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.

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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” 🙂

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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.

Classic moodboard

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
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moodboard how to make

Online moodboard

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:




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moodboard online
mood board online

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.

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wedding moodboard what is it

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!

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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.

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wedding board

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.

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mood board for 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”.

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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 🙂