Your Destination Wedding Packing List

Destination Wedding Packing List

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Planning for normal weddings is already quite demanding so the travel associated with destination weddings often adds several more layers of stress to the big day. But preparation is key! We’ve gathered a solid destination wedding packing list to make sure you’ve got everything covered so you can enjoy your special day. There are just a few extra things to keep in mind for destination wedding travel, so read along for some great tips.

The Obvious

While the must-have essentials may seem obvious, these destination wedding packing list items could be easy overlooked with a list!

  • Wedding day garments including dresses or tuxedos
  • Undergarments
  • Accessories like cufflinks, ties, veils, socks, etc.
  • Shoes
  • Cosmetics including perfumes or colognes
  • Wedding rings
  • Copies of vows if you are writing them yourself (It’s best to have a back-up of these up online, too!)
  • Cake toppers
  • Emergency kit (This includes anything that you foresee needing in a pinch. This could include bobby pins, extra deodorant, tissues, face blotting sheets, etc. You may want to keep this with your wedding party.)
  • Hair tools
  • Electronics and all chargers (It’s a great idea to get a portable backup charger, too. Between photos and map searching, destination wedding trips can drain your battery fast.)
  • Passport (if traveling abroad)
  • Wedding Planner

The Less Obvious

These essentials may not come to mind when you’re thinking of what to include on your destination wedding packing list, but that doesn’t mean that they’re any less important.

A backup of your documents

It’s highly recommended to have your important documents including your marriage license, vendor contracts, passports/ visas, rough itinerary, and any important contact numbers backed up and easily accessible on a cloud storage service like Dropbox and to give a copy to a trusted family member. This will bring enormous peace of mind in the case that anything were to go missing or get stuck in lost luggage.


Be sure to have a full supply of your regular medications and also any emergency medications. For instance, wedding angst or stress could cause migraine flair ups and even cold sores. Although you may not regularly need these medications, it’s better to come prepared for the worst-case scenario

Travel insurance

Since you will be traveling with valuable items, it is a great idea to purchase travel insurance. The coverage is typically very affordable and the peace of mind it often provides is enormous. Most plans cover things like lost or stolen luggage, medical emergencies, and trip interruption or cancellation.

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Planning an International Destination Wedding?

If you are traveling internationally, there are a few extra things to keep in mind.


Although it’s not something you can throw in a bag, vaccinations are often needed depending on where you are coming from or headed. Look up if there are any requirements and be sure to schedule any appointments well in advance.

Power converters

Probably one of the most forgotten items for international travelers! Be sure to pack a travel adapter/converter block if needed so you can actually use all of your electronic devices at your destination.

Credit card with no foreign transaction fee

You may want to check in advance if your credit card has any foreign transaction or ATM fees since they can be a big headache if you’re racking up celebratory expenses. 

For the Beach Wedding

Most popular destination weddings are at the beach, so don’t overlook all your beach essentials!

Learn how to Plan an Epic Florida Beach Wedding with our comprehensive guide.

Destination weddings require a little more preparation. Although not comprehensive, hopefully this designation wedding packing list includes something you may not have considered before! Whatever you intend on bringing, it’s best to make a list in advance to be sure you’re not to overlook something important last minute. 

**Disclaimer: There is a good chance that this post contains affiliate or sponsor links. If you make a purchase through them, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you (for which we are extremely grateful).

Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

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