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Advice: 3 Reasons Why You Should Include a Custom Illustrated Map in Your Wedding Invitation Suite

Advice: 3 Reasons Why You Should Include a Custom Illustrated Map in Your Wedding Invitation Suite

Advice: 3 Reasons Why You Should Include a Custom Illustrated Map in Your Wedding Invitation Suite

- By Caitlin Baumberger of Happy Tines


A custom illustrated map is such a personal and fun addition to your invitation suite. Illustrated maps are one of my favorite pieces to create when designing wedding invitations. I often get asked why they should be included, so here are a few reasons you can consider!

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To let guests know where the major wedding events will take place

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Are a lot of guests traveling from out of town to your wedding? It will be helpful for them if you include an illustrated map in your invitation suite so that they can familiarize themselves with your wedding location and the major events that are taking place that weekend. Besides including your wedding and reception locations on your map, it will be helpful for your guests if you include places such as the hotel where you have a room block reserved, the location of your rehearsal dinner, and if you are having a day after brunch, you could include that as well!

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To suggest things to do & places to eat in the areas for your out of town guests

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Are you having a destination wedding or a wedding where most of your guests will be traveling from out of town? Another reason why you should include a custom map in your invitation suite is to let your out-of-town guests know about things to do in the area. Maybe there is a cozy coffee shop right around the corner from the hotel, or a famous site for hiking within driving distance, or a hole-in-the-wall bar that they MUST go to downtown, or even something as practical as the airport. Get your guests excited about the city they are going to visit by providing them an illustrated map of things they can do over the weekend so they can start planning their adventures ASAP :)

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To illustrate your love story

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This may just be my favorite reason why you should include a map in your wedding invitation suite: to illustrate the special events that have occurred in your relationship!
For example, you can include the location of where you met, where you had your first date, where your fiancé proposed, etc. By including all of the places that are special to you as a couple, this helps to further illustrate your love story to your guests, and for your guests to feel better connected to your love story.

Whatever you and your fiancé choose to illustrate on your map, it will be completely unique to you! That is the beauty of custom illustrated maps. Your map will become a keepsake and a work of art that represents such a special time in your life!

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Caitlin is the owner and designer of Happy Tines,

a calligraphy and custom stationery small business based in Apex, North Carolina. She specializes in custom wedding invitation design & calligraphy and custom illustrated maps. Her passion lies in helping brides document their happiest moments and adventures in life by combining her modern calligraphy and colorful illustrations. Caitlin designs whimsical wedding invitations for brides across the country and teaches calligraphy workshops in the Raleigh area. Caitlin is a new momma to Wesley, wife to Ben and dog mom to her speckled dog, Captain.

To see more Happy Tines custom creations, visit here.

All Map photos courtesy of Jamie Blow Photography

Bio photo courtesy of Ally and Bobby Photography


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