If you are like most of our clients, you probably go online to find inspiration. Today, we’d like to share a few sites that we love collecting beautiful, lovely, fabulous images to inspire your wedding design, aside from browsing Tears of Joy’s amazing blog posts.
Weddings tend to birth the desire to pull together the perfect look for your special day. Some brides go old school by cutting and pasting images into an actual scrapbook, while others cut and paste with the click of mouse.
Today we are going to be speaking to those of you that want to find, collect and share images that inspire your wedding design online. Don’t worry if you’re a traditional scrapbooker, because this post is not just for tech savvy brides! In this post you will find a step by step guide to the chicest and most user friendly websites for finding, collecting and sharing inspirational images online.
What Are Image Inspiration Websites?
Simply put, these are sites specifically designed for people to search for and share inspirational images. In addition to saving and sharing the images that are already on the site, these sites have additional ‘bookmarklets’ or ‘browser extensions’ which let you grab images from elsewhere on the internet and include them in your selection of inspirational images saved on the site. Sounds complicated? Trust us, it isn’t. Oftentimes it’s simply a matter of dragging and dropping an image into your bookmarks bar (that space just below where you type web addresses) and clicking on it as and when you spot an image you like.
WARNING: These sites are extremely addictive!
We Heart It
A simple, easy to use site that is also super cute!
Here’s how the folks at We Heart It describe their site: ‘It’s where you keep your inspiration. We Heart It lets you create an online album (a heart) with your favorite images and videos. At the same time you can see what other people are adding to their own hearts and save it on yours to grow your collection.’
HEARTS! Don’t you just love it?
You can search for images using keywords (tags) or click on popular tags. When you find an image you love, just click on the heart in the bottom left corner and it will change to a lovely shade of pink. The image will then be saved for you in your favorites for next time you visit. You can also right click or use a screenshot tool and save the image to your computer if you’d like to access it offline.
Here’s a screenshot of a search we did using the keywords ‘Blush Wedding Decor’.
On it’s ‘About’ page, Polyvore is described as ‘the web’s largest community of tastemakers where people can discover their style and set trends around the world. Trendseekers and shoppers alike come to Polyvore to discover the hottest brands, products, trends and looks.’
If you are a fashionista, this inspiration board tool is for you! You can search for items on Polyvore or easily grab images from internet shopping sites (using the ‘clip to Polyvore’ bookmarklet tool) and include them in your board. Once you have your images you drag and drop them onto your ‘board’ and re-arrange them/re-size them by dragging the corners to make the image smaller or larger. An instant inspiration board. Easy Peasy.
We really love this sexy date night outfit created using Polyvore:
When you browse Polyvore, you will see on the right side of the page, the item, the online shop where it can be found, and the price, all listed for your reference. These boards could be helpful for so many things – for example pairing bridesmaids dresses and shoes to see if they work together.
Although Polyvore helps you to create instant, stylish inspiration boards from images you find on the web, beware that the ‘clip to Polyvore’ tool doesn’t work on all sites (including image sharing sites such as Google Image, We Heart It or Tumblr). It prefers online stores where the images are mainly isolated on white backgrounds. Keep in mind that Polyvore also will not allow you to upload your own photos, which is a shame.
What is Pinterest? On the Pinterest About section it says ‘Pinterest is a social catalog service. Think of it as a virtual pinboard – a place where you can post collections of things that you love and “follow” collections of things made by people with great taste.’ The basic premise is you create boards of images you like, and “pin” items onto the board when you spot something you like online or directly on their site. Easy Breezy.
Here’s a snapshot:
Pinterest is chock full of amazing inspiration boards and images. It’s hands down the most comprehensive catalog of images and links for wedding inspiration around.
It’s worth noting that all of the sites above have a social element too, whereby you can share your inspirational images with others and ‘follow’ other people’s inspirations, as well as share on Facebook. Deciding to engage socially on these sites is completely up to you.
So there you have it! We hope you enjoy hopping online and exploring. Please come and find us online! We’d love to see what you create!