I took to Instagram Stories a couple weeks ago and asked you all what you wanted to see more of on the blog and one of the most common answers was anything wedding related. I was excited to know you all wanted to see more, because with 2 years to plan, I have a lot to share.
I loved planning and truly enjoyed the process. I thrive on being able to be creative and make something from nothing, but I know that not everyone feels that way. The most common thing I hear from other brides is that they are not sure where to start. I totally get it. It’s overwhelming with all the inspiration and pictures out there. How do you find what you want and make it unique to you?!
I hope this can be a resource for anyone planning or helping to plan a wedding on how to pull your initial vision together that will create the foundation for your wedding day.
Compile Your Inspo
If you are already planning, I’m sure you’re using Pinterest and Instagram to get an idea of styles you like for your big day. As you start saving and pinning, I recommend adding sections to your boards so you can easily find what you’re looking for as you begin sharing ideas with family, friends, and vendors.
Create one overall board for your wedding and individual sections under that for each important aspect of your wedding day. You can group your pins by categories like Ceremony, Florals, Invitations, Table Settings, Hair/Makeup, Bridesmaids, etc. You can check out my wedding board here to see how I organized and get inspo!
Do the same thing on Instagram. Use the Save tab on pictures that you like and create a new album within your saved Instagram photos specifically for that. This will make it easy to find what you’re looking for when you’re referencing that one tablescape that you saw that had that really cool floral arrangement (you know what I mean).
Get The Gown
I found it super tricky to really nail down my exact wedding vision without finding THE dress. In my honest opinion, your dress totally sets the vibe for the entire look and feel of your day. So, start shopping! Find the dress and then start figuring out the actual look and feel of your day after that.
I didn’t really have an idea of what I pictured myself in, and honestly the dress I ended up wearing on our wedding day was probably something I would have never envisioned. But, when I tried it on it was magic. The soft grey tulle, champagne underlay and hand sewn floral detail totally set the mood for our wedding.
It was from that moment I pictured an all-white affair, complete with white bridesmaid dresses, table linens, and florals, with mixtures of grey, muted silvers, and light wood details. It really was what the entire look of the day was centered around.
If you can, try and first nail down your gown and see where that takes your inspiration!
Choose Your Top Pictures
You’ve compiled all of your Pinterest and Instagram inspiration and found your dress, maybe booked a venue… now what?
It’s time to pull all the best of the best that align with your dress and how you are starting to think you really want your day to feel. You’ve likely pinned a lot of pictures that totally meet what you’re thinking at this point, this part will help you consolidate and get a clear picture.
The easiest way I found is to break everything down further into mini vision boards that you can share with vendors, friends/family, etc. This part was where I had the most fun because I could really see my vision starting to come to life for different aspects of the wedding day.
Similar to the boards you created on Pinterest where you broke down each category, you’ll do similar for actual ‘Vision Boards’ to share with your vendors. Your vision board can include pretty much everything but should give your vendors and you a sense of the overall feel of that element of your wedding day.
A few examples of things you can include on your board:
- Scenery pictures
- Items from your rental vendor (think architectural details, plates, etc.)
- Elements/architectural details of your venue
- Pinterest pictures
- Lettering that fits the vibe you want
- Instagram pictures
- Colors within your color palette
I recommend starting with a few of the big items that make a wedding day, like florals, table settings, and your ceremony vision. I used Photoshop to create all of my boards, but if you don’t have access to that, Canva is a completely free platform that you can use on Desktop and via Mobile App. The interface is user-friendly and super simple to figure out! Just drag your picture in and begin arranging.
Here’s a step-by-step process of how to get all your ideas into one place:
- Have open all of your saved images (Pinterest, Instagram, your camera roll, magazines, etc.) Pro tip: If you’ve been saving pictures to your camera roll from Pinterest or Instagram or screenshotting, create a separate album on your iPhone and add them all in there so they are easy to find at this step.
- Open a new Canva board for the board you’ll be working on.
- Start by selecting a few key images that you love. For example, for flowers for the bride/bridesmaids, I would start with a large bouquet that I really like.
- Start adding in complimentary pictures with other elements that you love, and that are also slightly different than your larger image.
- Once you have 4-5 key pictures start pulling other textures or images in to round out the look and feel. For example: For flowers, I knew I wanted a really organic look, I added in an image of organic paintbrush strokes and linen ribbon.
- Keep adding and taking away until your board feels balanced and represents your vision. You’ll find some things don’t fit once you get them all together.
- Save! Keep a copy on your phone and computer (even print some out) to share with your vendor team. The nice thing about Canva is that you can keep going back as your vision evolves and add in other elements to your boards.
I hope this was helpful and takes some of that initial stress away trying to figure out your vision for your wedding day. Even if you are farther along in the planning process, this helps to align your vendors with what you want things to look and feel like (and they really appreciate knowing exactly what you want)!
To all the 2020 brides that have had to postpone or cancel their weddings, my heart is with you. I hope that no matter what day you get married, you know it will be the most perfect day because it’s really about the love you and that person share. And if your vision has to change a little to fit the current world climate, you can always make it just as beautiful. There is beauty in every moment. Remember that.