Travel, especially of the vintage variety, has such a romantic air to it! No wonder, then, why this is such a popular theme among brides and grooms.
Are you a well-traveled couple, loving the thrill of exciting new destinations? Did you meet or get engaged overseas? Is one or both of you of foreign descent, wanting to honor your heritage? Whatever the reason for choosing a vintage travel theme, choosing wedding favors to match is a venture into a charming world indeed! Just take a look at the pretty ideas we’ve put together from our own styled shoot of a vintage-travel theme wedding.
Miniature Hatbox-style Porcelain Keepsakes
Perfectly suited to the vintage look of this theme, porcelain containers with a delicate fleur-de-lis pattern and gold trim would make wonderful favors! They mimic those Victorian period hat boxes that ladies would take on their travels, along with old-style suitcases and leather trunks.
What makes these porcelain keepsakes so delightful, too, is that you can fill them with your favorite candies or chocolates for guests to enjoy. While the boxes themselves can later become attractive dresser accessories or trinket holders.
Vintage Postcard Sets Along with the Menu
Another sweet favor option is to bundle up sets of vintage postcards, old photos and letters, maps of memorable destinations, airline or train tickets. You can then tie each set with twine and tuck in your reception menu card on top.
The trick is to keep the entire packet within the planned color scheme. In our case, this was a combination of dusty blue and muted pink, with touches of brown—all set against a creamy ivory plate and matte gold charger. Pretty! Be sure to see our tutorial for this menu card.
Ladylike Tulle Purses Set in a Sweet Vignette
If you happen to have a specific country or locale as the focus of your travel theme, you can also get to highlight this through your favors. Victorian-period England perhaps? How charming would it be to have a little themed favor display!
Here, we created a grouping of period English novels, a gold hand mirror and brush, and a vintage perfume bottle as a vase. A perfect little vignette to showcase dainty favor purses of white tulle each holding a lipstick and powder compact.
Your Favorite Brew from an Exotic Destination
Prefer to give something edible, but not necessarily sweets? Why not coffee beans? Select special varieties and blends from coffee-growing locales in different parts of the world. You can source these from the international section of your supermarket, from specialty food stores, or order them online.
For our favor packaging, we poured a generous scoop of beans into mini mason jars. Then, we wrapped each jar up with a sugary pink organza circle gathered into a flouncy ruffle on top. Guests are sure to love this gift idea!
See More Favor Ideas: Sophisticated Wedding Favors with a Vintage Flair
And if you’d like a handmade angle to your vintage travel favors and their packaging, we’ve found some unique items from some crafty people on etsy.
1 – Muslin drawstring favor pouches stamped with a vintage globe design, ideal for giving candies, soaps, and small gift items; can be ordered in sets of 50 from Clementine Weddings.
2 – Offered by CJ Tangles, this pretty key chain engraved with an inspiration quote: “In life it’s not where you go it’s who you travel with” by Charles Schulz makes a great gift for the bridal attendants.
3 – Vintage-style airport luggage tags, perfect for favors, escort cards, and place cards; available from Studio Cee.
4 – Decorative wooden clothespins covered with snippets from a vintage atlas; available from JJKun.
5 – Hand-stamped brown paper coffee bags from Apropos Roasters are great for a destination wedding. Red, white and blue twine give that vintage “airmail” look.