Organising Your Ideas and Using Pinterest

So… you’re planning your wedding or other special occasion. You might have already read my previous planning posts {seven planning questions; bringing personality into your planning; finding ideas that are totally you – if not, take a look!} and now your knee deep in wedding magazines, glued to the internet and have a head full of ideas and inspiration for your special day.

I’m here today to help you assemble all of those ideas (before they turn your brain to ‘wedding mush’) into some sense of order, so you can map your ideas and inspiration and ultimately come out the other end with plans perfect for your celebration!

Creating A Mood Board / Pin Board / Scrapbook

If you want to assemble everything you’ve seen and loved into some sort of order one of these will help you. Effectively, they are all variations of the same thing. You can create a mood board on a large piece of cardboard or in a scrapbook or wedding planning book if you want to do this, using magazines and photographs {it can make a nice keepsake!}. Or if you prefer to browse online, you can create your pin board on a site like Pinterest and save on space {I’ll explain more about Pinterest later in the post}.

The idea couldn’t be simpler…


Organise Your Images

You want to organise your images into specific elements of your special day. Below are some ideas of the categories you might want to split them into – some are wedding specific, so choose those that apply to you…

· Wedding Dress
· Bridesmaid Dresses
· Grooms Attire
· Attendants Attire
· Flowers
· Invitations and Stationery
· Venue
· Food & Drink
· Decorations
· Cake
· DIY Ideas
· Favours
· Attendants Gifts
· Colour Schemes
· Wedding Jewellery
· Honeymoon
· Vows
· Planning Tips

If you’re working on a board, allocate different areas of the board to different categories. If you’re using a book, separate your ideas onto separate pages. If you’re on Pinterest I’d suggest creating a different pin board for each element above. Feel free to add any others you’d like.

Keep your ideas streamlined…

It can be tempting to choose to stick / pin everything you see that you like. STOP! Don’t do that… it will only serve to confuse you and make you indecisive. The best way to select images is to ask yourself:-
· Would this work with the type of wedding I had in mind?
· Is it achievable within my budget?
You don’t have to choose to take forward every idea you collate, but they need to serve to give you a feel for the style you are wanting that element of your occasion to take.

Using Pinterest to Collate Your Ideas
You may already be familiar with Pinterest, and are already using it for collecting images of things you love or want to try. If so, it will naturally fit for you to set up your Wedding boards and organise your images through the application too. If you’ve not used Pinterest before, I’m here to give you a brief overview how it works and my top tips for planning.

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is an application which allows you to collate images you like and ‘Pin’ them onto a virtual pin board, where you can refer back to them at any time you like. It also is an excellent resource for researching new ideas, as it acts as a social community and allows you to search other people’s pinned images by category. It also allows you to follow the pin boards of people you find who’s content inspires you, and provides a constant feed of the images they pin for you to look through.

It is also **HIGHLY ADDICTIVE** – I jest not!

How can I sign up for Pinterest?

Visit the Pinterest Website to sign up online. Their website gives you an overview of how it works here.

Once you have an account, you can start pinning away. This is a useful YouTube Tutorial from Thrifty Ninja to show you the basics of pinning and using Pinterest. It talks through how you can set up a pinning bookmarklet in your browser that allows you to pin any image you see on the web. Also most blogs, online magazines and websites have Pin buttons next to images and articles so you can pin them directly to your boards.

Pinterest Etiquette

Be respectful, be yourself, and give credit for anything you pin. It’s important that you never pass of other people’s images as your own due to potential copyright infringement. The best way to manage this is to pin using the pin button or your bookmarklet – the source will always be linked and listed then. Also in the free form text box as you pin, always give credit to the source. If you’re pinning from an image already on Pinterest, and there is no source listed, clicking on the image may take you to it. Avoid pinning images without the original image source listed where possible.

Personal Boards
These are pin boards that can only be seen by you and whoever else you assign access to. They are great for planning surprises and for collaborating with other people. You might want to consider personal boards for capturing your images of:-
· Wedding Dress
· Wedding Party Gifts
· Honeymoon (if it’s a surprise)
· Vows (if they are personal and sentimental)
Your maid of honour and best man may want to set up their own Personal Boards to pin ideas for the Hen and Stag party. You might want to invite your florist, wedding planner or bridesmaids to access one or two of your personal boards if you want to collaborate with them on ideas. At the time of writing this, Pinterest offers a maximum of three personal boards, so decide which are the most important to keep underwraps!

