(Closed) Evacuating for a natural disaster with a wedding dress? I hate this.

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

What type of garment bag did it come in? I definitely wouldn’t leave it at home if you are supposed to evacuate.

I don’t have any experience with that at all, but that really stinks. I can see why you would be stressed.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@rubyroad10 I wasn’t on the coast during Katrina, but it was bad where I went to school so I can only imagine the feelings you are experiencing. Do you have a waterproof storage container or bag of some sort you can store your dress in? I would bring it with me if possible, but I would make sure to secure it tightly. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve had to evacuate for hurricanes before, but not with wedding supplies – the good thing (if any) about these things is we see them coming so far ahead, you have plenty of time to plan! I would buy small bubble wrap, wrap it around your dress, and then put it in garbage bags (if your dress didn’t come with one) and lay it on top of your packed cars’ contents, the last thing you put in. As for your invitations, if you have a small safe that’s fire and waterproof (ours also has a lock), I’d put all your important papers and contracts as well as wedding-related papers (like invitations) in that and store it in the trunk. Obviously, you know to never leave that in your car, right? If something unfortunately did happen, I’m sure you remember the looting that can happen after and you don’t want to be a target.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I don’t think you will ruin it by transporting it, unless it were to get wet.  If it gets wrinkly, it’s something that can be steamed. 

Perhaps you can go somewhere to get yourself a plastic garment bag.  The dry cleaners?  Macys?  Put it in the garment bag you have and then put that in the plastic garment bag to keep it from getting wet. 

Sorry you’re going through this.  I hope that everything will be ok!!

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I have never been through a natural disaster, but I think your decision really depends on where you are evacuating to.  If you are going to stay at a friend’s or family member’s definitely take the dress.  But if you are being evacuated to a public place where you will be living with strangers I’d say make preparations to keep the dress as safe as possible at home.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Sometimes you can find really big plastic storage tubs that are at least water resistant- If you used one of those and sealed it with a lot of packing tape it might help. I’m so sorry you have to go through this!

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t have any experience regarding this situation.  I just wanted to wish you the best.  I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.  (hugs)

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@LizLemon:  Yeah I evacuated from FL for Floyd and my most salient memory is just being completely stopped, on a highway, for a couple hours… everyone was milling around outside of their cars talking because we were going nowhere, and it sure got hot. That’s probably only a potential problem if your dress is heavily beaded – I’d put meltable stuff in your actual car, not the trunk if possible, and keep the AC running. You can come evacuate up here in AL, we will take care of your dress! Haha

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

For the invites, perhaps get those gallon (or bigger) ziploc bags. They come in large sizes. Maybe even a large garbage bag to wrap around your garment bag and seal with tape.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

Re the dress: Might you consider mailing it to a friend or family member not in the path of the storm? It might cost too much, but it is a possibility.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would get one of those vaccum seal bags that you can get at like walmart. They are supposed to be dirt/water proof, you can put pretty much anything into them, they come in different sizes, and it will compact down your dress so that its actually easier to deal with should you have to evacuate. Good luck!

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