Packing for Your Destination Wedding

Paris Permenter & John Bigley

Are you planning a destination wedding Congratulations! Before you head off to your dream wedding and honeymoon, dont forget the packing for the wedding itself. Much will depend on where youre having your wedding and your own personal style.

If youre getting married in a formal wedding dress, be sure to carry it with you - dont trust your dress to checked luggage. Most airplanes have coat closets and will allow travelers to hang garment bags. Check with your airline.

Grooms should also carry the clothing needed for the ceremony. If youre getting married in the Caribbean, you wont find many tuxedo rental shops in the islands. It is easiest to bring clothes with you. We recently saw a panicked groom in the Bahamas wearing a tuxedo shirt, coat, cummerbund -- and a pair of jeans. The stressed-out groom was racing for the lobby door to meet a clothier who had located a pair of tuxedo pants after the grooms were lost in his luggage. Dont let this happen to you!

Also, carry all original documents--including birth certificates and divorce papers, if applicable--in your hand luggage. Dont pack these in checked luggage!

Many resorts have on-site beauty salons, so you can make sure your hair is perfect for your wedding day. If you plan to do your own hair, be sure to check first on the electrical current and plugs at your destination. You may need to bring converters for hot rollers and other appliances. Many resorts also have on-site spas which can pamper the two of you with a massage to work out the kinks from your flight.

For the wedding, youll want to pack some of these items, depending on your plans:

wedding dress

special hosiery or undergarments

shoes if youre planning a tropical wedding, remember that high temperatures and humidity, coupled with a long flight, can make feet puffy

guest book

wedding rings

grooms tux or suit

grooms shoes

address book

thank you cards if youd like to write them on the way home

special decorations, wedding music

About The Author

Husband and wife team Paris Permenter and John Bigley edit the award-winning, a romantic travel magazine and resource featuring honeymoons, destination weddings, and romantic getaways worldwide.

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