Inspiration: Travel

I was talking to my mom early in the wedding planning, trying to think of ways to make our wedding reflect Wolfman and me as a couple. I was struggling to think of elements that make us, well, “us” that could be incorporated into our day. To my mom, it was obvious—our travels!


Pont Neuf in Paris, Christmas day


Sampling the local fare in the oldest pub in Dublin


Taking a break from our hike on Delos, during our trip to Greece


A crowded and firework-filled New Year’s Eve in Berlin

Over the four years we’ve been together, we’ve gone to Prague, Paris, Athens & Mykonos, London, Dublin, Vienna, and, most recently, Berlin. I had never been out of the country (save for a school trip to Quebec and a spring break in the Bahamas, but you know what I mean) until I met Wolfman. He had been all over the world for work, and I loved that it was important to him that I get to have those experiences too. In fact, I think if I had to pinpoint exactly when I first felt that this could be the real thing”¦it was while spending Christmas in Paris that first year (side note: guys, if you want to woo a girl, take her to Paris).

I didn’t want to commit to travel as a theme—not because I don’t like themed weddings; I actually think they can be really cool. It’s just because I knew I would have to COMMIT TO THE THEME. I didn’t want to put that pressure on myself to have to tie every single little detail together and lose the freedom to just pick what I want. That may sound crazy, but I just know how I would have approached it. So, my goal is just to incorporate some little touches that subtly show our guests a bit about our travels together.

Here are some travel-inspired touches that I’ve seen around:


(Photo by Red Lotus Photography)


(Photo via The Knot / by Abby Jiu)

Table settings could be an easy way to mention our travels. I like how the top idea incorporates the couple; the bottom one could have a map of each of the cities we’ve visited as a more subtle way to bring in the idea.



(Photos via Sizzix Blog / Event by Jonathan Fong)

LOOK AT THE LITTLE SUITCASES! These are escort cards—names on the front, table assignment inside the suitcase—all out of card stock. My mom has a Sizzix machine (of course she does), so these teeny little things could be a possibility”¦


(Photo via / by Maria Vincencio)

This is a normal world map, but used as a guestbook. The couple invited guests to write them a little note and place a pin where they were from, where they had traveled, or where they hoped the couple would travel. Maybe we could do this “pre-pinned” with the places we have already been together?

wedding card suitcase

(Photo on Wedding Chicks via / by Brumley and Wells)

The suitcase has the nod to traveling—but is also super functional. SIL Gray Wolf has some great vintage suitcases that could work out perfectly for this.


(Photo via Etsy seller Roseberry Store)

I like the idea of using something like this on the back of our chairs—maybe using a Virginia map for me, an Ohio map for Wolfman, and then DC for the heart?

My favorite thing about all these details—they’re small. They wouldn’t distract from the overall feel but would still stand out. What do you think?


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    Missido 813 posts, Busy bee @ 6:13 am

    I think that’s a great idea. Especially because it gives a reason to display all those travel photos!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:18 am

    I like the table number idea. You could use a two-sided frame and incorporate both of your pictured ideas in one.

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    annarborette 27 posts, Newbee @ 7:24 am

    I love those ideas! I definitely know what you mean about committing to a theme vs. choosing whatever you like. Those suitcases are adorable! Also, those are some great travel photos. :)

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    mzjynxie 783 posts, Busy bee @ 7:45 am

    I love them especially the second framed table number, and the last photo for the back of your chairs.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:10 am

    I love that last idea, Map letters with the place you’re getting married in the heart. I also like table numbres with maps of tha places you’ve traveled in the back.

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    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:14 am

    The little suitcase escort cards are to die for! I have never seen anything like that, and I think that you MUST do them for your wedding! And invite me. 😉 So cute!

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    LaughLines 346 posts, Helper bee @ 8:50 am

    I love maps and we had them incorporated in our wedding details in several ways. I made map-covered initials and thought of having people sign them to make them the guestbook. We didn’t, in the end, but kind of wish we had!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:43 am

    I love the idea of subtle touches, I love the table numbers and those mini suitcases are just adorbs.

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:57 pm

    I love this idea. The suitcase escort cards are amazing, and so is the map guestbook

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:20 pm

    I like the ideas for the chairs. Where you are both originally from and where you are together now. That’s supper sweet but not too over the top.

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:05 am

    I really like the last picture and the little suitcases (hard to pull off though!) Great inspiration!

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    SuperBee, Guest @ 2:22 pm

    I love the mini suitcases! Can you tell me how you made them? Thanks!!

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