17 August 2012

Making Mood Boards

According to Wikipedia, a mood board is a type of poster design that may consist of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition of the choice of the mood board creator.

They come in all shapes and sizes and can be produced with fancy specialist design software or something more readily available such as Word, Powerpoint and photo editing software like Photoshop. You can also create mood boards using online applications that are free to use, I will mention more on this later.

Mood boards are a great source of visual inspiration and communicates a theme, style or idea in a way that's quick and easy to understand. They are used by all sorts of people and industries. They are most often used by graphic and interior designers but can be used to set a scene of a storyline... and of course help you plan your wedding!

When I planned my wedding a few years ago, I had hundreds of images in folders that I found online.  I narrowed down my favourite flowers and colours to create the mood board for my theme below. As you can see, I wanted oriental lilies as my main theme with deep pinks and purple colours.

My pink and purple lily wedding mood board:
You can see my wedding stationery here and my wedding pictures here

This mood board below was created by Philippa to show me the pink and blue colours she wanted featured in her wedding invitations. As her bridesmaid, I wore a navy satin dress and pale pink satin slingback shoes. Her comprehensive mood board captured the spirit of the day she wanted for her wedding.

Navy and Pink

Of course mood boards don't have to be square with the images lined up. Below is one of the mood boards I created last October to get in the spirit of Halloween. As you can see, it shows even more ideas for the wedding, with images of make up, nails, dress, invitations and venue styling. Picking out details you want to include in your day helps to bring a cohesive look together.

Get more ideas on Halloween and Gothic themed weddings here.

And here are some more boards that Philippa has created for Lovely Designs for inspiration. You can see more on our Facebook page or on my Pinterest page.

English Garden



Check out this Sikh wedding with their henna inspired invitations.

Art Deco

Frosty Winter

Here are some great sources of inspiration:



Create a wedding inspiration board online:

You can find a step by step guide on how to create your inspiration board on Style Me Pretty blog here.

Pinterest allows you to create online pinboards and organize and share beautiful things you find on the web in your own visual collections or “boards,” and view and follow other boards. I am very addicted!

Dessy, known for it’s bridesmaids dresses, has designed an easy to use board maker using the colour and style of bridesmaid’s dress a a starting point.

If you have any other great ways of creating your mood boards, please share with us. I would lovel to hear from you.