So the time has finally come…in a few days you will be jetting off to your dream wedding destination to say your “I do’s”! But before you leave, there are a few things you need to do/remember.
Here is a Final Wedding Abroad Checklist to help you prepare for your big day and make sure you don’t forget anything essential, after all there’s no easy to get back home if you do!
Your Wedding Dress and Luggage.
- If you’re relying on extra baggage purchase this in advance as it will be cheaper than paying at the check in gate.
- If you’re taking a wedding dress/suit travel box make sure it complies with airline size dimensions, to avoid having to check it in at the gate.
- Have you labelled all items of luggage?
- Remember to put your destination and return address into all items of luggage, you don’t want to lose any precious items.
Prepare and pack all your essentials now so you can’t possibly forget them, then use the checklist just as a last minute added assurance you haven’t forgotten anything…….like those fabulous Jimmy Choos.
- Wedding Day Jewellery.
- Wedding Rings.
- Special wedding day underwear.
- Personalised Items of clothing (swimsuit/dressing gowns/slippers etc)
- Your wedding day makeup – if different to what you usually wear.
- Travel steamer.
- High protection sun cream, and possibly a special one for your face, you don’t want any breakouts due to clogged pores.
Eemergency wedding day kit.
You need to be extra prepared for any ‘on the day’ emergencies with a wedding abroad, more so than with a ‘stay at home wedding’ you can’t simply pop over to your Nans’ to get some thread and needle if you have a wardrobe malfunction, so here are some wedding day items you should prepare in advance and have available during bridal prep, and to keep with you for the whole day.
- Bobby pins and spare hair bobbles/ travel size hair brush
- Hair spray
- Safety pins
- Needle and thread
- Travel size deodorant
- Nail polish to cover any chips or broken nails
- Nail file.
- Special outfits for pre/post get togethers or photo shoots
- Special swimsuit and flip flops
- Sun cream
- Special spot cream or soothing face mask in case of a breakouts
- Hotel details
- Insurance documents (wedding and travel)
- Your EHIC, if travelling in Europe (for now anyway)
- Place this with your travel documents so you don’t forget them.
Supplier Paperwork / Meetings
- Print a copy of all contracts/agreements and payment receipts for each supplier to take with you, along with contact phone numbers and email addresses.
- Put all important dates and meeting times into your diary NOW, ready for when you arrive?
Are your DIY projects packed and ready to go;
- wedding favours
- table plan
- name cards
- wedding schedule
- table names
- confetti cones
- items of decoration for the wedding venue
Do you have instructions with photographs of how you want the decoration setting out by the venue or decorator?
Giving guests as much information as possible before they leave will save you a huge headache when you arrive, just think of all that extra time you’ll spare up for pampering and relaxing before the wedding, if you’re not running around arranging guests.
- Make sure guests have the following;
- Organised on the day transfer pick up times
- Venue name and address (in case they miss organised transfers – yes it happens)
- Details of any pre/post wedding get togethers
- Schedule of the day so they know time things start and end.
- Set up a ‘whatsapp’ or facebook group before you leave, so you can communicate any last minute changes or important details with guests once you arrive.
- Collect all guests contact/accommodation details before you leave.
- Assign someone to take care of the rings? Usually the best man or an usher.
- Decide if you want a master of ceremonies, and if you do, i suggest asking one of your more confident (aka louder) guests to give announcements on the day, such as ‘please stand for the bride and groom’ or to announce the speeches and first dance. That way if your DJ or venue manager doesn’t speak brilliant English, you dont need to worry about having lots of confused guests not knowing what’s going on.
- Photographer assistant – assign someone to be on stand by to help the photographer gather guests for group photos, give them a list of what group photos you want and then this part of the day will run smoothly and not eat into precious celebrating time whilst the photographer tries to hunt down Grandad who’s decided to nip off to the loo.
- Make sure your witnesses know who they are (yes really, you’d be surprised) they’re only normally needed on the day and usually you need 2, speak to your registrar about any other requirements such as age or relationship to you.
We hope you find this information helpful, remember to download and pint off our quick checklist here to use before you go Final Wedding Abroad Checklist
If you’d like to suggest any other items you think should be added to this list please let us know.
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