Flying with my wedding gown

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
1566 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

kthy956:  following, because I’m thinking about bringing my wedding dress up to my summer vacation for some photos.

Post # 3
31 posts
  • Wedding: July 2015

Following as well.


I fly out in 7 weeks and my dress is garmet bagged only. I called the airline to see if it is okay i bring it and their response was … “it has to fit in the carry on luggage size requirements” which it definately does not !!!!

Not too phased with Folding it in a carry on suitcase, as my venue will steam it out.

Post # 4
2385 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

kthy956:  I flew with my dress on both Southwest & airtran (a total of 4 flights) and just put it in large plastic dry-cleaning type bag, then a garmet bag. I also added in DH’s outfit just in case. I didn’t have any issues but many planes in their fleet no longer have closets. I just folded it in half at the waist & put it in the upper bin on top of everyone elses luggage, and made sure I was the first up so no-one touched it. I called the airline ahead of time and they said it counts as your carryon so you still get a purse (I just took a giant one!) but they didn’t say a thing about it fitting into carry-on size limits. I actually saw alot of guys with garmet bags as carry-ons at the airport in Denver (I assumed suits) so it’s not that uncommon. The other plus was that we got upgraded to first class for three of the flights once the gate agents saw my giant bridal garmet bag =)

Depending on the fabric I might be worried about vacuum sealing it- I know some fabrics wrinkle very easily while other seem to never wrinkle. My dress was satin with a mesh-ish lace overlay so wrinkles weren’t a worry (but I did hang it in the bathroom at the resort when we got in so the steam from the shower would smooth anything out). 

Post # 5
3047 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I took my dress on three flights: Toronto-Copenhagen, Copenhagen-Stockholm and Stockholm-Northern Sweden. I just used the gown bag I got from David’s Bridal. I had checked that I could bring it along with both airlines (Air Canada + SAS) and through all flights the staff was super helpful and friendly. It really does help to have a gown bag that clearly states bride on it, as soon as people see it they start to do their very best to accommodate your dress. At on flight they rebuild a closet for it (took out a bunch of shelves so that it could hang all by itself) and on another flight I got up to the first class closet where they had put it and the captain was there holding the dress wishing me all future happiness. 🙂

Post # 6
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had a giant poufy tulle ball gown. I took mine in two garment bags (the white one it came in and a heavy duty clear plastic one) and then carried an empty carry-on sized roller suitcase just in case they made me stuff it in (I tested it first and it would fit but I’d really have to squish the tulle). Even though the flight was completely full I still got an entire overhead bin to myself with no worries. On the way home I shoved it in the roller suitcase and gave it to my mom!

Oh I also put my purse inside the roller suitcase (so I guess not empty) so that if I did have to put my dress in it I’d still technically have my carry on and my personal item.

Post # 7
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

kthy956:  When I flew back from Halifax on an Air Canada flight over ten years ago back to my hometown (four or five hour flight) on a little plane I had my prom dress that we were bringing back. They were kind enough to hang it up for me (it was a poofy dress). I don’t know about now or if they will …

Post # 8
853 posts
Busy bee

kthy956:  I’m a flight attendant and have worked for three airlines. Having a closet you can hang it in is actually rare but not impossible. Depends on the type of aircraft you are flying in and regulations on what can be stowed In there. I suggest preboarding and laying it flat In the overhead bin and closing it so nothing else will be set on top there. The flight attendant will try to keep an eye on it during boarding but you should also do the same to make sure nothing else gets stacked on top of it. 

Post # 9
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I flew with a gigantic tulle ballgown that was super poofy. It had to fit through the xray scanner and when we boarded (We flew southwest) we ran to the back of the plane and folded it in half then took up the entire overhead bin above us. We had zero problems. It was in a garment bag.

Post # 11
6786 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

kthy956:  Do not let them gate check it, under any circumstances. This just happened to me flying Delta from JFK to ATL. They swapped the tags with someone else and it took me 5 days to get them to locate my bags. It wasn’t until I started crying on the phone that they actually tried, and after over 5 hours of phone calls, 5 days of waiting, and being told to start a claim for reimbursement, someone finally cared enough to get my bag to me. Thank god it wasn’t my wedding dress or there would have been hell to pay…..

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