Destination Dress: Pack it or Carry?

Whether you’re going halfway around the world or just a couple miles away, getting your wedding dress there safely is a priority!

I have not decided how I am going to bring my designer gown to Mexico. One thing I do know is that having my dress out of sight, even for one day, is not happening. I found a cute blog post on Colin Cowie’s website that highlights a few popular ways to get your dress to its big debut:

Pack or Carry…

  • For weddings that require air travel, either pack your gown into a carry-on bag or take your dress on board in a garment bag in the hopes that a flight attendant will be delighted to hang it in the closet for you.
  • Most airline websites will tell you that they don’t make special allowances for wedding dresses and we’re not suggesting you take any particular risks, but many airlines are more than pleased to store your dress in a closet or in an overhead bin. However, since it’s not always prudent to rely on the kindness of strangers, we suggest the safest route would be packing your gown in a thin plastic bag or a lightweight garment bag and putting it in a secure carry-on bag that fits into the overhead bin. Folding layers of tissue paper in the dress will help to keep the wrinkles at bay.
  • If you pack your dress in a bag, you might want to also bring a travel steamer. Just make sure it’s clean so that the steam comes out clear and won’t stain the fabric. Do a test run with a white fabric! (must buy travel steamer)
  • Another fantastic trick for eliminating wrinkles is to hang your gown in the bathroom, turn the shower on full blast with very hot water, shut the door and let the steam naturally ease the wrinkles out. Just be sure to keep it away from the water. Shaking the dress back and forth helps to move the process along. This method works on any fabric, from airy silk chiffons to heavy satins

Buy it a plane ticket….

  • Purchase a separate airplane ticket for the dress! Sound crazy? Well this decision can give you a priceless peace of mind, with the dress safe and secure in a seat next to you. The dress will arrive at your destination in pristine condition. If my airline can’t promise closet space, I will have to buy my dress a plane ticket! 
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One thought on “Destination Dress: Pack it or Carry?

  1. Great post. I definitely wasn’t letting my dress out of my sight either, so put it in a carry-on and used the overhead storage on the plane. I packed it the morning we left, and unpacked it right away when we arrived. So it was only folded in the carry-on for less than a day.
    And then I hung it up right away when we got to Maui, and the humidity seemed to help keep all the wrinkles out. The steamer definitely sounds like a great idea though.
    Good luck!

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