Post # 1
So I’ve decided to wear my wedding dress to my at home reception in August. I will be flying with it back to Canada. I have no idea how to travel with it? Can I check it in its garment bag? Can I carry it on?
Also, I need to clean it, possibly have the train removed (altered) and of course have ot pressed. So should I have it cleaned and altered here and then pressed once I’m home? I will be a home a week before the reception, would that be enough time to have it cleaned, altered and pressed?
pAny advice or stories of personal experiences are needed! Thanks!
Post # 4
I took mine in a carry on suitcase and kept it with me. I just had it steamed before the wedding.
Post # 5
Definitely carry it on. You want to keep an eye on it and make sure it’s okay. You’ll need to have it pressed when you get home, but you can probably have it cleaned and latered before you go.
Post # 6
I’m having a DW & I’m carrying mine on the plane with me as a carry on in a garment bag. The airline that I am flying will allow me to bring my dress & a personal bag with me on the plane for no additonal cost. I would get the dress cleaned and pressed once you are home. Generally that only takes a couple days.
Post # 7
Take the dress to your hometown dry cleaner (there is probably one who specialises in wedding dresses) who can often help you pack it properly for the trip. While some airplanes have closets (it depends on the airline AND the aircraft type), many times those are reserved for first-class passengers, so there’s no guarantee you will be able to hang it up on the plane. Be prepared to lay it flat in the bin, across the top of the other bags and suitcases people stow there. Also find out if you will be flying on any very small airplanes (turbo-props, commuter jets— your airline itinerary should show you the plane type and if it’s anything other than a Boeing or an Airbus you should be on alert) as these often have very tiny overhead bins. Suitcases don’t fit in there at all. If you might end up on one of these, you’ll want the smallest, narrowest garment bag you can find, otherwise you will be forced to gate-check the bag and there’s no guarantee it won’t have a baggage acccident.
Post # 8
i used a Wally bag to transport my dress from boston to Ireland and the air hostess was nice enough to hang it up for me but it would have been ok even if I stuck it in the luggage compartment overhead!
Post # 9
I am having a Destination Wedding in NYC (from the UK) and I recently took mine when I visited my friend in NYC, as hand luggage in a case. I am having it cleaned in NY. I suggest you get it cleaned in Canada because with the best will in the world it’s going to be crumpled on the journey.
Post # 10
I was in a wedding where the dress was flown with us, carry on all the way! And if by chance you are flying WestJet they’ll announce there is a dress on the plane, lol – it was cute. Best to just call the airline, some will actually hang it for you in first class or in our case we had it above in the overhead storage on top of the other suitcases.
Post # 11
Thank you all for your help! I am a tiny plane, so I’m going to call Delta and see what they suggest.