A Bride/Groom Guide to Packing for Your Destination Wedding
18 Aug 2017

A Bride/Groom Guide to Packing for Your Destination Wedding

The wedding date is set. You’re getting married in Maui and you’ve booked your flight. Now all you have to do is pack. But no worries! As an experienced wedding planner in Maui, I have an extensive checklist for all the things you should and shouldn’t bring to a destination wedding as the bride and groom.

Destination Wedding – Most Important Items

The following items must be packed in your carry-on luggage.

  • Passports
  • ID cards
  • Visas (if needed)
  • Copies of your birth certificate
  • Boarding passes, plane tickets
  • Cash, credit cards
  • Wedding dress
  • Veil
  • Groom’s tux
  • Wedding Shoes
  • Comfortable shoes

Wedding Day Essentials

Store all these items in a personal suitcase that you or a close person can access. This suitcase contains the following crucial items that must accompany you on the plane.

  • Wedding night undergarments/lingerie
  • Wedding day jewelry (earrings, necklace, bracelets)
  • The four some-things; old, new, borrowed, blue
  • Your vows (printed)
  • Garter
  • Hair accessories
  • Cake topper
  • Guest book
  • Ring bearer accessories

Wedding Paperwork

Since this is a destination wedding, you may need multiple copies of your paperwork for numerous reasons. Gather copies of all venue contracts, vendor contact info, receipts for welcome bags to show at Borders & Customs, photocopies of all health insurance cards, prescriptions and vaccination documents.

Quick Tips When Travelling to Your Destination

Carry-On Your Wedding Dress

Airlines can be notorious when it comes to losing your luggage. Carry on your veil, shoes, groom’s tux, your wedding dress. Losing your marriage attire because you checked in your luggage is a nightmare you cannot afford at this moment.

Don’t Ship Anything Important to the Destination

Things get lost in transit. Don’t take the risk. Items such as decorations, favors and welcome bag items can all get held up in customs. Either bring them with you, or have your wedding planner in Maui buy them locally.

Visit the Customs Site

Some items you add to your personal luggage may be exempt from duty. Use this info to divide your possessions or favors among the guests so no one’s luggage exceeds the specified dollar value.

Use Old Suitcases

With extra items such as decorations and party favors, you’ll have a lot more luggage while going to your destination, rather than coming back from there. Pack your things in old suitcases and donate the ones you’re not using at the end of your trip to get rid of excess luggage.

Plan Your Wedding in Maui

Maui is one of the most popular destinations for those seeking an adventurous location for their wedding. Your wedding should be a unique experience; choose one of the wedding package Maltese Dreams offers and contact us to book your date.

Then use the information provided above get ready for an experience that will truly be the highlight of your life!


Josie Maltese