We are planning on checking one extra bag- I didn't want anyone else to have the responsibility of bringing anyting or dealing with paying customs fees (which people have had to do). I did have to limit my choices as to what I could bring as I belive 50lbs is the weight-limit for most airlines. I originally wanted to bring photos of my familiy members wedding photos with frames and all but it just seems like too much and I don't want to risk anything being lost at the reception. In the end I decided I could only bring things I wouldn't be heart broken if they weren't returned.
We are packing - 24 "Welcome" Kits, Menues, place cards, starfish wine stopper favors, 3 candles & holder for unity ceremony,to-go flat cake boxes, 12 tea lights & glass holders, and that's it. We have left most everything in it's original packaging for the trip but I will affix our labels to the cake boxes and our personalized tags for the wine stoppers when we arrive. Make sure you bring extras just in case anything breaks. I am packing everything in shoe boxes as they take up little space and I feel like they will survive the trip better.
We decided to just use the resort white linens & flowers (bought extra centerpieces) ...that will save some room in my suitcase & fuss...
If you bring breakables, I would bring extras just in case. The only breakable things I brought were the mercury glass candle votives and 2 broke in transit despite leaving them in their original packaging and carrying them on board with us. Good thing I had extras!
Also, you can only bring $300.00 USD worth of merchandise so they can get sticky with you at the airport if they want. With all the decorations, it definitely was worth more than $300.00 but I wasn't worried. I brought lanterns and because I had them in my carry-on and they saw them on the xray, they wanted to see them. I showed them, told them what it was for and how much they cost, and they let me through. The centrepiece lanterns were in various carry-on bags with different people in different lineups, so they didn't see them all, and I only had 3 with me. They just get sticky because they don't want people bringing merchandise and selling it there. I haven't heard of any bride getting anything taken away though.