How to Plan the Ultimate Travel-Themed Bridal Shower

woman wearing bride chilla straw hat on beach
Photo: Jodi & Kurt Photography

Celebrate the bride's next big adventure (marriage) with a party perfect for aspiring globetrotters.

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stacked vintage suitcases used as a cake stand
Mariel Hannah Photography

The journey to marriage is a big one in and of itself, which is reason enough to design the bride-to-be's shower around adventure. But if you're still not sure if that's the way to go, ask yourself a few simple questions. Is she planning a destination wedding? Is she super excited about her upcoming vacation (a.k.a. her honeymoon)? Does she list "travel" as a hobby on social media? Is she an aspiring globetrotter? If the answer to any of those questions is "yes," you've just found the perfect theme for your celebration. And now that you've got that decided, it's time for some inspiration. Lucky for you, we've rounded up some of the best travel-themed bridal shower ideas.

There are a whole bunch of elements related to traveling that you can incorporate into your event. First, think about what people use to travel. This can be anything from maps to luggage to modes of transportation—planes, cars, and even hot air balloons included! Second, consider specific destinations and ways you can nod to their culture. These can be places the bride-to-be already loves or locations she's going to (or wants to visit) in the future. Stick with either focus (the act of traveling or travel destinations) or combine the two.

For example, this De Coeur Bake Shop cake was travel-themed in two ways. First, the continents were illustrated on its bottom tier. Second, Mint Design placed it atop a stack of suitcases. That's just one of many beautiful and creative ideas we've found.

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Girls' Trip

friends on front porch holding suitcases
Erin Lee Allender Photography

Plan a girls' trip, whether it's to a faraway location or the host's house for a sleepover-style "staycation." It's less about where you go and more about treating the celebration like a getaway. Locklane Weddings & Events planned this party, which took place at Walker Inn Bed & Breakfast.

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Suitcase Décor

vintage suitcases filled with flowers
Catherine Threlkeld Photography

These Mimosa Fresh Flower Design blooms were arranged inside SOWA Vintage Market luggage. Create something similar for statement centerpieces.

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Map Signage

woman holding paper wreath that reads come away with me
Ragi & Amanda

Queen J. Productions created this sweet wreath using maps turned into paper flowers. Illustrations of the bride and groom, plus a travel-themed banner quote, made it perfectly personalized.

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Regional Food

appetizer sandwiches on dessert stands
Olivia Suriano of Nancy Ray Photography

Serve regional fare to celebrate the destination(s) your party's themed around. This Belle's Catering menu featured Southern food, for example.

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Camper Bar

camper cocktail bar
Kristin Lin Photography

Turn your favorite form of transportation into a statement detail. This One Fine Day event featured The California Cocktail Camper as its mobile bar.

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Globe Guest Book

globe use as guest book
Kati Rosado Photography

Skip the traditional guestbook and ask attendees to sign a globe. If the décor piece looks anything like this one did, you'll want to put it on display for years to come.

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Post Card Activity

travel post cards and pens
Yazy & John/Yazy Jo

Ask guests to write marriage (or travel!) advice on postcards, which can later be mailed to the couple.

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Travel-Themed Quotes

traveling from miss to mrs chalkboard sign
Olivia Suriano of Nancy Ray Photography

Oaks + Gray Paper created this cute sign, which read: "Traveling from Miss to Mrs."

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Map Menus

map wedding placemats
Brittany Gidley Photography

Upgrade your place settings with map placemats. These ones came from Sweet Story Studio.

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Landmark Invitations

wedding invitation featuring different landmarks
Olivia Suriano of Nancy Ray Photography

One + Only Paper designed these pretty invites, which featured artwork showcasing different landmarks.

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Hot Air Balloon Favors

succulent favors with gold paper hot air balloons
Melissa Jill Photography

These transportation-themed succulent favors contained Gold Leaf Event Design & Production place cards, which were adorably shaped like hot air balloons.

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Flag Décor

mini country flags

Talk about an easy idea—just decorate with little flags wherever you please. We recommend buying ones that represent the couple's nationalities, as well as all of the guests!

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Map Cake

wedding cake with map design on the bottom tier
Olivia Suriano of Nancy Ray Photography

Sugar Euphoria baked this incredible cake, which featured a map design on its bottom tier.

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Travel-Themed Photo Props

photo booth travel prop card that reads Say yes to new adventures
Garrett Richardson

Offer up some travel-themed signage that guests can pose with in photos. This Letters to You prop read, "Say yes to new adventures," playing off the bride's engagement.

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Camping Venue

backyard diy circle tent with decorations

You don't need to travel to a luxe campsite for a little bit of glamping. Just set up a tent (or a few) at home and decorate accordingly—this one was DIYed.

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Map Initials

map letters
Shoot Weddings

Honor the couple by turning their initials into décor—travel-themed décor, of course. These DIY letters were covered with maps.

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Luggage Tag Favors

vivi yoga bali wedding ceremony favors luggage tags
Erich McVey

Send everybody home with the tools to travel. (This is especially corteous for a destination wedding!) These luggage tag favors came in bags tied with stylish Froufrou Chic ribbon.

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Airplane Accents

lisa louis wedding accordion flutes
Michael Radford

Toast to globetrotting couples with glasses adorned with paper airplanes. Cheryl Dolfo calligraphed these drink tags.

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Adventure-Themed Signage

adventure sign
Christine Sarah Photography

Really, we love any signage that nods to the theme (and the upcoming marriage), including this "let the adventure begin" one by Feather and Birch, The Bloom & Co., and Tono + Co.

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