What could be nicer than dreaming about a wedding? Just to see these dreams take shape. This is where a moodboard comes in handy — an important tool for planning a wedding. In this article, we will figure out what it is, how to make a moodboard correctly, and what kind of wedding specialists it should be prepared for a meeting with.
What is a wedding mood board and why do you need it?
The literal translation of the English word moodboard perfectly describes its essence — “mood board”. This is a collage of photos or pictures on a board or whatman paper (don’t worry, you can do it online), which shows not specific details, but the general mood of the future project. A wedding is just a creative project, and even quite complex and extensive.
The moodboard will help you a lot in the first place stages of wedding planning. There are so many styles, color palettes, and ideas for decorating a wedding that it’s easy to get lost. A collage on the mood board will help you make your tastes and desires systematic, which means that the preparation will be easier.
In addition, in the professional terminology of wedding decorators and photographers easy for a beginner to get confused. You do not need to go into the wilds and understand the difference between Noir, Dramatic and Gothic, and a specialist will be able to more clearly capture your wishes. Agree, it’s easier to see examples on a collage once than to figure out for half an hour what it means “We want something dark, but not too gloomy, and so that the shadows fall so beautifully on the face” 🙂
What does a wedding moodboard look like?
It all depends on two factors: how much time you are willing to devote to this stage of wedding preparation and whether you like to do a little needlework.
Traditionally, the following materials can be useful for a moodboard:
- Plywood board with push pins or tape
- Magnetic board with magnets
- Wooden frame with string and clothespins
- Whatman and glue
And if you are a fan of technology and want to make a collage online so that the inspiration board is always at hand, use these services:
How to make a moodboard for a wedding?
Step 1. Decide on a goal
With the help of a moodboard, do you want to better visualize the concept of your wedding for yourself or convey it to a specific specialist? Should a wedding collage inspire you or reveal your tastes in detail? You compose it to prepare the entire wedding as a whole or separately to choose a decor or wedding love story?
Not only the content, but also the physical embodiment of the wedding moodboard will depend on the answers to these questions. You will not go to meetings with decorators with a magnetic board 🙂
Step 2. Choose pictures
Our advice: for inspiration and conveying the atmosphere on the moodboard, you do not have to look exclusively for wedding photos when preparing. Landscapes, fashion shoots for gloss, interiors and artistic portraits can also come in handy for a wedding collage. Where to look for them? Read about it in the next paragraph.
Step 3: Get creative!
That moment of visualization magic. Prepare all the necessary materials, allocate a few hours and take care of the atmosphere: your favorite music or a romantic movie in the background will set you on the right wave. Do not forget that the process of preparing a moodboard for a wedding should first of all bring you pleasure!
Step 4 Self Test
Didn’t forget anything? Sometimes you can get carried away with the process and lose sight of important details: for example, almost the entire mood board is filled with pictures of bouquets, but there is not a single photo of a wedding dress in the collage? Disorder 🙂
When you are done with designing a wedding moodboard, go back to the first point and think about whether your creation fulfills all the tasks set.
Where to take photos?
Do not limit yourself to searching in Google Pictures. We have compiled for you a selection of services with better and more interesting images.
Pinterest (nowhere without him today!)
On these services, you can see notices about limited use, copyright protection, and so on. Don’t be scared: you’re using the photo in the collage for personal purposes — to prepare the wedding, so you don’t have to worry about legal nuances. Unless, of course, you’re going to sell your wedding mood board to your girlfriends or through CFM 🙂
Who is the moodboard for?
If you use a professional wedding planner during your preparations, a moodboard will help you in the first meetings. In this case, not so much the details will be important (what font do you like on the invitation cards? What flowers do you want for the bride’s bouquet?), but the overall picture of the collage. With the help of a moodboard, the organizer will be able to understand the general mood that you expect from your wedding.
Decorator and florist
And here you can delve into the details! For a decorator in a wedding collage, the color palette and style will be important: do you like something light and romantic or urban minimalism? Classic peonies or unusual sunflowers for a wedding? Luxury and gold or touching shabby chic? In order not to get confused in all this diversity, during the wedding preparation, look into our section “Wedding color and style”.
Initially, moodboards were compiled during the preparation of photography in the advertising industry, so photographers are right here. With the help of a mood board and sample photos (often called “references” by professionals), you can explain your tastes and wishes to a wedding photographer. To do this, you do not have to delve into the details of photography skill and try to understand the difference between different directions. But if you are not looking for easy ways and want to be savvy in these matters, we have written a whole guide for you. wedding photo styles.
Get inspired and create, but do not forget to descend from heaven to earth: we still have a lot to do in preparation for the wedding. To make it easier for you, we have created the most convenient free online service for self-preparation for a wedding — our Online planner. It has a to-do list, a budget planner, and many other useful things. Drop by 🙂