When you were a little girl, did you spend hours going through magazines and dreaming about what you wanted your wedding to be like? Did you have a three ring notebook or scrapbook full of ideas, flowers and samples that would some day be a part of your wedding?
Well, in today's age of the internet, Pinterest, numerous wedding blogs and websites, digital boards are all the norm and the buzz word is "inspiration board." Inspiration boards are a great place for you to help plan out your wedding as well a great resource for your vendors. As a matter of fact, one of the first things that I ask my future brides is - Do you have a Pinterest page. This will help your vendors (invitations, cake decorators, photographers, wedding planners, florists) understand exactly what you are looking for.
Before you sit down to create your inspiration board, you need to answer a few simple questions:
What style of wedding do you want? Do you want Rustic, Vintage, Nautical, Beach, Vineyard, Modern, etc. What colors do you want? I would choose 3 to 4 colors. You need one main color and then 2 or 3 accent colors to match. For color choice help, I follow The Perfect Palette on Pinterest. Where do you want to get married? Are you think a wedding venue, a backyard wedding, a church wedding or even a destination wedding.
Now that you have answered these simple questions, it's time to start on your board. There are several different online sites that can help walk you through the process...and don't forget Pinterest.
I think my favorite Inspiration Board site is Style Me Pretty. I love their pictures and their blog. It's very easy to use. Once you sign up, click on inspiration boards and create your first board. Once you select the board layout that you want, all you need to do is drag and drop the pictures into the board.
Another website is Dessy. Once you sign up on their site, you can create your own inspiration board. They even have the pantone colors that you can add to your board so you can make sure all your vendors match the same colors.
The final website that I like is Project Wedding. Similar to Style Me Pretty, once you sign up and select your layout, all you need to do is drop and drag the images that you want in your board.
And of course, if you don't want to use a website to create your inspiration board, you can always use Pinterest. I would suggest creating 7 boards just for your wedding: colors, style, venue, flowers, cake, invitations/favors and dresses. Then go through and pin everything you like. Then you can go through and narrow down what you really want. Create one final board entitled wedding and move the selected item of each board that you have decided on to that board. You have now created your inspiration board.
Now, after all these ideas, you find you don't have the time to create your own inspiration boards...don't worry. There are plenty of websites that create their own inspiration boards for each theme and color scheme. I would suggest starting with Google or Pinterest and looking up "wedding inspiration boards"...the boards go on and on and on. You can also narrow them down by style and color.
One of my favorite inspiration boards: