Are you a new wedding planner looking for a fun way to stay creative and practice your design skills? We have just the thing! Every year, our Facebook group, Becoming a Wedding Planner, hosts a Holiday Mood Board Challenge. This challenge allows participants to get creative and have some fun while also getting the chance to win my Insider’s Guide to Venue Partnerships.
Create A Wedding Mood Board
Kudos to everyone who contributed mood boards this year! You’ve truly ignited the spirit of the holiday season with your fabulous creations. But before we gush over them, let’s take a moment to learn what a wedding planner mood board is all about and why they’re so useful in our planning businesses.
What Is a Mood Board?
Mood boards are collages of images, text, color swatches, and other elements that help visually communicate an idea or concept. They’re often used in fashion, interior design, advertising, and, of course, wedding planning. A good mood board can be like having a visual roadmap for your event—it can help you (and any vendors you’re working with) visualize what your dream wedding will look like before it even becomes reality.
How Do You Create a Wedding Mood Board?
Creating mood boards isn’t as hard as it may seem. Start by gathering inspiration from magazines, websites, and Pinterest pages that match the style you want for your event. Once you have enough ideas saved up, narrow them down to only those that best capture the look and feel of your vision. Then arrange those images into an aesthetically pleasing collage using software like Adobe Photoshop or Canva so that you can easily share it with any vendors who may need to see it. Finally, add some notes about colors and textures so that everyone is on the same page about what kind of elements need to be included in the design.
Why Should I Use Mood Boards?
Using mood boards is an essential part of being a successful wedding planner because they help keep everyone involved on the same page throughout the entire planning process. Plus, they provide a great starting point for conversations between couples and their vendors so that no one is left wondering what type of event they should be creating or how closely their work needs to match the couple’s vision. Plus, if done correctly, they can make planning much smoother since all parties involved already have an idea of what they’re aiming for before they begin putting together details.
The 2022 Wedding Mood Boards
The competition was fierce this year, but ultimately, Jennifer JC’s Sugared Vows – A Dream in Plaid took the prize. Jennifer Benson was a close second with her A Kitschy Christmas Wedding Board. We’d like to extend a huge congratulations to both of these talented creatives! We’d also like to thank everyone who participated and gave their all. It’s inspiring to see the passion and dedication that goes into each and every entry. Congratulations, Jennifer JC!
Sugared Vows – A Dream in Plaid
Guests are invited to a winter event in the foothills of the mountains and surprised by plaid used in unexpected ways. Cranberries, candles, and evergreen, seemingly plucked from the local forest, adorn tables and the air. The evening’s focus is on the warmth of those gathered, with elegant touches and little unnecessary fluff. I love a cozy, wintry vibe, and adore the brightness of a light plaid for Christmas. And I’m known for my cranberry sauce! My favorite thing about the holidays is seeing my friends & family’s faces light up! By atthealtarevents.com
My inspiration for this design comes from brides who want a winter wedding and also dream for snow, hence the name “I wish..”. For me the best part of the holiday season is the different smells of Christmas from the tree to kitchen and also spending time with family. By Lunar-events.co.uk
I’m not into religious holidays, but I do appreciate the symbolism surrounding the winter solstice. The aesthetic of a pagan wedding is very appealing and I would love to work with a couple who wants to get married in this style! By www.jojosweddingsevents.nl
A Kitschy Christmas Wedding
Our motto at Hitched AF is “Weddings Should Be Fun!” and what could be more fun than a colorful, kitschy, Christmas-themed wedding?! My inspiration for this mood board was vintage Christmas tchotchkes that, for me, evoke memories of holiday gatherings at my grandparents’ house and opening presents with my siblings and cousins on Christmas Eve. The holidays naturally bring feelings of nostalgia and festivity, which this wedding elevates with a quirky and bold color palette, unexpected decor elements, and a little bit of kitsch! In place of traditional florals, we have colorful Christmas trees and ornament-adorned glass bottles. Who needs a cake when you can have beautifully decorated Christmas cookies? And how about a hot cocoa bar served out of vintage Santa mugs (with or without the booze!). This will no doubt make for beautiful holiday memories with loved ones! What I love most about the holidays is that, while it’s a season full of energy and social gatherings, it’s also a time when the world slows down a little and we get to focus on the things that really matter, like time with our friends and family. It always leaves me feeling refreshed, reenergized, and ready to kick off the new year! I hope you all find some time to slow down and enjoy this holiday season! By www.hitchedaf.com
Merry and Mistletoe
My inspiration for my mood board is helping brides plan a wedding during the holidays! Christmas is my favorite holiday and I enjoy my family time, decorating, and watching Christmas movies the most. My bridal inspiration Instagram handle is eventplanningdiary3
I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas
My inspiration for this mood board is the movie White Christmas. Every year my mom, sister, and I watch this movie and it is my favourite tradition! I pulled a lot of elements from the costumes like red velvet, white fur, and tulle. I also went for a very simple and traditional decor look with lighted trees, candles, and tinsel. Christmas is my favourite holiday for so many reasons, most of them having to do with tradition. Every year I look forward to decorating the tree with my mom, watching White Christmas, going to the candlelit Christmas Eve service at church, opening up new pajamas on Christmas Eve, Christmas morning brunch, and so much more. It really is the most wonderful time of the year! I’m still new to the wedding planning world, so I don’t have a website or brand established yet, but I’ve been having fun with mood boards and I’m excited to see where this takes me in the next few years! By Abby Harrod
Create A Wedding Mood Board Last Words
Creating mood boards is an essential part of being a successful wedding planner—not only do they allow couples to visualize their dream weddings, but they also help keep everyone on track throughout the entire process! That’s why we love participating in our annual Holiday Mood Board Challenge—it helps us practice our design skills and get creative with our ideas! If you’re interested in joining us next year, check out our FB group Becoming a Wedding Planner! We’d love to have you join us!