Destination Weddings and You
Been invited to a destination wedding? After sending in your response card, ponying up for the airfare and hotel, picking out your outfit and selecting a gift, all you have to do is show up, right?
Well, as frequently as weddings and travel go together these days, taking a trip to see loved one take the plunge is different from the usual vacation, especially where flying's concerned. Two notes on packing:
THE WEDDING-DAY OUTFIT. First of all, congratulations on decoding dress codes (TheKnot.com's guide can help if you get flummoxed.)
No bride in her right mind would put her wedding dress in checked luggage. (I remember seeing a bride carrying a poofy white gown down the aisle on a flight to South Africa.) But guests might not be so cautious with their own attire, with potentially disastrous results. If your bag gets waylaid or lost, you'll either have to scramble to find a tux shop in Cozumel, or you're stuck wearing the clothes on your back. My advice: Sacrifice your usual pile of magazines and cozy blanket to make room for your wedding-day outfit in your carry-on.
No matter how you transport your clothes, they're going to get a few wrinkles, but you can ward some of them off by stuffing tissue paper in jacket sleeves, pant legs and dresses and placing the ensembles in dry-cleaning bags.(Don't forget the rehearsal dinner outfit, too!) Newspaper bags make great shoe sleeves, and accessories can go in zip baggies taped inside the dry-cleaning bags. Then dig out your old garment bag and either use it as your carry-on or, better yet, tuck the entire outfit, garment bag and all, in your carry-on bag. After all that, you may even have room for a novel and an iPod. What you won't have room for, though, is a gift, which brings me to...
THE GIFT. Destination weddings are usually far from the couple's home, and getting gifts off that private island and back to Iowa would be a headache. Instead, send your gift to the couple's home, either before or after the wedding. (Most stores that have wedding registries will ship gifts for you.) If you're flying internationally and planning to give cash, make sure you're not exceeding the Customs cutoff, though you should be fine - most countries allow you to bring up to $10,000 or its local currency equivalent without having to declare it to Customs. If you do plan to pack a present in your luggage remember not to wrap it till you land; wrapped bundles can look awfully suspicious to luggage screeners.
Those are just a couple of tips. Who among you has more wedding travel advice?
By Christina Talcott |
September 10, 2008; 10:49 AM ET
Previous: Hurricane Ike Hobbles Turks & Caicos | Next: Party Like a Newlywed
View or post comments
Please email us to report offensive comments.
Posted by: DC | September 10, 2008 2:08 PM
Posted by: Alexandria | September 10, 2008 2:17 PM
Posted by: jen | September 10, 2008 2:33 PM
Posted by: SusanNConn | September 10, 2008 2:42 PM
Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 3:42 PM
Posted by: babsy1 | September 10, 2008 3:59 PM
Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 4:01 PM
Posted by: anonymous | September 10, 2008 4:59 PM
Posted by: Anon. | September 10, 2008 5:09 PM
Posted by: Bride's unlikely story | September 10, 2008 5:16 PM
Posted by: adub | September 10, 2008 5:52 PM
Posted by: Karen | September 10, 2008 7:03 PM
Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:20 AM
Posted by: Penguin | September 11, 2008 8:22 AM
Posted by: Logic, AL | September 11, 2008 12:03 PM
Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:49 PM
Posted by: bride to be | September 12, 2008 9:22 AM
Posted by: Rich | September 12, 2008 11:46 AM
Posted by: Destin beach wedding | September 14, 2008 12:16 PM
Posted by: Karen | September 14, 2008 12:19 PM
Posted by: Mother of the Groom | September 17, 2008 11:01 AM
Posted by: Mother of a different groom | September 17, 2008 9:19 PM
The comments to this entry are closed.