[HOW TO] Create Inspiration Boards Using Pinterest to Plan Your Destination Wedding in Colorado

Welcome to the world of Pinterest.  Being big fans of progressive technology, we're happy to show you this fabulous online tool that will allow you to create inspiration boards for anything you choose.  It's in beta, meaning you'll have to request an invite, but they come rather quickly, and pinning away you will be!  

Brides looking to capture anything and everything of their own personal style can create a board and add items they identify with.  Name another board "bouquets" and browse the wedding blogs and sites for inspiration and create a collection of colors, style and anything you think could provide inspiration for your bouquet.  Keep creating as many boards as you need to keep your ideas in one place.  

We've already created a few boards, and are already using it and Minigroup  to work with brides for our flower shop.  It's very easy to spend a lot of time on this site, so don't say we didn't warn you!

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Make sure to read the examples of brides using this online tool to help plan their wedding.  Always glance over the "about" page to make sure you're in the right place, and there's even a section devoted to etiquette.    

You can have your bridesmaids, moms, and other important influencers in your event "follow' your inspiration board, or even become a contributor.

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There are so basic options to get you started, the first being to add a pin.  You can also upload images from your computer that are your property or have permission to share.  Pinterest etiquette recommends citing original sources.  And, if you see a nice chair, table or piece of furniture, create a board of wishlist items that you'd like to see in your living room one day.  The options are endless...

 

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You can see a few of the images I had repinned to my "Groom-er" pinboard, with guy stuff on it.  Groom-er of a series of blog articles written for guys planning their Rocky Mountain wedding.  I put some style on there, but a few other surprises as well.  Be sure to follow other fun wedding blogs on Pinterest, 

 

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So, check out  this new social network, but one we think that you'll soon be obsessed with, spending way too much time on, but finding out it's a brilliant way to organize random inspirations, ideas and details!  Please comment below if you're on Pinterest, so that others can find you from this blog.  

This is the start of your online collaboration between vendors, brides, planners, family and friends, all using the same platform to share inspiration, provide support and commentary, and most of all, to have a little fun while we plan all these weddings!  Thanks for reading and happy planning everyone.

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[HOW TO] create a private online group to help plan my destination wedding in Breckenridge.

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As writers of a wedding blog, we use technology to share our experience, ideas and suggestions using the best of today's technology options.  We're on Facebook, use Twitter, and are now using an online software called Minigroup that allows you to make a custom thread about anything you want.  In our case, it is your destination wedding to Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Keystone, Frisco,  or Silverthorne, Colorado.

Using this site, you can make a group, invite friends to help you plan and discuss, all while keeping tracks of links, images, documents without having to do an email search everytime you want to see where you left off with someone.  And with so many different vendors, family members and details to keep track of, you can receive real-time notifications of additions, comments and other changes to your thread.  Check out this blog to learn more about how to get started.  Another great resource is the company's Tumblr feed.

But, for you tech-savvy folks, here's the short version on how to set up your Minigroup.  1 - Click on "Sign up.  It's Free."  2 - Sign up.  3 - Create a group.  4 - Invite people.  5 - Write a post, share a link, upload a pic, or whatever you need to do.  That's it.  You can always drop people from the group as the creator.  Get the answers to your questions here and get help on this page.

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Why not just use Facebook for this thread?  Well, you could.  However, this platform was designed for such a purpose, and they're adding new stuff as quickly as they can.  It's in beta, so yes, they're testing it out, and we've enjoyed success so far with it.

Here's an example of a current thread we have going with a bride who is planning her wedding from the East Coast.

The image above shows a current thread we have with a bride planning her wedding at the High Country lodge on Peak 7 in Breckenridge.  She's uploading pictures of color palettes, bouquets she loves, and anything else that say "who they are as a couple."  These are images that not only your planner needs to see, but also the florist, caterer and anyone else who has an aesthetic influence on your event.

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We hope you enjoy exploring this new technology as much as we do sharing it with our clients.  A much more effective way of keeping track of conversations, all for free.  Yes, there are pro project collaboration software options out there, but most are overkill for what you'll actually need and use.  Please let us know how it works out for you, and we'll post an update at the end of the summer how it's been working out for us, and what our brides say about using it to plan their wedding.

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Stay tuned for more about this exciting new service!  Contact us now to learn more.

[HOW TO] share multiple url's using only one link

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It's time to shed old ways of doing things and embrace technology to make our lives easier.  One example is the ability to share multiple links with only one link.  You can make a list of possible florists, caterers and photographers.  You could make another list of airlines that take you to your destination.  Or create another list of links that are of just shoes that you might be needing for your adventure wedding in the Rocky Mountains!

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During your wedding planning, you'll be sending numerous emails, making many phone calls, and exchanging a lot of information.  This is a tool that vendors can use to link to past media and press, such as this link http://www.multiurl.com/g/6vJ does for Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean.  Now, most of these links can be found on this page on our flower shop website, but is much easier to use instead of clicking on each link from the web page.

For couples planning their wedding and exploring different lodging options in Breckenridge, and you want to share a list of possible lodging companies, you can end up typing many links into numerous emails.  Do a bit of legwork up front, and use one link to send to your planning team.

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You can then navigate the links by a toolbar found in the top left of the screen, or you can use a dropdown menu of the sites sent.  Please visit www.multiurl.com to learn more.

Is wedding technology more confusing than helpful?  If there's technology out there that's easy to use and interesting, please send it our way and we could possibly share it on this blog.  Tell us how you use today's technology to plan your wedding.  Please comment below if you know of any other cool tools we should know about, thanks!

>> Photos courtesy of Daniel McVey, a "photographer currently living in Summit County, Colorado.  I enjoy taking landscape images at day or night. The moon and stars are also a motif in my pictures. Aside from landscape, I do some wildlife photos."  Check out his website here and his Facebook page here.