How to Plan a Travel-Themed Wedding

Better late than never, right? Time flies when you’re having fun, and it certain hasn’t slowed down for us since moving to London. Almost three years ago I tied the knot with X. It’s been an ongoing adventure with crazy ups, tough downs and lots of fun in between. While the wedding itself was wrapped up in us planning to move, career changes and general chaos, we still wanted to celebrate our love of wandering the globe in some of the details. Here’s a bit of inspiration for a travel-themed wedding if you want to follow suit!

Eileen and Christian wedding

The Invitations

I loved the prints available with the Foil-Pressed Collection from Minted. While traditional cursive invites beckoned, the idea of a pretty and understated card was what I hunted down, especially featuring our colors of deep teal and gold. This design worked great for us, although it was originally made for a destination wedding. It features little planes and other transport headed towards hearts. The print worked well too as many of our guests were flying from out of state or even out of the country.

travel themed wedding invitations

travel themed wedding invitations detail

The Cake Topper

Simple and sparkly worked great for us. I had an Etsy designer make a wooden cake topper saying “Come Fly With Me” in fancy script and gold. I planned to take it along on our honeymoon to New Zealand for more photos as a prop, but forgot of course!

travel themed wedding cake topper

The Wedding Cake

There’s only a few bakers south of Boston that people trust with their wedding cakes. I had a somewhat non-traditional idea and Montillio’s did a decent job with the vision. In the future, I think I’d be more specific in what I was looking for, as some of the design looked a little rushed. The outside was a white buttercream with cut-out silhouettes of famous landmarks we had seen in our travels. The cake tasted great too, even frozen on our one-year anniversary!

travel themed wedding cake

travel themed wedding cake detail

The Guestbook

Map details and almost looked like a passport. It was perfect to keep all our guests names in as they arrived to the cocktail hour.

travel themed wedding guest book

The Table Numbers/Destinations

I thought I was pretty clever finding this idea on Pinterest! Instead of numbered tables, we had each one be a destination we had traveled to in the past. I used my own photographs and lettering to print the cards, then used gold frames. California was my favorite – where we got engaged.

travel themed wedding table setting

The Place Cards

This might have been my favorite detail. Each guest picked out their name, emblazoned with a passport stamp graphic and announced their ‘destination (or table) for the evening. The colors were fun and bright too.

Travel themed wedding placecard holders

The Centerpieces

The idea of the table was simple and short, so guests could all interact with each other and avoid extravagant flower arrangements. We purchased small cardboard suitcases and covered them in vintage stickers. Alongside those were my own books about travel and a small bloomed flower bunch in a vase. Done and done!

travel themed centerpiece

Here’s a bonus of me looking fly as hell in my dress. You’re welcome.

me wedding dress Eileen Cotter Wright

Images by Berry Photos.

Author: EileenCotterWright

Eileen Cotter Wright is a Boston, MA expat living in London, UK. She is a freelance writer and owner of group travel site PureWander.com. Despite losing her passport the first day she left her home country, she's continued to roam the earth with gusto for about a decade. You can keep up with her hot mess adventures on Twitter @Crooked_Flight.

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  1. Oh wow this is pretty cool. I love the cake and the wedding dress is just beautiful also does placement has a brilliant. What a fun theme to have at a wedding.

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    • Beautiful! Everything looked amazing

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  2. Your photos are absolutely stunning! The details in everything from the cake to the guest book and the place cards are just beautiful.

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