(Closed) LOVE the couture maps- but I have an extremely formal invite – what do you think

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Post # 3
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think it’s a great idea! If you make it really special some of your guests may want to keep it as a keepsake of your wedding 🙂

Post # 4
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think your planner is full of baloney! Those maps by Laura Hooper are all made to accompany her hand-calligraphed VERY formal invitations, and if I received one in a formal invitation I would be very impressed. As a guest, I would also rather recieve all the info at once, so nothing gets misplaced. I would think it was odd or an oversight if I got a random map after I RSVP’d.

Post # 5
88 posts
Worker bee

We’re considering doing one for our out of town guests, which would highlight the rehearsal dinner location, the two hotels, and then highlights of Chicago, all within walking distance of the hotels.  Like you, the map would not be appropriate in our invitations so this is our only chance to do a fun map.    

Post # 6
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We have very formal invites and I would LOVE to do a map.  But, the place where we’re getting married is boring compared to cooler places like Chicago (my hometown!!).  FWIW: we’re getting married in RI b/c Future Mother-In-Law is a minister there and we decided it was cooler to have her marry us than have the wedding somewhere that was meaningful to either one of us.  So no mpa for us.  But I do agree that they can be very stunning.  Maybe tone down the colors to 2-3 that coordinate? 

Post # 7
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I am a cartographer. I adore and obsess over all maps. A map like that is like a small work of art! I say if you like the map then definitely include it with your invitation. I doubt that any of your guests are going to pull it out and say, "Oh my, this map doesn’t go at all with the style of this invitation." If they do then they obviously don’t have anything better to think about!

Post # 8
193 posts
Blushing bee

I agree with the other posters! How many times in your life do you get to send your friends and family a gorgeous little map? I think they’re adorable and more keepsake-worthy than even the invitation itself. If you like it, include it.

Post # 9
484 posts
Helper bee

I actually agree with your coordinator. The maps are great but if your invites are super formal I would not include them in the suite. Put them in your out of town bags or send them with the other weekend invitations (like your coordinator suggested).

My invites are super formal btw if that gives you an idea of my perspective.

Post # 10
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I kind of agree with your event planner, but it is ultimately up to you and what you like. I may also use a map by Laura Hooper, but I was going to send it with the rehearsal dinner invitations and include it in the welcome baskets in people’s hotels.

I know it’s more postage, but it is really kind of cool and old fashioned to correspond with your guests and send it out after you get the response card back. It’s more work and more money, but such a nice and classy touch.


Post # 11
7 posts

I really don’t think it matters what is "proper!" Weddings should be about personal style and preferences, not what is proper and/or tradition. I think you want your guests to remember the little things about your wedding that YOU love, and I definitely think your guests would LOVE to see a map like that. Depending on budget, you could also get one made into a poster to have at the reception!

Post # 12
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

oh, proper-schmoper (ok that sounded better in my head).  We also have very formal invites and we included a map with ours – and ours are identical to the one above.  What we did is have one side printed with information (ceremony here and address and time, reception location adderss and time, and a note that said for additional information to visit our website.  They look incredible and people have been calling to tell us how much they love the mnap.  Go for it!

Post # 13
999 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Mr. P's Grandparents’ Ranch

I think you should go for it and have it all sent at once, but the other idea it’s nice if you could send them not just the map but a lot more information

Post # 14
2 posts


(I posted this earlier, but not sure why it didn’t post)

We’ve actually worked with Laura Hooper (the artist of your attachment) most recently in May on a project for a wedding in Mexico. She is great to work with and does excellent work. I highly recommend her. 

On this project, we asked her to provide calligraphy elements (thumbs) for the map that we designed with roads/landmarks identified and incorporated the colors we used for the suite. The result is a map that is consistent with the design of our suite, but has this added character in the map. For the projects we’ve collaborated on, everyone has come back with "I love it" or "I’ve received so many comments on it". It is really nice to add, sure to be remembered and kept. We’ve done these for both formal and casual suites.

Have your artist contact her if you are interested and provide Laura with some direction on what you want to see. For what you want illustrated, provide her with photographs for background and context.

I provided a pdf file with a project we did last fall together. (If it doesn’t come through email me and I’ll forward it along.) With Laura’s thumbs, we colored them with the suite colors and placed them into our map layout. Again, she’s great to work with.


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Post # 15
1 posts

Thanks Heather at Sugar River for alerting me to this post. I was really pleased to see everyone’s reactions to the input the wedding planner gave in the initial posting. I do agree with what everyone has said and wanted to mention that my little maps have accompanied invitations by some of the biggest and most well-known designers such as CeciNY, Bella Figuera, and so many more. If those invitations are not formal than I don’t know what is. Many of my clients tell me they are having formal events but they love the maps and see them as a way to incorporate their own personal style into an otherwise formal and traditional occasion. However, this is not everyone’s cup of tea for their wedding invitations. If you have time and have not chosen your save the dates I do recommend doing a "fun" save the date and then formal invitation in a few months. Alternatively, as someone mentioned, you can use them in your welcome bags, or send them out early with itineraries. We frequently do maps for these purposes and many, many more. With the maps the possibilities are really endless, and my clients often come back and tell me their maps and the production process of the maps were their favorite part of their wedding! I even had a client order a map of Maui for the wedding and then come back and order one 6 months later for her new home announcements.

Lastly, I truly believe that your wedding should be about you and your fiance, and your families celebrating together and that you should do the things that you like most, rather than abiding by what is tradtionally considered "proper" — whether it means having 2 maid of honors and no bridesmaids, choosing bright orange and chartreuse for your wedding colors, or sending a fun map with your formal invitations!

 Laura Hooper

Post # 16
2640 posts
Sugar bee

Actually I could see how your coordinator would think the map doesn’t jive with formal invitations.  With that said, I do like it and think Habibi had some great suggestions.

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