I did a short stint as an intern at one of the bridal mags in my post-college/pre-real world days and completely and totally loved it. Obviously. While I was there, I had to file my way through countless stationary samples from invitation companies hoping to be featured in the next big article on paper goods. I’m a pretty simple girl, so it’s tough for me to differentiate between all the loopy, letterpress that’s out there, but there’s one thing I totally fell in love with while I was there…custom wedding maps.

I know they’re not SUPER necessary. But they’re kind of great. Especially if you’re having a destination wedding where most of your guest have no idea where to find you, the happy couple, the hotel their staying in, or the nearest happy hour.  If you have the funds to splurge on one more thing to shove into your envelopes…opt for these, and if there happens to be no more room left in those envelopes, they also fit nicely and look great in welcome baskets for guests upon arrival.

Calligraphics, on Etsy does custom drawn and digitally colored custom wedding maps. The price varies depending on the number of details you want to include and how many you’ll need. It’s best to contact them directly to discuss.

Custom Wedding Maps- Calligraphics- Etsy

Custom Wedding Maps- Calligraphics- Etsy

For this custom map design it’s $25 and printing is either additional or on your own accord. Again…check with the seller at checkout.

GoAgainstTheGrain Custom Maps- Etsy

GoAgainstTheGrain Custom Maps- Etsy

Laura Hooper Calligraphy and Lucky Orchid Invitations are Etsy sellers that offer some of the best custom wedding maps I’ve ever seen. She offers 100 custom drawn maps for $415 and for $150 you can have you map enlarged to a watercolor painting.

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations (front)

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations (back)

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations (back)

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations- Etsy

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations- Etsy

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations - Etsy

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations - Etsy

Mira Aster is one of the most amazing wedding invitation designers around, and her work has been featured just about everywhere.  They’ve been doing custom hand stitched invitations since 2000 and for some seriously incredible wedding maps Mira Aster teams up with the unbelievable Stephannie Barba of Couture Maps. Design starts at $400 for one color, but each order’s cost is different based on what you’re looking for as far as printing, paper and design go.   To get an estimate for what you’re looking for go to their order page and fill out a form to see what kind of cash you’re gonna have to lay down to get these in your possession.  Samples are available for $10 in the US and $15 internationally.

Couture Maps with hand stitching by Mira Aster

Couture Maps with hand stitching by Mira Aster

Couture Maps by Stephannie Barba

Couture Maps by Stephannie Barba

Couture Maps by Stephannie Barba

Couture Maps by Stephannie Barba

If you don’t have the funds to pay someone else to draw, paint and print your beautiful wedding maps, make your own! There are plenty of DIY templates out on the web, or you can get someone with some serious artistic ability to draw them for you and then scan and print.  Wedding Mappers offers custom DIY Map Guides so you can create your own map right online with icons and styles that match your wedding!

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