38 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.
Bright Orange and Navy
For her couple's destination wedding in Mexico, Kelly from Pink Champagne Designs created an invitation suite that perfectly captured the spirit of the locale: A navy-and-orange design, a nod to both the destination and the celebration's color palette, and illustrations that spoke to the location were on full display.
Illustrated Envelope Liner
These custom wedding invitations were designed, printed, and assembled entirely by House of Hannah Weddings and Events. To really drive home the fact that the couple was tying the knot in Ireland, an illustration of the cliffs and water near the venue were included in the envelope liner.
Tying the knot somewhere tropical? Work the location's signature flora and fauna into your suite. Amy from Hobart & Haven created the wedding invitation, which included illustrated palm fronds and green and gold details to nod at the Miami destination.
Invitations from Emily Rose Ink showed off the couple's ivory-and-gold color scheme, which was the perfect fit for their Normandy, France, destination wedding.
Bold and Beautiful
A destination wedding in Italy calls for special stationery. In addition to the hand-calligraphed and letterpressed main "invitation," Written Word Calligraphy and Design also created a watercolor of the villa where the celebration took place to use as the envelope liner.
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.
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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
Model your destination invites after Wouldn't It Be Lovely's if you're tying the knot at a snowy mountain venue. The pros based this iteration off of vintage ski posters.
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
If your wedding décor is inspired by your locale, preview different big-day design elements throughout your suite. Anticipate Invitations painted bougainvillea and Mexican stars on these invites, which attendees would later see at this soirée.
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.
Hint at your desert wedding with invites that feature dry-weather vegetation. Lauren Haddox Designs painted cacti onto this suite.
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.
Laser-cut wooden evergreens will texturize your mountain wedding invitations in a thematic way. Paper Daisies Stationery created this couple's suite.
Nod to your wedding in Capri, Italy, with lemon-painted invites. Since the island is known for their citrus, this couple asked Ema Giangreco to incorporate the fruit throughout their stationery.
Foreshadow your Jamaican wedding with a suite that features the island's main export: fresh fruit. Happy Menocal Studio created these iterations.
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