Create Your Own Inspiration Board

Don’t you love to read wedding magazines? Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, The Knot and regional versions like New York (Magazine) Weddings and Manhattan Bride are all wonderful for getting inspiration for your wedding. I page through bridal magazines to check out what is current to inspire my wedding celebrant work. And all kinds of magazines including home decorating ones like House Beautiful and Elle Décor, inspirational magazines like O and Yoga Journal, and food magazines like Bon Appetit and Saveur are great for finding pictures that are inspirational. Why not create an inspiration board for your wedding? You will find that looking at your idea board will make you smile and remind you everyday up to your wedding how beautiful and magical your big day will be. Here are some ideas to get you started!

♥ Pick a spot to put your board. If you have a home office, you can put your board near your desk and high enough so that you can hang items from it as needed. Or put it in your bedroom so that you wake up every day to inspiration. Find a place that suits you best so that you can look at it whenever you want.

♥ Select a board. Maybe you want to use pushpins so cork would be great. Or maybe you want to use magnets so go metal. They make boards with pretty metal overlays so that you can use both magnets and pushpins. If you are crafty you can cover a board with fabric in your wedding colors. Make the board itself part of the decorative inspiration.

♥ 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. Use magazine cutouts, your invitation, program mock-ups and fabric swatches. Anything and everything that inspires you is game!

♥ 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. And don’t think that inspiration boards are just for weddings. You can create a board for anything and everything in your life. How about a vacation (or honeymoon) inspiration board? Or what about a home redecoration board? Get inspired with color and texture and design!

Do you have an inspiration board? Share a photo of your board with us below!!

XOXO Rachel

Published by Rachel Mueller-Lust

I'm a writer, artist, executive & life coach, wedding officiant & Life-Cycle Celebrant®, psychologist, media researcher and teacher. I explore language, relationship & connection, living a fulfilling life and the beauty & wonder of the world.

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