(Closed) How to travel with my dress…

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I say take it on as carry-on.

Post # 4
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

supposedly if you take that kind of stuff carryon, there’s a place the flight attendants can hang it up for you. for a while i was thinking i’d have to fly with my wedding gown, and i was advised that most airlines could do that for me.

Post # 5
378 posts
Helper bee

when i had to travel with a dress, I took it as a carryon and actually rolled it, with a plastic bag between the layers. Mine wasn’t silk, so I don’t know if that would work, but you can also just take a carry-on garment bag and have the flight attendants hang it for you. You could call the airline just to check, but that should work. A friend of mine traveled to Italy for her wedding and her dress was in first class and she was in coach!

Post # 6
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

keep in mind that a few airlines (southwest definitely) don’t have space to hang garment bags, and they’ll make you squish it up into the overhead compartment. if this is the case, i’ve heard that the only way you can avoid this is to buy an additional seat. i would contact the airline to make sure.

Post # 7
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008 - Ceremony in a historic church, tented lawn reception at a golf and country club

I don’t know if you’ve bought your tickets yet, but I’ve already talked to west jet about flying cross country with my wedding dress and they recommended telling them while booking the tickets (ie, book over the phone) so that they can make room, and it doesn’t then have to count as your carry-on piece.   also, many planes don’t have to extra room to hang garment bags – I was told to pack my wedding dress in as small a box as it could comfortably fit.


Phone and find out!

Post # 8
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I would nicely fold i with tissue paper and wrap it in a box. I brought a wedding outfit from india in a carry on garment bag and I regret it-  had to put it in the overhead compartment and it is absolutely wrinkled beyond what I would have imagined. I also could not tell others not to try to put their jackets and packages etc around it cuz I could not hog the overhead bin. . . .

Post # 9
2408 posts
Buzzing bee

i’d bring it on as a carryon and ask if the flight attendants can hang it up, if not, then make sure it’s the last thing that goes into the overhead compartment so you can rest it on top of the other bags, that’ll help cut down on the risk of it getting squished.

if push comes to shove, as the bride or anyone local where you can go to have it steamed. as before you go though so at least you won’t be scrambling around at the last minute. good luck!

Post # 10
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

If your going to take it as carry on, I would note that the area that would be used to hang your dress, would be in the business class section, where it is usually reserved for hanging coats for business class travellers. 


If your travelling over the summer, it is likely that this compartment (located at the front of the plane) will be mostly empty and you likely will be able to get the attendants to hang your dress. 

Post # 11
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

garment bag – carry it on plane


ship it ahead of time

Post # 12
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

Carry on… you never know what will happen with shipping and luggage gets lost ALL the time.

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