How to create a vision board for your dream wedding


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Have you been dreaming of your wedding day since you were little? Maybe you even have it pictured in your head right now. Or maybe you’re not the type of bride that’s been picking out wedding colors since you were a young girl. Perhaps you’re not sure of exactly what you want, but you have an idea of how big or small and what type of feeling you want on your special day.


Either way, putting together a dream board for your wedding can help simplify your planning process in so many ways. Creating a wedding dream board, (also sometimes referred to as a vision board or manifestation board) can help you start to put together your dream wedding day. Or, at the very least, it can be a great way to help narrow down ideas and aesthetics for your wedding ceremony and reception plans.


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Here’s Why You Want a Dream Board for Your Wedding.

If you’re dreaming your ideal wedding day and you can see it in your mind, you’ll need a way to share that vision with others. Not only is creating an inspiration board a great exercise in getting clarity, but it’s also a physical way to share your wedding vision with your venue and vendors while wedding planning! It helps translate that mental image into concrete plans for your wedding day.


Creating a wedding mood board can help make your dreams come true. It might sound a little woo-woo, but having a clear vision of what you want helps to keep you motivated to make things happen!


Dream boards are powerful tools to help you make your visions become a reality. Creating a vision board and putting it somewhere you will see it every day keeps you thinking of what you want. It will subconsciously and consciously help you take inspired action to make those dreams a reality!


A vision board for your wedding can also help you focus on the pieces that matter most to you. Getting clear on what you want helps you feel less overwhelmed and more confident about making decisions. Your mood board can help you coordinate anything from bridesmaids’ dress colors and flowers to decorations and food and more.

How to Create a Vision Board for Your Wedding

You can make a dream board in a couple of ways. You can create a physical dream board that you can literally hang in your room or you can make a digital dream board that you can add to your phone or desktop.


Whichever one you decide to make, be sure that you put it somewhere where you will see it daily to remind you of what you want and to keep you inspired.

Create a Physical Wedding Inspiration Board

Now it’s time for the fun part — crafting your vision board! You can head out to your local craft store or Dollar Tree and grab the supplies you will need:

  • A large bristol board or poster board
  • Scissors
  • Magazines
  • Glue or a Glue Stick
  • Stickers, if you like!
  • A frame (if you’d like to frame it)

Look through some wedding magazines or online to gather images of things that represent your wedding day. You could even print the images from your wedding Pinterest board or any favorite photos from Instagram to add to your poster. Your dream board could include inspirational photos of wedding dresses you love, flowers you like, and color schemes you’re drawn to. You can also include quotes that inspire you or make you feel good.


Cut out your favorite images you find either online or in magazines so you can arrange them and glue them to your poster board. Alternatively, you could use a cork board and pins to create an inspiration board that you can easily change and evolve over time.


This vision board is meant to represent how you want your day to look and feel. It should also inspire you, so don’t forget to add your favorite quote about weddings or love to keep you feeling all the feels.

Create a Digital Wedding Inspiration Board

If you’re more of a fan of a digital format, that’s totally possible and easy, too! Having a digital dream board is a great idea because you can access it on-the-go or even add to it as you wish! You can set your vision board as your wallpaper on your phone, tablet, and desktop, so you’re always inspired and reminded of your dreams.


There are a few apps and online tools you can use to create a digital dream board, but my favorite is Canva. You can find details on how to create a free dream board via Canva here.


Remember that you can use dream boards for anything! From your wedding day look to goals that you want to achieve, to your vision of the future. You can create a vision board for anything you have on your mind that you’d like to make a reality!


You can create your versions of dream boards on Canva. Create a new design in a size that fits your computer screen or even an 8.5×11 letter-size sheet of paper. From there you can drag and drop images from Canva’s photo collection right to your board. You may even want to upload other images you found around the web!


The other way you can make a dream board is right in Google Docs. You can choose a landscape design, grab images you love, and copy and paste them into your doc.


