Congratulations, someone you love and care about is getting married! If this is your first time traveling to a wedding, you might be feeling a bit conflicted about what to bring. From fashion dos and don’ts to the perfect gift idea, this article will go over five key tips you need to know for traveling to a wedding.
1. Room and Board
Assuming you’ll be away from home, look into your room and board options. You can usually RSVP for a room through the wedding invitation. Not only is this a great way to get quality time with friends and family and enjoy the festivities after the wedding, but you can also save money on Ubers or taxis.
What if the wedding invitation doesn’t list accommodations? Look into if there are boarding options at the venue the wedding is taking place at. If that looks like it might be a little out of your price range or if neither options are available, local hotels and hostels work just as well.
If you’re traveling to a wedding with children and need extra space, local Airbnb’s in the area are often an affordable way to enjoy the wedding and still give your little ones the space they need. Traveling with kids can be stressful, so taking the extra step to give them a calm place to unwind can make everyone’s lives easier.
Picking the right gift can be nerve-wracking. An easy way to solve gift buying jitters is to simply look at the gift registry. This way, you know you’re getting exactly what they asked for, and you won’t have to worry about keeping space available in your luggage for a potentially bulky or fragile gift.
Alternatively, if you do end up knowing exactly what to buy for the person of interest, be sure you make enough space in your suitcase or car. Gifting money to newlyweds is also always a nice idea and can easily be slipped into a card and handed right over in person.
3. Your Invitation
Bringing your invitation is a no brainer. You’ll need this for the address of the venue, the time the wedding starts, and for the location of the wedding reception. The color scheme of the wedding invitation is also often the color scheme of the wedding, so this can give you a better idea of how to dress for the event.
Invitation suites can be bulky. If you don’t want to carry it around, you can just snap a picture for reference. That way there’s no risk of you forgetting the location or any other key aspects of the wedding.
4. Clothing for the big day and rehearsal
One of the most important things to bring other than yourself is what you’ll be wearing! You can reference your invitation to prepare for packing a casual, semi-casual, or formal outfit for the rehearsal dinner/reception.
Most important, however, is your big day attire. Bringing a garment bag is a great way to keep your clothes wrinkle-free and ready to go. Make sure to stick to the specified dress code and color scheme, so you don’t get any awkward looks. This will help you dress to impress and fit in with the rest of the wedding party.
It’s also important to consider your comfort. You don’t want to be stuck in uncomfortable attire when you should be having fun celebrating. Bringing an extra pair of comfortable shoes for you to slip into during the festivities is always a good idea.
Although you’ll want to have your phone ready to take some memorable candids, it’s a good idea to avoid bringing a large bag or purse. You don’t want to have to worry about lugging around something too bulky or risk misplacing it. Consider a smaller clutch or not bringing one at all.
5. Packing Toiletries
Last but not least, it’s important to bring the essential beauty products and toiletries to ensure that you’ll look and feel your best during the wedding.
For the ladies, bring oil blotting sheets and a compact mirror, so you aren’t searching for the nearest restroom for a quick touch up. You should also pack your preferred makeup, such as concealer, powder, mascara, and lipstick, so that you’ll look good in all the candid photos you’ll be taking.
Pro Tip: Consider getting your makeup professionally done beforehand. It could be on the pricey side, but it will definitely make for a stress-free experience, and you won’t have to worry about the extra baggage.
For the gentlemen, make sure to bring hairspray, cologne or deodorant to keep you looking and smelling good throughout the day. A fresh shave on the morning of the wedding is always a nice touch as well.
Also, take note of where the wedding is going to be. If it’s an outdoor wedding, it’s always a good idea to pack extra sunscreen or a mini stick of deodorant. If you’re a victim of allergies, stock up on allergy medication to avoid any runny eyes or discomfort.
Traveling to a wedding should be a fun experience for you and everyone else involved—don’t let bad packing techniques leave you feeling unprepared. No one wants to go out on last-minute shopping trips for something important they could have easily just packed.
Remember, this day is about the newlyweds. So, come prepared, have fun, and, most importantly, don’t forget the gift! I hope these few tips will help you with your packing list.
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