DW brides: how much baggage did you carry?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Hey there!  My suitcase was 60 pounds i believe.  I was allowed to have my dress plus one carry on with me.  But the plane I was on wasnt small so the weight allowance was fairly large.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

@WYAtocha: Check with the airline if they are in the US. Usually they allow you 50lbs for free

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

@WYAtocha:  Drats. Have you looked into UPS/Fed Ex/DHL or whatever the Asian alternative to shipping companies is? Even when I fly from one state to another, I tend to pack a lot and end up shipping stuff to myself. It may be a little more expensive, but probably not expensive as paying the extra fee on the airlines.

In any event, good luck and enjoy your wedding day. Many friends of mine have visited Thailand and the pictures have always been beautiful!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Yes I put it in the compartment that you put your carry on in.  They did say I had to arrive early, and be one of the first to board since my dress was so big…they wanted to make sure it fit

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

DWs are fun!

 

We were originally planning on sending our wedding stuff ahead since we were getting married in a small island where everyone will have to take a small plane flight AND a boat to get to the place. BUT since i worried much about our wedding stuff getting lost (i’m so attached to them coz i made like 70% DIY stuff for my wedding!), we decided to fly with our stuff and just paid for the extra baggage allowance. I called up the airline in advance to make sure they can accommodate our things and reserve the weight (in case the flight is full and other passengers will be bringing excess baggage too). Hubby and I had 1pc/15kgs checked-in allowance each, he had 7kgs hand-carry allowance, and we paid for additional 40kgs for all our wedding stuff.

 

I wasn’t allowed the usual 7kgs hand-carry baggage allowance since i carried my huge tulle ballgown wedding dress in a dress bag (i didnt wanna fold it inside a handcarry bag). We made all the airline arrangements ahead of time and flying in and out of our wedding island was actually a breeze.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had three bags between DH and I and our family had quite a bit as well. We also mailed quite a few things although some of the boxes got lost in transit which sucked!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@WYAtocha:  We each got to have two checked bags at 21kg each and we also each brought a carry on and carried our dress and his suit as carry ons as well

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

@WYAtocha:  I will be in Maui for 13 days for my wedding and honeymoon, followed by 3 more days in San Diego for a second reception hosted by my fiance’s mother.  As I will be away from home for 16 days, and traveling with a wedding gown and wedding accessorries, I anticipate needing two full sized checked bags, as well as a huge carry-on.  I am a little nervous about carrying on my gown!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Between the two of us, hubby and I had an allowance of 6 bags with 70 lbs. each for our flight from New York to South Africa and we did need all 6 of them for all the DIY stuff like programs, napkins, table runners, bunting etc. we were bringing! (Although we didn’t need all the weight allowance). As carry-on we only brought a small bag each, plus my wedding dress which didn’t count as carry-on. The crew was very accommodating and offered to put it in a wardrobe, but I just laid it flat into the overhead compartment. 

After the wedding we took a domestic flight on a low cost carrier and of course our allowance was nowhere near the one for the international flight! While a lot of the things got used during the wedding, we re-filled our suitcases with left over wedding wine – not really helping our bag restrictions, lol! One of ou friends who was flying with us took one of the bags and this time around we used the two smaller bags as carry-on. But we still ended up paying for 1 extra bag plus the extra weight on our two other checked bags, all in all about 100lbs. 

I guess it depends on what you are planning on bringing to your DW. We brought a ton of decor, a bit silly I know, but there was no way I would have shipped anything to SA, our mail to our friends over there gets lost all the time!

But I found that everyone at the airport and on the plane was really nice and excited beacuse it was our wedding 🙂

 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@WYAtocha:  Hey! 

I have just returned from my DW! You are going to have so much fun!

 

i carried my dress on board in a special bag that folds down into only just a tad bigger than airline requirements. the bag was great and carried my big poofy dress in, as well as my second wedding dress, my hubbies 2 suits, plus all accessories in different pockets. Yes it was a tad heavy, but I made tiny man carry it and they never weighed it, I just planned on pouting and explaining it was my wedding dress. I was worried about wrinkles and had planned to get it and the 2 suits steamed upon arrival… But after a 42 hour transit, there was not a single wrinkle in either dress or suits! WOW!!! 

Here is a link to the bag I bought.

http://www.amazon.com/WallyBags-Inch-Tri-Fold-Destination-Black/dp/B002B0CR0S


🙂 x

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