Something Blue: Simplify Your SuitcaseWords by Sarah Padilla
What five words are least likely to be uttered by a destination bride in the days leading up to her wedding? If you answered, “I can’t wait to pack,” you’re probably right.
Packing for any trip can be a headache. Throw in the fact that you’re also packing for what many consider to be the most important day of your life, and you may emerge with a full-blown migraine. To help make the process a little less painful, and with the help of Luxe Destination Weddings, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten things to pack for any destination wedding. Follow these tips and you’ll arrive at your destination ready for anything.
1. Wedding clothes. Carry on both the bride and the groom’s wedding outfits. Most airlines will allow you to hang your dress in a coat closet, but call ahead to be sure. Also carry on all bridal accessories, such as your veil, jewelry and shoes.
2. Clothes for other wedding events and the honeymoon. “The key to avoid over-packing is to plan your outfits for all of the different wedding events ahead of time,” says Tara Soloway, CEO and co-founder of Toronto-based Luxe Destination Weddings. “That way, once you’re there you don’t have to think about what to wear and you can really enjoy yourself.”
3. Toiletries. Be sure to pack ample toiletries. Don’t assume that you’ll be able to find what you need at your destination, especially if you’re traveling to another country.
4. Important papers and documents. Carry the originals and photo copies of official documents with you, such as birth certificates, passports, and your marriage license.
5. Vendor information. Be sure to bring copies of all vendor contracts, including contact information including cell phone numbers.
6. Bridal party gifts. This includes gifts for your attendants, your parents and your hubby-to-be, if you will be exchanging gifts. It also includes welcome gifts, such as baskets, for your guests.
7. Stationery. If you want to get your thank you notes out of the way early, pack postage and an address list. Also, don’t forget about the event staff. “Try to remember to bring a tip or a small gift for the local vendors,” says Tara. “It’s nice to visit somewhere and enjoy the beautiful setting, but it’s also nice to give back. A little something to say thank you – maybe a small gift from your hometown – goes a long way.”
8. Ceremony and reception items. This list could get long, but don’t overlook important details such as ceremony music, a guest book or favors.
9. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, or anything else you may need for any traditions or customs that you are incorporating into your celebration.
10. Memory makers. Pack cameras, plenty of film, and a journal or diary to help you capture the entire experience. “A lot of people don’t think to write things down, but it’s nice to record what’s happening when it’s happening. It may be hard to remember all of the details when you get back,” says Soloway.
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