You’ve said “YES!” to getting married and are ready to start planning for your wedding but aren’t too sure where to start. First thing you should do before anything else is create a wedding mood board! Wedding mood boards help you envision the day that you want, give fresh new ideas and describe your vision to your wedding team!
As a wedding and elopement photographer who knows how stressful it can be to plan for a wedding, I’ve created this blog on “How to make a stunning wedding mood board for your upcoming wedding” to better help you get started on this fun journey of wedding planning and ease the stresses that may be on your mind.
How do you make a mood board step by step?
Brainstorm with your partner!
Before creating your wedding mood board by yourself make sure to talk to your partner about what they envision for the wedding as well and write it all down! Get your creative juices flowing together and take the time to sit down and discuss what you envision for your special day! Maybe you want it to be based on something you love doing collectively or maybe on your favorite season. Don’t forget to talk about what you don’t want as well so you can stray away from things that are a big no-no.
Make a list of words!
Start brainstorming words that connect with you and your partner as well as the vibe you want for your wedding. For example, if you plan to have an elopement maybe your words would be adventurous, laid-back, intimate, and free-spirited. Furthermore, think about words that bounce off your first list of words such as bohemian, elegant, vintage, or minimalistic. Write down any words that come naturally to you and later decide to cross them off if they don’t fit. Do whatever feels right to you!
Think about your color palette!
Is your favorite color mauve or lavender? Add that to your wedding mood board! But remember that it needs to work well with the season, venue, and overall vibe. Try to avoid being set on a specific set of colours and be open to using colour palettes that will match your overall aesthetic. Be sure to reach out to your florist to confirm what flowers are in season and when. As your dream colours might not be available at the time you’re wanting to tie the knot!
Pinterest is your best friend!
Or at least it is for me! One of my favorite places to get inspiration is Pinterest. Pinterest is the perfect place to create wedding mood boards because there are millions of wedding photos for inspiration. It can be overwhelming at the start but that’s why you’ve brainstormed beforehand!
First, you want to create a Pinterest account and then create a Pinterest board. In this Pinterest board you’ll want to think about what type of decor you want in your wedding. Are you going for a boho vibe or a more elegant style? Think about the dress you’ll be wearing as well your partner’s suit and its colors. Think about the type of clothes you like to wear now as well as accessories. Lastly, think about the type of fonts and designs that attract your interest, is it more cursive or modern? Pin all of this on your Pinterest board to help you narrow down your sense of style!
Don’t like using Pinterest? Not a problem! You can create wedding mood boards the old-fashioned way using magazines, books, art, and more. Go to your local bookstore bring some magazines or books home and cut out anything that catches your eye! Do the same thing you would do on Pinterest, think about your overall aesthetic as well as your current style and interests.
Start narrowing down your search!
Now that you have created your wedding mood board and collected some inspiration, start narrowing down the photos you’ve added to your board to at least 10 photos and create a template! Canva is a great tool to use for templates and is super simple, just find the perfect mood board for you and your partner and drag and drop your photos!
As soon as you’ve started making your Canva template with your narrowed down photos pull colors from those photos. You will see photos that have similar color palettes which will bring the design together! These colors will help you choose your color palette for your floral arrangements, Save-the-Dates, Wedding signs, fabrics, and more!
Search for Vendors!
You’ve finished creating your masterpiece and are ready to start searching for wedding vendors! In my opinion, it’s best to look for a professional wedding planner who will help bring your wedding mood board and vision to life, someone who is on the same page as you. Share your board with everyone who will be working with you to make your dream wedding come true. This will help them visualize your aesthetic as well as your wants and needs.
If you’re looking for a photographer with a love for custom details to capture your wedding, get in touch with me here!