20 Ways Adventurous Couples Can Use Maps and Globes Throughout Their Weddings
If a mutual love for travel is a commonality that brought you and your future husband or wife together, you've likely considered hosting your wedding abroad. But a celebration across the country or overseas isn't the only way to pay homage to the adventures you've shared. Introducing travel-themed décor elements does the trick and clearly connotes a passion for globetrotting, whether you're getting hitched in the middle of the Mediterranean or in your hometown.
Two elements that obviously convey a passion for exploration? Globes and maps. There are so many imagined, interesting ways to work both accents into the landscape of your wedding. Take these small accent globes, designed and calligraphed by The Knot In Italy, for example. The small-scale orbs supplement candle sticks and fresh floral arrangements, but also introduce a unique vibe to an otherwise classic tablescape. Love this idea, but want to introduce another degree of functionality to tabletop globes? Ask a calligrapher to paint table numbers onto vintage options. Alternatively, opt for a map table runner, which make your travels a grounding part of your reception tables.
But these accents aren't exclusively limited to your reception. Consider map wedding programs, which simultaneously give an overview of the service to come and highlight the destinations that mean the most to you as a couple. A seating chart is another way to integrate a pretty map into your décor. Simply ask a local artist to create a map of your relationship, which illustrates the places you've visited together—your guests can learn all about your formative travels as they search for their seating assignment. Ready to discover all of these expansive ideas? Click through to stumble upon plenty of globe and map wedding décor inspiration.
Brainstorming inspired accessory flat lay ideas? A map is a unique backdrop for displaying all of your big-day essentials, like your engagement ring, shoes, veil, and bridal jewelry.
If you're looking to introduce a map accent that still feels personal, consider these ceremony programs by Swell Press Paper. The exterior offered guests a map of their venue's surrounding forests. A closure, embossed with a snow-capped mountain and the couple's names, only added to the woodsy theme.
Globe Table Numbers
Not all travel-inspired touches have to feel overstated or obvious. These small globe table numbers were subtle additions to a bohemian tablescape by Lady Liberty Events.
Dress up a bare corner (or a favor table!) with plenty of adventurous motifs, like vintage luggage cases and globes. These were arranged by Alicia K Designs.
Globetrotters, it's time to think beyond the traditional gift box. This globe card receptacle goes beyond functionality—it's hand-painted florals and monogram transform it into the ultimate wedding keepsake.
Whether you're serving up cultural dishes you first experienced during your time abroad, or simply love the way a watercolor map looks on paper, consider adding a hand-painted map to your reception menus, à la this creation by Sweet Story Studio.
Map Seating Chart
Get excited about where you'll go as a married couple by paying homage to the places that impacted your formative love story. This hand-painted seating chart display by Skye Cho told an illustrated story of the newlyweds' long-distance relationship by highlighting the specific cities and landmarks that, over time, brought them together.
If you wrap favors in a map-patterned paper, they'll be pretty enough to include on your place settings.
Framed Table Numbers
Opt for a smaller-scale framed map and polish it off with a table number.
Looking for a way to display your new initials and illustrate your passion for adventure? This DIY block letter project fits the bill.
If you've invited guests from all over the world to witness your nuptials, it might be fun (and informative!) to visually document where everyone hails from. That was the idea behind this duo's magnetic map escort card display. Guests located the city they'd flown in from—the corresponding flag revealed their table number.
A pretty watercolor atlas or map (like this Michigan option by Gatlin Paper Co.) adds a fun and personal element to save-the-dates.
Maps work cohesively with other travel-related elements, like the Martha's Vineyard postcard escort cards displayed here. The framed map offers a broader perspective—it showcased several of the couple's favorite places, in addition to their Massachusetts wedding location.