pinterest and your wedding planner

Hey there stranger! I apologize for my hiatus the past 3 weeks. There's been a lot going on... a ton of super fun client meetings, a not-so-fun move into a totally lovable new place, a family vacation, our fist trip to St. Regis Monarch Beach (so fancy!), and the obligatory--and lingering--winter cold. We're finally settled in and it's time to get back to the blog with some very fun and exciting posts over the next couple weeks.

For now, let's chat about Pinterest. There are a lot of great and useful tips for using Pinterest to plan your wedding, but I'd like to talk about one specific aspect: using Pinterest to communicate with your planner. 

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image by christianne taylor

I love to follow my clients' wedding and design Pinterest boards (or have them add me to their secret ones.) It gives me insight into what inspires them, their vision, and how they want their wedding day to look and feel. But with so many details packed into one pretty little square (or a collage of pretty little squares), I don't always know what the specific draw is to that image. 

Most images carry with them a caption from their source site or a comment from a previous pinner. The most important thing you can do for your Pinterest-following planner (and yourself) is make that caption your own. What in the image inspires you? What is your favorite part? What would you change? Here's a great example:

A client pinned this collage to her wedding decor board

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...so naturally, I was thinking that she was leaning toward the radiant orchid trend. Upon further discussion, she told me that she pinned the image because of the arrangement in the top right corner. She liked the wood box, the clustered flowers, and the mix of colors--including the oranges and green. 

Whoa. Big difference, right? 

Here's another example. A different client had told me that she wanted romantic and feminine peaches and corals. We discussed a sweet, soft, and simple feel; the kind of wedding that really just makes you feel love all around you. 

Then she pinned this (wildly popular image):

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I think, "Oh! Maybe we're going in a brighter, more colorful direction... let's look into some graphic print runners, maybe some colorful glassware..." (My mind tends to wander and get ahead of myself).

But upon further discussion, it was the lovely navy bridesmaid dress that led her to pin the image. 

So what's the moral of the story? We planners love Pinterest as much as you do. We get lost in the sea of color palettes, how-to's, and dreamy photography. What we love even more than Pinterest are clients who dream, have vision, and get excited for the decor and ambiance of their big day. All we ask is that you use that little box under that pretty picture to tell us what you love and/or hate about your specially curated selections. 

Want to see what inspires me? Check out Vanessa Noel Events' Pinterest right here.

Happy pinning and planning!

cyber monday guide}{ wedding style

Good afternoon, savings seekers. It's Cyber Monday and I'm sure you're looking forward to (or are already bragging about) some serious savings for your 2013 gift giving. You might have made your way through Amazon, Macy's, Target, and any number of other Cyber Monday staples for those on your list, but I'm here to give you a tip: Cyber Monday isn't just for Christmas or the Holidays!

Getting married in 2014? Cyber Monday is the PERFECT time for savvy shopping for your big day and for those making it special. Check out my picks for the best deals!

1. Minted is a favorite of mine for beautiful stationary. With so many customizable options and great customer service, it's a great way to go for your invitation suite or holiday cards. Even better? Get 25% off with code MON25. Concerned because you're not quite ready to commit to all the details for your invitation suite? Not to worry. WIth their "buy now, upload later" option, you can get the savings now without making those decisions. 

2. Possibly the best deal of the day is Wedding Chicks 50% off with code CYBERWEEKEND. The sale includes everything from tote bags and handkerchiefs to their adorable invitation suites. P.S. if you're not the one engaged, but are hosting a shower or bachelorette party, their goodies are just as good for those occasions!

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3. Fashion is a huge part of your wedding and all of the fun events leading up to it. There's the engagement party, showers, bachelorette, dress shopping... so many opportunities to sport something sparkly. Check out ASOS today for 30% off with code GIMMEMORE to find something fabulous for all these occasions. If you're looking for bridesmaids dresses, I'm pretty sure your maids would be ecstatic if you picked one of ASOSs reasonably priced numbers. 

While you're thinking about wedding day fashion, head over to Twigs & Honey for a rare 15% off discount with code THCYBER2013. The entire line of headpieces and bridal attire is totally swoon-worthy!

4. Bridesmaids can be difficult to shop for. They're your closest friends, your most trusted confidants, but they're also so different. How do you decide on gifts that will please them all? Enter some of my favorites! Lady-like polish from butter London (20% off with code CYBER13) keeps manis pretty and sophisticated and gold loafers from Henri Bendel (40% with code CYBER13) ensures your besties will be dancing by your side through the reception. 

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5. Your bridesmaids aren't the only ones you'll need to buy for before your wedding. There's your aunts who're throwing your shower, your neighbor who's helping you craft your favors, not to mention your parents. Now is the time to stock up on great hostess and thank you gifts for everyone who is helping to make your day come together. With gifts at every price and s many options for customizable goodies, C Wonder is a one-stop shop. Use code GIFTS40 for 40% off. And might I suggest stocking up on monogrammed cocktail napkins for the wedding itself? With 40%, you can't go wrong!

Another favorite is Lulu & Georgia with accessories and home goods galore. They're offering 30% off with code THANKS30 off all their fabulous and unique items from lamps and pillows to vases and candlesticks. 

Happy shopping! Here's to good deals!