Post # 1
Destination brides! How are you getting your dress to your destination? I’d like to take mine as a carry-on, but would they even have a place to hang it up? Or would I have to fold it up and put it in a bag? My dress is not really pouffy so I guess I could do that, just wondering if anyone else had any ideas!
Post # 3
I am going to book my flights with a reputable airline (Flying from Australia to Thailand) and once the booking is made let them know that I will be transporting my dress. Getting to the airport really early is a good idea so that you when you check in you can talk to them about the possibility of hanging it up or even securing a overhead compartment just for your dress.
My dress isnt huge and is actually laying down in my FMIL wardrobe as I type, so I dont mind if it has to be in a locker. I am arriving at the resort a week before the wedding and taking a steam wand so if it is all wrinkled it shouldnt matter too much.
There is no way that anyone could convince me to have it as checked luggage though!!
Good Luck with it!
Post # 4
I bought my dress in Canada, but had to get it back to Australia first (we live here right now, my Fiancee is Australian) to get alterations done before the wedding in August. We asked on our way from Australia to Canada how they would be able to accommodate this, and they said don’t worry we can just put it up in the first class closet. That kind of made us not worry about things. Of course on the way back from Canada to Australia with the dress the story changed. They let me take it on as a carry on no problem, but there was no room in the first class closet due to a full flight. Didn’t worry me too much because I knew it still needed to be altered and steamed. No big deal. On the way to Hawaii though we are going to have to call ahead and make sure we can get it into the closet, and get there early. I suppose worse case scenario we could put it up in the overhead baggage compartment and get it steamed there. they definately accommodate the carry on thing no problem – this is all with VAustralia by the way though.
Post # 5
I’m flying from Pittsburgh to Mexico and taking my dress as my carry on. They should have a coat closet that they can hang it in or you can lay it flat in the overhead compartments. Most airlines should not have a problem with this. There is always that chance that you catch someone on a bad day and they make you stuff in it your bag but I think you (and hopefully me!) should be okay with is as a carry on!
Post # 6
I haven’t done it myself but I did hear you can request to hang it on first class closet. Just make sure you get there early to make sure they have room. Would hate to re-steam the whole dress.
Post # 7
I just came back from my DW. Took my dress as a carry on. On the first flight closet was full so I just layed it in the overhead bin, no problems. On the second flight they hung it for me in the closet. Most flight attendants have seen it before, especially if you are flying to somewhere tropical where they do a ton of destination weddings. Even on lots of airlines there is a section under their baggage policy that talks about wedding dresses.
Post # 8
It’s worth talking to a dry cleaner that specializes in wedding dresses. They know of all sorts of packing techniques that will prevent the dress from getitng crushed. Not all aircraft even have closets— many airlines (especially in the USA) took those out as a way to squish more seats in them, and some of the regional jets have never had closets at all. When there are closets, first class customers get first dibs. You should plan that it will end up in the overhead, and pack it accordingly, so you don’t have any unhappy surprises.
Post # 9
My mother is driving to our destination and she will be saving space in her SUV for my dress. I am very lucky to have that option. Good luck to all of you who have to fly with your dresses!
Post # 10
I’m flying with American and they said they will put it in the first class closet. If there is not room I am going to say something about it because I called months in advanced and asked if I need to have a note or something under my name to make sure.
Post # 11
We flew business class and the second we stepped on the plane the purser told us “oh, you can hang that up in the closet”. Phew! (Oddly enough, they didn’t realize until the very end of the flight that it was a wedding dress…. I guess women travel with gowns on the JFK-LAX route a lot.)
The salon I bought it from also knew we’d be flying with it so they packed it up accordingly, but we had scoped out cleaners at the other end just in case it needed to be steamed at the end of the trip.
Post # 12
i had to take 3 planes to get to my destination. first one was a small plane and they laid it flat for me with the rest of the carry on luggage. Second one i got to hang it in the “closet” – was a pretty small closet though so i basically stuffed it in there. Third plane i nearly had a breakdown as when i got on the plane, most of the overhead compartments were full, so they finally STUFFED it into one with someone else’s wedding dress. Basically i just had to get it steamed upon arriving at my destination. It was most important to me that i don’t check it so i could have it in viewing distance at all times while travelling.
Post # 13
I wanted to ask the same question! Thanks! My dress is simple (made of Chiffon) and not puffy so I hope it can be fit in a carry on 🙂 Otherwise I need to request to hang it some where on the air plane.
Post # 14
@Nat_can: You don’t have to fit it into a carry-on; assuming you’ve got it in a garment bag, just bring that on board with you. Sounds like your dress will travel well, so that’s a plus.