Post # 1
I just booked my flight to my hometown on United and am already having anxity about traveling with my dress. Although the customer service reps were quick to respond to my tweets, it cannot be guarenteed that there will be room on the plane. (One of my flights the plane is small and doesn’t even have a closet to store it.)
Has anyone traveled with their dress? How did it go? Any suggestions?
Post # 3
I travelled to my DW with my dress in the cabin. It was nervewracking. But my dress wasn’t poufy so there was no issue of there not being enough space for it – I was just worried about it getting damaged, which didn’t happen.
One thing you might consider if possible is upgrading. The. business and first class cabins have first dibs on the closet space.
Post # 4
Commenting to follow and hear any DW bee’s experiences.
I will most likely be taking a dress on a trans-Atlantic flight, and then transferring with it to a smaller in-country flight. Needless to say I am a little worried about the whole idea!
Post # 5
I am worried about this too as I will be taking my gown from Houston, TX to Kapalua, Maui. My fiance has platinum status with United, so we are praying to be blessed with an upgrade to first class so we have more space. When my sister traveled from Seattle to Orlando for her wedding, she literally brought her gown in a box. She got a cardboard box sized to fit under the seat in front of her, wrapped her dress in two garment bags, and rolled it up tightly to fit in the box. She had to get it professionally pressed by a bridal salon once she arrived in Florida as it had been so compressed, but it worked out well overall. Her wedding was at Disney and an Orlando bridal salon sent someone right to her resort hotel room to press it on site. I don’t know what the fee for that was, but it was worth it as her dess looked perfect at the wedding. I still don’t know how I feel about smashing my dress like that, but I understand why she was afraid to let it out of her sight. She was afraid that if she put it in the closet or overhead bin that it might get spilled on, torn, lost, etc. The only thing that made her feel safe was keeping it right in front of her. I don’t know if I will use her method, but her perfect wedding photos are proof that it can work depending on the volume of your gown.
Post # 6
You can buy a hand-held portable garment steamer for about $40 on amazon.
Post # 7
I’m travelling from Seattle to Vegas for my wedding this summer. We have a family friend that is a flight attendant on Alaska and she first told me that she’d try to work that flight (fingers crossed) and also told me to just buy a one pound bag of M&M’s and preboard and be super nice to the flight attendants. Hopefully there’s lots of space in the coat close on an August flight to Vegas! One of my bridesmaids called our airline and the customer service lady told her to ship it UPS or FedEX – UM HELL NO!!
Post # 8
I will be travelling with my dress, and the bridal salon told me they’ll be vacuum-packing the dress to make it as small as possible, and I should put it under the seat in front of me and keep it with me at all times. Sounded like a good idea to me, I’ll have my eyes on the dress the entire time!
Post # 9
@pacNWbride “buy a one pound bag of M&M’s and preboard and be super nice to the flight attendants” HAHA, that’s great!
Post # 10
@mariewest: If you are willing to get the dress steamed on arrival, you can really pack your dress up in a small enough bag and keep it under your seat as others have suggested.
My daughter’s dress came all the way from China by DHL, it was perfect when we opened the plastic (2 layers) wrapping and it was inside a garment bag. Just needed steaming. The package also had her veil and hooped underskirt!!
Post # 11
not sure that i would actually do this, but you could buy your dress a seat if it’s a really big dress/needs a lot of space
Post # 12
I’m flying out about a week before the wedding, and my mom has a steamer. No matter how I travel with it I’m antipating some wrinkles. I’m thinking I’m going to keep it in it’s garment bag and if there is no place to hang it just fold it up and put it in the overhead bin. Either that or fold it up in my carry-on luggage and refuse to let them gate check it. Does this seem like a good idea?
Post # 13
I’m flying from Boston to Vegas for my wedding and I am shipping my dress out there ahead of time via Fed Ex. (Or UPS, I haven’t decided yet.) I’m shipping it directly to a woman who runs a company called “Fit for a Bride,” and she will steam it and deliver it to my hotel room in Vegas. Tons of other Vegas brides have done it and she tracks your dress and emails you the second it arrives (she gets great reviews online, etc).
I know a lot of people are nervous about shipping, and I totally get that, but I’m not overly worried about this. I sort of look at it this way – – at my office, we ship hundreds of packages a week (it’s a large law firm). I’ve sent stuff via Fed Ex hundreds of times and I’ve never (knock on wood) had a package disappear. So the odds are ever in my favor, particularly if I insure the package (they keep a better eye on those packages). Of course, there is a chance it could disappear. There is also a chance that the dress could get snagged going through the scanner at the airport, get someone spilled on it in the overhead of an airplane, etc. Unfortunately, bad stuff happens. I just think the convenience of not having to carry it through an airport outweights the fear I have of it disappearing via Fed Ex. I hope I am not proven wrong on this one!
Post # 14
@mariewest: I just recently wrote about my own experience of traveling with a dress on [multiple] airplanes. Hope it helps! http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/bringing-your-wedding-dress-on-an-airplane#axzz2PcZKZBrC
Post # 15
@SupermarketGirl: just ready your post thank you so much for sharing . I’m travelling next year from the uk to Italy and have been freaking out about the plane journey, you’ve deffinetley helped ease my worries a lot and I had a good chuckle at the photos , my FI kept asking what I was laughing about lol