(Closed) Wedding dress in carry on question

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Would love to hear the answer to this! I live in Hawaii and am buying my dress here, but am flying to Washington DC for my wedding and have been stressing about how to bring the dress.

Post # 4
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I will be flying to NYC to pick up my dress and will be bringing it home on the plane. I plan on having it in a garment bag and gently rolling or folding it around some towels or something (to avoid crushing it, I guess) and then placing in a hard shell rolling carry-on suitcase. Also, I will not put anything else in the carry-on. I think it should be fine…

Post # 5
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I recommend you call the airline you are flying with and ask them how they recommend you fly with your dress.

The only carry on bag I am using is my garment bag.

Post # 7
3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

@Aug2012bride:  This sounds like a really safe way to go!

OP, I think your answer will depend on what kind of dress you have, how structured, if it’s poofy, thick, etc.  But yeah, call your airline and see what they would advise.

Post # 8
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m also having a wedding overseas. My dress is not super poofy, and I’m planning on something similar to August2012bride. My dress came with a garment bag that I can use to fold it/roll it into the suitcase. I’m also going to pack a handheld steamer!

Post # 9
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I carried on my (huge, poofy, ballgown) wedding dress to my wedding destination, including a stopover.

I placed my dress in the long garment bag it came in, then folded up any excess bag at the end, then folded the bag in half.  I pushed the dress down to let any air out of the bag, and then placed the first, folded, bag into a regular men’s suit-sized garment bag and again pressed out the air.  It was pretty heavy, but very compact and easy to carry.  On one flight I was lucky enough to hang the bag in the first class cabin closet (ask a flight attendant), but on the second I just laid it over the suitcases in an overhead bin.

I had planned to have the dress professionally steamed once I arrived, but it – shockingly – did not need it at all.  My mom used a hand steamer on part of the skirt, but otherwise it looked it good.

Post # 10
43 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

As the others said contatc your airline. Depending on who they are and the plane you will be flying in, some planes have a closet that they will allow you to hang the dress up in. I have had a few friends that have gone that route and the stewardess takes your dress and hangs it up for you. If your airline can’t do that I am sure they can give you some advice on what would be the best way to bring it.

Post # 11
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Oh you will be fine! I had to carry my dress from New York to Utah and I have a very big and heavy Ian Stuart dress. The dress fit perfectly laid out in the overhead bin and it didn’t get wrinkly or folded oranything. The stewardess just closed the bin and no one tried to put anything else in there. Your dressshould fit just fine in the overhead bin and every one seems to be super nice when you have your dress and everyone even let me board before them so I would have plenty of space 🙂

Post # 12
2638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

I did . . . but mine was a J.Crew sheath and it just folded up nicely in a plastic bag (in case of a spill or something) in an overnight bag and I just ironed it when I got there. I’ve also seen flight attendants take dress bags, or I’ve just seen people cram dress bags in the overhead. You should be fine! They typically don’t police garment bags very heavily.

Post # 13
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I carefully rolled my dress inside a wheeled carryon. Since I also had layovers, I didn’t want to have to deal with physically holding my dress, it dragging on the ground (especially in layover bathroom pit stops!). It worked really well!

Post # 14
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I used the garmet bag it came it.  We had a layover, and one flight had a place up front to put the dress and one plane did not, so it went overhead flat on top of some suitcases.  Everyone was very nice and wanted to help because it was clear it was a wedding dress in a big white garmet bag.  It had a hook that you could fold it up when walking with it and carrying it.  When I got to Grand Cayman, it did not need to be steamed.  It looked great.  Good luck to you!

Post # 15
8682 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I put mine in a hard shell case and I am glad I did it that way rather than a garment bag. our flight to our destination was totally full and everyone had massive carry ons. I wouldn’t have had room to lay the dress down on top of any carry ons. The cabin crew were struggling to close the overhead bins. I had my dress and petticoat steamed on arrival at my destination.

I also rang the airlines before hand and they said that they could not store anything in the first class closet and a coupe that I called (low cost airlines) said they didn’t even have a closet/first class.

A tip I got off another board was to turn your dress inside out as this will give another level of protection. I could handle a small tear/mark on the lining rather than ont he front of the dress. Also I was worried about airport security wanting to check the dress and touching it.

Post # 16
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I tried to contact my airline (Continental) prior to my flight regarding where to store my dress but no one would guarantee anything.  I even asked the workers at the gate before boarding and they said I needed to check with the flight attendants on the plane.  Basically, if you are not flying first class, they won’t guarantee space in the front closet.  I got lucky and there was room, but they said if there wasn’t, most brides lay their dress flat across the overhead bin.

One piece of advice my bridal salon gave me that is similar to the previous poster:

Make sure you have clear plastic over your dress, then the garment covering over that.  When you go through security, they may need to look inside and you don’t want any dirty hands touching your dress.  The plastic is clear so they can see it but they won’t need to touch it. 

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