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How to Create Your “Official” Wedding Mood Board

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Every bride should make some version of a mood board before planning their wedding. Mood boards (also know as inspiration boards or vision boards) involve compiling several visuals into a collage to create an evident theme. They are a great way to determine the vibe your wedding will embody and help you easily communicate your vision to those styling your event. Pinning down the mood and tone of your wedding provides you and your wedding planner with a clear direction for planning, making it much easier to decide on flowers, dresses, decor, etc. Creating a mood board might seem intimidating, but we’ve broken it down into 5 simple steps!

Step 1: Brainstorm and Establish a Clear Theme

The first step in creating a mood board is figuring out what mood you’d like to achieve! When you think of your wedding, what instantly comes to mind? Write down keywords or phrases that describe the feel of your wedding. Maybe you picture boho chic, southern charm, or modern and industrial. Think about the materials you envision, like wood, lace, brick, or velvet. What about colors and fonts? This will help your wheels start turning and help you know which direction to go in.

Step 2: Choose Your Format

Mood boards are presented either electronically or physically based on your personal preference. Traditional mood boards involve cutting out images and gluing or taping them on a foam board. Spray adhesive also works for this. Pinning visuals to a bulletin board is another more traditional option. A more contemporary choice is to assemble a digital mood board. Sites like Canva, PicMonkey, Abobe Spark and Milanote are all helpful collage tools as some offer templates. Digital boards tend to be easier to make due to the simplicity of downloading and uploading images. No printing, cutting or gluing needed! Whatever you choose, keep in mind that the format of your mood board can play a part in creating your desired vibe. For example, maybe you paint the foam board a color that expresses your theme well or the digital format matches your modern vibe.

Step 3: Collect Visual Elements

Now for the fun part! Search the web or flip through magazines to find images. Pinterest, Unsplash and Pexels are great sources to easily find hundreds of artistic and inspiring pictures. Look for visuals that resonate and fit the mood. This could include venues, designs, objects, flowers, and/or attire. If images have people in them, consider what expression they should have. For those of you creating digital mood boards, consider adding some movement with gifs or videos (visit Giphy or YouTube). After you compile a good amount, filter through them and choose the ones that best align with your vision.

Step 4: Gather Colors and Fonts

After you’ve begun building your concept with images, it’s time to integrate ideal colors and fonts! If you already have a color palette in mind before starting your inspo board, add it to your board! If not, try pulling colors that seem to be common throughout the pictures you chose. Adobe Color gives you all kinds of palettes to choose from and even helps you put together a color palette of your own! Pick out a font or two as well that makes sense with your theme. Dafont provides an endless array of freely downloadable fonts in all categories from “handwritten” to “old school.” Color, fabric and/or material swatches also help tie your vision together!

Step 5: Arrange All the Piece

How you do this last step is completely up to you! There is no right or wrong way to make a collage. However, having pieces that vary in size makes it easier to create that signature collage look. Consider making the images that convey your mood the most a little bigger than the others. Play around with all your pieces as much as you need until it looks perfect! If you are making a physical mood board, only pin or glue your pieces down AFTER you know how you’d like to arrange it!

And voila! You have an official wedding mood board portraying all your wedding fantasies. Now it’s time to make it come to life! Happy planning!


Need some inspiration to fill your boards? Check out endless wedding inspo on our Pinterest boards!

Our Wishlist From The Dowry – Unique, Ethical Gifting Under $100

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If you haven’t gotten the memo yet, buying mass produced is out and ethical gifting is in! We hope this trend becomes a tradition, and to help you get started we put together a holiday wishlist of unique items from The Dowry – an ethically-minded wedding gift registry and curated artisanal marketplace. The Dowry empowers modern couples to build their wedding registry from items exquisitely shaped, woven, painted, and imagined by hand-selected artisans, but they also have some seriously chic gifts for any person in your life. So, why choose mass produced when you can have handmade? The Dowry has so many unique items to choose from no matter what your budget, so we put together some of our favorites under $100! Check them out in our curated holiday gift guide below and give ethical gifting a go this year. Cheers!

