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A Very Pinteresting Approach To Event Planning

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Event planning is at least 25% easier than it was just two years ago. I say this because two years ago, we had to spend five times the amount of time we do today thumbing through magazines and surfing the web to get an idea of what products, projects, and advice to incorporate into our events. Those days are quickly coming to an end. Thanks to Pinterest, we can do a quick search and go through hundreds of images in mere minutes. Instead of looking through dozens of magazines to find three or four useful ideas, we can find dozens of useful ideas within just a few minutes. Times have changed indeed.

A Pinteresting Warning:

If you search Pinterest aimlessly and without a plan, you will waste more time than ever. There is so much to see on Pinterest, that it can be overwhelming. If you are not careful, you will waste hours scrolling without a clue. Also, there is plenty of bad advice out there and projects that simply won’t work. Here are six simple steps to save time, get more out of Pinterest, and really enjoy the process of planning your event.

1. Use Your Boards To Create Categories

For the purpose of this example, we will use a wedding for our demonstration. What are the different aspects that we need to think about? Wedding themes, wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, wedding centerpieces, etc. Spend some time brainstorming and jot down all the categories that you can think of. Then, create boards based on all of those categories.

To create a board, click on the “Add +” button at the top right of your screen.

Pinterest Add Button

To add a category page the first thing you need to do is click “Add+”.

Then, simply click “Create A Board”.

Create A Board On Pinterest

Here are some of our category pages:

EventsWholesale Pinterest categories

A few of the categories on the Pinterest page.


2. Authorize The Right People to Help You Pin To Those Boards

This is a great way to include your bridesmaids, your family, and even your new in-laws in on the planning process. To do this, click on the board you want to invite people to pin to. Then, click on the button that says “Edit Board”.

Click edit if you want to give people permission to pin to your board.

Finally, add whoever you want to the “Who Can Pin?” box and click “Invite”. Don’t forget to click “Save Settings”.

giving pinners permissio

Tip #1: Plan ahead and send Pinterest invitations to those who are not on Pinterest yet.

Tip #2: Copy and paste your “Who Can Pin List?” into a word document so you can paste it into all of your boards. This way you won’t have to type them in over and over again.

3. Use Pinterest’s Search Engine and Teach Your Helpers To Do So

Let’s go back to our wedding example. If you simply browse through Pinterest’s Weddings category, then you are going to waste all kinds of time. You are better off using the search box up at the top left corner.

The wrong way to search!

Let’s say that we are looking for a wedding dress for a vintage style wedding. Go and type in “wedding dresses” in the search engine. What do you see?


How many of these dresses are vintage? Not many! This search was not specific enough!

The right way to search!

This time, type in “vintage wedding dresses”.

vintage wedding dresses

Now, we are getting a bit closer to what we are looking for. This is where you repin everything you like into your “wedding dress” category. Now, get even more specific with your search. Type in “1950s vintage wedding dresses” and take a look.

1950s vintage wedding dresses

Are you a little surprised at how many pictures came up for something this specific? You can find almost anything on Pinterest!

Tip #3 – Also Visit the Pinterest Pages of Companies With Products You Like

For example: Let’s say you see a feather centerpiece from that you love. Then we should browse through our ostrich feather centerpiece page on Pinterest for inspiration.

4. Use Skype or Google Hangouts to Collaborate With Your Pinners

In this day and age, I don’t understand why anyone would use long distance telephone service. It is not longer necessary. With a free Skype account or a Google+ account, you can video chat with anyone, anywhere in the world for free!

This step is for your core group here. This is something you want to do with the pinners with the best ideas and the best grasp of what you are looking for. I really recommend Google hangouts. You can do a group video chat and share your computer screen with everyone. This gives you the opportunity to show your pinner entourage exactly what you like and don’t like.

5. Throw a Party For Your Pinners

This is the part where you get away from the computer for a while. If you are considering a lot of DIY projects for your event, assign one to each friend. Have them test the project to see if it really works and then bring it to the party to teach everyone else how to do it.

6. Don’t Forget About the Old School Methods!

Last of all, don’t forget about surfing the web and thumbing through those wedding magazines. You never know where you might find something that will inspire another Pinterest search.

