Traveling with the dress

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: How should I transport my ballgown?
    Keep it in the muslin garment bag : (0 votes)
    Stuff it in the 21" bag : (1 votes)
    33 %
    other? : (2 votes)
    67 %
  • Post # 2
    3698 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I flew with mine from DC to Glasgow. If you decide to use a garment bag and not put it in he suitcase, use one that is water resistant. I’d worry about a muslin one as it’s just cloth and things could get through it. 

    Ive heard success stories with both taking a garment bag and with using a small carry on you can put in the overhead compartment. As long as it’s with you, and not checked, I think either is fine. 

    Post # 3
    5787 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    You won’t be allowed to take a carry on bag plus the garment bag. You can have one or the other, plus your purse.

    Post # 5
    286 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014


    salejolie: my mom just flew with my dress from vancouver to greece on British airways.  I put my dress in a plastic garment bag and then in the cloth garment bag.  I left the plastic one inside a bit open to allow it to breathe.  I made sure my mom got a bit early to the airport as well… She got to the BA counter and once they saw her with a wedding dress the flight attendant immediately told her he will be able to hang it up!  on both flights my dress was hung and arrived safely in greece.  

    My mom was fully prepared to take a whole overhead bin to lay it out in the event it couldn’t go in the closetready mom got the impression that the flight attendants get excited to see a wedding dress and will try to accommodate as much as they can.  

    I would definitely put the dress in plastic… You just never now what could happen… Just leave the zipper open a bit on top so the dress gets to breathe.

    Congrats on our wedding 🙂   

    Post # 6
    286 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    salejolie:  lol just realized your destination is vancouver… As in vancouver BC?

    Post # 7
    414 posts
    Helper bee

    I got married in Vegas a few weeks ago and I was so scared about getting my dress on the plane! I flew Delta and it was a breeze! On the way home then even gave us two free drinks.  If I were you, I’d leave it in its garment bag. I could not put my dress in a closet either way but thankfully the overhead bins were a good size on the flight to the wedding. I folded my dress in half and it didn’t wrinkle at all.  Coming home the bins were so small and I had to STUFF it in there. I would have been super upset if that happened on the way to Vegas but still my dress was barely wrinkled!

    Post # 8
    21 posts
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I am leaving on Monday morning and flying with my dress almost 19 hours.  I got a plastic wedding dress garment bag from Amazon $10.  The muslin ones in my opinion are not strong enough to withstand the dirt and possible snags along the journey.  Just think about it going through the xray machines.  And the airport bathrooms.  Seems like $10 is a good investment to protect a much more expensive item.  

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