I bought my first bridal magazine just 6 days after my engagement. I returned from New York, went for the weekly food shop and snook Brides magazine into the bottom of the trolly. I was so excited to flick through it and be in awe of all the gorgeous wedding dresses, cakes, venues and ideas. I’ve always been obsessed with weddings – I’m ashamed to admit that I was that girl who had a wedding Pinterest board. So the day I could buy my first bridal magazine was almost as exciting as the proposal… almost!
Having worked in the hotel industry and having an insight into the world of weddings, I know the wide range of material now available to brides to be. It’s all very exciting but it can be hard to know where to start, so I thought I would share my top wedding inspiration sources for the beginning stages on wedding planning.
Magazines and a wedding planner
This is a great and fun place to start. Buy some magazines and enjoying flicking through. Treat yourself to a wedding planning book (someone may even treat you to one) and use it to collate your favourite ideas, themes and looks from the magazines. I love nothing more than making little mood boards filled with my favourite photos from the magazines.
Set up a Pinterest account ( if you don’t have one already) and mimic your physical wedding planner. I have various boards for all different aspects of my wedding – cakes, dresses, centre pieces, colour themes, flowers etc. Pinterest is brimming full of so many ideas, looks and inspiration for all kinds of weddings – from budget friendly to lavish. I also use my Pinterest account to collate my favourite photos that I come across on wedding blogs.
I’ve been reading Style Me Pretty for many, many years – I told you I was wedding obsessed! It’s an American blog which features photos and stories from real weddings. To read other people’s stories and hear their reasoning behind the look they went for on their wedding day really helps me centre my thoughts on what I want from our big day. Their blog posts are categorised by theme, colour, location and many more so categories so it make planning very easy! Rock My Wedding is another blog which I have on my favourites bar. It’s a British wedding blog filled with unique weddings with some fantastic twists and stories that make the weddings featured very unique.
I wouldn’t be much of a social media manager if I didn’t rely on other social media platforms to help give me inspiration.
Instagram has so far shown me some great photos of venues that I have my eye on thanks to the ability to search for photos via location. Rather than trying to get an idea about an venue from their website or brochure I can see other people’s photos from when they have visited the venue – it give me a behind the scenes look from the glossy styled photos you find on websites.
Facebook gives me inspiration in the form of information. I follow many wedding magazines and blogs on Facebook so their articles and blog posts are shared in my theme. I’ve read some fantastic articles on how to save money on the wedding, how to include various family members in the day when you have a huge family like mine, details that you can miss out as no one really care about them etc.