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Destination Wedding Checklist

Packing for your wedding can seem like a daunting task.  There is a lot to remember to pack!  Luckily, we've taken the guess work out of it and put together a list to take the stress away.


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Most important items

**All of these items should be packed in your carry-on Luggage**
  • Passports

  • Plane Tickets/itinerary/boarding passes

  • Credit Card/cash, small denominations for tipping

  • Face Mask

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Any essential/daily medications

  • Documents to present to the wedding team on resort

  • Wedding Rings

  • Wedding Dress/Gown

  • Veil

  • Groom's suit/tux

  • Wedding Day Shoes

Pre-wedding week

  • Strapless Swimwear (to avoid tan lines on your wedding day!)

  • Welcome Bag Items

Wedding day essentials

  • Wedding night lingerie/ undergarments

  • Guest Favors

  • Wedding day Jewelry (earrings, bracelet necklace)

  • Something old, new, borrowed, blue

  • Silk/Real touch flowers (if bringing your own)

  • Your wedding vows

  • Change of shoes/slippers for reception dancing

  • Garter

  • Tiara or Hair Clip

  • Ipod loaded with music for your reception

  • Cake Topper

  • Programs

  • Menu

  • Escort/seating cards

  • Aisle runner

  • guest book

  • unity candle or sand ceremony supplies

  • Ring Bearer accessories (i.e. pillow)

  • Decorations

  • One of your invitations for the photography

Toiletries/personal items

  • Contact Lenses

  • Reading Glasses

  • Sunglasses

  • Insect Repellent

  • sunblock

  • Aloe Vera

  • Toothpaste & Toothbrush

  • Deodorant

  • Comb/Brush

  • Shaving Cream

  • Razors

  • Tweezers

  • Nail clippers

  • Nail file/emory board

  • Nail polish and remover


  • Facial Cleanser

  • Hair Gel

  • Hairspray

  • Flat Iron and/or curling iron

  • Hair ties/bobby pins

  • Makeup

  • Makeup Remover

  • Moisturizer, eye cream, foundation etc.

  • Makeup Brushes


  • Camera

  • Camera Charger

  • Memory Card

  • Cell Phone

  • Phone Charger

  • Ipod/speakers

  • Power strip

Important Paperwork

  • Copies of all vendor/resort/venue contracts

  • List of all vendor contact information

  • Proof of down payments you've made to vendors

  • Receipts for favors/welcome bags (to show when crossing Borders & Customs)

  • Photocopies of an vaccination document/prescriptions//health insurance card

  • Trip insurance

  • Your wedding planning binder with all the details you've already arranged, printouts of email communications with vendors, contracts, etc.

  • Phone numbers of the closest US Embassy

  • Marriage certificate if you had your legal ceremony at home and will be having a religious ceremony abroad (they will sometimes require proof that you are legally married)


  • Bridesmaids' gifts

  • Parents' gifts

  • Grooms's gift

  • TSA Approved luggage locks

  • Luggage tags

  • Beach Bag

  • Trash the dress attire (if diffeent from your wedding gown)​

  • Scissors, ribbon, tape for last minute DIY wedding projects

  • Safety Pins

  • Travel sewing kit

Items for the Honeymoon

  • Sexy Lingerie

  • Summer dresses

  • Walking shoes/sandals

  • Sun hats

  • Shorts

  • Swimwear

  • Cardigan or wrap for chilly airports or restaurants

  • Swimsuit or cover up

  • Evening dresses/shoes

  • Strapless bras for strapless outfits

  • Evening bag/purse

  • Lip balm

  • Guides/maps

  • Beach Book

Other important tips to note BEFORE you leave

  • Leave a copy of your passport at home with someone who is not travelling to your destination wedding

  • Call your cell phone provider and inquire about adding an international package to your plan for the week or two you will be abroad. Depending on your phone carrier you might be able to get this for free if traveling to Mexico or for a small prorated fee if traveling to the Caribbean. An international plan on your phone will allow you to communicate with family/friends or vendors without incurring enormous roaming fees.

  • If you have a smart phone and do not have an international data plan, make sure you turn off your data while abroad or you could incur outrageous fees when your phone automatically updates email/text messages EVEN if you don’t use your phone. Call you phone company for details.

  • It is also a good idea to let your credit card provider you will be abroad.  Often times credit card companies will lock accounts if they see transactions made in foreign countries.

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