specific and focused you become, the easier it will be for your wedding professionals to re-create exactly what you want.
Pinterest is a great tool to gather all of your inspiration into one location, as it mocks a real bulletin board. You simply pin pictures you like from websites or “re-pin” posts from other users to your personal board. You can also create different boards to organize all of the ideas you pin (if you’re an avid organizer like I am).
2. Find 3-5 sites you like and stick to them!
Take a few weeks to visit all the wedding websites and blogs you can, especially the ones that will be recommended to you by friends, family and even strangers. As you explore them, think about which ones are easiest to navigate, which ones have useful information versus stories, and how often each are updated. From there, pick 3 to 5 sites that you feel comfortable with and add them to your bookmarks. These few sites will give you more than enough inspiration to go through as you formulate ideas again and again.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for specifics
When you find an idea or detail that you LOVE and wish to incorporate into your day, do not settle for less. Your team of wedding professionals are there to make your day exactly the way you want it, so you should feel comfortable presenting them with an idea and asking that they work with it. As planners, we will make sure that you find the best way to make all of your wedding dreams come true!
Here are a few inspiration examples from Pinterest that we have been successful in recreated for our previous couples! Make sure you follow All About Events on Pinterest for more ideas to make your day unforgettable!