5 Places to Look For Wedding Inspiration (that are not Pinterest)

Now that you’re engaged, or in a serious relationship, you may be thinking about your wedding all the time. Are you spending countless hours scrolling on Pinterest and maybe feeling a little overwhelmed by all the options and trends? 


Wedding Designer Stevie of Wildly Collective and I talk about this all the time. We know, and we’ve been there too. There are so many ways to have a beautiful wedding! Seeing all the options can be a little overwhelming sometimes. 

Let’s get you off the screen (after you read this blog post, of course) and get you looking at richer, more organic sources of inspiration for your wedding day! 

The first place will take little effort to get to, but more focused effort to view with fresh eyes: 

your own home. 

Your home can be a place of self discovery. Consider the colors, textures, and art currently present. They tell a story of your life and your interests from your past and your future. Even if there are a few aspects of your home that you would like to refresh, consider what you currently own and display to gather information about what you personally like, what make you feel relaxed and comfortable, and what kind of space is warm and inviting to guests in a way that is true to you. 

Repurpose your home decor as part of your wedding decor to truly infuse your wedding day with your personal style. | Image by Lauren Greenberg Photography.

Repurpose your home decor as part of your wedding decor to truly infuse your wedding day with your personal style. | Image by Lauren Greenberg Photography.

The second place might be a walk down the street or a flight to another city: 

your favorite restaurant, bar, or coffee shop. 

This may sound silly, but stick with me here. What is it that you love about the environment, the food or drink? What do you love about the service? What have they done to create this environment that you love so much that you would drop all your money to be there over and over and over again? 

The way a space is decorated or structured could be clues to colors, themes or words you would like incorporated into your day. The way they offer customer service and the food they serve could be sources of inspiration to an experience you want to recreate for yourselves and your guests on your wedding day. Ask your caterer and bar staff about the experiences they aim to create for your guests and how they accomplish this. Will it align with the service at your favorite restaurant? Better yet, does your favorite restaurant cater? 

You can also use this restaurant, bar, or coffee shop as inspiration of personal touches added to the menu, an inspired signature cocktail, or the way you brand your decor. Anything is a go as long as you and your partner connect with it! 

Serve your favorite drinks at your wedding. | Lauren Greenberg Photography

Serve your favorite drinks at your wedding. | Lauren Greenberg Photography

The best weddings are the ones where the couple fully shows up as themselves. That’s when people celebrate the most. | Lauren Greenberg Photography

The best weddings are the ones where the couple fully shows up as themselves. That’s when people celebrate the most. | Lauren Greenberg Photography

The third place includes many locations: 

nature. 

Even if you don’t consider yourself outdoorsy, nature can be a source of inspiration for you. When you think of a peaceful, inviting place, what type of environment is it? The beach, a forest, mountain tops, the tropics? At the very least these could not only inspire your color choices, but the florals used in your wedding. Nature could also inspire your day from the layout of your ceremony (is there movement to your backdrop?) to the song choices for your ceremony or special moments during your reception (what rhythms do you connect with?).  

Custom ceremony backdrop inspired by nature. | Image by Lauren Greenberg Photography

Custom ceremony backdrop inspired by nature. | Image by Lauren Greenberg Photography

Words and story matter and they move us. That’s why the fourth source of inspiration is: 

your favorite piece of literature. 

This can be your favorite novel, short story or poem. How does the author describe the place, the setting, the people, the feeling. Maybe it’s the cover art that inspires you or the setting of one specific scene in the book or maybe the place where the author grew up that connect with you the most. These connection points can inform your vows, your ceremony message, speeches, and decor. 

Personalized acrylic and neon signs are now trending. Why not use your favorite line from a poem or book for that special, personalized sign (maybe even a Drake lyric..that’s literature, right?) You can incorporate the aspects that resonate most with you into your day in so many ways. 

Neon signs of favorite quotes are popular additions to wedding decor. | Image by Lauren Greenberg Photography.

Neon signs of favorite quotes are popular additions to wedding decor. | Image by Lauren Greenberg Photography.

Last but not least:

your favorite fashion brand or designer. Let them influence not just your outfit of the day, but also aspects of your wedding day. 

What colors, materials, and stories are they telling with their clothes? You could use them for your wedding party’s attire, your reception outfit, or in the linens on guest tables. Could a structured piece be the source of inspiration for your decor or be the name of your signature cocktail? Absolutely!

No matter which source of inspiration works best for you, just be sure that your wedding day truly tells your love story--the story of who you two are. 

Want to talk more about how to incorporate yourself into your wedding day, send me an email or DM. I’d love to chat with you to make your day your own!

celia@unionswithcelia.com

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PS These images are from Natalee + Felicia’s wedding day! Blog post about the entire amazing day coming to the Unions With Celia blog soon! In the meantime, check out more details from this wedding on Dancing With Her.