Inspiration vs. Reality

I’ve probably read thousands of posts on Weddingbee, but one post that always stood out to me was Mrs. Flamingo’s post-wedding post on her inspiration vs. reality.

I think one of the very best things you can do as a bride is choose a color scheme and a feel for your wedding, and then stick to it!!! I really think sticking to my guns made the whole wedding decision making process easier.

BUT did I do it? Did I follow my own inspiration board?

Here’s my original inspiration board that I made over a year ago:


Pic 3 and 6 are from J. Crew. Pic 5 is from Real Simple Weddings. And pic sixteen is from Miette. All other images from Project Wedding.

And here’s my real wedding:

All pictures from Amanda at Blueberry Photography.

So, what do you think? Did I turn my inspiration into reality?


Mrs. Peep Toe

San Francisco
Wedding Date:
May, 2009

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    Mrs. Champagne 1337 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:44 pm

    I’m totally planning on doing a comparison too! Yours looks better, btw:)

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    Mrs. Labrador 1823 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:52 pm

    I was just thinking about this last night when I came across my old inspiration board! Mine is going to look very similar and that makes me happy. :) I think having an inspiration board definitely keeps me focused on one cohesive theme which in turn keeps things easier to plan!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 9:20 pm

    Nice! I wished i made an inspiration board. All I have are a bunch of pictures in LOTS of folders. ooops.

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    Mrs. Green Tea 765 posts, Busy bee @ 9:24 pm

    anything’s better when you add that bright smile of yours!

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    dille_dalley 72 posts, Worker bee @ 10:12 pm

    I think you did much better than your inspiration board! I love the cute idea you used for the table numbers. But the idea of an inspiration board is a nice way to stay focused if you’re like me. See something pretty and get it without realizing that it doesn’t “go” with everything until it’s too late.

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    jeaninelovesyou 155 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:49 pm

    most def!

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    Serendipity 7829 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 12:05 am

    No doubt, the reality was WAY better than the inspiration!

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    Mrs. Moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:15 am

    Wow, your reality rocked!

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:20 am

    I love the Real Thing. Amazing job!

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    thefuturemrsjewell 1829 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:28 am

    i think you did an amazing job making your inspiration board a reality, and an even more stunning one at that!

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    Ms Potato Chips 1193 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:28 am

    Wow that is magazine-picture-perfect-beautiful, Peepers! You look lovely and I want to eat those flowers.

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    alishaneva 2152 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:42 am

    I’d say you definitely made your dream a reality! And even outdid it! It’s just absolutely stunning.

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    Mrs. French Fries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:58 am

    Yours is way better than the inspiration board! So beautiful. :)

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    Mrs. Taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:14 pm

    Wonderful job turning your inspiration into something even better!! :)

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    Mrs. Poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:24 pm

    I agree with everyone you def turn your inspiration into something way better :)

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    hisbahamamama 994 posts, Busy bee @ 9:40 am

    I love the real wedding waaay better!

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