Traveling for a destination wedding? Here’s what to pack
Destination weddings are more popular than ever. In fact, the Real Weddings Survey by theknot.com found nearly a quarter of vows in 2013 were said in a destination location. This is up from 20 percent in 2009.
Adding travel to an already busy occasion adds even more to-dos. To help you navigate your nuptial excursion, here are some tips on packing your bridal suitcase:
Don’t forget comfortable shoes and sunscreen
Of course, you’ll remember those stunning glass slippers. But one in three destination weddings also includes a group activity, like sightseeing or a tour through the region. Bring comfy shoes, so you aren’t hobbling down the aisle later, and slather up with extra sunscreen. The sun may be stronger than you’re used to, especially if you’re near the water (and many of the top wedding destinations–Florida, California, Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean–are). American Eagle for Payless Sage flats, $24.99 on sale, payless.com
Organize your papers
Bring your marriage certificate (and know the region’s laws), a passport, your ID, a health insurance card and other papers you would bring for a vacation–and make sure you leave a photocopy of it all with someone back home. Travelon Safe ID daisy passport case, $19.99, ebags.com
Pack an emergency fashion kit
You can’t predict what might happen to your luggage, so prepare for an emergency with safety pins, a sewing kit, a stain stick or seltzer water, clear fingernail polish for snags and fabric tape. You don’t want to spend your special time hunting for these items at a store.
Even better: Acquire the phone number of a trusted local tailor (ask the hotel concierge), just in case. Travel can also cause body parts to bloat. You want your dress fitting just right. Sew Cute tool box sewing kit, $7.65 on sale, walmart.com
Protect your dress
Don’t just fold your prized gown inside your suitcase. Protect it in a high-quality garment bag, like the WallyBag at BedBathandBeyond.com. Or, depending on the material, you can also pack it in a dress box, wrapped in acid-free tissue paper. Read more tips on flying with a wedding dress at this Sandals wedding blog. WallyBags 60-inch gown-length garment bag, $39.99, bedbathandbeyond.com
Gear up for the honeymoon
More than half of couples who plan a destination wedding also plan a honeymoon following the nuptials. Don’t overlook the importance of what you pack for this special event, too.
Bonus: Pack a special romantic gift for your new life partner, or book a romantic excursion in advance, like a sunset canoe trip, a day cruise down the river or even just request the hotel leave a bottle of champagne bedside when you check in. It’s best not to pack the champagne, as the bottle could break in transit and soil everything precious nearby. Plus, it can be fun to try a new local beverage together. Cathy’s Concepts XOXO mugs, $34 set of two, nordstrom.com