Whether you are bound for an exclusive private beach venue, an all-inclusive resort, or a historic venue in the Old Country, you want to be prepared when you arrive for your destination wedding. And while it’s challenging enough to pack up your car when you’re getting married down the street, there are extra considerations involved with traveling afar and abroad to say “I Do”.
Mind the Paperwork
First, as with all responsible travel, do very thorough research into the necessary documentation you need both for movement in and out of your destination, and to legally marry there. Passports, visas, licenses, proof of dissolution of previous marriages, and in some cases proof you have complied with all local laws and customs in a timely manner are just some of the things you might be required to submit before you can walk down the aisle. Check with your local health department for immunization recommendations as well. Obviously, leaving some time to get these things accomplished is an excellent way to start.
Predict the Unpredictable
Next, consult the good ol’ weather websites to confirm both historical weather patterns and what the actual climate has been like over the past few years on your wedding date. Share this information with your wedding party and guests. You want everyone to look their best and to be comfortable. If you plan to marry on the sand, make recommendations to your bridal party for choosing the most appropriate beach bridesmaid dresses and help the men in the group find a style that is weather and location appropriate.
Ask Really Nicely…
Consult with your airline if you are flying to determine the best mode of transporting your own wedding attire. Often they will waive some of the more stringent rules about carrying items on and allow you to keep your wedding dress in the cabin of the plane (saving you from ever having to imagine what it might go through once it starts riding those long roads of conveyor belts!). Again, your wedding party might also qualify to carry on those beach bridesmaid dresses, so be generous with the fruits of your research.
Practice Responsible Import/Export Activities
It may seem totally innocent to you to pack up a dozen guest welcome bags filled with snacks, gifts and favors, then haul them with you to your destination. However, depending on the applicable trade regulations or agricultural restrictions, you could fairly easily, and highly regrettably, find yourself in violation of import/export rules (we know you didn’t know you couldn’t take the fresh citrus fruit with you, but we don’t get to save you when they find it…). Know the laws before you go, and explore other shipping options, or plan to purchase what you need and want when you arrive. Detention at the border is not a cute wedding story no matter what your friends say to reassure you at the time.
Yes, and All the Other Stuff Too
Of course, just because you can jump through all of the necessary hoops to legally hold your destination wedding, doesn’t necessarily mean you will be able to find your car keys on the day of your departure. Make lists of the personal items you need, and check them more than twice. Don’t forget your bridal jewelry, undergarments, accessories and makeup supplies. Bring everything you need to look your best! Leaving absolutely nothing to surprise won’t guarantee you a destination wedding free of bumps in the road, but at the very least it will minimize them as best as possible. Good luck with your wedding packing and travel safely!
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