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We've all been there. Covertly pinning "inspo" to a hidden board, wasting countless hours looking for the just-right highlights, or fishtail braid, or room scape. When you're engaged, this hunt intensifies, consuming precious time that could be spent binge-watching OITNB or being outside in the sunshine.
Instead of going down Pinterest's really-kind-of-cute rabbit hole, get organized with the help of Jennifer Cress, web editor of Brides.com. Heed her seven tips on pinning with efficiency and cut down on the noise that already surrounds wedding planning.
And for the extra enthusiastic, check out this list of 50 most inspiration pinterest accounts, with a breakdown of what you can expect from each of them.
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1. Pin with a Plan: Don't just pin everything that looks pretty, try to pin with a theme in mind.
2. Think About Who You're Following: Try to follow boards that aggregate content from around the web (like Brides!) rather than looking at user-uploaded pins. If you do this, you'll be able to follow that pin back to the source and get more details about the image you're seeing.
Also, follow accounts that vibe with your wedding's aesthetic: If you dream of a rustic outdoor celebration, following and pinning images from a classic ballroom style-board will just confuse you. [Ed note: here's some help with that.]
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3. Take Notes: Once you click through the pin, look for the details. Who made that dress? Who baked that cake? What kind of flowers are in that bouquet? Make sure to add that information to your caption so you can remember it for later.
4. Edit, Edit, Edit: Create a separate board for each wedding detail. It sounds a little type A, but nothing is more overwhelming than looking at a single Pinterest board with 50 bouquets, 22 cakes, 12 color palettes, and 30 how-to articles. Make a separate board for each, and when you decide on an overall direction, add it to a master wedding board.
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5. Proceed with Caution When It Comes to Shared Boards: If you're going to add friends to any of your boards, keep a secret wedding board that only you have access to where you can re-pin all of the suggestions you actually like. That way there will be no hurt feelings or angry bridesmaids.
6. Narrow It Down: Before you meet with your vendors, narrow down your Pinterest board. You don't want to present your baker with 100 totally different cake options.
7. Beware of DIY: A lot of the projects you see on Pinterest look easy, but many can involve much more work than you anticipated.