Inspiration boards are collages that combine together different visual elements such as fabrics, ribbon, images, colour swatches, etc. They were invented by creative professionals such as fashion and graphic designers who used them as tools to help them start working on complex projects such as fashion collections and product ranges. In the beginning these were three-dimensional boards that included elements such as cut-out paper, photographs, drawings and fabric samples, but nowadays professionals usually make digital boards from images found on the internet and digital drawings.
If you want to create your own unique design for your ceremony and reception, or even just set the mood of the event and then let a professional wedding stylist work with it, making a wedding inspiration board is a must. It is not meant to be a final design or a shopping list, but a starting point or a first draft which you can then use to further develop your concept and create a design scheme. In the beginning you may have just a vague idea of what your wedding should look like, but once you combine together the colours, the atmosphere, the styling details and fashion inspiration, it will start to get a more defined shape.
An inspiration board can be simple with just a few images which define the general theme and style of your wedidng. Your wedding planner and/or stylists will use it as a starting point. But if you feel creative and want to make a more detailed sketch of your wedding, then consider including as many elements as possible. The best way to start is to set the colour palette, and then add other elements such as stationery design, flowers, cake and desserts, fashion, bomboniere and decorative pieces. You can even extend your list to cocktails, food and transport.
While making your wedding inspiration board, you will collect a lot of images, and maybe even make several boards instead of just one. In order to create one comprehensive board, you will need to eliminate some elements. Narrow down the images until you get the perfect picture. Make sure that you are satisfied with the design as well. The colours should blend well and the composition should be clean.
Perhaps you are now wondering where to start and which tools to use to make your wedding inspiration board? You can find a lot of inspirational galleries on The Bride’s Diary website, and if you create your free account, you will also have access to a set of wedding planning tools. Each section has inspiration galleries, and if you go to our Styling Your Wedding Inspiration section, you will be able to browse through ceremony, reception and DIY styling ideas by colour or by theme. And when you select your favourite images, patch them together with an image editing software and print your inspiration board. Or you can buy a blank art book or a cork board to stick your images on to.
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