Wedding Planning – What to pack for your destination wedding

I am recently back from my sister’s destination wedding in Mykonos which was truly beautiful and has inspired me to write more about destination weddings here on Magpie. We have featured a few and are now super keen to share more ideas, venues, and real weddings to inspire you but also to help you with your destination wedding planning journey.

As a bride, you want to make sure that you have everything around you on the big day so packing is essential but if you do forget something at least you have friends and family, the usual shops and of course your home near to go and grab what it is you need. But what happens when you are away? In Mykonos there were of course shops but to be honest not that much near where we were staying. So here is a packing list for you including some destination must haves.

Coachella Inspired Festival Themed Destination Wedding At The Beach

Destination Wedding Packing: The dress

Of course you will remember this, but consider how you are going to transport it. Are you going to carry it in a dress bag or pack inside a case – you should carry it on board ideally so you know where it is at all times. It is a good idea to ask your bridal boutique to fold it for you if you put in in a case. Consider how you are going to steam it when you get there as it will be creased from the journey especially if it is silk. Make sure you bring the correct lingerie too which you should have already tried on beforehand.

Destination Wedding Packing: Your accessories

You don’t want to get there and have forgotten your shoes or veil as your look won’t be complete. Everyone, even the bride wore sandals such as these women’s sandals from Uppersole in Mykonos which gave it a relaxed beach vibe but also was the practical choice as it was so hot. Consider which jewellery you will want to wear too, and make sure all the clasps work before you travel just in case!

Destination Wedding Packing: Gifts for the special guests

You will want to give the bridesmaids, parents and best man a thank you gift which will be lovely if given on the day to say thank you. Consider gifts that can be easily packed like these personalised hankies from Extra Special Touch, which you can add a date onto or a thank you message.

Destination Wedding Packing: The rings

I just know I would forget the rings! Like the dress, I would carry them in my hand luggage and indeed in my handbag to make sure that they don’t get lost!

Coachella Inspired Festival Themed Destination Wedding At The Beach

Extras: Suntan lotion

This sounds obvious for a destination wedding but you really don’t want sunburn on your wedding day so make sure you pack enough suntan lotion. Consider which you will wear on the day too and choose one that won’t stain your dress as you may well need to reapply throughout the day

Extras: Makeup

If you are doing your makeup yourself, pack foundation in a darker shade if you are likely to catch the sun on the days before. It is a good idea to then mix your current foundation with the darker shade to get the correct colour for your skin tone on the day.

Extras: An emergency kit

You of course don’t want to think of what may go wrong at your destination wedding but it is a good idea to forward plan. Pack a sewing kit for any buttons that may fall off, some baby wipes (or better still a flannel as the more ethical choice) in case you get any marks on your dress, boob tape to hold yourself in place, nail glue for a broken nail…you get the picture.

And there are of course some larger things you will need that you don’t want to pack so make sure your hotel can help before you leave such as a steamer to take the creases out of your dress. And do ask your guests not to bring any gifts as you don’t want to have to pack them up on the way home as you won’t have any room in your cases with all this extra stuff!

Wedding Planning - What to pack for your destination wedding


Photography by Nathan Lapham. See the rest of this wedding here.

This is a sponsored post with Uppersole

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