By Andrea Eldridge
They’re just three letters, but they’ll change your life forever: “Yes” to the proposal and soon, “I do.” But as any bride or groom can attest, the time between those two utterances can be overwhelming, stressful, and even crazy. Whether you’re planning an unforgettable affair for 400 or so of your nearest and dearest, or searching to instill your own unique style into your special day, Pinterest has boards to make your vows full of wows.
What started out as a wedding blog aimed at “exploring the color palette possibilities for your wedding,” has grown into more than 115 boards of beautiful, colorful images covering coordinating palettes, to be sure, but also shoes, accessories, paper straws (with 31 pins!)… you name it. There are boards dedicated to weddings by season and every detail imaginable from cupcakes (even a board of cupcake flags!) to burlap – I didn’t even know that was a theme. If you are looking to color coordinate your big day, join the ranks of over 261,000 followers and add this to your list of wedding resources. If you haven’t decided on a color, prepare to be overwhelmed and inspired. One caveat: not all the images contain links that facilitate purchasing the item you see, so while you’ll be given lots of colorful, beautiful ideas for every detail of your wedding, you may be on your own to recreate it.
If the idea of a white princess dress, bow tie tuxedos, chiffon bridesmaids and roses makes you yawn, check out Offbeat Bride. The images explore unique, wild, and, well, offbeat weddings to help you create a special day all your own. They promise to “provide positive encouragement to couples who are trying to retain their identities,” and suggest you “altar your thinking.” Just to give you a sample of the creative ideas filling every board: the invitations page includes a ransom note invitation, Dr. Who themed invites, vintage templates, and a walk through of how to create a Harry Potter howler card. Many of the pins link to how-to instructions so you can create a celebration that’s distinctly yours without breaking the bank.
For many, the prospect of hosting a wedding for hundreds of people you barely know is less than appealing. If you want your special day to be more personal than grandiose, the 50 or so boards that make up “intimatewedding” are full of ideas and DIY tips to help you create a perfect party for your closest loved ones to celebrate your matrimony, on any budget. Many of the boards are full of ideas to incorporate nature, creating beautiful décor, accessories and gifts from pine, moss, even pumpkins. More sweet than stuffy, those planning a small gathering will find plenty of inspiration.
Created with the images that adorn the pages of Brides Magazine, I have to admit that my first perusal left me feeling overwhelmed and over budget just looking at the couture-laden photos. Yet it’s impossible to deny the classic beauty artfully displayed throughout the 74 boards. I actually love the “DIY Wedding Details” board with over 100 pins of creative ideas for favors, décor and details. The how-to tips offer anyone with some time the tools to add personal flair to their dream wedding. Exploring past the “fashion-week” pages reveals that Brides offers ideas to bring beauty and grace to any affair, whether it be rustic or romantic, classic or colorful. Turns out decades of creating one of the most iconic wedding magazines around lends itself to an impressive collection of stunning images, awww-inspiring stories, and ideas to help any bride achieve her perfect day.
Andrea Eldridge is CEO of Nerds On Call, which offers onsite computer and laptop repair to homeowners and small businesses. Based in Redding, Calif., it has locations in five states. Contact Andrea