How to Pack a Wedding Dress for Travel

So you are getting married abroad? You may now be wondering about that all important wedding gown and how best to take it with you to your wedding destination. This article is based on industry knowledge and first hand tales of brides that we have dealt with over the years.

Specialist wedding gown cleaning is often carried out on dresses prior to going away to your wedding destination. Sometimes, brides will buy a secondhand dress and have it cleaned first. If this is you then it is probably easier to have a professional wedding dress cleaning company box it up for you in a wedding travel box. This type of box is most suitable for travel with your dress and also is made from PH neutral card and contains acid free tissue. The whole purpose of this box is that your gown will stay with you at all times on-board the aircraft.

If you have purchased a brand new dress from a wedding gown shop then using the same type of box is your best option also. The wedding gown shop should be more than happy to pack your dress for you.

After all alterations have been carried out and you have had your final fitting at the bridal store, ask them to pack the dress for you. In a box you supply to them or they may be able to sell you a wedding travel box directly.

There are several on-line companies that sell travel boxes but please always ask for PH Neutral card (heavy) and acid free tissue for packaging the dress. Please note that in general the cheaper boxes also do not have a thick corded carrying handle but a plastic handle that pushes into the box thus making it unsuitable to store your dress in afterwards.

If you have purchased the dress and have it at home then it is recommended using a wedding dress travel box and packing the wedding dress yourself.

Step 1. Layer the acid free tissue in the bottom of the box and then around the edges.

Step 2. Try to estimate the number of folds required to get the dress into the box with the bodice facing upwards on the last fold.

Step 3. Lay the train in the bottom of the box then place tissue over and tuck in tightly at the sides

Step 4. Fold the dress over and press down firmly now lay more tissue over this folded layer tucking in tightly at the sides.

Step 5. Finally fold the dress with the bodice facing to the top of the box again pressing down firmly and again place tissue over and tuck firmly into the sides.

Step 6. Now don’t forget the Veil and tiara if you have one… then place the lid on and securely using the drawer string.

Tips:

– Don’t try to pack the hoops and under skirt into the travel box.

– Don’t panic if your dress looks squashed – most wedding destinations will have steamers to steam the wedding dress on arrival.

– Always check with your airline the maximum size of hand luggage allowed on board the aircraft.

– Wedding dress travel boxes come in many sizes and colors.

– Unpack your wedding dress as soon as possible to avoid bad creases setting in.

– Some airlines do allow the wedding dress on board in the cabin in the gown bag hanging compartment but check with your airline!

– DO NOT put your precious dress in your suit case – It may not arrive with you and liquids can ruin and damage your dress if they leak in the hold of the aircraft.

– If you MUST put the wedding dress into a suitcase and into the hold of the aircraft then please make sure you cover the whole dress with a strong water tight plastic bag.

Most Wedding Travel Boxes come with a cord handle instead of ribbon and lace that holds the lid in place as you carry. These sturdy boxes protect the dress from any untoward accidents whilst traveling, and can be used after the day for storing the wedding dress in.

The standard size wedding dress travel box dimensions are as follows:

Wedding Travel Maxi: 35 x 55 x 20 cm (deep) – The Travel Maxi provides the maximum space allowed in the overhead lockers, to fit within the hand luggage dimensions requested by major airlines. Please check with your airline. The depth allows for a fuller skirt and veil.

Flying with Thomas Cook? Thomas Cook has restricted hand luggage of 42 x 27 x 22 cm, which is not the ideal shape for a wedding dress, but there is a Wedding Travel Slim Box that is especially for Thomas Cook flights.

Every Bride Dreams of Having the Perfect Wedding, But for This They Need the Perfect Wedding Dress

Every bride dreams of having the perfect wedding, but for this they need the perfect wedding dress, with the bridesmaid’s dresses complimenting the brides dress. The problem is; how do you choose the most beautiful dress when there are so many gorgeous wedding dresses to choose from.

It is often the hardest part of the wedding for the Bride to organise, agonising over the look, style, price, colour, shape and fit. The most important thing to remember when looking for a wedding dress is to focus on the features of the dress that are most important to you as the bride. This will allow you to narrow down your search to find to the dress that suits you best, and of course in these financially difficult times one that suits your budget.

Every bride planning a wedding will be on a budget and they will often look at the price of the wedding dresses as the before all else. A good designer will tailor their dresses to target different budgets and markets and brides will search for dresses from within a certain price range and select the best dresses to look at more closely. This way they are more likely to find a dress that they can comfortably afford.

Another way of controlling the cost of a wedding dress is by choosing a wedding dress from a previous season’s collection. Brides go through various websites and magazines and select from among the dresses featured there. When doing this it is a good idea to make a note of the designer of the wedding dresses how much the dresses sell for. This will help identify styles and designers that will most suit your idea of the perfect wedding dress and help find the best price for your preferred designer or style of dress.

But what do you do when you just can’t seem to find ‘the one’ for you? If you are tall and slim, you could wear just about anything, and still look wonderful. Sadly it is not so easy when you are either short, hourglass shaped, or even pear shaped, or over a size 16 (uk).

Some Brides choose to have bespoke wedding dresses, but a custom made wedding gown may come at a premium price. Some brides are in the fortunate position of knowing someone who can make the dress for them and others seek to have the dress made in the Far East. Having the dress made in China or some other country has its pit falls and you should consider ensuring the dress arrives, a good two or three month, before your wedding. Although, in the past there have been negative stories of purchase from e-bay, my personal recommendation is e-bay is the safest way to buy such an item from the Far East. This is because if there is a dispute or poor workmanship when paying with PayPal on eBay the buyer has financial protection.

Some brides are also quite conscious of the name of the designer and dresses with ‘designer labels’ are viewed by many as a status symbol, hence attracting a lot interest from those who value couture clothing.

I believe that every bride can and should look her best on her wedding day, form choosing the best wedding venue to the best dress, the wedding should be as perfect as it can be. Many, many brides nowadays are having their wedding gowns made, simply because they cannot buy a dress off-the-rack to fit or even suit them. Having your wedding dress made to measure is certainly the best way to go, if you are not a standard size or shape.

The traditional white wedding is still the most popular wedding idea. Although the off whites are far more prevalent then they have been in the past, ivory, cream or apple white take the harshness of the traditional white dress and softens the contrast between tanned skin and make-up.