It was only a matter of time before social media became one of the paramount wedding planning tools, and for Monika Kofler it was the perfect way to gather creative wedding ideas for her March 17 wedding to Ray Berry.JENNA BISHOP December 18, 2012 4:06am
For Monika, using social media to showcase and plan their wedding, was more about finding inspiration on the internet and then using local services to create the elegant-rustic-vintage themed occasion the couple were after.
Monika’s blog, MB Captured, featured pre-wedding planning posts, sections on putting together different elements of a wedding, such as music, stationery and bonbonniere, finding the best local services and a diary of her wedding planning as a bride-to-be.
“I started it to look for inspiration when I got engaged,” she said.
“The Diary of a Bride-to-be proved to be really popular; I got a lot of feedback from it.”
Monika posted ideas she would be using in her wedding and how she was planning the event, what services she planned to use and how she dealt with any problems she encountered.
It was also a place where she could share items she created herself for the wedding, such as the wedding programs, gifts for the guests and on-the-day decorations.
Monika also used popular planning tool Pinterest to source ideas, which she then gave a local twist.
“I would often go to a meeting with my florist and pull up my Pinterest account on my phone and share ideas,” she said.
“It was a good reference tool.”
Monika and Ray decided to have their wedding ceremony at Riverside Gardens, Kialla, and the reception at Bohjass, Shepparton after attending a local high school together.
“This was where we met – it was a special place to us,” Monika said.
“Our wedding had lots of handmade touches; it was about sharing it with our closest friends and family.”
Friends and family also played an important role in creating special moments during the wedding on March 17 earlier this year.
Monika’s aunt was the celebrant, her uncle was the photographer and a
close family friend made her wedding cake.
“It was about incorporating them into the day, so it was special,” she said.
Monika visited Melbourne’s wedding Mecca on Sydney Rd to gather ideas for her wedding, but the impersonal experiences she had in many of the stores convinced her to shop locally.
“It made it more meaningful,” she said.
She chose Brides and Maids in Shepparton for her wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses, because of the personalised and friendly service owner Tina gave.
“As soon as I walked in, she was perfect,” Monika said.
Monika said Tina sat down with her to go through ideas, and happily helped her try on several dresses when she couldn’t decide. Monika said it was these personal touches that were so important in planning her wedding.
“I also used Simply Stems – she was so flexible on the day.”
Karon from Simply Stems offered flowers from her own garden, which she then combined with flowers from Monika’s garden for a unique result.
Monika shared three of her top tips for planning a wedding online and through social media with Bride and Groom.
1. Don’t be bound by magazine clippings for inspirati on; there are millions of creati ve brides online. Start with sites like The Lane, Ruffled and Style Me Pretty or even your favourite photographer’s blog.
2. Use websites like Pinterest to keep your favourite photos in an online scrapbook. You can then access this on your mobile when at the florist, dressmaker or invitation designer.
3. Explore creative online stores for decor ideas and online DIY tutorials to save money.
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