Trending Now: Compass Wedding Ideas
If you and your fiancé are self-proclaimed travel lovers and are looking to portray that fact in some way on your wedding day, nod to your adventures with symbolic décor. Compasses, for example, are more than just a nautical motif associated with sailing, boating, and other watersports. While they are the perfect decoration for an ocean-inspired affair, compasses can represent globe-trotting, spontaneity, and exploration, too. In fact, the instrument can signify a journey two individuals embark on together—which, if you ask us, is definitely a wedding-worthy concept.
Compasses are more than just an ornament—they can be purposeful, too. Place a compass on your wedding map to help guests travel from your ceremony to reception location with ease. If you are hosting a destination affair, create a sign that points to all of the interesting landmarks nearby using a compass to indicate each location's direction. We even suggest creating a compass escort card station, like this one by Emily Clarke Weddings and Events and The Left Handed Calligrapher, to literally guide attendees to their dinner seats.
You don't have to display actual compasses to include them in your big day. A compass can add nautical flair to your dessert station when printed on cookies or dress up stationery, signage, or menus as an illustration. Even compass-patterned pillows can be used to style your reception's lounge. Whether you're looking to incorporate your favorite maritime sport into your event design or provide directions to guests in a classic way, get inspired by the following compass wedding ideas—they'll take your big-day décor in a direction we think you'll love.
Speak to your passion for hiking and exploring nature with a compass-inspired stationery suite that features a forest scene. Script and Vine made this iteration.
Using a nautical figurine as a centerpiece? Tie the unconventional décor element into the rest of your tablescape with thematic dishware. Aisle Society used compass-printed plates to complement this sailboat model—both represented this couple's love of boating.
Compass escort cards, like these Laura Hooper Calligraphy creations, can symbolically and literally direct attendants to their seats.
Nod to your love of sailing throughout your dessert station with cookies that display anchors, compasses, and ship wheels, like Flour Dusted Countertops did here.
Place Setting Adornment
Make like Purple Summer Events and lend nautical flair to your place settings by displaying a compass on each plate.
Add your initials and wedding date to compass favors—Joyce Kim Weddings styled these—to celebrate you and your fiancé's love of traveling.
Hand out personalized compasses emblazoned with your monogram (Atelier Invitations created these) for nautical-themed wedding favors.
End of Night Treats
Dress up edible favors by stamping their packaging with thank-you messages and compasses. The additional touch will tie your end-of-the-night treat into your nautical wedding aesthetic, as evidenced by these Lux Events and Design ones.
Hint at your love for adventure by styling your wedding lounge with compass pillows.
Add nautical motifs to your invites to give guests a preview of your coastal celebration. Cheree Berry Paper featured rope, compasses, and sailboats throughout this suite to do just that.
Highlight your unique locale with a sign that points to all of the interesting landmarks nearby. This iteration featured a compass in the center to give attendees a sense of where to go when exploring the area.
Getting married on a harbor? Copy this duo's compass mirror seating chart to celebrate your waterside venue.
Is your signature cocktail named after your love of travel? Decorate the drink with a compass rose-printed swizzle stick for a thematic finishing touch.
Surprise your soon-to-be husband or wife with a small token representative of your relationship on the big day. This bride asked Laura Hooper to make matching compasses labeled "Mr." and "Mrs"; she presented them to her groom on the morning of the wedding. The pieces were symbolic of the pair's favorite bonding activity: sailing.
Dance Floor Decal
Stick a compass rose and coordinates decal (Zapo Art designed this one) on the center of your dance floor as an unexpected way to showcase your reception's locale.
Minimalist Envelope Design
Lend artistic flair to an otherwise simple stationery suite by incorporating a compass underneath your address. Mospens Studio added the tiny symbol to the envelope as an accenting illustration that didn't take away from the paper goods' minimal aesthetic.
Flying Cuff Links
Cuff links are a great way to subtly personalize your wedding ensemble. This pilot wore compass rose ones to represent his love for flying.
A big-day symbol is a great way to tie different design elements together. The Wedding Library featured a compass emblem on these menus, which matched this reception's escort cards.
Welcome attendees to your destination wedding with bags that feature maps of your locale's city. We love how these were printed with compasses, so guests knew where to go when exploring the area.
If you and your partner live by a specific motto, incorporate it into your wedding favors so guests will carry your mantra with them long after the big day is over. This couple sent attendees home with gold antiques, complete with "Love Is the Compass of Life" tags by Jubilee Events.
Your invites do not have to be blue and white to speak to your soirée's beachy locale. Note how Cheree Berry Paper's gold-and-ivory suite used a map, compass, lighthouse, and luggage to hint at this destination wedding by the water.