Moodboards are a great way of fine tuning your style preferences. When you begin with your wedding styling you may have a very clear vision of what your wedding aesthetics to be, or you may not know where to begin. If you’re in the latter category then the chances are you do have more of a style vision than you think, you just need a moodboard to help draw it out of you….
Step 1: Create a Pinterest account
If you don’t yet have a Pinterest account, then get yourself one. It’s free and easy to use, and will provide you with hours of wedding loveliness.
Begin by creating a very general moodboard, with a name, such as ‘Wedding Moodboard’.
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Step 2: Go on a Pinterest Trawl
Have some fun browsing the hundreds of images available to you. Search for anything related to wedding styling, for example, ceremony backdrop, wedding flowers, wedding tablescape, stationery…there are endless options to cover all aspects of your wedding day.
At this stage, don’t overthink it. Don’t try and match up your colours or stick to a specific theme, instead just pin any images which you like the look of. This will give you a board based on your preferences and will showcase the styles you’re naturally drawn to. This may be as you expect or you may find you surprise yourself!
Step 3: Have a break
Take a step back, leave your Pinterest board for a day or so (at least). This will give a bit of clarity to your vision, do you really like that paper flower bouquet?!
Step 4: Revisit your board
Now that you’ve taken some time away it’s time to come back to your Pinterest board and reflect a little. Delete any images that you no longer like; I’d anticipate a few ‘what was I thinking?’ moments as it’s easy to get pin happy when you’re 2 hours deep in images.
You should now have a full and busy board of beautiful wedding related images. There should be at least 1 thing you like about each image.
Step 5: Pull out the themes
By this point, you should now see some clear themes appearing in your selected images. Perhaps it’s a colour that repeats regularly, or a certain style such as opulent centrepieces and tablescapes, or rustic arrangements with a laid back feel.
Some images can be carried across themes, others are very distinctly in one category.
It’s totally possible that you may have a few varying styles within your board, don’t panic. At this stage, that’s okay, you can like various looks, however you only have 1 wedding day, so this will need to be narrowed down.
To do this, consider which theme best suits your venue and the feel you want for your day, for example, if you’re getting married in an agriturismo in Tuscany, then the chances are the laid back, rustic look is going to be more in keeping with the surroundings, similarly, if your venue is a grand villa with a black tie theme, then of course elegant styling is likely to be more suitable.
This style theme is the one to really begin focusing on.
Step 6: Categorize
At this point, it’s time to break down your general moodboard into subcategories. I’d suggest the following categories and considerations for each:
- Ceremony décor
- Backdrop e.g. flower wall, arch, drapes, scenery
- ‘Alter’ framing e.g. flower urns, pillars
- Chair style e.g. cross back, Chiavari
- Other flowers e.g. aisle framing, chairs
- Table shape e.g. round, long, rectangular
- Centrepieces e.g. flower type, colour, style of arrangement
- Place settings e.g. plates, chargers, cutlery, glassware
- Flower style e.g. large and fluffy (such as peonies and David Austins), wildflower, seasonal etc
- Flower colour
- Anything else you like that doesn’t quite fit into the above
Create a separate board for each category and filter the images from your general moodboard, as your vision is shaping up you can also add new images to suit your style preferences.
You can use Luvana’s moodboard tool to categorise your different categories.
Step 7: Create a colour palette
By now you should have a clear idea of the colour, or colours, you’d like throughout your wedding.
Rather than just one colour, create a palette which consists of several colours that are of similar tones, or sit well together. Paint colour charts are really useful for this, plus there’s loads of great articles online that can help with colour psychology, especially related to interior design. The concept is the same so spend some time reading up on how to create a gorgeous colour palette.
Step 8: Don’t neglect the text
When it comes to wedding styling, stationery can play a big part, from your invites which set the initial tone, to your placecards, menus and table plan on the day.
With this in mind, have a look at some fonts and calligraphy styles that you like the look of and add these to your moodboard.
Step 9: Take it offline
So far, we’ve only referred to an online Pinterest board. This is a great starting point, however Pinterest moodboards can very large so may lack focus, plus nothing compares to good old fashioned paper!
At this point, get yourself a good notepad or piece of card. You’ll be restricted by the size of the paper, but by now your vision should be finetuned enough that you can pull out the aspects that really matter to you, and park the ones that aren’t such a priority to your wedding day styling.
For your offline moodboard print a few of your favourite Pinterest images, use magazine cuttings etc but also make use of fabrics. Fabrics are perfect for giving a true colour reflection plus materials can really make a difference, for example, I personally hate organza, a silk chiffon gives a much more elegant feel so use texture to support your styling.
Et voila! You should now have a comprehensive, defined moodboard in your hands! For me, having a physical moodboard makes it all feel more real and will help your styling come to life. This final board can be used to drive your style decisions going forward, with your Pinterest sub-boards as back up.
Step 10/Side Note: Considerations
When creating your moodboard, it’s important to remember the following two points:
- Your budget: Think about how the images you’re selecting align with your budget, there is no point creating a whole moodboard that isn’t going to be possible within your price range
- Be flexible: A moodboard is great as a starting point or guide, but be flexible. Don’t become so stuck on your moodboard that you can’t move forward. If you have specific details on your board, but can’t source them in your chosen country then be prepared to look at alternatives that are also in keeping with your preferences
moodboard image from pinterest fabmood.com
moodboard colour scheme image from pinterest deerpearlflowers.com
Stationery Image | Nathan Wyatt Photography