Save-the-Dates: Destination Wedding Ideas

A wedding far away calls for an extra-special save-the-date. Get inspired by one of these fun ideas.
by Andrea Fowler
Waterfront destination wedding venue
Peter Gubernat Photographer + Storyteller

For most of your guests, a destination wedding means vacation time. So why not set the relaxed vibe right from the get-go? Consider one of these customized save-the-dates, guaranteed to get guests excited about your wedding—and their upcoming getaway.

Message in a Bottle

Message in a bottle save-the-dates
Lovedays Photography

For a beach wedding, create a fun "message in a bottle." Roll up your save the date, tie with a bit of twine or a tiny rope, and put them in a bottle with sand and seashells. Don't want to DIY your own? We love this magnet version on Etsy.

Post Card

Postcard save-the-dates for a destination wedding
Jerry Yoon Photography

Send stamped postcards from the town where you're holding the affair. For bonus points, send them in one envelope to a local (your planner, for example, or a friend who lives there) who can mail them—that way, they'll even have a destination postmark. If you you're planning from afar, search for state-specific options in bulk.

Boarding Pass

Gray and yellow boarding pass save-the-dates
James Rubio Photography

Generate some buzz with a faux ticket to paradise—there are plenty of downloadable DIY templates that you can customize or enlist the help of a custom stationer or graphic designer who can bring your vision to life.

Destination-Specific Local

Formal destination wedding save-the-date
Vue Photography

Put those engagement photos to good use—especially if you have couples' shots that were taken where you plan to wed. Not only does it make that photo-shoot even more worthwhile but it gives invitees a sense of the locale.


Nautical destination wedding save-the-date
Brian Dorsey Studios

X marks the spot! Treat guests to an illustrated map of your chosen destination. Already picked a color palette? Incorporate your wedding colors into the save the date design, or get creative with a symbol, logo or initialed monogram in place of the “X".


Passport-themed destination wedding save-the-dates
Julius & James

If your guests are really traveling, send out an impressive passport-packaged save-the-date. Not only is it a ridiculously cool idea, but it serves as a reminder to—ahem—renew those travel documents. (If you're as daunted by the idea of DIYing this as we are, check out an this Etsy vendor instead.)

Painted Scenery

Watercolor painting of the destination wedding chapel
Lauren Brown Photography

If it's the picturesque backdrop that drew you to the destination, set the scene for your guests with a beautiful paining or illustration. Consider whether you might want watercolor, black and white, or a simple sketch, then search for artists in your area to create a mini work of art (and a special keepsake!).

Luggage Tag

Luggage tag save-the-dates
KT Merry Photography

A luggage tag save-the-date gives you a great option for versatility. If it's in the budget, send out real luggage tags and insert a card with your save-the-date information and website. Or DIY them by clipping off the top corners of your paper, and punching a hole for for twine or ribbon.

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