Around the World Themed Wedding

vintage luggage

A great theme that can be used across the seasons is an around the world themed wedding! This theme is perfect for the adventurous couple. Or for the couple that have different cultural backgrounds and heritage, this is a seamless, cohesive theme that will be fun for the couple and wedding guests!  Transport your guests to different destinations with your venue, table centerpieces, and wedding decor.


Save the Dates/Wedding Invitations

There are a couple of options for the bride and groom to choose from for save the dates or their wedding invitations. Keeping the “Around the World” theme in mind, passports and plane tickets are obvious choices. With a bit of research, the soon to wed couple can find stationary and wedding invitation vendors that have templates that look like these items. A cute save the date is a look-a-like postcard! The front would include pictures of the couple, and the back would have all the information for the wedding date. What is fabulous about this idea is that the couple can save money on envelopes!

Wedding Ceremony

Other than the mailed literature preceding the actual wedding, the ceremony is a great place to initiate the theme. It is the first glimpse the wedding guests get for the feel and atmosphere of the celebration. A cute signage idea is to create or purchase a multiple arrow piece that has different country destinations (pointed in different directions of course), also include the actual physical direction of the wedding ceremony and the reception.


Instead of dressing the ring bearer in the usual mini-tux, opt for a pilot outfit! This is such a cute idea that guests will get a crack out of. Of course no pilot is complete without a rolling mini black pilot suitcase! Attach a “Here Comes the Bride” sign or a “Bride is Touching Down Now” to the back of the rolling black suitcase.

Cocktail Hour

While the bridal party is off taking pictures, give your guests a brief photo opportunity as well! A vintage world map is a fabulous idea for not only a photo backdrop but can also double as a backdrop for the seating card table.

There are numerous place seating options for the bride and groom to choose from. A  great idea is to get customized leather luggage tags! Use the guest’s initials and get them engraved on the actual tag. Use the clear side of the luggage tag to place a piece of card stock with script font showing the guest to their table/seat. This idea can be used as a seating table object and a favor that the wedding guests will be sure to use and love!

To complement the vintage world map backdrop, place globes on the cocktail tables. This centerpiece item is great to add height and depth to the look of the cocktail reception area. Give the globe centerpieces a softer look and add soft pink, rose, or cream colored roses. These flowers will enhance the vintage look of the globes and maps and will certainly add an essence of “wedding” to the cocktail atmosphere.

Table Centerpieces

A creative fun way to incorporate several “destinations” for your wedding guests is to name and decorate each theme as a different country or culture! Get several mini-flags, one for each of the wedding reception tables to head the table with a vintage frame with a scripted font “Welcome to ____” inside of it. Take it a step further and have the welcome sign in the host language of the country. Google Translate can help convert the saying. On top of each table get a  prop vintage luggage that can be opened. Think of Hobby Lobby decor. Prop the luggage slightly open and place items and novelties from the country spilling out of the luggage. Using France as an example, use the french flag, berets, a picture of the Mona Lisa, and Eiffel Tower figurines.

Lea Cabezas







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