A Packing List for Destination Wedding Bridesmaids

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My best friend is getting married. I am so excited! What makes this even more exciting is that she asked me to be part of her special day as one of her bridesmaids. And even better?! The wedding is in Las Vegas. Um, jackpot!

This trip is a two-parter trip for me. Not only am I partaking in all sorts of wedding festivities in Las Vegas, my boyfriend and I are also heading down to Miami the weekend prior to check out the city and hop onto The Salty Dog Cruise down to the Bahamas and back. We are going to be gone for a total of 11 days. Due to this, packing has been a bit of a challenge. I am not only packing for a wedding and everything else that is involved in that but also for a cruise and couple days of bumming it on the beach. Yikes! However, I think I have managed to pull it off. My suitcase even zips up with room to spare! All you destination wedding bridesmaids, read on. Hopefully this will make your packing a bit easier.


Destination Wedding packing


Dresses x 4 (1 for Bachelorette Party, 1 for Rehearsal Dinner, 2 Sundresses)

Pencil Skirt x 1

Long-sleeved Shirts x 4

Bridesmaids Dress (Not shown)


Leggings x 1

Tights x 1

Shoes x 4 (Toms, flipflops, heels for Rehearsal Dinner/Bachelorette, Wedding Day heels)

Shorts x 4

Maxi-Skirt x 3

Sweaters x 2 – 1 light & 1 heavy

Cardigan x 1

Tanktops x 6

Infinity Scarf x 2 (Light)

Undergarments (not shown)

Swimsuit x 1

Jeans x 1

Toiletries & Makeup

destination wedding makeup

Now here is where things get tricky, cause holy crap do you need a lot of makeup and whatnot for a wedding!



Naked Palette

Naked Basics Palette

Sephora Eye Makeup Remover

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray

Tarte Brow Pencil

Buxom Mascara

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Under Eye Primer

Misc. Jewelry

Q-Tips & Cottonballs

Tarte Foundation Brush

Tarte Amazonian Mud Powder Foundation

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Stila Liquid Eyeliner

Buxom Lipstick

Benefit Soft Focus Highlighter

Sugar Cherry Tinted Lipbalm

Sugar Berry Tinted Lipbalm

Prada Candy Perfume

Oil Blotting Papers


Nail File


Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water

Lush Enzymion Facial Moisturizer

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

Lush Happy Hippy Shower Gel

Lush Blousey Shampoo

Lush American Cream Conditioner

Mini Loofa


Lush T for Toes Foot Powder

Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo

Hair brush


Lush Ocean Salt Face Scrub

Lush Mask of Magnaminty Face Mask

Lush Dream Cream Hand and Body Moisturizer

Lush R&B Hair Product

Bumble & Bumble Curl Conscious Defining Cream


Contact Solution


Straightening Iron

Bobby Pins

Hair Elastics & Headband

Toothbrush & Toothpaste


Carry On



Small purse for day excursions

Clutch for Bachelorette Party

Travel Wallet


Canon Rebel T3

Sony Cybershot

All chargers & cords

Infinity Scarf x 1 (Heavy)

Notebook & Pen


Textbooks, cause I’m a student and still need to study 🙁


Lip scrub, lip balm, hair elastic & headband


Wedding Heels

Bridesmaid Dress! (not pictured)

Final Thoughts

Packing for a destination wedding is not an easy task, even more so if you are taking off before or after the wedding to a different destination. There are a few items that bridesmaids need to note before packing however.

First and foremost: ask the bride if there is anything you can take down for her. The woman has so much stuff to haul to and from her wedding (I mean come on, the dress!), it is only polite to offer and really, bringing the favours in your suitcase is not the end of the world. Second, always make sure you bring your wedding essentials in your carry on. It is not the end of the world if you lose that super cute sundress you wanted to wear on the beach, but it IS the end of the world if you lose your wedding day shoes or your bridesmaid dress. All the makeup, product and clothes can be replaced, but the shoes and dress carefully picked out by the bride will be incredibly hard to replace should your checked luggage goes missing.

I am ordinarily a very light packer. My makeup and toiletries bag ordinarily fits into a small bag, much like the blue one pictured. But you need to ensure that you are prepared for any and all wedding day beauty disasters. With this all said however, I did manage to fit all of my clothing, toiletries and makeup into one carry on sized suitcase, and all of my carry on items into one large tote. It is possible to pack light for a destination wedding, just a bit more work.