Destination weddings are still a popular choice for many brides and grooms. And while saying ‘I do’ in a different locale is exciting, it can be a more difficult endeavor to pull off–especially when you think about all that you have to bring with you for the event. Here is a checklist of things to pack for your destination wedding.
– Passports. You’ll definitely need these if you’re traveling out of the country.
– Wedding Rings. Place these safely in your carry-on bag.
– Wedding dress. Do not to check it with your luggage. You should carry it on to the plane with you. Most planes have a closet where you can hang it. The rest of your ensemble (veil, shoes, undergarments, etc.) can get packed in your suitcase.
– Wedding tux/suit
– Plane tickets/itinerary/boarding passes
– Credit card/travelers checks/cash
– Swimwear and beach essentials (sunscreen, beach bag, etc.). You’ll want these items if you’re going to a warm destination.
– Wedding welcome bags and guest favors. You may also consider shipping these to your hotel before you leave.
– Bridal Party Gifts. You can also ship these with the welcome bags.
– Safety pins/Travel sewing kit
– Copies of all vendor/resort/venue contracts. If you hired a wedding planner in your destination city, then he/she should have copies of all of these on hand.
– List of all vendor contact info. Again, a wedding planner should have these stored in her phone, but it’s a good idea for you to keep a copy of this info, too.
– Prescriptions/health insurance cards
– Proof of trip insurance
– Phone number of the closest US embassy
– Marriage certificate. If you had your legal ceremony at home and will be having a religious ceremony abroad, some countries will require proof that you are legally married.
– Wedding night lingerie/undergarments
– Something old, new, borrowed and blue
– Your vows. Print two copies, just in case.
– Cake topper
– Programs, Menu Cards, Table Numbers, Escort Cards
– Guest book
– Traditional Ceremony celebration items. Think a unity candle or sand ceremony supplies.
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