(Closed) International flight with delicate wedding dress – advice appreciated!

posted 4 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What's the best way to get my gown to Singapore?
    Take it in its giant garment bag as carry-on and hope the airline will be nice : (27 votes)
    82 %
    Check it in - the risk of something happening to it isn't worth the worry! : (4 votes)
    12 %
    I have another GENIUS suggestion, and you're going to love me for it. : (2 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    If it’s too big and exceeds the carry-on size limits, then it doesn’t matter how nice the check-in staff is; it won’t be allowed as carry-on. So I’d ditch that idea. Theres government rules about that, and fines for not following the rules, so the rules dont often get bent in this regard. Of all the options, shipping it, insured, using a service such as FedEx, with delivery signature required, is probably your best bet. FedEx transports packages for their bread and butter; they know how to do it without causing damage, and you can track the package’s progress. The airlines do not transport packages as their primary job, they transport people, and even a top-notch carrier like Singapore is still not a package expert. 

     

    Post # 4
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    240 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Agreed.  You’re going to be up shit creek for airline service from anywhere in China when it comes to something like this. 

    My vote is to ship it in a box. http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/blog/how-to-ship-a-wedding-dress

    If the bead work and embellishments are already so fragile that they’re threatening to pop off, vacuum sealing it will just damage the dress further.  And if you carry that sucker on in a garment bag, rest assured that someone is going to force you to check it in.  As someone who is Chinese, I can safely say that the Beijing staff will likely give two craps about your predicament and then yell at you for wasting thier time.   So yes, please, just ship it.

    Post # 5
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    45658 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Ship it ahead of your flight.

    Post # 7
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    464 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    wearing it for an hours-long flight in one of those tiny plane seats seams like a recipe for getting it dirty and crumpled.

    See if you can ship it, with a pickup option at the local FedEx or UPS office.  As far as customs fees, have you priced that?  I don’t know why you wouldn’t insure it regardless, since if anything happens to the gown you’ll have to repair or replace it.

    Post # 8
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    36 posts
    Newbee

    That dress… Adore. 

    Post # 9
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    45658 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Is there someone in Bejing who could ship it to you after you have arrived in Singapore and have an address?

    You could also contact the airline through their website and avoid having to deal with local reps.

    Whatever they tell you, if it involves taking the dress on the plane, bring a printout of their message to show the agents.

     

    Post # 12
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    2876 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @peonyinparis:  oh i hear you on customs fees, mexico has massive import fees for whenever  i want thjngs delivered. Beijing is lovely by the way, i studied 1 semester at blcu!

    With all the additonal info, i think your best bet is to check it in

    Post # 13
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    14 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2018

    Would it be possible to pack it as if you’re shipping it but then just check the box in?  With all those delicate embellishments on the dress I’d hate for them to be carried around in the airport (especially international ones) and possibly get stepped on.  I recently just shipped my dress to J Scheer & Co to get cleaned and preserved – they took care of all the shipping and insurance so when I brought it to the UPS they just brought out a regular cardboard box for me to put the garment bag in.  Maybe your gown might need a little more support, but if I were you I’d feel much better having a dress like that in a hard waterproof box with cushion than to have it stuffed in the overhead bin.  Good luck!

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    From what I have found out, generally ringing customer services is the way to go, so it’s odd that you aren’t having luck. They usually allow you to take the dress in a garment bag (and sometimes even hang it where the hostesses have their jackets hanging), or in a box. It would, however, be the only piece of carry-on you could take (assuming you are going economy). I believe they do take weight into account but for wedding dresses, if they are feeling nice, may overlook the dimensions. I’ve even seen brides say the dress was laid down flat in an overhead locker.

    I know some of the wedding dress boutiques around me stock and have experience with packaging dresses into specialist boxes, they might help you get it into the box for the flight even if it is a tricky dress.

    Good luck! Sorry this is all a bit vague, it’s quite dependant on the customer service counter!

    Post # 15
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    1480 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

    Id contact the bridal salon and see if they have any ways. They must have heard these stories a bazillion times. I bought a travel box off ebay and I am getting it professionally packed but then again your dress is a lot bigger than mine

    Post # 16
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    1480 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

    Ohh and just to say NEVER risk carrying it on a plane and relying on them letting you stash it somewhere. 

     

    1) Peoples stuff get damaged in those coat cupboards

     

    2) if there is more than one bride with the same idea, youre out of luck. In fact, there was a story on another thread about three brides fighting on the plane for the space and in the end they all went in the holdal. 

     

    3) What customer service say they cant back up. They cant guarantee you a place and they have no way of communicating with the attendants on board. You may get there and the flight attendant just says no. 

    4) it may not fit

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