(Closed) How to get dress home?!? flying southwest….

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 7
23597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@snobunyz24: Have you tried calling southwest to see what options they have for you?  I wonder if you just explained the situation to them, if one of the flight attendants can help you out with a solution…

Post # 10
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I just moved cross country with my dress. I put it inside a garment bag, then I rolled the dress and put it in a small suitcase. It was the only thing in the suitcase (I checked all the other luggage). It was really not a big deal and it didn’t actually get too wrinkled.

Post # 11
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I flew with my dress from New Zealand to Europe.  On the last (domestic) flight I was able to fold it in half and lay it across other peoples hand luggage in the overhead compartment, everyone was really careful with it and it was not wrinkled at all.

Post # 12
46667 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Place your dress in a garment bag. Check in online as soon as you can so you get an earlier boarding time. Talk to the flight attendants. They will usually recognize a white bridal garment bag.

 Sometimes they give you an overhead bin of your own. Otherwise, by boarding early you will have access to the larger bins. Pilots have even been known to hang a wedding dress iin their cabins.

Post # 13
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I brought my wedding dress from Sydney to LAX (on Air New Zealand), from LAX to Tucson (Southwest). On the international leg, as soon as I walked on board all the crew knew what I was holding and relieved my tired arms and gave my dress a seat in first class…. now, why couldn’t they give ME the first class seat and my dress the economy seat?! *sigh*

At the end of the long flight they had my dress up front waiting for me. I’ve always been very pleased with Air NZ’s customer service – they’re among my favourite airlines.

Now for the domestic leg I, (or my dress, rather!) was not so lucky, no first or business class seats and the crew did not take any initiative. The flight was not at all full so I just draped my dress over the seat beside me.

I hope that if you decide to take it on-board that your fight is not busy or that you have some crew members who are kind enough hang it elsewhere. Otherwise like a PP said, post it with insurance. I would be too scared to check-in my wedding dress!

Post # 14
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I  suggest calling them.  I knew someone who used southwest for a Destination Wedding and not only did they hang the bride’s dress with their coats they also gave them a bottle of champagne.

Post # 16
3 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011


This is true. Most of the time the flight attendants are willing to help you. This scenario happens a lot, but they just don’t advertise it because of the commotion it would cause among other flyers and “well if she can take a bridal dress why can’t I take ____”. Make sure you arrive at the airport early. Also, make sure it is in a secure garment bag and not just something vinyl or plastic from the dress maker. If you can get one that is made for traveling, such as the one men use for suits, you can put it in there and essentially “fold” it in half to fit it if need be. Typically I have found ones that are at least 3-4 inches deep, which helps for heavy gowns. Those heavy canvas garment bags are very sturdy and won’t make it wrinkle too much. Back to the airline. I don’t blame you for not checking it. However, make sure that this item is your ONLY carry on besides a purse. Otherwise they will not allow you to have it, because of TSA requirements. Also, if the garment bag is too large they may offer to “gate check” it. That is up to you. But finally, every airplane has what is called a “captains closet”. it is meant for these types of items and as long as you have it in one of those garment bags and it doesn’t take up the whole thing (as the pilots actually use it for their flight bags and gear) the flight attendants will usually allow you to put if there if you are very polite and explain what you have. But honestly, getting mad will not make them help you and they will only shot down on you. If you “kill them with kindness” they are more likely to help you. Good luck!!


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