Weekend getaways are usually pretty simple to pack for. When they revolve around attending a wedding, however, things can get a little tricky. Now a lot depends on the formality of the event and how far you have to travel, but with a few basic guidelines you can make your packing incredibly easy (even when you don’t know exactly what the weekend has in store). For this post, we will assume that it is a Saturday wedding and you are not involved in the ceremony.
Day 1 - Arrival
|Shirt by J.Crew; Pants by Billy Reid; Sneakers by Converse; Watch by|
Nautica; Antique silver bracelet; Tote by AllSaints; Garment bag by Tumi
When you travel, it’s important to be comfortable. When travelling for a wedding, it’s also important to dress somewhat nicely. Depending on how close you are to the happy couple, you might be introduced to friends, colleagues, or even family.
If at all possible, you want to avoid travelling in your wedding attire. It doesn’t matter how nice your suit it, it’s going to look a little rough after you’ve been sitting in a car (or plane) for a while. Try to book your accommodations to allow a day, or at least a few hours, to settle in and get ready. Either way, as soon as you arrive, you will want to unpack and hang your wedding attire to let the wrinkles start to hang out.
Day 2 – The Wedding
The wedding that I was attending had a loose ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ theme and a ‘festive attire encouraged’ dress code. Since it’s summer and a less formal dress code, I opted for a cotton suit and some more interesting shoes paired with a more whimsical shirt, tie, and pocket square.
Make sure you leave yourself enough time to shower, press/steam your clothes, and get dressed. Even worse than showing up underdressed to a wedding is showing up late. Personally, I like to start getting ready about two hours before I need to leave to make sure that I’m not rushing to press or shine anything.
|Suit, pocket square, and belt by Ted Baker; Shirt by |
Charles Tyrwhitt; Shoes by AllSaints; Tie by Alexander
McQueen; Tie bar by Link Up; Laces by Allen Edmonds
Day 3 – Brunch and Departure
|Sport jacket by BOSS Black; Shirt by Ted Baker; Chinos and pocket square |
by Gant Rugger; Boat shoes by Timberland; Belt by Brooks Brothers;
Socks by Corgi
Oftentimes there will be a brunch the morning after a wedding. Unless you are given specifics on how formal it will be, deciding what to wear can be rather difficult. I tend to overdress in general, so I will usually take a business casual approach - chinos, sport jacket, and sport shirt with no tie. If everyone else is in jeans and tees/knits, you’ll be stylishly overdressed. If for some reason, everyone is in a suit, you’ll be dressy enough to not feel out of place.
|Shirt by Psycho Bunny; Pants by Billy Reid; Sneakers by Converse;|
Sunglasses by Marc by Marc Jacobs; Watch by Nautica;
Antique silver bracelet; Nike FuelBand
Depending on what your plans are for the rest of the day, you may want to change before heading home. I was planning some scenic detours after checking out of the hotel, so I changed into something a little more comfortable but still put together, in case I ran into anyone from the wedding on my way out.
Whatever you decide to pack for a weekend wedding, the most important thing to remember is that it’s all about the bride and groom. Be respectful of the event(s) they have put together – and yes showing up in cargo shorts and a t-shirt because you didn’t schedule enough time to change properly is disrespectful. If you aren’t sure about the level of formality, especially when it comes to events surrounding the wedding that will often not have the specificity of dress written out on an invitation, don’t be afraid to ask questions. When in doubt, err on the side of caution and overdress. That goes not just for the wedding, but also for life.