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Hi Ladies! Does anyone have a packing list for guest? I'm looking for something simple that I can add to my website and/or print out to send with the pre-wedding stuff.  Or for those brides who have already traveled, what did you suggest for your guest to pack/bring? My wedding will be at Excellence Playa Mujeres, in Cancun, Mexico.

 

Thanks!

Sara

 

 

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Great question! I'd love to put a more extensive list on my site as well, especially since a lot of people haven't really gone on a tropical or all-inclusive vacation before.

 

Here's what I have right now:

 

"What to Pack:

-Your passport!
-Some of the restaurants have a "casual elegance" dress code, so men should bring some sort of casual dress shirt and pants/shorts, and women can wear a sundress (it can double as your wedding outfit!)
-We'll be saying "I Do" on the beach, and we don't want anyone to melt--your wedding outfit should can be light and casual - shoes optional :)
-LOTS of sunscreen--even if you tan easily in the States and don't usually need sunscreen, the Cancun sun is brutal, so you'll want to reapply often.
-Hat and sunglasses
-Bring tennis shoes if you want to go on any excursions (Chichén Itzá, Four wheeling, etc.)

What NOT to Pack:
-Despite what you've heard, Cancun water is perfectly safe to drink (since it's a resort area, it has a water filtration system), so don't worry about bringing water bottles.
-The resort has towels, so you don't need to bring beach towels.
-You'll be spending most of your time in your swimsuit, so there's no need to overpack--flip flops, a few t-shirts a pair or two of shorts is plenty (plus your wedding outfit!)
-Jeans - it'll be too hot to wear them."

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Thanks @rachelia 160! Most of the people coming live at the beach in North Carolina, so we know all about beach stuff, but most have never been to an all inclusive resort.

I'm the type of person who wants many back up plans and to know everything, so planning a wedding has and hasn't been very fun for me. I'm learning to let go, but I also know I'll be getting questions from everybody too.

Your list is great, what about adding beach cover ups? I recently joined my finance on an over night business trip, and I packed swim suits( so I would have something to do while he was working) but forgot a cover up. So I had to walk through the hotel in one of his t-shirts.

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Thanks @rachelia 160! Most of the people coming live at the beach in North Carolina, so we know all about beach stuff, but most have never been to an all inclusive resort.

I'm the type of person who wants many back up plans and to know everything, so planning a wedding has and hasn't been very fun for me. I'm learning to let go, but I also know I'll be getting questions from everybody too.

Your list is great, what about adding beach cover ups? I recently joined my finance on an over night business trip, and I packed swim suits( so I would have something to do while he was working) but forgot a cover up. So I had to walk through the hotel in one of his t-shirts.

 

I'm the EXACT same way--I'm very type A, and feel very responsible for everyone having the best time possible, so I want to have everything and everyone hyper organized and planned to a T with back-ups for my back-ups, but that's hard to do with a destination wedding.  Some people, especially on this site, are super into planning and I'm so jealous--if it were up to me, I'd let someone else organize and plan the entire thing and just show up with everything being a surprise!

 

Adding beach cover-ups is a great idea, I'm adding that to my site right now!  Thanks!

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I put this on our website - some are geared for our resort and reviews I had read on trip advisor (marble slippery, etc.) 

 

Resort 'Good to Knows'

We have compiled a list of 'good to know' information regarding our research of this resort, as well as trips we have taken in our past.

1. If available, bring water shoes. Some points of entry into the ocean can be rocky due to broken coral.
2. Snorkelling equipment is available on site, but if you have your own you should bring it. We hear the snorkelling there is fantastic.
3. Men need to have long pants for the A'la Carte restaurants. A casual pair of shoes would be helpful, as well as an extra 'golf' shirt that wouldn't be classified as a t-shirt.
4. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! The sun can be relentless.
5. If you are able to bring more than one bathing suit I highly recommend it. With the humidity your swim suit will most likely not dry over night. 
6. Women should consider a swim-suit cover-up. Makes it easy to leave the beach and have lunch, etc. Usually they won't let you into the buffets in just a swim suit.
7. Flip flops are perfect, but if you plan to do some walking you should bring some casual shoes/walking shoes. Also some A'la Cartes would expect women to have 'fancier' flip flops for dinners.
8. Tipping isn't mandatory, but we tip some while on vacation. Have USD or Mexican Pesos on hand. Nothing over the top!
9. BUBBA's!! (can't believe I left this until #9) The weather is hot, the drinks are flowing, and their cups just aren't big enough! They have no problems filling any sort of insulated beverage mug, which keeps your drink cold and cuts down on trips to the bar!
10. This can be considered a large resort, so be prepared to walk some.
11. You aren't advised to drink the water in Mexico. They provide bottled water for drinking and for brushing your teeth! Most ice cubes and machines on site use filtered water for us, but to be safe I tend to travel with pepto, immodium, and possibly an rx from the doctor.
12. Lots of marble at this resort that can be slippery when wet. Also keep an eye on the integrity of the balconies before you lean on them!

