(Closed) Destination Brides – how did you get your dress there?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
1938 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Could you call the hotel you are staying at and see if they can provide you with a steamer? Its super easy to steam a wedding dress.

Post # 3
11270 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

most flights that i have been on with dw brides, they carry the dress on and put it in the overhead compartment.  occasionally, depending on the airline, i have seen the flight attendants offer to put it in the small closet they have at the front of the plane which is usually reserved for items for 1st class passengers.  this is only if they have the room.  either way, it’s going to get crushed a bit.

most resorts that offer weddings, also offer a steaming for the dress.  keep in mind, if you hang it in your room right away, the wrinkles may fall out with just the humidity in the room.

Post # 4
957 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Steam it when you get there. call ahead and make sure the hotel has a steamer or pack a travel sized one in your suitcase. Either way, us. Bottled or distiller water in the steamer. Not all water is perfectly clear and could make your dress dingey.

Post # 5
5950 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I carried mine on in a soft garmet bag and put it in the overhead.  I only  had to fold it gently in the middle one time to fit it in there.  

I pre-boarded the plane in order to get the whole overhead to myself and then I nicely asked other passengers in my area not to use that particular overhead. This wasn’t such a big deal because my airline doesn’t charge for checked bagage (if the airline charges for checked bags it’s likely that all the overhead space will be stuffed) and my wedding guests were taking up most of the seats in my area (only really had to ask one person not to use the bin).  

That said, my dress was not made of a fabric that’s prone to wrinkles, so I wasn’t overly stressed about it.  mostly just didnt’ want it getting squished by shifting bags.

Post # 6
5950 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Oh, and I also brought my travel steamer with me, just in case (and for other garmets).  it’s this one: http://www.amazon.ca/Jiffy-0601-Powerful-Esteam-Steamer/dp/B0018ZHHS4/ref=sr_1_1/176-3267216-7824909?ie=UTF8&qid=1395166234&sr=8-1&keywords=jiffy+travel+steamer

It’s an excellent steamer, I highly recomend it.  Although it’s meant for travel, I actually purhcased it as a replacement for my larger steamer (took up too much space) and it works great.

Post # 7
1651 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have status with United and I usually am one of the first to board. Then you smile really, REALLY nicely to the flight attendants and ask them if there is any space in the closets (there are several, usually in the first/business class cabin) for you to store your wedding dress. Most of them will let you hang it, though it is not a full-size closet so I folded my dress in half.

Post # 8
5242 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013


berwickm23:  My wedding was in Cuba so I had to bring my dress on the plane. I had it in a soft garment bag Luckily the airline had a special overhead compartment for my dress and my husband put his suit in there also. I also brought a steamer with me but didn’t end up using it.

Post # 9
358 posts
Helper bee

Unless you have purchased a first/business class ticket, don’t expect to be able to store your belongings in that cabin.  I also think you will be hard pressed to get an entire overhead for your wedding dress.

Most likely, the FAs will tell you to lay your dress across the baggage stored in the overhead. Although, US Air has pretty shitty planes so I don’t know if you will have enough room.

Do you have a folding garment bag that you can check?  We use the Tumi Alpha 2.  It’s great for protecting expensive and delicate clothing items.  Then def steam when you get to the hotel.

Post # 11
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I flew a similar (if not the same) airline for my destination wedding in the Caribbean and I was worried sick that I would have issues with my dress on the plane. That was the ONLY thing I was worried about with respect to the entire wedding — it seriously caused me to lose sleep! I was pleasantly surprised that they were pretty gracious about letting us board early with the families who needed extra time (just see the gate agent before boarding and show the giant dress bag and ask nicely). The flight attendants were also very nice about accomodating the dress – one plane had no closet so we took an entire overhead bin for the dress and the flight attendant closed it to communicate to folks that they shouldn’t try to “squeeze” things in there. 

Other tips:

Buy a steamer that you can bring with you (that’s what we did). http://www.amazon.com/ESTEAM®-Personal-Hand-Held-Steamer/dp/B0018ZHHS4/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1395368389&sr=1-2&keywords=steamer+jiffy<br />

Buy a mannequin torso if you are worried about the bodice becoming distorted. I got one that was lightweight (like under 7lbs) and was a full 3D but hollow. I dressed the torso within the garment bag and that’s how it traveled with me. It was heavier but worth it!

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