Our Wishlist From The Dowry – Unique, Ethical Gifting Under $100

Under $30

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A. Brooklyn Slate Charcuterie Board

B. The Blue Grate Plate

C. Desert Ceramic To-Go Mugs

D. Chambray Cocktail Napkins

Under $50

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A. No. 3 Small Oval Ceramic Platter

B. Beecher’s Salt + Pepper Shaker

C. Woven Natural + Black Wall Tassel

D. Ansel Ceramic Mug

Under $100

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A. FLîKR Fire2 Portable Fireplace

B. Oil + Vinegar Condiment Set

C. Billet + Blade Wooden Cocktail Set

D. L’Insolence Ceramic Pitcher


Explore more from The Dowry here or check out other North Texas wedding vendors here. Cheers!

12 Festive Venues for a Winter Wonderland Wedding

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Dreaming of a winter wedding? We sure are! There is nothing more magical than a winter wonderland wedding. From blooming white florals to eggnog and holiday cheer, these festive details can warm and brighten up any space. With so many beautiful North Texas wedding venues, choosing the perfect venue for your holiday season soiree is a challenge in itself. We’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite local wedding venues that are easy to transform into a winter wonderland. Let’s deck the halls and find you the wedding venue of your dreams! Happy holidays!

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The Nest at Ruth Farms – This stunning white-washed barn is surrounded by peaceful hills and farmland, tucked away in Ponder, Texas. Its rustic barn doors open up to the most picturesque views and the tall windows are the perfect touch for all the beautiful natural light. The Nest’s spacious venue has all the amenities from private bridal and groom suites to a picture spot at our grand staircase and balcony for that Romeo and Juliet moment. This venue is full of gorgeous details and holiday cheer!

Photo // Brittany Clark Photography

Hidden Pines Chapel | Highland Village – Hidden Pines Chapel is the epitome of a Southern wedding. This charming chapel’s beautiful windows bring in all the beautiful light and the touches of stone and wood create a rustic and timeless feel. Accommodating up to 325 guests, the chapel and reception hall will allow your guests to mix, mingle and dance comfortably. The grand staircase is also a stunning place to take post-wedding photos as well as making a grand entrance. On the plus side, located in Highland Village, during the winter season, this area is decked out in holiday cheer from garland, crimson bows and even horse-drawn carriage rides your guests can enjoy after the festivities.

Photo // Tracy Enoch Photography

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Aristide | Colleyville – With a new remodel the Aristide at Colleyville is ready to help you put on the most gorgeous winter wedding. The white decor and lush ivy accents are perfect for the bride who wants a clean slate venue. The dream winter wedding opportunities are endless with Aristide at Colleyville! The Tuscan style courtyard with string lights, a soothing water fountain and a spiral staircase complete the venue and are the perfect place to take your first photos as newlyweds.

Photos // Pharris Photos & Philms

The Cliff House – Located in the Bishop Arts District, The Cliff House is a beautifully restored church that has all the quaint charm your holiday soiree needs. This historical church offers a touch of history and timelessness with its grand white exterior and rustic wood carried throughout. Holly berries and greenery pair nicely with the natural rustic elements on the ceiling as well as the crystal chandeliers that give the space a warm and cozy glow.

Photo // Reigh Walker Photo & Films

Magnolia Grace Ranch – Magnolia Grace Ranch is the perfect place to tie the knot this holiday season. Conveniently located at the heart of DFW, this elegant venue is a stunning mix of rustic charm meets starry nights. Wood-paneled doors and giant windows make this barn feel more like home than a venue. Surrounded by towering cedar and oak trees, your dream of a winter woodland wedding can truly come true. The natural wooden seating allows plenty of seating for all your guests too! The temperature-controlled barn will keep you and your guests warm on those chilly Texas nights.

Photo // Hannah Hix Photography

BRIK Special Events – Located just minutes from downtown, BRIK is a gorgeous wedding venue that can turn your winter wedding dreams into a reality. This 1900 industrial building maintains its authentic feel but is filled with modern features. This venue is the most versatile space in the area, with the flexibility to adapt to any style you are looking for – vintage, industrial, elegant or rustic. The dark wood floors contrast with the white walls, giving the industrial space a soft and cozy mood. The building is also two-stories with a quaint courtyard and private back porch area for your guests to mix and mingle.

Photo // Grant Daniels Photography

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Hilton Dallas Park Cities – If you’re looking for a venue that is fit for a chic winter wedding, this is it! Hilton Dallas/Park Cities is a hidden gem in Dallas that offers the ideal space for a classic ballroom wedding. Their gorgeous rooftop patio boasts the best views of the city and serves as the perfect place to end your big day. But the fun doesn’t stop there – have the perfect wedding weekend by staying in their beautiful rooms and experiencing the holiday joy in the surrounding city!

