How To Put Together Your Wedding Vision Board
by Raj Desai | 4/28/2020 | Wedding Inspiration
If you’re reading this then that means that you’ve just gotten engaged (CONGRATS!) and are ready to dive deep into wedding planning. But before you start with all of the hard stuff like budget talks and guest list haggling with your parents, it’s good to have some fun and put together a little vision board.
A vision board will be super helpful because (A) it’ll give your decorator an aesthetic to work off of for your events, (B) can help your less-visual parents and future in-laws get on the same page, and (C) it can be used as an interview tool for other wedding vendors like your planner, photographer, and videographer.
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Unpopular opinion: Destination wedding planning ain’t easy ?. Having to constantly inquire remotely can be so discouraging at times, making it difficult to imagine your vision actually coming to life. Pinterest + Instagram have been great for finding inspiration but at the end of the day– your ideas should come from you! 27 years of being a creative & I’ve never sat down to physically make a vision / mood board until last week. Instead of gathering images from the web (‘cause let’s be honest– I would run out of room so quick) I challenged myself to flip through 5 magazines, only 1 being a wedding-related mag. I popped on Netflix, unplugged for a few hours, and made clippings of everything that I felt influences my wedding vision. Believe it or not, 90% of my clippings came from the 4 fashion magazines & not the wedding mag! I used @XyronInc Creative Station Lite w/ 5” Permanent Adhesive for all of the magazine clippings. It’s a compact “laminator-like” machine that basically turned all of my clippings into stickers, and it doesn’t even require batteries or electricity ? Swipe right ?? – this post has been sponsored by Xyron. all thoughts and opinions are my own! – #xyron #xyronbrandambassador
There are tons of ways you can create your vision board. You can do it old school on a piece of poster board or go the digital route and add pictures to a blank Microsoft Word or Canva document. We’ve also created an editable PDF that you can add pictures to using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, just click the empty squares and upload the color palette and pictures that you like.
How To Begin
An easy way to start on your vision board is to come up with a color palette for your events. Canva has a couple of great ways for you to figure this out. You can choose from a huge selection of pre-designed palettes, or you can upload a photo to their color palette generator. The best photos for coming up with color palettes are nature photos, and you can find tons of free high-quality images from sites like Pexels or Unsplash.
The Other Pictures
Don’t limit yourself to wedding photos for your vision board inspiration. Interior décor, food, cocktails, landscapes, event décor, art, typography, patterns – all of these images can help creative people like the vendors you’ll be working with spark ideas and better understand your taste. Unsplash has a great page, ‘Collections,’ that can help you find grouped images quickly. You can also turn to the hashtags of IG (#IndianWeddingDecor, #MandapDecor) to find pictures that you love.
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WEDDING PLANNING TIPS // Create a Vision Board // This doesn’t need to be as fancy as it sounds!… however a vision board is always a good starting point, and a handy tool to refer back to during the wedding planning process. Try to include a colour palette, floral design, table décor, stationery, and any key details which you want to include within your wedding day. Of course, a Pinterest board is a good way to create this, or you can make a scrapbook-style board the good old fashioned way! Whichever you decide to use, it is a great way to communicate your ideas and style to your wedding suppliers, so they all have the same shared vision. … and don’t be afraid to let your vision board evolve! Need help creating your vision board? Get in touch as we’re always happy to help! #WeddingPlanningTips
Are There Things That You Don’t Want Or Like?
It’s just as important to make a note of the things that you don’t like as much as the things that you do like. Keep a list of your non-negotiables handy for your vendors.
Now that you’ve got your vision board put together, take it with you to venue tours and vendor interviews. Let’s say that you’ve got a ton of photos of lush green trees and gardens. That probably means you won’t be happy with a huge plain hotel ballroom – which, by the way, you’ll have to spend a TON of money on to decorate. Maybe you’ve also got some pictures of event décor and mandap designs that are tasteful and modern. You’ll want to use those photos to ask the decorators you’re interviewing if they can do the same thing within your budget. What about portraits of married couples and wedding parties? Or pictures of pets dressed up and posing with the happy couple? Show those to your photographer so they know exactly what you want.
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