Category: Destination Weddings

Hola, comprades! If you’re on the lookout for some awesome destination wedding invitations and Mexico is your location of choice, we have some muybueño wedding ideas that will not only fit your vision but also your budget.

Bright Is Beautiful
Getting married on the beach sounds absolutely fabulous but even better is that you can choose bright, tropical colors for your celebration. Coral is an excellent choice as you can see from the bridesmaid dresses and boutonniere shown here, and it’s a popular color so you shouldn’t have trouble finding inexpensive attire for your bridal party. Chances are that wherever you’re getting married, coral will be a common flower color so you can get flowers through your resort’s wedding package or maybe from a local vendor.

Cool Blue Details
Any celebration on the beach needs at least a touch of that beautiful blue ocean color we all dream about. The tiered cake with aqua frosting and the aqua tie are perfect examples of small but impactful ways you can incorporate the color. You can see we chose the Destination Mexico Wedding Invitation (super affordable, btw), which features an aqua and coral watercolor map of Mexico in the background and we chose Pool and Corabellfont colors to fit this wedding look.

Surprise!
Wherever you’re getting married, you’re bound to find some cute local touches you can add to your special day. The starfish place card holders are a great example as well as local flowers like we mentioned above. However, there are other expensive ways to surprise your guests with sweet details like the custom wedding napkins personalized with a palm tree motif and the couple’s monogram in brilliant aqua blue. Napkins are cheap, light and easy to pack!

Photo Credits: Reception: Camryn Clair Photography via Wedding Chicks, Brides and Bridesmaids: Nadia Meli via Ruffled Blog, Cake: Michelle MarchPhotography via 100 Layer Cake, Groom: Saleina Marie Photography. Place Cards: via BridalLore

Step 1. Create your guest list. (12+ months)
Determine how many people you want to invite to your destination wedding and sit down with your partner to create a guest list. Only invite the amount of guests you think you can afford. Inviting friends and family as a courtesy and assuming they won’t come can really backfire.

Step 2. Create a wedding website. (Before you send save the dates)
A wedding website is extremely helpful for keeping guests informed before and during your destination wedding. You simply can’t put all the information a guest needs in a wedding invitation and a wedding website is super easy for guests to use.

Step 3. Shop for and order your save the dates. (9-12 months)
Destination Save the Dates do not have to match your wedding invitations so feel free to be as silly or as elegant as you like when choosing a design. Once you order your save the dates, they won’t take very long to get to you but plan on 1-2 weeks for printing and shipping.

Step 4. Send your save the dates. (9-12 months)
How far in advance you send your save the dates depends on what works best with your timeline but we believe somewhere between 9-12 months is best.

Step 5. Shop for and order wedding invitations. (6-8 months)
Destination Wedding Invitations are so much fun to shop for so give yourself plenty of time! At this point, you should know where you’re getting married which will help you narrow down your options to larger categories like tropical wedding invitations, nautical wedding invitations or Vegas-themed invites.

Step 6. Address and send your wedding invitations. (2-3 months)
However, if you decided not to send save the dates, be sure to send your wedding invitations 5-6 months in advance. You want to give your guests plenty of time to plan and budget.

Step 7. Create an itinerary.
A weekend itinerary that lists pre-wedding, wedding and post-wedding activities is super helpful for your guests. Have these printed so you can hand them out with welcome baskets at the hotel or send your guests a pre-travel email with the itinerary attached and your wedding website listed so they can find it there as well.

What’s more romantic than a wedding by the sea? A coastal wedding theme means you can bring all those seafaring elements you love into your special celebration whether you’re actually by the ocean or completely landlocked. Check out this inspiration board for a few ideas to create the look you want.

So Relaxed
The coastal look immediately evokes feelings of rest and relaxation. All you have to do is choose a few colors and details to tie your look together throughout the ceremony and reception and guests will feel like they’re on vacation. We love the Keep It Simple Invitation to introduce this look and what we love even more is that it comes with a free response postcard to keep your budget in check. See the entire collection to find more designs you’ll love.

Seaside Simplicity
Coral flowers remind guests of life under the sea while an oyster bar allows everyone to partake in a beloved coastal tradition. Knotted rope is the perfect table number holder and candles give a little romantic lighting. Keep the decorations and activities simple while staying true to the heritage and history of coastal life, and you’ll have a wedding everyone will remember for a very long time.

Color Chic
A coastal look is closely tied to the colors you use and how you use them. Here you’ll notice a very simple navy and white color scheme with a few pops of coral. Striped ribbon on the wedding cake coordinates beautifully with the striped tablecloths. The custom wedding napkins with white anchor design add a coastal touch to all the reception tables for a great price! Ladies in navy bridesmaid dresses look gorgeous, as usual, especially when standing next to the bride in white.

Photo Credits: Reception Table: Nancy Gould Photography via Borrowed and Blue, Bridesmaids: AE Stelzer Photography via Style Me Pretty, Cake: Zev Fisher Photography via Style Me Pretty, Couple: Michael Barnholdt Photography via Style Me Pretty, Oyster: Lauren James Events via Style Me Pretty

 

First of all, congratulations! A beach wedding is definitely something to celebrate, and we’ve got just the right wedding invitations to help you get the party started. Check out these affordable options and see which style best suits your needs.

Beach Wedding Suites under $1.60 Each

Ocean Adventure All In One Invitation
The starfish and sand dollar design framing your photos turns these ocean beauties into the perfect invitation for your celebration. You get this adorable design plus room for four photos, space on the back for more wording and a matching response postcard. All of this for just $1.37 when you order 100 invitations. Now that’s a steal! Shop All in One Wedding Invitations to see the entire collection.

