With all the wedding information out there waiting to be researched, it's good to remind yourself that being inspired is just as important as being informed.
With the help of modern planning tools and resources, you can gather your ideas and transition them easily from inspiration to theme to décor decisions.
Don't miss an opportunity- use our 12 recommended inspiration starters:
1. Pictures, Pictures, Pictures!
Whether you’re making a secret wedding board on Pinterest, searching endless website albums, or looking for ideas amongst old family photos, pictures are hands-down the best source of inspiration.
The Head Table at a Fairy Tale Courtyard Reception
2. Feel the Moment with Videos
Coming in a close second are videos. Though not as common as wedding photos, a video keepsake can capture the feeling of the day in a way that still photos just can't.
3. Flip Through Fabric Samples
Looking through a swatch booklet can really help you visualize your possibilities as you see all the colours and touch the textures. Fabric stores or vendors will have samples, and some venues have in house fabric samples like we do.
4. Have A Google Wedding
Maybe you have ideas but you just need a place to start. One helpful and familiar tool is Google Weddings. It gives you all of Google’s resources usefully repurposed for your planning, including budget spreadsheets and a website creation tool.
5. Attend Vendor Events or Trade Shows
Bridal shows are not only fun but they give you a chance to see some really original and sometimes bold ideas come to life. Certain vendors or venues will also host events, like we did at our Design Your Wedding Day Open House.
The Summer Table Setting at Our "Design Your Wedding Day" Open House
6. Make a List of Your Favourite Things
Making a list of you and your partner's favourite things or gathering items that inspire both of you like books, movies, décor items, jewellery, clothing, textured objects or fabrics, furniture, pictures, foods, or music can help give you ideas for a theme direction.
7. Discover Hidden Family History and Traditions
The feeling of family is one of the strongest at most weddings, so why not harness it as inspiration. While looking through old photo albums, investigate your heritage and the wedding traditions that go along with it. Including cultural traditions help to make your ceremony feel more unique and personal. (Perhaps the brides in your family have all worn hats instead of veils on their wedding day- you never know! )
A Special Moment During an Outdoor Ceremony on our Pond
8. Envision Your Colours with Online Tools
Colours are the classic starting point for any couple, and usually one of the first questions people will ask you about your wedding. The Knot (one of the most popular wedding resource websites) has a great tool that allows you to select a colour and then it produces endless images of wedding décor, dresses, cakes, and anything else in the colour theme you’ve chosen.
Dessy.com is another handy tool for envisioning your colours. It allows you to create an ‘inspiration board’ collage with different wedding elements, all in a certain colour scheme. You can also browse boards other users have created to see what you like and what you don't.
9. Explore Stationary Designs
There are some pretty interesting designs out there when it comes to print materials like save the date, invitations, RSVP, and Thank You Cards. You can always work backwards and fall in love with a design that you can use as a guide for the rest of your wedding décor decisions.
Websites such as minted, WeddingPaperDivas, and MyWedding all provide design examples for stationary and even for wedding websites. DaFont or Font Squirrel are free font websites which you can peruse to find the perfect romantic script or some bold lettering that is just right for your theme.
Rustic African-Inspired Wedding Stationary
10. Investigate Modern Trends
You shouldn’t feel swayed to go with whatever is trendy, however it can be a good idea for gathering inspiration to look at the newest designs, styles, and traditions being used. There are many resources out there to keep you hip; try Wedding Bells, Brides, WedLuxe, and OffbeatBride.com.
11. Partake in Wedding Activities!
Maybe you just don’t feel like you’re in the wedding planning mood- maybe you need to have a taste of wedding cake, try on a dress, or walk through a venue to find the motivation. An event planner can also be a wealth of knowledge and lend an experienced hand to your process if you're feeling stuck.