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This post was last updated on December 18th, 2019 at 07:16 am
So you’re getting married – congratulations! If you’re a travel lover, and especially if travel is a big part of your relationship, then you might be considering a travel-themed wedding. But where do you even start to plan something like that? Look no further than our list of 10 travel themed weddings ideas you will love!
A photo booth with travel themed props
No wedding is complete without a photo booth, like the classic ones from Showtime Photo Booth, and for a travel themed wedding you can make this really special. Your guests will have a great time snapping selfies with a variety of travel themed props. A hat with corks dangling down to represent Australia? Iconic. Some outrageous sunglasses? Fantastic. A Hawaiian lei thrown around your guests’ shoulders? Fancy! Photo booths are a popular wedding idea, but you can really put your own twist on it when it comes to choosing the props. Photo props are easy and inexpensive to get hold of, too.
Send travel themed invitations
Wedding stationery is just a small part of planning a wedding. However, it’s a small part that can cause a lot of stress! If you’re planning a travel themed wedding, why not have it start with your invitations? You can make these yourself if you have some creative flair, or simply order them online. Some ideas include boarding passes with the date, time and location in all the right places, or handwriting vintage postcards with all the information on the back. Whichever way you do it, you can make sure your travel themed wedding is a success from the get go!
Opt for travel themed place settings
Again, such a small detail. But place settings are really important when it comes to weddings – how else will your guests know where to sit? A cool way to incorporate your travel theme into your place settings is to use luggage tags. You can buy multipacks online and add your guests’ names as well as the location of your wedding. They’re an easy way to keep your travel themed wedding consistent, and a nice keepsake for your guests to take home. If you don’t want to buy loads of luggage tags, boarding passes or plane tickets can be used here too. Printables are readily available online.
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Choose a travel themed wedding cake
The wedding cake is often the centre point of the day. Not only is it great for photos, everyone wants to compare it to their own or others they’ve seen – and hopefully get a taste of it! So what can you do to make wedding cake as travel themed as possible? You could opt to keep it simple with a plain wedding cake that has a travel themed topper, with your favourite travel quote for example. Something middle of the road might be a cake decorated around the sides with buildings, a map or planes.
If you want to go all out, consider a suitcase-shaped cake, or one in the shape of a plane or famous landmark. There’s plenty of travel themed wedding cake inspiration online! It’s really easy to put your own twist on this type of thing, too: incorporate your favourite colours, or landmarks you’ve visited as a couple.
Make a travel themed bouquet
When it comes to your bouquet, you don’t have to use flowers. Not actual flowers, anyway! Considering DIY-ing a bouquet by cutting flowers out of maps, and attaching them together. You can attach the flowers onto fake stems or thick green wire, and tie with ribbons to complete the look. Not only is this an inexpensive way of making your bouquet, it is also continues the travel theme of your wedding.
Theme your centre pieces
When it comes to what’s on the table, you can go all out. Suitcases, globes, miniature versions of famous landmarks – these are all things you can pop in the middle of each table that have a strong connection to travel. Did you get engaged in Paris ? Why not have the Eiffel Tower on one table, the Arc de Triomphe on another, Disneyland’s famous castle on another! If you decide on suitcases as centrepieces, look around your local charity shops and antique stores to find well-worn vintage suitcases that will look SO cool at your travel themed wedding.
Or theme your tables entirely
If having travel themed centrepieces isn’t enough for you, consider this instead. Each table can represent a different country: the country’s flag waving in the middle, wine or beer from that country on the table, postcards from that country dotted about. You can really go all out with this one and take it as far as you want! Your seating plan can be a map at the front of the room, too.
Pick your decorations carefully
So we’ve talked about cake, tables and invitations. But what other decorations might you want at the wedding? A photo backdrop for you and your guests is a great idea: you could use a giant map, or have a blown up image of your favourite holiday destination. Hot air balloon and aeroplane decorations hanging down from the ceiling are a cute way to continue the travel theme, and you can even make signage that looks like you’re in an airport or at a famous tourist landmark!
For airport signage, you can let your guests know that your wedding is at ‘gate 27’ and have a board showing which direction that is. To make it look like you’re at a famous tourist landmark, create old-fashioned wooden signs showing how far it is to other famous landmarks or cities.
Incorporate maps into your wedding accessories
Whether it’s cufflinks, a necklace, a tie or something else, you can easily incorporate maps into your wedding accessories. Pinpoint where you met, where you live or where you loved visiting together. Then, have it turned into something you can wear on your wedding day and keep forever. It’s a really simple and elegant way of making sure your love of travel is reflected in your big day. Also, it’s unique to you!
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Have a travel themed guestbook
Last but not least, think about your guestbook. Buy a travel themed scrapbook and have all of your guests sign it with messages and memories – everything in one place. Or, get your hands on some unwritten postcards from various cities, states or countries. Then your guests can write longer messages on them, and you could even provide a pretend postbox for them.
So there you have it – plenty of travel themed wedding ideas to help you plan the perfect day. To see how I created my Asian travel themed wedding visit this post- We’re married! My Amazing Thai-Asian Themed Wedding