Thursday, June 12, 2014

7 Ways Social Media Has Saved My Sanity During Wedding Planning

Ahhh the big day. Ask any bride what they’re feeling at any point in time between getting engaged and the actual wedding and my bet is you’re going to hear a lot of the same answers: Excited. Ecstatic. Sooooo in love. Overjoyed. Happy. Thrilled.  Busy... Overwhelmed... STRESSED.  Uh oh. Where did those last three emotions come from? Wedding planning is supposed to be fun! You’re about to marry the person you can’t imagine spending the rest of your life without and that’s all that matters at the end of the day…. right?? Ohhh if only it were that easy. Yes, of course your marriage is truly what matters- but let’s be honest, every bride that has dreamed about planning a perfect wedding since they were a little girl also wants to make sure the day that the marriage starts is exactly how they dreamed it would be. And let’s face it- that can be extremely stressful. My wedding is now officially less than four months away. I am feeling every bit of emotion that I listed in the second sentence of this post… including those last three. Lucky for me, I’m not the only one going through this! In fact, there are thousands of bride-to-be’s in the exact same spot as I am right now. All I can say is thank goodness for social media.

Here are 7 ways social media has helped me keep my sanity during the wedding planning process J

1. Facebook. You know those usually annoying ‘suggested posts’ that Facebook puts on your timeline based on your current interests? You know, the ones that if they were coming from a real person would most likely offend you (no thanks, Facebook, I’m actually not interested in losing 50 pounds right now, but thanks for the encouragement…). Well turns out they can actually be a good thing, especially if you were excited enough to post your engagement to Facebook (which duh, if you didn’t, it obviously isn’t really official, right?). Everything from local vendors including DJ’s, Bridal Shows, and Photographers/Videographers will pop up, giving you options you may not have even known existed. This is actually where I found my photographer/videographer duo (shout out to J & E Fusion!) and I can honestly say it is the best decision I’ve made so far (aside from the handsome guy I’ll be marrying of course ;)). So next time one of those obnoxious ‘suggested posts’ pops up, check it out- it may be worth your while!

2. Instagram. Instagram has been an awesome way for me to connect with fellow brides. Hashtags with anything wedding related has connected me with so many girls across the country and world who are also in the midst of wedding planning. It’s been so nice to make new friends, share ideas, and just follow each other along in our wedding planning journeys! Even though my bridesmaids make fun of me, I often find myself daydreaming about the next #wedding, #engaged, #sparklyring picture I’m going to post J (check out my Instagram here: Kellie Ann's Instagram

3. Instagram (part 2). Sort of in the same realm as what I just talked about, Instagram has also been a way for vendors such as photographers, calligraphers, and other wedding-related accounts to connect with me and share some of their services and ideas. It’s been nice to have people reaching out to me offering to help either with their services or advice during some of the hectic wedding planning. They are a friendly reminder that while everything can be overwhelming, it’s definitely manageable and worth it in the end!

4. Google. Well this is an easy and probably the most obvious one. Google searches have saved me so much time and effort in finding local vendors, reception halls, etc… Remember to include your location in your searches to get local results so you don’t have to filter through so many!

5. Wedding websites. Oh gosh, wedding websites. Who would have imagined there could be so many? From to to there are endless resources out there available to us frantic brides. Not to mention the ability to create your own personalized website for your friends, family, and guests to check out details about your engagement and the big day! (personal plug: check out ours here: Justin & Kellie's Wedding J).

6. Pinterest. As I sit here typing this, I’m not sure why I didn’t list Pinterest first. Every bride-to-be knows that even before they had a ring on their finger they had a secret wedding board with ideas and inspiration for their big day. At least I know I did (the first step is admitting….). Haha. Seriously though, Pinterest is awesome and amazing and everything you could ever want and need when it comes to planning for your big day. There are tons of ideas and inspiration involving every facet of your wedding- from dresses to engagement picture ideas to favor ideas to color schemes…. seriously, I guarantee anything you can think of is there. It’s also perfect to share with anyone (photographer, wedding planner, bridal party) who is wondering what your theme of the big day is. Showing them your Pinterest board is much more helpful than saying “well it’s kind of vintage-y/modern/classic….” (I may or may not have started doing this until I realized referring them to my Pinterest wedding board was much more beneficial). So if you don’t already have one- get one now!  (here’s a link to my Pinterest wedding board for those interested: Kellie Ann's Pinterest)

7. Etsy. I think I had to save the best for last. I also probably subconsciously saved this one for the end because every time I even think about Etsy my wallet gets a little thinner and my bank account a lot less. Etsy is a website (and app!) designed for people just like you and me to sell handmade goods. There are so many wedding related items on this site that makes it every bride-to-be’s dream. While it can get a bit costly, you can choose to have items personalized based on your theme and taste, which I think is totally worth the money. Etsy includes everything from invitations to bouquets to flower girl dresses to custom signs for the big day. It is seriously awesome. Check it out to find out for yourself (and make sure it’s close to pay day).

Well there you have it. Every stressed out future bride needs to know she’s not the only one and that there are ways to help ease the panic involved in planning for their wedding. I hope some of my experiences with social media will help make your big day even better than you could have imagined. Just don’t forget that at the end of the day, it really is more about the man you’re marrying and the life you are about to start together. In the meantime, know that you aren’t alone in the stress of making it to that day- and that at least you’ve got one fellow bride who is in your same shoes J

with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann
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