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Wedding Planning Part 2: Getting Inspired

Welcome back to another wedding planning post! If you missed the first installment, click here. Today I’m sharing Chapter Two which is all about dreaming up your Wedding Inspiration!

As I mentioned in my first Wedding Planning post, I utilized the Joyful Wedding Planner (which is no longer available) by Southern Weddings to plan our wedding. Since I started writing this series, Southern Weddings (now “Cultivate What Matters“) has released a digital version of their planning binder, which you can get here for only $25!!! I still recommend printing these beautiful pages out and keeping them in a three-ring binder as I mentioned in my first post; there’s really nothing like having a tangible collection of everything related to your wedding for all of your meetings! I highly recommend that you download these pages because I found my planner to be invaluable.

Brainstorming Worksheet: The first portion of actual planning kicks off with a questionnaire for you and your honey to fill out together! Some of the questions may seem silly (as the authors note), but you never know where inspiration will come from and honestly, it’s just a fun activity for the two of you! (with questions like: Where did you grow up? What do you do for work? What is your favorite travel destination?) By the time you complete the questionnaire your creative juices should have started flowing; but don’t worry if they haven’t. This section will help you to find inspiration and a general theme for your wedding!


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People may suggest that you stay off of Pinterest while wedding planning, and I agree that it can become overwhelming very quickly! However, if you’re searching for general color scheme and style inspiration, in my opinion there’s nowhere better to start. Please note most of my Pinterest wedding boards below… LOL!


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It will help to have a general idea of the time of year that you plan to be married or a location in mind (city, garden, beach, etc.) because those parameters will help you to hone in on your wedding theme. For example, a rich burgundy or deep emerald would be gorgeous “anchor colors” for autumn or winter weddings, just as a sapphire blue or a vibrant coral pink would be so lovely for a nautical/beach wedding. Be sure to use those kinds of key words in your search (i.e. winter wedding color scheme) to yield the best results.

I also love searching for color palettes because sometimes I discover combinations that I may not have thought of on my own. In going through this process, you’ll discover that you are naturally drawn to certain color schemes that reflect your personality. With a determined color palette starting to develop, you will notice that all other wedding style choices are much easier to make. Additionally, inspiration may come from somewhere unexpected (such as in a J.Crew or Restoration Hardware catalog)… just because the content isn’t presented in a “wedding” capacity doesn’t mean that it can’t be used for inspiration!



Visual Inspiration / Mood Board: In the Joyful Wedding Planner pages, there is a designated section for you to paste any physical inspiration tidbits that you start to collect (such as magazine clippings, paint color strip samples, ribbon / material swatches, etc). As you can see in the image below, I also included a sheet protector here to include bulkier items that may not attach to paper well. 😉



Tips for Building Inspiration Board:
1. Use multiple sources when gathering your inspiration — some personal favorites are: Pinterest (of course), Style Me Pretty, Snippet & Ink, Martha Stewart WeddingsBrides, and The White Wren.
2. Don’t be afraid to delete or toss inspiration items as things evolve and start to take shape. If you love it but it doesn’t exactly go with your overall theme, keep it as inspo for something else like hosting a party (a housewarming, baby or bridal shower, game night, etc)!
3. Narrow things down and pick a favorite image for each category (i.e. a floral arrangement that makes your heart flutter, an outdoor setting that gives you the right vibes for your ceremony/reception, a dress style that you know would look stunning on your mom, etc).
4. Fill in the gaps! Even if you can’t find an exact image for something that you want (such as the color of the favors that you’re envisioning), finding something similar enough will help complete your inspiration board and make it feel more cohesive when you reference it later on.
There are a few more suggestions / tips on this particular Joyful Wedding Planner page, but you’ll have to purchase the set to check those out for yourself! 🙂

I think this may have been my favorite part of wedding planning, but I’ll probably say that in the next edition, and in the one after that, and in the one after that… lol!

Let me know if you have any specific questions in the comments below! Other than that: Happy inspiration perusing!!

xx, Natalie


In the spirit of full disclosure, I know these posts may seem like I am partnering with The Joyful Wedding Planner/Cultivate What Matters group, but this planner is seriously a head above the rest and was indispensable to me and planning our wedding! I just believe in it SO strongly and want to share it with you!!!

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