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To pin or not to pin? Pinterest as a wedding planning tool

Words & images by Amanda Karen Photography

As a bride to be I was a Pinterest addict, in fact I think I could have planned several weddings with all the things that inspired me! I was convinced I could be a DIY bride too, but thankfully realised very early on that this was not to be the case.

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I think this is why I have such a mixed love-hate relationship with Pinterest, it’s amazing for inspiration and even to find suppliers, I love it for finding recipes for dinner. But when it comes to wedding planning I think there is a fine line between a casual browse for inspiration and losing hours pored over your phone and getting stressed because you can’t recreate the wedding on your board.

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So how do you make the most of this visual inspiration site whilst still having a wedding that is true to you? Here are my tips…

Think about the look, feel and style for your wedding. That may be a colour palette you like, interests you share or even the venue you have chosen.

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Once you have your style in mind then you can start looking for things to compliment your style, such as bridesmaid dresses, summer flowers, hand painted cake designs or calligraphy scripted stationery.

Create a board with elements of your wedding and style as this will help you focus your vendor search to those who can help you realise your vision. However, there is a huge BUT with this….

Don’t let it stifle your suppliers. You should be choosing them because you love their work and trust them, so let them do what they do best and create their beautiful work.

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I can’t stress enough; your wedding is about you two, not about someone else and their wedding. So plan and create your dream wedding and as I saw quoted somewhere (probably Pinterest!) have a wedding that someone else wants to pin, not someone else’s pinned wedding.

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If you’re looking for fine art wedding photographers in London or Essex, then Amanda Karen Photography might just be your perfect choice.

Contact & Bookings: Amanda Karen Photography

www.amandakarenphotography.co.uk
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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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