Traveling with your dress?!?

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
1757 posts
Buzzing bee

binks24 :  I’m having a destination wedding as well and after some research, I’m just going to carry it on. I think it counts as one of your personal items. I’m just going to lay it on top of luggage in the overhead bins. It’s not worth checking and possibly losing. I have read that some bridal salons will pack it in a carry on for you though.

Post # 3
533 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

There was a recent thread on this exact same topic that I’ve been following because I’ll be flying with my dress from Georgia to California (unfortunately, with a layover). The consensus seems to be that you can carry it on the plane and put it in the overhead luggage but if you’re lucky they may hang it for you in 1st class/ the cockpit. Either way, plan ahead to find somebody to steam the dress upon arrival. 

Post # 4
819 posts
Busy bee

I took mine from CA to NYC in a rolling garment bag as my personal item, and the dress folded up perfectly in it. Once I got to my destination, I just hung it up and let it air out and it was totally fine. My dress doesn’t wrinkle easily and isn’t a ballgown, so that definitely helped!

Post # 5
1102 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’m in a destination brides group on FB and they rave about the “Wally Bag”. I hear if you’re super nice and tell the crew it’s a wedding dress, they’ll let you hang it up front in the plane. Good luck!

Post # 6
994 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I carried mine on and they let me hang it in the 1st class coat rack since it was summer and there was lots of space in there.

Post # 7
67 posts
Worker bee

I am flying from Baltimore to Edmonton, Canada, and relying on the crew’s mercy that they will hang it up for me. Lukcily, my dress wouldn’t need ironing. Just hanging it in bathroom with steam shower on will do the trick. 

Post # 8
527 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

My dress was just at the knee – so not sure if my information will be as helpful – but I had mine hanging in a suit hanger and it fit perfectly on top of my other items in my large luggage bag without having to be folded over.

When I got to my destination I hung it in the closet and it was perfect. Most of the bottom laters are tulle so it didn’t really wrinkle.

Post # 9
580 posts
Busy bee

I got married on the west coast of Canada and packed my wedding dress in a hard sided carry on bag. I didn’t want to have to put it across other peoples bags, too paranoid of something leaking through and somehow staining the dress (probably irrational but better safe than sorry). It worked perfectly, I hung it in the bathroom and turned on the shower at our hotel and the steam took out all the wrinkles perfectly! My husband packed his wedding attire in a hard sided carry on as well. It was perfect we each had our own little wedding bags with our outfits, shoes, my jewelry, our rings etc. It was so easy just wheeling the bags around instead of having to worry about carrying a garment bag and I felt like my dress was 100% protected at all times. 

Post # 10
3311 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

My experience was flight attendants will hang it in their closet if you say it’s your wedding dress. 

Post # 11
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

binks24 :  I’m travelling with a low cost airline to my Destination Wedding wedding in a couple of weeks, and having got there ‘carry-on’ measurements, have found a nice box to pack it in, which the bridal store will do for me.

There is also this website that do boxes for brides as well as bridesmaids, the groom etc.

Post # 12
40 posts

Well we’re flying Jetblue to and from our wedding.  My fiance called and asked about flying with a wedding dress etc…  They weren’t very helpful.  They told me I’d have to either put it in a checked bag or a buy a seat for it (which is ridiculous and I’m not doing it).  I do have a ballgown.  

I’m honestly probably going overnight it through FedEx to my dad’s house (as that’s at the wedding destination).  They told me my dress wouldn’t be considered a personal item because it wouldn’t fit under the seat …..

They said if I came with it they would put it in checked luggage which I would NEVER want.  I would trust them overnighting through FedEx far more than being in the belly of a plane.  

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