When I started planning my wedding 10 years ago, there weren’t nearly as many resources for brides as there are today. I remember getting engaged and running out to buy my first wedding magazine. Because really, the wedding magazines were the best source of inspiration, photos and ideas. The Knot was just becoming really popular, but “the boards” really hadn’t made a huge impact yet. And, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a “wedding blog”. Scary, right?!?! So, I dutifully cut pictures out of magazines of my favorite wedding ideas, dresses, flowers and colors. I placed them in my big “wedding binder” and flipped it open anytime a vendor or friend asked me what I envisioned for my big day.
But, NOW, I find myself immersed in wedding blogs, inspiration boards and my current addiction…Pinterest.com. There are so many resources for brides…literally, at their fingertips, via online resources. You can go to Style Me Pretty and create your own inspiration board using their “Build a Board” tool. You can zip over to WeddingBee and read blog posts from lots of real brides. Then you can spend some time purusing the many wedding blogs for real wedding inspiration, like Ruffled, 100 Layer Cake, Green Wedding Shoes and more!
And, don’t get me wrong, we know how much I love PAPER, so I have to say that I still NEED to have a real wedding magazine in my hands…currently the new V4 of Southern Weddings is topping my charts, but it’s nice to know that when I flip the last page of that beauty, I can still go online to iloveswmag.com and see so much more!
So, now, instead of ripping pages out of magazines, I find myself using Pinterest to collect and organize my wedding inspiration photos. For those of you who aren’t familiar, you collect photos by “pinning” them onto “boards” that you create. For example, I have a “Renewal Photo Ideas” board, where I collect cool ideas for pictures on the big day. Then, I have a “Design & Decor” board, that has lots of ideas for flowers, lighting and other decor. And, of course I have a board for “Paper”…really, how could I not!?!!?
What I love about using Pinterest is that I can be on any blog and see a photo and just quickly pin it to a board. Then, I can share my boards with vendors, friends, family and more! And, you can follow other pinners and they can follow your pins too. So, if any of you are interested, you can follow me on Pinterest (apbarnhill) and once you sign up for Pinterest, you can see if any of your Facebook friends are on Pinterest too.
Lastly, I want to share some of the inspiration that I’ve found on Pinterest for the renewal. I’ve pulled some photos from a few of my boards, just to give you a taste. Enjoy! Happy Pinning!