We’ve talked about how you and your wedding guests can use social media to enhance your wedding day memories (hello, wedding hashtag!), but what about social media for wedding planning? In all reality, planning a wedding is all about inspiration, right? Or maybe it’s more like stealing other people’s ideas. Either way, social media probably provides the most bang for your buck when it comes to researching wedding planning ideas.
Tools for Wedding Planning Ideas Have Come a Long Way
Not so long ago, brides-to-be stocked up on thick, image-heavy wedding magazines and sat down with a stack of sticky notes to fuel their creativity and form their vision for the big day. But now, social media puts millions of wedding planning ideas at your fingertips. Hmmm…where should you start?
Pinterest Has (At Least) 12 Wedding Planning Ideas to Inspire You
Start by searching for wedding vendors you’re a fan of and follow them on social media. This way, you can keep an eye on the work they post to get a better feel for whether or not they fit your wedding style or even your personality. Pinterest is a very popular platform for people looking for wedding planning ideas and inspiration. Its ability to curate images and articles onto boards makes it easy to see all your awesome ideas organized categorically. But if you prefer to keep your wedding plans and details on the DL, create private Pinterest boards and then selectively share these boards with your bridesmaids, your mom, your wedding planner and invite them to collaborate along with you.
Instagram is Instagood for Finding Wedding Vendors
Even though Pinterest is probably the first platform that comes to mind for wedding planning ideas, more and more wedding vendors are joining Instagram to showcase their work. From photographers to bakeries to florists to venues, Instagram is known for its beautiful photos, and wedding couples are increasingly discovering (and booking) vendors after engaging with them on Instagram. Start searching for hashtags that relate to your wedding planning ideas, or seek out specific vendors and follow their work.
Don’t Forget the Power of Facebook
Another aspect of social media, beyond its ability to cultivate inspiration, is its ability to connect you to key players involved with your wedding. But, for example, with Facebook’s nearly 2 billion active users (that’s a whole lotta eyeballs), it’s not always desirable to post wedding planning ideas for the world to see, or even just your 500 closest Facebook friends. So instead, create a private Facebook group, where you control the audience for your posts. Invite only those you want to know about the details and big plans for your wedding day. That way, you can still maintain the element of surprise for the majority of your guests, but still share, collaborate, and communicate with those who need to know.