I brought down as much as I could, but I really wanted to minimize what I had to bring down - does that make sense? I actually asked a friend of mine to bring down some things for me so we didn't have to have so much luggage. It was just a couple of boxes of string lights that I gave her so it wasn't something that would take up too much space in her luggage either. We thought we might have to ask my in-laws to bring some things but we ended up not having to (and it was a good thing as all they brought was carry-on luggage). My husband and I had one checked bag each and one carry on each (this is what we limited ourselves to). I have a garment bag (one of those suitcase versions if you know what I'm talking about) that's for suits. I put my husband's shirt, suit, and my wedding dress in that and had my husband carry that on the plane. I had a rolling suitcase that I stuffed with things that were breakable as well as my wedding jewelry, so this way if something were to happen to our luggage, at least we had our wedding outfits which I deemed to be the most irreplaceable!
In actuality we didn't rely on anything that we thought the wedding coordinator had besides the table cloths, other linen, and silverware/dinnerware. The florist found the fabric for the huppah so we were thankful for that! We asked for colored table cloths and I brought down all the shells, little votive candles, place cards, table markers, sea shells and lanterns. I even brought down wrapping paper, tape, scissors, and ribbons to wrap the gifts for everyone, as well as a glue gun! So basically I made sure that whatever happened, we could take care of it without having to hunt down the wedding coordinator. Also, buying favors there was a HUGE help, not only with cost and with getting something unique and local for people, but also with baggage space. And we didn't do OOT bags, although I did bring down some gifts for people. I think you should also check and see if there are stores around where you can go to buy things in the event that you forget something or need something extra. For us it was extremely helpful to have a store somewhat like a Target/Wal-Mart called Mega where we could buy extra string lights. They also had Office Max there so if you forgot any stationery stuff, you could easily go and get some more. So it would be helpful to check if you can minimize your luggage by getting some things when you get to your location. BUT we thought our bags would be less packed on our way home and they were not. Not only did some people bring me things that I didn't expect but I also ended up bringing 5 sets of string lights back home because the wedding coordinator duly returned it to us without me having the chance to tell her to keep it. My husband told me we could use it to decorate our place for the holidays so guess what he's going to be doing this weekend? Ha ha.
But this was all possible because we cut down on what we brought to wear. My husband is really efficient in packing and I've gotten pretty efficient myself (although I do tend to bring a couple of more things than necessary). Since the clothes were all summer clothes too, it helped with space issues. And we had to be realistic about shoes (these take up the most space in my opinion). I brought a pair of heels that I only wore once on a girls' night out so I could have done without it. And we omitted bringing tennis shoes because we were certain we'd be walking around more in flip flops or our lightweight Converse shoes.
I also think it helped that we didn't have a bridal party and OOT bags. I know OOT bags are really nice and I did want to give people some things. But I ended up realizing that there wasn't an efficient way to do that for me without having to run around all over town to greet people as they flew in (since my guests weren't all staying at the same place). So practically it wouldn't have worked out too well either. What we did instead was meet people at various times (if they flew in earlier in the week) and had lunch or dinner with them. I think they appreciated that personal attention a lot as one of my guests told me that they felt very special and cared for, which was good to hear!
I hope that helps! Feel free to ask me any more questions and ask me to clarify if necessary!
Originally Posted by Brenners
Pucca, how many items did you bring with you versus using what the resort or a wedding planner had? My FI and I are debating about the amount of checked baggage and carry on we will have and I am trying my darndest to keep it to a minimum! I don't want to lug several bags and a wedding dress through airports and customs!