Top Three Planning Mistakes To Avoid when using Pinterest…

1. Don’t go pinterest mad and pin absolutely everything you see that you like! You’ll have a nightmare wading through your images and it could confuse your decision making. With each pin ask the two questions at the beginning of the post – does it fit with what I had in mind? Is it {or something like it} achievable for my budget?
2. DIY tutorials are great on Pinterest, but don’t get caught up with the novelty and decide to try and make every great idea you see. Planning a wedding is a busy time, so by all means be creative, but also be realistic over how much time you have to create DIY efforts. Enlist the help of family and friends if you come across a great DIY find that you just have to incorporate into your day!
3. Don’t give everything away. It is good to have elements of your day that are a surprise or a lovely little touch that they didn’t know about. It’s sooo tempting to share all of your exciting finds with friends and family… save something back so they get to fully enjoy your special touches on the day itself. That might mean keeping knowledge of your Pinterest addiction and page details to a minimum amongst your friends and family!


I hope you’ve found this post useful, and feel inspired to organise your research using one of the techniques above. Pop over and take a look at my Pinterest Boards – there is plenty of inspiration you can Pin onto your own!I’d love to hear how you get on – leave a comment or drop me an email with how your planning is going. How are you researching your ideas for your celebration? Do you have any tips for other readers you can share?

Happy planning!

Emma xoxo

Finding Ideas that are Totally YOU


Morning you lovely lot! This week I want to share some super words of wisdom to help you think about where to find your inspiration from planning your special celebration.

If you weren’t with us over the last two weeks, you may have missed some of my pre-planning thought provoking exercises that will help you make your special day unique . If you missed them, have a read as they will help make sense of today’s post:

With blogs, magazines, the internet in general and social media applications like Pinterest, you certainly won’t be struggling to find images and ideas for your special day and celebrations! But with the sheer volume of content out there, how do you make sense of it all and most importantly ensure the ideas you collect are the right ones to wow your guests and create those lasting memories you’re after? That, my lovely readers, is exactly what we’re looking at today.

In this series of posts, I can’t say it enough… it has got to be all about YOU. So first things first go back to your answers to the seven questions from week one to remind yourself of what you decided was important for your day, and also have a read of the words you came up with when you were thinking of your unique wedding concept last week. What was important to you, and how did you want your guests to feel? Use these ideas to guide you when collecting your ideas and inspiration.

Home-Emma-CaseOk, so now we have our concept as our framework, where should we look for ideas? My first rule of idea hunting is to look outside of the industry that represents what you’re doing. It is very easy to get sucked into the trap of only looking at wedding pictures and ideas to inspire you when planning your wedding day. If you do that you will find some lovely ideas, but the chances are that a lot of these things will be someone else’s unique ideas, and not your own. To create something meaningful to you, I would suggest you cast your net wider…

1. Your Lifestyle – There is no better way come up with fantastic personal ideas than drawing them from your own lifestyle. What type of fashion do you go for? What interests and hobbies do you have? Think about your home… what look does it have, what décor do you like? You can even stretch this as far as the colours and textures in your home. In my design work I often find prized possessions and family heirlooms can also be a great source of inspiration to bring into ideas for your special day.

2 – Your Venue – If you have already decided on where you want to hold your special celebrations, or even if you have only decided on the type of venue you are looking for, look for inspiration and ideas that are shaped by it. If your venue is a country hotel with beautiful gardens, look for English Country Garden ideas… if you have decided a fun filled outdoor celebration, keep an eye out for rustic country touches or fun fair ideas.

Your venue may well have some history or unique features that you could draw ideas or inspiration from, like this stunning floor from Emma Case’s photograph. I am thinking immediately how this could be worked into a motif on invitations and stationery for the day! When you know your venue, consider the room, look for ideas that will tie in with the colours, textures and space already in there.venue-floor-emma-case

3 – Design Trends – Use current trends to inspire you – colours, textures, and popular styling are all areas you can get ideas from. The key here is not to draw on ideas purely because they are in fashion. Challenge yourself around these – do they fit with your seven questions? Do they fit with your wedding concept? Are they you? If so, go for it! (If not, steer clear!)

4 – Nature - Get yourself outdoors to pick up some ideas and inspiration! You can turn this one into something fun with your other half… have a day out or a nice long walk either somewhere you enjoy being together or somewhere new. See what colours and textures spark your imagination. You might even come across something on your little day out that might feature on your big day.


5 – Blogs, Magazines and Pinterest – Now I know I said before that we need to cast the net wider, but it’s ok to indulge in this if we do it the right way. If it’s a wedding you’re planning, then you will naturally gravitate towards this type of content… and enjoy it because there are so many fantastic photographs and images out there! A few of my personal favourite blogs for wedding inspiration are Rock My Wedding; Boho Weddings; Rock n Roll Bride; Elizabeth Anne Designs; Style Me Pretty; Emmaline Bride and Magnolia Rouge. I love to browse these on a Saturday morning with a cuppa to keep up to date on what’s happening in wedding world.

