1/10 Modern and fun, this wedding cake by Sweet Element features the colourful, graphic lines of the New York City subway map.
Photography Danny Kim
2/10 These hand-stamped sterling silver cufflinks by Sweet Nano make an ideal groom's gift. Choose the longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates of where you met, or the location of your wedding or honeymoon, for a personalised keepsake that's sure to become a family heirloom.
Photography Christie Martin
3/10 Travel was the theme for the globetrotting couple who hosted their destination wedding at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. Here, simple slips of paper with a vintage map motif adorn the napkins, while small compasses are both favours and seat assignments for their guests.
4/10 For save-the-date cards, invitations or thank-you cards, why not commission a personalised map of your relationship? A custom watercolour map by Designs by Robyn Love can incorporate your hometowns, courtship and wedding landmarks. The original can be framed and displayed in your home.
Photography courtesy Designs by Robyn Love
5/10 Map designs don't have to be traditional or ornate; this contemporary example of a save-the-date postcard by Define Design 11 features clean lines and simple typography.
Photography courtesy Define Design 11
6/10 The actual directions to the ceremony and reception in your invitations shouldn't be overlooked either. Forget the photocopied hand-outs! Certain upscale stationers can design a map that matches the tone and colours of your invitation suite, such as this letterpress version by save-the-date postcard by DBella Figura.
Photography courtesy Bella Figura
7/10 These handcrafted origami boxes by Shredlock are fashioned from vintage maps. Use them for attendant gift boxes, or tuck favours inside them.
Photography courtesy Shredlock
8/10 You could add a QR code to your invitations for the ultimate 21st-century map. Guests simply scan the code, like the one on this Mightyvites invitation, to access a Google map link or your wedding web site with directions.
Photography courtesy Mightyvites
9/10 A globe adds a sculptural touch to wedding décor. Made to order, these hip vintage wedding globes by ImagineNations can be accented with your names and wedding date, vows, or a verse from a poem.
Photography courtesy Wendy Gold
10/10 For a creative take on the traditional guest book, mount a world or country map on a framed bulletin board. Then ask guests to write their names on strips of paper and pin each to their current city (or hometown). After the wedding, it's a great conversation piece that house guests can add to.
Photography Matt Ferrara Photography
It’s not surprising that maps and directional elements such as compasses are part of many wedding invitation suites, food and décor. Whether you’re having a destination wedding, love to travel or just want to show your affection for the site of your wedding, maps add flair and personality to your big day.