You've chosen your destination, and you've sent out all your invites...you'll need to start planning what to pack soon! You've probably guessed that it's going to require a little more than a standard holiday, but aren't quite sure what else you'll need; so the Amulet team is here to help you with some advice on packing for a destination wedding.
It’s easy to get caught up in everything, then feel stressed out and forget a crucial item, especially when you've got so much on your mind. That’s why I’ve put together a separate destination wedding checklist to make sure you don’t forget a thing! So - as I have been in your shoes before - I recommend that you print this out, pop it on your fridge, and use it as a tick list, so you can ensure you've packed everything you need each item right before you head to the airport!
Planning Folder and Documents
Do not leave your home without the essential contracts and agreements made that you've collected in your planning folder. Carry this folder in your hand luggage, and keep your documentation on your person. Well before your wedding, check with your planner or local authorities which documents you need to get legally married in your chosen destination, and compile a list to make packing them easier. Make sure you have copies of all your vital documentation too - passports and birth certificates - put photocopies inside pockets of wedding suits or in your shoes, and scan everything and pop on your "cloud" - the last thing you want to be worrying about is the stress of a lost passport.
In sickness and in health...
If you're travelling to an area where you're not fluent in their language, or you've not visited before, you need to pack emergency essentials! It might sound dramatic, but preparing for the worst and having a first aid bag is vital. Put in any prescribed medication, some pain killers and items like antiseptic creams, plasters, bug repellent, and other behind the counter medicines for you and your guests. Hopefully it won't be necessary, but always handy to have things available. Other items that you can include might be talcum powder or white chalk to absorb any accidental wedding dress spillages. This is a miracle that soaks up stains and can then be wiped clean.
Scout's honour - Be prepared!
By being organised and getting a head start, you can keep on top of it all and stop the packing process from feeling at all laborious. Resist the control freak urge, and give your spouse-to-be responsibility for some of the items. Use our checklist and tick things off as you go. If you're well-prepared, you'll have a relaxing time - and you won't be in a last minute tizzy at the airport, so there'll be time for a cheeky glass of bubbles before you fly!
Remember that you'll need to check the temperature and weather of where you've booked your destination wedding. Iceland in the summer is still around 13 degrees centrigrade, so you'll need sensible shoes and layers to stay warm; whereas a coastal spring Italian wedding might require less cover-up and more sun cream. You'll also need to think well in advance about the material your dress is made from. Not to mention your footwear.