From Inspiration To Reality

I love, love, love inspiration boards. I don’t know how people plan weddings without one. For me, it was indispensable. I’m pretty sure that without having a clear cut, readily accessible place to keep all my ideas, our wedding would have been one hot-ass mess. I even printed my board out when I went to find ribbon, flowers, etc.!

That said, obviously I’m big on having an overall vision. I like cohesion. I like to know where everything is going, if you will. Judging by my past here on the ‘bee, I always have been.

That said, one of my most favorite post-wedding series are the “inspiration vs. reality” posts. I absolutely love seeing how brides pulled everything together to create a wedding based on their inspiration. Mrs. Peep Toe’s wedding was bright and festive, Mrs. Sand Dollar had a rustic affair, Mrs. Cheeseburger’s was classy and elegant, and Mrs. Flamingo’s wedding was pure vintage glamour. Oddly enough, I’m at a loss for words to exactly describe our wedding, so I’ll just show you!

Our wedding inspiration:


Photos via Snippet & Ink / Swatches via 100 Layer Cake

Our wedding reality:


Photos via Jessica Charles Photography / Swatches via 100 Layer Cake

What do you think, hive? Is my reality close to my inspiration? Did/do you use inspiration boards to help with planning?


Mrs. Rainbow

October 01
Wedding Date:
May 2010
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  1. Member
    mclove 103 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:02 am

    Nicely done, Rainbow!! I love the execution board even more than the inspiration board.

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    FutureMrsMaher 856 posts, Busy bee @ 9:14 am

    I’d say you nailed it!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:17 am

    @mclove: Agreed! Everything came together so beautifully, Rainbow. :)

    I’ve referenced our inspiration board so many times during the planning process, and can’t wait to make a “reality” board of our own!

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    elliestan 3251 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:18 am

    perfect translation! my inspiration board is like 10 ppt slides right now… i need to trim it down x_x

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 9:21 am

    Great job translating.

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    lox 1465 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:27 am

    I think you did a great job of keeping the overall feel of it while still making it your own! Congrats Rainbow! :)

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    tntrav44 1455 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:29 am

    Wow, nice job!! Your own board is better than your inspiration board! I think yours reflects your colors and the feel much more clearly.

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    toshella 730 posts, Busy bee @ 9:53 am

    Just one inspiration board? I may have a problem… I’ve probably put together 5 now, and am in no way done! But I’m sure one day closer to the date I’ll have an all-encompassing I-Board like yours. :)

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:56 am

    I have to agree with the other posters, your board looks better then your inspiration!

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    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:35 am

    These are my favorite kind of posts! I love seeing the inspiration board replicated so closely. I did the same thing for my wedding 😉 I think yours turned out fabulous, and looks like a dead ringer for your event! Nicely done Rainbow!

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    Chocolatte 198 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:34 am

    beautiful! i feel like we don’t have a cohesive direction, just a bunch of ideas floating around in my head! making a inspiration board seems to be what i needed! thanks!

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:28 pm

    Wow! That is amazing how close the inspiration came to the actual wedding! Well Done!

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    xtatic1 783 posts, Busy bee @ 3:05 pm

    so pretty!

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:41 pm

    WOW! I think your reality was way better than your inspiration! The colours are incredible.

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    JTastic 7 posts, Newbee @ 4:10 pm

    This may sound dumb, but how exactly do you make an inspiration board? I’ve seen them online- I think and have them all made up. But really, how do I make one? And when I make what should I do with it? How?

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    JTastic 7 posts, Newbee @ 4:12 pm

    Those last 2 questions don’t make any sense. I meant, what should I do with the board once I make it? How do I use it?

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    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:54 pm

    I think it looks so good! The colors are spot on!

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    bacon 695 posts, Busy bee @ 11:13 pm

    It honestly looks like your actual board was the inspiration for your inspiration board! How about calling it “Glam Romance?”

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:50 pm

    Totally nailed it! And I love @Miss Bacon: ‘s idea of “Glam Romance.” Yes.

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