Destination Wedding: How to Travel Light for your Big Day

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Your destination wedding is only a few months (or maybe weeks) away, and the last thing you have to do is find a way to get all of your important items for the big day to your location. What’s your worst fear? Not packing the right outfits for your trip, forgetting your favorite pair of heels, or misplacing all of the wedding favors you worked so hard to put together? Or, what about your checked luggage with your wedding dress getting lost by the airline?

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Weddings are stressful enough, but destination weddings really tack on the stress. You have to figure out how to get everything you need to where you’re getting married — which could be hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away! Want to know a secret? There are some simple ways, like creating a destination wedding packing list, to make it easy to get everything you could possibly need to your destination.

Shipping your wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, party favors, party décor, and other necessities might not be the first solution that comes to mind, but it’s one of the most affordable and secure ways to get everything you need to your destination. Not only does it make traveling easier (because you have less luggage to drag through the airports), it also ensures that your valuables will arrive safe and sound before your big day.

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One of the many benefits of shipping luggage ahead of time is peace of mind. Do you have an on-location wedding planner you’ve been working with? Ship your wedding dress one to two weeks ahead of time to your wedding planner’s address. Your wedding planner, or on location confidant (maybe even your hotel), will be able to receive the dress and safely store it until you arrive days later. Small load movers and shippers, like Transit Systems, Inc., specialize in shipping valuables and allow you to track your shipment as it journeys to your destination.

If you choose to ship your wedding dress and/or bridesmaid dresses make sure to purchase insurance — in the unfortunate and unlikely event that something happens. Also, make sure to speak with multiple shipping companies and get delivery estimates ahead of time so that you have plenty of time to ship your dress.

Another option is to ship favors, decorations, and other wedding necessities and opt to carry your wedding dress in a garment bag onto the plane (or, purchase a seat for it). However, be forewarned that your garment bag might not fit into a crowded overhead compartment — and, if that’s the case then your gown will have to be checked, which isn’t the greatest solution.

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Although many brides hesitate to part with their wedding dress — believe me, I don’t blame you — try to remain realistic as you figure out ways to get all of your big-day must haves to your destination wedding. This is a moment in life where you should be happy and content—not stressed and sleep deprived because you’re worrying! Make the travel portion of your destination wedding a no-stress event by shipping all of your wedding day necessities to whatever state or country you’re traveling to.

Once you arrive to your destination, take your dress out of the garment bag and hang it, preferably in the bathroom. The steam from the shower will help relax any wrinkles.  If you can, schedule a professional to come in and steam your dress — knowing the professionals are coming will also help relax your mind. And lastly don’t forget to plan your dresses shipment home — with everything going on during the wedding, you may forget to it until last minute.  Schedule the dress shipment home the same time you schedule your dresses shipment to the wedding destination; take care of it all at once.

Remember, this is your wedding day, a once in a lifetime moment, try not to stress about your dress, instead relax and enjoy your family, friends and soon to be husband!

Tara Chila, blogger for Transit Systems, Inc., writes mostly about moving, business, house & home, kids, and parenting.  Transit Systems specializes in a variety of long distance moving and shipping services including furniture shipping

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