OT Wedding Wednesday: The Chic And Efficient Bridesmaids' Wedding Packing Guide

At your best friend's wedding, naturally you don't want anything to go wrong. If you are wondering what you should be packing to be the ideal bridesmaid, we have the list ready for you
Bridesmaids in pink dresses and bride holding beautiful bouquets
Bridesmaids in pink dresses and bride holding beautiful bouquetsShutterstock

If you are lucky enough to be invited as a bridesmaid to a destination wedding, you might be wondering what to pack for the big day. A destination wedding is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your friend's love and have a mini-vacation at the same time. Creating a packing list is a fantastic way to navigate the excitement of a wedding weekend, ensuring you're perfectly prepared for any weather, location, dress code, and activities planned.

A bridesmaid's packing list should cover everything from the essentials—like the bridesmaid dress, shoes, and accessories—to beauty needs, including makeup and haircare products. It's important not to forget critical items such as ID, passport, tickets, and a phone charger. Extras like gifts, snacks, and games can also enhance the wedding weekend experience. Ensuring all these items are packed allows a bridesmaid to fully enjoy every aspect of the celebration without worry. Here’s a detailed look at what to pack.

Bridesmaid Dress

Glorious bridesmaids in pink dresses
Glorious bridesmaids in pink dressesShutterstock

The cornerstone of your destination wedding packing list should undoubtedly be your bridesmaid dress. To ensure it remains pristine and ready for the ceremony, consider transporting it in a garment bag or carefully folded within a large ziplock bag, safeguarding it from wrinkles and dirt. In the event of inevitable creases, packing a handheld steamer or an iron could be a lifesaver, keeping your ensemble flawless.

You don't want to leave out your shoes and accessories. Whether the occasion calls for elegant heels, comfortable flats, breezy sandals, or sturdy boots, selecting the right footwear is key. Complement your footwear with a selection of accessories—think jewellery, belts, scarves, hats, and sunglasses—to enhance your outfit. Using a shoe bag and a jewellery organiser will keep your items organised and protected. 

Finally, you need to pack some other clothing items for different occasions and climates. This might range from a chic outfit for the rehearsal dinner to a casual beach cover-up, a swimsuit for leisurely dips, a cosy cardigan or jacket for cooler evenings, and everyday basics like jeans and t-shirts. Utilising packing cubes or compression bags not only helps in maintaining order but also maximises space, allowing you to bring along a diverse wardrobe without the bulk.


Don’t shy away from including a few luxuries like primer, setting spray, and false lashes to elevate your beauty game
Don’t shy away from including a few luxuries like primer, setting spray, and false lashes to elevate your beauty gameShutterstock

Your beauty kit takes the spotlight as a crucial item for a destination wedding, ensuring you look your best for the wedding day and the other events. Curating a selection of essential beauty products and tools will help you maintain your glow from dawn to dusk.

Arm yourself with the essentials—foundation, concealer, powder, blush, bronzer, highlighter, and an array of eyeshadows, eyeliners, mascaras, and lipsticks—to craft your perfect wedding look. Don’t shy away from including a few luxuries like primer, setting spray, and false lashes to elevate your beauty game. You can use a makeup bag or a cosmetic case to store your makeup products and brushes.

Skincare is equally important, and maintaining your daily regimen of cleanser, toner, moisturiser, and sunscreen even on vacation will help you protect your skin. Opt for travel-sized containers to pack your skincare essentials, ensuring they remain secure and spill-free.

For hair care, pack your shampoo, conditioner, and styling products. Packing some tools, such as a hair dryer, a curling iron, a straightener, a comb, and a brush among others, will enable you to style your hair. A dedicated toiletry bag or pouch will keep your haircare items organised and accessible. You can also create different looks for different occasions, such as a natural, glam, or boho look, etc.

The Ultimate Dress Rescue Kit

A travel sewing kit is a necessity if you're going to a destination wedding
A travel sewing kit is a necessity if you're going to a destination weddingShutterstock

All it takes is a pulled hamstring or a ripped garment to spoil the bride's ideal day. Travel sewing kits are little yet deadly. If someone pops a button, pulls a hem or damages their trousers, you will be prepared with an easy solution. If you have a pet, you're probably already good friends with your lint roller. On the wedding day, it will come in useful, especially if the bride picked dark colours for the bridesmaid gowns and groomsmen outfits.

Packing your bridesmaid dress, rehearsal dinner attire, and other fine things may cause creases. A steamer will help you appear your best at the wedding ceremony (the groomsmen may need to borrow it too). If you have already packed these things, don't leave out the beloved fashion tape, a double-sided adhesive tape made for clothes, which will come to your rescue lest one of the bridesmaids tear their dress in a hurry.

Consider Packing A Sentimental Gift

Consider packing a sentimental gift for the bride, and you will be the best bridesmaid at the wedding
Consider packing a sentimental gift for the bride, and you will be the best bridesmaid at the weddingShutterstock

For the bride, consider packing a sentimental gift, such as a custom-made photo album capturing shared memories, a personalised necklace that speaks to your bond, or a luxurious spa basket to pamper her before the big day. The other bridesmaids will appreciate fun and thematic presents, like matching robes for getting ready together, custom bridesmaid tumblers for staying hydrated, or elegant bridesmaid bracelets as a keepsake of your shared journey.

For favours, you can pack something cute and useful for the guests, such as a wedding-themed koozie, magnet, or candle, for a touch of whimsy. Opt for edible treats like personalised cookies, candies, or chocolates that double as sweet mementoes. You can also pack something indulgent and refreshing for the other events, such as a bottle of champagne, a cocktail, a cupcake, etc.

For games, you can pack something fun and interactive for the wedding weekend, such as trivia, bingo, or scavenger hunt, or consider creative options like karaoke, charades, or wedding mad libs for a dose of humour and creativity.

That's it! You have the ultimate bridesmaid packing list for the perfect wedding weekend. Now, you can check your list before leaving and enjoy the wedding weekend with your besties. You are ready to rock the wedding and have a blast! 

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