Knowing what to pack for your destination wedding is important so that you don't forget things. Below is a link to our packing list for Brides & Grooms so that you can download it and check it off as you start packing. If you remember in our All-Inclusive Destination Wedding Planning Checklist, we recommend starting to pack about a week before departure. 

Download your copy of the Bride & Groom Wedding Packing Checklist here

Carry-On

You want to put in your carry-on everything that is necessary for your vacation/wedding. Include in here a bathing suit, cover up, and one outfit for dinner, too. This way, if your luggage gets lost, you won't have a problem enjoying your vacation and you'll still have everything you need for your wedding. 

  • Passport and other IDs
  • Airplane Tickets/Boarding Passes
  • Hotel Reservation Confirmation
  • Shuttle/Transportation Confirmation
  • Copy of Travel Insurance
  • Credit cards, wallet, cash (for tipping)
  • Medicine (in original bottle)
  • Jewelry (including wedding bands)
  • Contact Info for Vendors in Punta Cana
  • Contact info for closest US Embassy and closest/best hospital in the area
  • Contact Info for Dr, house/pet sitter, etc.
  • Copies of all contracts
  • One swimsuit plus one outfit (so you can still go to the pool or beach and eat at the restaurants)
  • Wedding dress, reception dress, veil, shoes, garter, other wedding-day accessories (personalized hanger)
  • Groom’s suit, shoes, tie, dress shirt
  • Camera
  • Flash drive with special wedding music
  • Cell Phones
  • Head Phones
  • Sleeping Mask, Neck Pillow
  • Books, Magazines, E-Reader/Tablet
Photo by Katya Nova

Photo by Katya Nova

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Vacation-Related

  • Swimsuits and Cover-ups
  • Dresses
  • Tanks, tees, and tops
  • Shorts, skirts, pants, and bottoms
  • Flip flops for the pool/beach
  • Shoes for dinner/going out
  • A wrap/sweater, in the event you’re somewhere chilly
  • Workout clothing (sports bra, top, bottom, sneakers, socks)
  • Beach Towel
  • Beach Tote
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra batteries, memory cards, etc. for camera
  • Phone/Tablet chargers
  • Hats/caps for the sun
  • Strapless bra
  • Underwear, Socks, Bras, etc.
  • Sleepwear
Photo by Katya Nova

Photo by Katya Nova

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Extras

Something I missed? Make sure to add it to your own printed packing list! 

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To Do Before Leaving:

  • Make copies of the following and leave with someone at home:
    - Passport
    - Birth Certificates
    - All travel itinerary
  • Call your cell phone provider to inquire about adding an international package to your plan while you are abroad; some might be able to add this for free or for a small prorated fee if traveling to Mexico and the Caribbean. Otherwise, turn off the data on your phone and download WhatsApp, Viber, or another messaging app so that you can communicate with people via WiFi.
  • Purchase Tourist Card/Visa, if necessary 
  • Have your mail held through USPS
  • Call your credit card companies and notify them of your travel plans
  • Let USPS know that you’re traveling and ask them to hold your mail
  • Pay any bills that will become due while you’re away
  • Clean out perishables from fridge. Ask someone staying behind to get some groceries for you the day you’re to arrive, so your fridge won’t be empty when you come home
  • Turn off appliances/electronics.  Set thermostat. 
Photo by Katya Nova

Photo by Katya Nova

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Wedding-Related

  • Special Outfits for wedding-related activities (rehearsal dinner, farewell brunch, etc.)
  • Wedding night lingerie
  • Extra lipstick/lipgloss for wedding photos (so your lips aren’t chapped)
  • Change of shoes for dancing
  • Bridal Party Gifts (+ getting ready outfits)
  • Groom’s Gift
  • Parent’s Gift
  • Wedding Favors
  • Welcome bags and their contents
  • Receipts of gifts/favors purchased (to show customs, just in case)
  • Cake Topper, Signs, any additional décor you’re bringing
  • Guest book
  • Ceremony (ring bearer pillow/box, flower girl basket, sand ceremony)
  • Envelopes for payments and tips
  • Wedding Planner Binder (copies of contracts, forms, etc.)
  • Double-sided/fashion tape
  • A copy of your invitation (for photos)
Photo by Katya Nova

Photo by Katya Nova

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Toiletries

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, whitening strips, mouth wash
  • Hair styling products
  • Curling/Straightening Iron, Hair Dryer
  • Nail file, nail cutter, cuticle cutter
  • Extra bottle of polish in your wedding-day manicure color
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup and Makeup remover
  • Cotton ball/swabs
  • Q-tips
  • Comb/Brush
  • Razor and Shaving Cream
  • After-Shave
  • Feminine Hygiene products
  • Contraceptives
  • Contact lenses, case and solution
  • Bug Spray
  • Immodium
  • Aloe Vera
  • SPF 50 or above
  • Shampoo/Conditioner (resort probably provides)
  • Soap/Shower Gel
  • Body Lotion (resort probably provides)
  • Chapstick with SPF
  • Tweezers
  • Small scissors
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Perfume/Cologne
  • Advil/Tylenol/Aleve
Photo by Katya Nova

Photo by Katya Nova