If you’ve spent any time on the blogosphere over the last while, you’re bound to have come across the concept of Inspiration Boards. To be honest when I first encountered the idea, the first thoughts that struck me were, what’s the fuss all about? Do I really need one and how will it help me? With the arrival of Pinterest last year (still not sure if I’m gutted or relieved it wasn’t around when I got married!) it seems every bride is frantically pinning away, gathering fragments of pretty and chic from millions of images online. With so much inspiration at your fingertips, it can be hard to know where to start and that ladies and gentlemen, is where the value of inspiration boards come in.
An inspiration board is basically a collection of images (the less the better, keep it simple!) that convey a mood, value or style. A well thought out inspiration board can clarify your vision and serve as a literal road map for the suppliers you are working with, making sure everyone is working together for a common goal. In terms of styling, the one thing that can take an event to the next level is a consistent mood and look throughout the whole event. There’s no point dreaming of a boho inspired festival bash, if your florist thinks you’d like traditional and classic. You can see a selection of inspiration boards that I have created for shoots and clients throughout this post (click on the board to take you through to the actual shoot!). They are a fantastic way for me to really explore the mood and values that I want to bring to an event or editorial, and the perfect way to share that idea with the talented folk I get to work with, so the overall look is cohesive.
So, where to start if you’d like to create your own? Pinterest can be a really great asset for first gathering inspiration, but I would caution against trying to recreate images or styles too literally, and don’t limit yourself just to wedding images. Look for common patterns among the images you love. Are there recurring colours, styles and moods? Images of favourite places, and style clothes that you are consistently drawn to? Try to whittle it down to a small collection of your absolute favourites. These are the basic building blocks to start with, and then dig a little deeper. Is the same fuschia shade cropping up again and again? Or a floral pattern on wallpaper and plates? These can be your key details. Use these elements to tell the story of you through your flowers, bridesmaid dresses, stationary, cake etc. Finally keep in mind the inspiration board is a starting point, rather than a final destination. Don’t worry about recreating it like for like, but rather use it as a guide to help you keep on track in creating an event that has the essence of you (and your other half) written all over it!
I created the above inspiration boards with photoshop but there are a number of other resources to help create your own including Style me Pretty Board Builder, Mosaic Maker, BHLDN Moodboards and simply collecting tear sheets from magazines! Don’t know where to start to create your own? I love getting to create inspiration boards for couples and help them figure out their dream wedding style, so if you’d like a little guidance check out my styling services and get in touch!