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Stalk Her Pinterest Boards to Find the Right Diamond Engagement Ring
But no pressure!
Engagement ring shopping is a stressful endeavor, no matter how well you know your girlfriend’s preferences. It’s a big and meaningful purchase, so you want to make sure she loves the ring. Unless you already have an exact photo of the ring she wants, this means you’re going to have to do a little detective work.
You’re in luck because your girlfriend has already put together an in-depth visual record of her style and taste in pretty much everything.
It’s called her Pinterest profile, and you’d be wise to spend some time getting to know it inside and out. It will help you make an educated decision as you’re browsing affordable engagement rings. If you’re feeling intimidated, ask her sister or one of her close friends to help you interpret the data and crack the code (this is a good rule of thumb for ring shopping anyway).
Obviously, if you find a Pinterest board called “THIS IS THE DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING I WANT," you don’t need to read the rest of this post. But if not, look for any boards or pins that feature jewelry she likes. Pay attention to the captions she includes on pins. Which ones does she gush over or use multiple exclamation points for? Look for trends and themes in the styles she gravitates toward. Does she have a weakness for white gold or vintage accessories or lots of sparkle?
Many women create “someday” Pinterest boards for wedding ideas they love. These will give you valuable insight into her ideal wedding style. Has she pinned a lot of classic, storybook wedding dresses or rustic-chic, laid-back reception venues? How would you define the overall vibe of her wedding pins - elegant, glamorous, simple, vintage, traditional?
Your girlfriend’s clothing Pinterest boards might not have anything to do with affordable engagement rings, but they will give you the inside scoop on what she aspires to wear. What types of clothes are most pinned? Red-carpet ball gowns? Chic pencil skirts? Romantic A-line dresses? Everyday casual outfits? Does she admire the look of certain celebrities? (If these ladies have engagement rings, Google those styles immediately!) Use all these pins to flesh out the style profile you’re putting together.
Browse her other boards - music, books, home decor, travel, etc. - for any other clues. Does she have a long list of 1920s books she wants to read? Is her travel bucket list full of quirky, off-the-beaten-path destinations?
After you complete your Pinterest stalking, you should have a well-rounded view of what your girlfriend’s unique style is and what diamond engagement ring she will love.
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5 Ways to Use Pinterest for Wedding Planning on a Budget
If you haven't discovered Pinterest yet, it's time that you do. The site allows you to share the beautiful and interesting things that you find on the web quickly and easily. It's free to register on Pinterest, and it's incredibly useful for discovering creative budget wedding ideas.
Start by visiting Pinterest.com and start a free account. Select the people whose pinboards you want to follow (both friends and those you don't know personally). Then create pinboards for the topics that interest you, such as "Recipes," "Ideas for the Home," and, of course, "Wedding Inspiration." With the click of your mouse, you can now pin the photos you discover on the web and repin photos that other people have shared on their boards. One word of caution: Pinterest is seriously addictive.
Here are 5 ways that you can use Pinterest to plan the budget wedding of your dreams:
1. Save-the-Dates and Invitations
The easiest way to decide on the style of Save-the-Dates and Invitations is to look at a variety of examples and see what catches your eye. Do you prefer a modern design, or a more classic one? Splashy or understated? Whether you are planning a destination wedding or a homegrown event, you'll find inspiration for wedding planning on a budget.
2. Engagement & Wedding Photography
You may have rolled your eyes when you've seen run-of-the-mill engagement and wedding photography. Make sure to avoid cheesy poses yourself by finding creative shots on Pinterest and showing them to your photographer. Get ideas for props you can use in your engagement photos, such as chalkboards for writing fun messages, and start brainstorming unexpected settings. Give your photographer suggestions for uncommon wedding day poses and shots to capture.
3. Wedding Decor
Pinterest users (or "Pinners") share wedding decor ideas galore. Find pictures of gorgeous place settings for indoor or outdoor weddings, sweet wedding favors, and simple flower arrangements. You're sure to find the perfect accents for your budget wedding, including eco-friendly and DIY options. .
4. Bridal Style
You'll find many different ideas for bridal style on Pinterest. Pictures of wedding dresses range from elegant to simple to funky. You'll find ideas for wedding day shoes, jewelry, and styles for every kind of hair. There are even accessories that you can make yourself if you're wedding planning on a budget.
What kind of honeymoon would you like to follow your budget wedding? One of the biggest benefits of Pinterest is that it displays a plethora of beautiful photos side by side. You can browse through them and decide whether you'd like to save or splurge on your honeymoon, and what kind of experience you'd like to have. Do you want to lounge on a tropical beach? Go camping in the wilderness, or ride the roller coasters at a Disney theme park?
BONUS - 6. Follow My Trio Rings!
My Trio Rings has created a number of pinboards which cover unique engagement and wedding rings spanning the entire web in addition to pictures of the latest ring styles and designs in the industry and by My Trio Rings. Follow the pinboards to see updates to these boards!
To look for wedding ideas on Pinterest, hover over the "Everything" option on your home screen with your mouse, then choose "Wedding & Events" from the drop-down menu. You can also use the Pinterest search bar to search by keyword for a specific type of item.
Last edited; 4/18/2012. Photo credit: Pinterest