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Our 5 Favorite Sites For Wedding DIY

Thursday, October 18th, 2012
Wedding DIY

Photo by love Maegan

Last week we talked about the negative effect that wedding DIY sites are having on the event planning industry especially when it comes to DIY advice. I want to be clear that we are not anti-DIY. The positive influence of DIY sites on the event planning industry greatly outweighs the negative. Thanks to the DIY revolution, brides can save a lot of money especially with the guidance of a real professional event planner. Most DIY sites are very trustworthy as are most people in the event planning industry. In this post we wanted to highlight five very trustworthy sites for DIY advice.

1. Intimate Weddings

Intimate Weddings has pages full of DIY advice and tutorials. A few of their DIY categories include Favors & Gifts, Wedding Decor, DIY Stationery, Wedding Programs, Flowers, and Food & Drink.

Our Favorite DIY Project: Book Plates For Your Book Favors


2. Austin Wedding Blog

Everything isn’t always bigger in Texas especially when it comes to the cost of the DIY projects on this site. The Austin Wedding Blog contains links to 40 DIY projects that cost less than $20!

Our Favorite Project: DIY Wedding Cake Topper

3. Brilliant Event Planning

This is truly a brilliant wedding blog based out of NYC. You will find more in the realm of DIY advice here than you will DIY projects. The web really needs more sites like this one. Brilliant Event Planning does a great job of offering sound advice to brides.

Best Advice: Avoid a DIY Disaster

4. Elizabeth Anne Designs

There are several pages of DIY projects listed at Elizabeth Anne Designs. They give very clear and detailed instructions on every project. Some of the projects seem like rather huge tasks, but they are broken down so well that anyone can do them.

Our Favorite Project: DIY Modern Tablescape

5. Rustic Wedding Chic

If vintage is your cup of tea, then this is the place to go for vintage DIY inspiration. DIY projects are better suited to vintage weddings than they are to any other style. While you are visiting this site, be sure to check out the entire blog. You will find tons of inspiratino for your vintage or rustic wedding here.

Our Favorite Project: Rustic Style Wedding Invitation

The Obnoxious Bride’s Guide to Offending Bridesmaids

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

One Obnoxious Bride

I am sure that many of you have heard of the bride who went all totalitarian on her bridesmaids recently. Unfortunately, this is more common than you might think. While, most brides aren’t this bad, many brides do things that are a lot more subtle. Many others offend their bridesmaids without intending to and don’t even realize it.

But, for those of you who want to be bridezillas, here is how you can offend all your bridesmaids and ensure that they won’t want anything do with you after your wedding.

Do Act Like You Are Doing Them A Favor

You are the center of the event after all. Isn’t it a privilege to be your bridesmaid? I mean they get to do your hair, send you gifts, wear the dresses that you picked out, give you pedicures, and all sorts of other fun stuff. Why wouldn’t they want to do that?

Don’t Treat Them Like They Are Appreciated

What is so hard about being a bridesmaid? Make sure to never say “Thank you” for anything. Never treat them to dinner, but make sure they attend every party or get together that you set. If they miss one thing, then they don’t deserve to be your bridesmaids. Never send cards of appreciation because it is all about you anyway. And while you are throwing parties leading up to your event, never make one of them a bridesmaids’ appreciation party.

Do Use A Condescending Tone

Why should you use your valuable energy being nice. After all, the florist just messed up your centerpieces and you need someone to take it out on. Plus, you babysitted for one of your bridesmaids once. She owes you eternally now.

Don’t Speak To Them Like Human Beings

Never use phrases like “I appreciate what you are doing” or “That is a great idea.” Those phrases are overdone and so cliche.

Do Expect Them To Meet Every One Of Your Demands

Bridesmaids are there to do your bidding. Think of them as magic genies. Your wishes are their commands! Never let them miss a rehearsal and make sure they mark every event leading up to your wedding on their calendars. Better yet, go to their houses in person and write it on their calendars for them. Make sure they respond to every email you send them and copy you on every email that they send to each other. You need to make sure they aren’t talking bad about you behind your back if you are going to be a true obnoxious bride. And make sure you email them daily to make sure they make room in their schedules for all of your plans.

Don’t Take Any Aspect Of Their Lives Into Consideration

Never ask them ahead of time what their plans may be. They can’t go vacation until after your wedding. They need to be at your beck and call 24/7. Never mind that your wedding is still nine months away. You may need them to come over at anytime and help you pick a hairstyle or to help you figure out how to make that DIY project look right.

