Flying and Driving with my Satin Dress: Düsseldorf-Chicago-Tennessee

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I’ll be flying with my wedding dress packed into a special wedding dress carry on box. I wouldn’t risk it going in the hold. I’m taking it to the local dry cleaners to have it steamed then hanging it up in the hotel. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

My SIL flew from Australia to Thailand with her wedding dress.  When she got on board she asked the cabin crew if it was possible to hang it up and they hung it in a cupboard in the business class cabin (I think – it was a few years ago now).  Pretty sure she got it steamed once she had arrived too.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

samantha83 :  The bridal store will fold the dress into the case for me, they’re kind of rolling it from side to side then tuck it into itself so the boning won’t bend. This is similar to the one I got from my MIL https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hangerworld-Single-Wedding-Storage-Neutral-x/dp/B006NE7WTO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1500393527&sr=8-4&keywords=wedding+dress+storage+box . It’s like a heavy canvas type material. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I’ve heard that you can actually ask the captain to hang your dress in the cockpit. They have a closet for their uniforms there. One of my friends did it for a destination wedding and they were happy to olblige. 

Edit: I just saw someone above me posted something about this already.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I did what mrscee2bee :  did. I told my alterations lady that I was flying with the dress, and she packed it up for me. It was folded neatly, packed with tissue, and wrapped in plastic so it was all secure. Fit perfectly in a carry-on (no way in hell I’d check it and risk losing it). 

The night we landed, I dropped off my dress with an experienced dry cleaner. I’d called her beforehand and let her know I was coming, and she said it wouldn’t be a problem to have my dress steamed by midday the next day. It all worked out perfectly!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’ll have to fly with mine, but nowhere that far. Two recommendations: first, search online or call customer service for the airline. They’ve done this before and may have tips or a policy. Second, find someone who can professionally steam your dress in the place where you are getting married, just in case!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I heard a lot of people were able to hang up their dress on the plane, as others have stated, so I planned to do that.  However, the flight attendants on the flight I was on would not allow it, and made me put it in the overhead bin.  Other travelers were nice and moved things around so it could lay flat over several smaller items, so it arrived fine.  But don’t count on being able to use the closets on the plane. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

samantha83 :  no airline will tell you that they have special handling (closet, etc) for wedding dresses. it is totally just a gamble when it comes to the flight crew. a *lot* of flight crew will see a wedding dress bag, and be happy to help you out with special treatment. however, this is totally not a policy that is sanctioned by the airlines themselves, and not something you can pay for. you just have to hope that you get a crew who takes sympathy on you.

regardless, a satin dress *will* get wrinkled in traveling. the best thing to do is call ahead to your destination and find someone who can steam and iron our your dress for you upon arrival.

Post # 13
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Newbee

There’s no guarantee for this on planes.  I flew American from Chicago to Boston with my big hooped satin ballgown.  My tailor wrapped it up in a garment bag (she told me she has a special method for it, it wasn’t just jammed in there), and my husband carried it through the airport.  As soon as I stepped on the plane, without even having to explain, the flight attendant swooped in and said, “I’ll take care of this!”  They stored it in the first class closet.  Then gifted us a bottle of wine to say congratulations.  The flight attendants were really lovely – I got unbelievably lucky.

Once I got to Boston I did arrange to have it steamed/pressed one last time at a local dry cleaning place before the wedding.  I don’t know how familiar you are with your destination, but I highly recommend this and it gave me a lot of piece of mind.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

It sounds like a lot of brides have had really positive experiences with flying with their dresses! I called my airline beforehand and they said there would be no way they could hang it up anywhere for me, and I would have to shove it on top of other people’s luggage in the overhead bins if there was any room once they were full. And it would count as my piece of carry-on luggage. I ended up packing it in my suitcase and it was very wrinkled on arrival. 

So just a warning, you might not get the five star treatment just because it’s a wedding dress, depending on the airline/mood of the cabin crew. 

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