Heading to a wedding? You may have already decided what you’ll wear on the big day, but your suitcase will definitely contain more than that! Of course, your packing list will vary by where you’re traveling, where you’re staying, and how long you’ll be there. But, here’s a good starting point for your weekend event. We’ve organized this list in order of events, so you can easily plan your whole suitcase around the schedule.
1. A rehearsal dinner outfit.
If you’re going to a rehearsal dinner or a welcome party for out-of-town guests, we’re guessing you won’t want to show up in travel clothes! Pack an outfit that matches the dress code — some rehearsal gatherings are five-star affairs, while others are backyard barbecues. You’ll have to gauge the formality based on the invitation (it might list a dress code; if not, ask the couple or someone in the wedding party). Don’t stress too much about what to wear — after all, this isn’t the big event! When in doubt, women can wear a semi-casual dress (it’s still a good idea to avoid white) and men can wear slacks, a button-down shirt, and a tie.
2. Toiletries are a must-pack.
You probably have your own go-to list of travel-ready toiletries, but here’s a basic list to check off as you pack:
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Body wash and other shower products
- Razor and shaving cream
- Hair products (like hairspray, mousse, or gel)
- Hair tools (a curling or flat iron)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Perfume or cologne
- Makeup (now’s the time to break out the fancy stuff you’ve been waiting to use)
3. A few casual outfits.
Depending on when the wedding starts, you might have half a day to kill. Pack some casual clothes to wear while exploring — jeans, a simple shirt, and comfy shoes should do the trick.
4. The big day attire.
You won’t forget this one! Try to pick an outfit that’s easy to pack and won’t wrinkle in your bag.
5. Wedding accessories.
Sure, you’ve got your dress or suit picked out, but don’t forget those finishing touches. Be sure to pack shoes, jewelry, a sweater, a purse, and any other accessories you’ll be sporting at the bash.
6. Your invitation.
It’s always a good idea to bring the whole invitation suite with you. That way, you won’t risk forgetting the address of the venue or what time it all starts. If the couple sent an intricate invitation that you’d rather not tote along with you, snap a pic of every page before you leave.
7. Wedding card or a gift.
If you haven’t yet sent a gift, be sure to bring it to the big day (or send it right away). If you have already sent your gift, it’s still nice to show up with a card! Of course, if you’re gifting the newlyweds money, slide it into the card and bring it to the wedding.
8. Post-wedding brunch outfit.
Whether you’re invited to a brunch with the couple or you’re just planning to grab brunch on your own before traveling home, you’ll want one last outfit to wear while sipping mimosas.
9. The extras.
On every packing list, there are a few random things! Don’t forget these extra items: - Pajamas - A jacket - Sunglasses - Swimsuit - Snacks - A water bottle - Your camera - Phone charger - Tissues - Allergy medication (if needed).