How to Plan the Ultimate Travel-Themed Bridal Shower
The journey to marriage is a big one in and of itself, which is reason enough to design the bride-to-be's shower around adventure. But if you're still not sure if that's the way to go, ask yourself a few simple questions. Is she planning a destination wedding? Is she super excited about her upcoming vacation (a.k.a. her honeymoon)? Does she list "travel" as a hobby on social media? Is she an aspiring globetrotter? If the answer to any of those questions is "yes," you've just found the perfect theme for your celebration. And now that you've got that decided, it's time for some inspiration. Lucky for you, we've rounded up some of the best travel-themed bridal shower ideas.
There are a whole bunch of elements related to traveling that you can incorporate into your event. First, think about what people use to travel. This can be anything from maps to luggage to modes of transportation—planes, cars, and even hot air balloons included! Second, consider specific destinations and ways you can nod to their culture. These can be places the bride-to-be already loves or locations she's going to (or wants to visit) in the future. Stick with either focus (the act of traveling or travel destinations) or combine the two.
For example, this De Coeur Bake Shop cake was travel-themed in two ways. First, the continents were illustrated on its bottom tier. Second, Mint Design placed it atop a stack of suitcases. That's just one of many beautiful and creative ideas we've found.
Queen J. Productions created this sweet wreath using maps turned into paper flowers. Illustrations of the bride and groom, plus a travel-themed banner quote, made it perfectly personalized.
Serve regional fare to celebrate the destination(s) your party's themed around. This Belle's Catering menu featured Southern food, for example.
Globe Guest Book
Skip the traditional guestbook and ask attendees to sign a globe. If the décor piece looks anything like this one did, you'll want to put it on display for years to come.
Post Card Activity
Ask guests to write marriage (or travel!) advice on postcards, which can later be mailed to the couple.
Oaks + Gray Paper created this cute sign, which read: "Traveling from Miss to Mrs."
Upgrade your place settings with map placemats. These ones came from Sweet Story Studio.
One + Only Paper designed these pretty invites, which featured artwork showcasing different landmarks.
Hot Air Balloon Favors
Talk about an easy idea—just decorate with little flags wherever you please. We recommend buying ones that represent the couple's nationalities, as well as all of the guests!
Travel-Themed Photo Props
Offer up some travel-themed signage that guests can pose with in photos. This Letters to You prop read, "Say yes to new adventures," playing off the bride's engagement.
You don't need to travel to a luxe campsite for a little bit of glamping. Just set up a tent (or a few) at home and decorate accordingly—this one was DIYed.
Honor the couple by turning their initials into décor—travel-themed décor, of course. These DIY letters were covered with maps.
Luggage Tag Favors
Send everybody home with the tools to travel. (This is especially corteous for a destination wedding!) These luggage tag favors came in bags tied with stylish Froufrou Chic ribbon.
Toast to globetrotting couples with glasses adorned with paper airplanes. Cheryl Dolfo calligraphed these drink tags.