There are so many ways that you can make a dream board, have fun and remember to keep changing it up until it feels just right to you. It has to speak to you.

Plan Your Wedding with a Vision Board

There are so many aspects of your wedding that you could make a dream board for. You can create one to help you with your bridal party and what you’d like them to wear. Get creative and create an epic honeymoon dream board for the vacation of your dreams! You can even create a collage of everywhere you’d like to go to help you narrow down your plans.

You can create a vision board to help plan your bachelorette party, your wedding decorations or even your wedding day look.

Things to Add to Your Dream Board

One easy way to start is by pinning things you like on Pinterest! Gather all your favorite cakes and decor items and dresses onto Pinterest boards and get inspired to find the perfect one for your wedding day.


You could include things like textures, color palette, fabrics, floral arrangements, cakes, patterns, invitations, fonts you love– you name it. The options are endless and the more details you include, the better! You might even want to include your wedding planner in the creation process as having expert input and help will ensure you get a great wedding mood board with a clear vision. It will come in handy for you both so you can piece together all the details for your ideal day.

The key to making a wedding dream board is to feel inspired anytime you look at it. You want it to perfectly showcase your core desires for the look and feel of your big day. It should give you *all the goosebumps* when you see it! Include words and images that encourage you, empower you, or make you feel inspired and excited!

Other Ways to Use a Vision Board

Dream boards are excellent because they can help you bring your goals and dreams to life, but they can also help you plan and categorize your goals.


I make dream boards all the time and use them for different aspects of my life. I create dream boards for my dream vacations, I create monthly dream boards, yearly dream boards, and dream boards for my goals at work and in my business. (Be careful, I have to tell you that this can become addictive!)


You can genuinely use dream boards any way you’d like as long as they make you feel happy! Creating a manifestation board can give you a tingly feeling of gratitude for what’s to come. You can rest easy knowing your dream board is going to help you reach your goals because you’ve clearly articulated your vision!

Here Are Some Different Types of Dream Boards you can Make.

  • Monthly dream boards
  • Yearly dream boards
  • Work goals
  • Vacation
  • Family
  • Kids
  • Inspiring quotes
  • Things You Desire

Remember to put your dream boards somewhere that you can see them daily. Feel free to change them up anytime you feel like you need some new motivation and inspiration! Pro tip: add inspiring quotes to keep you reciting positive thoughts into your subconscious mind!

Summary on Dream Boards for Your Wedding

The idea is for you to feel excited and inspired while planning your wedding: the beautiful flowers, the dreamy colors, the groom and groomsmen in their tuxes. Whatever your vision is, you want to be able to narrow down all the choices you have so that you’re left with what you’ve been dreaming of for years.


Enjoy the process and feel inspired as you continue to plan with your beautiful dream boards. Have fun!


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When a couple says their wedding vows, they commit to a lifelong union of their aspirations, life goals and finances. However, many couples kick off married life by taking on thousands of dollars in debt to finance their wedding: About three in 10 engaged couples plan to take out debt to cover wedding expenses, according to a LendingTree survey conducted in April 2020. Read on to find out how much they borrowed, what kind of debt they borrowed and why they borrowed it.


LendingTree commissioned Qualtrics to conduct an online survey of 920 Americans who are currently engaged to be married. The survey was fielded April 6-10, 2020.


Wedding bells are often followed by wedding bills — nearly three in 10 engaged couples take on debt for their wedding, meaning that they could be left paying for their special day long after they say “I do.” Additionally, 18% were unsure if they would take out debt, meaning that the total number of couples left in debt over their wedding could be higher.

Among couples who changed their wedding plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, about 35% took on debt, compared with 29% of couples as a whole. It makes sense that the couples who had to change plans might need more money to fund their weddings. By changing dates, some couples may have lost deposits or had to book new, costlier wedding dates than originally planned.




