Post # 1
I live in New Orleans, so the memory of Katrina is all-too-fresh in my brain. I was a senior in high school when it happened, and to understate it, it REALLY sucked. Now we have Isaac threatening the coast, and I’m having some PTSD-like feelings. It is awful.
So, in a total first-world problem way, how the HELL do I evacuate with my wedding dress and invitations?! How do I protect it from damage in the car/store it? The hurricane is supposed to be here on Wednesday morning (the 7th anniversary of Katrina, no less), so I have a few days to get everything together if we need to leave.
Have any of you ladies had to evacuate (hurricanes, wildfires, etc.) with any wedding supplies? How did it go? How did you keep your dress (or whatever you bought) from getting damaged? Or did you leave it at home?
Post # 3
What type of garment bag did it come in? I definitely wouldn’t leave it at home if you are supposed to evacuate.
I don’t have any experience with that at all, but that really stinks. I can see why you would be stressed.
Post # 4
@rubyroad10 I wasn’t on the coast during Katrina, but it was bad where I went to school so I can only imagine the feelings you are experiencing. Do you have a waterproof storage container or bag of some sort you can store your dress in? I would bring it with me if possible, but I would make sure to secure it tightly.
Post # 5
@AmeliaBedelia: It’s in a polypropylene bag, so it is not at all water resistant. It’s just such a crap shoot because I don’t want to transport it all over and it get messed up, and then the hurricane not even land here. I was thinking about putting it in an interior room? I don’t know. It’s at my parents’ house, which is 5 ft above sea level…
Post # 6
I’ve had to evacuate for hurricanes before, but not with wedding supplies – the good thing (if any) about these things is we see them coming so far ahead, you have plenty of time to plan! I would buy small bubble wrap, wrap it around your dress, and then put it in garbage bags (if your dress didn’t come with one) and lay it on top of your packed cars’ contents, the last thing you put in. As for your invitations, if you have a small safe that’s fire and waterproof (ours also has a lock), I’d put all your important papers and contracts as well as wedding-related papers (like invitations) in that and store it in the trunk. Obviously, you know to never leave that in your car, right? If something unfortunately did happen, I’m sure you remember the looting that can happen after and you don’t want to be a target.
Post # 7
I don’t think you will ruin it by transporting it, unless it were to get wet. If it gets wrinkly, it’s something that can be steamed.
Perhaps you can go somewhere to get yourself a plastic garment bag. The dry cleaners? Macys? Put it in the garment bag you have and then put that in the plastic garment bag to keep it from getting wet.
Sorry you’re going through this. I hope that everything will be ok!!
Post # 8
@MrsWrangler: Both good suggestions. And yeah, I would never leave it in the car. I just remember evacuating for a hurricane when I was small (Andrew, maybe), and having pictures that we thought we were saving from flood waters get melted in the trunk from the heat when we were in transit to where we were evacuating. I just don’t want some freak accident to happen to my dress :/
@futuremrsk18: I’ll go take a spin by a dry cleaners when I go fill up my tank. Good suggestion.
Post # 9
I have never been through a natural disaster, but I think your decision really depends on where you are evacuating to. If you are going to stay at a friend’s or family member’s definitely take the dress. But if you are being evacuated to a public place where you will be living with strangers I’d say make preparations to keep the dress as safe as possible at home.
Post # 10
Sometimes you can find really big plastic storage tubs that are at least water resistant- If you used one of those and sealed it with a lot of packing tape it might help. I’m so sorry you have to go through this!
Post # 11
I don’t have any experience regarding this situation. I just wanted to wish you the best. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. (hugs)
Post # 12
@LizLemon: Yeah I evacuated from FL for Floyd and my most salient memory is just being completely stopped, on a highway, for a couple hours… everyone was milling around outside of their cars talking because we were going nowhere, and it sure got hot. That’s probably only a potential problem if your dress is heavily beaded – I’d put meltable stuff in your actual car, not the trunk if possible, and keep the AC running. You can come evacuate up here in AL, we will take care of your dress! Haha
Post # 13
For the invites, perhaps get those gallon (or bigger) ziploc bags. They come in large sizes. Maybe even a large garbage bag to wrap around your garment bag and seal with tape.
Post # 14
Ladies, thanks for your kind words. Hopefully this thing dissipates over the Gulf and we won’t have to worry about it! FI and I just finished picking up everything on the porch and making sure the window boards fit just in case, though. I’ll keep y’all updated.
Post # 15
Re the dress: Might you consider mailing it to a friend or family member not in the path of the storm? It might cost too much, but it is a possibility.
Post # 16
I would get one of those vaccum seal bags that you can get at like walmart. They are supposed to be dirt/water proof, you can put pretty much anything into them, they come in different sizes, and it will compact down your dress so that its actually easier to deal with should you have to evacuate. Good luck!