The surprising ways I'm using Instagram to plan a wedding #Features#social media#wedding planning November 16 2016 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin "Instagram is my happy place" sign from Etsy seller eRoseImagery Related Post What I learned from Instagram: Wedding planning isn't the People's Choice Awards I've come to hate the question: "How's the wedding planning going?" Because it's usually followed by someone totally shooting down my last planning decision. But... Read more A lot has changed since I planned a wedding eight years ago. Mostly… Instagram's existence. It's my favorite social media platform, for keeping up with friends and sharing my own life. But it's also been surprisingly helpful for wedding planning! Getting inspiration Have you checked out any wedding tags on Instagram? The #offbeatbride hashtag itself will send you down an endless rabbit hole of wedding inspiration. In a few seconds I went from scrolling, to clicking on a cool looking dress and discovering a new designer… View this post on Instagram Massive thank you to @perfectweddingmag for featuring the #Loriex Esha Dress with sunset printed hem in their article about dip-dye wedding gowns 💛 Photographed by @katenielen, flowers by @emmasoulsby, hair & make-up by @portraitsbridal, modelled by @chloepapworthmodel xx A post shared by Lorie x Bridal (@loriex) on Oct 12, 2016 at 3:17am PDT To learning that printed veils were a thing… View this post on Instagram Thinking about the Lotus Veil whilst being surrounded by so many real life ones. Choose any flower or image to add a little colour to your bridal outfit with a bespoke veil 👰🏼🌸 Photograph by @katenielen, flowers by @emmasoulsby, hair & make-up by @portraitsbridal, modelled by @chloepapworthmodel #Loriex #DesireKissed #Veil #PrintedBridal #PrintedVeil #AlternativeBride #AlternativeVeil #Floral #Flowers #LotusFlower #FloralVeil #Bride #BridetoBe #BohoBride #BohemianBride #OffBeatBride #LondonBride #Engaged #JustEngaged #Print #TumblingFlowers #Silk #CoolBride #Thailand #Travel #Adventure #WeddingHair #WeddingFlowers A post shared by Lorie x Bridal (@loriex) on Mar 28, 2016 at 5:01am PDT To thinking of awesome ideas for fern crowns instead of a floral crown. View this post on Instagram Queen of the forest, thanks to a fern crown. Photo by: @dawn.charles Crown by: @ruby.bloom MUAH: @makemeupsummer . . . #dawncharlesphotographer #engagementphotos #ferncrown #queenoftheforest #palomarmt #white #bride A post shared by Danielle McBrayer (@dphotopro) on Apr 18, 2016 at 12:11am PDT View this post on Instagram See you next season, fashion week 🌿#sachirose #leannemarshall #nyfw15 #nyfw #ss16 #floralrown #floralstyling #ferncrown #brooklynflorist #leafcrown #nycflorist #woodlandbride #lmss16 #woodlandwedding 📷 by @moredelay A post shared by SACHI ROSE (@sachirosedesign) on Sep 15, 2015 at 6:42am PDT To getting to a #woodlandbride ceremony set up that I like… And then starting the process all over again when I reach the end of that rabbit hole. Instagram-stalking your vendors I hired a wedding planner (yay!) and I'm gonna have a whole post on how awesome Holly is soon. But I have to say one of my favorite things is following her on Instagram and seeing all the weddings she's pulling off… View this post on Instagram I 💖 all the color! Check out this glimpse into #cutestweddingever featuring @chrissasparkles and @kawaiiguyla at @thefighouse. I just adore these two. This was such a fun wedding to help plan. Photo by @jemerlingweddings #kawaii #kawaiiwedding #kawaiistyle #colorful #expressyourself #beyourself #losangeles #losangeleswedding #beyourself #fighousewedding #fighouse #popofcolor #weddingplanner #nevergrowup #chrissasparkles A post shared by Anything But Gray Events (@anythingbutgrayevents) on Aug 2, 2016 at 1:45pm PDT Or the inspiration she's getting from industry events… View this post on Instagram Just a few of the exceptional vendors today @abcsouthbay #flamingleabcsblb event for wedding planners. DJ @voxdjs Calligraphy @chasinglinen Beauty and braids@designvisage Florals @flowerduetla Rentals @chouraevents Planner @theeventsboutique A post shared by Anything But Gray Events (@anythingbutgrayevents) on Aug 23, 2016 at 2:44pm PDT And even just watching her having fun with her boyfriend on the weekends, and asking where I can get her dresses, sunglasses, and golden pineapple… View this post on Instagram A fabulous morning at @shadehotelrb for the ABC SB wedding planners event with my hot pineapple date! 🍍🌴Planned by: @theeventsboutique #flamingleabcsblb #shadehotelrb #shadeweddings #weddingplanner #ships #wedding #beach #redondobeach #beachwedding #shadehotel #events #specialevent #makingwaves #marina #abcsouthbay #partyplanner #flamingos #bythepool #summertime #summer A post shared by Anything But Gray Events (@anythingbutgrayevents) on Aug 23, 2016 at 11:27am PDT I'll let you in on another little secret… I'm following a bunch of vendors in the Northern California area so I can stalk their work over time, and see if we might be a fit. No awkward trial period, no fear of having to reject them after we meet if I don't like their work… and it's been awesome for this anxious bride. I already rejected and un-followed a couple of vendors who BLEW ME AWAY with their floral arrangement Instagrams, until I realized that they were pretty much one-trick-ponies, never really working far outside of that one particular style. Meh. And I'm still following some of my favorite dress designers that haven't quite designed "my" wedding dress, yet, but they might!