How to Carry a Bridesmaid Dress Onto a Plane


If you've received the honor of being appointed as a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding, the responsibilities of helping her arrange her special day are numerous. If the wedding occurs out of town, another resonsibility is getting your bridesmaid dress to the locale in one piece. The last thing anyone wants is to discover that their bags have been lost or delayed before the wedding. Placing the dress into your carry-on luggage is the safest way to ensure that your gown arrives when you do.

Things You'll Need

  • Airline-approved carry-on luggage
  • Bridesmaid dress
  • Padding
  • Wedding day shoes and accessories
  • Protective cloth bags
  • Contact your airlines to determine the carry-on luggage size you are permitted. Note that if your bag exceeds the stated size, you will be obliged to check the bag in at the airport. Additionally, check to see how much space is allotted on the plane for carry-on luggage. If you and the rest of the wedding party are all going on the same flight, you may need to share carry-on baggage so that all the luggage can fit into the overhead compartments. Though airlines allow everyone to bring the same sized bags onto the aircraft, there is generally only enough room for 2/3 of the people to bring the maximum-sized carry-on luggage onto the plane.

  • Select a piece of carry-on luggage that is able to accommodate your bridesmaid dress. An apt choice, particularly for wrinkle-prone fabrics, is a carry-on garment bag. These offer a solid fold-over construction to keep the layers of the gown's fabric from pressing on each other. Or, if you are unable to locate a carry-on garment bag, use a traditional carry-on suitcase and slip soft padding into the bodice of the dress and between its folds when it is inside your suitcase. This will help it keep its shape during the flight.

  • Place your shoes, accessories and bridesmaid dress all together in your carry-on suitcase. In doing so, you will prevent the loss of any piece of your outfit. Keep heels and jewelry away from the delicate fabric of your dress by placing them into protective cloth bags within your suitcase.

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