Planning a wedding is no easy task. It can be hard to find the perfect wedding gown and even harder to find the perfect wedding dress boutique. Viero Bridal is the ideal wedding boutique to help you find the right gown for your dream wedding—no matter its location. If you’re planning a destination wedding, it’s essential to ensure your wedding gown will withstand travel and last until your big day!
In this article, we’ll discuss how to bring your wedding gown with you to your destination wedding without damaging it or risking its safety.
Consider How You Are Traveling
While there are probably plenty of gorgeous wedding venues near you, a destination wedding occurs in a location away from home.
This means you’ll likely be traveling to the wedding venue by plane—and if it is out of state or country, then chances are you may have a distance to go!
The first thing that comes into mind when thinking about how to bring your wedding gown to your wedding is: “How am I going to get it there?”
This may not seem like the most important thing, but consider this: if you’re driving and your wedding gown gets damaged due to travel, or something spills on it while you’re en route—then what?
Every airline has its own set of rules and regulations, so contact the airline you’ll be using to determine how they handle passengers with oversized and fragile items like a wedding dress. While they probably won’t be able to offer any guarantees, you’ll at least learn more about what to anticipate once you board the plane, and you’ll be better prepared to take the wedding dress with you.
Packing Your Wedding Gown
Wedding gowns may have extensive trains, and many gowns include a lot of fabric, so putting your wedding dress away neatly in a garment bag isn’t always easy.
It’s critical to pack your wedding gown carefully because wrinkles can ruin the look. Begin by hanging the dress hanger through the top of the garment bag and displaying it high so you may work with it. Then, fold each side of your wedding dress together toward the middle. Finally, slowly zip the garment bag to avoid snagging any material—placing a finger over the zipper will ensure that your dress is fully protected.
Pack Your Wedding Gown in the Overhead Bin
You could also store your garment bag in an overhead compartment. If that’s the case, you’ll need to fold up the garment bag or roll it up, depending on how much room is available. If you need to roll it, start with the hanger. Another option for overhead compartments is to lay the dress flat on top of a suitcase and fold the wedding dress over it.
It’s often best to avoid putting your dress in your checked luggage. Not only is checking extra luggage costly, but it’s also inconvenient, so no one wants to end up with their wedding gown confiscated and baggage checked. Even worse, you don’t want your dress to get lost!
This is why it is essential to discuss your airline’s weight and size restrictions to ensure you’ll be permitted to include your wedding dress as carry-on.
Another choice for transporting your wedding gown is to buy an extra seat for it.
Some brides purchase seats for their wedding dresses so that they stay in good form during the flight. If you have extra cash and want to be cautious, reserve a one-way ticket for your dress—it’ll stay with you until you’re ready to walk down the aisle.
However, purchasing another ticket can be expensive and may not fit into your budget. So before you buy one for your wedding gown, make sure it’s worth spending extra money on!
Why not inquire whether there are any empty seats on the plane so you can store your dress there? Someone will almost certainly be willing to trade places with you so you can sit next to the gown, and a decent flight attendant will be happy to assist you in moving around so it works for you.
When You Reach Your Destination
The gown will need some attention after you both arrive at your destination. Bring a portable steamer and a voltage converter if you’re getting married outside of the United States. To prevent water spots, cover the top of your steamer with a towel or a cotton sock.
As we mentioned previously: wedding dresses are incredibly delicate. Even though wedding gowns are made to be sturdy, they still can get damaged during transit—especially if you don’t pack them correctly!
If your wedding gown gets caught on something while being checked as luggage or while within an overhead bin, there’s not much you can do about it. If you’re concerned that your wedding dress won’t survive the trip, consider bringing a friend or relative (like a bridesmaid or wedding planner) to hold onto the wedding dress bag and ensure it is safe throughout the journey.
Are You Planning a Destination Wedding?
If your wedding is an adventure, then bringing along your wedding gown should be easy!
However, if traveling with it causes stress, fear not; the advice listed above should help you get hitched without a hitch!
At Viero Bridal, we’ll help you find the perfect couture wedding gown in our Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles locations. With a wide range of designer dresses and the option to custom make the gown of your dreams, you are sure to find what you are looking for!