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How to Incorporate Travel into your Wedding

A wedding theme was something we put a lot of thought into. How could we incorporate our passions and a piece of ourselves into our wedding without going overboard? As two people who love adventures and exploring, the choice was a travel theme.

The first step was the “Save the Date,” which would allow guests to hold the date on their calendar and provide them with some basic logistical information. Max’s co-worker generously allowed us to use his red M3 as our prop, and my mother-in-law had her friend design our “Save the Date” suitcase. Max created a license plate with our wedding date in Microsoft Paint and set up his tripod so he could jump into our photo in time (which made for some funny outtakes!). The first step was complete – and the travel tone was set from the beginning!

save the date

I thought the reception would be as easy as the Save the Date, but it took much more thought and some help from Etsy professionals and creative family members! When guests arrived at cocktail hour, they were greeted with a sign informing them they were sitting at a table named after somewhere in the world Max and I had traveled together. Our “Where in the World are You Sitting Sign” set the tone and the placecards nicely surrounded the sign. Props such as a globe and stack of suitcases enhanced this table as well.


I had originally envisioned boarding passes as the place cards, but all the examples I found were too busy so I tried to find a classier example which also blended with our neutral color palette. Stephanie did a great job matching these beautiful place cards with the table numbers, which designated the places we had traveled together. My favorite part of the placecards was the quote on the back from Walt Whitman, ” Will you come travel with me? Shall we stick by each other as long as we live.”

wedding table numbers

Throughout the cocktail hour, guests were passed personalized napkins we had ordered with “the adventure begins” because there are still many places Max and I are looking forward to exploring together as a married couple!

bwmh_0823My talented mother-in-law and one half of Our Blog Around the Corner graciously offered to put together our card holder out of an antique suitcase. It was one of our favorite pieces and added such a personal touch with postcards we had sent her from our travels decorating the inside!


While guests were busy enjoying themselves at cocktail hour, Max and I were driven to different photo locations across the reception in a golf cart. Max’s Microsoft Paint skills came in handy once again for a new personalized license plate for our ride.

max and b golf cart

Lastly, our memento of the day, our guest book, had to be travel-related. The oversized map we bought on Etsy served as the spot for guests to write their well-wishes and since they wrote on a map, most of them wrote great pieces of travel advice and wishes for us. We are excited to take some of this travel advice in 2016 (although maybe not the summer house in Iceland!).


So while we did not have a “destination wedding,” we got to incorporate travel into our wedding in a meaningful way which showed our personalities, our love of travel and some of our favorite destinations. We are looking to forward to seeing where the next part of our journey takes us!

better together

Thank you to our talented photographer, Sarah Bastille, for capturing these beautiful images of our day!

Happy 5 months of marriage to my better half and personal photographer at Max Holiver Photography!

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Happy five months !! All of the details were so well thought out and made the day even more special. Looking forward to seeing where your adventure takes you ! xoxo

    February 12, 2016
    • Thank you, Kimberley! We are looking forward to switching gears to celebrate YOU over the next year and a half!! xoxo

      February 15, 2016
  2. Beautiful photo, congratulations!

    February 12, 2016
  3. Happy 5 months Anniversary! Your wedding theme was a perfect reflection of the two of you…creative, personal and fun!

    February 12, 2016
    • Thank you, Patricia! We couldn’t have done it without your creative skills!

      February 15, 2016
  4. Julie @ The Red Headed Traveler #

    Our weddings were so similar, just five years apart 🙂 But good minds think alike! Our tables were also named after destinations we had visited together, place cards featured a stamp from my global stamp collection I had as a kid (I was a nerdy child lol), and for our guest book we asked people to fill out a postcard.

    I love your map guest book, what a beautiful memento to have and always cherish.And your save the date, so cute!

    Happy wishes for the next 5,000 miles and beyond 🙂

    February 18, 2016
    • I love it!! They really are so similar and LOVE the global stamp from your stamp collection! It is so nice to incorporate that piece of your personality into the details of the day! Thanks, Julie!!

      February 19, 2016
  5. You both did such a wonderful job – I can’t imagine a better day for the two of you. It really was the best. So honored to have been a part of it. Love you both and wishing you many adventures together as mr & mrs. xxxxx

    February 18, 2016
    • So honored to have you be a part of it 🙂 Now onto celebrating YOU TWO! Can’t wait for many more adventures with the future Kavanaughs!! xoxo

      February 19, 2016
  6. I love your wedding theme and you look stunning! Belated congratulations 🙂

    March 30, 2016

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