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Packing tips for the bridal couple

Worried about how you’re going to carry your wedding baggage? Worry not, we get experts to save you the shipping charges…

WHAT TO PICK?

Bride: “Make sure you keep the locales in mind before picking your garb,” muses Nivedita Saboo, designer, Nivedita Saboo Couture. “Consider the climate when choosing your wedding dress and deciding on everyone else’s attire. You will be soaked in sweat if you pair your fairy tale satin gown with tropical humidity! Also, if you’re exchanging vows outdoors, you may want to reconsider a long train that will easily get muddy or grass-stained or three-inch heels that will stick in the mud,” adds designer Sounia Gohil.

Groom: “Apart from the destination, keep the timings of the event in mind. Lighter, pastel shades for morning functions and deep, bright, dark shades for evening/night functions work amazingly well,” says designer Paresh Lamba.

 

TRADITIONAL INDIAN ATTIRE

Bride: “Labelling is a must,” says Sounia, adding, “Unpacking is another ball game. It would be a nightmare to go through every box to find the jewellery for one function, so label the boxes.” Nivedita adds, “Use a layer of butter paper or muslin cloth between every fold to make sure that no embroidery and fabric overlaps or touches each other while packing Indian outfits. Also make sure that your outfits have the least number of folds possible. Keep your shoes in different pouches so that they do not mess up your clothes.”

Groom: “Pack look-wise or event-wise to save time. If you have the luxury of carrying the suits on hangers, then get appropriate covers that are damage-proof and waterproof; use double hangers so as to make sure the garments travel safely,” says Nivedita. Designers Shyamal and Bhumika add, “Carry the outfit in a straight jacket cover, make sure you tape butter paper around the embellishments if there are any; alternatively pick a piece that has detachable embellishments. Get it properly steam-ironed before wearing.”

HOW ABOUT A WHITE WEDDING?

Bride: “Apart from the butter paper at the folds, make sure the cover is dust-proof and is sealed well; the smallest speck of dust could be a dampener,” warns Sounia.

Groom: “Pack a coat-roller and a portable iron to get rid of the tiny creases that make their way into suits, pay the hotel laundry to get your tux ironed creaseless for your special day,” says Paresh.

 

MUST-HAVES

Bride: Nivedita adds, “A comfortable pair of footwear is a must, along with a clutch that goes with all your outfits, with your quick fix and a stunning pair of earrings.”

Groom: “Pack some kind of an accessory—a nice watch or a pocket watch, a bracelet; or if you’re wearing a suit, then a nice pocket square works,” quips Nivedita.

DOS:

✔ Label everything in sight

✔ Keep your makeup, perfumes and lotions in another bag

✔ Carry portable lint rollers, iron, safety pins, a sewing kit and a spare pair of shoes

✔ Inform the officials about bridal luggage to avoid mishaps

 

DON’TS

✗ Don’t carry unnecessary garments/accessories

✗ Do not change the folds that are once made, it will just make your garments crease more

✗ Do not stuff your luggage, it makes your garments crease and increase chances of staining

✗ Always place layers of clean muslin cloth between every layer

Photos: GETTY IMAGES

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