Your wedding gown and other big-day wardrobe items are precious cargo, especially when traveling to your a destination wedding. However, journeying by planes trains, or automobiles increases your odds of losing your looks exponentially — and what bride wants to spend the day before her wedding scrambling to find a replacement gown? Our etiquette experts weigh in on how to ensure your wedding dress and accessories aren't lost in transit on the way to your big day.
First, consider the option of tucking your gown into your carry-on luggage — or utilizing your gown's garment bag as one of your two personal items allowed onboard. A slim, bias-cut gown or otherwise compact silhouette might easily slip into your suitcase and still allow room for other necessary items, thus alleviating the need to check your gown.
If storing your wedding gown in your carry-on isn't an option, try speaking to an airline representative about creative options for the dress. Some airlines may accommodate your needs by holding the gown in the plane's onboard first class coat closet or provide another resourceful solution if you enlist their help. Some brides even choose to purchase a seat for their wedding gown if they have the financial flexibility to do so, but the option is quite pricey for budget-conscious brides.
If the worst happens and you must check your wedding gown and accessories, make sure to secure travel insurance on your items before allowing the bag to leave your sight. As long as you take the time to properly prepare your plans for transporting your gown well before your departure date, you'll likely find that your gown and accessories safely arrive in your destination location without issue.