I do love to read wedding magazines. Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, The Knot and regional versions like New York (Magazine) Weddings and Manhattan Bride. Actually, I love to read all kinds of magazines including home decorating ones like House Beautiful and Elle Decor, inspirational magazines like O and Yoga Journal, and food magazines like Bon Appetit and Saveur. I page through bridal magazines to check out what is current to inspire my wedding celebrant work. And I also love to cut out pictures that are inspirational whether they are from a wedding or home magazine. They go up on my inspiration board along with items that I have collected from weddings I officiated. Looking at my overflowing idea board makes me smile and reminds me everyday what beauty and love there is in celebrating couples getting married. Why not create an inspiration board for your wedding? Here are some ideas to get you started!
♥ Pick a spot to put your board.
I have my board near my desk and high enough so that I can hang items from it as needed. Find a place where you can look at it whenever you want to—be inspired!
♥ Select a board.
Maybe you want to use pushpins so cork would be great. Or maybe you want to use magnets so go metal. I decided I wanted both magnets and pushpins and was lucky to find a board that is cutout metal over board. You can barely see my board it is so covered with clippings and other items, but it is a beautiful white metal design over baby blue board.
♥ Get pretty magnets or pushpins.
The things you use to attach your clippings can be just as fun and imaginative as the items you are inspired to put up. Go to a craft or office supply store and peruse all the assortments of colored magnets and pushpins.
♥ Pick a source for inspiration.
Maybe, like me, you love magazines so make a date with your magazines to search for inspiring pics. Or maybe you have collected vintage postcards about love (I have some of those too) that would fit the bill. Perhaps you like ribbons and paper flowers—no reason you can’t put those on your board as well.
♥ Bring out the scissors!
You will feel like a kid again when you start to cut up the magazines for your idea board. Be creative and cut different shapes and sizes from a page rather than taking the entire 8½ by 11 sheet. Stick with a theme—or mix and match styles and designs.
♥ Put stuff on your board.
Use magnets, pins, drape things from the pins, and design your ever-changing masterpiece inspiration board. I have lots of magazine cutouts, invitations and programs from weddings I have officiated. I also attach wedding party favors and love the hot pink embossed cocktail napkin that I picked up from one of my couples’ wedding.
♥ Go electronic—use Pinterest!
Yes, I have lots of Pinterest boards and I am all for that. There is no reason why you can’t have both a physical inspiration board and a bunch of digital ones too. Check out my Pinterest boards here.
The great thing about an inspiration board is that you can take everything down and rearrange to your hearts delight. If most of it is paper, you can even re-cut your pictures into new shapes. I think it is time for me to re-do or at least edit my inspiration board. Maybe I’ll go for an all-white winter theme—but who am I kidding—I like bright colors!
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