(Closed) Should I ship or carry on my dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Megnolia:  I am getting married on a cruise ship with a big ball gown too. I don’t trust shipping it. I am taking it with me on the plane. Not sure if they will let me hang it in the closet or I will have to stuff it in a carry on, but I will not let that dress out of my sight. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

carry on. because it would be a diaster if they lost it via shipping.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Carry on. For sure. I took my dress on a plane from the east coast to west coast for the wedding, and the flight attendants were unsympathetic biotches when I asked to hang it. The dress + my DH’s carry on took up a whole overhead, though. We just put them in, shut the compartment so no one else could pile their crap on top of my dress, and it worked out fine. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would carry it on. I would be freaking out about shipping it – even with tracking numbers and prioriy mail, things still get lost! 

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You could go the Mrs Poodle route and make it into a travel pillow!  It will need to be steamed once you get to PA anyway so might as well compact it up!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Hey there!  When I got married the first time, I had to bring my dress from Virginia to California.  I put it in a garment bag and carried it on the plane, and when I got onboard I told the flight attendants it was my wedding dress.  They actually have a space on the plane to hang things up (like jackets and such) and they hung it for me and gave it back when I landed.  I think I actually had a layover so I had to do it twice.  It was super easy and the dress got to California no problem.

Of course, I’m also comfortable with ironing, so I ironed it myself the night before.  If that’s a concern for you, you may want to ship it or else give yourself a few days to have it professionally steamed.

Good luck!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I took a ball gown on a flight from Baltimore to Germany, (for a Marine Ball) and they let me put it in the closet.  I’ve been a few flights that brides, including my niece, just rolled up with the dress in the garmet bag and EVERYONE does their best to make sure it doesn’t get wrinkled. I’d be afraid that if I shipped it, that crazy delivery man would taht would be delivering my dress would be that guy that was sticking his shipments up in his attic or something. lol

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Megnolia:  it may be a bit awkward but i would take it on carry on.  i wouldn’t want to risk losing it.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

You DO NOT want to hang a dress in the flight crew’s closet.  It’s only about as tall as your elbow and they cram it full of their bags and first class garment bags.  I’m a business traveler.  I will never hand anything over for that closet full of stuff.

Here’s what I did:

1. Board with the “pre-boards” (people with kids, Elite flyers, peole who need extra time)

2. Lay the dress out in an overhead bin.  You might have to fold it over.

3. Close the bin door. Anyone who opens it will shut it as soon as they see the dress bag taking up the bin.

4. Arrange for steaming at your destination.

 

Done. Easy peasy.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@alliefly:  OMG!  They were that rude when you asked to hang it and you told them it was a wedding dress? Was it in a garment bag? What airline was this? 

@sailor_girl:  @HisIrishPrincess:  I’m glad to read this–one question–if you take a dress like that on a plane, does that count as your only carry on? 

Post # 13
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524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@mimi123:  Since you’re allowed one carry-on and one “personal item” like a purse, I brought on 2 carry-ons.  If I remember correctly, I brought on a large purse or a backpack as well as the dress.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I would not trust shipping with my dress. I will end up carrying on even if I have to stuff it into a carry on bag. I figure no matter what my dress will need to be steamed at my destination any way. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I carried my dress from Canada to Florida – Everyone had told me that there would be a closet on the plane where I could hang it.  Wrong!  I flew one of the major airlines and they didn’t have a closet on the plane.  Instead, they smooshed it into the overhead bin.  My mom had to iron it when we got to the hotel cause it was not pretty.

 

My wedding planner told me that I was possibly the most easy-going bride she had ever dealt with, but even I was having a mild panic attack when I saw them cram it into the overhead bin. 

 

HOWEVER, I would have rather had that issue than risk that dress leaving my sight and shipping it!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

@mimi123:  I had the dress and a small bookbag carry on.   My niece had a  bag with her too (stuff she needed for the Destination Wedding wedding and couldn’t loose, jewelry, underwear and a bikin :D)

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