Post # 1
I will be carrying on my dress from NYC to LAX. The bridal salon has told me most airlines will let you hang your dress in the coat closet. But I’m wondering what happens when you go through security? I’m worried about my dress going through the scanner faster than I can go though and someone moving it or it getting pushed against other peoples bags. I know it’s silly to worry about such things, but I can’t help thinking of things that could go wrong! Can anyone else share their experience bringing their dress on a plane? How did it go?
Post # 3
I haven’t gone through with my dress yet but my friend has. Miami>DC. She said he double bagged it and made sure to leave some leeway between her and the person infront of her in security. Then as soon as she got to the gate she told the gate agent she was traveling with her wedding dress and was really concerned and wanted to make sure it could be hung in the coat closet like you said.
Well… they were so concerned with the dress that they upgraded her to first class and gave her an entire overhead compartment so that no other bags would go with the dress.
As long as the gate agent has a pulse they’ll understand how critical the dress is!!!! LOL 🙂
Post # 4
I flew to my wedding with both my dog and my wedding dress as carry ons, so we were quite the site at the airport! 🙂 My dress went on the belt and got x-rayed. I didn’t have any issues with it getting bunched up. They were not able to hang my dress for me (no room in first class) but a stewardess helped me lay it flat across bags in the overhead compartment. My sense was that they knew it was special and tried to be as accomodating as possible. My dress was in good condition when I arrived… I didn’t have to steam it or anything, but you might want to have a plan for that, just in case. (Do pack your dress very carefully in a thick dress bag).
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2012 - Wynn Las Vegas/Bouchon Bistro
Oooh, I was JUST about to post about this! I am flying from LAX to Milwaukee tomorrow morning with my dress. We went with priority boarding to make sure that it will definitely have a spot somewhere, but I am a little nervous about it just getting shoved somewhere. I’ll have to play the wedding card, though, at the gate. 🙂
Post # 6
I just flew with my dress from JFK to SLC and everyone was more than accommodating! All the security people at JFK oohed and ahhed over the dress and made sure it went thru the scanner by itself and then put it to the side until I got through. Fiance works for theairline and we fly free so I have to board after ALL the other passengers, but all the passengers made me board before them lol. I didn’t put it in the closet because the closets are so short that the dress can’t lay out. The dress could lay all the way out in the overhead bin and I have a HUGE Ian Stuart dress lol. Don’t stress though. It seems like everyone is super helpful and as excited as you are 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks ladies you have eased my worries a bit! I didn’t think about laying it in an overhead bin…
Post # 8
I actually rolled up my dress and carefully placed it in a roller suitcase that could fit in the overhead bin. My dress was a synthetic organza and lace. The lace part didn’t wrinkle at all, and I just gently ironed the syntheitc organza part when I got to the hotel. Worked perfectly. But kinda depends on how big/what material dress you have — mine didn’t wrinkle easily and was an A-line shape, so not too big.
Post # 9
i never done it but i saw 4 brides on one flight do it.. the airlines were trying to accomadate them but with a booked flight(st thomas) it was difficult.. the bridzilla of the group got the closet space two put their dresses in the oversize bin after all luggage was in and one the moh held it (it was a sleath dress so not too bulky)
when we got to the island they let the brides and fiances off first just so the bridezilla would shut up.and stop complaing. lol. coming home there were only 2 of the same brides so it worked out better
Post # 10
I had a destination wedding and flew from NY to Cancun with my dress. Everyone was extremely accomodating and helpful. The staff at the security check, the flight attendants, other passengers. I felt really special…i think people just know how important it is and they try to help you out so I wouldn’t worry too much. That being said, I was not able to hang my dress in the coat closet because it was a jam packed flight and there was no room. The flight attendant tried to help me but there just wasn’t room in the closet. I ended up putting my dress in the overhead compartment. I had packed it in a garment bag and just laid it flat in the overhead. It took up the entire overhead and no one tried to move it or gave me a hard time about it.
I would call the airline ahead of time to ask about hanging up the dress in the closet and then I would also have a plan B in case there’s no room.
Post # 11
I’m sort of worried about how my dress will make the flight from Toronto to Dublin. Its lace and not super puffy so I was thinking of putting it in a rolling carry on and getting it professionally steamed when I get to Dublin. I never thought of bringing it in a garment bag. If I brought it in a garment bag would I still be allowed a carry on? I know the airlines I usually fly let you have a carry on and a “personal item” like your purse or laptop. I want to bring my wedding shoes, accessories etc. as carry on too so they don’t get lost.