How to travel with my dress??

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: How should I transport my dress?
    Garment bag and hope they have space to hang it : (30 votes)
    70 %
    Carry on suitcase - put in overhead bin : (8 votes)
    19 %
    Cute "bride" box to go in overhead bin : (3 votes)
    7 %
    Other - please explain below : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @Glasgowbound:  posting to follow as ill be needing opinions too!

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Glasgowbound:  We are flying from San Francisco to Denver & then Denver to Cancun (and then a taxi & ferry)…. All our flights are with AirTran and their website says they allow garmet bags as your carry on. So I’m just gonna go with it & lug that thing around all day. I ifgure if they don’t have space to hang it I’ve got no problem putting it in my overhead bin laying flat on top of others luggage. I did make myself a little “Bride” rhinestone tank top for the day so hopefully I’ll get awesome flight attendants that make room for my “Dottie”…. I’d check with your airline, from what I’ve ready most of them allow the garmet bag instead of a carry on… I think the Bride box is a little overboard, If I couldn’t do a garmet bag I’d roll it up & put it in my regular carry on…. 

    Post # 5
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    2242 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I called the airline before my flights to ask about transporting my dress. They said I would be able to hang it up if room was available. 

    The first leg of my flight I was able to hang it up. However our first flight was late so we had to RUN to make the connection. So the hanging closet was full when we boarded. I just laid it on top of stuff in the overhead. 

    Luckily my dress was mostly chiffon so it didn’t get wrinkled. 

    Post # 6
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I wouldn’t count on there being closet space; depending on the airline you are flying, there might not even be a closet, let alone space. I didn’t see any nonstops between DC-Glasgow so I am guessing you’re flying USAirways through Philly.  On your flight to Philly you might be on a tiny commuter jet or even a turbo-prop that has no closet; your flight between Philly and Glasgow has a closet but it’s incredibly small and the business class customers get first dibs. Two business class passengers with jackets are going to take up so much space in that closet that your dress won’t fit.

    (as an aside, the plane that USAirways flies to Glasgow is incredibly pokey and old; bring an ipad as it’s not got seatback TV’s, and if you get the option to pay extra for exit row seating, then do it– money well spent on that raggedy old plane.)

    I would check my itinerary to see what planes I am flying, then check SeatGuru.com for information about the overhead bin space.  Some planes, especially on the short hauls, have bins that are so small that a backpack is about as deep a bag as will fit, so you’ll need to make sure that your dress bag will fit in whatever bin is on the plane.  I’d also avoid those bags that have BRIDE stamped all over; you make yourself a huge target for theives and other bad guys when you announce to the world that you’re carrying an expensive dress and probably some expensive accessories.

    Even if I’m wrong about the airline you’re flying, if you’re spending any time on a commuter jet (and pretty much everyone other than Southwest/Air Tran and JetBlue have some commuter jets in their rotation) then there’s a good chance you’ll need a long, flat bag for your dress, as a standard-sized rollaboard suitcase won’t fit in the commuter jet bins. If you have any segments on any Canadair jets, or the Embraer 120/140 family, or any turbo-prop segments, then you will have teensy tiny bins to contend with. Anything that doesn’t fit will get tagged and checked as you board the plane, and you pick it up as you get off the plane, but it’s still going in cargo.

    Post # 7
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Glasgowbound ; Tell the airline ahead of time… I was only a bmaid for a destination wedding and they fully took care of me and went completely out of their way for the bride! If they know the dress is coming with you there’s a good chance they’ll MAKE room for it!

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I put mine in a carry on suitcase. It worked perfectly. The airline I was flying with had carry on measurement restrictions and a garmet bag would have been too big and they couldn’t guarantee there would be space to hang it either.

    Post # 11
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    134 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Wow, what airline?! When you get to the airport I would remind the ticketing people… maybe they’ll be in a better mood? Also, usually flight attendants are pretty nice so they might accomodate you no matter what, even if the airline says no!

    Post # 12
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    5287 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Glasgowbound:  I carried mine in a garment bag and the airline I went on had a special overhead compartment to lay my dress flat in on the plane. We also put my husbands suit up there with it. Lets just say I could care less about my dress on the way back as it was dirty and I cut the ties to hold it up (it was a strapless dress) so I had to sling it over my arm the whole time and it drove we crazy!! I was going to pack it in my lugguage on the way back but it wouldnt fit. The only thing that really annoyed me on the way there was they made me put my dress through the x-ray machine thingy and the biatch running the thing pushed all these peoples bags onto my dress…I was pissed

    Post # 14
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    5287 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Glasgowbound:  Ughh thats annoying!!! I saw just take the chance and bring it as a carry on. I’m sure you can lay it in the overhead bins and because you are the bride im sure they will try and accomdate you. Is your dress super huge?

    Post # 16
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    1560 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Glasgowbound:  I was going to ship my dress (live in CO, wedding in CA) but my seamstress who is is an amazing and trustworthy woman told me to carry it on. She said “wear a shirt that says “bride”, get to the airport super early, talk to the folks at the terminal desk and they’ll hang it for you”. She said her brides do it every single day on every single airline. One bride was even given a bottle of champagne! If you call ahead they will most likely either tell you no, or that it’s the decision of the flight crew, but once you get there everyone wants to help a bride! Carry it on, and just bring a little hand steamer to touch it up when you get there!

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