It’s that time of the week for our wedding planning Q&A and today we’re talking about packing for your destination wedding.
Q:I’m planning for my destination wedding in the Caribbean and I’m trying to figure out what I should ship ahead of time and what I should pack and bring with me. Is there a rule of thumb on what items I should ship vs. check in? Thanks for your help!
Good question and this is definitely one that every couple having a destination wedding will face. So, let’s start off by talking about why you would ship vs. bring an item with you. If you have decor items, welcome gift items or items that are meant to be given out at the wedding, shipping is nice because you can take care of it ahead of time. You’ll have enough items to worry about packing that getting rid of some items early is helpful. Shipping also means you’ll have less luggage to worry about making for lighter travel. However, shipping does have it’s downsides. You don’t have control over shipping which means if a package gets lost (we’ve all had packages just disappear in the mail, right?) or gets delayed, it could not arrive in time or at all. Shipping can also be really expensive especially if your package is large, weighty or going somewhere far.
The nice thing about packing and bringing your items with you is that you are much more in control and even if your check bag gets lost, it can’t get that lost. And any items that are valuable or super important you’ll want to bring with you so that you can keep an eye on it. You definitely don’t want to ship anything of large monetary value or that is crucial to your wedding (like your rings, wedding dress/attire, etc…) and those items you’ll even want to carry on to be super safe. Bringing all of your items with you means that you will have more you have to handle and there are limits to the weight and size your package can be. You will most likely have to pay for the extra luggage, so keep that in mind too.
With all of that being said, for most couples, shipping is only a good option if your items don’t need to travel that far or if you’re only shipping to somewhere in the US. If you happen to be buying something online that offers cheap or free shipping to your location, then you can certainly take advantage of that. But, anything outside of that and shipping becomes not only pricey, but will take a while. If you are having an international wedding then usually your best option is to pack and bring your items with you.
So, to sum up, whether you should consider shipping or not depends on the items you are thinking about shipping and where you are having your wedding. In either case, make sure you pack your items so that they are protected and if you do decide to ship make sure to give your venue a heads up and ship your items early to allow for any delays.
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