(Closed) How are you fellow destination brides traveling with your dress?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
1518 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you are flying with someone – combine your carry on bags and then one will have the dress and one will have the bag. I would def carry it on. You never know what can happen with your checked bags. my last flight they had something burn through the bag and it burned a hole all the way through our duffle bag and through my makeup bags! I have no clue what would have eaten through it like that but you don’t want anything like that happening to you dress– or them loosing it! 

Post # 4
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

When I talked to AA they said that since we’re flying in October, most 1st class passengers won’t have heavy winter coats to hang in the 1st class closet. So, if there is space they’ll hang your dress. Plus, if you can put your purse in your carry on, then the dress won’t be extra 🙂 You can really bring 2 carry on pieces. 

Thankfully, my mother will be taking it for me (we’re already flying with our 21 month old). 

Post # 5
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

We are carrying it on out of fear of what might happen to it or what state it might end up in. Not sure how full your dress is but if you put some tissue paper between any layers and fold it into thirds I bet it would count as your personal item that can be placed under the seat. 

Post # 6
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I carried mine on in a rolling carry-on bag, rolled up carefully. Not all planes have a closet, and I didn’t want to risk dragging it, getting it wet in the bathroom at the airport, spilling something on the garment bag while eating, etc. I got it steamed when I got there (I live in Boston, wedding was in CA, so you may have fewer steaming/pressing options in a tropical location)

Post # 7
6 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’m actually going to get my dress where I’m getting married, i am very frequent guest at my uncle’s house, so i figured, why not just buy a dress while i’m there 🙂

Post # 8
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

we didn’t have a first class closet on our plane, so they put it in the crew cabinent instead! otherwise i would have had to stuff it in the overhead bin I think. the dress was in addition to my giant purse holding all the rest of my stuff. mr. sew held his laptop bag, suit AND rolly case with my kimono, and no one said anything to him! I think sometimes suits and dresses count more as jackets than carry-ons, but it depends on how picky the airline is I guess.

Post # 9
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I have a short dress so I am just putting it in my carry on

Post # 10
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I didn’t have a destination wedding but I did buy my dress in LA (where I was living at the time) and had to get it to IN where the wedding was.

I flew with it when I went home for the X-mas holiday (ie, tons of passengers, people with heavy winter coats, etc) and had no problem putting it in the first class closet.  The flight attendent didn’t bat an eye – she actually seemed really excited to help with it.  And even the planes that don’t have first class closets have an area where they hang all of the jackets from the businessmen.  The dress could hang there too!

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

My dress is not very big, beach wedding. I’m just going to carry it on. I was nervous about it too at one point, but I think that will be fine since the resort has a steaming/cleaning service.

Post # 13
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

You can buy a one-way seat for your dress too.  This is a good option if you know you are flying on a small plane or one without a large first class section.  Contact the airline to do so though, so they know it is ‘special luggage’ 

I am probably doing this for my dress since I am getting married at a small resort in jamaica (I don’t think they will be able to steam/clean it) and the flight we are on is a smaller plane – no garantee there will be a closet! (2 and 2 seating) I don’t want to check it or risk crushing it in an overhead compartment since no one checks bags anymore!

seatguru.com can be helpful to give you plane details (although they can always switch your aircraft..)


Post # 14
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I am going to bring mine on the plane.  I know I can’t keep it from getting wrinkled though, cause I have a bunch of veils one being a cathedral, which I didn’t even bother getting steamed.  I bought my dress at David’s and there is a David’s in Las Vegas where I am getting married.  They suggested I call the other David’s ahead of time and make an appointment to get it steamed for free, to just let them know I bought it from a David’s in my state.  I am not getting married until Feb, so I haven’t made arrangements yet, but hoping it works out.

Post # 15
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am planning on carrying mine on the plane and hoping in can be hung in the first class closet or something. My wedding is four days after we arrive in DR so hopeful it will not be too wrinkled after hanging for a couple of days. I can have it steamed if needed.

Post # 16
98 posts
Worker bee

just take over an overhead bin. Find an empty one, put all your carry ons as spread out as possible, and put your dress over it. When passengers open it and see all that stuff they’ll probably not move it.

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