Should I ship my dress, or bring it on the plane?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: What should I do with my dress?
    Mail it, spend the extra $ on super-fast-overnight shipping : (2 votes)
    13 %
    Bring it on the plane and stuff it in the overhead bin : (14 votes)
    88 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    271 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I have been on JetBlue planes where they will put the wedding dress (or sometimes strollers) in the cockpit.  Can you maybe call the airline and let them know you are getting married and would like to bring the dress on the plane?  It is just going to be very expensive to ship it next day and I would be nervous it would get lost or something.

    Post # 3
    Member
    3713 posts
    Sugar bee

    I wouldn’t let it out of my sight. Or grasp. I’m sure they can find someplace suitable, for you to put it in the plane. It’s a once in a lifetime dress.

    Post # 5
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    2400 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    LadyMoriarty:  hey hey! I also had a Dolly Couture dress~! Yay! I just brought mine on the plane (I did make sure to double garmet bag it though- and stuffe DH’s outfit in there too)- it fit easily into the overhead bin when folded in half- but it does count as your carryon (so you only get a purse). If they wouldn’t have let me put it in the overhead i would have put it under the seat in front of me… It wasn’t even wrinkled after our 3 flights, nearly 12 hours later! Plus, the ladies working each gate saw me carrying it around, asked if it was a wedding dress, then upgraded us twice to business class! =)  

    Which of their dresses did you get? They are all drop-dead gorgeous!

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    Post # 6
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    1432 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    What material is your dress? Depending on how you fold it up – for instance, if you put it in two garmet bags and roll it up – it may be fine. But yeah, I’d be surprised if the airline wouldn’t be able to accommodate it somehow.

    Post # 9
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    2400 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    LadyMoriarty:  I really wouldn’t stress it! We flew from SFO to Denver, then Denver to Mexico, then Mexico to Atlanta, then Atlanta back to SFO- all pretty packed flights at peak times. I had zero issues folding it in half and placing it on top of some luggage in the overhead- I just made sure I got it out right when we landed so no-one else touched it… Really, it was a non-issue- the worst part was carrying that sucker around for so long! 

    Your dress sounds so pretty! I love their Avila Bay & a bow would fit it perfectly!!! I got a mix of the Verona & the Marin with a few modifications (sweetheart illusion with the verona polka-dot overlay in a boatneck extended to nearly off the shoulder, extended V-back with buttons, and a rolled hem):

    Post # 11
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    3394 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I would definitely bring it. I had the same dilemma with my dresses, except flying from Beijing to Singapore. And then for our Australian registry wedding, I transported them from Singapore to Australia. In the first instance I hand-carried them, in fold-up garment bags. On the second trip, I actually just put them in my check-in luggage. One of my gowns is very heavily beaded/embroidered on layers of tulle, the other was silk organza. Neither was wrinkled upon arrival! If I were you, I’d hand-carry for peace of mind. Airlines and fellow travellers are usually pretty respectful of wedding-related paraphernalia! You could always buy an extra seat for your dress if you’re very worried about space.

    Post # 12
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    1230 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I haven’t flown jet blue with a garment bag but I have on other airlines. The flight attendant will, if you ask very nicely, sometimes hold it with their belongings.

    Post # 13
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    6032 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Hang it in a thin garment bag and lay it on top of the suitcases in the overhead bin. It’s a perfect fit. BTW airlines won’t put wedding dresses, strollers, or any other passenger bags in the cockpit. That’s just silly and not going to happen. And the flight attendants’ belongings go into the same bins as the passenger bags. There’s no secret closets or anything like that.

    Post # 14
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    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    there is zero chance I’d ship my dress (or anything that important) to our wedding.  I’m keeping it with me and just checking whatever other luggage I need to – you do not want to worry about who’s signing for your wedding dressdelivery.  And, remember, if the overhead bins get full, they ask for ppl with normal luggage, roller bags to check their luggage at the gate/jetway, they NEVER ask ppl with garment bags on the plane to check those.  You have nothing to worry about, it’ll work out.

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