Post # 1
I’m leaving for my wedding in two weeks and am still stressed out about how to fly with my wedding dress. My original plan was to just bring it in the garment bag the salon gave me, and try to hang it in the closet or put it in the overhead bin, but everyone is telling me I’m crazy to do that! I do think I’ll feel better about it if I can find a good solid carry on bag that I can fit the dress into – that way I can guarantee they’ll let me bring it on the plane, and it will be more protected.
However, I’m not sure about what kind of bag my dress will fit into, that will still be allowed as a carry-on. Does anybody have suggestions? My dress has a pretty full skirt.
Post # 3
I was the Maid/Matron of Honor in my friend’s wedding in Vegas last year. I brought my dress on the plane in a garment bag and they hung it in the closet. My friend did the same thing with her gown (and it was quite a full ball gown). I think this is the best option. The flight attendants were really understanding and very helpful.
Make sure, whichever option you choose, you have a steamer available to you at your destination as, regardless if how you reansport your dress, it will get a little wrinkled during the trip.
Post # 4
i recently flew overseas with my dress and (gasp) i checked it! you can read about my experience here…I don’t think it is so bad to check it because if you insure the bag I think the airline pays very close attention to it. just a suggestion…
Post # 5
I don’t know about the type of bag, but have you tried calling the airline and asking them? I have heard if you call ahead there is more chance of being able to hang it in the closet!
Post # 6
I flew with my dress this winter, days beofre Christmas (ie, really crowded flights). I just carried it on in the garmet bag provided by the dress shop and the flight attendents hung it in the closet by 1st class without a question.
Think of it this way – most flight attendents are female and many of them are married. They understand how important your wedding dress is to you and aren’t going to make you stuff it in a suitcase or in the overhead bin. I think you should be just fine!
Post # 7
I got this bag: http://www.ebags.com/product/wally-bags/60-gown-bag/93256 I figured if I can hang it, great, if not, overhead bin it is, but at least is stored properly…
Post # 8
The wally bag looks great, @ccsr…but I just called Delta and they tell me their carry on bags have to be 22″ x 14″ x 9″, and that bag is definitely way too big =(
They also said they can’t guarantee that I’ll be let through security with the dress in the garment bag it came in, nor can they guarantee my flight attendants will let me hang it/put it in the overhead bin. If I’m lucky, it’ll all be fine, but their policies do indicate that I can be turned away, which makes me nervous…
Post # 9
I took the garment bag it came in and put my dress in the overhead. I was ready to put it on and WEAR IT into the plane if they wouldn’t have let me have it as a carry-on.
It worked out well and they let me take it, all smiles.