We have tons of brides who seek more tropical locations for their weddings. Why, one of our own flew with her dress to Jamaica for their nuptials! As I prepare to fly out for vacation today I am scrambling to make sure we are prepared for the airport. While I am packing silly putty, obnoxious toys that make noise, and plenty of fruit snacks for my one year old; I feel that is nothing compared to flying away with your wedding dress in hand. Security is stressful enough without carrying the most important garment of your life through!
In real life it has happened in front of my very eyes. The bride has her dress bag in hand as her only carry on, and she clutched it tightly to her chest. She got to the front of the line and slipped the hanger out from the garment bag (which I thought was genius and would never have thought of doing) and walked through the security. She beeped! Oh no! She walked back through and they made her put her dress on the moving belt. She nervously watched as it made its way through. The beading on her dress had set off the censors, and now those beads looked suspicious. My heart went out to her and they asked her to take it out of the bag. She made her fiancee turn around as they scanned her dress. Finally they let her go with her dress. A bit shaken she walked off to enjoy her wedding in paradise.
So what are some good ideas for traveling with your dress?
1- Be super nice to the security people and explain to them with honey dripping from your voice what is in your bag. (Make sure also it is in a garment bag with the store name or designer so they can put two and two together.) Usually they will help you. I have even seen them let someone pass it through and they scan it with the wand. They have done it before and if you are nice they will take extra care.
2- Plan to re-press your dress when you get to your destination if you want no wrinkles. It will have some from the travel, but they can be minimal. Just have a back-up plan to be safe and stress-free.
3-Call your airline before travel and ask questions. Most airlines have Captain’s closets specifically for something like your dress.
4- If you have to put it through the belt, take your time and be careful. Make sure the bag doesn’t touch the sides. One of you go in front and one in back to block others from putting things too close to it on the belt and to grab it the second it comes through.
5- If they want you to take it out, ask them for a private area. Also, you can ask that they wear gloves since it is white, or to let you do all the touching.
MOST IMPORTANT: Keep your cool, take your time, and be flexible. Any problem has a solution that still ends up with you on a plane to paradise!
If you have any tips please let us know so I can post them here…let’s work together!