Getting Organised

21 Things to Pack for a Wedding in Marbella

On top of the standard list of things to pack when you’re going away, there are a few things you’ll want to double-check are in your suitcase (or hand luggage) before you leave home. Sunblock, swimwear and sandals are of course important, but you can’t buy a new passport in Spain…

Carry-on Luggage

  • Passports
  • Boarding passes / flight tickets
  • Wedding rings
  • Wedding dress and suit, including shoes and underwear
  • Birth certificates and spare copies (Gibraltar weddings only)
  • Euros / bank card

Important Documents

  • Hotel reservation
  • E111 health card
  • Travel Insurance documents
  • Wedding planning binder
  • Orders of service / programs, vows and speeches

Wedding Items

  • Gifts for family, wedding party and partner
  • Guest favours
  • Cake topper
  • Wedding jewellery, tiara, cufflinks etc.
  • Seating plan and place cards (if not provided by the venue or decorator)
  • Traditional Ceremony celebration items (i.e. personalised unity candle, if you are having one)
  • Ring bearer accessories (i.e. Pillow)
  • Decorations
  • Guest book
  • Chalk or talcum powder to disguise any marks on your dress

Don’t forget to check your baggage allowance with your airline, and arrange for extra luggage if required.


Preparing for the Big Day

The benefit of a wedding planner is that they will handle most of the details for you, and help you keep on track of your “to do” list. There are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind over the last few weeks in the run up to your wedding day.

The Month Before

  • Make sure your UK registry office appointment is booked (it requires one month’s notice).
  • Double check where your passports are, and that they are in date (it takes 3 weeks to get a new one). Make your wedding party do the same.
  • Check your flight reservations and book your travel to the airport.
  • Start breaking in your shoes (you’ll thank yourself later).
  • Set yourself a strict bedtime to make sure you get plenty of sleep.
  • Arrange for a neighbour to look after plants or pets while you’re away.
  • Have your final dress fitting and collect it, or make arrangements for it to reach your hotel.
  • Write thank you cards as you start receiving your gifts.
  • Call any guests who have not sent an RSVP.
  • Confirm head count with caterers and vendors.
  • Book travel insurance

Two Weeks Before

  • Start packing so you can identify anything you need to buy or wash.
  • Plan your back-up dress (you might want to change into something more comfortable for the reception or after-party).
  • Pay final balances to your vendors.
  • Delegate any last-minute tasks (collecting and returning suits, transporting wedding gifts etc.) to your wedding party.
  • Confirm that any licenses and legal requirements for your marriage are in place in the UK and Spain.

One Week Before

  • Do a dress rehearsal with the whole wedding party, in case any alterations are needed.
  • Practice reading your vows out loud.
  • Clear your email inbox – particularly checking for last minute messages from vendors.
  • Indulge in a manicure and pedicure.
  • Don’t forget to make some time to be with your fiancé.
  • Check in with the co-ordinator of your day, in case of last-minute notes or changes.
  • Spend an afternoon getting a spray-tan and manicure with your bridesmaids.
  • Prepare tips for vendors (if required) and favours for the bridal party.