photographer: Hannah Costello Photography | planning & design: Nicole Alexandra Events & Designs | floral: Rebelle Fleurs Event Design | venue: Colony 29 | stationary: Swell Press
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17 Destination Wedding Invitations That Will Have Your Guests Booking Flights

When you plan a destination wedding, you’re not only preparing for your nuptials; you’re also planning a trip for all of your loved ones. You have the opportunity to transport your guests to a place of meaning to you as well as take them on a beautiful adventure.

A destination wedding is often more complex to plan; it means coordinating multiple gatherings and keeping track of many little details to help your friends and family prepare for the weekend, or weeklong, celebration ahead. In addition to hiring a skilled event planner, it’s important to communicate plans with your guests.

There’s no better way to get your family and friends excited for the journey ahead than by sending a well-designed invitation. We love the custom destination wedding invitation suites below because, in addition to conveying vital information, their designs nod to far-off locales. Whether it’s a watercolor painting of a vineyard or layered laser cut cacti for a desert wedding, these invitations beautifully inform and excite guests.

Read on to get inspired by destination wedding invitations for real weddings at gorgeous locations that include domestic and European spots, cities and beaches, as well as deserts and mountains.

European Destination Wedding Invitations

Intimate Italian Destination Wedding

photographer: Justin and Mary Weddings

1. Intimate Italian Wedding

Ferentillo, Umbria

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Justin and Mary Weddings | event planner: Zen Events Chicago | floral design: Jackson Durham Events | venue: Abbey San Pietro | invitations: Gourmet Invitations | dj: DJ Brian B

Modern and Intimate Jewel-Toned Chateau Wedding in France

photography: Koman Photography

2. Chateau Celebration in France

Condécourt, Île-De-France

The planners at Fête in France say of the chic chateau venue, “The orangerie has beautiful light during the day, and in the winter, it is full of lemon trees being stored away from the cold. These deep green leaves and citrus colors were used as inspiration for the unforgettable décor.”

We can’t help but notice how the hues inspired the greenery-infused destination wedding invitations from French Blue as well. Click to see unique water-color inspired cookies and striking green tables.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photography and cinematography: Koman Photography | styling & planning: Fête in France | floral: Floraison Paris | venue: Chateau de Villette | paper good & calligraphy: French Blue | cake & pastries: Bouchra | hair & makeup: Ava Belle | rentals: Maison Options | ring boxes: Voeu du Coeur

Old-World Italian Destination Wedding

photographer: Edmonson Photography

3. Italian Destination Wedding – In Palm Beach

Palm Beach, FL

We adore this Italy-inspired wedding so much that we dedicated an entire article to it. The old-world European mood began with the luxe invitation suite from HH Design. Each custom letterpress card featured a gold icon and each envelope, an elegant lining.

Click through to see how towering trees made for wow-worthy centerpieces and a wedding cake that recreated (in edible elements) details from the invitations.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Edmonson Photography | event planner: Birch Design Studio | floral design: Renny & Reed | venue & caterer: The Breakers Palm Beach | paper goods & invitations: HH Design | linens: BBJ Linen | videographer: Mirar Productions | reception band & dj: Élan Artists | lighting: Frost Florida | ceremony gospel choir: BeatMix Music | rentals: Different Look | transportation: Molly’s Trolleys | reception singers: The Four C Notes | transportation: Park Limo


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Desert Destination Wedding Invitations

Romantic Pink Wedding at Parker Palm Springs in Palm Springs, CA

photography: Laura Moll Photography

4. Palm Springs Soirée

Palm Springs, CA

This custom-illustrated and designed destination wedding invitation suite featured a laser cut band holding all of the glorious pieces together. Who Drew NY provided custom illustrations including a tropical crest and deeply hued map on stunning invitations from Méldeen.

Click to see the wedding’s beautiful use of on-trend millennial pink.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photography: Laura Moll Photography | event planner: Michelle Garibay Events | floral design: Soiree LA Event Design | venue: Parker Palm Springs | invitation suite: Méldeen | rentals: Signature Party RentalsThe Hostess Haven, & The Chiavari Guys | videography: Le Reve Films | live music: Daniel Morris | calligraphy: Handcrafted Occasions | dj: Steve 1der | bride’s hair and makeup: NineZeroOne | specialty rentals and custom builds: Jake Duke Studios | custom illustrations: Who Drew NY

Elegant Wedding at Avalon Palm Springs in Palm Springs, CA

photography: Ryan Horban Photography

5. Elegant Palm Springs Wedding

Palm Springs, CA

According to the planners at Michelle Garibay Events, “The accordion-style invitation suite design centered around shimmering pool water to build excitement for a vacation-vibe weekend celebration in Palm Springs at the Avalon Hotel.”

