Destination weddings have become more and more common over time. “I love that a destination wedding is like a big, fat nonstop party. You’re away from the city of your work and it’s like you’re on a vacation and just constantly having a good time with your friends and family,” says stylist to stars like Vicky Kaushal and Taapsee Pannu, Amandeep Kaur, “Since logistics are taken care by the hotel/accommodation people, your prime job is to look good, eat and drink enough, and have lots of fun!”
Kaur is right when she says that it mostly means that you don’t have to worry about usual travel details like where you’ll stay and what you’ll get up to, and all you have to do is pack your bags and show up. But that’s where the trouble begins. What exactly should one pack for a destination wedding?! We asked the self-confessed destination wedding-fanatic stylist for tips and here’s her guide to being sorted for an out-of-town wedding…
It goes without saying that outfits are one of the most important things when it comes to weddings, even more so when you’re travelling to someplace for the special day Kaur suggests planning your looks beforehand to be efficient. “Plan and pack each outfit completely from head-to-toe,” she says, “This will prevent you from forgetting anything important that makes or breaks your look, like a belt or an essential choker.”
Kaur says packing just a pair of nude or gold heels that work with multiple outfits is a good way to pack light. But she also shares her personal favourite hack, “Being someone who lives in sneakers, I make sure to pack a pair or two in neutral tones like white/beige that may work with any outfit. They are super helpful when you just want to let your hair loose for dancing, you can ditch the heels and embrace the sneaker life.”
What’s a good wedding outfit without the right jewellery? The celebrity stylist says that it’s best to be smart while packing your jewellery case for the wedding. “You can go with a Kundan or Polki full set that has a maang tika, earrings, bangles, and a necklace. Basically everything that can be broken and worn with multiple outfits or can be leant out to girlfriends, which is always the case if you are the fashionista in your gang.”
Kaur says that you shouldn’t leave your home without a strapless bra and body shapers in your lingerie case. “These will always handy for those sleeveless and body hugging outfits,” she explains.
The stylist suggests that carrying a Pashmina shawl in a neutral colour is a good idea, depending on where you’re heading as temperatures could drop and the light cover-up could save the day. Aside from this, she advises carrying a clutch, a potli, or a sling in gold or other metallic shades that could work with multiple outfits, “No point carrying eight bags for eight changes.” She also recommends carrying some fun sunglasses and cool chains for downtime between wedding functions.
Kaur shares some sage advice as a seasoned wedding traveller, “Always carry a handy steam iron,” she insists, “Most hotels take hours to return laundry, so for a quick outfit steaming, you must have your own iron at hand.” She also reveals the extras you must carry with you for a comfortable wedding experience, “Make a pouch of smalll accessories like bindis, hairpins or jewels, safety pins, and a small sewing kit that can help in instant fixes if required.”