We all love Pinterest. Everyone. Even the eleven people out there who have never tried it love it, because they have inadvertently tasted a Pinterest recipe/attended a wedding recently/drank cocktails from a mason jar/purchased anything mint or coral. I have done all these things with a smile on my face, wearing lipstick that I learned to apply correctly from a late night of scrolling.
You know what? It’s okay! Pinterest is awesome, and I’m not here to tell you to stop pinning. I just want everyone to take a moment, move away from the endless scrolling, liking, and re-pinning, and rediscover the Internet. Pinterest is repetitive. The Internet is not (if you’re using it correctly.)
Download the Pin It! bookmarklet if you haven’t yet. Then search the web! Are you looking for a wedding on a budget? Set up a board of dream dresses, jewelry, and shoes by checking out the lastest at Vera Wang, Jimmy Choo, Tiffany’s. Vogue.com is kind of amazing. When you find your favorites, scour the web for similar items for less, without having to worry about what you were looking for in the first place.
If you’re more of an abstract thinker or are thinking of doing things yourself, search through some art collections at museum websites, society6, or the National Gallery of Art’s website. Collect colors, lines, images, and feelings. It’s so easy to get excited by the reels of bridesmaid gifts, the homemade signs, the photo booth setups, the “must-have” photos, and wedding dresses with cowboy boots. It’s perfectly acceptable to grab ideas, but finding inspiration takes a little more effort. It will be worth it in the end.
Just one more note: remember that your vendors, photographers, chefs, and dress designers are artists. Make sure you hire good people and then let them do what they do. The longer the list of pins you bring to them, the less they can be creative and the less heart and soul they’ll deliver to the final project.
Here at BrideBird, we embrace the unusual, the lofty, the weird, and most importantly the beautiful. Since you’re here, I know you do, too! While all of these exist in the Pinterest world, it’s imperative that you extend your search radius beyond the scroll. Remember what Pinterest’s purpose is: “an online pinboard where you can collect and organize things that inspire you.”