As well as specialising in destination weddings, at this stage both of us Fly Away Bride ladies have had destination weddings ourselves so we know a thing or two about getting all the wedding bits in order and travelling abroad. One thing is for sure: it’s a task that definitely should not be taken on at the last minute. You have to be pretty organised since you can bet on excitement taking over in the run up to your destination wedding, making it easy to forget important items- items that you might find hard to get in the hilltop village in France hosting your wedding celebrations! To help make packing for your destination wedding a breeze, we have put together this FAB guide and checklist for you to use as your bible in the run up to departure day.

Destination Wedding Packing by

Ana Lui Photography via Fly Away Bride


It’s a really good idea to gradually start making a check-list of specific items to be packed months in advance of your destination wedding. We recommend starting with obvious items such as passports and wedding attire and as you get closer to the date, you can add items to the list as you think of them. Whether you write them down in a diary, email them to yourself or create an excel spread sheet, find a way to prepare your check-list that is practical for you and becomes routine, and don’t be afraid to get into detail. We have prepared this check list especially to make sure that packing for a destination wedding is a piece of cake. Use this as a starting point and add additional items to the end if you need to!

Chateau Wedding by

Lauren Michelle via Fly Away Bride


Packing and travelling with your wedding dress is a high priority, so we have dedicated an entirely separate post to help you get the dress there which we will share with you in the coming week. Please check back with us to get our top tips on packing the wedding dress.


When packing, you need to keep the size and weight restrictions of your bags in mind. The last thing you want to have to do before jetting off is root through your bags in front of everyone at the airport and decide there and then what you can afford to bin, just because you have gone over the 20kg weight limit. Pack your bags a week in advance, get the measuring tape out and definitely get yourself a small portable luggage scales. Bring the tape and scales with you so that you know what size suitcases you are bringing home with you as well.

Use suitcases and bags that are lightweight, and cases that have four wheels are a must! Vacuum sealed travel bags are also great if you are short on space. Just make sure that the hotel you are staying in has a vacuum so that you can repack on your way home and an iron- or even better a steamer- for getting out the wrinkles. Don’t be fooled by the vacuum packs though- just because they have created more space in your suitcase, doesn’t mean that they have reduced the weight! Rolling clothes can also leave more space and less to iron. Packing shoes head to toe and placing smaller items in bags into the shoes can gain some extra room. Bear in mind that you might have additional items coming home, like gifts (we will address this again) or bits and pieces you will have picked up abroad.

If you want more space, go travel size: all pharmacies sell travel-friendly toiletries. As a follow on from the point above, ensure that all cosmetics you bring on board are in line with airport regulations. To save you some hassle at the airport, be prepared and have your carry-on liquids bagged and sealed, ready for when you reach the security gate. Hotels and resorts will generally provide you with essentials such as shampoos and body lotions if you are stuck and you could always check whether they supply a hairdryer in the room, it will be one less item to worry about.

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Ana Lui Photography via Fly Away Bride


Another option is to prepare a box or two to ship to your destination. If you are planning on doing a lot of DIY or need to find a way of getting your table numbers, centre pieces, candle holders and other bits and pieces to the venue, then you might be better off shipping them- depending on how much available space you have. Any items that you might not need to bring home with you (but will take up space on the way over) might be best transported this way. Just make sure that you are given a delivery date and go with a reputable courier company.


We cannot stress this one enough: check, double check and triple check that you have all necessary documents with you. Many basic documents you will need are on our check list but bear in mind, if you are having a legal ceremony you will need to bring additional paperwork such as your birth certificate with you. It’s best to check with your wedding planner/local authorities before you leave and obtain a list of these documents to make packing them easier. Make sure you do this as far ahead was possible before your wedding date. Pack all originals on your person, in handbags and inner jacket pockets (or as my mother would suggest, in your shoe!) Keep photocopies in your checked luggage and send a scanned copy of everything to your own email address- just in case. We’ve experience of a disappeared passport while abroad and truly, it was painful.

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Infraordinario via Fly Away Bride


Not being familiar with an area or fluent in the language requires you to pack an emergency kit. Prepare for the worst and have a medical bag with prescribed medication, pain killers and items like antiseptic creams, band aids, insect repellent, aloe vera for sunburns and other behind the counter medicines for you and your guests. A good pharmacist will be able to put together a medical kit for you and explain what each box is for and the general conditions for use, just make sure you don’t leave home without it. At best, you won’t have to use it but you will be so thankful for it if you or one of your guests falls ill and can’t get to a doctor in time. Apart from medical emergencies, pack baby powder or white chalk to absorb stains on the wedding dress that can then be wiped clean and some clear nail polish for fallen sequins.

Montenegro Photo Session by

Alena Plaks via Fly Away Bride

Packing can sometimes feel like a chore but the key is to start early and stay organised. Be diligent and delegate. Make your partner responsible for specific items and tick everything off your list as you pack. We promise, a happy couple at the airport is a well prepared couple- why cause unnecessary stress last minute? Happy packing!

2 Responses

  1. Natalie feltham

    My daughter is getting married in Sao Martinho do Porto on the beach in June 2017 do you travel to this area with chair, hire hair,make up, but we have a venue just need services



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