- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2010
I recently traveled from the US to Sweden with my dress (which still has to make the trip to Italy, but luckily that will be in a car!). For any brides that are flying to their wedding destination be very careful.
I spoke to the airline I was flying on (Continental) and they could not guarantee that I would be able to hang my dress in the closets on board or even have space in one of the overhead bins, it all depended on how full the plane was. They said I could upgrade to a first class ticket and use one of the closets there, but still not a guarantee that it would be absolutely smushed when other passengers wanted to hang their coats (and it would have cost an outrageous upgrade fee the day before my flight)
I looked into shipping my dress through DHL and insuring it heavily. WRONG…check the country you want to ship it to and their tax codes. To ship it to Denmark (to my FFIL office so I could ensure someone would always be available to sign for it) I would have had to pay 37% tax on the value of the dress….not so cheap for a dress that is worth close to $5k.
Soooo….what did I do?!?! I bought another suitcase, sadly shoved my dress in (well, neatly folded it as best as I could), secured all openings, put a brightly colored security strap around it, and set off to the airport. I insured the suitcase for the highest amount possible, $5000, to the tune of $45, gave the desk clerk some sad, puppy dog eyes so he put a priority tag on it…and off it went. It was the first suitcase down the conveyor belt at the airport when I arrived and all was well!!!!
I believe when you insure a suitcase (which is surprisingly cheap) the airline takes extra care to guarantee it arrives in one piece because they don’t want to pay the $$ to cover the contents.
Hope this helps someone bypass the brief, but frantic moments I had before traveling!