Destination Wedding Essentials: Packing Checklist

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If planning a local wedding is a challenging hobby, planning a destination wedding is a full time job. Luckily, it does come with benefits!

Whether you're reciting your vows in a charming chapel on Malta island or jet setting to a rustic Tuscan vineyard, there are some absolute essentials you'll need to put in your luggage. I'm not talking the stuff that's forefront in your mind, like your wedding gown and rings. Although those things are definitely important, there is a whole host of other important items that you might overlook, and overlooking them could wreak havoc on your dream day.

So let's take a look at what these destination wedding essentials are. Ideally, all of these should be in your carry-on luggage.

Destination Wedding Packing Essentials:

  • Passports
  • Copy of birth certificates 
  • Visas, if necessary
  • Plane tickets
  • Itinerary
  • Boarding passes
  • Credit cards/cash
  • Marriage license
  • Vendor contact info
  • Copies of vendor/venue contracts
  • Proof of down payments to vendors/venue
  • Receipts for gifts to show customs
  • Copies of vaccinations/prescriptions
  • Trip insurance, if applicable
  • Contact info for closest home country embassy
  • Marriage certificate if you have already had your legal ceremony

Other Important Destination Wedding Reminders:

  • Leave a copy of your passport and birth certificate with someone at home (not traveling to the destination wedding).
  • Let your bank know that you will be travelling so they won't place a hold on your credit/debit cards.
  • If you're thinking of using traveler's checks, make sure your destination country is able to approve and use them.
  • Pack your items in airport-approved luggage.

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