If you haven't discovered Pinterest and you're getting married, sign up TODAY...it's free...and you'll love it.
We're of the generation that doing wedding research meant buying way too many wedding magazines, using scissors to cut out the best bits and glue to paste them into our "Wedding Inspiration Scrapbook."
Nowadays, like everything else in the Digital Age, there's a better, faster and cheaper way to do the same thing...and it's called Pinterest.
If you haven't already done so, Sign Up for your free account with Pinterest, decide whether you want to say a bit about yourself and put up a profile picture.
Before you can pin, you need to create at least one Board, onto which you can Pin the cool stuff you find. You can create as many Boards as you like but don't have too many to start with. I would recommend you start off with maybe: "Wedding Stuff I Like", "Humour" and "Cute" ....or something just to get you going.
As soon as you start Pinning, you'll realise you want more Boards, so just create them as you think of them. You'll find your own level.
Now you're ready to start Pinning. There are two modes of Pinning:
1. When you Pin pictures already on Pinterest onto your own boards, and
2. When you Pin pictures into Pinterest and your own boards from a website you're looking at
Pinterest is huge and has come from nowhere in the last 12 months or so. If all you do is:
a) search Pinterest for "wedding", or
b) select the Pinterest "Wedding" category
...you'll find an endless supply of inspiration already posted into Pinterest by other brides and wedding suppliers.
In the process of this you'll no doubt come across Boards of Pinners (jargon alert: Pinners = users of Pinterest) who have similar tastes to you, in which case you can click to Follow their Board or maybe even Follow the Pinner (in which case you'll follow ALL their boards, but you can Unfollow any boards you don't like at a later date). Pins by people and Boards that you Follow will appear in your Timeline, just like Facebook etc.
Go to the Pinterest Help Centre and it will help you put a Pinterest button onto your Internet Browser. Then, whenever you are browsing the Internet and you see anything you want on one of your Boards, all you have to do is press the Pinterest Button on your Browser and select which Board you want it in.
Boards can either be Public or Secret. As soon as you start narrowing your choices for your wedding, we recommend that you have some new Boards that are Secret and in here you can put the things that you're seriously considering...that way all your choices will remain a surprise for your guests on your Big Day.
You'll soon find that your Wedding Board fills up and you may want to Split it into say: Wedding Cakes, Wedding Shoes, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Venues, Wedding Photographs, Wedding Rings...you get the idea.
You can re-Pin anything from one of your Boards to any of your other boards and this is how you can stay organised.
If you like something but you don't have a Board to Pin it in and don't want to create one for it, you can just Like it by clicking the Heart.
You'll also find links to blogs, useful websites, videos and a whole host of thoroughly engaging things.
If you really like a particular Pin, you can click through and it will take you to the original website that the original Pinner got it from. This is often the supplier so you can buy it if you choose to.
Also, if you click on a Pin you can leave comments that the Pinner will see and an interesting exchange can often result.
Pinterest is great on a desktop or laptop computer but the tablet and smart phone Pinterest apps are awesome.
If you do try, do follow us on Pinterest. We've got some particularly popular "Ideas for your Wedding" and "Wedding How-To Tips" Boards as well as Boards with our latest photography, offers, tips and advice...as well as a little humour ;)
It might sound a bit involved but Pinterest is very intuitive, thoroughly addictive, free and an amazing way to get inspired for your wedding.
by Steve Dunster