How to Best Transport the Dress
You’ve picked the perfect wedding dress!! Now, how to get it home and from there, safely to the venue. It’s not always as simple as you might think. From gowns covered in delicate embellishments and beading to those made with silk, satin and easily wrinkling fabric, to ones that are just plain big with layers upon layers of tulle, ruffles and lace, most need to be handled with care when in transit regardless of whether you’re traveling by car, bus, plane or train.
A few key rules to keep in mind
First and foremost, once your beautiful dress is in your possession, don’t let it leave your sight. Unless, of course, you are handing it off to a trusted and highly recommended seamstress. You can have the bridal boutique ship the dress to you or you may opt to pick it up in person from from the store. Either way, once you've received it, avoid shipping your gown. It could get lost, damaged or even stolen!
Regardless of whether you pick your dress up in person or have them ship it to your home, the bridal boutique or designers will carefully package your dress to protect it from rips, wrinkles, and other damage. Leave it in that packaging! As tempting as it is to try on your dress every other day leading up to your wedding, resist. Your gown will be much safer in its original packaging. Be sure to also ask if there are any other additional precautions you can take when it comes to dress storage or transport.
PRO TIP: Consider how much traveling you will be doing to get to your venue while you are shopping for your wedding dress. If a gown you have in mind requires a lot of special attention, make sure it won't be overwhelming for you to deal with as your wedding day gets closer.
Here’s our breakdown on how to transport your dress, no matter how you’re traveling.
Transporting Your Wedding Gown By Car
Traveling by car with your gown is ideal. This is the best option because you won’t have to work around anyone else. No matter what, make sure your dress is protected in a garment bag. If it isn't it is being left wide open at risk for stains. You simply never know what is lurking on the floor of the car, Uber or cab you're taking. The bridal boutique should have given you a protective garment bag, but if not, you can either buy one with a gusset to allow for extra storage space for your layers of tulle or train or DIY a makeshift one. Pinning pillowcases, fitted sheets, or large garbage bags around your gown will do the trick in a pinch.
Once your dress is in a bag, hang it on the hooks inside the roof of the car. Drape the skirt over the back seat, keeping it as flat as possible to avoid wrinkling. If you have a car full of passengers or full of luggage the back seat might not be an option. If this is the case, lay your wedding gown flat in the trunk of the car. Just make sure absolutely nothing at all goes on top of the dress. That is the #1 cause of transportation wrinkles and rips!
Transporting Your Wedding Gown By Plane
Whether you’re traveling across an ocean or just hopping a few states over, taking your wedding dress on a plane can be tricky business. The first rule of flying with your gown is DO NOT, under any circumstances, check your wedding dress. It is very likely to be damaged, lost, or even stolen. You’ve heard horror stories about valuables being stolen from suitcases, so don’t even make this an option. Instead, make your wedding gown your carry-on item. Specific airlines and certain flights will have different guidelines for transporting your dress so be sure to call ahead or check the airline’s website. Also, be sure to give yourself even more time than usual to get through security. If your wedding dress won’t fit through the conveyor belt scanner, it may have to be searched manually, which always takes longer. Ideally, you’ll want to bring your dress in its original garment bag. If the flight has a closet in the front, you can ask the flight attendant to hang the dress there. If not, lay it flat in one of the overhead bins. If you are on a crowded flight, there might not be enough space for your gown to have its own bin. In that case, just make sure nobody puts their luggage on top of your dress. Carefully lay it on top of the other items in the overhead bin.
Boldly label your garment bag. You never know how many brides-to-be might be on the same flight. A dress mix-up is the last thing that any of you want to deal with! Packing your dress in a suitcase is another option, if possible. That way, you won’t have to worry about not having a good spot to store it on the plane. Just be sure to add rolled layers of tissue paper in between each fold of your gown to avoid wrinkles. A few creases are inevitable, though, so packing a handheld steamer or having your dress professionally steamed after arriving will make sure your dress looks picture perfect. Just be sure that you only use distilled water in your steamer to avoid any unsightly water marks on your dress.
Still worried? You can actually buy your dress its own plane ticket. Trust us, it’s been done before! For a couple hundred bucks, you’ll have peace of mind because your dress will be right next to you the whole time.
Transporting The Wedding Gown By Public Transit
If you're taking a short subway or bus ride, whether it's home from the salon or off to your actual wedding, make sure your dress is well protected. What ever you do, DO NOT travel during rush hour with your wedding dress. Public transportation can get really packed and that is just a recipe for rips and wrinkles. If there's not much flexibility regarding your ride, consider treating you and your gown to an Uber or a cab for extra safekeeping. If you're taking a long ride on a bus or train, extra dress protection is always key.
If you do take the bus or train, try to get a seat for you and one for your dress. Lay it flat if you have enough space to do so. You can also hang it from one of the overhead poles, but be sure to keep a hand on it the whole time. For long-distance rides, you may be able to store the dress in the overhead bins but avoid train or bus closets. These aren't nearly as secure as they are on an airplane. The last thing you want is your dress disappearing on you.
While transporting your wedding dress can be tricky, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare.
With a little protection and planning, your wedding gown will look absolutely perfect on the big day.