Inspiration boards have been around for as long as I’ve been in the wedding and design industry. Some designers call them mood boards or color boards or branding boards. No matter what your title du jour is for these pretty little things, they all serve a very important purpose: to convey the style and emotional element of a project, in this case, your wedding.
Years ago, before computers were in every home (it wasn’t that long ago. Trust me…) when you wanted to get your creative juice flowing, you flipped through page after page of the hippest magazines, clipping and taping images into sketchbooks. Lots of people still do this, although Pinterest has taken the art of image clipping to an entirely new level.
Image by Sarah Sherman Samuel via Design*Sponge
A great many wedding blogs post inspiration boards on a regular basis. Admittedly, I am in awe that we all haven’t repeated each other somewhere. I’ve seen the same image used on different boards, but have yet to see the same style + color + images from more than one maker. It just goes to show how unique each individual is. Something that I think is simply cool.
Over the next few weeks I’m going to be diving into inspiration boards, how to make your own and share my creative process, along with the creative process of other great board builders.
Lets begin with the why + some great resources for building. The why seems rather self-explanatory, but in case one of you hasn’t ever heard of inspiration boards or who may be wondering what the big fuss is about them, I think it’s worth stating. Inspiration boards are the best way to ensure that everyone working on your wedding is on the same page. I can’t tell you how many times a bride has shared with me detail after detail of her perfect day, and when I finally get to see the link to her Pinterest board, it’s nothing like she described to me. This is because words mean different things to different people. Pictures deliver the same message to all.
Board via Elizabeth Anne Designs
Since I have been building boards for a long time, I have created a number of templates in InDesign and Photoshop that I use for my boards. It is easy and allows me to search for images without worrying how I am going to fit them on my board. However, most brides are looking for something quick and easy. Nowadays, the easiest board is created on Pinterest. To refine your vision, decide on 5-7 images that really sum up your wedding style and turn those into a small board to send out to all of the vendors involved in your celebration. Remember that there are no rules. And that you don’t have to have an image of every aspect. An invitation designer is able to design something for you based on your vision as a whole. Same with a florist and event planner. Your board is a guide, not a set of hard & fast rules.
Board via Burnett’s Boards
Once you have your imaged picked out, it’s time to put them into a board. The Inspiration Board is a straightforward site that allows you to create all kinds of boards after registering for an account. They even have a video tutorial on how to use their site. The always hip Style Me Pretty has a board builder on their site with pre-made templates. Ribbet is another website that allows you to upload your own photos into their templates. More? PicMonkey is another great resource for collage building, as is Fotor and Photovisi.
Your homework: Start a pin board, narrow it down to a handful of images, save them to your desktop. Finally, load your images into any one of the sites I mentioned and build your perfect day! Last thing is to email it to me (nikkol [at]peterlovesjane[dot]com) so I can share it during this series.
I’ll leave you with this festive and fabulous board in the Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. Cheers!