(Closed) Traveling with your Wedding Dress

posted 9 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I had to fly with my dress from Philadelphia to Grand Cayman (which included a layover) and US Air did not let me hang my dress. I had called in advance and they said it would just depend on how full the plane was that day, so I wasn’t too surprised when it wasn’t allowed. But everyone on the plane around me was very understanding. They let me lay my dress flat across their carry-on bags in the overhead compartment. The dress was fine, it just required some steaming once we arrived on the island! I’d say plan on steaming once you arrive to ease some of the stress of trying to keep it unwrinkled on your trip down!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

It depends on the flight and the airline, and often you won’t know until you get to your flight.  I think the best thing you can do is carry it on.  I think we’ve all heard the horror stories about checking the dress… but you’re not planning on doing that 🙂

I bought a small handheld steamer for when we get to the wedding location.  My seamstress said that no matter what she did, I’m going to need a steam when we get there!

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

It was less than $30 at Target.  It was a Rowenta.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

definitely bring it on board with you; yikes you don’t want to be like that bride who got her gown stolen from her luggage when it was checked in

 

my Fiance is flying in from England, his dad will be bringing their morning suits on board with them; whew, thank goodness

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I know this is not topic related but I am glad I read it. I have been dreading taking my dress to the cleaners for a quick steam before next week but then thinking oh lord what if something goes wrong. Note to self, Target for the 5th time this week, hand held steamer, check! Thanks ladies!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I have to fly across the country with mine with 2 layovers.  It’ll be a carry on all the way!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I traveled with Delta (well, American Airlines since they merged) and I called and they said the only way they could guarantee it is to put it in a carry on luggage bag, because the size of the dress wouldnt have fit their regulations. Maybe they’d be understanding, but I had to fly out of NYC, and I think they’d be a little more strict with their regulations than a small airport. So I crammed my dress in its garment bag into a wheeled carry on bag… Miraculously, it came out of the bag unscathed and didn’t even need to be steamed!! If you’re going to steam it anyway though, you might as well do this. Plus the luggage bag will offer slightly more protection compared to a garment bag. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I have looked into this too and also heard that putting it in a wheeled carry-on is the way to go. One thing to know beforehand just to make sure you aren’t surprised – if your flight is on a regional jet (the smaller planes with only 3 seats across) you can’t take even those on board. They check it for you from the jet-bridge and you get it back on the jet-bridge when you get there. It’s a totally different process from standard checking and I think much safer, but you will have to let it out of your sight. Usually the website can tell you what kind of plane your flight is on.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m traveling to Jamaica in Sept with a Maggie Sottero Ireland dress…. Chiffon is involved. dun-dun-duuuuuun! 🙂 Have no ieda how to care for it or travel with it!! Any ideas on how hard it is to get Chiffon pressed or steamed (if thats even what you do)? Was wondering if I just carefully fold it and place it in a carry on if it will be impossible to get pressed out.

Any advice??

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

I left my dress in my garment bag and carried it on like that.  I was able to hang it in the closet on the first flight, then had to put it in the overhead on the second.  Luckily, there was another girl with a massive dress bag and we laid ours out together & used the entire bin.  No one minded at all 🙂

We used a steamer on it when we got there & it was perfectly fine!  Also, hang it in the shower area and close the door when you shower – a lot of the wrinkles will fall out from the heat and steam.  good luck!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I hand carried mine to Florida.  I was one of the first to board so I laid it in the overhead bin (no closet) and not a single person even attempted to put their bag in that bin! Although I would have put the dress on top of course had they needed the space. 

When I arrived I let the hotel take it to get it steamed for $25.  Best money I ever spent and I didn’t have to deal with it 🙂

Good Luck!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Mr. P's Grandparents’ Ranch

I have to take mine from Chile to California, ohh this makes me so nervous

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I am nervous about this too. I have to go from houston to costa rica and then a five hour drive on rough roads in a 4×4 to the coast! Ugh good time. Praying praying praying.

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