What’s the Best Way to Bring a Wedding Dress on a Plane?
My friend is taking her poofy wedding dress to New Orleans and she doesn’t want to pack it. What is the easiest way to take it on a plane and where will the attendants put it while flying? Thank you.
Oh dear. Your friend attempting to carry her wedding dress on a commercial flight is a situation with disaster written all over it. I would advise your friend to avoid it if at all possible. You see, airlines are quite strict about the size of carry-on luggage (read more about the specifics here) and I’m having visions of your friend having to squish her beautiful dress into a ball to fit into a regulation-size bag. It will be a wrinkled mess when it arrives.
I’m also envisioning her attempting to get it through security. If her wedding dress does not fit on the conveyer belt (the very thought of a wedding dress being smashed through that filthy machine is actually giving me stomach pains) it will be taken from its garment bag and inspected by hand by a TSA agent. I seriously doubt your friend wants a stranger’s possibly filthy hands touching her pristine dress.
If your friend does not have a trusted friend or relative driving to the wedding that’s willing to take her dress along, she is much, much (let me say this one more time: much) better off having her dress professionally packed and shipped to New Orleans. If it is being shipped to a hotel, please make sure the hotel’s general manager is aware of its arrival date and the approximate time. If it is being shipped to a home, do not allow the dress to be released without a signature. It goes without saying she must get a tracking number and insurance for the cost of the dress.
I realize that this will cost money, but believe me when I say there are certain times money is very well spent. This is one of those times. Best of luck to your friend, may she have a wonderful wedding day and a very happy life with her mate.
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