Wedding Resource :: Pinterest

Hi everybody! Today is the first day in a new series on my blog offering helpful hints. I hope you enjoy and if you have any burning questions or any ideas for posts, please send them on! And, since I’m starting to branch out on the blog a little bit, I’ve made it easier to find my most representative images, just click on the portfolio link in the menu bar!

Today, I’m going to talk to you about Pinterest. I’m a little bit obsessed with Pinterest and have been since I first joined (I even wrote a loving ode to Pinterest on my personal blog … over a year ago)!

If you aren’t familiar with Pinterest, it is a collection of virtual pin boards (e.g., colour schemes, flowers, cakes, centrepieces, attire). When you see an image online of, for instance, a beautiful cake, you no longer need to think about how you are going to catalogue that image, instead you pin it to your “cake” board. It takes about 5 seconds (instructions here), and not only do you now have an easy place to find that image, but you’ve also got a great inspiration board for your consultation with your baker.

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Pinterest is more than just an image repository, it is also a social network. This means that you can follow other pinners (if you love all their boards) or follow just certain pin boards. When you see an image you love on pinterest, it is simple to repin it to your own board. You can follow brides, grooms, photographers, wedding planners, wedding bloggers, your friends, me, and the list goes on and on.

I use Pinterest for inspiration: photography, design, diy projects, branding, recipes, and quotations. I also use it for my business: scouting locations in Vancouver and San Francisco, preparing style guides for shoots, “planning” a dream yellow and gray wedding, and keeping a record of some of my very favourite wedding details!

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Making any kind of design decision is tough, as we are constantly bombarded with visual information. Pinterest can show you what you love and help you make decisions. Case in point: I’ve been hatching a plan for a new office/studio space for about a year and have been pinning office spaces like crazy. A few days ago, I looked over the board and I couldn’t believe it. Almost every office space has common elements (glossy white desk, glossy white shelving, and a pop of colour – usually the chair). Before I was feeling overwhelmed with all the choice. Now, I’ve got a clear idea of where I want the space to go. I’m certain this same type of “ah-ha” moment will translate into your wedding planning as well.

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If you don’t have an invite, Pinterest is currently waitlisting new members. However, any current Pinterest member (including me) can invite you to join, so send me an email, I’ll send you an invite, and you can get pinning right away!

Let me know in the comments how you are currently using pinterest, how you plan to use pinterest, or why you aren’t using pinterest to be entered in a draw for a $150 studio credit (enough for an 8×10 canvas print, an engagement guestbook, or up to 75 thank you cards)! The contest is now closed. Congratulations Bailey, you’ve won a $150 studio credit! Thanks for playing along everyone!

12 comments on “Wedding Resource :: Pinterest”

  1. Leisha Murphy says:

    I love the concept of pinterest and have lots of followers…the only problem is I prefer to review other people’s pins, like Alison’s pins, rather than find the pins myself….there are so many good wedding ideas and this is a great way to put together your vision for the big day…but alas my pin board remains bare.

  2. Shauna B says:

    I love Pinterest! I’ve used it to create inspiration boards for my colour scheme, hair and make-up ideas, as well as to collect favorite photographs from both of my wedding photographers. :)

  3. Kyle says:

    I freaking love PInterest too! But I don’t use it for very much wedding related, though I’m trying. I mostly use it for fashion/home decoration inspiration! Such a convenient way to store all those fun things one finds on the web in one spot!

  4. Kate says:

    I wrote a comment via Facebook…but it seems to have been deleted! Oh well!
    I just wanted to say thank you for inviting me to Pintrest. I’ve only had the opportunity to play on it a little bit, but it’s been awesome. I’m currently in the process of transferring all of my wedding inspiration boards from other websites onto my Pintrest Wedding board. It’s so great to have everything in one place! A couple of my photos have already been repinned by a bunch of peeps too; so cool! :)

    1. Allison says:

      I’m so glad you are loving Pinterest :) Seriously, the first thing I thought about when I joined was how awesome it would have been for wedding planning!

      1. Allison says:

        Hey Adam, you’ve touched on an issue that is near and dear to my heart! I can talk for hours about the copyright issues on pinterest. My husband thinks I should be one of the pinterest vigilante.

        I’m not trying to say that there isn’t a legal issue, but I do think that the copyright laws need to catch up with the internet. (I’m opening a can of worms here, I appreciate). I don’t think that properly sourced material on pinterest should violate copyright laws.

        And tangentially, I find it very disappointing that the site that is trying to do it (morally) right – pinterest – is the one taking all the flack, where much older sites that don’t even encourage proper sourcing – e.g., tumblr – are fading into the background in this debate! Tumblr is a content producer’s worst nightmare whereas pinterest has been a boon to so many small creative types I know (freelance photographers, etsy sellers, bloggers, web designers, etc.)

        It’s a thorny issue to say the least.

  5. Adam Sndier says:

    I love Pinterest in theory, and my fiancee has been using it for wedding planning, but there are too many potential copyright and legal issues with Pinterest for me to use it (and my fiancee is deleting her account).

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2012/02/pinterests-copyright-strategy-puts-burden-users/49265/

  6. Adam Sndier says:

    Hey Allison,

    I actually completely agree with you. Unfortunately, for the time being, it seems like Pinterest is more trouble than it is worth because of outdated copyright laws. I wonder if we might be “safer” in Canada, though, since our copyright laws are not as strict as those in the US (for now, at least).

    I think that Pinterest is awesome, I’m just suddenly very paranoid about getting sued now that I’ve been reading up about some the potential legal issues.

  7. Allison says:

    I agree with you on the Canada comment. Part of why I continue to use pinterest despite the potential legal issues, is because I wonder who will do the suing. In the megaupload case, for instance, you have big media leading the charge. With pinterest, most of the people whose rights are being violated a) probably can’t afford to sue me – though a class action might remedy that, and b) probably don’t want to sue me – they just want me to source their work.

  8. Adam Sndier says:

    You’re probably right, Allison. The one other thing that troubles me about Pinterest’s Terms of Service is that, by using the service, you apparently give them permission to sell anything that you post. Now, I wouldn’t be posting my own content, but apparently a lot of photographers has pinned their own photos and are now worried that Pinterest might try to sell their work.

    The issues around the service are really too bad, because I love the concept but now I’m doubting that it is something that I feel comfortable using.

  9. Allison Wilson says:

    Hi Allison, I just wanted to comment as I have been using pinterest to plan inspirations for my wedding, its awesome I agree! And I love your blog by the way, Shauna Blazer referred me to it, it’s great!

    1. Allison says:

      Hi Allison! I’m so happy that you are liking the blog!

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