Post # 1
My wedding is coming up in 4 months and I’m starting to get nervous as to how I’m going to carry all my stuff down to the location! I’m not bringing too much stuff but still more stuff than I would noramally bring with me on a trip. I have chair sashes, table runners, some decorations, my bouquet and the bridesmaid bouquets, flower girl pomanders and boutonnieres (fake real touch flowers), cake topper and most importantly my dress!!! I have a favour for the wedding but I plan to give those at the airport so I dont have to bring them all with me cause it would be too much to bring 65 travel cups on the plane so people can carry with them on there carryon.I think I might have to shove some stuff in my parents suitcases. This is starting to stress me out! Any ideas? Or previous experiences? Thanks!
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@musicalrose: Thanks so much for the advice! We are travelling Sunwing so I should probably call then soon to ask the questions about the dress just to ease my stress! Where are you going for your destination? We are going to Cuba so I dont know how mailing things there would work or if it is even possible. I see you are from Ontario also..Yayy for Ontario bees 🙂
Post # 6
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
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! DH 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 # 8
@Britt_RN: I’m sp picly that my resort could have provided flowers and shiar sashes but I needed specifc ones LOL so now I’m stuck bringing them.
I will probably have fiance carry some stuf for me or some of my bridesmaids..I’m so nervous about the dress..did yours get crushed or anything on the plane?
Post # 9
@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
@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. 😀
Post # 11
- 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
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
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 # 14
@musicalrose: Thats a good point! I’m going to call Sunwing and ask them about the dress and extra lugguage. Are you flying Sunwing for your wedding? We originally wanted WestJet but they werent flying out on the days we wanted 🙁 I’m so worried I will have to pay so much for extra lugguage !!
I was thinking the same thing about it costing less for me to bring my own decor rather than buy it at the resort! Plus I’m picky and I’m not sure they would have what I want there for the decor and flowers
I have tons of stuff also because I’m very picky and wanted to have certain things so I will have to bring them. I’m glad to hear you only checked 2 bags each so that will probably be what we will have to do and pay the extra fee for the extra bag. I will have to be a master packer though and I’m worried about that cause I tend to bring WAY too much clothes with me when i go on a trip lol and dont even end up wearing half of them!
Post # 15
@sweetchiquita12: We hope too. That will be determined in May when they release the 2014 flight schedule. 🙂
Post # 16
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.