- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
I know this is a frequent topic of conversation for destination/out of town brides, so I just figured I would share my story.
Back story: my dress was in St. Louis where my parents live/I bought it, but I live in the Philly area and was flying from StL to Philly with my dress so I could get it altered out here. My dress is a big organza ballgown (Mori Lee 4808).
I was originally booked with United, with a layover in Cleveland, with each legs being one of those teeny tiny planes with only three seats across and one overhead compartment. I knew there was no way there’d be room on my plane for the dress if I carried it on – my flights were overbooked (TIP ONE: You can call you airline in advanced and they HAVE to tell you if your flight is overbooked – if it is, just know your plane will be super full, and that means less space.). I DID not want to gate check my dress (if you don’t know, gate checking is when they tag it at the airplane and instead of carrying on board, it gets placed with all the checked luggage and then you pick it up when you deplane – aka worse case senario for a dress in a garment bag.
My mom and I bought a 29″ upright roller bag just for my dress – it’s the largest standard suitcase size, and we wanted a new one so that the zippers would be strong and hopefully wouldn’t bust and we didn’t have to worry about old shoe dirt or anything on the inside of the bag. We STUFFED my dress (in its garment bag) in that bag – it was a tight fit, but we didn’t really have any other option.
I ended up getting bumped around on a few different airlines due to delays, and actually ended up flying STL – ORD – PHL via American and then US Airways. When I checked it I told the agent that it was my wedding dress and he was super nice – he put extra stickers on my suitcase and tagged it as “handle with care” and even wrote a big note that said “WEDDING DRESS” on it, ha!
I was almost in tears by the time I landed in PHL – it was late, I was tired and stressed, and I was SO worried my dress had gotten lost. Butttt…..
It didn’t! It was perfectly fine and other than my stress level, not a big deal. Its really wrinkly from its six hours all crammed up, but nothing a steamer can’t take care of.
When Fiance and I fly back to StL for the wedding, we thankfully have a direct flight with Southwest, so I am going to carry it on board then (especially since it will actually be steamed). But I just wanted to let everyone know – checking your dress: not really the worst thing ever, especially if you have a day or two if it gets lost.