Do Expect Them To Make Budget Cuts

This is for you. True friends will make any sacrifice necessary. So what if they have to take a second job to finance being your bridesmaid. That’s what friends do!

Don’t Ask Their Input Into Anything

No one knows how your wedding should be better than you. Your wedding planner and your bridesmaids are there just to say yes to everything you like. If you ask how something looks on you, they are supposed to tell you how brilliant you are and how stunning you look. They are not there to give you an honest opinion. Whose ideas are better than your own?

So There You Have It

I hope that you enjoyed The Obnoxious Bride’s Guide To Offending Bridesmaids. I sincerely hope that you won’t really use it. Please girls, treat everyone involved in your wedding with love and respect. Your special day involves some very special people.

DIY Killed The Event Planner?

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Don’t you just envy brides who seem to put their own weddings together and still have them look very professional? In today’s economy it is no wonder that brides are looking to get more for their money any way they can. DIY sites are popping up all over the web. They tell us, “You don’t need a wedding planner. Just do everything yourself.”

Are Event Planners Headed For Extinction?

Are we headed for a time where event planners are no longer needed? I say no! In fact, all the information on the web has made event planning more overwhelming than ever! This is one of the reasons why the event planning industry is defying the economy and fortunately the popularity of DIY hasn’t hurt most wedding planners one bit.

Many brides are capable of planning their own weddings and enjoy doing so, but for many it can lead to disaster and make them absolutely miserable. You also need to realize that while the Internet is packed full of great ideas, there is a lot of bad advice out there.

Unbelievably Bad Advice

I have been working on a blog series called “The Best of the Event Planning Web” where I have been sharing sites that I think are wonderful and inspiring. Today, I am going to take a break from that and share a little of the worst. Don’t worry, I won’t name names.

The other day I was browsing through different blogs and social media sites and I saw one company just giving terrible advice to brides. I mean just terrible, terrible advice. The company claims to have “years of experience” even though their site went up recently. These “experienced” people were recommending using candy sprinkles as a substitute for throwing rice. Has anyone tried holding candy in sweaty palms on a warm summer day? What is going to happen? It is going to melt of course! Then they want you to throw this melting candy at a bride’s white wedding dress? Seriously?

I couldn’t help myself so I looked further down this Facebook page of incompetence and then it got even worse. The page suggested that a bride could save money on helium by making her own! No joke! I am not kidding you! They said a bride could simply use baking soda and vinegar to make helium by inflating the balloon on a bottle where the reaction was taking place. First of all, the reaction produces carbon dioxide (the same gas we exhale) and not helium. Carbon dioxide is not lighter than air and therefore will not float a balloon. Second, even if you discovered a magic vinegar that made helium, how much would you have to buy? Save money? Hardly! Where do they come up with this stuff?

Watch where you get your advice. Of course, most people wouldn’t follow advice as ridiculous as the second example I gave above.  However, I could see someone using the candy sprinkles idea and ruining her dress! Beware of DIY and event planner wannabes. That leads me to my next point (Finished with my rant now. Please accept my apologies.)

DIY Can Do You In

Source: via Liane on Pinterest


Don’t get me wrong. I love DIY projects. DIY projects are wonderful but, DIY tips and advice scare me. The vast majority of DIY tips are pretty good and are a matter of taste. But some of it is pure garbage. Also, there is so much out there that it can be very difficult to coordinate it with your other decor and before you know it you have gotten away from your theme. If you have looked through wedding DIY ideas long enough, I am sure you have seen some tacky stuff yourself. It still helps to have a wedding planner to bounce ideas off of. Avoid being tacky!

Why You Still Need An Event Planner

Honestly, you can save a lot of money by doing things on your own. There are many helpful sites like The Budget Savvy Bride that give sound advice on trimming that budget down. I will do a future post on DIY sites that you can trust for sound advice.

Here are a few reasons to still hire an event planner.

  1. An event planner has more experience than you do.
  2. Event planners have connections that you do not!
  3. Event planners know how to save you money. For example, you may be able to find a venue at an affordable price, but your event planner may have the connections for a better venue at a similar price.
  4. Most event planners know a lot about DIY advice themselves. They can give you sound advice on what you should and should not do on your own.

My point is this. The right event planner can often save you more money than you pay them. Be sure you don’t DIY yourself to disaster.

What is your opinion on this issue? Any DIY disaster stories out there? Leave you comments below.