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DIY Vintage-Style, Travel-Themed Wedding

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Around the World Travel Wedding Theme

I am LOVING all the DIY elements of Jason & Catie’s vintage-style, travel-themed wedding… not to mention the fact that the bride and her friends/family did almost everything themselves – and pulled it all off for under $2K! {And another fun fact… this was a SURPRISE wedding for most of the guests! See full details from Catie below.}

From the passport-inspired invitations and dictionary guestbook to the book page bridal bouquets and heirloom wedding dress – which was designed by Catie and sewn by her mother, aunt, grandmother, & great-grandmother (!) this celebration is overflowing with thoughtful, fabulous handmade details. The adorable marble magnet favors were such a clever touch too… little pictures of the couple & their dogs + maps and travel words were glued to tiny marbles, then a magnet was affixed to turn them into creative favors for each guest!

Around the World Travel Wedding Theme

Around the World Travel Wedding Theme

Read on for more lovely photos + all the creative details…

Around the World Travel Wedding Theme

Around the World Travel Wedding Theme

Around the World Travel Wedding Theme

Around the World Travel Wedding Theme

Around the World Travel Wedding Theme

Around the World Travel Wedding Theme

Around the World Travel Wedding Theme

Around the World Travel Wedding Theme

Around the World Travel Wedding Theme


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Catie

“My husband and I were trying to figure out how we wanted our special day to go.  We thought we just wanted a simple, private ceremony, just us, possibly somewhere far away.In that plan, we would have a small, intimate reception back home afterwards.

However, the more we thought about it, the more we wanted our closest family and friends to be there.  So… we decided to SURPRISE everyone and have a short ceremony at the reception.  Only our parents and siblings knew of our plans, so all of our friends and family, about 75 people, showed up to what they thought would be a reception, only to find out it was actually the wedding.  The surprise-factor was awesome!

We decided to do a travel themed reception, because traveling is something my husband and I have a passion for.  We actually got engaged in the Caribbean.  I am also a teacher and love to read, so we incorporated old vintage books into the theme as well.  The results turned out so cute, simple, and vintage looking, that I was thrilled!  We also incorporated the colors orange and aqua blue into the theme. With a budget of $2,000 we did pretty much everything ourselves and with the help of family and friends.

My dress was designed by myself and made by my mother.  My mother took the time to have the women in our family from 4 generations sew on parts of it as well: myself, my aunt, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother as well, so it is a very special family heirloom!

The flowers for the wedding were my favorite part of the decor.  They were made by Leslye Chase, a florist, out of pages from old books!  They looked amazing!

Maps were incorporated throughout the decor: from a huge 9-foot map hung on the wall for a backdrop of the food table, to tiny glass marbles that had maps glued to them and magnets on the back for party favors, which turned out great!  We personalized them by making some that had a tiny photo of us and our dogs on them.

There was also a world map on the wedding cake, and map pinwheels set in vases throughout the tables.  The centerpieces were paper airplanes in different shades of blue, attached to skewer sticks and displayed in a clear vase.

For the guest book, we used a dictionary, and had guests circle the word that reminded them of our special day and sign their name next to it.  The invitations were vintage-looking passports, made by my sister-in-law, with the RSVP card designed as a boarding pass.

Throughout the room, vintage suitcases were displayed, and we had an international coffee bar using Keurig machines.  Overall, all of the creative ideas I incorporated into the wedding made it a very cute, travel themed event!”

Vendor Credit
  • Wedding Venue: Stillwater Community Center, Stillwater, OK
  • Photographer: Kim Strecker, family friend of bride
  • Book Rose Bouquets: Leslye Chase, family friend
  • Wedding Cake: AM Cakery, Claremore, OK
  • Passport Invitations: Michelle Hiriart, sister-in-law of the bride
  • Wedding Dress: Designed by the bride and made by the mother of the bride
  • Bridesmaid Dresses: Express
  • Groom/Groomsman Outfits: Dockers
  • Shoes: Rocket Dog
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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

7 responses to “DIY Vintage-Style, Travel-Themed Wedding”

  1. brittanyschwaigert says:

    Love it! Such great inspiration in the details!

  2. Oh wow! I LOVE this wedding! So creative! I love that the hubby was involved with the design and the family was involved with the making of the dress. Congrats!

  3. antique engagement rings says:

    Again… i love the vintage style look.. its so wonderful!

  4. This is SUCH a fun theme! Especially love the guest book idea!

  5. Jazi says:

    It was such a personal and unique wedding! I loved it!! :0)

  6. Wow…lots of DIY that look so chic.

  7. mary says:

    hello, your wedding looks amazing! we are also planning a vintage travel themed wedding and i wonder, how did you make your flowers? I love them!

    many thanks