Post # 1
I’m about forty-something days away from my wedding, for which I’ll have to travel by plane because the wedding is in Puerto Rico and I live in Maryland. I think I have the question of what to do with the dress on the plane solved — fiance is most likely going to use miles to upgrade us to first class so that my dress will go in the coat closet for sure. And hey, first class, woo-hoo!
But recently I’ve started worrying about airport security… How exactly does the dress go through? Do I have to put it through the conveyor belt x-ray machine?? What if it gets all crumpled up?!?! Can I go through the metal detector carrying the dress instead? Will they open the garment bag and take the dress out to make sure I’m not carrying liquids in there or something ridiculous like that?? O_O
Anyone here travel with a wedding dress recently? Any and all advice is welcome 😀
Post # 3
i feel like it’ll have to go through the belt, they won’t let you carry anything, even a jacket when you’re cold. i wouldn’t imagine that it should be too bad after just a few seconds in there, you’ll have it hanging the whole plane ride after. do you have a steamer back up plan when you get to the hotel just in case?
Post # 4
I guess what worries me about the x-ray machine is the possibility of having someone’s carry-on pushing against my dress and smushing it all up. Though I could just go through first and have fiance go after me and make sure his carry-on doesn’t do anything bad…
I don’t have an anti-wrinkle backup plan yet! I thought I could use my mom’s hand steamer but then I saw a thread here the other day about how some dress fabrics shouldn’t be steamed because they stretch and that scared me. I’m supposed to go to my final fitting tomorrow so I’ll ask the seamstress if steaming won’t damage the dress, just in case.
I’m just really paranoid about my dress somehow getting damaged because of travel :-[
Post # 5
Call your airline and ask them if you can have some sort of special treatment. It can’t hurt to ask and you can’t be the first bride to travel with her dress.
Post # 6
i think you’re in stressed out freak-out mode, honestly. getting smooshed for 3.2 seconds will not ruin your dress, i promise. take a deep breath… you’re getting married soon!
Post # 7
I traveled with 2 Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses last week. Yes. They made me put it on the belt, but I had no problems otherwise. The dresses traveled fine, and looked okay once we got them where they needed to be. I’m guessing your dress will be okay since it will be in a heavier duty garment bag. = )
ETA-Push your dress through BEFORE your other stuff. Then you can control the possibility of it getting smooshed.
Post # 8
@Ciyra — Oooh, good idea! Definitely doesn’t hurt to ask.
@CorgiTales — LOL, I totally am! I’ve been having sporadic worrying freak-outs since about a week or two ago, and more since I realized that there’s still a lot of stuff left to do that I didn’t know about! 😛
@His Barista — Ok, that’s good to hear! I hope you’re right and my dress does stay ok!! And totally gotcha – dress first.
Post # 9
I recently had to carry my dress on a plane from ATL (where I bought it) to Florida (where I live). I had no problem carrying it through security. I did have to place it on the belt and nothing happened to it. Just pick it up as soon as it comes through on the other side.
In fact, it was an interesting experience because ppl kept asking me if the garment bag had a wedding dress in it and I got a bunch of congrats. It caught me off guard but I noticed you get a ton of smiles for being a bride.
Definitely contact your airline and make sure they even have a captain’s closet or make sure it’s big enough for the dress. My airline didn’t have a closet but it fit fine in the overhead. Even if it gets crinkled, just set up an appointment in advance with your resort to get it steamed.
Post # 10
I’m guessing it will have to go on the belt and if it doesn’t fit, they will probably open it. There is no way they will let you carry it, since they don’t even let you carry a jacket.
And I agree with the others that you should have some type of wrinkle release plan when you get there because it might be wrinkled from being in the bag for a while.
Post # 11
The flight crew is usually very accommodating when they know that you are a destination bride. We didn’t fly first class and they let me put my dress in the first class closet. I don’t think that it’s asking too much at all to request this treatment for such a special occasion. Congratulations and good luck!