Are you planning a destination wedding? Then you may want to read this...
Your wedding gown is one of the most important items that you'll take with you. Whether it's a long or short distance, traveling with a wedding gown is a nerve racking task, but taking the right precautions and knowing some information ahead of time will alleviate some of the stress. Before you head for the airport, consider a few things:
Put your dress in a garment bag. A garment bag will keep dirt, dust and anything else from staining your dress and it also makes it easy to carry. Most airlines require wedding gowns to be in garment bags if they are carried on to the plane.
Call the airline ahead of time to find out their policies on taking a wedding dress on the plane. Some planes have closets which the airline will allow brides to store their dresses in, while other airlines may require you to put your dress in the overhead compartment. Whether they have closets or not, if you call ahead you’ll know what to expect when you get on board.
Don’t ship your dress! Although shipping your dress may seem like the best option, it’s not. Many brides ship their gowns to the wedding destination, which is a huge mistake. It’s likely the dress will get stuck in customs and no one wants to be without a dress come wedding day. Rather than ship it, take it with you and bring it on the plane to avoid it getting lost in customs or at the baggage claim.
Bring a handheld steamer. Although your resort may have a steamer you can use, bring your own in case you aren’t sure one will be available. The steamer can help you get out any wrinkles from the flight.
Make an emergency kit. Pack an emergency kit in case something does happen to your dress. Bring baby powder to cover a pesky stain that won’t come out, a needle and white or cream thread and some pins, just in case there’s a fashion emergency.
Now that you've taken some measures to ensure that your dress arrives safely, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of your destination wedding! CHEERS!