Bringing dress overseas on honeymoon…am I a lunatic?

posted 3 months ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Do I bring my wedding gown with me on my honeymoon for a specialty photoshoot?
    Lol, that's a horrible idea. : (31 votes)
    43 %
    Lots of work, but it will be worth it. Do it! : (41 votes)
    57 %
  • Post # 2
    630 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I think I would be more inclined to do a second photo shoot at home with my dress than haul it across the world and worry about keeping it nice throughout. I don’t know how much travelling you plan to do while in Europe, but assuming you will be taking some trains/planes and not just camping out in one hotel once you arrive, it would be a whole extra bag to not just keep track of but baby along while you are there. I’d get a cute white dress that travels well for the photo shoot, but not one I would worry about throughout the trip. 

    Post # 3
    794 posts
    Busy bee

    Do it. I think it sounds like great idea and you should absolutely have some fabulous full-length shots of you in that gown. Have fun and enjoy – what a fabulous trip!!

    Post # 4
    7379 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    Would you be devastated if something happened to the dress? Either before or after the photoshoot? Its a really big risk if you love it THIS much and it gets lost, ripped, ruined, stained, etc. I assume you’ll be travelling a bit, so will you be lugging this around the whole time? Will you have a back up plan if it DOES get ruined and now you have a photoshoot booked? 

    Personally i probably wouldn’t, because I travel light and if it meant THIS much to me I wouldn’t risk it, but YMMV. 

    Post # 5
    1399 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

    How much will you be moving around? It will probably be annoying to transport, however, I do love the idea of doing a second shoot in your dress! I don’t see anything wrong with wearing it again for a photoshoot. 🙂

    Post # 6
    367 posts
    Helper bee

    i think you should do it!  your wedding day is already over so if something happens to the dress while travelling its not the end of the world, and the chances of that happening are small anyway.  if you are planning to travel around germany by train/bus etc it could be annoying to have a second bag to transport, but its not the end of the world.  maybe you could look into shipping it back home after the shoot if you don’t want to drag it around the whole trip?

    Post # 7
    37 posts

    You wouldn’t have to bring a steamer, the photographer or the hotel should be able to find a place for you that does that. I flew to Greece (from Germany) with a dress in a garnment bag, it was a bit in the way but also fine. Could you maybe have it shipped back after the shoot?

    I totally get the problem of making a second shoot special, it’s just not THE special occasion anymore. And this can accomplish that. I totally get that you’re excited!

    But if you are super afraid the dress might be worse for wear a little or are sensitive to having to handle it on the flight etc. then I wouldn’t do it.


    Post # 8
    3403 posts
    Sugar bee

    I don’t think it’s an awful idea and the pictures would be great! 

    However, I had a Destination Wedding and had to deal with my dress with layovers and traveling and it sucked.  What I would do if I were you is to plan the photoshoot to be towards the beginning of the trip and then ship it home via fedex so that you don’t have to carry it around with you throughout your trip.


    Post # 9
    311 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    I say do it. Doesn’t sound that hard! One extra bag with the dress. Just get a steamer there and then you don’t have to worry about the plugs not matching. Or just take it somewhere local to get pressed. Get the photos you’ve always dreamed of in your dream dress. 🙂

    Post # 10
    2603 posts
    Sugar bee

    I second that if you do this, you should consider shipping the dress back instead of lugging it around with you the whole time! That does seem like it would get old quickly. It’s a gorgeous dress and I can see why you’d be disappointed you didn’t ge the photos you wanted. 

    PS I love your mom’s cell phone pic and even though it might not be super high resolution, I doubt if it’s possible to beat it. The dress, your expression, and the joy of the moment will be hard to top even with the best photographer in the world. 

    Post # 11
    2770 posts
    Sugar bee

    Could be screaming for anymore attention?

    Post # 13
    50 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    I would totally do it. The fact that it’s your honeymoon and a gift for this express purpose makes it special and I agree, still feel like part of the wedding. Do you plan to wear your dress again? If not, I think it’s definitely worth the risk of something happening to it. You will treasure those photos forever and if you’re not planning to re-wear your dress, it just seems like a waste.

    As for the hassle of lugging it around, that does suck, but plenty of people do it for destination weddings. Is there anyone you know in Germany that could hold on to it while you travel? Or would you trust a hotel to hold it for you?

    Post # 14
    1151 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2019 - Turkey

    Looking at the photo, I would only imagine your dress to be insanely heavy. I would not do it, because it’s not one destination but a Europe trip. If you’re sure you’re willing to walk around with your own luggage, possibly a backpack, maybe a city map and your gown? I only carried mine from home back to the seller (I had it made for me, but rented the gown)and it was still inconvenient.

    I know some people did photoshoots at honeymoon, but they carried a waaay simpler and light wedding dress. If you do carry, I have no doubt it’ll look amazing though. Good luck. 

    Post # 15
    832 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

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    hickoryhills :  roll and vacuum seal it, bring a hand steamer and I think you’ll be golden! Beautiful dress. 
    edited  to add their are lots of seamstresses that can make another dress out of your wedding dress, they can even dye it.  That dress would look beautiful without the train in a darker color too!

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