(Closed) Shipping THE Dress

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I had a NIGHTMARE situation when shipping my dress to Italy using Fedex.  I learned too late that DHL is the way to go for international shipping! 

Since you are shipping within the US, I think you should be okay, as long as you use a premium service and insure it.  I’d use UPS, since most of the online stores I order from seem to trust them.  Your UPS store might even be able to pack it for you better than you could yourself.

It cost me approx $135 to send my dress to Italy (where it arrived two days AFTER the luggage we were afraid to pack it in that the airline DID manage to misplace– LOL), so I would imagine you would pay a lot less for TX to NY.

Obviously, your dress would need to be pressed whether it goes by box or suitcase, so just make sure you factor that into the timetable.  You might be able to find an upscale dress shop in Syracuse that would steam it out for you, if it’s not a super large or complicated dress.  If you send it well ahead of time, maybe your new Mother-In-Law could take care of that for you??

Post # 4
14 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

I am having my bridal salon ship my dress from new york to wa state. I am sure you could call where ever it was you got your dress and ask how they do such a service and what carrier they use.

Post # 5
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I had mine shipped via FedEx or UPs, whatever Saks uses.  No problems whatsoever.

You do want to make sure that a signature is required, and that it can’t be just left by the driver.  Best to have it delivered somewhere where you know someone will be home (like someone’s office) and have it shipped 1 night to lessen the time it is in transit…and insurance is a good idea too!

Post # 7
43 posts

My friend just had her shipped from Massachusetts to Michigan using USPS! Pretty ballsy but it got there fine! When you think about it, horror stories with shipping are far and in between considering how many packages get shipped daily. Just be sure to get insurance!!

Post # 8
20 posts

I ship wedding dresses all of the time and (loud knocks on wood) have never had an issue.  I definitely prefer fedex to UPS for cost and also prefer the way they handle their shipments.  Make sure you ship your gown in a plastic garment bag or poly bag and tape all sides of the flaps on your box.  If there is any space between your gown and the top of the box fill the space with tissue paper so that it won’t get crushed in.  If you fold your gown up neatly–yes you can even do this with a ballgown–then it shouldn’t get too wrinkled, but you’ll likely want to have it hand pressed (not steamed) prior to your reception.  A highend dry cleaner might do this…you want them to use an iron, not the pressing boards.  You can request a direct signature option with fedex and purchase insurance.  Of course, bringing your gown with you on the plane is also an option…hang on the rack near the door. 

Post # 9
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

Here’s a really good resource that I used on how to ship the dress. Including how to fold it into the box.  I had a satin big dress and it wasn’t too wrinkled.  a friend just helped me steam it before the wedding to get rid of some of them and it looked great.   



I used UPS and it was about $25-30 after $800 insurance.   I actually went through affordablepreservation.com for the cleaning.  So they sent me the packing materials to my home, shipped it to my parent’s home.  Then used the same materials to ship it from my parent’s to the cleaning company.  The company is great, only bad thing is they don’t press the dress, and it was really wrinkly in the box.  So if you want to wear it again you’ll have to get it pressed locally.

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