It seems pretty easy right? You hop online, head over to Pinterest and start looking at wedding dresses. But there are a few helpful tips that can go into creating the perfect wedding dress inspiration board on Pinterest so that your wedding dress shopping experience is a fun, stress-free and successful one!
Here are 4 tips to creating that perfect wedding dress inspiration board to prepare you for finding your dream wedding dress!
MAKE A NEW BOARD ON PINTEREST
If you're like us, then maybe you’ve been pinning inspiration photos for your dream wedding for years leading up to your engagement (or since the day you first met your partner…don’t worry, we won’t tell). Now that your countdown to “I Do” has officially begun though, we think it’s a great idea to start fresh!
This doesn’t mean you have to completely start from scratch and throw away all the inspiration you’ve already saved, but starting fresh will allow you to purge any inspiration pins that no longer serve the vision of your union today and will ensure that your board is true to the wedding you and your partner are planning!
To start, make a brand new board and create sections within that wedding planning board for all the areas you're pinning for (click into your new board → “Organize” → “Add Section”)
Why should you create a section (ex. Wedding dress, florals, etc) for each part of your wedding planning inspiration you may be asking? Because it will help keep you organized! Also, when the time comes to share your wedding inspiration board with your chosen vendors, you can choose whether to share the whole board or just the section that pertains to them!
Once your new wedding inspiration board has been created, spend some time looking at your original wedding board. From here, you can pin any of the things you have saved that still resonate with you and move them to your new fresh location!
START WITH A GENERAL SEARCH
The best way to start gathering new inspiration pins is to start with a really broad general search. Don’t limit yourself during this process, just pin anything that really catches your eye! You can always go back and clean your board up later and edit out anything that doesn't actually fit your overall vision.
Start with broad searches like “long sleeve wedding dresses” “ball gown wedding dresses” “lace wedding dresses” or even just “wedding dresses” to see wide ranges of options and get an idea of the different styles and what starts to catch your eye!
Bonus Tip: Find yourself drawn to a specific style or detail? Click on one of the pins you like and scroll down, it will show you other pins similar to the ones you’re loving!
VISIT YOUR BRIDAL SHOPS PINTEREST PAGE
Once you’ve made your appointment at a bridal shop (or while you are deciding which shops you'd like to visit), be sure to visit their Pinterest page! They will most likely not only have their boards organized by designers, but have boards for different styles of gowns as well as photos of their real brides so you can get a feel for the styles they carry.
Don’t forget to also take a look at the bridal collections page on a bridal shop’s website. You should be able to pin gown photos to your wedding inspiration board directly from their websites! At Charlotte’s, we even let you create your own gown wishlist, so you can gather dresses exclusive to Charlotte’s that you’re excited to try on!
AVOID "DRESS CHECKLIST" PINS
“But isn’t it helpful if I only pin things on my board that have ALL of the details I want my gown to have, won’t that just make my stylists job easier”
The short answer? No!
Two things happen when you only pin things that have everything you you think your gown HAS to have:
- You limit yourself. Can you be drawn to a certain silhouette or style? Absolutely! But what happens when you only pin dresses that exactly fit a long list of all of the finer details? You may find yourself feeling limited. The truth is, there may only be a small selection of gowns that check every single box on your must have list, BUT, there are A LOT of gowns that have a combination of details you love or are drawn to. Start with the silhouette and work your way out to the details!
That’s exactly what an inspiration board is for, inspiration, so don't box yourself in so much that you feel like you don’t have options!
- Dresses sometimes look (and feel) different on. And guess what? That’s OK! It actually happens more often than brides talk about!
If you think you want one style or silhouette and put it on and realize it doesn't make you feel like a bride, your dress search doesn't have to end there! You can still have that feeling you've dreamt about, it's just waiting for you in a different gown. That’s why it's so important to pin a range of wedding dresses that catch your eye instead of sticking to a board of identical gowns!
Even if you find that your Pinterest board has a bunch of different styles, silhouettes, and details, don’t worry! Your stylist will recognize patterns and feelings within those dresses you've pinned. She’ll take a look at your board and combine that with your description of how you want to feel on your wedding day and hand pick wedding dresses from there, ultimately finding you the perfect dress that combines details and emotions and is meant for YOU!
Now it's time for you take these tips and tricks and get to work! Then, when you're ready - book your bridal appointment and get ready to writer your yes to the dress story!