Post # 1
Ok… so, I may be the luckiest girl in the world, but I somehow fell onto luck and was introduced to a famous bridal gown designer who offered to custom make me a one of a kind gown for my original budget (yeah, I know, luck). This has, however, made me VERY paranoid about how to get the gown to my destination.
Any brides deal with this? Did you ship it or carry it on? Did the airline allow you to bring it as your carry-on baggage/did you have any problems at the airport?
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia
I’m curious about this too. I’ve been searching the Bee archives, but the info is all a few years old.
I am thinking of taking mine as a giant carry-on, and hoping that a flight attendant takes pity on me.
Post # 4
@mdoodles: I would never ship it or check it – if something happened to it or your luggage was lost you’d never forgive yourself.
I’m still debating how I’m gonna get mine on the plane as well. My seamstress said she can fold it the proper way and put it in a carry on, but I think I am just planning on risking taking it on the plane and asking them to hang it up front in the closet. Hopefully that works!
I called the airline and their official policy was no…but last time i was at the airport i asked the hostesses and they said it wouldnt be a problem. *Fingers crossed*!!
Post # 5
@HappinessIsInDaisies: Good to know about the hostess! Thanks! 🙂
American Airlines basically told me that they offered no services to brides… then said I could book my dress it’s own seat. I was even willing to do that when the rep then told me “Well, that will only work if the flight isn’t overbooked. If it’s overbooked, we’ll have to bump the dress so a person can sit there”. Thanks, American. So glad I had all 35 of my guests book through you. lol.
Good luck! Let me know how yours works out for you!!!
Post # 6
@Reeniero: hahaha. My photographer said worst case, break down in tears, I just may have to. lol
Post # 7
@mdoodles: Haha I will….I’ll be flying in 3 weeks so hopefully the staff are in a good mood that day!
Post # 8
@mdoodles: Space saver bag and a fantatic seamstress/steamer at your destination? I hope you can figure it out!
Post # 9
Shipped it! The place I purchased my dress could either charge sales tax or ship it if being married out of state.
They cost exactly the same and it was really worth it.
Post # 10
I folded it as small as I could get it, zipped it in a waterproof bag and put the whole thing (also shoes, accessories, jewelry, veil, reception dress) in a duffle bag. I know it’s safe because it’s with me, it’s regulation size so I don’t have to deal with any foolishness with the airline. And I’m not a public in-your-face kinda person, so I’m not sure that I want everyone knowing that I’m on my way to get married.
Post # 11
@mdoodles: fold it into a carryon, and get it steamed on arrival
Post # 12
We just got back from our Mexico wedding a few weeks ago & I carried my dress on the plane as my one allowed carry + my purse. We flew with airtran & I e-mailed customer service about it just to be sure, even though their website says its okay. I didn’t have any issues whatsoever, it even got us upgraded on two of our flights! I did use a plastic hanger instead of the nice sturdy metal & wood one I had- I also put DH’s outfit in the garmet bag with my stuff & duct tapes the hanger hooks together so nothing would fall. It was just a plain ol garmet bag, not the special foldup carry-on size ones. I saw other gentlemen carrying what I assumed to be their suites as well… Didn’t even got stopped at TSA!
None of our flights had a closet to hang it in, but we had zero issues just folding it in half & putting it in the overhead bin. It didn’t even get wrinkled or anything, but my dress is a satin underlay with a polka dot mesh overlay so it’s not easy to wrinkle. After our flight we still had a 20 min ferry ride & it did fine there too. We had a total of 4 flights in all (1 connecting on our way, another to take us to our families home state for a reception, and another to take us home) and I would do it again as a carry on in an instant. My arms hurt a little but i just had Darling Husband hold it for me if that happened.
I was 100% against shipping after hearing how many items don’t make it to Mexico from the US, so that’s something to look into depending on your location. If I could not have carried it on in my garmet bag I would have folded it up inside a regulation sized carry-on. Especially after our checked bags got put on different flights than us TWICE….
Post # 13
I flew from Oklahoma City to California with mine. In OKC, I had them scan it manually so it wouldn’t have to go through the x ray machine. Took a smidgen longer, they had to open it up for the world to see, rubbed it with a white cloth to make sure it didn’t contain anything flammable.
I then put it in one of the overhead bins. My husband and I shot to the back of the plane and took up a compartment bin with our stuff and closed it. This is what we did for all 4 flights. My dress was lace and didn’t crease/wrinkle easily so I folded it in half on top of itself and it stowed away nicely. It was also a huge ball gown.
ETA: We flew southwest. We had zero problems.
Post # 14
i carried mine on and it wasnt small by any means. on the small plane i folded it over and put it in the overhead and on the larger plane the flight attendant hung it up in the closet for me. I flew American if that helps
Post # 15
Thank you so much for the tips, everyone! I think I’m going to chance it and take it to the airport with me after so many of you said you didn’t have an issue. Shipping scares me – especially because my wedding coordinator at the hotel seems just a bit flakey.
You all made me feel such a sense of relief about this. Thank you so much!!
Post # 16
@Brittany0503: Thank you!!!! I will be flying American as well… and they told me they have no policy… guess the customer service agents aren’t as sympathetic/understanding as the stewardesses!