Organising Your Ideas and Using Pinterest

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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…

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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!

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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

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