Pinning your way to online inspiration

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Everyone has their own method of keeping ideas organized for their wedding. Some find their zen at Google Docs while others lug around a big ol' binder o' doom. Some use planning websites while others are keeping track with lipstick on a mirror. All methods are good as long as you don't drive yourself crazy keeping track of all your inspiration sources. That's where Pinterest comes in.

I am a fledgling convert to the “pinning” concept of finding something online and pinning it to “boards,” in this case, virtual boards. You may be familiar with it via sites like Delicious or a myriad of others, but a lot of them are niche-specific — ones for designers, fashionistas, or techies. And most of them turn photos into big lists of text links.

What it this thang?

Pinterest is the new hawtness since it's super visual, customizable, and, due to its popularity and viral nature, chock-full of inspiration in all forms. Ideas you like from someone else's board can be “repinned” to your wall for later use. And unlike some similar sites, the boards on which you pin are entirely of your creation. Instead of being stuck in the areas of planning you're “supposed” to have (dresses, flowers, etc.), you can create as many custom categories as you like. You can make a board to match your theme or general concepts: “awesome Labyrinth snow globes,” “damask corsets,” “wedding favors in mason jars,” or “non-dorky photog poses.” Seriously, whatever flips your switch.

How do I do it?

Trust me, it's not hard to use. Log in and they will direct you to drag a “Pin It” link to your Bookmarks or Favorites bar. So when you're on any site, hit “Pin It” and the image you choose will be placed on your board of choice. The best part is that the image is always linked back to the source. So if you link an awesome hair tutorial image, it will link right back to the full tutorial, no matter how many times it is repinned. Pinterest and its users are committed to sourcing correctly, too.

And bonus: Offbeat Bride just added a “Pin It” button to the site so you can pin to your heart's content.

The part that will keep you up past your bedtime is the social element. You can browse popular pins, pins based on keywords, and anything else that strikes your fancy. You can also subscribe to boards, which allows you to have inspiration roll in for later perusal (and so you can watch reruns of Buffy now). And when you do start browsing again, it's like when you're watching cats on Youtube and three hours later, you feel like you've hit the end of the internet. Addictive and awesome.

Me likey! What else can it do?

It's great for planning and even better for sharing ideas with others. Photographers and wedding planners can use it to easily share ideas visually with clients. Brides and grooms can share ideas with friends and family, even creating a “DO NOT DO” board if they can't quite verbalize what they can show in pictures.

And don't forget that you can use Pinterest after the wedding to save cool recipes, hobby inspiration, and books to read. Life after the wedding is worth planning for and it will help fight the post-wedding blues.

Oh, and if you like to pin on the run, there's a free iPhone app available and an Android app is in development.

One downside is that registration requires a Twitter or a Facebook account, so if you're not a user of either of these, it can be a bummer. You can always set up a Twitter account for this purpose, though. But that's the price you pay for being an awesome tech-savvy early adopter of cool shit.

Take a look through the pins that source from Offbeat Bride and subscribe to the
Offbeat Bride boards themselves!

So, that's the scoop on Pinterest. There are some other sites like it, but I can see why this one is really catching on. It could be especially handy during that early, free-wheeling brainstorming time.

Connect with Offbeat Bride on Pinterest and share your boards!

If you don't know where to start, try looking through the pins that source from Offbeat Bride and feel free to subscribe to the Offbeat Bride boards themselves!

Let's see your boards too! Post your Pinterest wedding boards in the comments so we can go a-browsing.

Comments on Pinning your way to online inspiration

  1. i love, love, LOVE Pinterest, though i do feel i should warn peeps coming from the awesomeness that is OBB: there is a scary amount of “thinspiration” stuff on pinterest, so do be aware of this when you go browsing the general boards, or the general most recently pinned fashion/body/whatever stuff. There is also PLENTY of awesome, but if you’re used to the positivity of OBB some of the weightloss stuff can be a bit jarring.
    Otherwise, i’m a pinning freak! rawr! I’m vacantmuse there too if you wanna follow!

    • /Agree! I’ve noticed the thinspiration trend as well. They need more Offbeat Brides pinning instead!

      • I am obsessed with pinterest, but have started a personal policy that when browsing, if I see something with text, I just won’t read it. 95% of the time it is either something dumb or something about losing weight. I really wish they had a “thumbs down” or “offensive” option for that thinspiration stuff. It’s creepy.

  2. I love pinterest! This is off-topic, but who makes dress featured at the top? I LOVE IT!

  3. I am on Pinterest but funny enough I stopped following others’ wedding and wedding style boards. I’m in that planning phase when other people’s wedding stuff is too much for me to handle and makes me feel super overwhelmed.

    BUT that’s the beauty…you can stop following specific boards while still following others. Like if you’re a vegetarian and your friend has a “look at these juicy steaks” board and a “cool art” board, you still see her art pins without having to see all the meat.

  4. I have to say that I, too, have just tried (again) to sign up and still got the waitlist email. So if you’ve got the details on how to get “in” pass ’em on bc right now I’m feeling like the cool kids are laughing at me…

  5. This is great! I’m not planning my wedding yet, but I definitely want to have ideas of the types of things I like so that when I go to plan, I can look over things and say, “Okay, the hairstyles I like mostly have these things in common,” or “Huh, pretty much all the dresses I saved are this style.” I *figure* that this’ll make the actual decision-making process easier when the time comes. PINNING WILL MAKE THIS SO EASY. Thanks so much!

  6. Oh, the irony! I was up way too late last night pinning and watching Buffy reruns. 🙂

  7. I freakin love pintrest, my boss actually got me started pinning. I want to follow the boards in the first picture but can’t find the person please direct me to their boards. Thanks!

  8. I should have known about this earlier… I did all my moodboards in Photoshop.

    It’s good to hear that you can cancel the Facebook link, because I absolutely hate sites that request full access to all your friends and stuff before you can use it.

    What I would like to know, is how easy it is to print your pinboards. Because when I went dress shopping, to the hairdresser, etc. I brought a printed version of my moodboards. It would be very helpful if you could print it without having to worry whether the images will fit nicely on your printing paper, and if the layout will be handled automatically.

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