Wedding Inspiration: Creative Destination Invites

As most of you know, I have a very soft spot in my heart for destination weddings, having had one myself. And one of the things I loved most about our wedding was our invites. I wanted the experience of the wedding to start with our guests opening the envelope, revealing a complete “travel packet” that would transport them to the – ahem – wedding of the year. So I spent days rounding the corners on my plane ticket invites so they looked more realistic, cutting out RSVP cards that looked like travel tags, and slicing envelopes adorned with fake post-it notes to contain it all. It was so effective, one of my cousins actually thought I’d sent her a plane ticket to Mexico, albeit a surprisingly colorful one.

All of this is to say, if you’re ever going to do it, destination invites are a place to go a little bit over-the-top. You’re asking people to come away with you so there’s something to be said for being extra-enticing…

Here are a couple of my favorites to get your ideas flowing:

Vintage Passport Invitation from April Twenty-Fivevintage-passport-wedding-invitation-sepia

Picado by Bon Momentbright-colors-destination-wedding-invitation

Italian Destination Wedding by Ceci New Yorkitalian-wedding-invite-destination-elegant-passport

Mexico Destination Wedding Invite via Oh So Beautiful Papermexico-bright-wedding-invitation-destination

California Map Invites by Nothing But Bonfires (Holly, one of my all-time fave bloggers, actually gives you a complete tutorial on how to make your own version of her invite over on her site!)wedding-invitation-map-design-destination-wedding_1

Los Angeles Letterpress Invite by Hello Luckylos-angeles-texas-wedding-invitations-destination_0

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Kara Kara is happily married in San Francisco where she occasionally stalks brides and tries to convince them to wear wedding dresses she wishes she could wear herself. She loves sales at Anthropologie, afternoon dance parties with her kids, and encouraging people to talk in funny accents.

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