Saturday, March 12, 2011

Be Inspired!

I Inspiration Boards. I really do! And by the looks of it, so do a lot of you brides out there. The wedding blogs are chalk full of samples for you to choose from. But, they're so much fun to create why would you want someone else to create one for you?

One of our brides described them as 'scrapbooking for brides,' and what could be more fun than that? Especially since most of the wedding websites now have programs in place where you can create and design your very own
Inspiration Board free of charge through 'drag and drop' technology. Don't's super easy!

I know, I know, some of you are thinking, the ones you see posted online are created by professionals, and while that's true, it doesn't mean you can't create your own fabulous Inspiration Board that rivals the professionals. All you do is sign up, get a password and get started!

But, before we jump in with both feet, lets first define what an Inspiration Board is, and how to use it...just in case there are brides out there who aren't familiar with this phenomenon yet.

Simply stated, an
Inspiration Board is a mixed media collage of photographs, pictures, images and/or textures, that give a 'feel' to your wedding. These images can be from blogs, magazines, catalogs, personal photographs... anything that speaks to you, and helps you set the tone or theme of your wedding.

Inspiration Board is primarily a tool to help you keep 'on track' with the wedding theme you've chosen, but it can also be used as a tool to define your individual wedding style for your bakery, wedding planner, caterer, or anyone who is assisting in the design of your wedding. Having an Inspiration Board in hand will help vendors get a clearer picture of your vision, and thus help guarantee your big day will be InnCredible!

OK...let's get started!

First...Define your theme
Find that 'one' picture that is going to set the tone for the rest of your wedding. It could be a color swatch, a piece of furniture you absolutely love, your dress, or a flower arrangement...anything that grabs your attention. Then once you have that one picture, follow that theme!

When you look at this board it's easy to see that it's theme is definitely ruffly, romantic and peachy in color. Notice that all the pictures carry that same theme. They're all different, but still have the 'feel' of romance. And I would say the inspiration for this theme came from the peach card in the middle of the board. Agree?

While this board, on the other hand, is obviously more rustic, vintage and outdoorsy in its look and feel. I'd pick the fabulous rustic sign as the key picture of inspiration here. How about you? that you've established your theme, let the fun begin!

It's time for you to start scouring for wee bits of inspiration to add to your board. Look through all your favorite magazines (and not just wedding ones), surf the internet, check out all the wedding blogs, visit the fabric/craft stores and begin collecting things that appeal to you and match your theme.

This bride used the colors in their favorite dessert to inspire the wedding theme. Yep, ice cream cones set the tone for this wedding. And, if you'll notice all the items on this board mirror the 'feel' of the ice cream cones.

And finally, once you have your images...start creating!

Here's a number of wedding websites that already have software in place for you to design and create your own personal
Inspiration Boards online: Now, if you want to steer clear of creating your Inspiration Board online and don't want to use a wedding website, you can use Adobe PhotoShop, Power Point, Picasa or Squidoo.

And of course, if you really want to do it the 'old fashioned' way, you can always use a piece of paper or cardboard, tape, glue and scissors!

No matter how you construct it, just do it. Making an Inspiration Board will make your wedding planning life a whole lot easier, believe me!

Of course, there's always method to my madness. So beginning next week, I'm going to pick a theme and create an
Inspiration Board from scratch and post on both this blog and on our facebook page (

And, I'm going to want suggestions from each of you as if you're interested in seeing an
Inspiration Board built around a certain theme or picture, send me a note and/or a photo, and I'll be happy to oblige.

Or, better yet, if you've put together your own
Inspiration Board, complete our 'Contact' page, then cut and paste your Inspiration Board into the 'Message' box, or send it to me at, and I'll post it! Be sure to include your name, email address, wedding date, location, etc., so I can give you credit. (I promise I'll never post your personal info!)

It'll be so much fun to see what our readers are creating. So, send your
Inspiration Boards my way!!! Can't wait!

Until next time...

(hint hint!)

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