Almost every bride loves the idea of a destination wedding. Whether it’s an ultra-luxe European ceremony with close friends and family, or a casual rustic celebration at a beautiful farm just a few hours away, there’s something for everyone within the category of destination weddings. Although it could be just what you need to have the big day you’ve always dreamed of, destination weddings come with an extra set of logistics to work out as well. An overlooked set of these logistics is the voyage that your wedding dress will be taking. Let’s talk about how you can ensure perfect transport of your wedding dress to wherever in the world you may be getting married.
Get Alterations Done Early.
When you get fitted for your dress, let your alterations team know your exact day of travel. By doing this you’re giving the team enough time to work on your gown, since most of the alterations done to wedding gowns are by hand. It’s stressful enough when things take longer than expected for in-town weddings, you don’t want to risk any hiccups when you’re 1,000 miles away from your alteration team.
2. Use a Good Garment Bag. Not much can happen to a dress when it’s being driven from the store, to the venue 30 minutes away, that’s why many brides don’t stress over the garment bag their dress is kept in. Flights, multiple days of car travel or shipping your dress however, opens a whole world of possible moisture and dirt. If your gown is taking a trip, you want to make sure you have a high-quality garment bag that will protect it from anything and everything the dress might encounter on its way to your destination.
-Do Not Check Your Gown. Airlines will try to convince you not to pack your dress as a carry on, but what bride would ever be okay with checking her dress?? Not me! If you’re only taking your gown and your purse with you on the plane, you will always be able to take your gown as a carry-on (keeping in mind that some airlines charge for a carry-on). Everything else you’re bringing can be checked. Your gown is the only irreplaceable item you’ll be traveling with, so treat it like a priority! Some airlines will also let you put the dress in the captain's closet, giving it some extra protection from other luggage, so make sure to ask the stewardess about that once you board.
DO NOT forget your gown on the plane (Yes, I’ve seen this happen before).
- Consider Packing a Portable Steamer. If your hotel does not have a steamer you can borrow (many international hotels don’t), you should think about packing a portable one. The last thing you want is a last-minute wrinkle emergency that lands you at a dry cleaner costing a fortune to steam your dress. Portable steamers can tackle wrinkles as-needed throughout the whole day.
DO NOT steam your gown while you’re wearing it. (I’ve seen this happen too)
-Arrange Your Gown’s Trip Home. If you’re not planning on taking your gown with you on the honeymoon, make sure you’ve arranged for someone in your traveling party to take it home with them, and if necessary, to take it to a dry cleaner so your gown doesn’t end up permanently stained.
These are just a few pointers to make your traveling experience with your gown a little less stressful. I hope you found these tips informative, and if you have any questions, ask away in the comments and I’ll be glad to answer them all!
Special thanks to our gorgeous #bofbride Karla de Leon for sharing her beautiful pictures with us!