Aviation Inspiration

I had hoped to use a photo of myself in front of one of Dad’s planes here, but my desk and scanner are still buried. I can say for sure that Dad would have been proud to own this beauty* though; his favorite color was International Orange.

As I mentioned in my first post, one of my father’s hobbies was building and flying model airplanes. Thing is, that’s not all he flew. He was a full-fledged commercial pilot. Needless to say, I grew up on and around airplanes and airports, and flying in light planes was a way of life for my first ten years or so.

So it was interesting when I ran across an article on the Martha Stewart Weddings site that mentioned having a destination wedding at the Seattle Museum of Flight. (Yes, despite the fact that I’m married, I spend time checking out wedding sites. They often have gorgeous paper craft ideas.)

Aeronautical Theme Wedding

It got me thinking, how would you decorate for a wedding with an aeronautical theme? My thoughts sprang to some paper that I have been saving for years – some very special-to-me paper. Specifically, my father’s aeronautical charts. So I’ve decided to come up with some ideas and uses to upcycle them into some truly one-of-a-kind wedding and party decor!

As is my habit, I created a Pinterest board for gathering my inspiration. If you’re interested, you can watch my aeronautical wedding board grow and change as I figure out what to create.

The ready-made version of an envelope guest book. Surely I can improve on this?

One of the things I think would be really neat would be to create envelopes of varying sizes out of the charts. There seems to be a trend right now of making wedding guestbooks that consist of envelopes and note cards (like this), rather than to boring, traditional lined pages. I have to admit, I really like the idea, because it gives guests a chance to take the card back to their table, and sit down and really think about what they want to write (or even doodle), rather than dashing off their name & relationship in the rush to let the next person in line get at the pen.

What I’m trying to say is, if I were to have a wedding now (God forbid!), I’d probably want to make such a thing. What I’m still deciding on, though, is whether I want to make the whole guest book, or if I just want to cut out the envelopes and sell those so that ladies can arrange them as desired in their own guestbooks. Maybe I’ll try it both ways, and see which sells better. :)

And while this airplane-shaped luggage tag is a little too cutesy in style for me, I could definitely whip up something more fitting to the chart/map theme with my laminator, or perhaps even some faux leather. I need to keep mulling this one over for a while.

So, what to make…

I know the obvious – invitations (and all their attendant cards and envies), place cards, thank you notes, favors or favor boxes, table decorations…the list seems endless. All I have to do is decide how to execute! Though I have to admit, I find the idea of creating the invitations for someone else’s wedding a bit intimidating at this point. I did my own, but I knew exactly what I wanted and how to get it. I’d hate to wind up with one of those “Bridezillas” that the TV makes seem so common. They aren’t really…are they?

So, what else do you think an aeronautically-themed wedding or party might need?


*Photo credit to pmarkham


  1. I miss your dad and ALL plane/boat things about his many stories :)

    • Indeed, he did have some great stories! Most of them involved my Uncle Nick (did you ever meet him?), who fortunately is still alive, but sadly very far away (he’s living in Idaho with my brother Steve now).

      I think of what he might say about what I’ve done with his charts (particularly my aeronautical chart ornaments), and all I can hear him say is “People pay you money for THAT?”

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