In our last post on the Charlottesville Wedding blog, we shared three tips for creating a great relationship with your floral designer during the wedding planning process. One of those tips was to gather floral inspiration to share with your designer when you meet. We also suggested that you make notes about the details you liked when you find images that appeal to you.
Today, we’ll share three free, online tools that you can use to help gather and organize all the great inspiration photos that you come across on wedding blogs and planning sites.
All floral designs in the images below are from Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs
In just two years, Pinterest has dramatically changed wedding planning. Once upon a time, brides filled binders or folders with pictures ripped out of wedding magazines. Today, you can save all of those images to online bulletin boards. Pinterest’s search feature allows you to find images easily, too. Whether your style is traditional or quirky, you can find wedding inspiration on Pinterest.
Pinterest allows multiple users to collaborate on a board, which helps include friends or family who you want involved in your planning process.
Vendors can also use the search and source functions to see work they’ve done that’s recently been saved by Pinterest users.
Lover.ly might look a lot like Pinterest on the surface, but it has some great benefits for anyone looking for inspiration that is strictly related to weddings. Some people fine Pinterest overwhelming. While a core group of Pinterest’s members are planning weddings, there is a lot of non-wedding content on the site.
Lover.ly pulls images from a collection of popular wedding blogs and vendors. Users can save images to bundles, much like Pinterest’s boards. Where Lover.ly shines is with documentation and with the search function. Because images are coming from wedding blogs, all of the images on Lover.ly are labeled with vendor information. Searches can be conducted by text or by color.
If you are at the beginning of the wedding planning process, Lover.ly has a “My Style” feature that will pick inspiration pictures out of their collection based on your answers to five questions.
3. Wedding Blogs
If you’re a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of inspiration that’s available through Pinterest and Lover.ly, you might want to search for inspiration on a few wedding blogs. Major blogs like Style Me Pretty have added features that let readers tag their favorite images and create inspiration boards without leaving the blog. Many tag posts with the names of the wedding professionals involved in the feature, which will help you become familiar with the styles of the vendors you are considering.