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Where to find your wedding inspiration (and it’s not just Pinterest)

If there was ever a feature that’s all about the pretty, it’s this one. We’re continuing our month focusing on the best wedding details with a look at where to get inspired. As you can imagine, there’s a lot to cover in this piece so let’s not waste another minute…

 

The Pinterest Wedding

There’s no denying the fact that Pinterest has been a total game-changer for anyone planning a wedding. All of that visual inspiration in one place is just the most amazing resource you could wish for. Add in the fact that it’s so easy to search and save that it’s actually hard to imagine how we coped before Pinterest brought the pretty to our lives! Whether you’re looking for styling ideas, stationery designs or tutorials for wedding crafts, Pinterest will have what you’re looking for.

On the flip side, Pinterest can create an issue or two. It’s easy to get so hooked on everyone else’s ideas that you end up with a wedding that’s a bit of a crazy copy rather than something that’s truly yours. Lots of Pinterest images are also taken from styled shoots and whilst these can be AMAZING for firing your creativity, you quite often need to adapt or adjust them to make them work in the context of your own wedding.

 

Amanda Karen Photography pinterest boards

 

All that said, we’re massive fans of Pinterest so here are out tips for getting the best from this fantastic wedding planning tool:

  • Be ruthless with your boards! By all means, pin everything and anything to you boards but it’s really important to go back to them regularly and refine your ideas. Ditch those pins that don’t represent your vision or won’t work with your venue or budget.
  • Search by season. By being a little bit more precise with your search terms, you’ll get better results. So, don’t just search for ‘romantic wedding bouquets’, search for ‘romantic spring wedding bouquets’. This will mean that the results you get will include blooms that will be available when you wed.
  • Don’t let Pinterest rule your wedding. The best weddings are personal and individual so if you’ve got a great idea, go for it. You don’t need Pinterest to validate your plans.
  • Use multiple (secret) boards. Rather than just pinning every wedding image ever into massive one board, set up a number of boards so that it’s easier for you to keep track of what you’re drawn to in each area. This also means that you can share exact boards with suppliers rather than just sending them one and expecting them to wade through hundreds of images to understand what you want.
  • Use the caption function to record your thoughts. If you see a fabulous table set up, note what you like about this or ideas you’ve got about making this work in your own wedding. This is great when you go back to start using your board to finalise plans.
  • Lastly, know when to leave Pinterest alone! It’s easy to keep searching for the next great thing or to keep looking for something that’s ‘better’. However, this can drive you (and possibly your partner!) wild. Step away from Pinterest and plan your actual wedding!

 

Other sources of inspiration

Obviously the major wedding blogs are BRILLIANT for inspiration because they post so many real weddings, styled shoots and supplier interviews. There’s always new content so lots to see. If you follow your faves on Instagram, you can get a quick look at what’s new and then hop over to read the full feature in more detail.

 

Amanda Karen Photography instagram profile @amandakarenphotography

 

Wedding magazines can still be a great source of inspiration and there’s something so lovely about flicking through a big bridal magazine. As well as the major names, do check out smaller, niche titles or even mags from overseas. We love Magnolia Rouge and Hello May for example. Newsstand is a great place to buy titles you might not be able to pick up in shops and they deliver straight to your door.

Instagram is, obviously, the home of visual inspiration so follow your favourites and keep an eye on the suggested list too. Searching on Instagram is super easy and again, the amount of new content is just brilliant. It’s also worth following wedding planners too as many use IG Stories on wedding days – this gives you a real insight into what wedding details work.

We also have to give a mention to wedding shows and events. There are now so many brilliant, individual and inspiring events out there and these really focus on creating an inspiring atmosphere for couples. The days of boring wedding fairs are over so spending time at a new-style wedding fair will definitely get your creative juices flowing.

Lastly, take inspiration for wedding details from non-wedding sources too. Fashion, interiors, beauty and even social trends can all play a big part. Wander around the high street and get a real for trends and decorative ideas. You’ll be surprised what you might find!

Until next time,

Amanda x

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