If you’re planning a wedding abroad, or in fact any location that involves travel, aside from all the other things to worry about, you may also be concerned about how to keep your wedding dress safe until you reach your destination. Whether by plane, train or automobile (or even boat), be assured that you can keep your beautiful gown in perfect condition.
Once you’ve found your perfect wedding dress and it has been fitted and adjusted, you will need to have it stuffed with tissue, pressed, wrapped and protected with a bag or box – your bridal store or a recommended wedding gown cleaner should be able to do this for you. If you have to pack it yourself, simply fill the bodice and sleeves with tissue and cover the entire dress with clean sheets, pinned carefully together. Place the gown in a tough garment bag or folded gently in a sturdy dress box. It’s better to hang your dress as it will be less likely to wrinkle and crease, and garment bags are usually waterproof, which adds extra protection for your precious wedding gown.
If you’re travelling by car: Hang your gown from a hook or flip-down handle above one of the back seat doors and lay the rest of the wedding dress across the back seat. Make sure who ever is driving refrains from smoking or eating smelly foods while they’re travelling to avoid any odours or stains accidentally getting onto the fabric.
If you’re travelling by plane: Let your airline know in advance that you will be travelling with your wedding dress. You should not check it in with your other luggage, but carry it onto the plane with you. Most airlines will store it for you in a first-class coat closet or flight attendant closet to keep it safe. Or if the plane is not full, and you have a spare seat next to you, you may be able to store it there. You can also arrange to have your gown shipped to your destination in a box, although this is less reliable than knowing it is travelling right alongside you!
If you’re traveling by ship or train: The same rules apply to trains, ships and boats as they do to planes – there should be a full length closet in your cabin if you’re on a long haul journey, or if you’re making just a short hop, the crew will be able to provide you with a safe storage closet to hang the dress in until you arrive.
Once you arrive, you’ll want to make sure that your wedding dress is still in perfect condition, but if you need to get rid of a few creases then you can easily do so by hanging your wedding gown in a bathroom and letting the shower run hot to create some steam – this will smooth out any wrinkles without the need to iron or press the dress. Depending on where you are, you might even be able to find a bridal store nearby who will professionally press your dress for you.
The same rules apply for other wedding outfits, such as accessories, bridesmaid dresses and the groom’s and ushers’ suits, although these items can possibly be carefully packed in garment bags in suitcases if it is easy to press them when you reach your destination. For a larger, more complex and fragile item like a wedding dress, however, err on the side of caution and make sure it travels safely along with you.