… View this post on Instagram Love a lot, live a lot, give it all you got 👊🏼 This season we wrote and illustrated a book called "Property of Good Vibes" and hand painted passages from the story on our finale gown. Dedicated to the Hayley Paige Bride 👏🏼 with love #potd @theknot #quartz crown by @hautebridedesign 👑 A post shared by Hayley Paige (@misshayleypaige) on Oct 8, 2016 at 9:21am PDT I'm also working up the courage to contact another vendor who keeps consistently making my mouth water with his foodstagrams. Which brings me to my next point… Finding vendors that don't even know they're vendors Sure you can Google search for wedding vendors, but what if you're looking for people who don't even know they're wedding vendors? I don't want a wedding cake, but I do want a lot of fun dessert options for folks. So I started looking for donut makers in San Francisco, who might want to supply us with creative donuts. The #sfdonut tag was awesome for that… View this post on Instagram #radiumone #80sparty #harveysdonuts #harveysgourmetdonuts #minidonuts #donutcaterer #sfdonuts A post shared by Harvey (@harveysdonuts) on Aug 12, 2016 at 6:02pm PDT Mini donuts with individual toppings!? Rad. A tower of donuts instead of a cake!? Awesome. View this post on Instagram Today's Tasty Trio! They are going quick, get here before they sell out! Get the flight, it's the way to go! Roasted pear and walnut – Hummus and herb pesto – Cookie butter and chocolate. @melangemarketsf #doughnut #doughnuts #donut #donuts #popup #doughnutpopup #donutpopup #sf #sffood #food #foodie #sfpopup #bespokedoughnuts #sanfrancisco #brunch #thecity #gourmet #gourmetdoughnut #gourmetdonut A post shared by Bespoke Doughnuts (@bespokedoughnuts) on Mar 15, 2014 at 10:12am PDT Did you even know that roasted pear and walnut, humus and herb pesto, and cookie butter and chocolate donuts were all things? Yum! All of those Instagrams have been followed, and I'm stalking them for ideas, and possible hirings. Getting feedback View this post on Instagram When you find the perfect wedding dress… And it's haute couture by Valen-fucking-tino! STUPID HIGH FASHION wrecking my #rainbowunicorn dreams. 🌈🦄👿 #theredwoodwedding #wedding #weddingdress #hautecouture #valentino #valentinodress #offbeatbride #rainbowdress #canigetaknockoff???? A post shared by megan finley horowitz (@meggyfin) on Aug 26, 2016 at 12:30pm PDT Once upon a time I found this dress, and it blew my mind. I wanted it to be my wedding dress. But it's a freaking one-of-a-kind Valentino couture dress that is not possible to own nor wear for a wedding. So I posted this picture of it on Instagram, and waited to see if anyone out there could help me, or have any ideas. Sure enough, a friend contacted me who happens to be a dress-maker, and studied under Valentino's bodice-maker, and she offered to create a custom version of this dress for me if I wanted. In the meantime, she encouraged me to look at other wedding dresses to see if I could find something I like. So I've been sharing them on Instagram, and really enjoying all the feedback!: View this post on Instagram In other #TheRedwoodWedding dress shopping locations: this @moniquelhuillier dress surprisingly gave me some #Khaleesi vibes. 🐉🐉🐉(Also, kind of LOVED that black birdcage veil action.) #moniquelhuillier #weddingdress #lace #birdcageveil #wedding #purplehair #gameofthroneseverywhere A post shared by megan finley horowitz (@meggyfin) on Jul 20, 2016 at 10:32am PDT View this post on Instagram Scenes from #TheRedwoodWedding dress shopping: How awesome is this #trashcouture Corset from @ann_wiberg_couture!? #leshabitudes #weddingdress #shopping #losangeles #corset #vintagelace #boobs #purplehair A post shared by megan finley horowitz (@meggyfin) on Jul 19, 2016 at 3:16pm PDT View this post on Instagram A sneak peak at some of the colorful #couture #weddingdress shopping fun we had at @jlmboutique! Can't wait to share more with you. #theredwoodwedding A post shared by megan finley horowitz (@meggyfin) on Sep 11, 2016 at 10:01am PDT View this post on Instagram This is what happens when I get talked into wearing Big Girl shoes while wedding dress shopping… 🚫👠😵 #agadorspartacus #shoesmakemefalldown #weddingdress #dressshopping #theredwoodwedding #weddingfun #galialahav #sashay #noway A post shared by megan finley horowitz (@meggyfin) on Sep 12, 2016 at 10:09am PDT View this post on Instagram I call this #dress the My Little Pony dress. It's a one-of-kind @lazarobridal #runway creation. My Queen's Guard say it was meant to be my wedding dress… Thoughts? 💜🦄❔ #mylittlepony #weddingdress #unicornlife #offbeatbride #theredwoodwedding #jlmcouture #jlmboutique #lazarobridal #dressshopping A post shared by megan finley horowitz (@meggyfin) on Sep 13, 2016 at 10:12am PDT View this post on Instagram That thing of when you put on a great dress, and you can't even pretend you don't feel like hot little boss, no matter how much those fucking sequins hurt. #dressshopping #galialahav #labrea #bossbitch #sequinshurt #theredwoodwedding A post shared by megan finley horowitz (@meggyfin) on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:37pm PDT Speaking of feedback… are you using Instagram to plan a wedding? If so, how are YOU using this awesome tool? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS Two rings to rule them all: Our short Tolkien-inspired ceremony script NEXT When a bride rolls up on a white horse (or how we LOVED this New Jersey farm wedding) Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] My favourite thing about the "my little pony" dress was the comments your Queen's guard left chastising you for posting it xD Too real, and too funny. 2 agree Reply OMG, they lost their damn minds. It was amazing!!!! I'm so glad you got a kick out of that too. 😉 Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! 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