Post # 1
hey all! I bought my dress in the town I currently live in and am getting married in my hometown, so I’ll need to bring my dress on the plane for the ride home. I’m currently trying to figure out what I can put the dress in to transport it. I’m planning to take it as carry on.
other brides who traveled with their dress – what did you pack it in? Did you get a special garment bag or put it in a regular suitcase? Did you have any issues taking it on the plane as a carry-on due to the bag being bigger/heavier than a regular duffle bag? How did it fare getting through the TSA checkpoint?
sorry for all the questions – any insight is appreciated!
Post # 2
- Wedding: San Francisco City Hall
I just flew across country last week for my destination elopement. I ordered the following garment bag from Amazon to take as a carry on. It worked like a charm!
In it I packed my grooms suit, my dress, two pairs of shoes and all my bridal jewelry. Our attire had minimum wrinkling. We had brought a small hand-held steamer with us just in case.
The bag itself was larger than the carry on requirements but we had zero issue traveling with it. I had been concerned about going through security too but after reading many reviews I determined I would risk it.
Post # 3
My dress came with a garment bag and that was what I used to transport it. I just brought it as a regular carry on and tried to lay it as flat as I could in one of the overhead bins. No one gave me any trouble. I’ve heard some flight atttendants will even let you hang it in the First Class closet if there’s room, but my flight didn’t have any closets. I could’ve stuffed it in a suitcase though if I really needed to.
What material is your dress? My dress didn’t wrinkle easily and when I got to my destination I just made sure to hang it up outside of the garment bag to kind of natrually re-poof 😉
Post # 4
We flew two weeks before the wedding so were not worried about luggage getting lost. It was alot of dress. I rolled mine up and put it in a med sized hard sided suitcase and checked it. Discovered after the wedding that it would have fit fine into a carry on suitcase.
Post # 5
Ive used these before they show you how to insert your gown so it doesn’t wrinkle and fits most airline carryone guidlines. https://weddinggownspecialists.com/courier/courier-destinationweddingkit/
Post # 6
Regarding that first link…that’s a lot of money to spend on a garmet bag.
I have a less fancy garmet bag that came with my SO’s suit from Express. I’m just putting my dress into that and carrying it onto the plane with me. I will ask an attendant if they can hang it in their little closet, but if not, I’ll just put it in the overhead bin. No biggie.
Post # 7
I just used the garmet bag it came with- doubled those up- and added DHs outfit & my essentials (shoes, clips, etc) in the bottom. I took it as my carry on (even thought it’s larger than they allow) and had no issues. I even saw tons of other ppl (mostly guys) doing the same thing. There were no first class closets on any of our flights (and we flew SFO- Denver; Denver- Cancun; Cancun – ATL; and ATL back to SFO!) I just folded it up & laid it in our overhead bin for each flight, but my dress was pretty tough to wrinkle so that may not work if yours is easy to crease/wrinkle. once we got to our hotel I took it out of the garmet bag & hung it in the bathroom near the shower so it would steam a little just in case it had wrinkles…
Post # 8
j9marie : I used this same garment bag and I had a full tulle gown, plus hubbys suit, my sweater, evening dress, and all wedding accessories packed in it. It was cumbersome to carry but it worked wonderfully for my husband’s carry on to make sure evething was safe.
Post # 9
I suggest getting a garment bag that is sealable so liquids can’t leak in. If you have to lay the dress over other people’s luggage in the overhead bin, you’ll want to make sure liquids from another passenger’s bag don’t leak onto your dress. This is why I would pay more money for a nicer garment bag, not the cheap ones the dress comes in. I think there was a story about a bride travelling with her wedding dress and got red wine all over her dress from it being in the overheard bin.
Post # 10
- Wedding: San Francisco City Hall
Lakeside003 : Wow, that must have been heavy! My dress was a simple slip and even then my shoulders ached from carrying it throughout the airport. Still I was really happy with this purchase. It did the job.
Post # 11
We each took a small hard-sided carry on for our wedding stuff. I crammed my dress, shoes, jewelry etc in mine and he put his suit and shoes in his. We didn’t have to worry about someone having something leak out of their bag in the overhead bin or worry about not being able to hang garment bags in a closet. I hung my dress on the back of the bathroom door while steaming up the bathroom with a super hot shower. All the wrinkles came out and my husband just ironed out any wrinkles he had. It was fun each having our own special little bag with our wedding essentials in them!
Post # 12
On the bridal store’s advice, I had them pack it for me in a standard-sized, rolling carry on. It was a giant ball gown with a long detachable train and fit easily. At my destination, I had it steamed.
The bridal store told me horror stories about brides that took their dresses in a garment bag. I would not do it.
p.s. the bridal store put the dress in the plastic bag it was shipped in. I folded the garment bag and put it in the suitcase for later use.
Post # 13
zl27 : What were the horror stories of using a garmet bag?
Post # 14
j9marie : it wasn’t too bad! Then again, my husband used it for his carry on so I didn’t deal with it much. It certainly did the job well and was definitely worth the money!
Post # 15
nicoleivy2004 : Rips from the overhead bin, other items in the closet, or the x-ray machine. Stains. Even a mangled dress because the bride was forced to check in the garment bag.
Not to mention, dresses are heavy to carry through an airport. I have a hard enough time carrying regular dry cleaning home. It was much easier to wheel a bag with the dress, shoes, undergarments, jewelry.