How to travel with your wedding dress? 👰♀️
If you're going to be flying with a wedding dress, you'll want to map out exactly how you're going to do that ahead of time—because it can get tricky. With full flights, cramped spaces, and grumpy passengers, you want to do everything in your power to make sure your dress gets from point A to point B in mint condition.
1. Talk to Your Airline
Every airline (and airplane, for that matter) is different, so it's best to call the airline you'll be flying on to find out how they handle passengers with large-but-delicate items like a wedding dress. While they probably won't be able to make any guarantees, you'll at least get off the phone with more information about what to expect upon boarding.
2. Pack Your Dress in a Garment Bag With Care
Most wedding dresses have trains and many have lots of fabric, so gathering up your wedding dress neatly into a garment bag isn't necessarily an intuitive task. Here's how to pack up your wedding dress properly and avoid getting wrinkles in your dress during the flight.
· First, stick the hanger of the dress through the top of the garment bag and hang it up high so you can work with the wedding dress.
· Take the left side of the gown and the right side of the gown and fold them into each other toward the center.
· From there, take the bottom of the train and roll it up until the fabric is contained within the garment bag. Once inside, it's time to zip it up—carefully.
3. Trust An Overhead Bin
Another option is that you may need to place your garment bag in an overhead compartment. If this is the case, we recommend folding the garment bag or rolling it up, depending on the space available. If you need to roll it up, roll it up starting with the hanger. Another option for overhead bins is to stack the dress on top of other passengers' luggage, which, again, entirely depends on the space and size of your luggage.
4. A Complete Seat For Your Dress
Yes, you read that right. One way to put your wedding dress on a plane is with its very own ticket. There are brides who literally buy a seat for their wedding dress to ensure it stays in tip-top shape throughout the flight. If you've got money to spare and want to play it super safe, book your dress a one-way ticket to your wedding destination—that way it'll never leave your sight.
For those who don’t want to buy their wedding dress a seat, ask the crew if you can use an open seat for storage. Most likely, someone will be willing to trade seats with you so you may sit close to the dress. Or as you board the plane, a helpful flight attendant will assist you in moving about to make it work.
5. Don’t Forget a Handheld Steamer
Whether you bring one yourself or delegate this task to your bridal party, don’t forget to bring along an emergency steamer. Even if you assume your venue or accommodation has a steamer, it could be broken or busy being used by another guest or party. Handheld apparatuses are quite inexpensive and easy to pack. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Traveling with your wedding dress can be a difficult task but not impossible. Check all your options and always do it in advance.
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By Veronica Rodriguez