Hawaii Wedding Invitations

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We got inspired by yesterday’s Maui destination wedding and wanted to keep daydreaming about beautiful Hawaii.  Thanks to Laura Hooper Calligraphy, we can do just that!  This invitation suite, inspired by the tropical colors and florals on the islands was designed for just such an occasion.  Complete with pineapple embellishments and a custom map of the island, this destination wedding invitation is ideal for saying aloha and “I do” to Hawaii!

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 {Photos by: Steve Steinhardt Photography}


Destination Wedding Invitation – Mexico

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Today we’re taking a little inspiration from one of our favorite places – Cabo, Mexico.  This fabulous destination wedding invitation was designed by the talented Laura Hooper of Laura Hooper Calligraphy.  Inspired by the destination wedding venue, the One&Only Palmilla, Laura took the tile pattern from the property and letterpressed it into a design on the couple’s wedding invitation.  Brilliant way to bring in the location to the invitation!  But she wasn’t done there…

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This invitation came complete in a sack tied with a hand lettered name tag for each guest!  Inside was not only the invitation (in colors befitting the property and location) but a custom wedding map of the region for guests to get a feel for the area.

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And possibly my favorite idea – a weather card!  In this case it was sunny, sunny, sunny every day of the itinerary (which included multiple events and cards for each).  Even though the weather didn’t change, it was a fun way to get guests excited about the vacation to come!

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Now this is one wedding I wouldn’t miss with an invitation like this!  Thanks Laura for sharing!

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 All Photos: MiBelle Photography


Die Cut Destination Wedding Invitations

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Now that Valentine’s Day is behind us and perhaps many more of you are now engaged, you’ll be in need of save the dates and invitations soon.  The invite as you probably know, sets the tone for the wedding, how formal it will be, where it will be, it’s a chance to give guests a peek into the future.  Whereas the save the dates can be unique and original, not taking into account how fancy and formal the wedding will be.  And yes, save the dates are a must for any destination wedding – give your guests time to plan, budget, and shop around for travel deals!

With so many options for wedding invitations, it’s hard to narrow down the choices.  So today we’re covering die cut invitations.  A process that began on leather in the 19th century (oh leather invitations, that would be fun!).  A machine cuts into the paper or product to cut out a graphic, pattern, words or just about anything to leave an outline of a sweet saying or intricate design.  We love the look of die cut wedding invitations for destination weddings because they can often mimic a pattern, tile, flag or other culturally unique element from the location where you will wed.

Here are a few fun and festive ideas for die cut wedding invitations and save the dates.  How will you infuse your location into your invitation?

die cut destination wedding invitation{Photos: Top Row & Second Row: Avie Designs, Woods Invite: TrendHunter, Two Small Invites in Dish: Oh So Beautiful Paper, Bottom Photo: Oh So Beautiful Paper}


Destination Wedding Save the Date

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Sending a save the date (or STD if you come across this term in weddings) is a crucial part of planning a destination wedding.  Cost of travel goes up and calendars book up the closer to one’s date you get, so it’s important to let loved ones know way in advance of what’s to come for your big day plans.  Etiquette stipulates that save the dates should be sent six months to one year out from the wedding, but we suggest no matter how big or small your planning window is, to send them out as soon as you’ve secured your date, location, and travel options and accommodations for those attending.  Before you drop these cute little cards in the mail however, you’ll want to book any room blocks, secure any travel agent, packages, or other booking essentials that guests should know before they pay for their plans.  Oh, and we suggest you register too as gifts tend to roll in once the big announcement has been made!

Now the fun part – save the date cards can be as creative, playful, fun or formal as you’d like them to be!  They do not need to reflect the exact theme, color palette, or style of the wedding, rather they give you a chance to be free creatively.  But of course when planning a destination wedding, theming your cards to the location or to the destination nature of the event itself is a festive way to excite your guests for a weekend of fantastic travel and company.

Here are a few ideas we found to inspire the jet setter in all of your guests!

destination wedding save the dates{Photos: Top Left: Pinterest, Top Right: Avie Designs, Second Row Letterpress: DMPJ by Glen Cooper Photo, Second Row Photo: Patricia Figueira Photo, Tan Center Airplane Themed: MagnetStreet Weddings, Purple Luggage Tags: Etsy, Map held by Woman: Martha Stewart Weddings, Bottom Left Umbrella: Invitations by Dawn, Bottom Right Folded: Martha Stewart Weddings}

For more illustrations and less pieces of the puzzle to mail, we love these looks for personalizing your place, your map, and of course, your save the date!

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{Photos: Top Left: My Beautiful Adventures, Top Right: Wedding Invitations 100, Postcard: This Next, Bottom Map: Laura Hooper Calligraphy}