So, you’re engaged! Time to break out some bubbly and truly enjoy the moment. When you’re ready to start planning, the absolute hands-down BEST place to start is by making a wedding inspiration board, trust me on this! Having visuals to guide you along the way will be super helpful in the planning process, and it’s something you can share with your wedding planner, stationer, cake decorator, etc. so that they understand what you’re envisioning.
Planning your wedding can seem like an overwhelming process when you first begin. After all, there are SO many details to consider – color palette, venue style and location, flowers and decor, your dress and groom’s attire (plus your attendants), invitations and other stationery pieces, and more! But once you create a wedding inspiration board, it will give you a “visual road map” of sorts and all those details will fall into place.
You’ll want to think about your wedding style – Will your wedding be a formal affair or is it more of a barefoot on the beach vibe? Perhaps a rustic barn wedding with tons of greenery is more your thing? Think about your style as a couple – are you most comfortable with upscale, modern black & white, or perhaps something more colorful and casual?
Even if you’re not sure exactly which style you and your partner are leaning towards, creating the inspiration board can inform your style and help you hone in on what you like the most.
Above: Our Ombre invitation, with a custom typeface and watercolor liner, inspired this romantic pink & gray wedding inspiration board.
Collecting inspiration, whether online or printed, is a great way to start the process. Wedding magazines are always fun to flip through – just grab a pair of scissors and cut out whatever speaks to you.I also like to browse home decor and design mags for on-trend, unique ideas. Once you’ve collected the pics, you can tack the images up to a bulletin board in your home office, organize in clear binder sleeves, or mount with tape to a 20×30 white foam board from a craft store.
For even more ideas, take your search online – Pinterest may be the single best place to find wedding inspiration – for example, on our Pinterest profile, I have a separate board for Beach Wedding Ideas, Boho Wedding Ideas, Rustic Wedding Ideas, Wedding & Party Cakes and lots more. (Just don’t look at the cakes board on an empty stomach – you’ve been warned!)
If you haven’t used Pinterest before, it’s easy to create an account and get started. Simply create a board and start searching for pins to add – you can search things like “barn wedding”, “colorful bouquets”, “naked cakes” or “modern wedding dress”, for example.
Wedding style blogs are another option for finding cool, trendy ideas for your wedding inspiration board. Below are links to some of our favorite blogs to get you started:
All of these sites contain Pinterest links in their images, making it very easy to add them to your boards – simply mouse over an image, and you’ll see the Pinterest “P” icon appear, usually in the upper or lower left. Click the image, and, as long as you’re logged in to Pinterest, a window will appear allowing you to select a board to add the selected image.
Inside tip: Whether you’re searching in magazines or online, don’t be too discriminatory too early in the process. Cast your net wide. Later on, you can go back through and edit to narrow down your favorites.
Above: Our Polka Dot invitation pairs well with classic touches in this navy and green wedding inspiration board.
Now it’s time to do some editing! Take a step back and see what you’ve collected. Chances are, you’ll see some themes emerging here – lots of blush, copper, and wood decor, or dresses with lace detail, or beachside affairs with a navy color palette.
If you see images that obviously do not match the overall theme, eliminate them. An inspiration board works best when it’s well-curated. Aim for around 50-75 images, dispersed across the different categories.
Now that you’ve done the hard work, you can update your board occasionally when you see something new that catches your eye, and you can continue to edit the unnecessary.
I have a passion for creating inspiration boards, and I love to create themed boards around our invitation designs. I often post these on our Instagram feed, so be sure to follow along if you’re not already!
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