Whether your special day is held locally or afar, the proper clothing bags are essential. After you’ve spent all that time and money finding your perfect wedding day outfits, you’ll want to ensure your garments are protected, wrinkle-free, and looking brand new out of the bag.
“Safely packing your wedding attire for travel and preserving it after the wedding day is crucial for the longevity of your garments,” says bridal salon sales director Gabrielle LaJudice. “High-end pieces require special care.” Your wedding dress may be at the top of the list when it comes to important garments, so you'll want to do everything possible preserve it before the big day. That's where a garment bag comes in.
If you’ve never used a garment bag before, it can be confusing to know where to start. LaJudice recommends looking for garment bags with high quality fabrics—but no plastic. “It can wear the quality of the fabric and applique very quickly and cause discoloration,” she says. “We use garment bags that are UV protected with a resilient cloth that won't cause wear and tear to the garment."
In order to keep your outfits and special pieces looking fresh and new, we’ve selected the best garment bags on the market today. Use one of these? You'll roll up to your big day looking your best.
Diommell 70" Bridal Wedding Gown Garment Bag
For the incredible budget price of $26, this 70” garment bag is such a steal. Easily fit your wedding gown, men’s suits, party outfits, accessories, and even long trains in this XL bag. We also love that the front of the bag is transparent, so you can easily see everything that’s packed inside.
Price at time of publish: $26
Tumi Garment Bag Tri-fold Carry-on
Tumi is one of the most widely known and respected brands for high quality, premium luggage, so this is definitely a splurge you can feel confident in (the 5 year warranty also helps). This carry-on garment bag fits up to two suits or gowns and toiletries, and comes with a compression strap and wrinkle guards. You can also monogram your bag for an additional fee.
Price at time of publish: $750
JoyandChaos Wedding Garment Bags for Mr. and Mrs.
This highly customizable garment bag from Etsy is perfect for adding your own flair. Choose from several options in size, color, design, and name/lettering. You can even add an “established” year to memorialize your wedding date.
Starting price at time of publish: $20
Best for Travel
WallyBags 66” Premium Tri-Fold Carry On Destination Wedding Gown Travel Bag with Multiple Pockets and Shoulder Strap
A cult favorite for destination wedding brides and grooms, the WallyBag is a must have for any out of town affair. The WallyLock® hanger clamping system helps keep your garments wrinkle-free, and the durable polyester fabric is water repellent. Custom embroidery is also offered (choose “Bride,” “Mrs.,” “initials,” “last name,” etc).
Price at time of publish: $220
Away The Centerfold Garment Sleeve
Keep your pieces dry and protected from the elements with the Away garment bag. Designed to fit perfectly inside the popular Away Bigger Carry-On suitcase, this bag is made with water-resistant nylon with classic leather details, clips into your luggage, comes with an organized internal structure, and has two zippered pockets for storing accessories or jewelry.
Price at time of publish: $65
Best for Dresses
GYSSIEN 66'' Tri-fold Extra Long Dress Garment Bag
This tri-fold, 66 inch, extra long garment bag easily fits up to 4 dresses or 2 full suits and helps keep them wrinkle free. It’s designed for travel in mind and easily fits in overhead bins or under seats. Reviewers rave about how their dresses were so protected that even the gemstones on fabrics went unscathed.
Price at time of publish: $50
Best for Suits
Zegur Suit Carry On Garment Bag
With multiple interior and exterior storage pockets, Zegur's anti-crumple piping structure helps to ensure your suits stay protected, wrinkle-free, and undamaged even when thrown around an overhead bin. The bag features multiple carrying options like in-hand or over-the-shoulder, and can be attached to rolling luggage handles so your arm never gets tired.
Price at time of publish: $85
CalPak Compakt Large Garment Bag
Made with water-resistant ripstop nylon, this deceptively spacious tri-fold bag features mesh pockets, adjustable straps, and folds down into a super compact and portable size that makes travel a breeze. It also comes in several pretty colors to suit your vibe.
