(Closed) flying with your dress?!

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Here is a blog post about how Mrs. Poodle traveled with her dress.  I think that’s probably a good option since you can’t guarantee overhead space or space in the first class hanging closet.

Post # 4
5800 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I flew with my dress. They let me hang it up (although the closet was only chest high so the dress was still a little smushed). I didn’t call ahead of time.

Post # 5
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I’ve never flown with a dress. But I’ve heard stories… are you thinking about checking it in? I doubt you would, but just making sure. If the airline isn’t willing to accomodate you, then I would BUY a seat for your wedding dress. No way would I let them push me around about putting it anywhere crazy…

Post # 6
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I flew with mine.  Definitely do not check it, although you are going to have pack strategically to carry it on.  I made sure I was at the gate at a decent time and went right to the desk.  They were very nice and let me courtesy board so my dress had a spot in the closet.  I had already planned on having it steamed and pressed in CLE, so getting crushed was no big deal.

Post # 8
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m flying from New Zealand to Europe – I have called the airline and they told me they will try to put it in a closet but that it’s not guaranteed, I may have to put it in the overhead compartment.  

Post # 9
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I flew with my dress too.  I was kind of worried about it too, not really knowing for sure they would hang it in the closet.  When we boarded, the flight attendant (male) said you know you have to check that right?  Omg, I think I stopped breathing for a sec!!  But he laughed and hung it in the closet 🙂  Didn’t have any problem on the return flight either.

Post # 10
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@soon2beMrsGP: omg, i stopped breathing for a second before i read the rest of your post that he was joking!

Post # 11
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m going to do the pillow case from Mrs. Poodle! I think that is a good idea, no hassles. I called my airline and they had a whole spill ready about travelling with wedding items and it didn’t sound reasonable. I’m going to fold it up in dry cleaning plastic and get two white pillow cases from Target. My FI’s suit will be in the carry on luggage. Good luck ladies!!!

Post # 12
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@chelseaRichard:That’s why it is imperative for destination weddings to not get extremely large poofy gown. My gown is all organza with tulle in the skirt that can be smushed easily into a carryon suitcase. I plan on stuffing it in a suitcase and taking a travel steamer with me. If I am lucky I will unfurl it during the flight and ask a flight attendant to hang it in a closet on the plane. Fiance is doing the same with his tux. I’m even wary of putting it in the overhead, I am small enough that I can slide it a carryon suitcase in the seat in front of me.


Post # 13
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The salon I purchased my dress at said that if i bring in my carry-on luggage they would pack it for me in the best way possible.  I’m debating between that or bringing it in a garment bag and hoping they will let me hang it up… not sure what I will do.

Post # 14
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

It wasn’t a problem for us. Just fold it in 1/2 and then 1/2 again and make it your personal item. Worked great for me plus on the 2nd 1/2 of our flight the captain saw me reboarding with it and hung it up in his the cockpit. You will be fine. =)

Post # 15
43 posts
  • Wedding: November 2010

I flew with my rather heavy/poofy dress and the only bad part was carrying it through the airport and worrying about it the whole time. The flight attendents were really nice and put in the the first class sotrage closet even though we didnt fly first class. I just left my dress in the bag it came in and  and hung it up as soon as I could. Then on the flight back home, I stuffed it in the suitcase!

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