How o pack for your honeymoon

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Deciding what to pack for your honeymoon. You don’t want to over-pack and end up with overweight baggage fees, and you don’t want to under-pack and end up having to purchase things you need. While some of the specific items we mention below may vary according to where you are going, this list will give you the basic for warmer honeymoon destinations, along with some tips for packing.

Carry-On

Carry on what you can

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
  • Contact info for closest US Embassy and closest/best hospital in the area
  • Contact Info for Dr, house/pet sitter, etc.
  • One swimsuit and cover up, plus one light outfit
  • Camera
  • Cell Phones (fully charged)
  • Head Phones
  • Sleeping Mask, Neck Pillow
  • Books, Magazines, E-Reader/Tablet

Check-In Bag – Hers

What to pack for her

  • Swimsuits and Cover-ups (I recommend 2)
  • Sundresses (at least one nice one for the evenings)
  • Tanks, tees, and tops (2 total)
  • Shorts, skirts, pants, and bottoms (2 total)
  • Flip flops for the pool/beach
  • Shoes for dinner/going out (1 pair heels)
  • A wrap/sweater, in the event you’re somewhere chilly
  • Workout clothing (sports bra, top, bottom, sneakers, socks)
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra batteries, memory cards, etc. for camera
  • Hat/cap for the sun
  • Strapless bra
  • Underwear, Socks, Bras, etc.
  • Sleepwear
  • Accessories
  • Evening purse/clutch
  • Phone/Tablet chargers
  • Adapter

Check-In Bag – His

What to pack for him

  • Jeans or khakis
  • 1 pair nice slacks
  • Shorts (2)
  • Light jacket/pullover
  • Casual shirts (T-shirts or tanks)
  • Button-down and/or Polos (1 of each)
  • 1 sports jacket
  • Swimming trunks (2)
  • 1 pair sneakers
  • 1 pair sandals/flip flops
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Undershirts
  • Hat/cap for the sun
  • Small backpack for excursions

Check-In Bag – Toiletries

Travel essentials to pack

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, whitening strips, mouth wash (travel size)
  • Hair styling products
  • Curling/Straightening Iron, Hair Dryer
  • 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
  • Perfume/Cologne
  • Advil/Tylenol/Aleve
  • Band-Aids

Extras To Pack For Your Honeymoon

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

To Do Before Leaving:

Before you leave...

  • 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.

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Author Bio: Sharon Kopp is a destination wedding bride turned destination wedding and travel specialist. Through Barefoot Bridal, she helps brides and their guests book their travel and accommodations to various locations, focusing mostly on the Caribbean, Mexico, and Hawaii, and helps brides plan their weddings.

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Calculating wedding costs

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Getting married can be a substantial investment in your future. As shown by the informative infographic below, the average cost of weddings in the U.S. has risen to $27,698, with the most expensive place to hold a wedding being Manhattan, New York at $86,916. Idaho has the cheapest state average wedding cost at $16,159. How is this money usually spent?

Average cost of weddings infographic

Infographic by JJ Suspenders

Personalizing The Wedding

With 6,200 weddings happening each day in the U.S., the most money is spent on the venue, which averages $11,944 of a wedding budget. Keija Minor, editor-in-chief at Bride’s Magazine, said in a CNBC interview that this can be attributed to couples wanting to personalize their weddings.

A wedding’s personality has become even more important to couples since the rise of social media, according to Minor. She said that social media means that everyone has seen a million weddings, which often inspires couples to stray from “cookie cutter” ideas.

Although venue is a big investment out of a couple’s wedding budget, a CNN Money report stated that guest lists may be getting shorter. With the price of catering per person averaging $68, cutting back on the guest list is a way for couples to save some money.

Many couples are showing unique style and even paying homage to their heritage by incorporating a variety of events into their wedding celebrations. This can range from tea ceremonies to themed weddings that couples believe reflect their personalities.

Rings add to average costs of weddings

Rings & Things Add to Average Cost of Weddings

Coming in after price of venue at the second highest average cost is the wedding and engagement rings at $4,133. Brides are also spending about $1,351 on their wedding dresses, while grooms are spending an average of $278 on their attire. Style is one of the many ways for couples to showcase their personalities and set the scene for their special day, whether going for a traditional aesthetic or a casual, quirky wedding.

Photography and videography is an average of $2,835; flowers are $1,563; entertainment is $1,389; wedding planners average $827; and couples are spending an average of $555 on cakes. All of these aspects make the wedding industry worth an annual $72 billion, employing over 1.1 million people. They also give couples even more opportunity to let their personalities and individual style color the celebration.

Social media aids wedding planning

Online Aids To Wedding Planning

More couples than ever are turning to their mobile devices for personalized planning solutions. Online services are making it easier for couples to personalize their wedding into the dream day they both have in mind.

The apps allow couples to choose who they want to take videos and photos at their wedding, along with beauty vendors, DJs, and bridal salons. With so many styles to choose from, whether it’s music, hair and makeup, and photographers’ artistic styles, it’s no wonder that couples are paying more to make sure their special day radiates their individuality.

Wedding invitations average $789, and inspiration board sites such as Pinterest make it easy for couples to consider cheaper, DIY options for invites and thank you cards. This option can even help to create a more unique and personal wedding, rather than the traditional weddings of the past.

Personalizing your wedding

Getting Wedding Planning Right

Steib said in a CNBS interview that the majority of brides have not planned a wedding before, which can lead to getting things wrong when estimating the costs of their weddings, he said.

The average bridal age in the U.S. is 25.3, and the average groom age is 26.9. However, studies have shown that parents of the bride and groom are still helping to foot the wedding bill, but modern couples are also contributing to the overall cost.

With the world of wedding inspiration at their fingertips through sites like Pinterest, The Knot, and mywedding.com, couples have endless options and opportunity to create an ideal wedding suited to their individual styles.

Bio: Josh Bluman is the co-founder of JJ Suspenders, based in Vancouver BC. He founded JJ Suspenders, a niche e-commerce website selling high-end suspenders for men, bringing back an authentic fashion style for men with high-qualityso handmade materials.

To give back to the community, $1 out of every sale goes to Beespace, which is a technology incubator for non-profits who seek out independent thinkers and look to find new solutions to make changes.

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