Personalized wedding maps are a great way to show the journey you and your partner have been on and where you’re going – right on your wedding invitations!
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Incorporating a meaningful map into your wedding invitations adds a personal touch and unique style people aren’t expecting. “There’s no denying brides have tapped into the wedding map craze. It’s a fun way to add another element of the couple’s personality into the wedding weekend, especially if you have a lot of out of town guests,” says Mariee Ami.
A map can represent where you met, where you’ve traveled as a couple, where you’ll be moving, your honeymoon, or simply where you’re getting married. For practical reasons, “maps are especially helpful if you’re hosting an out-of-town wedding, or if your barn wedding venue is a new location for most of your guests. They can also be particularly informative if your wedding and reception are hosted in two separate locations. And, they can just be so beautifully designed!” says Brodie Homestead.
You can find creative ways to use maps in many areas of the wedding! Check out this cute map art alternative to the traditional guest book: A personalized home state gallery wrapped wedding canvas for guests to sign so the couple can later hang in their home as a reminder of the love and support surrounding them.
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Handmade Wedding Maps
For the creative souls, try hand drawing your map! While more time consuming, handmade maps are a great way to make your invitations even more personalized. You can use contact paper to trace over existing maps and locations as a quick and easy cheat to create something that looks beautiful. “Add personal details to the map’s design, like icons for your ceremony and reception locales. If you’re a playful couple, take this trend one step further by creating an old-fashioned treasure map,” says Lauren Kay from the Knot.
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For help and inspiration, try a site like Wedding Mapper to help you create and design your wedding map, step by step. “Adding your favorite restaurants, golf course, hiking trails, spas, and local attractions will let you play virtual tour guide to your guests” says Wedding Mapper.
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5 Map Ideas For Your Wedding Invitations:
1. Your Hometowns
Your guests can learn a lot about you and your beau based on where you’re from and what it means to you! Include a map of you and your fiance’s hometown to give people an inside look at the places that are important to you both. Include some of your favorite places, restaurants, funny moments, etc.. It’s a great way to not only add a personalized touch to your wedding invitations but to make your guests feel ever closer to you and your love story.
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2. The Proposal
Although it might seem like an obvious choice, everyone loves a great proposal story! A map is a great visual tool to share the details of your engagement. You can even include a summary of how it happened and some quotes surrounding the moment. This is an especially great idea for save-the-dates or engagement party invitations as it’s so recent. Give guests an inside look at how you decided to spend the rest of your lives together as you invite them to celebrate with you!
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3. Your Destination (Wedding)
Destination weddings are particularly exciting for guests! Adding a map to your wedding invitations is a fun way to break the news to guests and get them excited about the built in vacation to come. Include a map of your wedding destination or try a “plane ticket” (shown below) for another creative twist!
“Having guests come in from out of town? Supply them with a few activities they can do over their travel weekend. Note favorite restaurants or any attractions they might want to visit while they’re in your destination wedding city,” says Brodie Homestead.
The couple below chose to make their save the dates with a map of Cape Cod – so cute!
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4. Your Wedding Venue
This is probably the most common map included in envelopes or on the wedding invitations themselves. These wedding maps lay out wedding details including things like the reception location, the ceremony site, hotel options, etc, giving guests an understanding of exactly where things are before they arrive. Also, “list the name of the venue, the city, and state. It may seem obvious, but it will be helpful for your long-distance guests! Zip codes are typically left off of an invitation” says Honey Fund.
5. The First Place You Said “I Love You”
If you’re looking for a more sentimental wedding map, consider a map detailing an important moment that you and your fiance share. Think back to the first time you said “I Love You” to each other or maybe your first kiss! Where were you? You can also think back to the first place you met or had your first date – or perhaps a map of all of these places in one like a treasure map leading to an X – your wedding day!
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Maps are a unique way to add an extra personal touch to your wedding invitations and save the dates. They also help visualize wedding and travel logistics. For even more wedding map inspiration, check out our “Wedding Maps” Pinterest board.
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