(Closed) Dress on the plane?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve actually seen brides carry-on the wedding dress in the bag.  I would call the airline and ask them.

I would also call the hotel and ask about a steamer.  They might have one or be able to get one for the day for an additional cost or even help you out with a local dry cleaner.  It would be much easier than packing one. 

Good luck!!

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I was just wondering this.  I’d rather take it as a carry-on, but what if it turns out that they don’t have a closet I can hang it in?  Will I have to fold it up and squish it in the overhead bin?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’d call the airline.  When I was a bridesmaid, I carried my dress on the plane and the crew let me hang it in one of the closets they have.   You’d think they’d be willing to make an exception/help you out since it’s a wedding dress, especially if you’re super polite about it.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I just booked my flight and asked the booking agent about this (Delta). She said she would make a note that I’ll be traveling with a wedding dress but I can’t reserve space in a closet. I’ll just have to ask the gate agent when I get there. I’m assuming if there’s room in a closet they will hang it up for you, but if there isn’t, it’s going to have to go in the overhead bin.

I’m going to arrive a couple days early so I’m hoping I’ll be able to find a dry cleaner to steam it if need be.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

@MrsPaulsBabyBallerina:  Good idea.  I will call the airline.

 

@Eglantine:  How much does a dry cleaners cost to steam a dress?  I heard someone suggest buying a hand held steamer, but not sure about it. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Many airplanes don’t even have a closet, and for those that do, the space is generally reserved for first class customers. The crew may or may not allow you hang your dress once all the first class passenger coats are hung. There’s no point in calling the airline because whoever answers the phone won’t have any idea of how much room will be in the First class closet, and the crew themselves may not know who is working that flight till they actually show up in the airport. I would definitely have a different plan, and assume you won’t be able to hang the dress. I’d find a really roomy, lightweight garment bag, and take the dress to a local dry cleaner who specializes in wedding own preservation. They can pack/wrap the dress properly so it will be less likely to wrinkle. A garment bag will fit and will be allowed on all US airlines except maybe Spirit. Let the other passengers stow their suitcases, then laybthe dress flat across the tops of the suitcases in the bin.

Then if you show up and there’s closet space, it’s a pleasant surprise, but if there’s no space, you’re not in a pickle.

Or buy a first class ticket but check seatguru.com first to be sure the aircraft even has a closet. If it’s a small regional jet, chances are, there’s no closet, but the bins are so small that most suitcases get gate-checked, not put in bins, and your dress will get the whole bin to itself.

Also you can buy a travel steamer for about $40 at Macy’s. Just practice on a shirt before steaming your dress.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@shychigirl:  How much does a dry cleaners cost to steam a dress? 

Good thing you asked! I just googled and it seems like $100 is average?!? Oy vey. Looks like I will be purchasing a steamer to bring with me…

@fishbone Thank you for the thorough information!

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I plan on carrying my dress on with me and hopefully storing it in a closet, otherwise in the overhead bins as nicely laid out as I can.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We got married in Hawaii and I did call United Airline asking about bringing my wedding dress.  They said I could either pack the dress in a wedding dress box (that you could buy from a dry cleaner I guess) or take the dress in a hanger and they would hang in a close for me.  So I planned to take my dress on a plane and hang on a closet.  However, at a last minute before leaving the house, I decided to put my dress into one of my carry on because I didn’t feel like carrying my dress with me with all stops and people would stare at me with my dress!  It turned out very well, no wrinkle on my dress :-).

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@shychigirl:  Have you booked your flight yet?  Sometimes your flight reservation will tell you what type of airplane you’re on.  If you’re on basically anything other than a CRJ (canada air regional jet) or other type of itty bitty commuter plane, there should be room in a closet either at the front or the back of the plane.  Just ask politely when you board the plane.  I fly Southwest all the time and I’m sure they’d be VERY excited to help you out, they always seem to have enthusiastic flight attendants.  I’ve also put poster tubes and other awkward items into the closets and I have friends that have put instruments in, I don’t think any of us have ever been denied space in a closet. 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2013

The airline carrier we are using (sunwing) has an overhead bin only to be used only for wedding dresses.  I think other airlines offer this as well, Transat and with how common DW’s have become i am sure others have similar options for wedding dresses.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

@purpeley:  Yes, I have booked it.  It’s through Southwest, so I’m glad to hear they tend to be helpful.  I’m going to risk it and just take it in my David’s Bridal bag.  If they can’t hang it, I’ll just put it in a bin and buy a steamer when I get to the destination (Chicago).  Thanks for the help!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@shychigirl:  Excellent.  The entire Southwest fleet is all the same type of plane (737, 747, something big like that, not a puddle-jumper) and I can verify that the closets are big.  PLUS there’s no first class.  If you want to give yourself some additional piece of mind (and guarantee that if for some weird reason there’s no closet space that you’ll have overhead space) spend $10 to get early-bird check-in.  This means that you’ll definitely be in early ‘A’ boarding group (Southwest has open seating, no assigned seats) and there will still be LOTS of bins open.  But, like I said, I fly Southwest all the time and I’ve never, ever met a disagreeable flight crew!  You’re gonna be fine.

 

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