Post # 1
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
Ok, so I have this ridiculous idea and I wanted to get some bees’ opinions before I throw myself into trying to really make this happen, lol. I got married this past November and I absolutely loved my dress. LOVED it. I love my husband too but damn…that dress was life. However, our photographers screwed the pooch and there’s not a SINGLE full length picture of me in my dress (they missed literally all the big shots. All of them.). The only good picture I have of it is one that my mom took on her cell phone. SAD. Enter crazy idea: as a gift, my husband’s sister gave us a photoshoot overseas in the European city of our choice, which is so cool. We’re going on our honeymoon to Germany in August, and have scheduled the photoshoot to take place in Berlin.
So the question is…do I somehow find a way to bring my wedding dress and a portable steamer to Germany so I can wear it for our honeymoon shoot? Is it weird to wear your dress twice? It has a fairly large skirt and there is stiff tulle underneath it so that might be difficult to manage, but not impossible. Is it worth hauling literally a whole extra bag around Germany just for my dress? Have I lost my mind? Will I deeply regret this, or will I be so glad I went to the effort? Below is the picture that my mom got for reference.
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Could be screaming for anymore attention?
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
It seems pretty split in advice so far which makes sense. To answer some questions:
I think I would be more worried about shipping my dress to and from anywhere, as I’ve heard horror stories about that. If the dress got a little rip in it or something I think I would be fine, but I would be extremely sad if it got 100% ruined or just lost all together.
We’re doing half the trip by car and half by rail, so there would certainly be some logistics to sort out. Unfortunately the shoot is at the end of our trip, otherwise shipping it back right after might be a good method to consider.
As someone else mentioned, I could always just book another shoot here at home, which is an option. It definitely doesn’t seem as adventurous though, and I guess the honeymoon still felt like a “piece of the wedding” which is why it seemed like a fun idea to wear my dress again for that.
Definitely lots to consider, and thankfully I have time to plan. I think I’ll research garment bags and how much we might intend to pack, and see if the logistics seem unreasonable. Thanks everyone!
@MissClaudiaCaswell, get a grip or take your misery elsewhere.
Post # 13
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
- 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
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!