 I also made sure on our pre travel brochure to speak about passports, ID's, travel documents, using the in-room safe, etc.  Sunglasses, hats, etc. (I also told them to bring these to the wedding as they can't get back to their room easily as we are in a secluded area)

I also mentioned numerous times to bring enough sunscreen, aloe, shampoo, etc. as it's pricey on the resort.  Also to bring stuff in case you get an upset stomach/diarrhea, etc. LOL!!!!

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Thanks Kim! Once again you have provided me with great knowledge!

Yesterday I started to put together a packing list, I'll post it here when I get to my computer and figure out how.
 

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I'm the EXACT same way--I'm very type A, and feel very responsible for everyone having the best time possible, so I want to have everything and everyone hyper organized and planned to a T with back-ups for my back-ups, but that's hard to do with a destination wedding.  Some people, especially on this site, are super into planning and I'm so jealous--if it were up to me, I'd let someone else organize and plan the entire thing and just show up with everything being a surprise!

 

Adding beach cover-ups is a great idea, I'm adding that to my site right now!  Thanks!

@rachelia 160, I too wish I could be as organized with the planning as other ladies on this site!

 

Where I'm from, North Carolina, you are kinda expected to know how to do all of the wedding stuff. I thought I knew a good amount until I really started planning. I'm quickly learning there are so many little details I never thought of, and these little things are what's so stressful to me. Also, I've calmed down and started going with the flow, because I know so many things are out of my control and will change many times between now and my wedding date in June 2016.

 

Yes, having it all done would be nice! I thought a destination wedding would be easier simply because the resort handles everything.

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@rachelia 160, I too wish I could be as organized with the planning as other ladies on this site!

 

Where I'm from, North Carolina, you are kinda expected to know how to do all of the wedding stuff. I thought I knew a good amount until I really started planning. I'm quickly learning there are so many little details I never thought of, and these little things are what's so stressful to me. Also, I've calmed down and started going with the flow, because I know so many things are out of my control and will change many times between now and my wedding date in June 2016.

 

Yes, having it all done would be nice! I thought a destination wedding would be easier simply because the resort handles everything.

I'd be clueless if it wasn't for this site. I've spent hours on here and the internet in general :) you are doing great

 

 

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Here is what I came up with for a packing list. I have it in a pretty document, but I can't seem to get the document to upload to this site so here are the words I used:

 

Personal Documents:

**Please make two copies of all documents. Pack one in your luggage (separate from what you will carry on the plane), and leave the other copy with someone who is not traveling with us. Also, contact your bank and credit card companies to notify them of your travel plans.

 

· ID

· Passport

· Credit Card

· Copy of Travel Insurance

· Airplane Tickets (be sure to check the TSA website regarding specifics on baggage requirements.)

· Confirmations for pre-booked Excursions and/or Spa Treatments

· Cash (Small bills for tips)

Travel Aids:

· Reading materials

· Gum

· Electronic devices with chargers

· Headphones

· Hand sanitizer

· Anxiety / Motion Sickness meds.

· Empty water bottle (to fill up one you have passed TSA screenings)

Toiletries:

· Toothbrush/toothpaste

· Make-up

· Hair care items

· Shampoo & Conditioner

· Soap

·  Lip balm

· Nail file

· Shaving needs

·  Glasses, extra contacts

·  Prescription medications (in original containers)

· Sun Screen*

· After sun care (Aloe Vera)*

· Insect repellent *

· Pain relievers*

·  Band-aids*

· Stomach medications*

*We will have extra of these if you need them, they are expensive at the resort, so it’s always a good idea to bring them with you.

Electronics:

· Camera with charger or extra        batteries

· Cell Phone- remember to put in         airplane mode so you don’t incur roaming charges

· Laptop/ Tablet- Resort has free WiFi

 

Women:

· Swim Suits (2 or more)

· Beach Cover Ups

· Comfortable walking shoes for         excursions

· Sandals & Flip Flops

· Dressy shoes for dinner and wedding reception

· Shorts and T-Shirts

· Sundresses & Skirts

· Long paints and/or jeans

· Cardigan or light jacket for cool nights and for the airplane

· Wedding Attire

· Undergarments

· Sleep clothes

· Jewelry, Accessories, Sunglasses

· Hat

· Small purse or wristlet

· Beach bag

Men:

· Swim Suits (2 or more)

· T-Shirts, shirts to wear on the beach or during excursions

· Comfortable walking shoes for excursions

· Flip Flops

· Closed Toe Shoes/ Shoes for dinner *

· Nice shirts for dinner*

· Long Pants* and Dress Shorts*

· Wedding Attire

· Undergarments

· Sleep clothes

· Watch, Accessories, Sunglasses

· Hat

*Per resort’s dress code

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Looks good!

 

I have saw some brides on here use cute 'tear pad' ones too. I found them at Chapter's but they were kind of pricey for this budget bride.  So making it yourself if totally awesome!  I also found some on pinterest.

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