11 Ways to Use Maps and Globes in Your Wedding

by Danielle Salazar September 18, 2015

If you haven’t noticed, globes and maps are a huge trend right now in not only home decor, but in weddings, too! From wall prints to jewelry, maps are popping up everywhere and are the perfect decor for couples who love to travel, are having a destination wedding, or who come from different states or countries. Whether you DIY your own decor or shop around on Etsy, we’ve come up with some fun ways to incorporate a little bit of adventure into your wedding by adding map and globe decor that you and your guests will love!

Map and Globe Decor for a Travel-Themed Wedding

1. These world map invitations are the perfect way to set the tone for your big day and give your guests an idea of what they can expect on the day of. An invitation suite like this is elegant and unique and will definitely get the attention of your guests!

Travel-themed wedding invitaitons for the adventurous couple | Ways to Use Maps and Globes in Your Wedding DecorShop: ConteurCo

2. A handwritten globe is the perfect decor for your big day! Customize one with the names of you and your fiancé for an alternative guestbook or ask for your favorite quote to just display as decor. Your guests will definitely be impressed!

Personalizes globes for a wedding guestbook! | Ways to Use Maps and Globes in Your Wedding DecorShop: TheAugustReign

3. This chic wall art by PrintableWisdom is a perfect piece to display near the gift table, guestbook, or even at the bar. Check out their shop for even more map prints with different quotes.

World map print with the quote "the world is your oyster" | Ways to Use Maps and Globes in Your Wedding DecorShop: PrintableWisdom

4. A simple way to add a fun splash of travel decor is by sprinkling confetti on the tables, the bar, or is even perfect for throwing as the couple exits the ceremony as husband and wife! TheLittleOrange is even offering 10% off to KB readers! Use the promo code KENNEDYBLUE2015 at their shop by December 31, 2015.

Atlas confetti | Ways to Use Maps and Globes in Your Wedding DecorShop: TheLittleOrange

5. Have your guests sign a large wooden world map that will also makes a gorgeous piece of decor that you can later display in your home! It makes the perfect guestbook alternative!

A large wooden world map for your wedding guestbook that you can later hang in your home! | Ways to Use Maps and Globes in Your Wedding DecorShop: RedheadHandmade

6. Having unique and personalized table numbers is a fun trend that tons of couples are embracing! It’s an easy way to dress up your centerpiece decor. Simple and chic map table numbers are perfect for your travel-themed wedding.

Travel-themed table numbers | Ways to Use Maps and Globes in Your Wedding Decor

Shop: ConteurCo

7. To help your guests better understand that that your globe or map is also a guestbook, purchase a custom sign to display beside your map or globe to let them know that it is meant to be signed!

A custom sign for a guestbook globe or map | Ways to Use Maps and Globes in Your Wedding DecorShop: RecipeBox

8. How gorgeous would a string of these garlands be as a backdrop during the wedding ceremony? These garlands come in 10 ft strands and would also look great on the head table.

A heart map garland would make the perfect ceremony backdrop | Ways to Use Maps and Globes in Your Wedding DecorShop: SmileyWileys

9. It’s a unique idea and great if you have guests coming from lots of different states or even countries! Set up a map that marks where everyone is coming from for a fun way to show the diversity of locations and is great for acknowledging your out-of-town guests!

Show where all your guests have traveled from with this map display | Ways to Use Maps and Globes in Your Wedding DecorPhoto: Purrington Photography

10. Who doesn't love cutely decorated desserts? Top your wedding cupcakes with these adorable atlas cupcake toppers that your guests will absolutely adore!

Map cupcake toppers for a travel-themed event | Ways to Use Maps and Globes in Your Wedding DecorShop: DecorandCrafts 

11. The map theme can even be carried through in your bridal party gifts. These custom map cufflinks are a super unique gift that the groomsmen can wear over and over again! How dapper!

Custom map cufflinks are a perfect gift for the groomsmen | Ways to Use Maps and Globes in Your Wedding DecorShop: KfiatekGiftedHands

After seeing all these fun ideas, are you as globe obsessed as I am? Using maps and globes in your wedding day decor is a fun and classic look that you’ll be able to cherish for years to come. Whether you only incorporate one of these ideas of a number of them for a full on travel-themed wedding, it’s a great way to add a personal touch to your big day.

Let’s Chat! How would you incorporate travel-themed decor into your wedding day? Leave a comment below and let us know how you feel about the map/globe trend!

Danielle Salazar
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