LunchDate #18 – Pinterest mania!
The Pinterest party. Pinterest is quickly needing no introduction, but for the uninitiated, it’s the hottest new social networking site around and it lets you “pin” things of interest from around the internet to virtual “pinboards”, which can then be shared and perused by anyone. It has beautiful design aesthetic, is simple to use and, perhaps most telling, has been getting the vaunted “I’m addicted” declaration from users across the globe (including the LunchDate planner crew).
Further, it’s value as a wedding planning tool is undeniable, since the visual nature of the site makes it perfect for discovering the latest fashion in dresses, cakes, flowers, and pretty much anything else you can think of that a planning couple may need to select or make a decision on.
To use the site you have to get an invite, which you can get from any current user. And you can bet our LunchDate crew of wedding planners is all over Pinterest, so read what they have to say about it’s value for planning brides, ask them for an invite if you need, and check their boards out!
Do you use Pinterest? If so, how do we find your pinboard? Have any tips for brides to use Pinterest?
I use and love Pinterest. I can be found at pinterest.com/stacie_tamaki/. For brides my best tip would be to search for theme and color inspiration using key words + the word wedding the same way you would in any search engine.
-Stacie Tamaki, The Flirty Guide (San Jose, CA)
I do use Pinterest. I mostly use Pinterest to form my ideas for putting a proposal together for a client. It gives me a way to organize my thoughts so I can begin a proposal. If a bride is using Pinterest for their wedding it helps me to see all the things that have caught her interest and it helps me see thru the client’s eyes exactly what they are looking at so I can put a proposal together for them. I don’t really use it for myself besides to collect some pretty things (would love to see private boards but I know they are currently working on this) and inspiration for other clients.
-Alexandra Jusino, Exquisite Designs (Chicago, IL)
I love Pinterest, and have just started using it with clients to keep track of decor and other ideas for their weddings – it’s the perfect medium for doing this, as we can both pin photos to the same board and then access it from anywhere. You can find me at pinterest.com/lowe_house/
-Elizabeth Clayton, Lowe House Events (Northern CA)
Pinterest is one of the smartest social media sites out there. We have found it to be an amazing website to connect with not only brides but creative minded people that love to share and create seemingly endless inspiration boards. From a marketing perspective it’s incredible and provides instant and free publicity. For instance, we created a board titled, “Fancy NY Vintage Style Wedding Dresses”, for a very niche line of retro inspired dresses we sell. By having this on Pinterest, it has doubled our sales of this line in a very short time. The only downside is that it is a time eater, but then again, most guilty pleasures are! Find us on Pinterest at pinterest.com/LeftBankJewelry/
-Susan Metropoulos, The Left Bank Jewelry & Finery (Chicago, IL)
I think Pinterest is a great way for a bride to show ME her taste and inspiration. But as a designer I like coming up with new, original ideas. It’s so easy to get caught up in the work of others… I want to be inspired by the bride and groom I’m working with and what they are passionate about. Otherwise a bride can just walk in with12 photos of things she’s seen and say “copy this”. That’s no fun! Let’s collaborate and come up with something that hasn’t been done yet.
-Kim Oliff, Always RSVP Event Design and Coordination (SF Bay Area and Beyond)
I adore Pinterest. I find it inspiring, entertaining and useful (more than you can say about Facebook sometimes). Pinterest replaces the ripped out magazine and printed computer pictures that brides carry in their binder by organizing it all in one space. It also allows you to go back to access the original source of the picture easily-it is the perfect inspiration tool for the bride to be. You can follow me at pinterest.com/RedLetterEvent. Also, did you know there is a guy version as well? gentlemint.com.
-Robyn Bruns, Red Letter Event Planning (Glenview, IL)
Of course! I have been a casual observer of Pinterest for far too long and now I am spending hours pinning along with everyone else (it is so addictive). My tip for brides would be to look outside the wedding boards and check out things in the science, geek, or poster categories. You never know where inspiration can come from. You can find me at pinterest.com/nyeventschicago
-Carlene, Naturally Yours Events (Chicago, IL)
I use Pinterest. I admit I may be addicted to it. Find me at pinterest.com/nicole_zenner. One tip for brides is to use Pinterest early in their planning process to help with the inspiration of their day. I would then walk away so as not to distract from the vision of your day. Pinterest can be a great tool to share with your photographer, florist, and stationery vendors (to name a few) to visualize your wishes. However, it can become quickly overwhelming and cause indecision. Indecision usually leads to more stress and overspending, all of which a bride does not need to experience.
-Nicole Zenner, Zen Events Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Pinterest is ADDICTIVE. More so than Facebook & Twitter combined! We love watching what our brides are putting together for their weddings. They may be telling us one thing but then seeing the photo boards, we understand better what they REALLY want. Go pin it!
-Claudia Antony Zompa, AS YOU WISH EVENTS (Chicago, IL)
Yes, I’m a Pinterest addict! I’ve been using it for a little over 4 months and have created 50 boards and almost 2700 pins! Yep…addicted. I can be found at pinterest.com/DejanaeEvents and I created boards that are not only inspiring to me, but to stimulate those that follow me with some gorgeous wedding day ideas. I also create boards specific to my planning clients to assist in the designing of their wedding or event. The main tip I have for a bride using Pinterest…go crazy inside this stress-free community! Make two boards for your wedding planning. One for your actual budget and another for your DREAM wedding day with an unlimited budget.
-Desiree Dent, Dejanae Events (Chicago, IL)
I love Pinterest! Pinterest is a great online pinboard. Instead of printing off pictures, or saving them to your computer, you see you can simply “pin” them onto a board on Pinterest and collect all sorts of ideas. To find me on Pinterest, go to pinterest.com/misse. Pinterest makes it very easy to follow other boards that interest you and include ideas or images that you like. Not only that, but other boards that are full of wedding ideas are labeled under “Wedding and Events” to make browsing much simpler. As other people are browsing and pinning, you see each new image. It’s a constant news feed of ideas!
-Misse Daniel, Honey Bee Weddings (Chicago, IL)
Estera Events adores Pinterest and we use it obsessively for inspiration! Whether we’re collecting images that will help form a style board for an event or a wedding or pinning ideas for home décor, fashion and recipes – it has quickly become a very valuable resource. We also urge all of our brides to use Pinterest so that we can get a better idea of their style and aesthetic, which in turns allows us to define a clear direction for their wedding. You can find our carefully curated pin boards by searching for Hilary Schwartz, Andrea Adame and Bianca Favia.
-Hillary Schwartz, Estera Events (Chicago, IL)
What do you think? Do you use Pinterest and have tips for using it as a wedding planning tool? Enter it in the comments.