When you have a destination wedding coming up, it’s important for you to pack appropriately. There are quite a few things that are going to be going with you – the wedding dress, clothes for the honeymoon, as well as things for the ceremony and reception, such as favors, decorations, and more. Packing for your destination wedding can seem overwhelming.
Regardless of where your destination wedding location may be, there are some tips to help you along the way.
Establish A Checklist
One of the first things you want to do is establish a complete checklist of everything that you need to bring. This should be written down at least a few weeks before you go so that you can continue to add to it when you think of things. You don’t want to arrive at your destination wedding location and find that you have forgotten something important.
Avoid Shipping Ahead Of Time
Even though it may sound convenient, shipping to the hotel or reception site ahead of time is never a good idea. There are too many nightmares were the items never make it or they get lost in the front desk shuffle of things. Whether it’s your wedding dress, favors, or something else, you want to pack them with you so that you know exactly where they are at all times.
Be Cautious Of Your Dress
Packing your wedding dress is going to require the utmost level of care. It’s a good idea to use a zipper garment bag for the dress, and follow the care instructions so that you don’t destroy anything in your effort to get packed. Additionally, this should be a carry-on as opposed to checking it because you don’t want to be without your wedding dress in the event that the airline loses your luggage. Most airlines will happily store it in the overhead compartment for you.
Ask Wedding Guests for Assistance
If you seem to be running out of space quickly, ask some of your guests for assistance. Start with those who are in your wedding party, and then if you are still in need of space, ask some of the guests who live close to you who will be flying to the destination as well. Many will likely have a little bit of room for favors, and will be happy to help you.
Check the Customs Site
Customs are different in every country, and if you are flying to the Caribbean, Ireland, or anywhere else, check the customs website to learn about what is and isn’t allowed in the country. You don’t want to experience a hold up in customs simply because you brought something that wasn’t allowed within your personal luggage.
Double Bag Toiletry Items
All of your toiletry items should be double bagged in Ziploc bags and checked. This will ensure that you don’t get caught up in TSA security because of exceeding the amount of liquids. Additionally, you want to double bag everything so that if they burst during transit, they aren’t going to get all over your clothes, decorations, and everything else.
Remember that most of what you are bringing isn’t going to come back with you. You will have your wedding dress and your honeymoon clothes coming back with you, but the favors and decorations won’t be. This is just another reason why you shouldn’t be afraid to ask others to help you bring everything to your wedding site.
Packing may seem like it’s a daunting task, but if you stay organized and do your research ahead of time, it will be no problem at all.
When you want to learn more about packing for your destination wedding, contact Awaken Travels for details.