Have you ever wished for a little decision-making fairy to help plan your wedding? I’m here to tell you that a wedding mood board is your next best option. A mood board (a.k.a. inspiration board or vision board) visually showcases the look and feel of your wedding by pulling together your favorite inspirational images and colors onto one reference page. You could use words to describe what you want your wedding to be, but words can be interrupted differently by different people. Images, on the other hand, provide nuanced details that only the eye can see. A mood board isn’t a decision-making fairy, but it is a tool that will help you frame decisions in the context of the bigger picture of your entire wedding vision.
Design Determines Experience
The design of your wedding determines the experience you and your guests will have on your wedding day. For example, the design, feel and experience of a casual BBQ is very different from that of a black-tie affair. Questions like – Where will your event be held? What will people wear? How will the tables be decorated? What colors are the flowers? – are all design questions that play into the overall experience. So before you make any design decisions, figure out how you want your wedding day to feel. Do you want it to feel fancy or laid back? Are you all about the party-vibes or a family-friendly atmosphere? What are your priorities? Once you decide on these basics then it is time to choose inspirational images that fit that vibe.
Vision Guides Decisions
Organizing your inspirational images into a mood board allows you to focus on a single vision. Include images that define your ideal color palette, floral design style, and overall feel. Instagram, Pinterest, and wedding blogs are great sources of inspiration, but close them down once you’ve decided a direction for your design to avoid distractions. Instead, refer to your mood board when making decisions. When given options for any item of your design think about which option is the best fit for your cohesive design and overall vibe. Elements don’t need to match perfectly but they should complement each other. For example, if you’re going for a boho vibe you probably shouldn’t book a ballroom-style venue.
Inspiration Spurs Creativity
Your wedding mood board serves as your starting point and reference, but it isn’t meant to be copied exactly. Share your mood board with your wedding pros, but give yourself and your wedding vendors the artistic freedom to interrupt your vision in original ways. For example, there is a big difference between being inspired by a bouquet and copying it flower by flower. Trust your wedding professionals to deliver a version of your dream that fits you, your budget, and your event. Also, understand that your vision may shift slightly as you learn more about your options. For instance, say you wanted hydrangeas on your ceremony backdrop, but find out that roses are a better option for your sunny, hot August wedding. Be flexible. When you look back on your wedding, you will want to know that your wedding was unique and totally you.
Are you ready to jump in and start creating your wedding mood board? I hope so! To get you started, here are over fifty different mood boards from Warrenwood weddings and styled shoots to spark your creativity. Event design has the power to give the same venue vastly different styles and feelings. To see more images from Warrenwood Manor explore our Pinterest boards.