A great way to access blog content easily is to subscribe to a Blog Reading platform like Bloglovin – these sites pull all material together in one place to make it easy to browse ideas and inspiration in a simple format without having to trawl the internet yourself. To make life even easier for you, here at A Whole Lot of Lovely you will find a summary of some of the best bits from around the internet on my blog on a Sunday – keep up to date by subscribing for updates at the bottom of the page if you want weekly access to some particularly lovely posts from key wedding and lifestyle blogs.

There are also plenty of monthly wedding publications to choose from through from Brides to Wedding Ideas – many of these also now have a decent online presence too. The overriding thing to remember with the content that you will find online and in publications is that you need to stick to your wedding concept. A lot of the content you will see will be other people’s unique ideas, and whilst it’s great to be inspired by the colour palette’s and how other people’s days have been put together, if you find something you like challenge yourself before you save the link / cut out the picture / pin it… is it you? Would it create the feeling and emotion that you decided you were after? How would it make your guests feel? Do you have any personal connection to it? Seek out those ideas that really work with your wedding idea and reflect your personality.

So with a ‘Take me Out’ Paddy McGuiness style sound and lighting… the power is in your hands! I’ve armed you with some pointers on how you can make sense of everything out there, and how you can avoid the trap of merely repeating other people’s ideas. Now it’s over to you to peruse the pretty and find ideas and inspiration that fits with the wedding concept you have decided on.

Next week we’ll be looking at how we can collect these ideas and inspiration… from old fashioned scrapbooking through to getting the most out of Pinterest. For this week I’ll leave you with your keepsake card for the week for you to cut out or Pin using the pin button below.


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For now let’s share – I’d love to hear where your favourite places for inspiration and ideas have been… drop me a comment below and share with me and my other readers your favourite spots for inspiring content!

Emma xoxo

{Image Credits: all photographs used are done so with the kind permission from the talented Emma & Pete over at Emma Case Photography who captured these beautiful shots.}

Bringing Personality into your Planning


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Hi and welcome to this weeks instalment of Lovely Planning Top Tips! I’ve designed this series to help my readers and clients plan a truly meaningful celebration with lots of personality and memory making quality. To give you some fab planning tips I’ll be drawing from my experience in helping my clients pull personality and the real ‘them’ into their celebration stationery.

Last week on the blog we looked at the seven questions to think about before you start the planning process.  If you didn’t catch it, have a read here, as your answers to the questions will help you with the next step of our planning.

This week we’re looking at the next steps and how to come up with a unique wedding concept that is all about you. Feel free to replace wedding with ‘baby shower’ or ‘hen party’ or ‘birthday party’ as each of the planning top tips I’ve created for you can be translated into planning any special celebration. Yep – you can thank me later!

If you want to plan a really personal celebration, read on to join me and take the next step on our planning journey…


So you’ve thought about the vision for your special celebration – the what’s, the where, the when, the who and the why (it’s all here if you still need a read!). Next up is time to start focusing on the concept of your celebration itself.

So what do I mean by concept? I mean the ideas that bind all those finer details of your day together. I always try and get a feeling for my customer’s wedding concept when I start working with them. We explore what’s important to them right at the beginning, and when I work that way with a client, the end result really wows their guests, and gives meaning to their special day.

When planning a wedding, you’ll probably get lots of people asking you all about it, and some of them will be bound to ask about the T word… what your ‘theme’ is. A theme is a style choice that runs through each aspect of your day. It can be a colour or a particular look. I’m here to tell you… don’t worry about a ‘theme’! By jumping in and choosing details and a theme without creating a concept that is personal to you, you can end up with a disconnect between your celebration style, and you. Ultimately, you could really miss a trick in making something memorable for you and your guests. But you don’t need to make that boo boo, because you know now! Before you get involved in looking into the wealth of ideas and details out there and choosing a ‘theme’, I’m suggesting you revisit some of your answers to your seven questions from last week, and then follow the little brainstorming plan below, to create your own very personal concept.

1. Recap what you’ve decided so far. First things first, have a read of your seven answers from last week. You have an idea from those seven questions the type of celebration you are looking at planning.

2. It’s all about the emotion. The next thing for us to elaborate on is the first ‘what’ from last week – what feelings and emotion did you want your celebration to have? How do you want it to make your guests feel? As you think of these answers, write these words down.


