The Ultimate Destination Wedding Invitations

Maybe you are a bride with dreams of marrying on pristine white sand in the Caribbean Islands, or you’re a groom hoping to say “I do” in front of far-away friends and family in another country. A destination wedding is an exciting way to celebrate your love at a place that means so much to you and your significant other.

You can incorporate your destination wedding theme into all your wedding stationery needs, from save the dates, to invitations, to reception materials. Check out some of our designs and get inspired to pack your bags and get hitched away from home!

Turquoise Travel Tote Invitations
This couple chose to incorporate their love of travel in the invitation suite for a destination celebration to Punta Cana! Their save the dates incorporate a passport theme with teal accents. Pulling their theme altogether, the teal “suitcase” jacket and Punta Cana airport tag on their stunning invitations set the tone for some fun abroad, with tropical colors and details. Don’t forget your flip flops!

Passport to Love
Keishla and David got hitched in beautiful Cancun! These coral passport invitations make us want to pack our bags, grab our sunnies and take the next plane down to paradise.

Grab Your Tickets
Ticket-inspired save the dates set the tone for a destination wedding, especially ones with beautiful, bold and bright hues like these! Cancun inspired some gorgeous Caribbean colors and tropical elements for their matching invitations, complete with palm trees, pineapples and a cute map of fun things to do in Mexico!

Under the Sea
This nautical and vintage invitation suite was inspired by the deep sea for a destination wedding in Turks and Caicos. Elegant navy and gold combined with ocean elements, including a big blue whale graphic, allowed the couple’s personalities to really shine through!

Cape Cod Celebration
A destination wedding doesn’t always mean trips to warm islands! This couple got tied the knot in Cape Cod, and added beachy nautical elements to their invitation suite. Woodgrain and rope graphics set the mood for these nautical nuptials - and the sweet sticker on the front of the enclosure was inspired by the local signage in this beautiful area.

Planning your destination wedding? We can help bring your wedding theme and vision to life - click here to connect with us!

Vendor Spotlight: SociaLife

Art Paper Scissors is lucky to work with incredible vendors and create the most amazing experience for our couples. One such vendor is SociaLife, dedicated to providing quality assistance with the planning of your special day. The SociaLife team takes the stress out of wedding planning so the bride, groom and guests can just enjoy the day and celebrate!

The ladies of SociaLife

The ladies of SociaLife

We’ve done a Q&A with Kelly Heyn, owner of SociaLife, to see what goes into being a bride’s right-hand woman the day of her wedding. We work with Kelly and her team to ensure that every couple nails their vision and wedding theme, and how they want their dream wedding invitation to look.

Captured by The More We See

APS: How did you get started in the wedding planning and production business (or, how did SociaLife … come to life)?

Kelly: I grew up in the wedding business. My father was the owner of Heyn Photography, which is now owned by his partner Marissa. I grew up flipping through wedding albums and watching him work directly with couples. As I got older, I started working with him to design the wedding albums. I realized that while I didn’t have a passion for photography itself, I did enjoy design and working one-on-one with clients. That’s when I decided to break into the wedding industry and began working for a local floral designer. I absolutely fell in love with being onsite at weddings and creating a one-of-a-kind event. Soon after, SociaLife was born! 

Captured by Tory Williams Photography

APS: What services do you offer couples, and in what stage of planning do most come to SociaLife for assistance?

Kelly: At SociaLife, we offer everything from full wedding planning to day-of coordination. Some clients hire us right after they get engaged to assist them with finding a venue and booking their wedding vendors. However, we have clients that hire us after they have planned the bulk of the wedding themselves, but have decided that they want someone else to execute the details on the day-of, so that they can fully enjoy the wedding day without worry.

Over the years we have found that brides and grooms come to us at different stages in their planning, some needing more assistance then others. Because of this, we recently started allowing our clients to “build their own” package; that way, couples can hire a planner for the exact services they need the most assistance with. Whether they need help with event design, or assistance in setting up transportation for their guests, we are able to create a package that is right for them.

APS: What advice would you give to a newly engaged couple beginning the planning process, and how to incorporate their theme into their invitation design?

