The Ultimate Destination Wedding Packing List

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Making a packing list before you go on vacation can be one of the BEST ways to get (and stay organized). And for a destination wedding, creating a packing list becomes even MORE crucial. Between making sure you have the right outfits for all your events to the essentials you’ll need to make sure your wedding goes off without a hitch, there’s a lot to think about. Which is why you should definitely make a destination wedding packing list!

Here’s what you’ll need (and a few items that maybe you don’t need but totally want). P.S. Make sure your spouse has these on their list, too.

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The Basics

  • Passport (if applicable) or ID if traveling within the U.S
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Copy of your birth certificate
  • Travel documents including boarding passes and hotel reservations
  • Local cash (it’s more cost efficient to exchange before you leave. Your local bank can typically order you what you need)
  • Credit cards (make sure you notify the company about your trip)
  • Phone, camera, charger

Wedding Essentials

  • Wedding gown
  • Wedding shoes
  • Wedding rings
  • Other wedding jewelry
  • Wedding day undergarments
  • Your vows
  • Wedding vendor contact list
  • Vendor contracts
  • Gifts for your wedding party
  • Welcome bag items


  • Favors
  • Programs
  • Seatings cards and other paper goods (if bringing on your own)
  • A couple extra invitations for your wedding photographer to take photos of
  • Guest book
  • Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Other Clothes

  • Rehearsal dinner outfit
  • Getting ready outfit (robe, etc.)
  • Morning after brunch outfit
  • Swimwear (make sure to bring strapless so you don’t get tan lines)
  • Beach coverups
  • Wedding night lingerie
  • PJs
  • Other outfits depending on number of days you’ll be there
  • Sunglasses

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  • Face wash and other speciality face products (don’y try anything new before your wedding)
  • Body lotion
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Hair styling products
  • Razor/shave gel
  • Manicure kit
  • Contacts and/or glasses (make sure to bring backups!)
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrush
  • Deodarant
  • Inset repellant
  • Sunscreen and aloe (you don’t want to be sunburnt on your wedding day!)
  • Makeup
  • Hairstyling tools (blow dryer, flat iron)

Still looking for your wedding weekend wardrobe? Check out our faves, below!

For the wedding


Estelle Gown (BHLDN) – Buy It Here


Loretta Gown (BHLDN) – Buy It Here


Kameron Gown (BHLDN) – Buy It Here

A rehearsal dinner dress (or one for any other sort of dinner/event!)

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ASTR the Label – Brianne Dress (Shopbop) – Buy It Here

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Nightwalker – The Georgina Dress (Shopbop) – Buy It Here

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Glamorous – True Decadence Lace Dress (Shopbop) – Buy It Here

For the Beach

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The Jetset Diaries – Aries Stripe Mini Dress (Shopbop) – Buy It Here

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Red Carter – Pippi Smocked Leaf Print Dress (Shopbop) – Buy It Here

For Getting Ready

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Flora Nikrooz – Knit Robe (Shopbop) – Buy It Here

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Honeydew Intimates – Something Sweet Shortie PJ Set (Shopbop) – Buy It Here

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Cosabella – Bella Bridal Robe (Shopbop) – Buy It Here

For the Beach

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Tavik Swimwear – Harmony Romper (Shopbop) – Buy It Here

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Kate Spade New York – Scalloped Bandeau One Piece (Shopbop) – Buy It Here

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Eberjey Nomad – Florence Dress (Shopbop) – Buy It Here

…and don’t forget a personalized hat to top everything off!

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  1. says: Fiona Manonn

    I am working with Heiwa Heaven The Resort from Destination Weddings and she is GREAT! I would highly recommend requesting her and using this service! We got a few quotes and are also members of the resort we have choices and Pam has gotten us the best price and has made this process so simple! She is quick to respond to all the quests questions as well as ours. Thanks 🙂