(Closed) Advice? Flying with my wedding dress.

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

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brynnwynn :  

Kentucky to California, you should have a decent sized plane…I flew with my dress – I had the wedding shop pack it in a carry on bag (I checked the airline’s website first for overhead bag dimensions)…they packed my dress, veil, shoes, accessories and I just wheeled it on…it worked out fine.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

When I flew with my dress I put it in the largest hardback carry-on allowed hoping I could take it on the plane with me. Unfortunatly, both planes made everyone put anything that wasn’t a purse or backpack under the plane because they were tiny planes. 

It was 100% fine. I dropped it off at the gate and then picked it up right after my flight. Then dropped it off at the next gate and picked it up again after that flight was over. Personally, I wouldn’t try lugging the dress around the airport just in a garment bag. Just put it in a carry-on, you can steam it when you get back (mine didn’t even need this and it was a large, tulle ballgown with lace and beading). Plus, if you only have a garment bag you will be screwed if they require that you put in under the plane.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

They arent allowed to make promises but they will bend over backwards to help you that day. Theyll put it in the coat closet. Worst comes to worst it sits on your lap! I flew to KY in a small plane with my dress and they helped me out no problem.

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Bumble bee

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brynnwynn :  I guess I won’t be helpful then, because I plan on putting everything (dress, shoes, veil, etc.) wrapped in tissue paper in my carry on that isn’t a hardside and bringing it like that. I’m going to try and carry it on with me, but if they have to check it I’m sure it will be fine. I’ve had luggage lost on  only a few occasions and I’ve always gotten it back. 

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

What kind of dress do you have? How soon is the wedding compared to when you’ll actually arrive in California? If you’ve already bought your plane tickets, I’d assume you know if you’re connecting through another city (like Dallas) already or not, right?

I flew to Puerto Rico from Chicago with my dress. I was worried too but thankfully I was able to lay it flat in an overhead bin (the plane I was on had no closets) and everything turned out fine. But my dress was also mostly tulle, which is very difficult to wrinkle and mess up. Once I got to my hotel (I got in 2 days before the wedding) I just hung up my dress and let it out of the bag so that it could hang freely and un-wrinkle. My seamstress told me that if I did notice some wrinkles that I could easily steam them out so I took a little handheld steamer just in case. But I didn’t actually need it. My back up plan was rushing to some sort of dry cleaner and having it pressed the moment I landed. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

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brynnwynn :  Then you’re going to be totally fine! What is the dress material? You’ll have plenty of time to take it to a good dry cleaner after you land. I wouldn’t worry about it so much. 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I flew from Atlanta to Hawaii with a layover in Salt Lake going and nonstop back. We are also one of the last people on the flight. They were always willing to take it and put it in the closet as soon as I stepped foot on the plane. There was another bride behind me in Salt Lake and they took both of ours right away. As for getting food and going to the bathroom, DH watched my dress and luggage. I had a very poofy mermaid and it did get heavy, but I still managed to carry it through ATL.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I flew with a pretty big poofy dress and just packed it into my largest suitcase, checked in luggage, so no hassle of lugging it around the airport. If you can check the dress in I would, especially if it’s a direct flight but even if not. 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

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brynnwynn :  If you’re worried about it being lost or damaged if it has to be gate-checked, then I’d just stuff it in an actual suitcase. Like I said, you’ll have plenty of time to deal with getting it steamed/pressed once you get to California. Don’t worry 🙂

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I also am flying with my dress and was just planning on putting it in my checked luggage. Is there a reason why this would be a bad idea, besides them potentially losing my bags?? I didn’t even consider carrying it on with me!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

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nsimone27 :  I don’t think I would chance putting my wedding dress in a CHECKED bag. If it has to be gate-checked that’s one thing. You can actually see them putting it on the plane. But a checked bag is out of your sight for a long time. 

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