One Bag Packing for a Wedding

In June, I was a bridesmaid for one of my dear sister friend’s wedding. I was also one of the photographers. One would think that this meant that I would have packed like an average person with a carryon and a personal item since I had both my camera and a floor-length bridesmaid dress. But no, friends, I did not. I’ll tell you why: I was flying Spirit airlines and didn’t pay for a bag. Even for a wedding. My summer budget was tighter than Kris Jenner’s browline. I barely had the funds to get the ticket and such. So let me give you the lowdown on how I maintained my one-ish bag packing set up, even for a wedding.

Borrow shoes: Firstestly (you read this absolutely correct), I am fortunate that most of my friends wear the same size shoe that I do. One of my friend’s and the bride all had extra shoes for me to borrow for the ceremony.


Fannypack the small things: Items that would typically go into my purse, went into the fanny pack: wallet, phone, lippie, etc. In place of a purse, I rocked the fanny pack and packed a tote bag as a purse when I needed it.

Camera Sleeve: Most airlines that I have flown do not say anything about carrying a camera in hand. Many times when I travel with my camera, I place it is a neoprene camera sleeve. I back my camera body and two lenses. When I am feeling extra McGuyver-like, I can fit my baby RodeMic and my battery charger. I do have to be careful that the weight does not pull the sleeve off the camera, dropping my lens. I have had this happen, and it is kind of terrifying.


Compress the dress: My bridesmaid dress was not super bulky. It was sleeveless and floor-length, which I thought I might be able to fold and flatten in a large ziplock bag. I received one in an order that I got in the mail soft packed it. Luckily, I was able to fold it as flat as possible and push the rest of the air out of the bag before fully sealing it. When I got to New York, I immediately took it out of the Ziploc bag and hung it up so that some of the wrinkles could begin to fall out. Those that did not, I steamed out.

Have you ever had to pack for a wedding in a small piece of luggage?

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I'm Sharde', I'm Doctor living in Houston! I'm a nerdy jetsetter, Master Packer and personal growth enthusiast. I share my tips, tricks, and soul searching adventures here and on my YouTube channel. I enjoy reading, photography, writing short stories, hanging out at the beach, skin care, and discovering new coffee shops. These days you can usually find me creating new photography projects, shooting with my camera, or planning my next adventure.

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