Buy It For The Wedding, Pack It For The Honeymoon!

by Rachel Wilkerson

The closer you get to your wedding, the longer the shopping list — we're talking everything from bridesmaid gifts to that perfect rehearsal dinner dress and accessories too. The good news? Some of those must-haves for your wedding are also the perfect take-along for your honeymoon. We rounded them up here: Ten items you can actually justify splurging on for your wedding below. (After you've finished your shopping list, click on over to our VW-sponsored Merge and Purge area from where you'll find lots of newlywed-worthy ideas on entertaining, decorating and more!)

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1. A Great Camera
No offense to your photographer, but it's nice to capture your wedding events and some of your wedding moments from you or your wedding party's POV. Plus, more importantly, getting great photos during your travels is a must. Honeymoon blog, anyone? (Canon Rebel T3 camera and lens, $449,

2. A Gorgeous Clutch
A pretty clutch holds your wedding essentials on your big day and your date night essentials on your honeymoon. Keep this close at hand! (Sanibel Clutch, $180, BHLDN)

3. A Pretty Cover-Up
Cover up during your ceremony or reception with a pretty shawl, then pack it in your carry-on to stay warm and stylish on the plane and when taking those romantic walks on the beach. (Cherished Heirloom Scarf, $120, BHLDN)

4. The Perfect Lip Gloss
A flattering lip gloss will make your lips look kissable after eight hours of dancing at your wedding or perk up your look after eight hours of flying. (Dior Addict Lip Glow, $30, Sephora)

5. A Stylish Carryall
Stash essentials in a cute tote for easy accessibility and then use it as your carry on as you head out of town. The bow on this Kate Spade bag adds a feminine touch and it comes in a variety of colors so you can add a pop to your wardrobe. (Kate Spade Tote, $158, Zappos)

6. Comfortable And Cute Pajamas
Pajamas may be one of those things you overlook when packing for the wedding, but put some thought into these! You'll likely be photographed getting your hair and makeup done in these cute, comfy clothes so choose wisely. The key is to pick something pretty but unfussy that will be easy to pull over your updo plus will serve you well wherever your honeymoon takes you. (Peppermint Lace Set, $124, Anthropologie)

7. A Garment Bag
Protect your wedding dress with a chic garment bag and hang your going-out dresses in it when you travel. This chevron pattern is especially stylish. (Navy Chevron Garment Bag, $124, Jendarling)

8. Colorful Heels
Why buy shoes you can only wear once? Brightly-colored heels are a fun “something blue" on your wedding day, and these work just as well with a dress or jeans for a casual look come the honeymoon. (Steven by Steve Madden Akcess Heels, $74.99, Piperlime)

9. A Cute After-Party Dress
Letting loose at your reception is not so easy in a ballgown. Change into a short white dress for post-ceremony and substitute your tall heels for bare feet or flip flops. The best part is this same dress will be perfect for a night of dinner and dancing on your trip — best accessorized with a beach glow. (Jill Stuart Polka Dot Fit N Flare Dress, $198, Nordstrom)

10. Portable Speakers
Portable speakers pump out your favorite getting-ready tunes the morning of your wedding, Carribbean music as you relax on the beach, and romantic classics in your hotel room later. Wink wink! (iLuv MobiTour Portable Wireless Speaker, $50, Urban Outfitters)

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