What To Pack When Going To A Wedding

Is your social diary filled with weddings to attend? Do you ever find yourself at a wedding, only to realize you forgot to pack something really important, like the shoes to your outfit? Today, we’re going to give you a checklist of everything you will need when going to a wedding as a guest.

What to pack when going to a wedding

What to pack when going to a wedding?

The Outfit

This probably sounds insanely obvious but I’m not talking about just the dress, I’m talking about all the accessories and details that go with it. So think about the dress, undergarments, shoes, hat or hair piece, tights, jewellery, clutch or bag, jacket or shawl. Before you pack your suitcase, try on the entire outfit to make sure you have all the elements you need to complete the outfit. The morning of the wedding is not the time to be frazzled because you are missing a key part of your outfit!

The Second Outfit

Nowadays it’s increasingly common to be invited to a BBQ or lunch the day after the wedding. So make sure to pack a second outfit that you could wear if you are invited to another party. There is less pressure to make sure that you have everything just perfect for this outfit, but it’ll help you relax and enjoy the day if you’ve thought about the outfit beforehand.

Toiletries and makeup

Everyone has their own toiletries that they use and love, but there are a few essentials that you’ll probably need:

  • Body wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling products
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste 
  • Deodorant
  • Moisturiser
  • Perfume
  • Tampons
  • Makeup remover
  • Fake tan and applicator (though I’m all about embracing the paleness!)

My advice when it comes to makeup is to use products that you’ve tried and tested! Now is not the time to try that new blusher and end up looking like Bosco in all the wedding photos!

Miscellaneous Essentials

Once you have the above packed into your suitcase, now it’s time to pack the other items you’ll need for the trip.

  • Phone Charger
  • Phone Power Bank (It’s useful to have a portable way to charge your phone so you don’t have to be glued to a power socket the entire day! You need to make some Instagram memories!)
  • Camera (or maybe a selfie stick if you are going to be taking pics with your phone)
  • Pyjamas
  • Any medication you have to take
  • Bottle of water (to help avoid the hangover)
  • Plasters / blister plasters
  • The wedding invitation
  • Small snack (it can be a long time between the wedding and the reception. A protein bar should see you through til the meal)
  • A jacket or coat
  • Flat shoes (those feet are going to be tired from all that dancing!)
  • The wedding gift

Have I forgotten anything? What do you think is essential to pack for a wedding? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sinead has three passions in life - blogging, books and booze. She is the owner of sineadsocial.com, a website that helps new bloggers build and grow their own blogs. She runs a monthly blogger meetup in Dublin through GirlCrew Bloggers.

6 comments

  1. It so funny that I stumble upon this post! Just a few weeks ago I was on a weddinf party. First, I was working so hard putting my fake eyelashes and the eyeliner on just to mess it up right before we left. Ofcourse with no time I had to try to fix it in the car. Impossible, so I decided to pull off the eyelashes. I will skip them and renew my makeup in the car, I thought. Just to realise I forgot my mascara. No where to be found in the bag! Almost crying I try to do my best to look good. Imagine the mess on my face..

    And, during that time I was wearing my jogging shoes in the car (I have a toddler) and thought to change it when we arrive. And ofcourse, I forgot my high heels at the hotel to! And there was no way we could turn and get them because the wedding ceremony was more important than me looking good (and the hotel was over 30min drive away).
    Thinking of it now, both my husband and I are laughing so much about this. And I actually managed to have really really fun that day!

  2. Love your picks for wedding style and how to pack! It used to be so easy to just throw something on but now it’s fun to really style it up!

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