Post # 1
I’ve heard that the flight attendants will hang your garment bag somewhere in the cabin for you, was this your experience? Did this count as a carry-on, or did they allow you to bring a carry on bag in addition to the dress? And finally, did you have to make special arrangements/beg at the check in desk for assistance? 😉
Post # 3
When i carried my wedding dress they were extra nice on every flight and didn’t make me count it as a bag. They had a hanging area and always helped me hang it. I would recommend a steam iron afterwards. And I didn’t have to make any special arrangements, the second they realized it was a wedding dress, they were more than happy to help.
Post # 4
@teamajax13: what airline did you use?
I am also having to transport my dress and I would love to hear more answers 🙂
Post # 5
It was Us airways. Now when I asked at the desk before boarding each flight they did tell me if was dependant on if there was room in the closet, which there always was. So It’s good to communicate well with them and check before boarding each flight. But again, on all my flights there was plenty of room. I also heard of some peple USPS their dresses and insuring it. Good luck gals!
Post # 6
@teamajax13: thanks for the info!
Post # 7
Ooh! I hope that I can do this for getting married in america, but I will have at least two flights to get there and I dont fancy dragging it through airport security… 😛
Post # 8
I’m also bring my dress from NY to Cali. I’ve heard that you can usually carry it on and hang it in the coat closet, but the woman who sold me my dress told me that she had a bride who was flying with southwest and they wouldn’t let her so she had to put her wedding dress in a carry on bag! I think I would cry the whole way there if that happend to me. I’m considering shipping my dress after hearing that story
Post # 9
@natbug21…..very welcome!! 😀
Post # 10
I flew American from Baltimore to Houston to Austin and didn’t come across too much trouble simply carrying it in a garment bag. I added a loop to the bottom of the bag to hook it over the hanger so it wouldn’t drag on the ground (the bag was taller than I was!). Each time I went from the jetway to the cabin I asked the attendants if there was somewhere I could hang it, the only time there was any doubt was when they weren’t sure if it was a wedding dress (the white bag doesn’t give it away apparantly). They did have to fit it in a half-sized closest so a large/poofy dress may have problems fitting.
I had a backpack with me but didn’t want to mess with another bag besides that so I can’t help you on the counting part (though security was very helpful with getting it through the scanner).
Post # 11
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
It’s really a crap shoot if you will be able to hang your dress up. My husband asked before we boarded the plane if it would be possible to hang my dress somewhere, the flight attendent was really rude to him and told him that it was just a dress and to shove it up in carry on. No prob, that was what my backup plan was. As we were getting on the plane, we happened to start talking to the captian who ask if that was my wedding dress I was holding. When I told him yes, he offered to hang it in the copit for us. I had to chuckle a little when he handed the rude flight attendent my dress and told her to hang it up. hehe 😉
But back to your question. If you can’t hang it up. Fold it in thirds and place it on top of your carry on in the overhead compartments. We did this on the way home and had no issues.
Post # 12
I mailed mine to the hotel via UPS seriously insured. I sent it to the attention of our group planner. She went beyond the call of duty and had it hanging in our suite when I got there.
Post # 13
I flew on American from St. Louis to Chicago to Mexico. The flight attendants on the first flight let me hang my dress since there was extra room. From Chicago to Mexico I had to put it in the overhead bin. Our first was late so we BARELY made this flight. But people were nice about moving stuff since it was a wedding dress.
My dress was chiffon so I didn’t worry about it getting all wrinkled. I just hung it up when we got to the resort and it didn’t even need to be steamed!
Post # 14
I flew US Air to Grand Cayman. On our first flight, they had a place up front to hang the dress, and they hung it up no problem. The second plane did not have a place to hang it in the front (or so they said, but they weren’t mean and felt bad when saying this). So, I laid it on top of other luggage, and it fit fine across an entire overhead thing. I was able to carry on another large carry on piece with my dress.
I can’t say for the return because I had so much extra room in our checked luggage from all the welcome bags and things we had for the wedding that I just put my dress in there for the return and didn’t deal with it. It was already so dirty from the evening that I knew it needed to be cleaned pronto.
Post # 15
I am hoping that there wont be a problem with mine either, I have to take 2 flights to get to Vegas but Iam wondering does anyone know what the groom does with his tux?
Post # 16
@Anxiouspeanut: there are a lot of places in vegas that you can send the groom’s measurements and they deliver your tux of choice to the hotel. that’s what we intend to do.