I’ve had a few questions about how I find inspiration, so I thought I’d take a stab at answering them here.
I really believe that inspiration can be found anywhere, especially when coming up with a vision for a special event. Things that I think about when I make these boards are:
1. What season is it?
2. What is the mood of the event? Is it formal, casual, or something in between? Is it grand or intimate? Sophisticated? Playful?
3. What is the location? Inside or out-of-doors? How can I play up regional/local elements? Does the architecture/scenery inspire me?
4. What single element can tie everything together? Is it a theme? A certain flower or fruit?
5. How can I stretch this idea? What is unexpected but fits perfectly with all the other aspects?
A note about color schemes: Sometimes I do have a palette in mind, and that’s what I use to come up with the other elements of a board. Other times, I have all those other things in mind, and I pull images together that fit, and a color scheme emerges. While having your colors all picked out can focus an event and help pull everything together, I think it can also be limiting and too obvious. To avoid this, I try to make room for color families – so if I’m mostly working with celery green, I won’t automatically abandon celadon or pine. I’ll see if I can make them work with the rest of my vision.
So, that’s it. I hope this is helpful for those of you planning your own events, and either way, I love to hear your ideas and try to pull them together in a cohesive board.
PS: Yep, I just use Adobe Photoshop to put these boards together. It’s a little tricky if you haven’t used it before, but play around and read the tutorials and you should get the hang of it.
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