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Destination Wedding Packing Hacks – What Not to Pack!

 

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Planning a destination wedding is no piece of cake. It takes months and months of organizing, inviting and coordinating! Oh and let’s not forget, the pain of packing for those invited! It’s completely unlike packing for any other vacation—given how fragile and expensive your wedding items can be, you’re definitely going to be under immense pressure and stress. The trouble of customs and excess luggage can instantly send you in a tizzy. But don’t you worry, because we’ve got you covered with a list of what NOT to carry to the next dream destination wedding you’re attending. Read on to find out!

Your entire collection of real jewelry

Let’s face it, when you’re travelling to another city or country, there is always the possibility of luggage going missing. Or what if something gets misplaced at the hotel? That’s why it’s better to stick to semi-precious baubles instead of the real deal.

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Luxemi Pick: Floral Diamonique and Pearl Set

Never-ending layers

There’s no debating that you want to look your best. You’ve probably even purchased a fair share of heavy lehengas and anarakalis, but how are you going to pack them? Clothing with layers of can-can are best avoided. Choose lighter options like sleek kurtas and fuss-free saris that are easy to pack.

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Luxemi Pick: Pink peony printed sari

 Fragile items

You do not want to see your precious Indian wear getting ruined. Heavily embroidered saris or particularly delicate ones, stiff corset blouses, and lehengas with plenty of work should not be stuffed into your suitcase. They deserve extra TLC so save them for a wedding in your hometown.

 

Uncomfortable heels

Doesn’t matter if you’re the bride or the guest; weddings mean hours of standing and socializing and, of course, dancing! Don’t pack heels that will leave your feet sore the next day, making it difficult for you to enjoy the rest of the festivities. Opt for wedges and platforms over stilettoes for maximum comfort. There’s nothing like flats, of course!

Too many hair appliances

Don’t carry your entire arsenal of heavy hair appliances. Most hotels have hair dryers and, if you’re looking to get ironing or curling done, there is bound to be a salon nearby. Or, coordinate with your friends so you aren’t lugging your entire bathroom cabinet with you!

Tell us what you would avoid carrying to a destination wedding in the comment bow below! 

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Luxemi’s Ultimate Exotic Wedding Destination Guide

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Image courtesy: Anita Dongre

This is unarguably our favorite time of the year. Wonder why? Thanks to the weddings galore lined up, but of course! Who doesn’t love a good Indian wedding, and luckily for us, our mailbox is filled with invites and calendar already choc-a-block.

As much as we love the nonstop singing and dancing, delectable spread of food and OTT outfits of this desi extravaganza, there is another Big Fat Indian Wedding trend that gets our seal of approval — destination weddings! In a bid to achieve ‘picture-perfect’, no destination is off the cards and no exotic locale is being left unexplored. Trust us when we say that destination weddings are indeed the way to go. So, we round up some of our favorite exotic locations along with style notes on what to pack for each of these cities. Hope couples all set to tie the knot (and their wedding planners) are listening!

DESTINATION: Istanbul, Turkey

Perfect for: A culture-soaked affair

Istanbul has fast catapulted into a hot spot for Indian weddings and with good reason at that. Turkey’s largest city is perfect for a themed OTT celebration reminiscent of a grand Turkish bazaar.

Hotel extraordinaire: It doesn’t get any better than the Ciragan Palace Kempinski. A flamboyant time beckons.

Wedding at Ciragan Palace

Wedding set up at Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul

What to wear: Go for a hint of Middle Eastern glamour. Our coffee colored sari with beaded applique work fits the bill. Team it with a beaded gold headpiece and winged eyeliner to turn heads.

Luxemi copper net sari for Istanbul wedding

Nothing better than this beaded copper Luxemi sari for the occasion.

DESTINATION: Florence, Italy

Perfect for: A fashionable wedding

This charming Tuscan city provides the ideal backdrop for a champagne clinking, air kissing sort of wedding extravaganza. Look no further for a destination wedding that epitomizes classy and chic.

Hotel extraordinaire: Located along the Arno River, the St. Regis Florence makes for a discerning choice.

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A chic wedding at St. Regis Florence

What to wear: Sophisticated chic is the look we’d go for. This black crinkle georgette sari with knit work border paired with a gold and silver blouse by Wild Orchid will help you nail the look. Finish it with polki earrings and red haute lips.

Luxemi's Crinkle Georgette Saree

Black is always a good idea!

Saree blouse by Wild Orchid

This blouse by Wild Orchid will complement your saree

DESTINATION: Bali, Indonesia

Perfect for: A beach wedding

For those who wish to exchange their rings amidst the setting sun and lashing waves, it doesn’t get better than Bali. Skip the traditional route and party it up as you take the plunge.

Hotel extraordinaire: The glitzy W Retreat & Spa Bali –  Seminyak promises a glorious wedding along the Petitenget Beach.

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Wedding at W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak. Image courtesy: Apel Photography

What to wear: Our white and silver gota angarakha will allow you to keep it casual and classic without compromising on style. The gold and red mirror clutch by 5 Elements will give the ensemble the colorful reprieve it so needs.

Luxemi's white and silver gota angrakha salwar

This angarakha will transform you into a vision in white

5 Elements by Radhika Gupta clutch

Mirrorwork 5 Elements by Radhika Gupta clutch

 

DESTINATION: Udaipur, India

Perfect for: A royal rendezvous

As clichéd as Rajasthan may sound, it never fails to amaze with its imperial and grand ways. If a  fairy tale princess-like wedding is what you’ve always wanted, all roads do lead to Udaipur.

Hotel extraordinaire: If it’s Udaipur, it has got to be Umaid Bhawan Palace. Regal doesn’t even begin to do it justice.

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The Umaid Bhawan Palace Udaipur promises a royal setting

What to wear: Go unabashedly traditional in this gold leaf lehenga with velvet blouse by Malika Mathur complemented by a colorful kundan set and tikka.

Lehenga by Malika Mathur

This gold and green lehenga is the perfect traditional pick

You can also read more on the perfect Fall wedding looks as curated by Nishka Lulla here.

So, let the wedding season begin! We’d love for you to share your favorite vignettes and looks with us.

Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

 

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