To Pin or Not to Pin

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To pin or not to pin? That is the question. The words of Shakespeare have never been truer. Ok, Shakespeare didn’t actually say that exactly, but if you’re a bride-to-be on Pinterest, you might want to start asking yourself that question. Pinterest has 176 million registered users[1] and of those 176 million users 70% have wedding boards before they are even engaged.[2] (Want more fun social media wedding facts? Check out this article.) With numbers like those, imagine how a bride can be bombarded with multitudes of gorgeous weddings. Maybe you’ve been pinning to your board for a few years now, or maybe you just created a Pinterest account after you got engaged and started pinning anything and everything you found to be beautiful. Regardless of which bride-to-be you are, your wedding board can be a great place to start formulating the type of wedding you want; however, it can get a bit overwhelming and disorganized if you’re not intentional with what you are pinning. I talked to two Charleston wedding planners to get their “Dos” and “Don’ts” for brides when it comes to Pinterest.

Caroline Simpson, has been an integral part of the A Kiawah Wedding by AIC’s event coordination and design team for the past 5 years. As the sole event planning company working out of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, Caroline has worked with a wide variety of brides ranging from those planning a destination wedding to those keeping the venue close to home. She has four things she always tells her brides during their initial meeting when it comes to “Pinspiration”:

  1. Do make your board Secret, but definitely invite your wedding planner to view your board, so she can stay in the loop and get a sense of what you like.
  2. Do be specific and note exactly what you like about each particular photo you pin.
  3. Do use Pinterest for inspiration but…
  4. Don’t let Pinspiration snuff out your own personal style for your big day.

Lillie Simpson (no relation to Caroline Simpson above) has worked in every area of the wedding industry from event design to catering and has collaborated with Kristin Newman Designs as well as Loluma. She is currently based out of D.C. and working with Modern Luxury. Lillie has always let her brides know the following when “Pindicating” which photos they like:

  1. Do keep it your board organized. Maybe even create different boards for different aspects of the wedding.
  2. Do stop pinning once you have finished planning. You’ll drive yourself crazy with new ideas and elements you’ll want to incorporate into your wedding. Be confident in your choices!
  3. Don’t go pin crazy! It will be overwhelming to sort through thousands of pins later.
  4. Don’t have unrealistic expectations. Not everything on Pinterest can be recreated exactly as you have seen it.

Keep these expert tips in mind when you’re on Pinterest creating your dream wedding board and remember Caroline’s and Lillie’s number one “Do”- Do remember to enjoy yourself during the wedding planning process. Happy pinning ladies!

[1] http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/pinterest-stats/

[2] http://mashable.com/2014/07/21/social-media-wedding-survey/

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