Of those who took on debt to help pay for wedding costs, 72% took on less than $10,000 worth of debt to finance their wedding. Just over one in 10 couples took out $20,000 or more.

See the breakdown below:

  • Less than $1,000 (6%)
  • $1,000 – $4,999 (31%)
  • $5,000 – $9,999 (34%)
  • $10,000 – $19,999 (17%)
  • $20,000 or more (12%)

Couples will likely use a mixture of debt and other financing methods to pay for their big day, seeing that the average wedding costs about $25,000, according to research from companion site ValuePenguin.

Credit card, personal loan debt are most common among couples

Engaged couples that took out debt were most likely to use credit cards when compared with personal loans and borrowing from friends and family.

Using a credit card to finance a wedding is an option to cover big-ticket wedding expenses rather than dipping into savings, and it can even be an opportunity to help couples earn rewards, like airline miles. However, paying for wedding expenses with a credit card also means you’ll have to pay compound interest when a balance is carried month over month.

Personal loans were also a popular option for couples who needed wedding financing, with nearly four in 10 turning to wedding loans. As an unsecured loan, the borrower doesn’t require collateral, though strong credit will likely be needed for qualification. Even then, personal loans can come with high APRs, meaning that a couple’s wedding expenses will come with the added cost of interest even as they benefit from a fixed interest rate and repayment timeline.

Nearly 8 in 10 couples plan to pay off wedding debt within a year

It may be concerning that so many couples plan to take out debt to cover wedding costs, but the good news is that they don’t plan on keeping that debt around for long. The vast majority of couples (77%) who plan on taking on debt to cover wedding expenses plan to pay off that debt within one year.

Here’s when the couples we surveyed plan to completely pay off their wedding debt:

  • By the day of the wedding (17%)
  • One month after the wedding (16%)
  • 2-6 months after the wedding (31%)
  • 7-11 months after the wedding (13%)
  • A year after the wedding or longer (23%)

Just under a quarter of those taking on debt to cover wedding expenses will need more than a year to repay that debt.




Engaged couples go to great lengths to plan the wedding ceremony and reception they’ve always wanted. Making that dream a reality is easier said than done, though, and it comes at a price that often goes beyond the literal cost. Our survey found that 37% of couples argued about wedding expenses.

The arguments don’t start and end with the couples, either: Fifty-seven percent of couples received financial help from their parents, and of those, nearly four in 10 reported arguing with their parents over wedding costs.




You can’t put a price on having the perfect wedding day — at least that’s how 33% of the couples we surveyed see it. In addition, nearly half said that they took on debt to pay for their wedding to help them afford the day they’ve always dreamed of having.

See the breakdown of why couples decided to take on wedding debt below:

  • Want to have the wedding of their dreams (46%)
  • It’s worth it (33%)
  • Didn’t see any other option (28%)
  • Committed to using a certain pricey vendor (20%)
  • Didn’t plan on it, but the costs keep adding up (20%)

But many couples were unprepared for the cost

Many of the couples we surveyed didn’t feel they had a choice but to take on debt to finance their wedding, with a fifth of them admitting that they didn’t plan on it but were unprepared for the total cost of the wedding.

The cost of renting a venue was the biggest surprise to couples. One in five couples were most surprised by how much they’d end up spending booking a venue. The other most surprising costs were: photographer (12%), flowers (11%) and caterer or baker (10%).


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Couples in some regions of the country take out wedding debt at higher rates than couples elsewhere. Nearly four in 10 engaged couples living in the Middle Atlantic region (which comprises New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) are going into debt for their wedding. Just 21% of those living in the East South Central region (which includes Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi) said the same.

The average cost of a wedding depends on where you live. Wedding venues in certain parts of the country, for example, are far more expensive due to increased demand, so it makes sense that engaged couples in some regions need to lean on financing tools to pay for a more expensive ceremony. Couples in some areas of the country are likely to pay twice as much for a wedding as they’d pay in others.

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