One of the first things John and I did before really plunging into wedding planning was to figure out what exactly inspired us. It’s an important first step that I’ve talked about before, and I’m so glad we took the time to thoroughly dream about the look and feel of our wedding day. Obviously, I’m a wedding girl, and having looked at hundreds of weddings throughout my life, I had a lot of opinions– and even more ideas. Taking the time to dig through my personal archives of wedding inspiration (pre-Pinterest, I had a folder on my desktop where I saved pretty wedding ideas) and putting it all down on paper was huge. It helped us determine what did and didn’t fit together and it helped us solidify our aesthetic.
Above– some details that inspired us. Lawn games, bright colors, Mexican/Spanish details, handwritten elements, and books.
The dream look and feel of our ceremony. A beautiful barn space, fabric flags, hanging elements were big must-haves.
Once we went through all the inspiration stuff I had stored up, I put together some collages (this seems very high school, I know, but it was helpful to see things next to each other), printed it all out, pasted it to a huge poster board, and brought it to our first meeting with Meghan. She loved it! It was so wonderful to be able to point to something and explain our ideas, hopes, and visions to her. I highly recommend doing something like this– it helps everyone get on the same page quickly! Being able to show your wedding planner or stylist an example of something you want helps quell any ambiguity or confusion and, by seeing it all on paper, they’re able to point out things that don’t mesh well or suggest new angles or ideas you hadn’t yet imagined!
Hand-painted wooden signs, this idea of a quote on our ceremony programs, a very rustic vibe permeated this inspiration board.
Obviously, a petal aisle and interesting, non-traditional ceremony seating was very important to me. I loved this idea of couches instead of chairs!
The image on the lower left corner was huge for me– I was certain I wanted a tent scene just like this one for my wedding! More wooden signage, a pretty doorway, and, yes, a mariachi band, were all things I had my heart set on.
Reception seating was also a fun element we wanted to play with. I really fixated on long farm tables, low centerpieces, chandeliers, bright and colorful details.
Again, more color and DIY details we dreamed of for our reception tables. Mis-matched napkins, lots of color, embroidery, glitter! It was a good thing we included it all in our inspiration boards– it made it easier to see what elements did not work well together.
And, finally, the late-night options. Fireworks were high on my must-have list; in Virginia, you technically can’t do the lanterns (darn!); I really wanted to have a movie area, where we projected a romantic movie onto a screen; and, of course, how would we leave? I preferred a carriage over a getaway car.
It’s so interesting to look back now and see what ideas we went with, what new ideas came in, and what elements we completely abandoned! This is where we started… and, well, you’ve seen bits and pieces of where we ended up. So excited to continue sharing this story with you!
What does your dream wedding look like? If you’re already married, how did your original inspiration compare to the final reality?