(Closed) Traveling with dress: destination brides?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

It depends on the crew the day of. My Maid/Matron of Honor had to bring my dress to my wedding on 2 flights. She asked at the gate and they said they would definately put it in the closet, but then she got to the plane and the crew wasn’t feeling as hospitable. One plane put it in its own overhead compartment, and the other plane laid it over other peoples luggage in the overhead. I think you just have to be really nice and see what they say when you get on the plane.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have a huge ball gown and flew across the country with it (two flights because I could not fly non-stop).  I got the same reaction from the airline before I flew, so was very worried about what could happen to my dress – at the security check and when I tried to board the plane.  Here is what I did:  (1) I bustled my dress so that the train did not drag, then I placed my dress in the garment bag it came in and tried to fold in any excess bag (I had some at the bottom).  (2) I then folded my dress in half on top of my bed and laid on the bag.  Seriously, I just threw my whole body on the folded garmet bag in an effort to get as much air as possible out of the bag.  (3) Once my dress was reasonably flat, I put it (still folded) into a suit-sized garment bag that I pilfered from FH’s closet (they are only about half the length of dress-sized bags).  To get the suit bag zipped I had to lay down on my dress a couple more times – those things take on air really quickly!

Once I had my dress really flattened and closed up in my suit-sized bag, I used that as my carry-on baggage so I checked my real suitcase and walked onto the plane with my purse and my dress.  I had no trouble at security.  I talked to the gate agent prior to both my flights to ask what I should do.  Long story short, NO ONE CARED.  Super sad for me.  All of the gate agents said I should just talk to the first class flight attendant to see if they had room in the first class closet.  One gate agent told me that she would let me pre-board so I could be sure to get closet space, but then she went on break and the new gate agent would not let me pre-board.  In the end, there was space in the closet on both flights and the flight attendants were nice about helping me fit my dress in.  One flight attendant told me that she has seen several brides forget their dresses.  I cannot imagine!

As soon as I got to my parents house, I took my dress out of the bags and let it just hang in the air for a day (I was worried about it being stuffy after being in the bag for so long).  Shockingly, there were VERY FEW wrinkles in my dress after it had sat out overnight.  My mom is still taking it to get pressed before the wedding (I brought my dress home when I went for my shower in June – my wedding is not until September), but it honestly didn’t even need it.  The crinoline and beading sprung right back.

Good luck and let us know how the traveling goes for you!

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’m so glad for this thread, as I had the same question!  We are in Texas and are marrying in Iowa.  Most likely a plane change and most of the day on the plane!! I was thinking of putting it in the garment back and just sucking all the air out (like those magic space saving bags on the infomercials) since I fully expect to have to have it pressed/steamed whatever when we get to Iowa anyway.  I thought about shipping it ahead of us but I would be terrified of it getting lost!

I am more worried about the crinoline though!  I haven’t even bought my dress but I am 99.9% sure it’ll be a ballgown with a big petticoat.  I already HAVE a wedding-appropriate petticoat, don’t want to buy another, but I used to sell clothing on eBay (which is why I already have one) and I KNOW from experience how hard it is to compress those things down to fit into anything.  Maybe I will let it go in a separate suitcase and just hope they don’t lose it!  A smaller risk than losing a dress though!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m a former airline employee and a bride flying 3000 miles with my dress.  We were ALWAYS helpful with passengers with wedding dresses.  There is plenty of storage on all aircraft (even those 9 passenger ones!) so you really don’t have to worry about it.  Do make sure you let the gate agent know and you may also ask if you can pre-board with the 1st class, children, elderly crowd, to ensure you find adequate space and you’re not holding up boarding when everyone else is trying to hurry aboard.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

glad to read this too! i am flying 2000 miles for my wedding, and i was advised by the dress store to mail it to my parents’ house so that i wouldn’t have to worry about it on the plane. the lady said the had heard horror stories about people having to check their dresses. but i really don’t want to put it in the mail. i don’t know what to do!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

One more thing – a friend of mine who did not want to fly with her dress sent it ahead via FedEx.  It was pretty expensive, but she insured it and paid for next day, signed delivery.  It arrived no problem.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Oh it just scares me though, the thought of mailing it.  Like I mentioned, I used to sell on ebay full time for years, and bought a lot too.. and used every shipping method out thre… and I know how things can just not arrive at all!  Granted it didn’t happen that often but I would be a wreck worrying about my dress being the exception to the rule!

Post # 12
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962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh!  I should mention….  bring chocolates!  No lie!  Bring chocolates for the gate agent (when you advise them of your dress as carry-on) and bring some for the in-flight crew (usually 3 – 5 of them, depending on the size of the aircraft).  This is an old trick I’ve used for getting free upgrades (when I was traveling for free on other airlines).  This will surely get you a smile and a little extra help!

Post # 13
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Helper bee

do you need a garment bag for your dress or can i just put it in a plastic bag? I would prefer to fit it on a big shoulder bag vs garment and steam when I get in BUT I am not sure I will wreck my gown.

Id rather not buy a wedding bag cause they are bulkier and the zipper I figured would cause a issue.

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