(Closed) How do you take a ball gown on an airplane?

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I am commenting because I am interested. I too need to fly with a ballgown.

I was going to call the airline before I flew (We haven’t decided who we’re flying with yet) to see if they would have the ability to stow it if I brought it to them ahead of time, and I’m not too keen at throwing it in an overhead bin, but I might just have to. If I can get my husband to wear his uniform, we can board early and I can ensure that I have an entire overhead bin to myself.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My alterations guy told me that many brides have had to buy their dress a seat! Sounds crazy but especially with a ballgown! Many airlines arent letting you store them above anymore because so many people are traveling with carry on luggage only bc of the extra luggage fees. The above space is very tight now. We are having a DW but luckily we can drive. I would be calling your airline asap to find out their policy on large wedding gowns. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Taking a Wedding Gown on an airplane isn’t easy, because there are many issues that come into play.

Prep – Packing – Carry On Luggage Requirements (limits & size) – as well as Storage once aboard

Don’t count on getting it hung up for you… or even into an overhead bin (doubtful you’d ever get one to yourself)

This topic has been discussed many times before on WBee… use the WBEE SEARCH feature, type in – Dress on plane – to see past topics, and experiences some Brides have had.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza

Also tagging this post.  We live in Michigan, but we be getting married in New York.  I plan to do the same thing as the PP and call the airlines when it gets closer to that time and we are looking at flights.  I was reading that you can buy specific boxes to have the dress packed into and or you can ask the bridal salon to help you pack it into your carry-on.

They talk about it a little here:

http://www.bridalguide.com/blogs/bridal-buzz/how-to-pack-your-wedding-dress

I had a better article that I had read before, but I can’t currently find it.  When I see it again I’ll add it to this thread.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Anybody flying first class? Any easier that way? We booked first class to our destination at least just one way in hopes that it will be easier to store. or at least give me more room to hold it if I have to. My gown isn’t a ball gown, but I’m still curious nonetheless.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Dont stress. My friend took her dress  to Italy. It was packed it in a carry on bag. Her dress was the adorae- train was huge too. we carefully folded it and she took an extra large purse For all that she needed on the flight. She made her fiancé  take a backpack (his purse) and a carryon. If you fly a discount airliner they tend to be very strict. 

She immediately unpacked the dress after the flight and let it breath. the dress said not even need to be steamed. I am sure if your dress was wrinkled that u can find someone to gently steam at dry cleaners nearby. She haallocated an Italian dry cleaners just in case (she got a rec  from her hotel and wedding planner) 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Here’s a possibly nerve-wracking idea…but could you ship it?  We are driving to our DW so it’s just going for the car ride, but I considered shipping it in a “dress box.”  I worked in retail for years and maybe gentling folding it into a box on the hanger or on a garment bag flat and mailing it (insured, secure, etc) to the hotel would work.

I knew someone who got married in another state (his hometown) and had it shipped directly to the local dry cleaner who recieved it and steamed it for her to pick it up in a few days.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My dress was the Blue by Enzoani – Dabra. The dress is HUGE. I took mine to Vegas via Southwest Airlines. They don’t have anywhere to hang it, so I put mine in a garbage bag and bought a heavy duty dress bag, so in essence it had 3 bags: the garbage bag, the original Enzoani dress bag that came with the dress, then the dress bag.

I folded the bag in half to get through the airport and brought it as a carry on. I don’t recommend checking it in case they lose it. I asked if I could hang it up, but they wouldn’t allow me to, so I laid it flat on top of other peoples luggage.

It didn’t wrinkle at all surprisingly! However, if you do find it wrinkles, just keep it in the dress bag and hang it in the bathroom for a few minutes and run a hot shower.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would look into the policy of the airline you’re flying with. I recently did this and realized that the airline I’m flying with doesn’t allow dresses to lay in overhead bins, so I have to fit mine into a carry on luggage, not ideal Undecided

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My friend flew from Texas to Maine with her wedding gown and she bought a seat for it. I would do the same – I wouldn’t want my dress out of my sight!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You can buy a portable steamer for about $40 on amazon. Have your local dry cleaner prep and pack the dress so it fits in a carry-on and plan to steam it when you arrive. Even flying first class doesn’t guarantee you’ll have access to a closet; many planes don’t have closets any more. If you’re given the option to pay more for a lower boarding position, take it. Whoever boards first gets first dibs on the overhead space. Find out if you’ll be flying on any commuter jets as some, like Canadair Regional Jets and the smaller Embraers, have very tiny overhead bins; a regular rollaboard won’t fit. 

Dont bother calling the airline. The phone agents won’t know in advance if your plane has a closet or if the other passengers will fill up the bins before you get on.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

I bought a large, hard shelled Samsonite suitcase and packed the dress (With garment bag) in that. My dress was a massive, corset top, tulle bottomed ballgown. It travelled just fine! (I checked the case). My flight was from London to New York.

FYI – unless you fly 1st class, most airlines won’t be able to guarantee wardrobe space until you check in and it’s unlikely they could accomodate a ball gown. (What my enquiries revealed).

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My dress wasn’t a ball gown but had a long train. I bought a carry on suit bag and very carefully folded it into that. I put tissue paper between the layers of fabric because that’s suppose to help it form wrinkling. I did the same with my cathedral length veil. We flew to Ireland and there wasn’t a lot of space in the overhead bins. Mostly due to pretty much everyone having those hard shell carry on bags. O. The plus side, I was able to put my dress on top of everyone’s huge carry ons so it didn’t get squished. 

I hung my veil in the bathroom spread out and left it there to steam while people were showering. I had my dress steamed at a dry cleaner because some of the silk was wrinkled. 

Id say don’t count on there being space to hang it. A ball gown is pretty big so even if there is a closet, there might not be space. Even if you bring a hard shell carry on suit case, there might not be room in the overhead near you. On the way back, my dress was on the other end of the plane but by then I didn’t really care. 

Post # 16
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Newbee

Definitely do some research and check your airline’s website or call them.  If your airline doesn’t have a policy, it depends on how full the plane is. My sister flew business class across the country with her wedding dress on Virgin America, and her flight attendant pulled out all the stops to locate an overhead compartment for the gown.  And then she brought my sis and her hubs some complimentary champagne. 🙂

The dress was totally fine.

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