How to Create a Mood Board for Your Wedding!
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Figuring out your overall wedding concept is one of the first things you’ll want to do when planning your event. When it comes to getting clear on your wedding “style”, mood boards are a great visual tool to help you tie your ideas together into one cohesive theme.
If you’re currently in the early stages of planning your wedding, we wanted to give you a few simple tips to help you plan and create the perfect mood board for your event. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide along with some wedding mood board examples to get you started!
Why create a wedding mood board?
Creating a mood board is one of the best ways to bring your wedding vision to life! Mood boards help you clearly visualise your wedding styling concept, while also ensuring your colours, materials, styling ideas and overall aesthetic work together consistently.
Having an overall reference point for your wedding vision will also help you stay on track when making styling decisions, while also being super useful when it comes to communicating ideas with suppliers. We personally love receiving mood boards from our clients, as it helps us get a clear understanding of the look and feel they’re wanting to create for their event. Mood boards allow your suppliers to make suggestions, provide styling tips, and ultimately ensure their work is on point with your vision.
Step 1: Define your wedding vision
Planning out your wedding vision is the very first step you’ll want to take (before jumping onto Pinterest!). Take a moment to really get clear on the look and feel you both want to create for your wedding, and your top priorities for the day.
A great place to start is by first brainstorming some words that reflect the “vibe” you want to achieve - for example: romantic, earthy, organic, luxe, modern, bohemian, bold, vibrant, elegant, sophisticated, fun, etc. Try to narrow this down to 3-5 words that really resonate. If you’ve already chosen your wedding venue, you’ll want to keep the aesthetic of your venue in mind and draw inspiration from your surroundings, too.
If you’re feeling stuck with this step, head over to our previous blog to read our top tips on finding your wedding style first!
2. Collect and organise relevant inspiration
Next, you’ll want to start collecting inspiration and ideas that reflect your wedding styling concept. Pinterest is an ideal place to start, because it’s essentially a visual search engine - so you can hunt down specific inspiration that aligns with your vision for the day.
Think back to the words you brainstormed in step 1, and consider what kind of colours, materials, textures and details would best bring this to life. For example: words like romantic, elegant and sophisticated would pair well with pastel tones, soft linens, gold accents, luxe furniture and glowing candles. Alternatively, words like relaxed, organic and coastal might make you think about natural textures, crisp white tones and nautical decor.
Use these words, colours, materials and styling details as you start searching across Pinterest, wedding blogs, design blogs and social media to begin curating inspiration. We recommend creating a board with seperate “sections” on Pinterest for each element of your day to keep things organised - so, a section for flowers, a section for furniture, etc.
3. Cull inspiration to create a consistent theme
Once you’ve spent some time sourcing inspiration and ideas for your mood board, take a step back and return with fresh eyes to start culling this down into one consistent theme. Create a new “master” board, and narrow down your favourite 1-2 pics from each section. This master board will allow you to see how your ideas are working together as a whole. Are the colours, materials and styles complementing each other, or are there any clashing elements?
Use this step to tweak and refine your styling inspiration and adapt your master board until you can clearly see a consistent theme that works well together. This master board will now become the framework for your mood board!
4. Assemble your mood board
Now it’s time to start pulling your mood board together! There are a few different ways to go about this - you can simply create a blank Word or Powerpoint document, or use an online design tool like Canva. Platforms like Canva also have pre-made vision board templates and grids that you can adapt as needed (just search “mood board” in the templates section, or create a new blank document and add one of the pre-made “grids”).
Mood boards come in all shapes and sizes, and there are definitely no rules when it comes to formatting and design - simply start by dropping in your favourite inspiration photos and playing around with the arrangement until you’re happy with the layout. They don’t all need to be styled wedding photos either - you can include things like patterns, fonts and textures, too. You might also choose to create a seperate mood board for each element of your day - eg, flowers, lighting, stationery and furniture hire.
Something we do like to include in our mood boards is a colour palette with the prominent 4-5 colours that appear throughout the design. This really helps to tie the mood board together into one consistent theme. You can also annotate your mood board using words or sentences that reflect your design - this will come in handy when collaborating with your wedding suppliers and helping them understand your vision!
Once your mood board is complete, simply save this as a PDF file and keep it handy as you begin communicating with your different wedding suppliers. Make sure you also refer back to it throughout the wedding planning process to keep your ideas consistent and on track.
Here at HEH, we use mood boards all the time to create new concepts, communicate ideas, and play around with furniture combinations for our clients! If you’d like assistance putting together the perfect furniture plan for your event, get in touch for a complimentary consultation with one of our friendly team members. You can also find more styling ideas and inspiration over on our Pinterest page right here!