My fascination for weddings started when I was a little girl. So much so that when it came time to plan for my wedding, I was bursting with ideas and I needed something to organise the ideas in my head. That’s why I decided to make inspiration boards for the different aspects of the wedding. Here they are for your viewing pleasure. I hope it inspires you to come up with your own.
Coral and Grey. I also like to call it salmon and pewter. Our primary color was coral and there were hints of grey popping here and there (ex. the cloths we provided for our ninangs’ gowns). The coral/salmon/peach color scheme was fun and vibrant and the grey added just the right amount of formal chicness to the event.
Rustic, homey and laid-back. Since we were having a garden reception, I wanted it to feel like we were just having a pretty party in our backyard (and you know how much I love backyard parties!). Nothing too formal and over the top. Just a pretty-looking space where my friends and family can gather together and celebrate our love.
Thematic and Informal. The invite sets the tone for any event so we made sure to write our text invite in an informal way. I wanted it to be personal too so we just used nicknames to write our and our entourage’s names. We also did away with calligraphy and instead, used stamps for the names in the envelopes (yup, that bride I was talking about was me!)
After they seal it with a kiss, afternoon cocktails and a moonlit garden reception will follow.
Freshly-picked look. I wanted my bouquet to look like they were just picked from the garden that morning. Loosely gathered, not much embellishments. Just the raw stems with jute string and a heart locket with a photo of my Papa who celebrated with us from heaven. ♥
I encourage every DIY bride to make their own mood board or wedding inspiration board. Trust me, it’ll come in handy. It will help you stay on track with your design decisions and wedding planning. It will help your suppliers turn your dream into reality. I’ve learned to make better party inspiration boards since making these for my wedding (and i can’t wait to share with you the latest one I made for a project I’m very excited about…soon!) so here are some tips on how to make your own mood boards.
- Find inspiration, look at photos! Flip through wedding magazines, scour the Internet, snap a photo of that thing that inspires you. I was a late bloomer in the phenomenon called Pinterest, so I would just type in keywords in Google Image search: “Pewter + Coral” “Country + Rustic”. Save the photos you like and categorise them by folder: invite, flowers, gown, etc.
- Time to be picky! Go through your photos again and again, editing in the process. I know they all look pretty, but only keep a few. Focus on the best images that convey the look you want.
- Put them all together. Turn your photos into a digital collage. I made one page per category. The mood board pros would probably frown at this, but I figured it was the best way for me to communicate how I wanted each aspect of the wedding to look. You don’t need to know Photoshop to make one. PowerPoint is the easiest tool.
- Share away! Bring them to every wedding meeting and show them to your suppliers. Sometimes it will be difficult to describe to your suppliers exactly what you want, and that’s where mood boards come in. Let your pictures do the talking.
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