(Closed) How should I pack my dress for a long flight?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

i don’t have the answer – but i’m very interested to find out what other people think… i’ll have to pack my dress as well.

one thing i know: DO NOT check in your wedding dress. it may get lost or damaged!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

it may depend on the size of your dress.  mrs. sea breeze carried hers on board, but it sounds like it was a bit cumbersome (i.e. flight attendant would not hang it up and she had some issues getting it into the overhead bin), and she didn’t even have a poofy dress.  who’s doing the alterations on your dress?  can you have them ship it? they may have a special box or something.

i shipped my dress from ny to ca–it cost a lot (about $180), but there were no problems at all. of course it’s not a guarantee though.

whatever you do (either way is fine), do bring a steamer or make sure the place you’re going to has a steamer.  i used the jiffy handheld steamer–kind of low-tech, but effective. i still use it now, instead of ironing!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

p.s. not a stupid question at all! i do think that people ship and check in their dresses all the time, but it depends on your comfort level.  if you’re going to carry it on board, you’ll probably have to put it in the overhead bin (unless it’s a really big dress, in which case they may not let you carry it on-board). whatever method you use, your dress will probably get some wrinkles, and that’s okay as long as you have time to steam it before the wedding.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

Do NOT check your dress.  I was a bridesmaid at a wedding I flew to a couple months ago, and they lost my bag.  I was SO glad I had my bridesmaid dress in my carry-on.  They didn’t get our baggage back to us for a full week – we were already back home by then.

Will you have enough time after your arrival to get the dress cleaned and pressed professionally?  You wouldn’t have to worry about any wrinkles then!

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

So, your dress will still get wrinkled in a garment bag. You’re going to have to have it steamed regardless of what you do if it’s a gown (a short dress might be ok to not get wrinkled). I actually carefully rolled mine in it’s garment bag and placed it in a rolling carry on. This way, I didn’t have to worry about dragging it on the ground/it getting wet or gross in the bathroom/it getting crushed/stolen/forgotten in the closet up front. A lot of planes these days don’t even have the closets, and if they do, they are much shorter than they used to be. If you put it in a rolling bag, you can safely place it in the overhead.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I carried mine on board and had a flight attendant hang it up for me. The closet was only chest high but it was better than smushing it into the overhead compartment. DO NOT check your dress.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I flew my wedding dress from Houston to Copenhagen with a layover in Newark in checked baggage with no problems at all. I insured ($40 for a loss up to $5000) the luggage that I carefully put it in and the counter attendant was nice enough to put a priority tag on it and it was the first piece of luggage to come out at the airport in Copenhagen. It arrived safely with no damage and then traveled in a car from Copenhagen to Italy and we steamed out any wrinkles the day before the wedding.

I think when you insure a piece of luggage the airline makes a point to get it where it needs to be…they don’t want to be out the money that it would cost for replacement. We were advised by the Priscilla of Boston boutique in Houston not to ship the dress…there is more chance of damage or loss that way.

Edit: We called Continental a few days before my flight and we’re told that if I were to carry it on they will not guarantee room for it. They could “possibly” put it in first class closet but not if it was full and if the plane is full and the overhead bins are then you are out of luck. In these cases, I would have not been able to take my dress at all with me because once you are at the gate there isn’t much that can be done…

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

That is a really good question.  I have a ball gown and I’m trying to figure out how to get it to the wedding.

Right now I’m leaning towards shipping it out there possibly 2-3 weeks before the wedding and then having my mother take it to a “wedding dress” salon or seamstress to steam it out professionally there. 

I will still be panicked and stressed out while it is in transit but I figure its the best bet because there is no way it will fit in an overhead. 

We thought about driving so we could lay the dress down in the back of the SUV but driving 16 hours each way would well suck and also cause us to cut into our honeymoon time.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

@mmcd1523: you have the right idea by giving yourself plenty of time to ship.  the cheapest/slowest to ship mine (and i didn’t have a ballgown style, but more of a fit and flare style), cost $160!! plus i had waited too late and had to upgrade the shipping speed to $180. GAH!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I got married in Austria and live in San Francisco.  I rolled my dress up along with the veil in its bag and put it into a carryon suitcase.  The total travel time was about 17 hours.  It hung on the back of the bathroom door in my parents hotel room for two days and my mom ironed any remaining wrinkles out the morning of my wedding.  It was super easy and no problems!!

Good luck and congratulations!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had a somewhat large ballgown and carried it on.  The flight attendants were very nice and let me priority board so there wouldn’t be a problem with it fitting.  it still got wrinkled in transit but I didn’t have it pressed until I got to CLE anyway.

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