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How to Travel with a Wedding Dress

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how to travel with your wedding dress

You’ve found your dream wedding dress + accessories from our Columbus bridal boutique, and now all that’s left to do is head to the destination of your wedding! If you’re a bride-to-be who needs to fly with their wedding dress, you may be wondering what the best practices are to keep the gown safe + sound on your way to the big day. Keep scrolling for our top tips for flying with your wedding dress!

How to travel with wedding dress

Opt for Carry-On

When flying with your wedding dress, you never want to include it in your checked luggage! Keep it secure + in your sight by bringing it with you as a carry on. Most airlines already recognize wedding dresses / garment bags as carry-ons, but you may want to check with airline policies prior to traveling!

You’ll also need to confirm with the airline that the garment bag will fit into an overhead bin, and may even want to ask if you’ll be allowed to take up a bit of extra room in the overhead compartment. When in doubt, pull that bride card!

Ask about a Captain’s Closet

An even safer option than the overhead bin would be any closet space that the aircraft has available. If you’re interested in this option, we recommend calling your airline ahead of time as well, to ensure that the airplane you’ll be traveling on will have this option available. If it is, this will allow you to hang your gown upright, as opposed to laying or folding it in the overhead bins!

How to travel with wedding dress

Purchase an extra ticket

To be absolutely sure that your gown is traveling safely, consider purchasing an extra ticket if budget allows. We know, we know, it sounds a bit over the top, but buying an extra ticket will allow you to lay your gown out on a seat without a hanger.

Additional tips + things to note:

  • LJM provides all of our brides with a soft-sided garment bag that is not see-through, made for transporting your gown
  • If you choose to pack your gown away, be sure to take note of the care instructions of the fabric when it comes time to steam or press your gown once you arrive at your destination
  • Give yourself at least 24 hours once you arrive to hang your dress after travel
  • Consider purchasing an additional plastic garment bag to put your original garment bag + dress in. This will help to waterproof the layers below and prevent any damage from accidental spills while traveling

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