(Closed) Do you have alot of stuff to bring with you to the Destination wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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31 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m walking a fine line with the things I want to bring.  My fiance is trying to talk me out of bringing anything but my gown and it’s absolutely not going to happen.  I want to have a table with pictures of our grandparents who have passed away to honor them and help us feel like they are there in spirit.  

Our guests are all staying in a large villa so I’m going to make signs for their doors telling them which room is theirs.

I will also be bringing paper products like maps, wedding week events, etc. for the welcome baskets in their rooms.  Ah, and I can’t forget programs.

Favors are probably going to be monogrammed luggage tags so I will have to bring those too.  

I don’t think we’re alone in wanting to personalize our destination weddings…it’s just going to be a lot of work.  An even bigger problem for us is that we’re going on our honeymoon a couple days after the wedding and will have to decide whether or not to box up the things we bring to ship home or just carry a ton of luggage through Europe.  

Hope this helps!     

Post # 4
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255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Most resorts will provide an address that you can ship items to pre-wedding. Contact your wedding coordinator and inquire (AM resorts has this info right in their wedding guides located on the web). I know we’ll be taking advantage of this, as we already have a full box of fans, bubbles, chair ornaments…etc and paying for that on an airline (which is weight based at a premium and NOT guaranteed) will likely cost more then international shipping. Just make sure you send it a month (or more) in advance and that the courier provides you with a comprehensive tracking system (like UPS or Fed-Ex). 

Also, a lot of airlines will try to accomodate you extra baggage space if you let them know ahead of time that you’re travelling with a wedding gown. Others, like Sunwing, for a small fee will allow you exclusive access to a full overhead bin for your gown and luggage. That means you’re not sharing it with a lady who considers a full-sized suitcase, carry-on and shoves it on in. 

Ah….this will be my hell soon enough. LOL

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We’re basically just bringing favors, my dress and rose petals. I was nervous about bringing centerpieces, so we’ll just have the resort make them for us. They’ll also be providing bouquets and chair sashes.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I had soo much to take wiht me too.  My carry on was my dress and a duffle bag stuffed to the brim with stuff just for my welcome bags!  Darling Husband carried my coat (I clipped my veil in it) in a garment bag.  And a smaller bag that had my shoes, brooch, bouquet, and a few others. 

You will probably have to pack and repack a lot of it.  There is an art to packing to fit everything you need.  And I know how there are certain things that just don’t get checked.

Post # 9
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5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@sweetchiquita12:  my dress held up well In flight. I was able to hang it in first class bulkhead on the way there.  I even brought a steamer just in case. 

Post # 10
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255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@sweetchiquita12:  We are going to Dreams Puerto Vallarta for our big day. 

You can always contact the resort you are going to and inquire whether they have taken shipments for weddings before and get their shipping address. Generally with both resorts and vacation companies (like Sunwing) they bend over backwards for wedding parties because they’re big business and a HUGE part of selling the romanticism of these destinations (when have you NOT looked at a vacation pamphlet and not seen a bride and groom kissing on the beach).

Let me know how it goes with Sunwing. We love flying with them. ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 11
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2743 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

I’m going to ship my wedding related stuff to Disney before the wedding. They allow this service. I will also send the welcome bags down before we travel via Ground shipping. I will probably pack more than most people typically do for a trip though because I’m running a half marathon the morning of my wedding. However most of my travel is for destination races so this is nothing new to me.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper

I didn’t read all the replies so maybe it’s been said but for my wedding I packed an extra suitcase just for wedding stuff. I paid the fee at the airport for extra luggage which was much cheaper than if I paid for flowers (eg. Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets) and decor at the resort. 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Gosh I brought tons of stuff:

Dress, sashes, tablerunner, cake topper, dress, hubbys suit, tons of paper items- seat cards, menus, door hangers( do not disturb) reception dress, dress for day after TTD shoot, rose petal aisle runner, pomanders, gazebo flowers-6 arrangements, welcome bags…. I know I am prob forgetting stuff.

Hubby and I each had a suitcase of clothes. He had 1 bag of decor and  had 1 bag of decor. So we each checked 2 bags. He carried on his suit and I carried on my dresses. It was a lot of work but totally worth it! 

Post # 15
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255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@sweetchiquita12:  We hope too. That will be determined in May when they release the 2014 flight schedule. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am bringing our cake topper, table numbers, escort cards, guest book.  That’s about it.  Dress I will carry with me in the cabin.

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