Post # 1
So as our intimate wedding/ elopement approaches I’m getting more and more nervous regarding different details. The current worry is regarding traveling with my big wedding dress to Europe. I have heard that some airlines will let you hang it in the stewardess closet if they are feeling nice (of course they have not obligation to do this) other stories I have heard is that you can lay it on top of other peoples luggage in the overhead bin but this worries me because a.) What if people complain about this and b.) I’m not really sure it would fit anyway. I know I’ve seen destination weddings with people who have just as big of a dress as I do so I know there has to be a way. Can any of you lovely bees tell me if you have any experience or advice with this? I would greatly appreciate it 🙂
Post # 2
I’m going to follow this one as I will be in the same boat.
Post # 3
hskon4891: I traveled with my wedding dress (for my previous marriage) to Mexico- the flight attendants were very sweet and hung it for me. No issues at all!
Post # 4
Call the airline and find out what their policy is! 🙂
Post # 5
I bought my dress in NYC and had to travel back to Atlanta. I only fly Delta. They we’re all very accommodating to me and hung it without a problem. My wedding is in Hawaii so hoping for the same thing. Oh and we fly standby and are always the last to get on and it still wasn’t a problem. I’m sure they’d be even more accommodating to paying customers.
Post # 6
keep it on the hanger/garment bag and carry it on!!!
Post # 7
hskon4891: I actually gently rolled/folded mine into a rather large dress box and put tissue paper in between the layers so they didn’t rub. Then I took it as a carry on and just stored it in the overhead bins on top of my tote bag so it didn’t get crushed by any other suitcases. Worked fine, and then I just had it steamed the day of the wedding.
Post # 8
I carried mine in its garment bag and laid it over the bags in the overhead….never bothered to ask the flight attendant to hang it as I just assumed I would be putting it in there. Nobody complained, I don’t really see why they would since the dress isn’t harming their luggage in any way.
Post # 9
I have heard before that most airlines don’t have these “steward closets” anymore? I’ve never seen one, but I’ve also never looked for one. But I would make sure that’s actually a thing on your particular flight before counting on it – I’ve just read several times before about those not being a thing nowadays.
Post # 10
Don’t EVER check your dress! You want to make sure it gets to your destination and not get damaged. Carry it on in the garment bag. You could also get a small suitcase that will fit in the overhead and do it that way.
Post # 11
Southwest is the most severe with this- they have no designated area to hang a wedding dress. however they were very accommodating with me traveling internationally (kind of) so I think you will be fine. my dress fit in the overhead bin in it’s garnet bag (barely but we made it work) Plus my dress was gigantic and weighed in at 40lbs. Just don’t check it whatever you do!
Post # 12
If the airplane has a first class cabin, they will likely have a coat closet. Just be super nice to the flight attendants and ask for their help finding a spot for it when you board. They’ll be happy to help if you are nice and friendly!
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2015 - City, State
I recently traveled with my wedding dress this past saturday. Unfortunately the airplane I travelled on did not have any additional closet space, but the seat next to me was empty so i just sat it there! It survuved the journey and I did not have to get it re-steamed thankfully!
If there are not closet space, you can always check is there are two empty seats and just sit there with your dress. Or, if budget allows you to, buy the seat next to you…
Post # 14
I flew with my dress to Mexico as a carry on in a doubled up garmet bag & it traveled great! I added DH’s outfit as well, along with our nicer jewelry just in case anything happened to our luggage. None of our planes had closets (the flight attendant’s said that’s pretty rare now- we flew sw) but I had zero issues just laying it on top of other ppl’s luggage in the overhead bin- I just made sure Darling Husband was the first one up to grab it before others started pulling ou their luggage. We even took 4 flights total to/from the wedding and had zero issues….
Post # 15
I am flying with Etihad to Europe from Australia for our wedding, I sent them an email on Facebook and they replied saying they could hang it up for me. I just plan on getting to the airport early and being VERY nice!