Creative Invitation Ideas for Destination Weddings

Get guests excited to travel, with wedding stationery that celebrates a sense of place.

Sep 27, 2011
Mrs. John L. Strong stationery
Bespoke wedding stationery adds a personal touch to your nuptials.
Photography courtesy Mrs. John L. Strong Stationery

Wedding stationery does more than convey the when and where of the event. “The invitation sends a signal to guests about what they should expect.” says Jacqueline Kotts, owner of Mrs. John L. Strong stationer in New York City. “So, it should represent both the couple and the feel of the event.” Your wedding destination can provide great inspiration for your stationery suite, which includes save-the-date cards, invitations, reply cards and thank-you notes as well as menu cards, escort cards and programs.

Here are some easy ways to highlight your place on paper.

Choose a Motif
Use a consistent design element in all your wedding-stationery pieces to create a cohesive feel and connection to the wedding day. A motif or icon can hint to the destination, says Kotts: You might consider a depiction of a local landmark for an urban wedding, a shell for a beach wedding or an elegant crest for a wedding in a European locale, for example.

Colour can complement the motif and help carry the theme through all the stationery pieces, Kotts says. “I especially love it when there’s a constant theme but not everything matches exactly.” For example, for a Palm Beach wedding, Mrs. John L. Strong used a green palm tree on the save the date card, a green bevelled edge on the invitation, incorporated the green palm tree and green ribbon on a tag for the in-room gift, and used a blind-embossed (raised image with no color) palm tree and ivory ribbon for the wedding programme and green type for the couple’s names on the thank-you notes.

Map Your Course
Many stationers use maps creatively for a beautiful visual to evoke a sense of place. You might ask your stationer to commission a hand-painted watercolor design of the location where you’re marrying, The muted colors and fine details of vintage maps form their own beautiful patterns, and copies of old maps look beautiful as linings for invitation envelopes, too.

Learn a New Language
Ask a Four Seasons wedding planner to write “I love you” or some other romantic or meaningful expression in the native language of the destination. Your stationer can then incorporate the phrase into the design of the invitation.


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