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It was one of the first things I did after getting engaged, preceded only by some screaming, plenty of happy tears and a phonecall to my mum and dad. I created a ‘wedding’ board on Pinterest, of course! 

For those of you unfamiliar with this somewhat addictive site, it’s basically like an online version of a collage, without the messy PVA glue. You create themed boards and literally ‘pin’ pictures that inspire you to each section…a dream for brides. From table settings and wedding make-up, to unique finishing touches and gowns, Pinterest literally allows you to create your wedding vision right before your eyes. I even took our Ipad to the florist to illustrate the sort of bouquet I wanted – gee, thanks Pinterest!

It wasn’t until I started to ponder the topic of my next blog that I realised just how reliant I’ve been on the internet throughout the planning process. So with this in mind, I wanted to share with you my favourite websites that have inspired me, eased my stress and taken my money in exchange for pretty things.

Etsy

This is an Aladdin’s cave of loveliness. Think of it like an online marketplace for handmade and vintage buys. I’ve bought a couple of bracelets from here, but it’s also great for wedding invitations.

Rock My Wedding 

Even if you’re not planning a wedding, this is worth a look if only for the pretty dresses and gorgeous photography. It’s packed with hair, make-up, styling, dress and groom ideas.

Ebay

Ah ebay, what a gem you are. When H&M had sold out of the metallic tealight holders I loved, I popped on to the online auction site (on the advice on my husband-to-be. Brownie points for him) and lo and behold there they were – a box of 30. Score!

By Stephanie Maylor

 

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