Wedding Themes: Travel Inspired

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My husband and I met in a small town in Sicily. While ideally we wanted to marry in Italy, we quickly realized that we would be marrying to a very small crowd, probably of just two. Even though we had to marry stateside, we found plenty of ways to infuse our spirits for travel and adventure into our wedding day.

Many couples want to have a travel-wedding theme. Your relationship might be based upon travel. Perhaps you met in a foreign city or you both are globetrotters with a bad case of wanderlust and itchy feet. A travel-wedding theme can be the right path for an adventurous couple. It is also multidimensional in that it works with a number of venues, colors and personalities of couples. Here is your round trip ticket to a travel-wedding theme.

Send Postcards of Adventure By Way of Your Invites and Save The Dates

Send Postcards of Adventure By Way of Your Invites and Save The Dates

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Couples can easily dive into a travel wedding theme beginning with their invitations and save the date cards. As these pieces of mail will be your first correspondence with guests, you want to be sure that they will know your big day will have a bit of adventure infused into its theme. Many companies have embraced travel themed wedding invitations. Couples should seek out invites and save the dates that have a travel theme whether they are made to look like postcards or carry an airmail motif. Wedding invitation can also be styled like airline tickets, recreating the look and feel of a plane ticket but with all of your wedding information included.

Travel Inspired Wedding Invitations

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Engaged pairs who want to avoid literal translations for travel themed wedding invitations and save the date cards can embrace other aspects to travel in their correspondence with guests. In my case for trying to recreate a slice of Italy for our wedding, we selected invites with a very Florentine look in style, lettering and color. If your travel-wedding theme is based around where in the world you met, you can select invites that more subtly reflect that geographic zone. If you are merely looking to infuse adventure into your big day, more literal translations of travel invitation can be a fun way to get guests excited for your big event.

Select A Worldly Wedding Venue

Select A Worldly Wedding Venue

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While a travel-wedding theme tends to go in whatever location you place it into, you can certainly transport your guests with the help of your venue. For example, if you want a European inspired wedding, you should shop for wedding venues with that touch of Europe, from Spanish style villas to French looking chateaus. This will only make your travel-wedding theme all the more believable for guests. By selecting properties rich in details and worldly elegance, your adventure themed wedding will fit right into place effortlessly.

Set The Table For Travel

Set The Table For Travel

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With you worldly wedding venue sorted and your travel themed invites in the mail, you can begin composing how your wedding day décor will reflect a spirit for adventure. Couples conducting a travel themed wedding can build centerpieces most easily with a few items. Smaller globes can fill space on the table and also further your wedding theme. You can place these globes either just on their own or complimented with antique travel books and atlases. Flowers can act as fillers to these pieces so as to not seem overly kitschy.

Travel Wedding Themes Inspiration & ideas

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In my case, I incorporated travel into the dinner tables subtly, naming each table after a city in Italy. Each table featured the name of that city in vintage postcard form in a simple frame. Aside from travel-composed centerpieces, you can use the table naming and numbering to execute your travel theme. For example, a luggage tag with the table name or number can be added to a globe or vintage suitcase to act as a décor piece and also a guide for guests to find their table. You can also carry out the travel theme by merely naming your tables instead of numbering them after your favorite places to visit as a couple or your favorite spots in one destination that is important to you both. If you prefer to stick to table numbers instead, you can also keep travel on the table by framing segments of a map with a number printed on top or even a number cut out covered in map paper.

Travel Wedding Decor

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Even if you keep your tables more basic, you can spread your travel theme around your wedding décor. Cake tables can be adorned with stacks of old suitcases and steamer trunks. Maps and postcard bunting can add visual interest to more blank spaces at your wedding venue. Any sort of travel prop can be added to guestbook tables and the like to continue the travel theme.

Map Out a Plan For Your Guests’ Seats

Map Out a Plan For Your Guests’ Seats

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The seating chart allows for the globetrotting couple to have fun with their travel theme. One popular option is to use a larger map and pin where your guests will be sitting by country or geographic area. You could attach a cheeky title to the seating plan such as, “Where in the world are you sitting?” or “Find Your Destination For the Evening.” In addition, you could design or make escort cards for your guests that look more like plane tickets.

For my wedding, I tried to incorporate the place cards and wedding favors in one. I made luggage tags featuring their name, table location and also the airport code from which they were coming from for our wedding on one side. On the other side, I used a vintage map of Rome to act as the more decorative front cover to the luggage tag. I reasoned that not only could the luggage tag serve as a guest’s favor but it could also help them find their seat.

Wedding Ideas: Travel Theme

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A Gift Before You Go

A Gift Before You Go

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Before your guests leave your wedding, you want to be certain that they depart with something travel related for a wedding favor. While you can go the luggage tag route as I did, you can also remind guests of your wedding location with a key chain featuring your destination or a mug with your wedding location printed on it. Your wedding favor should leave your guests with memories of the adventure of your special day and also the promise of where the road might take them.

Your Turn…

Did you have a travel themed wedding? How did you make your big day truly travel? Let us know your story in the comments below...