As a graphic designer I absolutely love putting together a good mood board… it’s so much fun to go through all the pretty pictures! Picking the perfect combination of colors, textures and fabrics and accessories is like shopping with an unlimited budget! Which is like a dream come true if you’re a budget savvy gal like me!
Of course I can’t even imagine an unlimited budget so a mood board helps to keep my style on track as I shop discount stores and get my DIY on!
A good mood board puts together a few key elements for a cohesive feel. Try picking 2-3 colors, patterns and textures for your perfect look. For a wedding mood board I like to add a few key elements like: accessories, attendant outfits, location and decorations. Let’s take a few of these fun mood boards I whipped up as an example… of course if you’re just here for the free stuff scroll to the bottom! I’ve included 3 free templates so you can make your own mood boards!
In a perfect world everything in my life would be blush colored… I think it might be a phase but I’m not sure. All I know is that I love blush! I’m still thinking about blush for the craft room! For this mood board I created a simple collection of a brides ensemble. With a beautiful dress and accessories there is a baseline for the entire wedding. The tulle and bouquet lend a gorgeous feathery look while the cake and shoes lean towards a detailed collection.
For this simple mood board try to include a picture of your dress, 2-3 accessories, 1-2 textures and a photo of the bridesmaids!
As a side-note I absolutely love that sherbet Lazaro… it was my dream dress 2 years ago! Unfortunately there wasn’t a single store in Colorado that carried it.
This mood board is a bit more intensive with a fun look at everyone in the wedding party! Include photos of the bride, groom, wedding party, flower girl and ringbearer! With 2-3 accessory photos, 2-3 textures and 2-3 colors you’ll have a comprehensive photo! Just remember not to use a photo of your real dress if you’re making a mood board that the groom will see… pick a similar style and length and leave the real dress reveal for the big day!
Last but not least here’s a mood board that fits right in between the first and second boards above! I include reception photos for this one so that you can work your decor into the color scheme! Try including a photo of the bride/bridal party, 3-4 accessory photos, 3 photos of the reception and 2 photos of the groom! That way you’ll be able to pick items that mix all three areas together!
Plus you could go with this gorgeous dusty blue color… I’m kind of in love!
Which mood board is your favorite? The dusty blue is definitely closest to my actual wedding although I think the blush wedding would be an absolute dream come true!
If you decide to whip up your own mood board please send me a copy (Betsy@Happilyeverafteretc.com)… I’d love to see them!
Since Caitlin is hosting the grand finale over on Collectively Caitlin this will be my last week hosting the wedding series. I’ve never done well with fairwells so that definitely makes me teary… of course we have plenty coming up but I truly enjoyed creating all of the fun freebies in this series! I’d love to do another wedding series next year so send in your topic requests… I’ll cover as many requests as possible!