As a wedding & event designer and planner, I constantly make mood boards to almost all my wedding and event clients. So I thought, why not make some mood boards just to inspire you and call it “Pinspiration Mondays”??? I am going to make it official and say one Monday of every month for he next six months (I may increase the number of days….later) I’ll be posting a mood board for all of you out there trying to create a look for your special event and hope you get some inspo from my boards.
A mood board sets the tone for your special occasion. From the selection of a color palette to attire to all details you wish to incorporate, this would be the design blueprint for your whole event. Using this mood board helps you keep focused and allows you to create a cohesive story line from entrance to exit. You have to know however, you may not get the same centerpiece or the same dress that is shown in the mood board… but it is the look you are going for.
Many brides come to me and say, oh I want this added, that added, this here that here, I like these colors etc… and oh so I start just by adding all the pictures they bring me. But then they realize when all is added to a board, everything is a mish mash of something. No story line, everything is scattered. But, it’s a good place to start. Only when you put it together do you realize that it is a mish mash and from there all you have to do is streamline and keep up with the board as you continue to plan your wedding/event.
Paying homage to Pantone’s color of the year, I took the liberty to gather pictures from Pinterest to make this mood board filled with ideas for a rustic outdoor wedding. I am so in with the trend of using lots of mixed greens with a few flowers, crop tops and whites, that I made this my first mood board to share with you and yes I can still keep adding to this.
I am intrigued with the crop top wedding dresses as well as bridesmaids attire. The looseness and the flow of the skirt is on par with the ‘loosy goosey’ hair style and the ease and comfort of it for an outdoor wedding. The tweed waistcoat and pants for the guys was selected with the mindset of creating a look that is comfortable and outdoorsy. I love unique personal flowers such as the boutonniere and bouquet I selected for this mood board. A lounge is an ideal setting for cocktails and the outdoor reception is a perfect setting for a summer wedding. Easy centerpieces created with wooden containers and wild plants that makes this mood board a perfect ensemble that is charmingly rustic.
Even though I make countless mood boards and may seem that it’s easy to do just by looking at the pictures, it usually takes some time to create the best visual mood board that suits your vision. Once you keep adding and editing, do you realize whether it is a cohesive story line and whether you can work with it or not.
Here are some benefits of using a mood board
- Helps you create a cohesive look- Tells your story
What is your story… is a question that I ask my clients? Who are you and what kind of lifestyle do you and your partner want to portray? and what kind of budget do you have to create this beautiful story? From the dress, to the suit to the bridesmaids and decor, you are starting to tell your story just by using your mood board.
- Acts as the design blueprint for your event – show & tell
A mood board is so beneficial to a photographer, wedding dress salon, florist, cake artist, rental studio etc…you wouldnt believe, but try and take your board to these vendors and they will be over the moon.
- Helps you focus on the details – communicates immediately
It takes away the guessing and the time trying to figure you out and what you want. Vendors are able to see the big picture and the small details all at once. After all…. a picture says a thousand words.
We create mood boards for clients around the world. Contact us and we’ll help to create your storyline.
Until Next time…
Colour palette creation – Paradise Parkway Design Atelier
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Centerpiece image courtesy www.tandshughesphotography.com
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