Post # 1
- Wedding: Fireman’s Pavillion
I’ve seen some threads about flying with their wedding dresses, and I wanted to share my experience.
I flew with Delta Airlines. And a poofy A-line/Ballgown dress. I flew from St. Louis, MO to the NYC area.
This something I want to stress: CALL THE AIRLINE with your flight number and plane model. NOT ALL PLANES HAVE A CLOSET! They will be able to tell you if there is one you could possibly use.
If there is no closet (which was my case) you could
-potentially take it as a carry on (airline permitting) and put it in the overhead storage. (I couldn’t see my dress fitting in the small compartment.)
– I put it in my suitcase:
I put my dress in two bags, a long plastic bag and the garmat bag.
I rolled the dress with the nice hanger still attached.
Then placed it into the suitcase (not squishing it or packing it down)
Prayed to the heavens it made it there.
it made it without issue. It wasn’t even wrinkled.
If you go this route, I recommend taking out the hanger and be sure all the air is out of your bag (my plastic bag either popped or ripped along the way).
That’s my experience not sure if anyone has anything to add feel free.
I know for some people they don’t trust not having the dress with them, but this was my experience, and it’s up to you and what you’re comfortable with:
Post # 2
Thanks for sharing, I had no idea not all planes have closets. I have often ended up with damp clothes from condensation in the hold: was this a problem?
Post # 3
I had my dress shop pack my dress in plastic in a wheeles carry on. It worked great, and my dress was a huge ballgown with a detachable train.
Post # 4
My friend booked her tulle ballgown it’s own seat lol.
Very cheap tickets granted, although I think she got some laughs from the other passengers!
Post # 5
butternutter : that’s. Great idea. If I had a poufy gown I might have done the same. I flew delta and they reserved the overhead compartment above my row just for my dress. They let me board first. Put the dress in there and said if any other passengers try to put stuff in there they would stop them from doing so. It was awesome.
Post # 6
I flew with mine recently. (I bought it in another country.). It’s a full length completely beaded sheath dress (think great gatsby).
Here’s what I did, at the recommendation of the dress shop. The main concerns were avoiding folding the dress and also preventing the beads from rubbing against each other.
First, I covered it in tissue paper and also lined the inside with a layer of tissue paper.
Next, the entire dress was carefully hung in a full length dry cleaning bag, and I very carefully pinned the hem into place with tiny safety pins and also pinned a few other spots to make sure the dress wouldn’t shift or fall off the hanger.
Then, a full length zip up dress fabric dress bag (from the dress designer.)
Lastly, I put a layer of Bubble wrap on top of the dress bag and very carefully rolled it up loosely. This was to prevent creases.
The hardest part was carefully squeezing then dress into a small carryon spinner bag. I filled any loose space in the spinner bag with soft clothing items as needed (socks, scarves).
It might seem like overkill but I am happy to report my dress survived the trip in pristine condition!
Post # 7
Oh wow. A seat for a dress 😂
Mine had its own garment moving box for the 8 weeks journey from Europe to the US and then I stuffed it unceremoniously in one of our suitcases for our wedding in Hawaii. I hung it up for 3 days and all was good. (It doesn’t seem like it but the dress had 5 maybe 6(?) layers)
Post # 8
There are Wally bags that make traveling with a wedding dress super convenient. It folds up into a carry on and you place it in the overhead compartment, or hang if a closet is available. I have found that it’s actually a pretty common product amongst destinations wedding brides.
I burrito wrapped a twin sized sheet around my dress so I could fold it safely, it had sequins throughout the lace that were pretty easy to snag. But otherwise was very easy to travel with the Wally bag
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2019 - Canadian Rockies
loveydove : Thanks a million! We are traveling from Ohio to Canada and our main concern is the garments arriving safely
Post # 10
- Wedding: Fireman’s Pavillion
I’m sorry for the long response, I honestly completely forgot about this thread. Haha.
I’m so happy other people have flown with a dress and are stating what they did. I hope someone will use this board later for future advice.
ladyartichoke : I had no issues with damp clothes from condensation, BUT my flight was only about 2 hours between take off and touch down so that could have been a factor.