Doesn't matter if you're going around the corner or around the world, you're going to have to get your dress from Point A to Point B. Whether you're traveling by train, plane, or automobile, each involves its own challenges, but a few quick tips beforehand can save the day. It's one area where an ounce of prevention will save you a major headache down the road— no matter how far you're going.
Flying? Check Your Dimensions
If you're carrying your dress on, the first hurdle you'll face is security. Be sure your garment bag can fit through the X-ray machine or else TSA will have to open it and pat down your dress.
...and Check with Your Airline
Don't count on onboard hanging space since— most folks are aware— interior space is at an all-time premium these days. (For example, JetBlue doesn't have any hanging storage!) Reach out to your airline in advance to see if it's a possibility. Most airlines now monitor and respond through their Twitter accounts.
Box It Up!
A well-packed box might be the safest and easiest transportation method, whether you're driving or flying. If the dress is already packed, you won't be scrambling at the last minute and risking a wrinkled hemline or uneven creases. Check with your bridal shop to see if they can pack it for you. They'll have the best-sized boxes for your particular dress.
Tracy Spahr, of the UPS Store, says the trick to avoiding wrinkles in a box is to prevent the dress from moving and to keep the garment bag. "Folds might cause a few wrinkles, but with the garment bag, they're minimal and easily steam-able," she says. (Either bring your own steamer or test the hotel's on white fabric before applying to your dress.)