Who flew with your dress?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Busy bee

@DisneyKb:  I Did! I took my dress from Chicago to Hawaii, and back.  I carried the dress bag through security and the flight attendants put it in the first class closet on the way there.  On the way back our flight was pretty empty and they gave it its own overhead cabin. Everyone is so excited when they see it, its a little embarassing, but also super cool.  Congratulations!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@DisneyKb:  It depends on where you are flying and the staff on board. I flew Delta both ways and the people on the way back were WAY less friendly than on the way there. How far are you going? Are you taking any regional flights? I ended up in one tiny plane and the overhead was TINY (the first class closet was even smaller) so that sucked. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m flying with United from South Korea to Georgia (usa) with my dress and I’m incredibly nervous about it! I’ve been trying to do a bunch of research but most of everyone just says it varies form day to day and flight to flight and has no really useful input!

The only thing that makes me feel better about it is that my dad traveled for business a lot and they always hung his suit and he never had any problems with it (but then again, he always flew first class…)

Post # 6
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771 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Following… Im terrified it will be an issue! I’m flying southwest and they are pretty friendly?!?? Crossing fingers 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m flying with dress this weekend (from my hometown of St. Louis to Philly where I live now). I’m flying in small regional flights so in just going to pack it (gently) in its own large suitcase and cross my fingers. The plane I’ll be on is super tiny so I don’t want to risk having to gate check it.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I flew United from Kansas City to Ft. Lauderdale (which included a regional flight to Newark, New Jersey) and carried my dress on. I had no problems at all! I agree with pp – everyone gets really excited when they see the white wedding dress garment bag. You know how flight attendants generally treat you as a faceless one-of-many? Not with a wedding dress in tow!

I had a great conversation about our destination wedding with the woman at the bag check – low and behold, I realized after we walked away that she didn’t charge us anything for our 2 checked bags!

On the flights themselves, I just walked up to the gate as soon as there was someone there and explained that I had my wedding dress with me and asked if there was anything we could do to help it travel as safely as possible. I phrased it that way so that I wasn’t demanding anything, and leaving it open for them (the pro’s) to recommend what was best. I think all of our flights they were able to find two seats next to each other (in one case they moved another passenger haha) and let my dress ‘sit’ next to me… buckled in for safety! It traveled very well, and didn’t even require any additional pressing upon arrival. The coat closets (if they had them) weren’t really tall enought for the length of my dress, so the seat was the best option. Definitely DON’T pay for a ticket for your dress – that’s a LOT of money and not necessary in my experience. One flight, they weren’t sure if there would be a seat, so they told me to just take a whole overhead bin and shut the door so it looked taken. Later they found a seat so I was able to take it out, but that would have worked fine as well.

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I flew Air Canada and SAS with my dress (3 flights in total) and everyone was wonderful. As pp’s have said, I could just see people light up when I came walking with my gown bag. It was a white bag, saying “David’s Bridal” in gold across the front, so it was hard to miss what it was! The crews really went above and beyond to accommodate it, in one case disassembling their own closet for it (they had put in extra shelf units for their bags, but they took it all out). The best part was the middle leg when the captain was standing holding my dress (waiting to say congrats) as I came to gather it. 🙂

Now, one thing we did that helped a lot was that we pinned up all the excess fabric at the bottom of the gown bag. That made it a lot easier for me to carry the dress between gates.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@DisneyKb:People were super friendly and seemed genuinely happy to be able to help. 

No, I didn’t pin it to the hanger. However, as I had a tea-length dress but a full size gown bag there as close to a meter of excess fabric at the bottom of the bag. I just folded that part up and used safety pins to secure it. Made the entire bag much easier to maneuver, as there was no floor drag.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

We have our DW in May and I’m also a little nervous about this! I think @sweetpea3363 had the right idea – being nice to the people at the gate! I’ve flown a lot and have had really good luck with being super nice and sweet to the people working! We are flying US Airways, and will definitely see about getting next to an open seat, but would also be thrilled if they could hang it for me!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@sweetpea3363:  Haha, that’s awesome!

 

My dress rode in the closet on both flights to our wedding.  On the way back I stuffed it in the checked bag… lol

Post # 16
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Helper bee

I am planning to fly to Africa with my dress, putting prayes!

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