Travelling With Your Wedding Dress

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Travelling With Your Wedding DressIf you are having a destination wedding or travelling with your wedding dress, it is important that you properly prepare the dress for the journey. It is also equally important to ensure that it’s stored properly as you make your travel to avoid damage to the dress. There’s nothing worse than showing up the day before your wedding and discovering that your dress has been ruined or needs to be sent out for repair.

Mail Your Wedding Dress

The first option you have to safely get your wedding dress there in one piece is to mail it. While it may seem like a good idea to carry your dress with you as you travel, this opens up possibilities such improper handling or having the wedding dress lost in transit. With some careful planning in advance, you can mail your wedding dress using your favorite shipping company and it will be waiting for you when you arrive. This is also a great option if you need to ship other items like sparklers that can’t go with you on a plane since you can package them all together and have them sipped instead.

Check It With Your Luggage

Another option is to pack the dress up carefully and check it at the airport with your other luggage. The upside is that the dress will be with you when you get off the plane (hopefully), but you certainly run the risk of a misplaced or completely lost garment. If you choose this option, make sure you pack it up well because the luggage handlers are not likely treasure your wedding dress as much as you do.

Buy An Additional Seat

While this may not be the most fiscally conservative way of travelling with your wedding dress, buying an additional seat on the plane is probably the best way to keep your dress under your complete control. This can be especially helpful if your wedding dress is large, heavy, or bulky by design. A word of warning; you’ll probably get a few strange or even nasty looks while you’re in flight. But if you invested thousands into your wedding dress and a countless amount of money into the wedding yourself, this could be worth the extra investment depending on how expensive another plane ticket will be.

Hang It Up

Rather than purchasing an additional seat, some airlines offer a “coat check” service. Ask your airline if there is room in their coat closet for you wedding dress, as some cannot accommodate this or charge and additional fee. The other downside is that these closets are not as spacious as you might hope, which means that you’ll need to buy a lightweight dress that can easily fit into a fairly tight space.

The bottom line is that you should come up with a plan on how you will be travelling with your wedding dress at least a few weeks in advance. This will give you plenty of time to make phone calls to the airline or get to the shipping store.  This ensure the whole process goes smoothly so you can focus on some much needed (and deserved) relaxation on your journey.

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