Has anyone taken their large gown on a plane in its garment bag?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I doubt they’ll make you check it;  but you will probably have to fold it to get it into the overhead. Your fellow passengers will most likely be more accomodating than the flight attendants, and may help you make room to put it on top of other stuff in the bin.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I did. I had a tulle ball gown. They required it to go through the scanner although on the way to our wedding I insisted it be manually checked. I had some horrible mental image of the xray chewing it up, but it went through fine on the way home.<br /><br />When I got to the plane, we flew Southwest so we did not have assigned seating. We booked it to the very back of the plane and took up an entire overhead bin ourselves & locked it. On our connecting flight to the wedding the stewardesses even took treats out of the storage compartment they use and let us put it in there.<br /><br />Overall, it flew fine. I got a lot of attention for carrying it around, a lot of comments (good ones) from nearly everyone we passed.

Post # 5
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Wannabee

I just got married in Las Vegas, flying from Chicago. I was so nervous about taking my dress on the plane. I didn’t have a huge dress, but it definitely had volume, and when the flight attendant saw it, she did make a comment about it being kind of big. I will tell you not to worry too much about it. Just make sure it can fit through the x-ray machine at security.

I asked the flight attendent as soon as I could locate one on my flight and she very happily told me it would not be a problem. Don’t bother asking the gate agent, they don’t know. I put mine in a closet near first class no problem. Check to see what kind of airplane you are taking and see if there is a closet, otherwise you will have to fold it up and put it in an overhead container. 

My dress did get a little wrinkled (its organza) and required steaming once I got to my location. But if you had a hand held steamer it would probably do the trick.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My best friend brought her huge, gorgeous, tulle aline gown on several flights in a garment bag.  She had no problem.  The flight attendant put her gown in the flight attendant closet (usually when you explain it is your wedding dress people are very accomendating).  I would talk to the service desk at your gate about it, and then the flight attendant once on board.  I’ve traveled with very expensive musical instruments that I didn’t want other people’s stuff by it, and have been offered the closet as well.  

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - TTC #2

JazzyGirl85: I carried my wedding dress on a plane. I put it in its garment bag and folded it into its own suitcase as opposed to carry-on luggage. It was fine and not too wrinked after I hung it up after I arrived.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I got to the flight a little early and asked them if they could hang it after telling them what it was.  They hung it in the closet for me for the whole flight.  But it’s not guaranteed–if another bride with a huge dress happens to get there before you there might not be any room.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My seamstress is packaging it for me in either my carry on or a travel garment bag (we haven’t decided yet). i have succumbed to the fact it will be in an overhead bin so shes going to make sure that it is packaged nicely as to not be damaged.  My only worry is if they decided to do special check on my bag and have to undo it all. I would never get it back together! 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Your local dry cleaner can probably vacuum pack the dress. Removing the air makes it take up a lot less space. Buy a portable garment steamer (they’re like $40 on amazon) to freshen it up when you arrive. If your garment bag can’t be folded, then get a different garment bag that folds and is under the size restrictions; the size rules are FAA rules, although some airlines set them smaller that what the FAA allows, so it’s not a safe bet that it will be allowed on the plane if it’s too big. You can also buy an extra seat for the dress. Don’t count on being able to hang it in the first class closet– not all planes have a closet and when they do, first class customers get first dibs, so it might be too full when you board.

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