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How should I travel on a plane with my wedding dress?

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  • How should I travel on a plane with my wedding dress?

    How should I travel on a plane with my wedding dress?

  • #2
    I HIGHLY recommend putting your dress in your carry on! While I didn't lose my luggage, two of my guests DID have their luggage lost by American Airlines. They didn't pack a carry on and their luggage didn't show up until more than 24 hours later. They lost an entire day of their vacation waiting for their luggage because they refused to buy swimming suits from the resort (who was charging almost $100 for a bikini).

    Try to pack essentials for your wedding day in your carry on but also try to limit liquids. You don't want anything to leak on your dress. I was also advised to buy a "hard case" carry on, which I did, because it prohibits anyone from stuffing their bags above your bag in the overhead bin. That way, nothing can easily leak from their bag into yours. My seamstress told me a horror story about a bride that had that happen to her.

    I also advised my bridal party to pack their wedding essentials in their carry ons but I didn't advise my guests. Looking back on it, I probably should have! Luckily, their bags arrived at our resort 30 minutes before transportation arrived to take us all to our rehearsal dinner. If it had not, they would have attended the rehearsal dinner in the sweaty clothes they had been wearing for more than 24 hours!

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    • #3
      I didn't put my dress IN my carry on, with fear it would get extremely wrinkled and also take up too much space. I brought my dress (and veil) on the plane in a garment bag to protect it. Double check with your flight information beforehand to make sure you are allowed 1 carry on and 1 personal item, as your dress would be considered the personal item. Most often, planes will have a section available to hang your dress, and if it does not, most often flight attendants will allow you to hang it in their closet. So, when I entered the plane the first thing I did was ask the flight attendant where I could hang my dress. This allowed my carry on more room for all of my additional wedding materials (jewelry, shoes, garter, etc.). Whether you put it in a garment bag or in your carry on, the most IMPORTANT thing is to make sure everything you need for the day of the wedding is brought onto the plane with you.

      I also informed everyone in the wedding party to make sure one of their carry on's was EVERYTHING they needed for the actual day of the wedding. Some bridesmaids hung their dress as a personal item, like I did, other bridesmaids put it in their carry on. Either way, be sure to stress that everything necessary for the actual wedding day should be in their carry on, in case (God forbid) one of their bags gets lost.

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      • #4
        We carried on my wedding dress in a nice thick garment bag. I didn't want to take a chance putting it in my luggage and then the luggage somehow getting lost. I had my mom carry it on because she was flying from a different city and I didn't want to chance the groom getting s glimpse of my dress before the big day.

        We called the airline ahead of time to give them a warning we would be carrying on a wedding dress. Once my mom got on the plane, she went to a flight attendant and told them she needed to put the dress in the coat closet. She had no problems on the flight there or the flight back with the dress. It was a little wrinkled from the trip, but the resort pressed it for me before the wedding day and it looked perfect.

        My guests packed their dresses in the checked bag and had no issues, but you never know!

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        • #5
          Personally, I felt that carrying my wedding dress in a huge garment bag would only add to my traveling stress and that it would eventually end up squished into an overhead where throughout the flight it would be further compromised by luggage, etc. I decided (and I am very glad I did) to put in it my check suitcase. I packed liquids in a completely different suitcase to avoid any issue there. After my bag was entirely packed I placed a layer of heavy duty plastic over the top and very carefully folded the dress in half, inside the garment bag, and closed the suitcase. The dress arrived perfectly and I avoided the headache of lugging it through airports!

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          • #6
            I didn't want to carry a huge garment bag either, so I opted to put my dress IN my carry on. I researched packing methods for wedding dresses and saw that tissue paper was recommended. I folded my dress neatly, putting tissue paper in between each fold. When I arrived to the resort, it was the first thing I unpacked. My dress barely had any wrinkles in it and the resort offered free steam service for my dress. The wedding team at Sandos Playacar in Playa del Carmen, Mexico took amazing care of mine and my groom's attire. They even hung it back in our room as soon as the outfits were done, placing my dress in a spot that would keep it extra safe. I was very pleased with this and relieved that I did not have to carry on a garment bag that stood taller than me

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            • #7
              I personally was so afraid of losing my dress that I carried both my husband's suit and my wedding dress in garment bags. They were rough to transport with all of our other bags and the flight staff wasn't the kindest about it counting as a carry-on, but it was worth the peace of mind I got from knowing it was safe with me

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              • #8
                It is extremely important that you carry your dress, shoes, jewelry and anything else that you will be wearing on the plane! We also carried my husband’s suit. I asked the bridal shop to double bag the dress and use tissue paper to help protect the beads – they are the pros, so just ask they will do it all for you. We traveled with our 1 year old and had plenty of bags already, but it wasn’t that hard to manage everything.

                We also called the airline (American) ahead of time to let them know we were traveling with our wedding attire. They took such special care of us and my dress was the first thing on the plane! They have special carry-on sections that they can use for this type of request, so don’t be afraid to ask. My brilliant husband tweeted how excited we were about traveling to get married and American Airlines picked that tweet up and had arranged a send off party at the gate in Miami!! I’ve never seen anything like this, but apparently they have staff that follow these types of posts on social media and love to help you celebrate! It was amazing!

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                • #9
                  I carried my dress on the plane with me in the bag. The flight attendants were very nice and helped me put my dress in a place where it would not get ruined. I would not put in your suitcase for many reasons.

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                  • #10
                    I think you should carry your dress with you but with proper packing.

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                    • #11
                      Traveling in wedding dress would be amazing.

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