How on earth do you get your dress to your wedding destination?

Luckily, it is becoming more and more common, and thus easier, to transport your dress by plane, train or long car journeys. Phew!

If you are freaking out, here are some tips to help you get it there safely.


  • ALWAYS carry your wedding dress on the plane as hand luggage. Here is where you can play your “wedding card” again! Call ahead of time, and ask the airline to reserve you a space in the closet.
    Most airlines have closets  used by the cabin crew and they will let you hang your dress for the duration of the flight.

What to do if there is no cabin space; (highly popular destination wedding spot, or budget airline)

  • There are garment bags and boxes especially designed for these scenarios. First, make sure that your dress is surrounded with acid-free tissue paper. If it is a large, voluminous dress, pack it in a zipped garment bag, fold the bag in half and place it in the overhead locker. If it is a little smaller and can be folded over more than once, consider using a box to transport it, as long as the size will be accepted as hand luggage. Never try to check it in!

The one shown is from and is priced at 45 pounds. Ask at your bridal salon as to whether they offer a similar option, or shop around online.

  • If neither of the above are viable options, it may be possible to send your dress by courier. Make sure that you can track the dress and have someone receive it on the other end. This, of course, is more difficult and more expensive when transporting it internationally.


  • Again, surround your dress in lots of acid-free tissue paper and place it in a garment bag and if there is room, lie it flat in the back seat of the car. If not, fold the garment bag in half and place it in the trunk of the car.

When you arrive at your destination

There will have been some wrinkling of the dress material no matter how you packed or transported it. Be sure that the equipment to steam out these wrinkles is available at your destination. Most hotels will have a steaming facility, you could send your dress to a specialist/ dry cleaner, or you can carry a portable steamer with you.

Don’t panic! A bit of preparation will go along way. I’ll certainly report back on how my own experience goes.

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