Post # 1
I’m getting a little nervous to be carrying my dress on the airplane. The store that I bought the dress from and the alterations place said I should have no problem carrying it on and hanging it in the first class closet. We are flying Hawaiian airlines and when I called they said they would gladly place it in the front closet provided no one has a wheel chair that needs to be folded up and stored in it. After the first flight I have to catch a smaller flight from one island to the next. This one worries me.
Has anyone ever gotten turned down when boarding the plane? What do you do with it if they won’t store it in the closet? I was thinking I could gently set it in the overhead bin, but it definitely would take up an entire bin and need to be folded in half 🙁 I’m a little nervous about this if you can’t tell!
Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
My first marriage was in Maui. I walked on the plane, dress in hand and the stewardess gladly took it and hung it in first class for me. We didn’t have any issues with space, and she didn’t say anything to me if they couldn’t accommodate hanging it, what the alternative would be. I would be surprised if they wouldn’t find some other place to hang it for you though.
Post # 4
Commenting to follow, I’m nervous about this, too!
Post # 5
My dress was all cotton – pretty big and elaborate but not delicate – so I just rolled it up with the rest of my clothes and steamed and ironed it on the other end. Worked out fine!
Post # 6
One time while boarding a Jet Blue plane, I was behind a girl who was bringing a wedding dress on board. She asked the flight attendant if there was anywhere she could have it hung, and the flight attendant said no. She then advised the bride to lay her dress flat, in the above-head compartment, UNDERNEATH PEOPLE’S LUGGAGE.
I would’ve been like “hellllll no!” I’d rather hold it in my lap at that point. I wouldn’t have wanted other peoples baggage rolling on top of my dress like that. Yikes. So as far as I know, Jet Blue doesn’t offer (or didn’t have room that one particular flight) a place for dresses.
Post # 7
My sister had a Destination Wedding and carried her dress on Hawaiian Airlines flight. The flight attendants were so nice and stored it in in first class in a hanging closet. The atttendants knew she was worried about carrying it on board and told her they’ve done this many times, and the gown would be fine. They were right!
Are you traveling on Hawaiian Airlines to an outer island?I’ve had to fly through a few times, and the planes are much smaller and it will probably be folded in a bin.
Post # 8
I’m taking mine to Scotland. We flying with British Airways and there policy is that it really has to be small enough to be carry on?!? They said most of the time there should be no problem hanging it, but if there is no room then it will be checked. This is freaking me out!! I intend to call the local office just before we go to see if they think it’s likely they will hand it. If not, it’s going to have to get packed very carefully into a box or suitcase.
Post # 9
i just took mine to Scotland 2 weeks ago on British Airways. Not a single probtimes for both flights, I got on when they called preboarding. As soon as I walked on the plane, a flight attendant asked if I wanted my bag hung up. I said yes please and told them it was my wedding dress (but they already knew since it was in a big white bag). On The flight from DC to London, we even got champagne from the attendant to celebrate. As we were approaching London, all the attendants came by to say congratulations and wish us luck. Even the smaller plane to Scotland was no problem. They took the dress immediately and hung it up.
Arrived here in Glasgow just fine and didn’t even need to steam it 🙂
Post # 10
I’m taking mine from Sydney to Dallas to Chicago to Detroit – three flights. I’m a bit nervous too! I called Qantas, whom I’m flying to Chicago and they assured me they would find a place for it on its own. Not sure how it’ll go from Chicago to Detroit. Fingers crossed!! I would cry if they made me check it… I do not want to let it out of my sight!
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2012 - Chapel of Flowers
When I took my dress on the plane all of the flight attendant were very helpful. There was only one male flight attendant who stuffed it in an overhead compartment (because the plane was so small I’m talking a 20 person flight.) I almost died when he did that but luckily my dress was fine. It took a while to get used to randon people congratulating us (and even offering advice!). Not gonna lie, I liked the attention after a while!! 🙂
Also something that happened to me, the zipper on my bag broke during a layover! I mean the whole bag would not zip! Thankfully (for some reason) my Darling Husband packed white duct tape and we were able to tape the bag! So it couldn’t hurt to take an extra bag or even duct tape!
@LadyMoriarty: I would have been like No way in hell!! My dress gets its own bin!
@midwestgirl80: I would not check your dress! I am afraid it is a disaster waiting to happen!
Post # 12
i was worried about this as well but had no issues flying from Chicago to Florida. I was able to hang my dress in first class right when I stepped on the plane.
Post # 13
I’m flying to Las Vegas to my wedding. I’m actually considering MAILING the dress ahead of time only because being plus-sized, I’m afraid it’s not going to fit in the airplane closet and there’s no way it’s going to fit in an overhead. Sigh…
Post # 14
You might just want to compact it into a pillow. You can’t be guaranteed that the flight attendants on your specific flight will allow you to put it into the front closet. You pretty much have to expect that you are going to have to steam it when you get to your location.
Here is a blog post about it:
How to Travel with a Wedding Dress
Post # 15
@Glasgowbound: Wow, thanks for the info! You just made me feel so much better! My dress has tons of tulle, so it’s going to get cleaned and steamed on arrive so I am not too worried about creases. I was just terrified of having to check it and it either getting ripped or lost!
Btw, hope you had a fab wedding in Scotland!!
Post # 16
in smaller planes there often isn’t a closet to hang things in which case you will need to put it in the overhead bin. but i did this and its fine, i’d arranged to have it steamed/pressed on arrival but it really didnt need it