When Kaitlin Walsh met her fiancé during her high school production of The Sound of Music, it was love at first sight.
Walsh, who played opposite her fiancé as Leisl, remembers singing Sixteen Going on Seveneen and during the final night, she fell in love with him during their last on-stage kiss.
Walsh — now a senior journalism and political science major at Boston University — has been engaged to her Rolf for six months, and in between studying and working as a production assistant at New England Cable News, she is pinning her dream wedding on the most talked about social media platform around, Pinterest.
“I love that I can just search anything related to weddings and it is bound to have tons of amazing ideas,” she said. “Essentially, it makes me feel like I am not alone in the wedding planning process and that others share my seemingly crazy ideas. I’d say it definitely has become a makeshift planner for me.”
But Walsh is not alone. While many young women around the country are planning their dream weddings as they wait for Prince Charming, Western New England University School of Law student Casey Reynolds is planning for her Oct. 13 wedding.
Reynolds met her fiancé just more than two years ago on Catholic Match, but began pinning a bit before her engagement seven months ago because she “had a feeling it was coming.”
On Reynold’s “Wedding Ideas” pinboard, she has garnered 160 followers and pinned 71 photos, including ideas for save-the-dates, invitations, hair designs, cakes, bouquets, centerpieces and flower girl dresses.
What Reynolds finds most convenient about using Pinterest to help plan her wedding is the ability to organize her ideas and weigh her options. Pinterest allows users to browse and bookmark photos to categorized pinboards created by the user.
“It’s so easy when you are browsing online to just pin and idea to your wedding board that way you don’t forget where you saw something and you can always find it again,” she said. “Pinterest has also been really helpful because my family and bridesmaids are all over the country, so if I wanted them to see an idea I was thinking about, I would tell them to just hop on Pinterest and check out my wedding board.”
Pinterest, which hit 10 million monthly unique visitors faster than any other website, has emerged as the third most trafficked social networking site, behind Facebook and Twitter, according to Experian market research. Visitors shot up 50% between January and February.
With its largely female demographic and emphasis on do-it-yourself projects, “Pinterest and brides go together like love and marriage,” USA TODAY reported. With Pinterest, sharing ideas for, say, sunken flower centerpieces is just an iPhone or tablet away.
Walsh said one downfall of planning a wedding on Pinterest is that some brides-to-be “don’t want their Facebook or Pinterest friends to see what they have in store for their wedding” until their big day arrives.
“I am apprehensive about pinning dresses that look too similar to my wedding dress, in fear that somehow my boyfriend will see a link to it via Facebook,” Walsh added.
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