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How to Plan a Travel-themed Wedding and Create Lifelong Memories

How to Plan a Travel-themed Wedding
For couples who have traveled throughout their relationships, or will so in the near future, a travel-themed wedding is the perfect way to celebrate their love. Take a short trip with Wedessence as we show you how easy it is to incorporate the theme into your wedding.
Wedessence Staff
Last Updated: Nov 28, 2017
One Step at a Time
Have a wedding timeline and checklist, and follow a logical order to accomplish all the tasks. This way, you won't feel that everything is snowballing around you.
Whether you're having a simple wedding or going all out, a travel theme can work on any budget. What works wonderfully for this theme is that you can customize it in any way you like. Every couple goes through different experiences in the their relationship; it is a story like no other. So, when you bring out those experiences through this theme, you can be sure that it hasn't been replicated at other weddings.

Which is why, we have put together a few ideas that might inspire you to plan and organize your wedding. Add your creativity and personal interests into any of the ideas mentioned below, and make your wedding day the best one anyone has ever witnessed.
Amazing Travel-themed Wedding Ideas
From the invitation to the table numbers, and of course, the gorgeous décor, it is quite simple to turn these things into a lovely travel theme. Below we have provided some excellent ways that will help you combine your love for travel and for one another.
'Save the Date' Card
Passport Front Save the Date Card
Stamps of different countries on the card that looks like a passport.
Passport Back Save the Date Card
Place your picture inside and provide details of the upcoming nuptials.
Save the Date Card
Click a picture (or use an adorable picture from any of your previous travels) to make a wonderful 'save the date' card.
If you've been on Pinterest  for inspiration, and I'm guessing you already have like a ton of bookmarks by now, you must have seen couples coming up with creative 'save the date' ideas. Creating a travel-themed card is quite simple. You can make one on a postcard that has an adorable picture of you two, along with the details of the upcoming nuptials. Or, you can choose a cute picture from one of your previous adventures, and use it to send the cards out.
'Be My Bridesmaid' Card
Be My Bridesmaid Card
For every friend you wish to have in the bridal party, send this adorable card as your invitation.
The women closest to the bride-to-be need a special invite as well. You can ask your girlfriends, sister, cousin, or someone close to you to be a part of the wedding party in style. A 'be my bridesmaid' card can definitely have the travel element to it. Get a glass bottle, fill it up with a bit of sand, and keep the card inside the bottle. It'll be an unexpected invitation for your future bridesmaids.
Wedding Invitation
Travel backgrounds
Use the silhouettes from your previous travels to design the wedding invitations.
There are so many stylish travel elements that you can include to your wedding invitation set. You can add the silhouette of the city you two met in as the background of the card. Also, you can include other elements like postage stamps, airmail stripes, and suitcase stickers in various colors and styles as well. Send the cards out on postcards, airline tickets with luggage tag RSVPs , or maps for a unique approach. But once you have finalized the idea and wordings for the invitation, make sure you've placed the order at least 4-6 months in advance. This way, you can send them out 2-3 months before the wedding.
Bridal Shower Invitation
Bridal Shower Invitation
Host the shower by keeping the theme of the wedding and actual location of the shower in sync.
Keeping the postcard fever alive, it is the ultimate way to go for a travel theme shower invitation. There are many websites that custom build invitations for special occasions as this. All you have to do is choose the design, colors, patterns, and style, and they'll take care of the rest. But if you're on a tight budget, you can easily grab some vintage-style postcards and make the invitations yourself. And since the guest list may not be as large as the wedding, you can make the invitations in no time.
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
Send out these invitations to your close friends and family attending the rehearsal dinner.
Traditionally, these invitations are sent out by the groom's parents. So, in order to keep the theme intact, you can help out with the decision of choosing the design of the invitations, and what goes on them. While including information on the cards, be sure to mention whether it'll be a formal affair, or a casual dinner between both families and close friends.
Bachelorette Party Invitation
Bachelorette Party Invitation
Find a card that has a map, and pinpoint the location of the party.
Bachelorette Party Invitation
On the back, print all the details of the party.
Usually, bridesmaids plan bachelorette parties either in the same city the bride-to-be lives in, or some other location. It won't be a travel theme if your bachelorette party doesn't involve a little bit of travel. So, if the party is somewhere in let's say Las Vegas, you can have the invitations sent out by marking the location in them. Add all the details of how you'll be celebrating the night, and send the invites out at least a month in advance. Basically, girls just wanna have fun! And fun without style is just not worth it, right? So, send the invitations to all your besties, and have the time of your life before you begin a new life.
Wedding Décor
Wedding decor
Place this sign where the ceremony will be held. This way, the guests can see it as they take their seats.
Wedding ceremony board
Or, you hang a board instead. Either way, it's simply romantic.
Wooden Directional Sign At Party
How about placing different signs so that your guests don't get lost?
Reception Décor
Carriage reception decor
Place mini carriages on different tables to spruce up the decoration for the reception.
Seashell reception decoration
Hang pictures from your travel adventures; it'll keep everyone talking.
Seashells and boat reception decoration
Continue the vibe of seashells and travel with this adorable decoration idea.
Talk about possibilities! With hanging pom poms made of maps to the adorable signs placed all around the venue, incorporating this theme into your wedding is easy. You can hang paper planes, mini hot air balloons, or heart-shaped bunting made with maps above the venue. Instead of flowers, place seashells, miniature carriages, picture frames of your travels, or tiny globes as the centerpieces. These ideas not only make for an amazing and creative decoration idea, but also give your guests a glance into your lives.
Escort Cards
Escort cards
Place these escort cards at the entrance for everyone's convenience.
Place Cards
Heart place cards
Heart place cards
Keep these place cards on the tables so that the guests can easily find their seats.
Table Numbers
Table Numbers
Aren't they adorable? And they're definitely unique. Your guests will have a blast.
Reception Menu
Reception Menu
Plan the food according to the cities/countries you two have visited together. It'll be a refreshing change for the guests.
Since we've discussed the various decoration options, how can we leave out the place cards, escort cards, table numbers, and the menu cards for your reception? As you can see, with very little effort, you can add your creative touch to include the theme into each of these elements.
Cake Toppers
Cake Toppers
It doesn't get any better than this. Adorable travel-themed toppers make for a wonderful substitution.
Oh, the possibilities! From fondant Eiffel Tower to airplanes, scooters, and globes above the cake, there are no dearth of ideas for choosing your cake topper. And if you wish to make an even heavier impact, instead of the traditional tiered cake, have vintage-style suitcases as an individual tier.
Guest Book
Guest Book
Make stamps on a regular guest book to keep up with the theme of your wedding.
Pictures and words, spoken or written, help make the best memories. So, why not give your guests a chance to express their feelings for the newlyweds? And, since we don't do anything out of style, here too you have an excellent opportunity to involve the theme perfectly. Use a vintage-style suitcase, an old treasure chest, or book with travel stamps to place all their comments for the newlyweds in.
Wedding Car Décor
Wedding Car Decor
Head off for your honeymoon in style.
Before you bid farewell to your family and friends, and head off into the sunset, make the exit as stylish as you can. By simply adding a vintage suitcase at the back of the car, you can easily keep the theme intact.
If you're planning to hire a planner, discuss the concept thoroughly so that there's no confusion during the execution phase. Also, if the planner has worked with this theme before, you can be sure to get many more wonderful ideas for a magical wedding.