Destination Wedding Dilemma: Decorating Your Venue out of Your Suitcase

While there are plenty of upsides to a destination wedding — beautiful locale, a chance to vacation with friends and family — there is a downside. Destination weddings = travel and travel = suitcases and the limitations that come with them. You can’t exactly pack a full venue’s worth of décor into one fifty-pound bag. Luckily, we have some easily-packable wedding decorations so you won’t have to compromise your destination wedding’s look for its location.

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Paper lanterns are a great way to add a warm ambiance to any ceremony. Easy to fold down and tuck into a suitcase, all you need is some LED lights to light up your wedding venue. Paper lanterns also come in a variety of shapes, patterns, and colors so you can customize them to your pleasing.

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Balloons can add a playful or sophisticated vibe to your wedding. Bring fun multicolored ones for a more whimsical feel. If you’re feeling more elegant, try some in colors such as white, black, or gold with some tulle tied around them.

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Add a personalized touch to your wedding by decorating with custom artwork. Go large scale and hang a packable canvas in your venue or pack some smaller art to decorate your tables.

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Real flowers aren’t very travel friendly and fake flowers look a little tacky. Try this paper alternative instead. They’re bright, colorful, and won’t look bad if they get a little wrinkled en route.

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Bunting can be a fun way to add color to your ceremony! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors and patterns. Go bold with all primary colors or soft with some pastel or floral patterns. Even use your bunting to spell out a message for your special day! It can be a great way to add a certain vibe to your venue.

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It may bring to mind memories of bad childhood hairdos, but now that you’re all grown up, ribbon can be beautiful at your wedding. Hang multi-colored strips side by side on the wall as a backdrop or in doorways so your guests can make a fun entrance. Or try hanging it from the ceiling like streamers.

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Planning a beachside wedding? Snag some beach themed wedding décor like seashells or starfish to add to the atmosphere of your venue. Whether you go real or faux with these decorations, they’ll be sure to fit safely in your suitcase and can be the perfect touch to your tables. You can even buy seashell place card holders to add to your nautical theme.

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