3. What’s your style? If you want to make this celebration personal it needs to reflect your own style. So what is your music taste; your fashion taste; the style of your home… or the style you’d like it to be? What are your personalities like? If you’re not sure, ask your friends and family to help you – what is their perception? What words do they come up with? Don’t panic if as a couple you like different things… dig down deep to unearth any common style interests, and make a note of pertinent words that describe all of these things.

4. It’s all about your relationship. If you’re planning a wedding, it makes sense that you focus on what is important in your relationship too. Maybe you have shared interests or hobbies? You may prefer to think more generally about shared memories or things that mean something to both of you or remind you of your relationship. Again, as you’re thinking of these things, write them down.

5. Word Perfect. Turning all of these elements into your big concept can seem daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. All of the words you have written down give you a list of things you either want your wedding to be, or that you can incorporate into your day to make it all about you. First of all, have any words come up more than once? Highlight these, as these will be important to your concept. Brainstorm the words you have and make sure you understand what they mean. Different people can have different ideas so check the standard understanding with a thesaurus. You want to be confident if you ask for a ‘chic’ cake at your bakery, they have the same interpretation of word.

6. Perfect your Concept. At the end of your brainstorming, look to come up with several common words / special things to you, that encapsulate the concept of what you’re looking for, for your big day.

These things are all about you, and all about how you want your guests to feel. Yep, that’s right, you’ve gone and done it and created yourself a wedding concept! (Big pat on the back time me thinks – you definitely deserve a little glass of vino in celebration!) Stick with me because next week’s Top Tips will move onto looking at the best ways of sourcing inspiration and ideas for your special day based around your wedding concept. Don’t forget to drop by to check it out!

Don’t forget to pin your keepsake card onto your planning Pinterest board, or cut it out and keep it in your wedding planning book. You can just click on the Pin button below and choose the keepsake card photo.


I’d love to hear whether you found this weeks tips useful… leave a comment below or drop me an email to let me know how this has helped you in your planning. Or perhaps you have a question? I’m all ears…

-Emma xoxo

{Image Credits: all photography images by Emma Case Photography - thank you to the lovely Emma & Pete for allowing me to share some of their beautiful wedding photography with you in this post. Check out their wonderful work over on their website.}


Lots of Lovely Planning Tips – Part One


At the very heart of A Whole Lot of Lovely is the idea of creating something meaningful to you, and something special for the people you care about.

So in these series of posts I want to share with you some little pearls of wisdom on how you can plan your special day in a way that will be meaningful to you, wow your guests and help create special memories that will dance on long after your party has ended!

Every day in my work I make memories and create something special for my clients. In this series of posts I will let you delve into the little secrets I use in my work that you can use when planning to create the same end result – something meaningful, unique and totally you.

Whilst this series refers often to planning a wedding, Lovely Planning Tips applies to planning any special occasion. So read on to begin your planning journey…


The first rule of planning anything is to ask yourself a few little questions to make it easy to start off your thought process. Humour me, and let’s play make believe. Let’s pretend we’re on one of those murder mystery evenings (stay with me on this one!) You would want to ask and work out the answers to five basic questions…

What? Who? When? Where? and Why?

Ok, so let’s forget Professor Plum in the study with the candlestick, and step away from my rather random murder mystery analogy, and turn this in to something tangible about making something meaningful for you.

Before I start work for a client, I try to understand what is behind those five W’s. It helps me get to know them – understand who they are, what they like and guides the direction I take with their design process. To plan your celebration I’d suggest you do the same. Below are 7 key questions, to have a think about before you start planning your celebration…


1. What – What Kind of Wedding / Celebration do you want?

Ask yourself what kind of celebration you would like. What feeling would you like it to have? Are you looking for a formal affair, something with grandeur or is your preference something more relaxed and informal? Would you want a big party knees up, or is a laid back, relaxed celebration more your style? How do you want the day / evening to make you feel? How would you like your guests to feel? By considering this right at the start, it will give you a point to work from in your planning and most importantly it will ensure that your starting point is from a place that is totally YOU.

2. What – What is your Budget?

Ok, so this is the second what and it’s a biggy. It is really important that you set yourself a realistic budget and stick to it, you don’t want to get into debt to be able to hold your celebrations. Given the importance of this topic, we’ll explore it in more detail in a separate post. For today, it’s enough to know you need to consider how much you have to spend before you start the planning process. The good news is you don’t have to spend a fortune to wow your guests and create lasting memories. A thoughtfully planned celebration will give you just that regardless of budget.