We adore how Méldeen created a chic suite in a California-perfect palette. Don’t miss how desert inspiration found its way onto the tabletops and in the bouquet at this clear-tented wedding.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photography: Ryan Horban Photography | event planning & design: Michelle Garibay Events | design, floral, lighting & rentals: Arrangements Design | venue: Avalon Palm Springs | invitation & stationery: Méldeen | videography: Shark Pig Weddings | desserts: The Churro Cart | cake: Laura Marie | dj: Chris Paul

Tropical Mod Colony 29 Wedding, Palm Springs

photography: Hannah Costello Photography

6. Delightful Desert Design

Palm Springs, CA

This modern tropical wedding began it’s pink and rose-hued mod vibe with its gorgeous custom invitations from Swell Press. We adore everything from the cool font to the letterpress desert-chic graphics.

Don’t miss all the fun boho details like pink and maroon velvet lounge areas, wicker thrones for the happy couple, and an so-clever-you-have-to-see-it place card display.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photography: Hannah Costello Photography | planning and design: Nicole Alexandra Events & Designs | floral: Rebelle Fleurs Event Design | venue: Colony 29 | rentals: Signature Party Rentals | table numbers & seating chart: The Bleu Dahlia | rentals: Folklore Rentals | stationary: Swell Press | catering: New Leaf Catering | vintage bar: Whiskey and Wildflowers

Gorman Wedding

photo courtesy of The Detail Department

7. Chic Cacti

Palm Springs, CA

We love the three-dimensional detail on these invitations from (fittingly) The Detail Department. And what’s more evocative of a desert-set soirée than cactus and undulating sand?

Make sure to see other clever details like a live cactus seating chart, fresh citrus place cards, and wood slab chargers.

The vendors who made this event happen:

print & invitations: The Detail Department


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Intimate Colorful Bougainvillea Love: Knox & Erik

photographer: Daniel Kim Photography

8. Bright & Bold Bash

Scottsdale, AZ

This colorful intimate wedding set a luxe desert tone starting with custom invitations from Idieh Design. We adore how the invitations combine dusty blue a bright pink and desert icons like cacti and horned skulls.

Click through to see a truly stunning king’s table (one long table for all guests) with its own arch of bright bougainvillea.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Daniel Kim Photography | event planner: Konsider It Done | floral: Mint Green Designs | venue: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North | linens: BBJ Linen | stationer: Idieh Design | cake: A Bakeshop | rentals: Anomaly Rentals, The Confetti Studio & Native Events | videographer: Love Story Films

Romantic Outdoor Wedding at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ

photography: The Studio of Bradford Jones

9. Succulent Soirée

Phoenix, AZ

We adore so many details at this outdoor desert wedding, from the wow-worthy succulent-decked wedding cake to the mini terrariums for each guest.

Don’t miss how the custom invitation suite from Be In love Designs inspired a totally original bar design, seating chart, and menus.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photography: The Studio of Bradford Jones | event design & planning: Sally Arnold Events | florals: PJ’s Flowers | venue: Desert Botanical Garden | invitations: Be In love Designs | rentals: Bright Event Rentals | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | lighting: Karma Event Productions & Mystic Lighting | musicians: Allegro Quartet | catering: Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events


RELATED: 8 Dreamy Scottsdale Resorts for Your Desert Destination Wedding


Beach Destination Wedding Invitations

Elyssa & Tyler's Palm Beach Wedding at The Breakers

photographer: The Day by Ira Lippke

10. Tropical Palm Beach Setting

Palm Beach, FL

When you’re getting married in as gorgeous of a locale as Palm Beach, in as iconic of a venue as The Breakers Palm Beach, it makes sense to get guests dreaming early. We love how Alpine Creative Group used the tropical beauty of the historic venue, along with gold print to set an elegant tone. Don’t miss the couple’s stunning oceanside nuptials and unique wedding arch.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: The Day by Ira Lippke | planner: Sara Renee Events | floral & event design: Always Flowers & Events | venue: The Breakers Palm Beach | stationery: Alpine Creative Group | hair & make-up: Looking Like a Star – Tatjana Terzic | music: The Powerhouse Group | video: Ruben Sendrey


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Lauren + Walker

photography: Brian Leahy Photography

11. Magnificent Mexico

Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

We adore how aqua ocean spray served as beachy inspiration for this destination wedding invitation suite from My Urban Invites.

Don’t miss a unique polished wood aisle stretched across soft sand leading to the sea and the couple’s fun entrance — by boat.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photography: Brian Leahy Photography | event planner: En Vogue Events | floral + décor: Luis Bandha | venue: Banyan Tree Mayakoba | lighting: JSAV | stationary: My Urban Invites


RELATED: 5 Mexico Destination Wedding Resorts that Wow


Modern Orthodox Hamptons Beach Wedding at Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club

photographer: We Are the Bowsers

12. We Heart the Hamptons

Bridgehampton, NY

This Hampton’s wedding combined a modern black-and-white palette with pampas grass and other beachy elements. We love how the invitation suite from Minted evoked the rolling ocean waves.

