Transporting a Wedding Dress
Safely and Crease Free!
Tips for transporting a wedding dress on a plane.
Getting married abroad is a great money saver and an exciting time for both the wedding couple
But how do you get your wedding dress to your destination wedding safely and securely?
I can just imagine what kind of worries you will have:
How on earth do you cram a wedding gown into a suitcase?
Will it get lost in transit?
Will it get crushed or damaged?
Will you have to pay extra for taking your dress on the plane with you?
But don't panic - just read on for some great tips.
Carry or Check In your Wedding Dress?
Your biggest dilemma is probably whether to check in or carry your precious dress.
It is ALWAYS better to carry your wedding dress on the plane as hand luggage.
Most scheduled airlines have closets either in first/business class or those used by
the cabin crew and they will let you hang your dress for the duration of the flight if you
If you are travelling to highly popular destination wedding spots like the
Caribbean, you may find there is competition for hanging space.
In this case, surround your dress with acid-free tissue paper, pack it in a zipped garment bag, fold over any train and
place in the overhead locker.
Budget airlines, for example flights from the UK to hot spots in the Mediterranean like
Cyprus, will not have any first or business class cabins and
space may be limited even in overhead lockers.
You may be forced to consider checking your dress in with the rest of your luggage but you run
the risk of it getting lost or even damaged in transit.
For complete peace of mind, my best advice is if check-in is your only choice, you should consider sending
your wedding dress by courier. Use a reputable courier like DHL or Fedex.
Pack it carefully as if it were going in the aircraft hold and
send it at least a week in advance so that you can check its safe arrival at your hotel.
Note: There is another way to ensure your dress arrives safely - wear it on the plane! A little extreme perhaps
and you will probably need to clean your dress on arrival, but you are almost certain to get some free
champagne for entertainment value alone!
Crease Free Wedding Dress
It is inevitable that you will get some creasing when transporting a wedding dress.
Make sure you allow time to steam (and if necessary clean) your wedding dress on arrival at your
Most big hotels will have a steaming facility in the hotel or can send out your dress to a specialist
cleaner. Check beforehand.
Choose a crease resistant fabric for your dress like chiffon or charmeuse. These fabrics are
light and cool plus they float and move with your body so are perfect for weddings in hot sticky
Avoid a wedding dress with lots of layers as a) there is more to crease and b) you will be far too hot!
Alternative Methods of Transport
If travelling by car to your wedding destination you have peace of mind as the dress will be with you.
Pack your dress carefully in lots and lots of acid-free tissue paper (which will not damage the dress)
and lay it flat, if possible, on the back seat of the car.
If you do not have a garment bag, pin two sheets on either side for protection.
The same care in packing your dress ready for transportation should be applied for other means of transport eg. trains.
After transporting a wedding dress carefully, should the worst happen and it be damaged
or stained with no time to send it to the cleaners, make sure you have an emergency sewing kit and
a bottle of Vanish handy. The first to make some essential minor repairs and the second
to get any stubborn stains out.