(Closed) Has anyone ever flown with their wedding dress? How?!?!

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
9 posts

I was planning on carrying my dress on in a garment bag to my Destination Wedding, but my bridal shop cautioned against it due to horror stories!  They had me bring my carry-on suitcase into the shop and one of the ladies folded my dress for me into the suitcase (she was a pro).   My lace dress was fine, I hung it up as soon as I arrived and the wrinkles fell out naturally. I felt so much better having my dress with me and supervised at all times!  Dragging it in a garmet bag through the airport and security would have been a nightmare!  We flew JetBlue so they dont have first class/closets.  I even asked JetBlue customer service beforehand and they referrred me to this link (they must get this question a lot!) http://help.jetblue.com/SRVS/CGI-BIN/webcgi.exe?St=273,E=0000000000213950113,K=5455,Sxi=14,Case=obj(380367)

Post # 18
2527 posts
Sugar bee

My sister flew Spirit LAST MONTH and they were very crappy about her dress. They would not hang it anywhere and wouldn’t let her board a few minutes earlier than her number to ensure there was room in the overhead bins. Another early boarding passenger saw her near tears and took the dress from her and put it on with her group. I hate flying Spirit. It’s like the Greyhound of airlines.

Post # 19
10 posts
  • Wedding: April 2017

I flew from Chicago to NJ back in September with my dress and it wasn’t too bad.  Some flight attendants are more accommodating than others.  My flight was delayed so I used the United Club.  They let me store my dress on one of their conference room tables while I waited. Definitely worth the ~$50 club pass to not have to lug it around all day long.

Post # 21
911 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I carried mine through the airport and on my flight. Made sure I had minimal carry-on baggage (only my large purse/tote) so it was easier to carry around. I asked the flight attendant if I could hang it in the 1st class coat rack, they were super nice about it and did it! I also had a dress that wouldn’t wrinkle too badly so I wasn’t too worried either way. I would make sure to fly a major airline with 1st class (not Southwest or anything like that).

Post # 22
2527 posts
Sugar bee

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2dawgcommit :  She said she flew back on either American or Delta (I don’t remember) and she wore one of those glitzy bedazzled ridiculous baseball caps that say BRIDE. They bent over backwards for her. Get yourself a hat!

Post # 24
18 posts

Having seen how the dresses get shipped to the bridal shops in, there is nothing a good steam can’t fix.  🙂 

Post # 25
1443 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I bought this:


to carry my dress and H’s clothes (pants, shirt, vest, tie, under shirt) for the wedding as my carry on bag to fly to Jamaica for our wedding.  My dress had no train, but was a poofy chiffon a-line with a tulle underskirt, and I’d been told by many on here to not check it but to find a way to put it in a carry-on.  The bag I linked has a lot of room, and has pockets on the outside for things like my veil, garter, the rings, the jewelry I planned to wear, H’s accessories, and we also stuffed a few spare items in there just in case out checked luggage went astray so we’d have underwear and a swimsuit each. (It’s the important stuff that matters 🙂  ) 

We had a connecting flight both ways, so on 4 planes I got permission to put it in the closet.  One flight had another wedding dress in there, too.  The captain congratulated both brides as we disembarked.  We flew economy American Airlines.

The resort we stayed at has a laundry service and they offered to steam or press our clothes, but I’d picked a fabric that didn’t wrinkle much, and H’s clothes were just fine.  

Just ask at the boarding counter if you are not certain.  Most people seem to want to accommodate a bride.  Don’t be afraid to be a little pathetic as you ask 😛

Also, remember these dresses get shipped all the time – if they could not be steamed out just fine, no one would ever buy a dress anywhere but home.

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