The Ultimate Destination Wedding Packing Guide

Destination weddings have been rapidly growing in popularity over the last 20 years. Getting married abroad can be a fantastic way to save money while still having an incredibly romantic and special day with all your closest family and friends. While in many ways a destination wedding reduces the stress and the amount of planning you need to do, packing can still be nerve-wracking. You won’t want to forget anything you need for your special day, but you also have your usual holiday packing to think about. Let this destination wedding packing guide help you.


You need your passports, tickets, flight information, and hotel booking confirmation, which should be kept in a separate, easy-to-access folder inside your hand luggage. But, you also need your wedding documentation. In most cases, you will need to arrange these with your venue before you travel, so check online to see what you need as every country has different requirements.

If you want to avoid the hassle of translations and different licenses, consider having a small legal ceremony at home before a symbolic wedding abroad.

Pre-Wedding Week

Remember, you’re not just packing for your wedding week. You’ll probably be at your destination for at least a few days before and after the ceremony. Here’s what you need:

  • Medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries
  • Deodorant
  • Clothes
  • Underwear
  • Nightwear
  • Cardigan or jacket
  • Swimwear (strapless to avoid tan lines)
  • Shoes
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Books
  • Chargers
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Insect repellant
  • Money

Wedding Day Outfits

Write a separate list of everything you need for your wedding day. This should include:

  • Bride and groom’s outfits
  • Underwear
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • A robe to wear while getting ready
  • Wedding night lingerie
  • Shoes

You will have the option to take your wedding dress as carry-on luggage to avoid it getting lost in transit. You should also make sure your wedding insurance covers destination weddings for extra protection.

Rings and Jewelry

When getting married abroad many people like to buy their rings at their destination, such as wedding rings Thailand. If you want to do this, it’s a good idea to visit beforehand to sort this out, as it can take a while to have them made or resized. As well as wedding rings, you will need to pack any jewelry you want to wear on the day.

Wedding Day Essentials

Your wedding day essentials will very much depend on what kind of ceremony you are having and who is coming. But they can include:

  • Music
  • Camera
  • Cards
  • Gifts for wedding party
  • Presents and cards
  • Wedding day perfume
  • Veil
  • Cake topper
  • Decorations
  • Guest book

Hair and Makeup

Hair and makeup are a huge part of any bride’s day. So, to make sure you pack everything you need spend some time at home practicing your look. Most destinations offer a makeup artist and hairdresser, but if there are any specific products you want to use or accessories you’ll be wearing, you’ll need to take them with you.

Planning a wedding and packing for a holiday can both be incredibly stressful. So, use this list and write your own to make sure you are well-prepared and organized. Consider paying extra for a greater baggage allowance, even if your dress is small, to allow yourself to pack extra, just in case. Then, once you arrive, relax and enjoy yourself.