Now that you’ve said yes to marrying the love of your life, you’ve got a wedding to plan! But where in the world do you start? Would you believe if we said a great place to start is Instagram? You’re already spending a good chunk of time scrolling and double-tapping those images that inspire you, so why not put them to good use in planning your dream day?
Find and follow local vendors and wedding blogs
Pinterest may be great for inspiration, but maybe not so much when it comes to actually booking vendors in your area. That’s why Instagram is the perfect place to find very specific inspiration for your wedding. Start by searching local hashtags (#seattleweddingvideographer, #palmspringswedding, #bostonweddingvenue, #dallasweddingphotographer, etc.). Follow all of the accounts that speak to you. As they show up in your feed, pay attention to the other vendors they tag in wedding photos – you’ll get a good idea of vendors that are in your style and that are popular in the area!
Take advantage of the “save” feature
One of the coolest features of Instagram is the ability to save to different “collections.” You can create collections specifically for your wedding planning journey. Whether you want to create just one broad “wedding” collection, or a collection for each vendor type, or a collection for different themes/inspirations, use it in a way that works best for you.
Don’t be afraid to slide into the DM’s!
This may not be a secret, but wedding vendors LOVE Instagram! We use it for planning, inspiration, and collaborations, so it’s safe to say we spend a lot of time there. Don’t be afraid to use the direct messaging feature to start a conversation with your favorite vendors! Start by asking them about their availability and setting up a time to chat on the phone.
Once you’ve booked vendors, use it to share your vision with them
The best way to ensure that your wedding is everything you’ve ever dreamed of is to share those dreams! You may hear a song that you would love to have in your wedding film, or see a table setting that is perfectly chic, or get inspired by a photo of a bride embracing her grandmother right before the ceremony. Send those posts directly to your vendors so they can get a better understanding of your wedding vision.
Don’t forget about after the wedding!
Just because the wedding is over, doesn’t mean you should stop following your vendors! On the contrary, they’ll probably share sneak peeks, sentimental posts, and throwbacks featuring you and your new spouse! To make it even easier, make sure that all of your vendors know both of your Instagram handles so they can tag you every time they share!