Wedding in Vegas dress issue

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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6026 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Buy a dress locally, take it to a dry cleaner that specializes in wedding gown preservation, have them vacuum pack it for air travel, and carry it on the plane as your hand baggage. Some airlines won’t let you– Air New Zealand only lets your carry-on bag be 5 or 7kg, for example, so make sure you fly with someone who will allow a heavier article in hand baggage. Your Vehas hotel can freshen the dress for a fee, or you can buy a portable garment steamer and freshen it yourself.

Post # 3
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1634 posts
Bumble bee

I wouldnt chance it, no way Jose!! BUT I’m picky and if I dont love something I’m wearing, I dont feel awesome and feeling awesome on my wedding day was very important to me! Would not loving your dress potentially put a small damper on your day? Your answer to that will help with yur decision! COngrats by the way, Vegas weddings are very beautiful!

Post # 4
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328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I carried a huge dress with me in a garmet bag (well several layers of garmet bag, but NOT vacuum packed!!) and just took it as a carry on a cross country flight.  I worried much more about it than I need to.  It was fine.  I got to buy it and tailor it locally and then when I got to my wedding destination had it steamed to get the wrinkles out.  Not a big deal.  I know it’s a longer flight international, but really tell them it’s your wedding dress and people will help accomodate as much as they can.  Just carry it with you. It will be fine. 🙂

Post # 6
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328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’ve never ever had my carry-on luggage weighed.  And no one looked twice when I had my dress. Really buy the dress you want to wear for your wedding!  For real.

Also, fyi, if you’d like a BIG dress but not a HEAVY dress, taffetta is much lighter than satin or silk if you like the look and feel of it.  Some people love it and others hate it.  I am in the hate crowd so my dress was heavy satin.  But the other thing I did to help with it was a HOOP SKIRT.  Forget a crinolin petticoat that adds bulk and weight, the hoop skirt can give you the shape of a larger dress but is SO light and doesn’t add any bulk to the dress.  I highly reccomend them. 

Post # 7
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7397 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Rabbit56:  I am from Australia and got married in Vegas. I did not vaccum pack my dress, that is insane. I just packed it in one of those hard shell hand luggage cases. Get your bridal salon to show you how to pack it or better yet bring in the case and let them do it. The salon also suggested packing it inside out in case customs/security want to check it. Best advice ever because it happened to me and they put their grubby hands (since they don’t swap their gloves between looking at the person in front of you grubby shoes etc) on my white dress.

then when you get to Vegas have your dress steamed. I recommend Deb from Fit for a Bride. They will pick up and drop off your gown. 

I checked with the airline and they suggested packing the item because overhead bin space is limited and they do not have closests for economy passengers to hang items. I have flown to the States on various carries over the last few years and everytime the overhead bins have been full to exploding with those awkward oversized wheely bags. 

Post # 9
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1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Check into mailing it. Like, seriously. We have a second house on the Mississippi coast and everytime we go down there, we end up getting way too much to bring home with us. Mailing our stuff back is cheaper than paying extra airline luggage fees. I would call the hotel you are staying at and tell them it’s coming, and send it a couple of weeks ahead of time. Make sure the major hotel manager knows about it. They may even pull it out and press it for you upon arrival if you ask.

Post # 11
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7397 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Rabbit56:  I just took it as my normal hand luggage allowance. I didn’t trust it in the checked luggage and I certainly wouldn’t post it, mostly because of damage and that it would cost a fortune. Last xmas I sent some small boxes of xmas goodies to friends in the USA and each shoebox sized box cost over $60 in postage uninsured for snail mail (so by boat). Airmailing a dress with insurance will probably cost a couple of hundred dollars.

I used Francesca from Bobby pin beauty for my hair and make up. I was really happy with her work. 

Post # 12
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6026 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

The Bellagio has almost 4000 rooms. It is a massive hotel. No way would I have something shipped there– while I’d absolutely trust them to get the package to me when it arrived, I wouldn’t count on them being willing or able to store it for more than a couple of days for me, and talking to the manager about it wouldn’t help because they have like 46 managers!

Post # 13
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155 posts
Blushing bee

As another posted suggested…look into Fit for A bride. That’s what I’m doing. She’ll pick up your dress from your hotel, steam it beautifully, then bring it back to the hotel. This way you can carry it on as hand luggage and not Concern yourself with how wrinkled it is. I personally have shipped my dress to Debi via fedex in advance but that’ll get pricey from Australia. I’m in the us.

Post # 14
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130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You should definitely take it as a carry-on.  I wouldn’t take any risks with the airline losing luggage or a package not showing up in the mail. I would just take in a garment bag and try to lay it over the luggage in the overhead bin if there’s no room to hang it in first class.  

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