Monday, May 23, 2011

Wedding Planning 101 - Create an Inspiration Board

As you might guess from some of my favorite links and DIY posts, I got pretty into planning my wedding. I loved the planning, loved the crafting and loved an excuse to spend excessive amounts of time reading wedding blogs and magazines. I realize that for many people event planning can get a bit overwhelming and stressful so I wanted to share an amazing tool that helped me get started... Inspiration boards!

Inspiration boards are great tools to help you figure out the look and feel of your wedding (or home redecoration) and also a great way to share these ideas. They are the perfect way to explain to your florist, family and any other planning helpers exactly whatyou are going for.

Below is an inspiration board that I gave to my family and the florist to show them my ideas for the wedding. I wanted to convey color palette (blue and yellow), flowers (wild looking and presented in jars) and the dress I was going to wear...I hid this part from my fiance :) I also wanted to show my shabby chic crafting ideas: chalkboard signs and vintage enamel flower pins - which I wanted to use as napkin rings that could double as party favors. I think the board captured the vibe Nic and I both really wanted at the wedding: rustic, personal and fun!

Ojai in June

The Inspiration

Now, for a fun comparison of how we made this inspiration come to life! I just made the below board using our actual wedding photos (all by our photographer Nancy Neil.) You can see how we turned the above inspiration into reality...

The Reality! - All photos by Nancy Neil

Fun, right?

Here's How to Make Your own Inspiration Boards:
Your board can be used to show general wedding look and feel like mine or it could be to show something much more specific like flowers you like, bridesmaids dresses or table settings.

1. Go on Wedding blogs/websites to find images of flowers, table settings, decoration, dresses, lighting or any other wedding elements that you like and would like something similar for your wedding. Here are my favorite spots to look: --- You can search for images by tons of specific tags like Rustic, Classic, Ballroom or Backyard wedding. If you become a member (it's free) you can just click on the images you like and save them to your favorites.
-Once Wed
-100 Layer Cake blog
-Grey Likes Weddings
-Green Wedding Shoes
-Martha Stewart Weddings
-Design Sponge Online - this is great for home decor
2. Once you have a bunch of pictures you like copy and paste them into excel to make a printable board that you can also share via email attachment.
If you have Mozilla Foxfire as your internet system, go to and create an inspiration board using their boardmaking tool. This is what I used for my boards. It's a bit finnicky but if you can get it to work it is an amazing tool to just drag and drop your photos in to make a board that you save on their site.
3. Share your board with anyone helping you plan the wedding or event!


  1. I was supposed to come to a food blog, and what a lovely surprise to stumble upon a sweet little post on wedding planning!:) I am about to be a bride myself, and I totally agree with the inspiration boards planning....
    Wedding planning is indeed a lot of work, and taking lots of my time too, but I do enjoy it:D

    Congrats on your upcoming wedding too!~ :D