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By Clarissa James


Saying, "I do," by a beach, castle or otherwise with family and close friends is a dream for many would-be brides and grooms. Even moreso, people are now opting to tie the knot in places other than a church or courthouse. In fact, 25 percent of weddings in the U.S. are destination weddings, according to Trip Savvy, and the trend is growing especially among younger couples.

But, since it is usually a DIY effort, you have to juggle a lot of objectives to make sure the wedding is hassle-free. Here is a list of the things you must not forget to pack for your dream wedding destination.


Don't Forget Your Paperwork

Aside from the basics like your passport and booking documents, the Bureau of Consular Affairs note that some countries require an affidavit as proof of legal capacity to marry. This document is not issued in U.S. and the only way to procure it is to request a notarized affidavit from a consul officer in the destination you want to get married.

Don't forget to make a digital copy of each important document, so you don't have to rummage through your stuff every time it's needed. You should consider getting a travel wallet as well, such as the Nacuwa Passport Holder Cover, which is waterproof and made with RFID-blocking material.


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Don't forget to make a digital copy of each important document, so you don't have to rummage through your stuff every time it's needed. You should consider getting a travel wallet as well, such as the Nacuwa Passport Holder Cover, which is waterproof and made with RFID-blocking material.

Attire For Every Occasion

Make a list of wardrobe essentials that you would be taking for the trip. In addition to the wedding dress and tuxedo. it's advised to bring a pair of slacks or palazzo pants and closed-toe shoes, especially if you're staying on location for more than a couple of days. Some restaurants also have dress codes and you don't want to overdress or underdress when you're going out for lunch.

You'll need comfortable attire after the ceremony in case the gang gets in the mood to chill. Maxi dresses are perfect for a beach destination since they are comfortable, breezy and don't take up a lot of space. Adding something like a white, floral Calvin Klein Women's Cold Shoulder Ruffle Maxi would fit any occasion. Whatever you choose, you should packing at least one out for day and nighttime. A romper is also a great option when you're out on the town. 

For your footwear, bring an extra pair that can be used for a range of activities like touring or attending parties. The Michael Kors Women's Caroline Sling is a versatile footwear that has ultra flexible rubber sole and a synthetic insole latex cushioned foot-bed with lining for maximum comfort, which makes it perfect for casual strolls.

Quick Tip: Pack your most important clothing (dress, rings, tuxedos, etc.) in your carry-on bag, so you won't risk losing it in a checked bag mix-up. You can even ask the cabin crew if you can hang your dress or tuxedos in their quarters. Check out more destination wedding fashion ideas for other interesting ways to add life to your wardrobe.

Meds, Mending, and Makeup

Bring all the basic meds you'll need as well as a small first aid kit. This is especially important if your wedding is in a relatively remote location. Your kit should include sunscreen, insect repellent, aspirin, antihistamine, painkillers, and other outdoor essentials.

Also, bring a sewing kit and a pair of scissors in the case of unexpected wardrobe malfunctions. Lastly, be sure not to forget your makeup trove, so you're picture perfect at all times.


What do you plan on packing for your destination wedding? Let us know what you're taking and where it will be in the comments below.