14 Oct 2013
How To Take Your Dress On A Plane
You’ve decided to get married abroad,
you’ve booked your venue, you’ve found ‘the’ dress and your destination wedding
planning is well underway. Then someone asks you: ‘How are you going to take
your wedding dress on the plane?’ Hmmm…..
Never fear, You Mean The World To Me are
here to help with a step-by-step guide.
image credit: Gypsy Westwood (www.gypsywestwood.com)
Not bought your dress yet? Light chiffon
dresses are great for warm weather weddings and are lightweight to carry and to
pack, plus any little creases your dress might get will drop out pretty easily.
Ask for advice from your bridal shop; with
destination weddings now being so popular they may have boxes or carriers for
your dress, or extra advice and tips for getting any creases out of your
fly with me
If you haven’t booked your flights for your
wedding yet, consider that it might be worth spending a little bit more money
on your flights so that you fly with an airline that is more flexible when it
comes to hold and hand luggage allowances.
Once you have your flights booked, speak
directly to the airline for their advice in terms of taking your dress on their
aircraft as every airline has different policies.
The safest route is to take your dress in
the cabin with you. We wouldn’t recommend putting your dress in the hold just
incase your suitcase or luggage is delayed, ends up on the wrong flight or gets
Some airlines will hang your dress bag up
in the first class wardrobe if there is space – this is more likely with summer
destination weddings when there will be fewer passengers with heavy coats to
hang up. There is the risk that the airline might say they are unable to do
this once you board the flight, in which case the air stewards may ask you to
put your dress in the overhead bins.
a dress in a box
If your airline can not guarantee that they
will be able to hang your dress bag up for you and you are not keen on the idea
that you may have to fold it in the overhead bins, check out the hand luggage
size allowed on your flight and purchase a dress box.
A dress box which fits to the size
specifications allowed will ensure your dress is packaged, easy to carry and
you know for definite that you will have no problems taking it on as hand
luggage. Do also check if you can take one or two items on as hand luggage as
you will most likely want a bag with you as well as your dress – many low-cost
airlines have strict rules about having one piece of hand luggage only and that
the item you have must fit in their size checker.
Make sure that any wedding dress box you
buy comes with white acid free tissue paper. Use the tissue paper to pack and
protect the dress and to avoid creases.
Some good dry cleaners sell wedding dress
boxes with acid free paper and they may even pack your dress for you. Again,
your bridal shop may also have this service or know somewhere locally that they
You can also order destination wedding
dress boxes online. We like www.dressinabox.co.uk
as the website has video instructions on how to pack your dress along with lots
of pretty box styles.
Buying a box to transport your dress is a
good investment too as you can use it to store your wedding dress away properly
after your wedding.
We hope this has helped you to plan how
you’ll take your dress on a plane.
If you want more advice, inspiration and
ideas for wherever you plan to say ‘I do’ then You Mean The World To Me is the
destination for you.
I am Jemma from youmeantheworldtome.co.uk - read my own blog here.