Post # 1
I am assuming that destination wedding brides deal with this all the time but for some reason its the thing I am most stressed about right now. I bought my dress in my home state (NJ) but I am getting married where I currently live (UT). I will be doing my final fitting 2-3 weeks before in NJ. They have agreed to rush the alterations as needed according to my flights but then I will get on a plane and need to bring my dress with me! The bridal salon advised against shipping the dress as it will cost $$$ and what happens if it doesn’t arrive (even with insurance this would be devastating!).
The salon has told me that people can call ahead and they will put the dress in the first class cabin for you. Has anyone ever done this??
I should also add that my dress is Lazaro 3413 – a giant ballgown…….. whoops!
Post # 2
I flew with my ballgow and I bought the largest carry on allowed and put it in its garmet bag and then put it in the suitcase. I didn’t even have to steam it! I stressed a lot about it and I really didn’t need to.
As for the first class cabin – yes chances are that they will let you use it BUT if you aren’t flying first class they don’t have to so if that is your plan I recommend having a back-up. If you call, they won’t necessarily make garuntees for you. And, while this probably won’t be a problem on a cross country flight, not all planes have first class or a first class closet if the plane is smaller.
Post # 3
hikingbride : This is great advice thanks! I hadn’t thought about there not being a first class cabin. Typically the flights from Philly to Salt Lake are pretty big! But that would be terrible.
I am still unconvinced that my dress will actually fit (even stuffed) into an overhead compartment, but this is a much better plan than just hoping it all works out.
Also – love your username!
Post # 4
I carried on my hand and soon as they saw me they were super excited and offered me to store it where they put their coats etc… and then brought us champagne
we then took another flight which the plane was tiny (it goes to an island) and again the same thing
and of course the story happened again on the way back from our wedding
I was told by the airline to buy a ticket for the dress lol no thanks quantas so I took the risk and carried it with me and really no problems.
im sure the air hostesses will be more than happy to store it for you!
Post # 5
2dawgcommit : I travelled by train so not the same but also not easy… I bought 1st class ticket where there is a lot of space and you can hang it. It was half empty so I half hang spread it over a seat opposite me.
Post # 6
I sat beside the bride when I went to a destination wedding and the dress was on top of her the whole time haha, maybe not super comfy but it worked! On the way home she stuffed it in a suitcase 🙂
Post # 7
I flew Jet Blue to my wedding and it says on their website that they don’t have any special accommodations for wedding dresses, so I rolled mine in the garmet bag and put it in a carry-on suitcase and purchased the even more space seats, so we would be guaranteed to get overhead bin space. I brought a travel steamer, but my lace dress was hardly even wrinkled. It worked out pretty well and my dress was with me the whole time, so I didn’t stress about it.
Post # 8
I bought my first dress at kleinfelds and flew back to ATL with it. I just carried it on and they took it from me as soon as I got on the plane.
my second dress was a mermaid Lazaro and I flew from ATL to Salt Lake then to Honolulu with it. I did the same thing. I’m always one of the last people on the plane and never had any issues with them taking it and putting it in the closet. They’re super accommodating when they see wedding dresses.
Post # 9
Yes, I flew with my dress from west coast to east coast. I didn’t call ahead, but they did put my dress in the first class cabin’s closet (I was flying economy plus and have airline status). However, they were not super nice about it, and cautioned me that the closet was very small (it was), so basically we had to fold the garmet bag in half. My dress was tulle from the waist down, and it wasn’t a huge deal; I just hung it up as soon as we got to our inn/venue and all was well.
Post # 10
I was SO nervous to fly with my dress! I flew American Airlines and called ahead to ask if there was anything they could do for me beforehand and she said no but that it should be no problem having someone store it for me in the coat closet when I actually got on the plane. I was told I should show up to the gate as soon as possible and make the request.
I flew from LA to Miami then then had 1 more plane to Jamaica. In the end it was easy! Every time someone was able to store it in the first class coat closet for me. The closet was VERY small though so I also had to fold it in half a couple times like one of the other bees mentioned. I hung it up as soon as we got to our hotel!
It is a pain in the ass dragging it through an airport though I will say that. I laugh about it now!
I call these photos “Adventures of Dress” haha
Post # 11
I had a hudge ballgown with a very long detachable train. The bridal shop packed it my standard size wheeled carry on for me, and I had it steamed at my destination.
The store cautioned against carrying it in the bag. They told me horror stories of dresses getting spilled on, crammed in the O/H with no real protection, torn, and even force checked in a bag!. Plus, do you really want to let ot out of your sight? I was much more comfortable with it in the O/H above me inside a suitcase and the giant plastic bag it was shipped in.
You’d be surprised how small of a box they come in from the designer. It will fit in a carry on.
Post # 12
My dress from my first wedding was pretty big. I had it in dress bag, folded it in half (or thirds probably), and put it in the large bag I was checking. Never thought to deal w the hassle of carrying it on. I knew nothing would happen to it in 5hrs in suitcase. Easy peasy. Did that from east coast to west coast and back.
Post # 13
I have a pretty big ballgown as well. I kept mine hanging inthe garmet bag (actaully double layed garmet bag) and I took it as a carry- on. The plane I was on didn’t have a 1st class coat closet so laid the garmet bag acroess several pieces of luggage in the overhead bins.
Honestly, as long as you don’t let it out of your sight, it really should be fine (There is no way I would let them check it!). I totally get you stressing about it though. We all do. But just find a local place to steam it before the wedding (you’re going to need someone to clean it after anyway, so it’s a good contact to make!) and then it won’t be a big deal which of these methods you use to transport it.
Post # 14
I flew first class with my mom and sister. We put all of our things into one overhead bin and then very carefully put the dress on top (folded in a garment bag). I arranged to have the dress steamed in our hotel room so I wasn’t worried about wrinkling it. I recommend flying first class if you can swing the ticket. Way more overhead space and wine to calm my nerves!
Post # 15
Darling Husband flew my dress down for our destination wedding. He booked a first class ticket to ensure he’d have room to store it and would get that extra attention. The first class cabins have a coat closet so the flight attendant stored it in there hanging up. I know it sucks to pay extra to fly a dress but you are taking a gamble flying coach. You might get an awesome flight attendant like PP who will take care of your dress and bring you champagne or you might get some grump who hates life insists you shove it under the seat. I feel like it’s worth the extra $$$ to pay for an upgrade and not have to stress.