(Closed) How am I going to carry all this stuff?!?! Serious anxiety about packing for DW!

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sweetchiquita12:  Why don’t you mail some of the “less important” things (like chair covers,  napkins, votives, etc.) down to the hotel? I do this all the time for conferences, etc. for work. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

What about possibly shipping the items to your Destination Wedding location? You can insure it and make sure a signature is required. And send it a couple weeks in advance to make sure you have time to figure stuff out if anything happens to the package(s). 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Most airlines will let you pre-pay for excess baggage. I believe it’s up to 23kgs you can take a box (or extra suitcase) of stuff for approx $50. I have moved country a few times and I always do this. What airline are you flying?

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was going to suggest the mailing thing as well. Discuss it with your event coordinator. Barring that, you can always pack it (really well) into boxes and check it in that way, I moved most of my stuff back that way when I came home from overseas. Cushion it really well and tie a handle on it…also put your address on it just in case. Seriously, I moved my plates and glasses this way and nothing was damaged.

I should note though, I haven’t really flown since then…at the time it was cheaper to do it that way than to mail my boxes (didn’t have enough stuff to neccessitate a moving company).  I don’t know what the prices look like now.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Honestly, I think you should nix most of the decorations. I think the chair sashes, in particular, are bulky and unneccessary. The tradeoff with a Destination Wedding is that you’re mostly at the mercy of the locale for decor. Also, unless the flower girl is your daughter, i’d have the mom of the flower girl bring that dress for you. You gotta let some stuff go!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I was going to suggest shipping it too, but if that doesn’t work – can you ask your family/bridal party for some help? We’re getting married in Sweden and will ask my FIs parents to bring a few things along for us.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sweetchiquita12:  If shipping isn’t an option, you can definitely check a large box on most airlines – you might just have to pay extra. Check your airline’s policies.  Just pack any breakables well and label the box as fragile – you really won’t have much of an issue I wouldn’t think.

Post # 13
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1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I packed an entire suitcase full of wedding stuff. We just payed for the extra bag. With sunwing I know you can prepay for extra baggage allowance.

Post # 15
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1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We checked the bag. I carried on my wedding dress & made sure my shoes & makeup were in my carry on bag.

 

Post # 16
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115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We have a bunch of stuff to take to our Destination Wedding, too. Instead of stressing too much, I’m just asking several guests to pack some items for me. All in all, there will be abou t10 people helping, but since everything is divided up, it hopefully won’t be too much of a burden on any one person.

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