3. What – What is Important To You?

A third what… the last one I promise! By thinking about what is important to you, you stamp your personality all over your celebration. There’s no better way of making it so YOU. By deciding what is important you will find it easier to prioritise. Think about which elements of your celebration will have the most importance. If music is a big part of your life then entertainment might be a big part of your day. If you love your food the catering and food options would be a key area for you. Make a list of every element of your celebration (you can find a list here from my Pinterest Boards) and number each area in order of importance to you – cross out anything that you’re not interested in at all. This will allow you to prioritise your planning (and your budget) and keep you on track over the coming weeks.


4. When – When Would You Like to Get Married or Hold Your Event?

Thinking about when to hold your wedding or event, will help your planning process. First think about the seasons, and the time of year you’d like to choose. Which season might lend itself to the type of celebration you had imagined in your ‘What’? It could be that there is a particular time of year you love or that holds special meaning for you -think anniversaries, birthdays, if you’re getting married – the day you met.

There might also be particular dates you want to avoid… make sure you are aware of public and religious holidays, and consider the price impact of choosing specific dates such as New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day.

Be realistic as often with larger celebrations, your budget may dictate the timing you choose. Consider how long it will take to save the money you will need. If you are working to a tight budget, consider the day of your event too – lots of venues offer cheaper prices for off peak days and off peak times of the year.


Be mindful of what feeling you wanted to give your guests – does what you’ve decided do that? If you were planning on a big knees up and you know your family love a party, it might not be the best idea to hold your special day mid week when people will have to work the following day… think about your guests whilst keeping in mind your own preferences. By keeping in mind the ‘What’ through each of these stages you’ll keep on track and maximise the experience for your guests.


5. Who – Who Would You Want to Invite?

Yes, yes, yes, I did say that these were the questions to ask before you start planning… however drawing up a preliminary guest list early on will help you through the planning process. You need to know roughly how many guests you would like to attend each part of your celebrations, as this will dictate other choices you need to make later. There is no point having your heart set on a venue which can’t hold the number of guests you will need to invite on the day.

To make creating your guest list easy, break your guests down into family, friends from school, friends from university, workmates, and most importantly think about who you want to share your special celebrations with. You will be paying for these people, so only invite people you are happy spending money on. Consider whether you would like children as part of your celebrations. Think about whether you would like to invite your single friends and family to bring a ‘plus one’. This can sometimes be an area people are unsure about – if you’re unsure have a read of this great post from Project Wedding ‘Should I Invite Plus-Ones’.

When thinking about your ‘who’, if you’re getting married it can also be a good time to consider who you might want in the wedding party – who will be your best men, bridesmaids and ushers?

Getting an idea of your guest list early on will allow you to make informed decisions that will allow you to create something special.


6. Where – Where Would You Ideally Like to Do This?


You’ve got your whats, your when and your who, so now for the where… where geographically do you want to hold your celebrations? Would you like it to be where you live now, or maybe you want to have it where you grew up, or close to your family? Do you want your celebrations in this country or abroad? If you a considering whether to marry abroad there is a great article on Barefoot Bride called ‘Is it For You?’ - have a read.

If your event is a wedding, did you see yourself marrying in a church or in a civil ceremony? Remember to think back to your answers in WHAT – make sure your location choices fit with that.

7. Why – Why Are You Doing This?

If I could offer one piece of advice throughout planning a special celebration, it would on this point alone. Keep focused on why you are celebrating – keep that at the heart of your planning process. With every decision you make, dilemma you encounter or awkward guest you deal with, remember what the end game is and keep your feet planted firmly on the ground. At the end of it all, it’s not what the party is like… its what the celebration is for. Keep that at the heart of your planning and doing, and you will create something truly memorable and special.

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You know what? You’ve done it! If you weren’t sure where to start to plan a special celebration, by answering those key questions, you’ve just made your first steps on your planning journey …and you just thought you were reading my blog! ;-)

The best thing is by thinking in this way at the very beginning of our journey, you are on the road to making your celebration personal to you. If it’s personal to you, it’s memorable to your guests, and by considering how you want them to feel, you’re well on the road to creating something meaningful and special for them to share.

Next week we’ll be looking more at how to bring personality and meaning into your celebration planning. But for this week I’ll leave you with your Lovely Planning Top Tips keepsake card, that you can Pin onto your Pinterest Boards using the Pinterest button below (or print out and keep if you prefer to keep it old school).


I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments on today’s post – leave a comment and let me know whether this has helped, and which areas of planning you’d like more pearls of wisdom around.

Emma xoxo

{ Image Credits: All photographs featured in this post are from the wonderful photographers at Photo Love Photography - a big thank you to them for allowing me to share some of their stunning wedding photography with you in today’s blog post! }