Wedding planning can seem a little daunting. The question of where to start is a big one, and without a succinct answer it can prevent any start at all! So, I would like to put an idea out there: mood board!
Straight off the bat this can just be a fantastic way of narrowing down what’s important to you. You can place your favourite dresses, flowers, and even invitations next to each other and see how they work together. Combinations might jump out at you that you didn’t expect!
Before you begin, here are my top-tips on building up your dream wedding mood board:
Choose your keywords
Every mood board has to start with a key idea (or ideas!). These can be broken down into focus areas that you want to research and make more visual in stages 2-5.
Your keywords might be ‘natural,’ ‘traditional,’ or ‘rustic.’ Already, with these three words, we can begin to piece together a mental image of how this wedding might look.
Look for textures and colours
Next, choose colours and textures that fit into your theme. If we stick with the keywords chosen above, the colours we choose might be white, cream, pale pink, and pale green. These colours bring all of those three ideas together in a nice cohesive way.
In terms of texture, we might look for natural unpolished wood, big bouquets of flowers, and countryside barn venue set-ups. Any samples you can get to include with elevate your wedding mood board to new heights!
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Pick your big wedding features
Once you have these big key factors mapped out, you can start looking at the larger items and scenes that inspire you. Perhaps a particular wedding arch has caught your eye, or a cosy relaxing set up by a fireplace for the evening. Collect it all and see how it fits into your mood board.
Though all of these things may not eventually fit together on your big day, this is an important part of the planning process, to figure out what’s most important to you, and what features you can’t go without!
Then, choose your finer details
Next, tighten your focus a little. What smaller details do you like? This could be anything from font on your wedding stationery to your favourite wedding flowers. Consider whether the minimalist details or the more ornate, traditional ones appeal to you.
Would using any of these finer details on your chosen larger items make them more personal to you? For example, a particular flower on your wedding arch, or a unique crockery design on your table arrangements. If so, consider arranging them beside one another on your board. This is your opportunity to really tailor your inspiration prompts to fit your personality.
Take your own photographs and paint your own pictures
So, make sure you are taking your own photos too: a flower you saw on your Sunday walk, the view across rolling green fields, or a tiny detail on a dress you saw in a shop window, might be exactly what you’re looking for. You can take these ideas, at a later date, and try to replicate them in your wedding plans.
Image from Sarah Brown on Unsplash
Lose the bits that don’t work together
Once you have all your inspirational images, colours, textures, and maybe even quotes, it’s time to see how they fit together!
Save them in a folder on your computer or phone, or on an app or website like GoMoodboard or Pinterest, and see how they all fit together. You might find that, after seeing them all side-by-side, there are a few images that seem out of place. If this is the case, don’t be afraid to cull! You need to whittle down your ideas until only your best-loved visions remain!
Putting your physical board together
I always think a physical wedding mood board feels a lot more interactive and helpful than a digital one. It also means that you can include textures that you like and really get a proper feel for how they fit with the other elements.
Foam board is perfect for this. Arrange your images on the board, stick them down, and then trim the board to the size you want. If there are any images that you feel are really key to your vision, raise them up with an extra foam board layer. This will help the important things jump out when you come back to look at it and keep you focused on what’s really important.
Image by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash
Once it’s all done and you feel happy with your wedding vision, you can refer back to it when looking at venues, discussing menus, or choosing bridesmaids’ dresses. It can be the perfect nudge in the right direction when you’re making those tricky decision!
Any tips of your own that are worth adding to the list? Let me know!