(Closed) Wedding dress on Spirit Airlines

posted 6 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Only 10 days now!?

I am sure they can hang it for you somewhere, but they will probably charge the carry on fee.  Maybe you can call them up and ask them about the specific plane model you will be flying?


Post # 6
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

You’ll have to try to call and specifically talk to someone at Spirit Airlines for a definite answer.  I had called several airlines about this same issue, and some of them either have a closet that’s about waist-high, or they’ll let you have space in the flight attendant closet after the attendants have put their own luggage in there (meaning if there’s no space left over then you’re screwed).  This was not the majority of the airlines, though.

Many airlines told me that a wedding dress is larger than a normal carry-on size and will either need to be checked with regular checked baggage or placed in a garment bag and put in the overhead bin with other peoples’ carry-on baggage.  

Of specific airlines that I remember, Southwest made me put my dress in the overhead compartment and didn’t have a closet at all, Alaska Air had a waist-high closet, Virgin and JetBlue told me that the dress would have to be checked and said that I wouldn’t be allowed to bring the dress on the plane with me at all.  I can’t remember specifics about others because they all started giving the same answers eventually.

Post # 7
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I work for a European airline so i can only tell you our policy!! But we would ask the dress was packed in a box (avalible from your boutique) which would then be stowed in the over head locker or (in more cases than not) we would seat the bride in an empty row with the dress stowed next to her (next to the window) Definatly ring the airline and ask their policy because as PP said some (horrible) airlines will insist it goes in the hold. and make sure you tell the crew your getting married and have your dress with you- they make the final decisions on the day and we’d always give a bottle of champers to the bride!!

Post # 8
13248 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Honestly, Spirit has given me trouble every time I’ve flown with just a carry on.  They charge for everything, and I could see this potentially being a problem for you.  The pillow idea might be your best bet. Good luck!

Post # 9
327 posts
Helper bee

it is better to call and ask. also, plan another option if this doesnt work out as i found out airline usually provide different answer when ask in person and ask on phone. good luck!

Post # 11
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve had HORRIBLE experiences with Spirit.  They nickle and dime you for EVERYTHING!  I like the comment that cabincrewkate left.  You should box it up and take it on the plane with you.  🙂 Good Luck!

Post # 12
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Spirit airlines doesn’t even allow you to breathe in the cabin air without paying an extra fee, I believe.

Roll your dress in a garment bag inside a roller bag and pay the carryon fee. No matter what you do, you will need to steam in when you arrive – at least that way it is better protected – it won’t get dragged on the ground, won’t be out when you’re in an airport bathroom, etc. It’ll be much more manageable.

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