Photo // Sami Kathryn Photography

barn winter wedding venue

The Establishment Barn – Two words to describe the Establishment Barn: Southern charm! This oh-so-cute wedding venue checks off all the boxes when it comes to having the ultimate rustic winter wedding. From the 17 acres of open field to the rustic barn with modern features and the handcrafted doors, it is clear that every detail has been thought through. Perfect for a winter wedding, The Establishment Barn can be decorated with festive colors all around. You will not have any problems making this wedding venue your own with this blank slate-style barn!

Palmwood Event Center

PalmWood Event & Conference – From intimate to extravagant, PalmWood Event & Conference Center is here for you! Located in Fort Worth and with space to celebrate with 300 guests, PalmWood Event & Conference Center is the perfect space for a big winter wedding. Say “I do” on their lovely twelfth-floor outdoor terrace while being surrounded by jaw-dropping views of the city holiday lights. This definitely is the venue for the big-city bride!

Photo // Amy Karp Photography

country club winter wedding

Gleneagles Country Club – Can you say luxury? Gleneagles Country Club offers the elegance and tradition of a country club combined with Southern charm! The wood aesthetic is perfect for a cozy winter wedding. With beautiful private ceremony and reception areas, picturesque views of the golf course and unmatched service, your big day is sure to be everything you could want and more. Make your dream winter wedding a reality at this oh-so-chic and elegant wedding venue!

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The Westin Galleria Dallas  – With event spaces accommodating larger weddings anywhere from 300-700 guests, it’s no wonder this classic, the heart-of-Dallas locale is a continual top choice for both hosting and housing wedding weekends! A perfect venue for the bride who wants a large and celebratory holiday wedding. Their on-site award-winning chef is known for whipping up menus to delight every palate, no matter how exotic the request. Did someone say holiday classics? From start to finish, their events staff work to make sure every detail is handled and properly executed to ensure a smooth and enjoyable day for you and your entire wedding group!

Photo // Joseph Mark Photography

 

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Aristide | Mansfield – The Aristide at Mansfield has it all! From a wedding suite with hair and makeup stations and a three-way mirror to a grand outside staircase and six-foot high chandeliers, this venue is perfect for the bride who wants a Tuscan inspired winter wedding. The grand staircase and indoor ballroom are stunning locations to celebrate your big day with all of your guests.

Photo // Ben Q. Photography


See our complete list of our favorite local DFW wedding venues here!

Elegant Edwardian Wedding Inspiration at Bingham House

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Elegant Edwardian wedding inspiration plays out in these light and airy scenes around the stunning Bingham House! A sweet and feminine palette of ivory, blush, mauve and crimson carried out throughout this tablescape is just what the doctor ordered! Overgrown installations and centerpieces from Event Stems Floral featuring baby pink and white roses, dried pink pepper berries and red eucalyptus give us so much to look at, and this combination of florals makes for a truly unique bridal bouquet! A simple ivory tablecloth and shimmery champagne napkins from AM Linen Rental for a little pop coordinate perfectly with the table arrangement’s bold blooms and the opulent gilded flatware that elevates this wedding seating even further. Finished off with picture perfect macarons in shades of pink, this elegant Edwardian wedding inspiration has our backs straight and pinkies out! Scroll on to take in all the darling details for yourself. Cheers!

Photo // Gaby Pineda Photography


Still on the hunt for more gorgeous inspo? Check out all our styled shoots and curated wedding inspiration here.

How to Build a Custom Reception Table Design

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Creating a one-of-a-kind a place setting at your reception tables can seem overwhelming, especially when you start looking at the checklist of items you need to include. Chargers, plates, flatware, drinkware… not to mention the question of style or quality. Luckily the pros from POSH Couture Rentals are sharing their top tips on how to build a custom reception table design! Read on for POSH‘s advice on what to include, how to mix-n-match decor, where to add trendy pieces and more!

