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We have noticed the next evolution in social media…Pinterest. And for those of you who have not heard of this yet, don’t worry, you will. Pinterest is basically a giant virtual bulletin board for you to “pin” inspiring images to via an account you set up. Some women even call it, “porn for women.” Now, we don’t know about that, but we do agree that it can be addictive and is visually stimulating.
This new social media site that has exploded in popularity over the last few months. And according to a new report by comScore, Pinterest’s traffic rose 52 percent between January and February, from 11.7 million unique visitors to 17.8 million. About 80 percent of the site’s users are female.
And what are females using this new medium for? Well, a lot of them are using it to plan their wedding. Yes, you heard correctly. They are locating all of the dream elements they would ideally like to have in their wedding and “pinning” them on their boards. And we agree, this is a great way to organize your color schemes, possibly look of flowers, place settings, decor, etc., but what if you aren’t even engaged yet?
Yes, the latest thing is to start planning your wedding without even having a potential groom yet. What are your feelings about this?
After chewing on it a while here at the office, my feelings can be summed up with this statement, ” Why not?”
I can recount several instances where females are portrayed as planning their weddings ever since they were little girls. Take Friends’ Monica and her uber organized scrapbook that she’s been working on compiling ever since she was 10 years old. Or Jennifer Lopez’s character on The Wedding Planner as she uses her Barbie’s to coordinate the perfect walk down the aisle. And finally, who could forget Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway’s two characters in Bride Wars, as they play dress up in the opening scene and dream of having their wedding at The Plaza one day.
For one, I get it. It is merely the next evolution in a little girl’s dream of “one day.” First we played “wedding,” then we drew pictures of our dream dress, then we cut them out of a magazine, then we started scrapbooking, and now…we Pinterest. It’s ok, and for all those critics that think it’s weird, let’s put it into perspective.
Pinterest is no different than the “Dream Boards” that the education system is encouraging our children to create. These boards serve as aspiration and motivation for children to work hard in order to achieve their dream life. So why are we criticizing women for having the same sort of focus. And one only needs to reach as far as the Law of Attraction that states, basically in a nutshell, “ that ’like attracts like’,” and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results.
So go forth brides, and future brides…Pinterest away and generate those positive visual images and energy. You can only gain by it. Happy pinning.inspiration, Pinterest, planning, vision boards
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In my daily hunt for interesting material to inform our community on, I sometimes run into information that could only be described as a “head scratcher.” In a recent issue of Bride’s Magazine, a small blurb on the lower half of a buried page sparked my interest. The topic of discussion was: the boundaries between real and virtual life, what’s appropriate wedding behavior? I suppose this was an inevitable evolution of social media, but the content that some brides, grooms and bridal parties are now posting about does not, necessarily, make it okay.
Most brides are on board with some form of social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ etc. so the speed by which brides can now get and give information is at a lightening speed. So how are you using your social media as a planning tool or medium to relay information to others? As far as we’ve been able to tell, there are definite Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to your wedding day. Some are funny and others are very practical, especially for our “techie” couples. How would your Do’s and Don’ts list compare?
Use Voxer to maintain “before the ceremony” communication with your betrothed so you don’t break the “bad luck” rule.
Share your engagement photo(s) in a new album.
Guests check into the reception venue on Foursquare.
Ushers waiting in the parking lot create a circle on Google+.
Create an “Event” on Facebook as an invitation, unless you want thousands of random guests.
The bride uses her status update to tell friends how the processional is going.
The groom pauses to change his Facebook status from “in a relationship” to “married” before the kiss.
The bridesmaids tweet photos of the bride’s runny mascara during the vows.
The couple read their vows from an iPhone.
So as an added treat today, click on this link and take a look at this recent bride and her walk down the aisle. Would you do this? Would this ever be appropriate?Ettiquette, social media, techies
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A text, a tweet, and even a call away, it’s so much easier for us to keep in contact with one another in an instant. With new technology developing every day, couples are using technology in every aspect of their romantic lives from dating to the honeymoon!
People have been using the internet for dating and long distance relationships. Online Dating Magazine estimates that there are more than 120,000 marriages a year that occur as a result of online dating. On an average day, eHarmony.com receives notice from ten members of an engagement, marriage or other long-term, committed relationship. Through Skype, FaceTime and Tango, couples have the ability to maintain their online and long distance relationships right at their fingertips. So when you see that relationship status go from “in a relationship” to “engaged” go ahead and “like” it.
Did you know that these social networks can also be a great tool for your planning process? If you’re planning a wedding out of town or planning with your Solider overseas, the internet may be your best asset. San Antonio Wedding Guide Facebook & Austin Wedding Guide Facebook have great updates on upcoming shows and vendor announcements. Many of wedding vendors also have their own Facebook and Twitter pages that you can find useful information such as deals and events. If you’re looking for a venue, try watching a virtual tour like these from Granberry Hills and Mansions at Judges’ Hill. So even if you’re planning your wedding from afar, you can still tour the venues!
When it comes to the wedding day, technology abounds for you to turn your nuptials into a technological affair. Photographers and videographers such as Mark Thomas Pro Photoand BTL Productions both have packages that include online viewing and highlight showcasing for viewing after your wedding. This is a great way to share your wedding photos and video with loved ones who couldn’t make it to the wedding. 2nd Generation Video Productions offers web publications/podcasts for your guests with iPhone/iPod/iTunes to enjoy your wedding day.
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Technology is a part of our lives, and it can be an amazing tool to help brides with their big day!Tags: Austin, Dating Websites, Facebook, Military Wedding, planning, San Antonio, skype, Skype Reception, twitter, Venues, videography, wedding ideas
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