I am a social media manager for a living, and my groom-to-be is a finance guy. I am on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and the five other networks that are being invented every minute while he is more of a paper and pen sort of dude. My life is overshared, and I’m a visual person, so when we started planning the wedding, I already had a Pinterest board ready and plenty of ideas that my friends could look at and give me feedback on.
Problem is, my fella didn’t even know what Pinterest was when we started. Since we’re a pretty modern couple, I wanted him to be really involved in the planning process. I find that the best weddings are collaborative between the bride and groom, but also, for simplicity’s sake, having him involved and making sure we’re on the same page with the many decisions to be made is simply a matter of necessity.
So, what to do when you have a destination wedding planned, a tight budget and your fella isn’t a social media junkie?
Might I suggest a living Pinterest board.
Since any wedding starts to become a jumbled mess of stores, registries, fabric swatches and fittings- we are keeping track of all of our plans and decisions on our living Pinterest board. We have been using our Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Printer since we have the ability to print photos from anywhere as we hop from cake tasting to dress fittings and beyond. Chris and I have both downloaded the PIXMA Cloud App and we can print pictures from our phones of the stuff we like from wherever we are, and it’ll be ready to “pin” up when we get home.
Seriously, a sanity savior.
I can’t tell you how many dress shoes he’s tried on. He picked a suit already but off the top of my head, I couldn’t tell you what it looked like. After a few cake tastings, they all taste the same. Also, our venue is 2,000 miles away and it seriously gives me the chills knowing I can’t drive over, see the venue and make sure my imagination didn’t take any liberties when I need to remember what the space looked like so I can plan seating arrangements and decorations.
When we leave the baker, I can print out our dessert decision. When we try a cocktail we like that’s a MUST for the reception, I can have a picture printed of it so I do not forget the garnish on top that would be perfect for our party. Also, it helps that he doesn’t forget either. In planning a party with a million decisions, it can be easy to get confused.
When we make a decision, or simply want to see how it plays into our other choices- like with the groom’s attire or choosing tablescapes, we can print photos from wherever we are and print them them straight to our PIXMA MG7120 at home to see how it all comes together on our giant, life-sized Pinterest wall.
When my groom-to-be finds the perfect pair of shoes, we print it for the board whilst at the mall using the PIXMA Cloud App. Easy peezy.
Found a pair of glittery flats that would be perfect for our bridal party…Printed this while out shopping!
Two weeks ago, we finally got to drive out to the venue during our trip to California. I wanted to remember every detail and knew that the venue photos and blogs could be sort of misleading. I took pictures of elements that stood out to me- like the gorgeous morning glories that drape the ceremony space (so I won’t need to buy flowers for that section of the venue!) and the first glimpse guests will have when they enter the venue, so I’m sure to plan appropriately.
I’m 2,000 miles away and being able to have visual details like this to jog my memory are making things much much simpler. Using the cloud technology and my Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Printer I was able to print my photos while traveling and they were ready for me when we got home.
My cute little Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Printer which I use with my iPhone & his smartphone to print pictures.
While we are sometimes a house divided- I am a social media and Pinterest junkie while he prefers documenting things in boring Excel spreadsheets, and I am a proud iPhone user and he insists on sticking with a Samsung- we have both been able to plan our wedding and use the PIXMA Cloud App to plan our wedding in a way that works for both of us. It’s so easy to use, you can even print pictures directly from your favorite social media sites Facebook and Twitter as well as Dropbox and Picasa!
This weekend, we’re planning on having some of our friends over to take a look at our living Pinterest board and weigh in with ideas and give him the final verdict on the fancy shoes he’s picked out. It’s a way for us to not only plan the wedding as a couple, but also, to involve our loved ones- they can leave comments in chalk or write on the photos directly with their decorating ideas or feedback on our choices. It’s a fun way to plan!
What could you use a living Pinterest board for?
How have you creatively solved wedding planning problems?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Canon PIXMA via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.