Tell me how you flew to your destination wedding with your dress?

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

 I put my dress in a large garbage bag (extra protection against water/spills/etc) and then in the thick plastis garment bag it came in from the store. Carried it on the plane as a carry on. We were flying to the UK so it was a big plane and the attendants hung it in the closet

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I flew to Mexico for my wedding, and we flew Southwest, so no closet to put my dress.  At the advice of my bridal salon, I packed it in a carry on suitcase, and hand carried it in the plane.  I wore a big beautiful ball gown, and I managed to stuff it in the suitcase.  It was a bit wrinkled when we arrived, but nothing terrible.  I hung it in the bathroom with the shower on high heat, and a lot of the wrinkles fell out.  I then gave it a steam the morning of the wedding when we arrived at our venue.

The bridal salon made a good point, that when dresses arrive to them, they arrive packed in a box, so there is no reason why I couldn’t put it in a suitcase.  

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017 - Maui, Hawaii

DaniGirl03 :  I used that garment bag for my destination wedding in Hawaii. It worked perfectly. My dress was a trumpet style with a poofy tulle bottom. My seamstress has me bring the bag to my final fitting with some plain white tissue paper. She put the dress in the bag for me and packed the tissue paper around it, especially between the zipper of the bag and the dress. I still had the dress professionally pressed in Hawaii but I almost didn’t even need it. 

The garment bag fit perfectly in the overhead compartment, but I did buy priority seating so that I could be sure I’d be on the plane first to make sure my dress didn’t end up being checked! Also, the planes I flew on did not have closets to hang the dress in, which I was surprised about after reading accounts of other destination brides who were able to hang their dresses in the captains closet. In fact the flight attendant was quite rude to me when I asked about a closet. We flew United, and it was not a pleasant experience, but we and the dress made it safely so that’s all that really matters. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I flew to London and took the train to Paris. I folded my dress in my backpack & used a streamer. My husband had his suit in a garment bag and Air France put it in the closet for him.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017 - Maui, Hawaii

DaniGirl03 :  I think the bag is very high quality. I haven’t actually used it since my destination wedding, in fact my dress is still inside it because I think the bag protects the dress pretty well in my closet. I think it was definitely worth the money. I was able to fit a few other items in the pockets of the bag as well, including my shoes for the wedding.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I rolled mine up and packed it into a med hard sided case. Drop waist taffeta ballgown. We went two weeks before the wedding so I checked it. When we got there I hung it in the bathroom with the shower running. On the way back I rolled it into a carry on sized suitcase. The size of the suitcase had no bearing on the amount of wrinkles for me (neither made very many creases or wrinkles).

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I carried mine straight on the plane in the bag that was giving to me from pronovias … I really was trying to avoid any weight or crushing to avoid wrinkling … I did purchase the 66” Wally but I used that for my husbands tux my second dress (short white sequin and pearl) and everything for the wedding day etc. just in case bags got lost etc at least I would have everything I needed for the wedding with me on the plan ( even my under garments, shoes etc… literally everything) 

Post # 10
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Newbee

The last time I flew to Hawaii (October of this year) with United, there were no less than half-a-dozen brides on my flight. They all had their garment bags hung up in the captain’s closet. My only piece of advice would be to label your garment bag or use one that’s in some sort of distinct color. The attendants on my flight were very, very concerned that the brides might swap dresses and they tried to remind the brides by announcing to the whole plane no less than 3x to double check that they were taking the right dress off the plane. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

flew to new orleans for my wedding on southwest.. just had the dress in the garment bag, and the flight attendants helped me put it in overhead

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

DaniGirl03 :  it was great ! Loved it ! I still own it and even had my SIL and BFF borrow it for there weddings …. it’s super durable and carried everything perfectly 

Post # 15
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Worker bee

DaniGirl03 :  I flew from LGA to CLT with my wedding dress. My huge ballgown wedding dress with a million layers of tulle. Mori Lee 2887.

I heard horror stories about flying w dresses so othe week of my flight, since it wasn’t oversold, I got the American Airlines “upgrades available on your flight” email and upgraded to first class. I would NEVER do this, but I wanted to ensure that I was on the flight first so I could talk to flight attendants and ask them for the best place to put my dress. 

Unfortunately. the plane was changed to a small puddle jumper, the flight attendant was horrified when she saw my dress. She wanted to help but and there was no First Class cabin or closet on the plane. She did clear out the tiny bin available and let me shove it in there (she was extremely hesitant to handle the dress at ALL b/c of liability reasons – which I totally understand!). 

Once we were about to take off, I realized there was a first class row vacant and so I nicely and hesitantly asked her if we could put my dress in one seat b/c I was mildly freaking out that all of the beautiful tulle would be completely crushed. I legit said “ok, this is going to be a crazy request, please feel free to say no, but, I’m wondering if we could put my dress in that empty seat?”. I think she wanted to say no but being that I had paid for first class, she kinda couldn’t. She was nice about it, and because it was so large, she had to use a seatbelt extender to get it to stay in the seat. She chatted me up about the wedding and kept making jokes about the dress, but I think she secretly was like “WTF”.

Unless you physically buy your dress an actual seat (which some brides do) – no one is required to help your dress arrive in pristine condition. You are taking a risk flying with a valuable fragile dress so try to remember that even if it gets stressful. Hopefully it doesn’t. But just keep calm, and try to work with people…. do not get an attitude, do not be entitled, do not get mad, do not get upset. Be nice, be friendly, be likeable! I read articles about mean brides getting demanding w flight attendants – don’t be that girl.

So that is my not very cheap advice for you. Either buy your dress a seat or upgrade to first class. And be extremely nice.

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