Brides use Facebook, Pinterest to plan wedding

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Jennifer Bevins said it’s been difficult trying to plan a wedding when her loved ones are far away.

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Amber Smith found the idea to use sparklers to write her wedding date in a bridal portrait on the social media site Pinterest.  JERIANNPHOTO.COM/SPECIAL
Amber Smith found the idea to use sparklers to write her wedding date in a bridal portrait on the social media site Pinterest.

Bevins lives in Warrenville, and will marry her fiance, Allen Marfitt, at her parent’s home in Mims, Fla., on June 1.

“It’d been kind of depressing because I feel alone and there are certain things you just want your family for,” she said.

She has done most of the wedding planning herself, using Facebook and Pinterest to send pictures to her best friend and maid of honor, Jennifer Polk, and her parents to get their feedback.

“I used Pinterest for pretty much everything,” she said. “I find stuff online, pin it to my board, and everyone can see what I’m thinking about.”

Brides are getting more and more social when it comes to planning their wedding, said Jamie Miles, the editor of wedding Web site The Knot.

“Brides want to get recommendations from other real brides,” she said. “This is a great trend. We see a lot of brides doing more research.”

Chelsea Nicewander wanted to keep costs low for her wedding, which was held Saturday.

She made collages on Pinterest of ideas for centerpieces, programs and hairstyles and sent them to friends and family who live in Pike County, about three hours away.

“It let them know what I was thinking, what I was doing, things like that,” she said.

She incorporated a unity sand ceremony she found on Pinterest. Instead of lighting a unity candle. The couple pours different colored sand into a customizable shadow box, signaling the blending of their two lives.

“I thought it was very cool,” Nicewander said.

Not only are brides sharing ideas about gowns, hairstyles, decorations and more, but they’re using social media to share the wedding itself.

Kristen Daily was the maid of honor at her friend Amber Smith’s wedding April 6 at Enterprise Mill.

The hashtag #abswedding (for Amber and Brent Smith) was used for to upload photos taken at the reception to Instagram for the couple to enjoy after the big day.

Uploading reception photos to Instagram is another big trend, Miles said.

“We honestly say there is no substitute for professional photography,” she said. “It is fun to have friends take pictures just to have that other perspective.”

Daily uploaded a few pictures of the bride and groom, in addition to a professional portrait of the wedding date drawn out in sparklers.

“We did the sparklers (we found) on Pinterest,” she said.

Miles said live-streaming the wedding is becoming increasingly popular as more couples are having destination weddings.

Such weddings might be too expensive for some guests to attend, and streaming the ceremony online is a way to include them.

  • 54 percent of brides will change their relationship status within 24 hours of getting engaged.
  • 51  percent of newly­weds will change their relationship status within 24 hours of the ceremony.
  • 68 percent of brides create a personal Web page to share wedding plans
  • 24 percent of couples stream the wedding ceremony online.

Source: Jamie Miles, editor of The Knot


If you’re a guest:

• Wait to offer congratula­tions on any site until the couple has made a public announcement.

• Ask wedding-planning questions in a private message to avoid public discussion in front of Facebook friends who are not invited.

• Respect the couple’s wishes if they ask that you not post pictures before they do.

• Put the cellphone away. Post occasionally, but celebrate with the couple rather than spend the whole event on your phone.

• Follow directions on the RSVP. An e-mailed response to a paper invitation might get lost in the shuffle.

If you’re the bride:

• Tell close friends and family your big news before posting it as your Facebook status.

• When you choose to change your relationship status is entirely up to you.

• Post pictures of your engagement ring, but leave out details such as cost and carat.

• Designate a “tweeter of honor” to keep your social media networks up-to-date on your big day.

• Send out traditional paper invitations for the wedding. E-mails are fine for pre-and post-wedding festivities.


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