Kelly: After the wedding date and the venue is chosen, the theme and style of the event should be the next item that couples discuss. Are you interested in throwing a formal party or a more casual affair? Do you want your wedding to reflect the season, such as a fall wedding that incorporates pumpkins, or would you prefer a more unique theme, such as a nautical or rustic? Finally, is there a specific color palette that you would like to incorporate? These decisions will be carried into the rest of your planning. For instance, the colors you choose will likely be incorporated into your wedding attire. The theme of the wedding will typically be reflected in your centerpieces, table lines, floral choices, and of course, invitations! Deciding on all of this in advance will help you and your planner make decisions along the way that reflect the theme and style. It will also help your invitation designer incorporate that vision into your save-the-dates and keep the look cohesive as you move along in your planning and work on your invitations and reception materials.

APS: What gives you the most enjoyment as a professional wedding and party planner?

Kelly: My favorite part about wedding planning is getting to see it all come together. When I start working with clients in the beginning stages of their planning, it’s all brand new. The first meeting is all about me getting to know their personalities, hearing their love story and discussing their wedding plans. Over the course of the planning process, we work closely together to create their wedding. It’s a lot of work! I get to know my clients really well and I try my best to bring their personalities into their wedding details. It’s amazing starting from scratch and then being able to see it all come to life the day of the wedding. During the reception I usually take a step back and just watch everything. I love seeing how happy my clients are. That’s the moment that I really look forward to and it’s what inspires me to keep planning other events. I absolutely love being a part of my couples' special day and helping them create the wedding of their dreams.

Thanks to Kelly and the rest of the SociaLife team for chatting with us! Watch our video to learn more about our collaborations:

APS Real Weddings: 1920's Boardwalk Empire Wedding

There are some wedding themes that blow guests away – planned to the last detail, the love, care and hard work can truly pay off when a couple incorporates a unique theme.

Real APS couple Melody and Angelo absolutely nailed their “1920’s Boardwalk Empire” theme, celebrated on the Asbury Park boardwalk. Their wedding was recently featured in New Jersey Bride – click here to check it out!

We worked together to bring their creativity and vision to life – 1920’s glamour and glitz with a twist. Photos below were magically captured by John Kotlowski at Inspire Me Imagery.

Bold, art deco graphics and metallic with Gatsby-era fonts shone brightly on their invitations, programs, escort cards and donation cards. Gleaming golds ruled this invitation suite.

Working with Melody and Angelo was the cat’s meow – we hope you both enjoyed your day! Wishing you lots of love in the next phase of your lives.

Nail Your Nautical Wedding Invitations

As an invitation designer living near the ocean, Art Paper Scissors gets plenty of requests for nautical-themed wedding invitations and reception materials. We love incorporating this preppy and classic theme to fit each unique couple that we work with!

Below are some of our most recent seaworthy, custom-designed nautical invitations:

Navy and Nautical with Showstopping Enclosure

These unique invitations are perfect for Angelica and Joseph’s wedding at the beautiful Bonnet Island Estate, right on the water in Stafford, NJ. The invitation’s classic, nautical navy gets a fun twist with a pop of summer coral. Anchors, ship wheels and rope graphics tie in this couple’s theme perfectly. The showstopping enclosure sets the tone for a seriously seaworthy celebration, all tied together with a wax anchor seal. A combination of classic nautical and elegance!

 “Tying the Knot” Save the Dates

Regina and Mike are “tying the knot” in Newport – a classic coastal town perfect for this couple’s nautical celebration. We incorporated their stunning engagement photos with nautical rope art and ship wheels for their save the date cards. We think their guests are very excited to set sail for this wedding!

Sailboat Table Numbers

Ahoy! These cute sailboat table numbers are perfect for a nautical wedding overlooking the waves in Sea Bright.

Anchors Away for Love Invitations

Anchors away for Amy and Sean’s nautical-inspired nuptials at Clarks Landing Yacht Club in Point Pleasant, NJ! The ocean inspired this woodgrain invitation, with beachy blue hues, netting and a monogrammed anchor tying it all together.

Coastal & Charming Invitations

Regina and Michael's nautical wedding invitations are inspired by the coastal charm of Newport, Rhode Island. This invitation suite features stunning navy with a pop of coral and brown and a monogrammed ship's wheel for personal touches, wrapped together in netting. The trifold details booklet has a perforated tear-off RSVP card, making the response of "YES!" a sea breeze for guests. How cute is their chosen Shakespeare quote on love - printed on the enclosure? "When I first saw you I fell in love and you smiled because you knew."


Did you know APSweddings offers customizable nautical invitations for your big day with the click of a mouse? View our 2017 nautical collection here!

View our Pinterest board for more nautical inspiration!