How to Build a Custom Reception Table Design

Photo // Charla Storey Photography

1. Make Note of What Should Be Included in a Place Setting

The foundation for any place setting begins with the linen. Begin here to layer in harmonious colors and patterns with beautiful weight and texture. Atop this, set the mood with chargers, dinner service plates, napkins, enough flatware for the meal and stemware. Keep in mind the tablescape should tie in three things: the menu, the environment (consider the season and the venue), and most importantly, personality. A place setting aims to create the all important atmosphere your heart desires. Your guest will spend the most time sitting in the same spot, so make it memorable with inspired layering. These details make guests feel special while reflecting your style and taste, and that’s money well spent.

2. Factor in Your Budget

First, always check with the venue or caterer to utilize what’s already available. Often, staples (white china, flatware, etc) are included in your contract, so the rental budget can focus on specialty pieces. With micro-weddings, you can really go far on the guest experience and stay within budget. For bigger weddings, we can create a lighter version for the extended party and heavily layered our couture place settings for the head table, to set the stars of the evening apart.

Chargers always steal the show because it ensures guests will never have an empty spot in front of them. (A personal favorite is the glamorous Clear Hand Cut Crystal Charger for its diamond like sparkle.) Bringing in unique stemware for a signature drink is another nice add on.

 

3. Play with Mixing Dinnerware

Our tip is simple: Mix in what speaks to you. Make a mood board and pick out the textures/patterns/colors that reflect the atmosphere you wish to create. Chances are we have something to fit the mold with over 85 china collections. Our website also offers My POSH: a place to play around with our entire inventory and save your favorite looks for a quote. Start with your linen and charger, and add layers for each course as you would accessories. Don’t be afraid to play around to find the vibe that matches your style. How do you want the guest to feel? We find that layering in vintage elements adds a soulful presence. For example, a modern bohemian bride might lean towards the Scandinavian look of coupe china mixed with the soft curves of Cutipol flatware and the warmer embrace of our Denmark Chair. If you are still overwhelmed with where to start, set up a physical or virtual appointment with us. We love an excuse to set the table.

 

4. Add in Some Trendy Pieces

A modern aesthetic can be created with our popular concrete or marble chargers. There is also the Scandinavian, modern boho look which lends an understated vibe with the soft curves of our creamy organic Coupe China collections. Just add the Cutipol GOA flatware to elegantly tie the look together. Individual serving pieces are also on trend, not to mention impressive. A glass dome to serve appetizers or a crystal lily to offer desserts are nice, thoughtful touches. If you’re forgoing a sit-down dinner altogether, then focus on a fun bar – think signature drinks in colorful stemware, coup champagne fountains, etc. A good rule of thumb for cocktail service is three glasses per person.

5. Don’t Forget These Important Rental Items

Napkins, all day. The linen hemstitch is a classic while current trends lean to adding both color and a unique fold or drape with the napkin. This is especially worthy for the head table, as it is the most photographed. Another big misstep is forgoing attention to service pieces. We offer everything from gorgeous vintage serving utensils to elegant copper chafing dishes and gold cake plateaus. Think of every moment, from the place setting, the cake cutting and the guest giving a toast, then add the element that meets that moment.

6. Finish the Look With the Proper Seating

To be a truly well-appointed table, don’t forget the value of a great chair – it elevates the atmosphere and keeps the guest comfortable. Our Jacquemus loving couture brides enjoy the artful elegance of a mid century modern Denmark chair or the sophisticated allure of the Mila chair. They transcend whether the event is inside or outside. On that note, if you fall in love with a heavy pattern or texture for your linen, like sequins, the Kartell ghost chairs or Villa Clear Ballroom marry the space perfectly without taking away from your initial place setting vision. Pulling up the right seat is everything.

 

Meet POSH Couture Rentals

We built our collections to tie into a client’s existing (or future) personal estate/heirloom china. We set ourselves apart with one-of-a-kind couture pieces that can be found nowhere else, with names like Christofle, Charles Sadek, Maria Daage and Arte Italica. We constantly refresh with trends and patterns as well, from Cutipol to Marchesa, to fit any theme (hello, leopard) for a fun shift from the traditional tabletop. We also offer the classic white catering collection to fit any menu style, be it Asian or West Texan. Our vast tiered and on-trend collections ensure you can have it all and still stay within a specific style and budget.

Thanks to Angela and Jami with POSH Couture Rentals for sharing their sage wedding advice with us! Interested in seeing more from POSH’s inventory or virtually designing your own place setting? Visit their website here or connect directly via their Brides of North Texas profile.


Now that your reception table decor is underway, why don’t we work on your florals next? Read our Dallas Wedding Florals Guide to get started!