If you dream of a celebration that transcends the ordinary, a travel-themed wedding might be the perfect ticket. Imagine a day where each detail reflects the spirit of adventure and the allure of far-off places. Sounds magical, right? If this sounds like the perfect wedding theme for your “I do’s,” this guide is for you.
Picking your wedding destination theme
Now, when diving into a travel-themed wedding, you’ve got to pick a destination to set the theme. It could be a city you’ve always dreamt of or a place with sentimental value to you as a couple. For instance, if Paris is special in your heart, go for a French-inspired theme with Eiffel Tower decor, French cuisine, and romantic tunes.
Once you’ve picked your destination, use it as a starting point for your wedding planning. Dive into its unique features, traditions, and landmarks. Get creative and incorporate them into your decor, food, and entertainment for that authentic touch.
Invitations and save the dates
When it comes to a travel-themed wedding, your invites are your first-class tickets to set the mood. Think passport-style invites, boarding pass feels, or vintage travel postcards. Throw in travel-themed fonts, map motifs, and destination colours for that perfect vibe. Personalize them with an “itinerary” of the big day or a “boarding pass” RSVP card to add an extra touch of excitement.
Decorations and centrepieces
Turning your venue into a travel haven is all about decorations and centrepieces. Vintage suitcases make for nostalgic props, serving as display pieces or functional elements like card holders. Globes? They’re not just for geography class. Use them as centrepieces, table numbers, or wedding guest book alternatives where everyone can leave their mark. And maps can double as table runners or placemats for an extra touch of thematic authenticity.
Ceremony with a cultural twist
Infuse your wedding ceremony with cultural elements that pay homage to the richness of your chosen destination. Consider incorporating traditions, rituals, or vows inspired by the local customs of the region. If language plays a significant role in your chosen destination, weave in phrases or readings that add an authentic touch to your vows. This not only enhances the overall theme but also creates a meaningful and memorable ceremony that resonates with the spirit of your chosen locale.
Entertainment that takes you places
Your travel theme can easily extend to the day’s entertainment. Think musicians, dancers, or performers who specialize in the arts of your chosen destination. A mariachi or steel drum band, belly dancers or a jazz trio that harkens back to the streets of Paris all add a fun cultural aspect to your wedding festivities. And a playlist that’s a world tour of music? It’s guaranteed to get the party started.
Travel-themed wedding favours
For keepsakes, you have a world of options to choose from. How about personalized luggage tags? They’re practical and a reminder of your special day whenever your guests travel. Or opt for miniature globes or map-themed coasters, small tokens with big meanings that can find a place in your guests’ homes. Another great idea is to create personalized travel kits with mini toiletries, a travel-sized candle, and a heartfelt note to thank your guests for joining you on this journey.
Culinary delights from around the world
Treat your guests to a delectable journey around the world with a travel-themed wedding culinary experience featuring your favourite foods from your travels. Place a map table card or mini globe at each seat to reveal the exciting destinations they’ll explore through the art of gastronomy.
For example, begin the adventure with appetizers that transport you to the lively streets of Mexico, featuring mini tacos paired with tequila shooters for a zesty kick. Take a flavourful detour to Japan with sushi rolls that dance on your taste buds, then venture to the Mediterranean with savoury Greek moussaka. You can also serve a sizzling BBQ experience that captures the essence of Southern summer adventures. Top off this global gastronomic journey on a sweet note with French pastries and Italian tiramisu.
This multi-cultural culinary journey is a wedding feast that transcends borders and ignites the spirit of wanderlust among your guests.
Capturing the moments
Find a photographer who gets what your travel-themed wedding is all about. Work together to plan shots that showcase the destination-inspired decor, cultural elements, and the pure joy of the day. And hey, a fun photo booth with travel-themed props is a must – let your guests take home some awesome memories!