- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
So FI and I are in the last stages of an international relocation to Singapore. All of our winter gear and forever-home furniture got shipped off back to my parents in Australia yesterday, and now we’re just left with the (some 300kg!) of stuff we’re taking to SG. Among them, two wedding dresses. One I’ve managed to squish down into a surprisingly-compact carry-on size plastic zip bag (the kind you get when you buy a duvet), so that’s not a problem. It’s a tulle and lace gown, so while I’ll need to get it steamed, I’m pretty sure it will bounce back more or less okay.
The other gown is proving to be more of a headache. It’s a ball gown, and not really that big compared to other fluffy ball gowns out there – but the problem is that it’s constructed from underlayers of very stiff tulle/netting, and it’s also covered in very ornate beading, hand-made flowers, mother-of-pearl discs etc. The tulle is hand-painted, it’s all very delicate and a pain in the butt to pack. I can’t really do more than gently fold it over once in half. Any squishing will definitely wreck havoc on the embellishment (some beads are already coming loose just from the dress being handled). Also, try as a I desperately have, I can’t seem to consolidate the volume of the skirt – the stiff tulle just keeps jutting out.
Any recommendations for how to get it onto the plane? My mother wants me to check it in (we’ve never had a problem with lost or severely damaged luggage before, touch wood, but I am certainly concerned about that this could be the first time) because we’re flying with so much other stuff that needs to be hand-carried. She also thinks Singapore Airlines will chuck a fit if I try to carry-on this giant dress.
I’ve tried to call SA but their customer reps in Beijing are useless. In most other countries I would trust that the check-in counter staff would be accomodating when it comes to wedding gowns, but I know that’s not usually the case in China. I am fearing the nightmare situation of getting to the airport and then being told I need to check in my dress, clad only in its flimsy cloth garment bag. Buying a ticket isn’t really an option given it’s an international flight and would end up costing far too much.
I have been Googling my options for days…I even watched that video of the lady from DB showing the best way to pack a dress for travel. I got as far as trying to turn my dress inside out, and couldn’t because of how structured it is.
I think my options are:
– check it in, packed inside a suitcase. Pros – fits easily. Cons – could get lost, damaged, also not a great use of our luggage allowance as the dress is bulky but not that heavy.
– ship it in a box
– carry-on inside a vacuum-sealed bag. Has anyone successfully done this?
– carry-on inside a garment bag. I think the restriction on garment bag is 45 inches, the garment bag that fits the dress is one of those proper wedding dress bags, it’s about 70 inches. Once folded it’s also bulkier than the allowed measurements for a carry-on garment bag. I tried to fold it and then cram it into a standard-size garment bag, but it kept popping out and the zip on the smaller bag actually broke.
Any other suggestions Bees? We’re flying in exactly a week, I’m hoping to find a genius solution before then!
This is my beautiful but problematic gown: