packing for wedding season

Monday, May 20

It is the beginning of wedding season here which means lots of friends, love, dancing, champagne...and quick weekend getaways. Over the past few years I have mastered the art of fitting all my wedding weekend essentials into 1 carry-on and 1 personal item {no checking for me, thank goodness}. It's tough but with a little planning ahead also entirely doable. And the trick of it all is the Packing List!
I typically begin packing 2-3 days prior to lift-off. I check the wedding itinerary to see what types of events we will attend and the suggested attire; I watch the weather forecast to see if an umbrella and jacket will be necessary; and I begin the packing list. This process helps me hone in on exactly what I'll need and ensures that I don't over-pack {a trait many of us ladies seem to struggle with}. And most importantly, I never have to check my bag which saves me time, money and frustration.
Below is a sample list for what I took to our Greenville get-away this past weekend:

Weather: Isolated T-storms; High 85 / Low 64
AM: white jeans; pink blouse; white tanks; leopard belt; t-strap sandals
PM: peach Tibi dress; slip; Steven sling backs; white pashmina; Tory Burch clutch; jewelry

Weather: Scattered T-storms; High 83 / Low 66
GYM: sneakers; socks; sports bra; t-shirt and shorts
AM: cotton wrap dress, sunglasses, t-strap sandals
PM: black & pink MK dress; gold strap heels; pink pashmina; Tory Burch clutch; jewelry

Weather: Scattered T-storms; High 80 / Low 65
GYM: sneakers; socks; sports bra; t-shirt and shorts
AM: white jeans; navy J. Crew top; navy tank; leopard belt; polka dot flats

Extras / Carry-on
  • Umbrella
  • Electronics: cell-phone charger; iPad; camera
  • Downey Wrinkle Release spray {for those inevitable wrinkles}
  • Toiletries & Make-up
  • Hair appliances: curlers
And a few more tips!
  • ROLL! Whenever possible you should roll your clothes instead of folding them. It helps to save space and decreases wrinkles.
  • Use your personal item to your advantage. I just got the Lo & Sons bag for Christmas and can't rave about it enough. It has so many wonderful pockets and compartments so I don't have to waste suitcase space for things like chargers, my camera, jewelry, etc.
  • I usually plan to re-wear most of my plane outfit {I'll switch out the shirt} because I don't get much wear out of it and that means more space to look cute where it counts :)
  • Because security is so strict these days, don't forget to pick shoes that are easy to slip on and off at the airport. I also like to wear my bulkiest pair so they don't take up room in my suitcase {this pertains mainly to boot season}
  • If there is extra room, I always like to throw in 1 extra outfit just in case
Enjoy! And safe travels. xo

P.S. I'll be back tomorrow with a re-cap of our amazing weekend in Greenville celebrating two of our favorite people

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