…without getting married aboard.
Welcome to a week of wedding posts on the blog. I’ve been wanting to share all about our wedding for a while now but wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested. I hope you are and enjoy it. There will be a new post everyday this week sharing a different aspect of the wedding. Let me know what you think.
On the few rare occasions I’d thought about getting married before JP proposed to me I’d always assumed we would get married aboard. We both loved to travel and travel had been a big part of our life, so it seemed like that would be the natural thing. JP even chose to propose while we were away on a trip to Venice. However, when we came to think of the logistics of a wedding aboard we realised two things, some of our families would not fly and many would not be able to afford it. So we went back to the drawing board, after you know considering just running away and getting married without all the hassle. Seriously Hawaii looks like an amazing place to get married.
Jokes over. Once we’d narrowed down our wedding to the UK we set about finding a venue and everything but travel never once left my mind while we were planning. As two people who met while travelling and have spent a lot of their relationship aboard it only seemed right we let this influence our day heavily. I spent hours upon hours searching for ideas on Pinterest and ways to incorporate our love for travel in to our winter wedding.
How to Have a Travel Themed Wedding
The first ode to travel we decided on was the invitations. After searching on Pinterest I found a few designs I liked but nothing perfect. So JP and I mocked up an idea on paper and I then created it in Photoshop. We made the invite look like an aeroplane ticket and then provided the extra bits in a “travel wallet”. It was the perfect way to let all our guests know this would be a travel themed wedding and also set our colour scheme for the wedding.
I always knew I wanted an alternative guestbook after researching and making one for my best friend’s wedding, quite what I wasn’t sure. As soon as I found these hand painted, personalised globes I knew we had to have one. It wasn’t a cheap affair, however, the globe itself is beautiful. It’s great having a small message from our guests on a globe that has our names on it. Unfortunately I didn’t test the pens before hand and they haven’t worked the best.
This was another Pinterest idea, I’d seen several different pins that showed people having a map patterned suitcase to collect their wedding cards in. I found several different types online but decided to settle for one from Ebay which did the job. What’s more is we can keep this as a great memento now and use it to decorate our home (if we ever settle down that is).
There were two ways we incorporated travel with our table plan. The first was selecting to call our tables after places we had travelled to together. The second was using a map of the world to display the different table names and where our guests were sitting. The map looked fantastic with the luggage tag shaped labels which listed their names and linked to the spot on the map.
The final ode to our travel life was the infographic we made of ‘our story’. Our relationship has involved several different ‘chapters’ to it and with those coming to the wedding not knowing about every chapter we decided to create an infographic which told our story. Doing so meant we couldn’t create it without included multiple travel stories. We had it as one of the first things our guests saw on the day and it was perfect.
I also used a lot of the logo/symbols on this to help design the invitations and other paper signs needed for the day. This meant there were little reminders of our love for travel dotted everywhere.
Another thing, that was not planned at all, but helped to make our day even more travel orientated was the words said in the ceremony. The registrar who conducted our ceremony mentioned how travelling had played a bit part in our relationship and how she felt she had lived a boring life compared to us.
I loved searching, pinning and then creating all of the decorations for our wedding. Just looking back on the Pinterest boards I created is making me excited even now. If you’re planning a travel themed wedding and want any help or advice don’t hesitate to send me a message.
Most photos in this post are by Nikki Cooper, who did an amazing job being our wedding photographer.
That’s it for today, head back tomorrow for another post all about our wedding.