Ideas For a Travel Themed Wedding


November 22, 2021
Words by Rebecca Mardikian
Photos courtesy of

Dreaming of the pristine white beaches of Hawaii or the breathtaking views of Lake Como, Italy? Perhaps you are yearning for the royal treatment in Scotland? If you have your heart set on a destination wedding, but traveling far from home isn’t in the cards, consider throwing a travel-themed wedding. From wedding invitations and decor pieces to diverse food options, your wedding can transport your guests just about anywhere!

We’ve compiled a list of our top five travel decor ideas to help you create a special experience for your guests. 

Photographer: Two Adventurous Souls; Save The Dates: After Hour Design; Invitations: Inspirations by Amie Lee

Passports, Please

A great opportunity to introduce your theme is through your invitations.To go for a wanderlust look, we suggest opting for an invitation themed around your destination or simply travel itself.

For example, real wedding couple, Angela and Ameer, sent their guests boarding pass style save-the date cards which they called the ‘tickets to paradise.’ If this sounds appealing to you, perhaps consider creating passport-style invitations. Including these unique touches will surely  get your guests excited for your big day!

Photo & Design: JW Design Studio Gifts

Where in the World is My Seat?

Tired of the same old seating charts? Well, you are in luck. We have one fun decor item that will add some spice to your wedding celebration. A world map seating chart is the perfect alternative to the traditional seating chart. Not only will this add some excitement to your wedding, but it will also make your guest feel like they are traveling abroad. Besides, who wouldn’t want to feel like they are in the historic country of Egypt or the beautiful outback of Australia?

Photography: Chris J. Evans Photography; Décor Calligraphy: Miss B. Calligraphy

Traveling Around The World

To match your world map seating chart, ditch the conventional table numbers and assign each table a different destination. For example, real wedding couple Kym and Adam share a love for travel, so they chose to incorporate a different destination for each table in their magical Maui wedding. To further personalize, you can opt for destinations you have visited with your significant other or places you are planning on visiting in the future for a more romantic feel. 

Photo: Marlanph from Getty Images

A Taste of the World

For many couples, food is one of the most important parts of a wedding. Feel like you want Greek gyros or French macaroons? No problem! Surprise your guests with traditional foods and drinks from around the world. Not only will your guests love this fun addition, but their taste buds will take a trip across the world without even leaving your wedding. 

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Parting Party Favors

When it is time to say goodbye to your guests, treat them to some cute party favors that will be sure to add a lasting impression of the night. A few party favor ideas that stick to the travel theme are mini suitcases filled with mints or chocolates or a travel size compass for your guests to use the next time they travel. 

A travel-themed wedding is a perfect option for those couples who have a passion for experiencing different cultures, geography and food together.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

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