Post # 1
I’ve seen some posts about this already, but I’m curious what suggestions you ladies have about traveling with your wedding dress. I have to fly across the country for my wedding, and unfortunately my dress is not the slinky, easy-to-travel-with style, its organza/poofy and has a train.
The ladies at the dress shop suggested just taking it in the garment bag as a carry-on, and asking the flight attendants to allow me my own overhead compartment…but this seems risky – what if my flight is completely full, or somebody puts a bag on top of it? Has anybody had actual experience doing this?
Post # 3
I took my dress with me on the plane as a carry-on… If someone had told me I couldn’t have it as a carry on, I would have worn it on the plane – no way was I parting with it!!
So I had it in the bag in which it came, that I folded twice in the overhead compartment… I made sure that no one put things on it – people must have thought I was psycho for all I care!
When we arrived at the hotel, we hung it, outside of the bag to make sure that there would be no wrinkles on the wedding day.
Everything was fine!
Post # 4
No, but I considered it, my dress is pretty big as well, and we also looked into buying a seat on the plane for the dress, but since we were flying 1st class (flight to the wedding is part of our round-trip honeymoon flight) the dress would be back in coach alone so we ended up driving home for Christmas (18 hours each way! ) and taking it then, and then I’m just going to have my alterations done at home.
Sorry this wasn’t very helpful, good luck!!!
Post # 5
I would suggest shrink-wrapping it in a Space Bag or something. It’ll squish the dress down so you can carry it on. I agree with egb; don’t let the dress out of your sight! Have an appointment to get it steamed and de-wrinkled as soon as you land.
Post # 6
Stuff it with $30 of white tissue, fold it and shrink wrap it. The tissue will help prevent wrinkles from setting. Crinkle the tissue when you stuff.
Post # 7
Most likely you are not going to have a full overhead compartment because all flights now are over booked. Most planes are also pretty small and a lot of them don’t have hanging closets for first class anymore.
I think whatever you decide, you will need to consider having it steamed out when you get to your location to remove any wrinkles that will appear from traveling.
Post # 8
I carried mine on the plane from Tucson to TX, just in the bag it came in. Ask the flight attendants if you can store it in their compartment upfront. They can hang it there. Everyone was so nice and I was getting congratulations all through the airport!
Post # 9
If you decide to get it steamed, just make sure before that it’s ok for your dress and your fabric. I have heard some horror stories about dresses ruined from steaming. Often, just hanging it off the shower pole for a while and letting the humidity from the bathroom to the job will give you good results and it’s less risky.
Post # 10
I took my dress on with me as a carry on and they let me hang it in the front closet…where the pilots hang their jackets and such. I talked to both the people at the ticketing counter and the counter at the gate right when I got there and they were so nice!!! They even let me pre-board!
Post # 11
I just took mine home (where i’ll be getting married). It came in an unassuming box and someone in the boarding line asked me “Anything good in the box” *blush* “A wedding dress…” there was much in the way of congratulations and i just stuck it in the overhead bin when I got on the plane. I guess it depends on what airline you fly, but if you check in early enough with southwest you should be able to secure bin-space for your dress. If they run out of bin room they’ll move things around a bit and worst comes to worst they’ll check *someones* something but i don’t think they would make you part with your dress, especially if you’d already gotten it in a bin. If in doubt, call the airline and ask if they have any suggestions.
Edit: They did have to move my dress over one bin (it was still right over me as i was sitting beneath where two bins met) and the flight attendant asked who’s it was and if it was fragile. I think they try to be pretty considerate of not mucking things up if they have to move stuff around and i don’t think anyone would put their bag on what is obviously a wedding dress.
I’m tempted to pull mine out of the box and fly it back here with me next time i go home just so i can fly w/ it again and maybe get a free drink on the plane or something 😛 yea…i’m like that.
Post # 12
Great post! We just booked our flights. We paid a bit extra for priority boarding (on Virgin) and dedicated overhead space so I’m hoping this means I can get on and stow my dress before the overhead bin chaos begins. FI just doesn’t get to use his overhead space 🙂
Post # 13
As a flight attendant, let me just say… please don’t expect to be able to hang it in the first class closet. Most of the planes have teeny tiny closets and they are filled to the brim with first class passenger’s jackets, out tote bags, and sometimes even a wheelchair. I would suggest folding it in half and putting it in the overhead bin and trying to keep an eye on it during boarding to make sure nobody puts anything on top of it.
Post # 14
Wow, thanks for the advice everybody! I feel a little better about this now. I’ll be sure to post a review after my wedding letting everyone know what I did and how it worked.