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Posted on Nov 7, 2013 | 0 comments

DIY Destination Wedding Save the Dates

DIY Destination Wedding Save the Dates

When deciding on what to do for our DIY destination wedding save the dates, we knew we wanted to incorporate travel and our love of Hawaii. Once we set the theme for our wedding as old Hawaii, we knew that the kind of travel we focused on would need to be vintage travel. With this in mind, we knew that making save the dates that look like vintage boarding passes and luggage tag are perfect for a destination wedding!

Designing Our DIY Destination Wedding Save the Dates

One of the good things about having a small DIY destination wedding is that you can have lots of little touches that would take too much time to do with a larger guest list. After gathering many ideas, our Maid of Honor, Nicki, and I spent an afternoon hashing out ideas and talking design. Even with all of the ideas I threw out at Nicki she was still able to pull everything together and create exactly what Drew and I were wanting.

In order to help with the design, I started searching for graphics with a vintage feel. The two places I had the most success finding these is Etsy and iStock. On Etsy, you can find tons of vintage graphics that look like they’ve been scanned from old books. iStock is full of stock photos and lots of vintage inspired retro graphics. They have both been able to provide us with many graphics that we have needed for all of our wedding paper.

I gathered all of my ideas and graphics I liked and sent them all to Nicki. She some how sorted through the huge mess and knew exactly what I wanted. She did an incredible job designing the boarding pass save the dates and the luggage tag magnets that went with them. Nicki sent us proofs of everything that we would go through together to see if we wanted any changes or anything else that needed to be done. Once we had the final proofs, I printed everything up on our printer and Nicki came over on a Friday night to help me put everything together.

DIY Destination Wedding Save the Dates

From left to right: The boarding passes before rounding the corners, the finished plumeria luggage tag magnets, the ticket jackets, and the seahorse luggage tags.

Making DIY Destination Wedding Save the Dates

Armed with cupcakes and red wine, we got to work on making the save the dates. Nicki is a bit of a perfectionist and doesn’t trust paper cutters. She cut all of the luggage tag magnets and boarding pass save the dates out by hand with an X-ACTO knife. I would have never had the patience for that and would have resorted to using our paper cutter.

After Nicki cut out all of the boarding passes and luggage tags, she started cutting out the slit for the boarding passes to slide into their jackets and scored the ticket jackets to give them a clean edge. I sealed the inside of the ticket jackets down with double sided scarpbooking adhesive once she was done.

DIY Destination Wedding Save the Dates

Boarding passes with rounded edges and luggage tag magnets.

To make the the boarding passes look like the vintage ones, I used a corner edger to round the corners. I then took a perforator to create the tear-off part of the boarding pass. Both elements helped finish off the boarding passes and completed their vintage look.

The outside of the ticket jacket we printed up with “This Is Your Ticket to Paradise” for a fun added touch. Something to keep in mind when selecting paper for the ticket jackets, is to make sure you don’t get too heavy of a weight. The paper we got was a little too thick and I had to fight with the printer the entire time to get them to print up. Even though it was a bit of a pain, it was well worth the extra time that it took.

DIY Destination Wedding Save the Dates

DIY destination wedding save the date luggage tags.

Making DIY Destination Wedding Luggage Tags

When Nicki had all of the luggage tags cut out, I used a Crop-A-Dile to make the holes with an eyelet in each tag and strung each one with baker’s twine. Magnet strips were placed on the back of each luggage tag to make it into a magnet that our guests could put on their fridge to be reminded of the dates of our destination wedding on Maui.

DIY Destination Wedding Save the Dates

Ticket jackets wrapped with bakers twine.

The luggage tag magnets were inside the top flap of the ticket jacket. Some guests got the plumeria luggage tag, while others got the seahorse. The ticket jacket was wrapped with red and white baker’s twine (same kind as the luggage tags) to create a belly band and add to the vintage look. Once I was done with all of the boarding pass save the dates and had them all wrapped in twine I put them in glassine envelops to be able to see the “This Is Your Ticket to Paradise” right through them.

We sent out our DIY destination wedding save the dates exactly one year to the date on 07.07.11. We thought it’d be fun to have them postmarked exactly one year to the wedding date, even if we weren’t sure if anyone besides us would notice. Luck would have it, most of our guests did notice.

Will you be making boarding passes for your DIY destination wedding save the dates?

All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.

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About Kimmy Hayes


Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.

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