Click through to see this Fourth of July weekend wedding and its clever beach-inspired place cards and driftwood and floral centerpieces.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photo & video: We Are the Bowsers | event planner: Sara Landon Events | floral: Wildflower Floral Events | venue: Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club | stationery: Minted | entertainment: Decco By Party Up Productions | catering: Regal Caterers | hair & makeup: The House of Makeup | rentals: Party Rental Ltd.


RELATED: 8 Hamptons Wedding Venues & Event Spaces for Stunning Summer Celebrations


City Destination Wedding Invitations

N + C: Chicago History Museum

photographer: Cristina G

13. Chicago Charm

Chicago, IL

We love how this Chicago wedding employed the city’s skyline as inspiration for the invitation suite from Bella Figura. The motif is carried through every card, creating a cohesive design.

Click through to see the city-perfect locale, rich with history, and the clever seating card solution.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Cristina G | event planner: Big City Bride | décor: Blumgarten & Co | venue: Chicago History Museum | linen: BBJ Linen | print goods: Bella Figura


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Vineyard Destination Weddings

LGBTQ Micro Wedding at Eden Rift Vineyards in Hollister, CA

photographer: De Joy Photography

14. Wine & Dine

Hollister, CA

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: De Joy Photography | event planner: Pocketful Of Plans | florals: Fleurs du Soleil | venue: Eden Rift | stationary: Heart Paper Soul | linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | vintage rentals: One True Love Vintage RentalsAbbey Party Rents | lighting: Belmont Entertainment | desserts: Tart and Tin | hair: Glamology Beauty Lounge | make-up: J Faith Beauty | cinema: Iz Cinema

Rustic and Sophisticated Wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia

photographer: Sara Wight Photography

15. Vineyard Vines

Charlottesville, VA

Virginia plays host to not only hilly vineyards, but also lush weddings. This rustic-chic vineyard wedding invited guests with custom invitations from Just Write Studios, featuring leafy elements.

Don’t miss the charming barn reception featuring foliage and candle table runners and high and low floral centerpieces.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Sara Wight Photography | floral and décor: Southern Blooms | venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards | paper products: Just Write Studios | invitations: Michelle’s Memos | videography: Bowen Films | entertainment: Entertainment Exchange | makeup: Emily Artistryhair: Moxie | cake: Paradox Pastry


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Mountain Destination Weddings

Winter Wonderland Wedding in Beaver Creek, CO

photographer: Tara Bielecki Photography

16. Mountain Magic

Beaver Creek, CO

These winter wonderland nuptials were held at the happy couple’s favorite mountain in  Colorado, and their wedding invitations from Sarah Drake Design set the snowy scene months in advance. We love how the custom suite beautifully pictured the special locale.

Don’t miss the stunning reception décor, with its suspended floral installations and birch trees surrounding the whole room — and all of the bridesmaids donned in icy blues. Winter wonderland, indeed.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Tara Bielecki Photography | event planner: LK Events | floral & décor: La Rue Floral | venue: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa | paper: Sarah Drake Design | cinematography: Elysium Productions | band: Howl2Go

Timeless White River Lodge Wedding at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, OR

photographer: Kimberly Kay

17. Lovely Lodge

Bend, OR

This stunning wedding was beautifully set at a resort nestled against the majestic Cascade Mountains — and the picturesque invitation suite from Katie Hoffman Ink makes that perfectly clear. These destination invitations feature evergreens, water, and fields that get guests dreaming.

Other not-to-be-missed details from this mountain wedding include its unique cake with mountains and trees rendered in white frosting and a clever guest book/photo album combo. Click to see now.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Kimberly Kay | event planner: Events by Mint | floral: Events by Mint – Floral | venue: Sunriver Resort | paper goods & graphic design: Katie Hoffman Ink | videographer: Troy Costa | entertainment: Precious Byrd | rentals: West Coast Events


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When should destination wedding invitations be sent?

Because of the necessary travel for destination weddings, we recommend giving your friends and family more notice than you would otherwise. You want to ensure that all of your loved ones can attend, so plan to send your destination wedding invitations three to four months in advance of your wedding date. But also, send a “save the date” note much farther in advance to allow for initial travel planning like flights and hotels.

How can I get started planning my destination wedding?

A destination wedding requires an especially high level of planning skill, attention to detail, and responsiveness. We suggest beginning your wedding planning by hiring a top wedding planner. An event planner will advise you every step of the way from lodging blocks to selection and coordination of your vendor team. Ideally, choose an event planner who has experience in curating destination celebrations, or look for a local planner on the ground at your dream destination.