32 Destination Wedding Invitations That Celebrate Your Faraway Locale
If you're planning a destination wedding, you probably already know that location is everything. All of your celebration's details—the planner, flowers, food, and décor—depend on the "where." Your destination can also have impact on the details guests will see long before the celebration takes place. When deciding on or designing an invitation suite, many couples have turned to their faraway venues for inspiration. We've seen what they've come up with and let's just say this: It's a tried-and-true path to gorgeous paper goods.
Of course, when your venue is situated in a tropical paradise or high up in the mountains, there's no shortage of stationery inspiration. Palm leaf patterns, vibrant colors, and tassel accents feel fit for an island fête, while cacti graphics and terra-cotta colors work perfectly for a desert celebration. Wherever you're hosting, consider customizing your invites with a defining element of that faraway place. Illustrations of your destination's best features give attendees a taste of what's to come and commemorate the trip once the day is over. If your guests haven't visited your wedding's location before, turn your invitation into something useful to all tourists—a map! Just take this Italy-inspired suite, for example. Emily Mayne showcased illustrations of this couple's venue on the invites and envelopes and provided maps of the country for adventurous guests looking to explore.
You only have one chance to make a first impression, and the best way to do just that is with your invites. Make them beautiful by channeling the colors, textures, and details of the venue. After all, those touches are probably what drew you to the location in the first place.
If you are hosting a faraway garden event, display flowers indigenous to your celebration's locale throughout your suite. For this California soirée, the couple sent Lena Tramutola invites in envelopes boasting a fun bougainvillea print.
Midwestern Mountain Range
Dreamy Color Palette
A destination wedding in Santorini, Greece, deserves dreamy white-and-blue stationery that matches the island's architecture. Blooming Day Studio enhanced this invite's thematic look with a laser-cut city scene, Lucite add-ins, and an ivory fabric envelope.
Make like Libby Rae Studio and feature a painting of your sunny beachside venue on your invites to get attendees excited about the warm weather they're about to enjoy.
Vintage Ski Poster
Copy Moon Tree Press' postcard-inspired Palm Springs stationery for your faraway nuptials—this note type connotes travel, which makes it the perfect choice for your destination wedding.
We love how this couple printed the silhouette of Martha's Vineyard onto their invites as a unique way of showing off their big-day locale. We suggest doing the same if your soirée is taking place in a recognizable island or state.
Stars and Bougainvillea
Include a map—Albertine Press created this one—of sights to see near your venue in your stationery suite; guests will know exactly where to visit while they're in town for your big day.
Ask guests to "fly away with you" on your invites, like Jolly Edition did here, as a way of nodding to the trip you're about to embark on together.
Customize your paper goods with a map that illustrates all of your favorite things to do in your wedding's city location. Pigment & Parchment used pictures specific to the couple's hobbies like bikes, their dog, and coffee cups, to showcase how much they enjoy exploring the area (with their pup in tow!).
Just because you are including a map in your suite doesn't mean it has to be super detailed. Nicolette Selman of Isidore and Augustine made this one, which featured four locations near this couple's venue worth traveling to so guests wouldn't feel overwhelmed by the options.
Let your locale's distinct skyline inform guests of your city fête by printing it onto your invites. Ijorere's moody depiction of Chicago did just that.
Recreate these Brown Tree Stationery invites for a suite with maritime flair. The selection used scalloped patterns, gold foil, and a sailboat-shaped RSVP card to allude to this fête in the Maldives.
If you're displaying your big-day locale's skyline on your suite, opt for a minimal design when it comes to fonts, shades, and other illustrations. Hi Note's iteration didn't distract from this city graphic.
Tropical-themed cards that feature warm-weather flora and pastel hues are perfect for a Hawaiian wedding. Julie Song made this suite, which showcased jade green palm leaves and pink blossoms.
Poster and Logo
Paper Chase designed these woodsy, poster-like invites to hint at their camp-inspired affair. The earthy look is ideal for any lakeside, summer retreat celebration.
If your wedding venue's traditional architecture speaks to your locale, hire an artist to paint it onto your big-day invitations. This bride's mother handmade her suites, which beautifully depicted the French chateau where the couple said, "I do."
Does your locale have sentimental value? Find a way to incorporate that meaningful aspect into your invitations. The envelope liners used in this Portugal-themed suite by Haute Papier were inspired by the tiles from Lebução, where the bride's father grew up.