Bride running on beach in Cancun

10 things to bring to your Destination Wedding

I´ve been photographing destination weddings in Cancun for nearly 10 years now and I see couples forget to bring one or more of these items.

1) Hanger for the Dress

I love those hangers from Etsy with your name on them, but if that is not your thing, please bring a nice hanger from home. Anything is better than the 10 cent plastic one that comes with from the dry cleaner’s.

Do not rely on the resort. Most resorts have the kind of hangers that only hand in the closest so you cannot steal them and as a result, will not work for hanging your dress.

2) Safety Pins

You need them and can be a lifesaver, so pack a few in different sizes. And if the groom is wearing a tie, it’s important that he, either brings a tie clip or a small safety pin to stop his tie from flying in the wind. (The safety pin can be used from the back so you do not see it, so either works well.)

3) Makeup Fixer

With the heat, humidity, wind and salt in the air, makeup fixer is a must-have for getting married here in the Riviera Maya. Without it, your makeup will literally sweat off your face in a couple of hours


Bride getting final touches of makeup at wedding in Tulum.

4) Scissors

Please bring them. After seeing bridesmaids ripping dresses trying to get tags off to trying to hide the tag from the veil in the bride’s hair, moments before she walks down the aisle -I’ve seen a lot of times a small pair of scissors would come in handy.

5) Pin in your veil

Never walk out the room without the comb of the veil bobby pinned to your hair. One time I had a hairstylist tell the bride: “It’s really in there, there is no way it will come out.” only to see the veil come out and land 15ft in a tree. I have yet to see a hairstylist at a ceremony, but I have seen a lot of veils come out or be so loose that the bride is more worried about it than what is happening at the ceremony. So please, put on a bobby pin in the comb from each side and enjoy the rest of your day.

Bride having veil put in at Cancun wedding

6) Thank You sign

I’m putting this on the list because I wish more people would bring them. I love props, and especially things that make your wedding special and unique as itt helps me customize your photography for you.

And remember, it’s going to be windy, so the solid ones are better than the ones on a string.

7) 100% Cotton shirts for the Guys

My guess it that it is hotter and more humid here than where you are from and I learned quickly to wear 100% cotton shirts. I find that they are at about 10 degrees cooler then blended shirts and I wrote an article on it here How to Stay Cool(er) on your Wedding Day.

Please make sure it is a fitted shirt and in hindsight, I have never seen a guy forget his shirt. But getting the right shirt is equally important.


.Groom walking down aisle in Tulum

8) Proper Bustle for the Dress

This is not so much forgetting but rather getting the wrong thing as I have seen many bustles break on wedding dresses!  If your dress can handle it, I suggest a French bustle. They tie together underneath the dress and are stronger than pins or buttons.

9) Lots of Hairspray

If you or your girls are doing their own hair, remind them to get high humidity hairspray and bring LOTS of it. Expect your hair to do some crazy things in the humidity here in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Research this and bring lots of it because the humidity here is very high.

10) Talk to your bridesmaids about the wind.

There is a 90% chance it will be windy on your wedding day. So please talk to your bridesmaids about this and make sure they choose a hairstyle where their hair is up or under control. This is such a big thing for us that we talk to every bride at least three times about the importance of having their hair under control. And if you want more information on this, I have an article on How to wear your hair for a beach wedding. If you want great photographs, it’s really important you consider the wind.


I hope you have found this article helpful and at least one of these things will help. Weddings in Cancun and the Riviera Maya are fun relaxed events where everyone has a great time celebrating your love.

Thank you,
Dean Sanderson
Mexico Wedding Photographer

10 Things people forget at their Destination Wedding