Wedding planning is not always easy. With every new detail springing up each day, the task can seem hard to organize on your own. As a result, many brides are turning to Pinterest to help with their wedding planning.
While the social media tool can be beneficial to planning a wedding, it can also create unrealistic expectations for what you can and can’t achieve for your big day. Carrying out a wedding might not be as easy as pinning out each element to virtual boards but Pinterest can be a useful tool for wedding planning when utilized correctly.
Before you starting pinning away and creating your wedding boards, be sure you don’t make these mistakes for with wedding planning on Pinterest.
Over-Pinning Unrealistic Ideas
Pinterest can be a bride’s best friend and also her archenemy in one. Too much of Pinterest can go a long way in terms of wedding planning. If you pin too many items, you could face boards with hundreds of ideas that aren’t useful to your wedding day. While Pinterest is designed to inspire you with beautiful images, tips, and advice, it also can overwhelm your wedding planning if you do too much. It will be difficult to know where to begin when referencing your boards for ideas if you have over-pinned.
Also along the same lines, brides shouldn’t pin too many suggestions that are unrealistic for their wedding day. While you can garner an idea of what you want, reaching too far into a realm of impossibilities won’t produce useful wedding boards. For example, Pinterest features a great deal of do-it-yourself wedding ideas. If you aren’t the sort of bride to pull out a glue gun and start creating, it is best to keep those DIY pins to a minimum. These pins can also create overly cutesy elements to your wedding day. If the idea is too far off from what you can achieve, it is best to forget it and pin ideas that you can actually realize for your big day.
A Lack of Organization
Many couples use Pinterest as a way to stay organized with their wedding planning. From boards for dress ideas to table décor suggestions, Pinterest can help keep your wedding on track. However, if you merely have a board titled “wedding”, it can be difficult to keep all of your ideas in order. Also, many vendors these days want to see Pinterest boards to gain a sense of what you like and don’t like. If you merely have one big wedding board, you aren’t truly using Pinterest to your advantage. For effective wedding planning, you need to have boards organized into categories for each area of your wedding such as flowers, reception locations, décor and bridal fashion.
Making Your Boards Too Public
Chances are your wedding is not your main job. You might use Pinterest at your work or even just for day-to-day life tips and tricks. Brides can create all of these wedding boards and begin pinning away. In the process, you are failing to recognize that your followers might not want to see all of your wedding planning boards. They are probably following you for another reason and too much wedding in their feed is causing them to unfollow you.
To remedy this mistake, you can make your wedding boards private and only invite those who you want to share your ideas with in on those boards. Also this prevents friends and family from knowing exactly what your wedding will look like on the big day. Too much public pinning will leave no surprises for guests at your wedding.
Pinning Dead Pages
One of the problems with Pinterest is that many of us see an image, like it and pin it. We might not even click on where that image points to in the end. For wedding planning purposes, you don’t want to pin blindly. You should ask yourself what this pin is all about and if it will be useful to your planning. You might love an image but when you click on the webpage, you are left in a black hole on the Internet. Especially in the case of wedding tips, you don’t want to pin and never click too. You should genuinely pin useful information, not just pretty pictures.
Using Pinterest As Your Main Wedding Search Guide
In the case of wedding dresses, shoes and the like, you don’t really want to begin your search on Pinterest. Those pins of the perfect pair of shoes might point to an item that is no longer available or sold out. In the case of things that you need to buy like a wedding dress or shoes, you should find what you want first and then pin it to your boards to remember for later. While Pinterest can be a great starting point for wedding planning, it shouldn’t be your sole point of entry into planning. For wedding items you will be purchasing, go to the source directly and then pin for later.
Navigating social media and wedding planning is not always easy. For the bride using Pinterest, mistakes and mishaps can lead to boards that never come to fruition or those that end up complicating the matter further. However, with careful planning, you can draw up Pinterest boards that prove useful and beneficial for your wedding day. Did you use Pinterest to help plan your wedding day? What mistakes or tips can you share for using the tool for effective wedding planning? Share your thoughts with us below.