{What Inspires You? Create Your Own Inspiration Board}

Once upon a time, you actually had buy a $10 bridal magazine to get your wedding inspiration.  It would be huge, thick, and full of ads.  It would also contain pages and pages of gowns you could never afford with the closest vendor being two states away.  And the rings…my word…they would be gorgeous and huge and out of most people’s price range.  You might get some ideas for a color palette or places you wanted to go for a honeymoon, but they really didn’t help you figure out too many details and specifics for your wedding.

Fast forward a decade or two, and now inspiration is at your fingertips.  You can find the ever-changing wedding styles, what’s hot and what’s not for any given season, and tips for everything from invitations to gift registry to decorating your salt and pepper shakers.  Thanks to google, pinterest, and the thousands of wedding blogs on the web, you can search while on your lunch break or  in between work meetings.  So now your problem becomes having inspiration overload and figuring out which of the thousands of ideas you want to implement for your wedding.

That’s where inspiration boards come in.  Any bride-to-be has seen them.  They are on all the wedding blogs and photography sites.  They are perfectly laid out diagrams with dresses, bouquets, smiling brides and grooms, wedding favors and gorgeous tablescapes.  A lot of them look straight out of a chic wedding magazine.  They look professional and hard to do.  The good news is you easily can create an inspiration board tailor-made just for your big day.  And you can fill the board with things that are realistic for you, your budget, and your abilities.

Here’s how you can create your own inspiration board.

Let me be up front about the following.  I am not a photoshop genius or graphic artist by any stretch.  I don’t even actually know how to use photoshop…or really any photo editing software.  I fake it til I make it, and there’s no shame in my game.  So this post is more for those individuals that are not savvy with photo or publishing software.  My tool of choice is Powerpoint.  Most people have it on their laptops or desktops, it’s easy to use, and it offers a little more layout flexibility than Word.

With that said…here goes.

The first step to creating an inspiration board is deciding what kind of inspiration board you want to put together.  Do you want to put together pics showing your bridal party coordination?  Wedding decorations?  Photo ideas?  Or a combination.  Here are a few suggestions for your first inspiration board.  Start simple and start with the things that are probably the most prevalent on your mind – how do I want the wedding party to look and how do I want my venue to look?

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So once you figure out what kind of board you want to create, start surfing the web to find pictures that fit your board.  Save them to your computer or copy and paste them into a blank document or Powerpoint presentation.

Next, open a blank Powerpoint presentation and pick a background for your board (if you want a background.  It certainly is not required).

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Insert a white rectangle within your background so that it appears to be a framed white shape.

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Insert a title for your board.  I’m going to keep it simple, and just call it “Wedding Inspiration Board”.

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Now just start inserting your pictures.  Don’t worry about placement yet.  Just get your pictures onto your presentation.  You can move them around later.

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Once you get all of your pictures onto your presentation, start arranging and cropping.  Lay them out however you want.  You can layer them or just put them side by side.  Whatever works for you.  The design board is almost like pretty scratch paper.  It’s where you brainstorm your thoughts…neatly.  Your design board becomes a great way to see color ideas and style concepts come together.  Once you see things in one place, it gives you a sense of what may or may not work well together.  Better to make that decision from your computer, than go from store to store, spend a ton of money, waste time assembling ideas, and then realize you don’t like something.  It’s a lot easier to decide you don’t like teal and coral from your computer screen, than to have 6 girls go out and buy a dress and shoes, and realize you hate it on wedding day.  Play around with ideas.  Create more than one board if you can’t make decisions.  And have fun with it!

This is what I came up with for a teal and coral color scheme.  Now work your magic!  Have fun with it, and then make your decision.

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