Watercolor Palm Trees Seal and Send Invitation
An artistic representation of sandy beaches and towering palm trees, these seal and send wedding invitations are a truly beautiful choice! The design is gorgeous but the price is equally impressive. You get the invitation, reception wording and a detachable response postcard all for just $1.56 when you order 100 invitations. Best part is, they’re super easy to assemble because no envelopes are needed. Just fold, seal and send!

Watercolor Sunset Invitation with Online Reply
Bring the beauty of the beach to your wedding guests with these stunning invitations featuring a watercolor illustration of the beach at sunset. Who could resist your wedding after receiving this?! Wedding Invitations with Online Reply feature a simple fold-up design with plenty of room for additional wording such as reception wording, wedding website/rsvp details, accommodations, etc. Just like seal and sends, no envelopes are needed. Just &1.56 when you order 100 invitations!

Beach Gathering Separate and Send Invitation
A gathering of starfish, seashells and sand dollars will warmly invite your friends and family to your very own special gathering. Separate and Send Invitations are awesome for two reasons: 1. They feature thermography, which is an affordable printing process that results in beautiful raised lettering and design. 2. They come with all three pieces of the traditional invitation ensemble (plus envelopes) for one low price of $1.32 each.

Beach Retreat Invitation with Free Response Postcard
Relaxed, sweet and charming, these wedding invitations feature a rustic beach design with a few fun details framing your wording. Even better? You get a matching response postcard for free with these invitations, which means you pay only $1.36 for the invitation AND response card. Shop the entire collection of Wedding Invitations with Free Response Cards to find the perfect match for your beach wedding.

Now that you’ve found some affordable beach wedding invitations you’d be happy to send to friends family, let the shopping begin! Be sure to check out Today’s Deals to get an even better price on your favorite design.

There are those who like to relax on the beach and there are those who like to explore the beach! We’re guessing you’re the explorer type if you’re interested in a rustic beach wedding. This look might just capture your wedding style perfectly.

Rustic Beach Wedding

Sally sells seashells…
Sally sells them for a pretty fair price, too! Seashells are definitely an affordable (and extremely charming!) way to decorate for your wedding. Gather them yourselves or purchase them from your local hobby store. You can sprinkle seashells along reception tables, at the bar and on the wedding cake. We chose the Beach Retreat Wedding Invitation featuring a few starfish against a woodgrain background to introduce the look. Of course, everyone’s wedding is different and this might not be your favorite invitation. Shop all beach wedding invitations and find the perfect fit for your seaside vows.

Catch my drift?
Driftwood could be one of the best treasures you’ll find when roaming sandy shores. This worn and weathered wood has been used for ages as rustic decoration and to create beautiful works of art. We LOVE the driftwood arch shown above, ready to frame the couple beautifully in all their wedding ceremony photos. Notice the small pieces of driftwood used as reception table centerpieces. If you and your fiancé start early, you could create quite a collection of cheap wedding decorations!

Clever and Beautiful
The best part about having a beach wedding is how casual it can be. The sign shown above directing guests to the ceremony is a great example of being able to incorporate humor and romance into a wedding celebration. Another great addition to the party is custom wedding napkins featuring your choice of design (we chose the seashell, of course). You can personalize these napkins with any design and wording you would like. So get creative and create something guests will never forget.

Photo Credits: Couple: Red Sheep Cinema via Boho Weddings, Wood Sign: Christoper Nolan Photography via Buzzfeed, Arch: Deer Pearl Flowers, Table Décor: Carina Skrobecki Photo via Ruffled Blog, Cake: OffBeet Productions via Swooned Magazine

Destination Wedding
Wedding day itineraries are important for keeping your family and bridal party on track, but they’re even more important for destination weddings. Itineraries not only help keep your wedding guests informed, they help your guests feel welcome and appreciated.

We suggest using a wedding website to keep guests updated on activities and events as you’re planning them, but we also highly recommend providing all of your wedding guests a printed copy of your itinerary upon arrival.

Below we’ve provided an example of a typical destination wedding schedule. When making your destination wedding itinerary, you will want to include where and when each of these events will occur.

Day 1 – Dinner with Family

Your first wedding event will most likely be an intimate gathering of immediate family the night of your arrival date. (Only include this on a person’s itinerary if he/she is invited.)

Wedding Cocktails

Day 2 – Wedding Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal and rehearsal dinner will include immediate family, grandparents and the bridal party (including guests). (Only include this on a person’s itinerary if he/she is invited.)

Day 3 – Play Day!

Let everyone know where all the guests are gathering for a day of rest and relaxation or fun activities. Later that day or in the evening, everyone should gather for a welcome reception. The welcome reception might be a cocktail hour, a dinner or a bonfire on the beach.

Destination Wedding

Day 4 – The Wedding Day

Organize a brunch or lunch for your wedding guests. The bridal party will be busy getting ready, but all of the guests will enjoy mingling and getting to know each other before the wedding ceremony and reception.

Destination Wedding

Day 5 – Farewell

Invite all of your wedding guests to a farewell breakfast or brunch. Allow a couple of hours for this so guests can attend according to their morning/flight schedule.

P.S. Keep in mind that just because you’re organizing an event like a cocktail hour or a brunch, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re paying for it. A lot of destination weddings are at all-inclusive resorts, so you’re just organizing a place and time for people to get together. That’s the beauty of all-inclusives — drinks and meals are taken care of!

I recommend checking out Etsy for some great itinerary ideas. I also LOVE the simplicity of this destination wedding itinerary found at www.diyweddingtemplates.com. Looking for more tips? Check out our post on Putting Together Your Wedding Day Itinerary.