Creating an Inspiration Board

You know how it feels. You have a pretty clear picture in your head of how you want the details to be for your wedding or event, but when it comes to being able to tell someone, or make sure you really like an idea, it can be very easy to get overwhelmed.

One of the best ways to capture your vision is to create an inspiration board. You can actually create it on a piece of poster board but you can also use a journal or notebook with sleeves in it. You can also look up inspiration board makers online and capture all of you images there. Or use a graphics program online if you want to capture the images on your own.

Inspiration boards have been used by designers and planners for years — they are just a simple way to visually see what you like all in one place. There are no hard and fast rules — make it your own! Just remember, an inspiration board is not a shopping list! It’s just an effective tool and just a starting point.

Why is it a great idea to have one?

  • Focus: An inspiration board can help you narrow your focus and turn it into a cohesive vision. It can act like an anchor for your vision going forward.

  • Communication: It can be a simple and effective way to share your vision with suppliers, family, or planners. It also allows collaboration with others.

  • Inspiration: Hopefully it will keep you from getting overwhelmed. When your enthusiasm dips, looking at your board is a great way to get excited again.

Some of the details and ideas you may want to include on your board:

  • your color palettes and patterns

  • stationery ideas

  • type faces (and logos, if you're interested in sporting some monogram motifs)

  • fabrics (table linens and drapery)

  • cakes and desserts

  • flower arrangements

  • fashion (bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen)

  • favors

  • signature cocktails and catering

Here’s how to get started:

Gather your images.

Whether from printed pages or pictures you find online, collect the images that reflect the colors you have in mind, and these don’t have to be wedding images. It can be the certain blue from your favorite flower, but try to get it on the board somehow.

Add images of the kind of event you want — sophisticated? Rustic? Whimsical? Casual? Traditional? And where you want it — beach, garden, home, church, etc.

Include images of details you are totally over the moon about — do you want fireworks? Dancing under the stars? Certain floral designs?

Select your favorites.

Now, start to narrow down your collection. Choose the ones that speak to you the most, and that give you a feeling of joy. This is the creative process, so have some fun! Trust your gut and when it feels right, you’ll know you are done. Remember you are just trying to get the overall feeling and ideas, so you don’t have to include everything.

Put it together.

If you are doing it online, use Photoshop, Word, Publisher, Paint, Canva…any program you are comfortable with. Set your images up in a way that you like, whether in a grid or not, but keep it simple. If you are making an actual board, cut pieces and pictures, and place them on the board or in the notebook in a way that makes sense to you, and be creative with your labeling or in putting down your thoughts and ideas.

There are so many excellent resources now, in print and online, that you should have no trouble finding lots of ideas to get you started! Just remember — this is your big event, so let your individuality shine through! Don’t compare your wedding or special event with others! And just enjoy the process!

“Every human is an artist. And this is the main art that we have: the creation of our story.”

don Miguel Ruiz