I was cleaning out a closet the other day (trying to de-clutter) when I came across a white binder. When I was wedding planning, I had binders for everything: one for flower ideas, one for reception ideas, one for dress ideas – you name it, I had a binder for it. Somehow the dress binder didn’t get tossed, but instead found it’s way into the bottom of a cardboard box in our spare room closet. Flipping through the pages brought back some great memories…
This was the very binder where I collected my wedding dress ideas together in one spot. I cut from magazines and printed out pictures from websites. I collaged them on different pages according to style and then spray glued them to the paper. I then inserted them into plastic sheets so I could flip through my book. I took this binder with me to every dress store I went to to show them what I liked: lace, tulle, and perhaps a flower somewhere on the dress.
It’s crazy sometimes how much we take advances in technology for granted. Or sometimes how we forget we ever lived without our high speed internet, cell phones, and social media. These binders were essentially my “Pinterest Boards.” When I say this, I think, “WOW! Am I that old?” But no, I got married in May 2011. So it’s only been a little over two years. But look at how wedding planning has been transformed by technology since then!!
Pinterest was founded in March 2010. At the time, I was in the midst of my wedding planning and hand’t heard of the site yet. It has gained tremendous momentum since then! As of July 2013, Pinterest had 70 million users and continues to grow worldwide! I will admit, I am a little jealous of the Pinterest Brides out there! There are so many boards to collect your ideas on. Just with the click of a button you can pin you favorite ideas to one spot so you don’t lose them. It makes everything so accessible and organized!
I love Pinterest! It is also currently the largest social media source that people go through to connect to Food Marriage! My Food Marriage Pinterest Account has 337 followers. And in the last month alone, over 3,500 visits to FoodMarriage.com have come directly from Pinterest! While I missed the Pinterest boat during wedding planning, I certainly plan to continue using it to share my ideas from the blog here as well as plan other important life events!