Price at time of publish: $98
DEGELER Carry on Garment Bag
Water-repellant and super durable, this German-made, 1 lb garment bag is lightweight and flexible. It comes with a lightweight and solid titanium hanger, and the smart interior design makes it easy to pack 3 entire outfits with accessories. You can also fit a 15” Laptop in the back pocket!
Price at time of publish: $280
Best with Wheels
Samsonite Armage II Duet Garment Bag
Want to give your shoulders a break? Wheel around your dress, suit, and shoes in the Samsonite garment bag. Hangers can face either direction to double your hanging capacity, and the oversized wheels offer smooth maneuverability. Note: this bag will need to be checked.
Price at time of publish: $380
Beis The Hanging Backpack
We’re all for more bang for your buck! This backpack has a built-in, removable, compressible packing system that is perfect for garment bagging on the go! It features ultra-padded straps and even a laptop compartment. This is a great option for wedding week outfits or destination bachelorette party weekends, but it's probably not your best bet for larger, longer, or heavy wedding dresses.
Price at time of publish: $128
DIOMMELL 63" Bridal Wedding Gown Dress Garment Bag
For less than $20, this 63” garment bag is an absolute must for budget buyers. It’s made from premium quality, water-resistant, breathable, and rip-resistant fabric and is spacious enough for trumpet and mermaid dresses with long trains!
Price at time of publish: $17
What to Look for in a Garment Bag
When shopping for your new garment bag, you’ll want to consider a few key factors. First, identify your intended use and how much you plan to pack inside. The size (dimensions) of your garment bag will determine how much you can pack, but you can also consider other storage features like hidden compartments, external zippered slots, added shoe storage, etc.
Size is especially important if you plan to use your garment bag for a destination wedding. A pro tip: select a garment bag that is big enough to fit a wedding dress, suits, shoes, and surrounding wedding activity outfits. You can use this as your carry on (some airlines will allow you to hang your garment bag in the plane’s closet—just don’t forget it when you’re exiting the aircraft!).
You’ll also want to consider the garment bag’s material, which is especially important if you are in a rainy or snowy environment. You’ll want to ensure the bag is weatherproof and/or water-resistant, so the contents of your bag don’t get wet or ruined. Look for language like “wrinkle-free” in the item description to ensure your garment bag has systems in place to protect your items.
Budget is also something to consider; garment bag pricing varies greatly. On our list, prices vary from $17 to $750. If cost is a concern, trust that our budget picks are still excellent choices.
How should I pack my wedding dress in a garment bag?
You can usually hang your wedding dress on a hanger inside the garment bag, folding it over once or twice depending on the style of the bag. “Always put your finger behind the zipper when opening and closing your garment bags,” says LaJudice. “Delicate fabrics are of course easy to snag when opening and closing garment bags. This is such an easy trick to stop any potential damage.”
Does a garment bag count as a carry on?
Yes, it counts. Most garment bags are suitable to carry on planes, but you’ll have to check your airline’s specifications.
What's the difference between bifold and trifold garment bags?
Bifold garment bags fold once in the middle and are the most common type of garment bag. You can attach the bottom part to the top to carry it as one piece, and they tend to be much bigger and more spacious than trifold bags.
Trifold bags have two folds, and are typically more lightweight and compact than bifold bags. That also means they can also carry less. However, they are great for travel because they fit so easily in overhead bins and can easily attach to your other luggage.
Meet the Expert
Gabrielle LaJudice is the Sales Director of Kinsley James Los Angeles, a premier bridal salon. She oversees all Bridal orders and customer experience. She has many years of styling experience both in Bridal Haute Couture, ready-to-wear, and wardrobe design for film.
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Chelsea Frank has been a lifestyle writer for nearly 10 years. She’s contributed to dozens of online publications, researching and writing on a number of topics from clean beauty and fashion to travel and wellness. She’s also an anxious soon-to-be bride, so she’s with you!