What to Pack for a Destination Wedding (For the Bride and Guests)

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something with SPF?

Any time you travel, you need to think through everything you’ll need for your trip, from travel documents to safety tools, to weather-appropriate shoes and wardrobe items. If you’re traveling to say I do; however, the packing list requirements get serious. The ring, the dress, the marriage license, your passport… you need to make sure you pack everything you need so that your ceremony can go off without a hitch. The pressure is less if you’re a guest, but you still don’t want to check your bag without a final packing Q/A. Use our list below to make sure you have everything you need for a destination wedding.

What to Pack for a Destination Wedding if You’re The Bride

  • Travel Documents:
    • Passport (if flying internationally) or your state ID (Starting in October 2020 you’ll need a Real ID to travel—learn more here).
    • Plane ticket. Most airlines allow you to check-in 24 hours in advance to get your boarding pass.
    • Hotel reservation confirmation.
    • Rental car reservation confirmation.
    • Travel insurance (if purchased).
  • Logistical Items:
    • Phone numbers and contracts for all wedding vendors, including your venue, caterer, and florist. Keeping all the details in a wedding binder is ideal if you aren’t working with a wedding planner.
    • Marriage contract.
    • Your checkbooks to pay your vendors and cash for gratuity.
  • Clothing and Accessories:
    • Jewelry, particularly his ring and anything you plan to wear during the ceremony. Don’t pack them in the back you check. Carry them on you for safety.
    • Wedding dress, reception dress (if applicable), handbag, rehearsal dinner dress, and all related footwear.
    • Mobile phone and charger.
    • Your something old, new, borrowed, and blue.
    • Gifts for your wedding party and immediate family.
    • Your groom’s gift.
  • Toiletries:
    • Any prescription or OTC medications you take regularly.
    • Makeup and hairstyle items if you are bringing your own.

What to Pack for a Destination Wedding if You’re a Guest

  • Passport (if flying internationally) or your state ID.
  • Plane ticket.
  • Hotel reservation confirmation.
  • Rental car reservation confirmation.
  • Travel insurance (if purchased).
  • A copy of the invitation suite with all logistical details.
  • A fabulous outfit to wear to the reception, including shoes, handbag, and jewelry.
  • Separate outfit if you RSVPed to attend the rehearsal dinner.
  • Wedding card and gift if not already shipped.
  • Mobile phone and charger.
  • Any prescription or OTC medications you take regularly

Have you ever traveled to a destination wedding (maybe your own) and forgotten something critical? Share your story in the comments.

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