Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tips for Packing for a Destination Wedding!

This post is being posted after I’ve been home and unpacked from the destination wedding I attended, but you can recap it here over at Eclectic Avenue run by my friend Becca!

Destination weddings. They’re great, beautiful, fun, happy…AND I’m the worst at packing, so what do I even pack? Do I bring more than one nice outfit? Do I even think about anything but the wedding? WHAT DO I EVEN WEAR TO A BEACH WEDDING? Trust me, I get it but I've done my best to try to make it easier on you - and me, let's be honest here - in the future.

Tips for Packing: Destination Weddings -

  1. Figure out how long you're going, how you're getting to the wedding and how long it's going to take. You might also want to figure out what the plans are for each day you are there (rehearsal, dinner, excursions). 
  2. If it's for a long weekend, I would say you don't really need a bag bigger than a carry on. If it's for more a whole week, I would suggest maybe a carry on size bag and another small bag or just go one large bag (like one you would have to check at the airport). 
    Packing for a Destination Wedding - Operation Twenties
  3. Go upstairs and pull out enough underwear for the weekend. I always bring enough for each day I'm there and about 2 or 3 extra for emergencies, because you never really know what would happen. If you know what the plan for the weekend is beforehand you can better plan how many bottoms (pants, shorts, skirts), tops and dresses you need to bring. We arrived on a Thursday morning and planned on cooking in the first night, so we didn't need to bring an extra "nice" outfit. We went straight to the beach and stayed there for most of the day and evening. We stayed in and grilled out (saving $$$) and spent the night fishing by our room. We ended up spending the rehearsal day on the beach until everyone headed to the rehearsal and dinner. Most rehearsal dinners are semi-formal but check with the bridal party if you are unsure!
    - I ended up bringing 3 bathing suits and 3 shorts/tops and then 2 dresses and shoes to match! I tried to pick outfits that could be mixed and matched with other items that I packed so that I didn’t overpack! 
  4. Decide what you are going to wear the day of the wedding. I can't ever decide so I brought two dresses and let the other girls staying with me help pick out what was right. Better safe than sorry! Packing for a Destination Wedding - Operation Twenties  Packing for a Destination Wedding - Operation Twenties

Here’s a list of items I brought to the destination wedding: 
  • 1 beach towel
  • 2 pairs flat sandals
  • 1 pair of wedge sandals
  • a pair of sneakers (you never know)
  • 3 bathing suits
  • 3 pairs of shorts (2 denim, 1 Nike short)
  • 6 pairs of undies, 2 bras, 2 sport bras
  • 2 tank tops, 2 t-shirts, 2 nice tops
  • 2 dresses

I threw my toiletries bag in and a book and my carry-on sized bag zipped right up! The key to packing is to always be prepared, but not overly prepared. Have a plan beforehand. Be able to mix and match outfits. Narrow down your outfits. I always lay mine out on my bed before packing so I can see how much/little I’m bringing! 

Tips for Packing Destination Weddings -

I hope this helped you figure out what to pack/how to pack your bag for your upcoming event! Tell the bride and groom congrats! 

Coming Up on Operation Twenties…:


  1. Really thanks for all these great ideas on destination wedding! I would love to follow all your ideas in my anniversary party which is coming soon and I have booked Los Angeles event venues at very good discounts. I wish I could make it perfect party for my lovely wife.