Man Tips for Planning a Wedding on Pinterest
Despite it being all the rage, I resisted joining Pinterest for a long time. In it’s early stages Pinterest wasn’t known for being a particularly masculine social space. In fact most of us guys were under the impression that Pinterest was only good for finding cupcake recipes, fashion outfits and homemade crafts. So when my fiance invited me to be a co-contributor on her ‘MARRY’ board, my palms got pretty sweaty. What would my male friends say?!? But as any good and whipped fiance would… I signed up. As my fiance began pinning tons of wedding dresses, flower arrangements and random pictures of Ryan Gosling, I sat by with limited interest and zero contribution… that is until I realized she was finding really cool ideas for our perfect folksy little wedding. Now I no longer wanted to miss out. So my unrestricted Pinterest life began and in no time at all, I was re-pinning everything from invitations to suspenders. Now an experienced ‘pinner’, here are my ‘Man Tips for Planning a Wedding on Pinterest’.
1) Buck up. Your male companions will mock you to no end. Mine still do. Get even and get over it. That’s what us guys do.
2) Identify your interests. Flower arrangements? Nah. Table candles? Don’t think so. Mugs for craft beer? Can do! I’m not entirely interested in planning out what shoes the bridesmaids will wear but I love looking into fun games for the kids. Even for a guy, planning a wedding on Pinterest can be fun. It just takes a little narrowing down to identify which aspects you might have an interest in. And by the way, I’m not suggesting us guys neglect the boring parts of wedding planning. We already do a pretty good job of upsetting our significant others by endlessly leaving out dirty dishes and laundry. So help out wherever you can. But make the process fun by identifying which parts of planning you might be most interested in.
3) Now that you are up and pinning, don’t hold back. While searching for that hipster groom outfit to go with your craft beer mason jars, you’ll probably stumble on some other decent ideas you’d rather not admit to having found. Sure I was a bit embarrassed when I first pinned that cute girly idea. And I’m still embarrassed for ever having used the words cute and girly… But how else am I supposed to explain that little parade of barefoot flower girls? On Pinterest, you’re guaranteed to come across a slew of ideas loosely related to your original search. Don’t hold back. Good ideas are good ideas even if guys aren’t supposed to pin them.
4) Own your board. Just because the wedding is over doesn’t mean Pinterest is. And Pinterest isn’t just for crafty girls anymore. So circle on back to step 1 and buck up, identify your interests, and don’t hold back. Pinterest is a great place for planning just about anything. ‘Things to Build, ‘Food to Grill’, ‘Places to Go’, ‘Products I Love’… it’s all on there.
To help you impress your fiance and get your wedding board going, here are a few others worth looking at. GreenWeddingShoes, The Perfect Palette, Real Simple, Folksy, Polka Dot Bride, Offbeat Bride. Enjoy it. Planning a wedding on Pinterest can be fun… even for a man.