Are Inspiration Boards Really Inspirational?
I met with a client recently to go over some of the early details of her wedding. Color scheme, flowers, invitations, etc. She described in great detail to me the invitations from Martha Stewart that she loved, the flowers from her best friends wedding that she had to have and the table linens she saw in a Pier1 advertisment. Everything individually was beautiful and unique. But as her coordinator, I was pulling it all togeather in my mind as she went down her wish list.
I knew we had an issue. My client had a very specfic vision in her head, which I actually love. But nothing she described remotly coordinated togeather. So as we wrapped our meeting I told her that I was going to take her ideas and make an inspiration board.
What I actually did was make two. One with all of her ideas, visually put togesther into one place. And one with tweaked versions of her ideas. It had similar flowers, but ones that fit her budget and were in season during her reception. Similar invitations but with a font that matched the carefree summer theme. Similar linens that could be rented, instead of bought. And everything else tied togeather (her dress, bridesmaids dresses, favors-dont get me started on these, menu cards, etc).
The next time we met, I simply held up the two boards. Without saying a word, she grabbed the revised one and beamed “I LOVE IT”!! And she looked at the original and winked… “whos crazy idea was that”.
Lesson… Even if you think it all pulls togeather in your mind. Create an inspiration board to pull everything togeather into one place. Not only will it help you, but your vendors too. I mean, how many inteperations are there for aqua!!!