How to Travel with Your Wedding Dress

TravelingBride How to Travel with Your Wedding Dress

You’ve got everything set but you have one little last detail that isn’t in place: how am I going to get my wedding dress to my destination? Perhaps you haven’t started planning your destination wedding and you’re freaking out about traveling with luggage, a fiancé, family, and a big white wedding gown. No worries! We’re here to make traveling more enjoyable and less stressful!

1.Never check your dress in with the rest of your luggage. An important thing to remember is that your dress must come with you as a carry on. It’s important to double check with your airlines policies before you go but chances are they’ll be extra accommodating for the bride-to-be. Checking your dress with the rest of your luggage is risky as you run the chance of it getting damaged or lost so we don’t recommend it! 

2.Learn the proper way to pack your dress. Your dress can either be packed in a garment bag, wheeled carry on, or carry on box. A garment bag can be used for all types of dresses and are ideal if your airline can hang it for you in a 1st class closet. A wheeled carry on is ideal for wedding dresses that are larger, think ball gowns, and can be stored in an overhead compartment. Wheeled carry ons work best for larger gowns since they may be to heavy and large to store in a closet. A carry on box can be used for all dresses and is ideal if your airline won’t let you hang your dress in a closet and the airline allows a box in that size. A carry on box allows you to safely package your dress and it’s the perfect size to fit into an overhead compartment. Carry on boxes can be found in many of your local bridal stores.  But first and foremost, we suggest you pack it in a garment bag and then double pack it in a second garment bag in case the first one rips!  Two layers of protection (and fewer wrinkles)!  Put in layers of tissue and your dress will be almost as good as new when you arrive.

3.Buy a ticket for your wedding dress. Some brides don’t want to go through the hassle of carrying, storing, and fitting their dress into different compartments. So, you can choose to buy a ticket for the dress to sit right next to it on the way to their destination. Now we know this might sound a little costly but it can reduce a lot of the stress of traveling with your dress. This option obviously doesn’t work for everyone as it can be expensive and works best when the dress is too big for any of the above options.

Keep in mind that no matter how expertly you pack your wedding dress it may still get wrinkled but don’t freak out! Most wrinkles fall out naturally off the dress 24 to 48 hours within hanging it and the hotel should have a steaming service or steamer if need be (but be sure to call ahead and find out).

4. Know what to do when you arrive to your hotel room. Make sure to remove your dress out of any bags or boxes once you get to your hotel room and hang it up. The weight of the dress itself will help reduce wrinkles.

5. Invest in a handheld steamer if the property is lacking in one. A handheld steamer will come in handy if you do get pesky wrinkles, not just for the bride but the maids, groom and family members too.  Call ahead and if you are fearful things on location may not go as planned, pack the tool accordingly!

6.Forgot your steamer? No worries! Hang your dress in the bathroom with out a garment bag and take a hot steaming shower. The steam will help get rid of any wrinkles on your dress.

Hopefully these tips will ease some of your traveling stress! Happy Traveling!

{Photo: Elisabeth Millay via Elizabeth Anne Designs}

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Pop Up Wedding Project in Vancouver, Canada

Elope to the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada for a unique destination wedding experience! For the first time, Pop Up Wedding Project is going to be in Vancouver during the September 14-15 weekend to help couples that want to marry or renew their vows.

So what exactly is the Pop Up Wedding Project? It’s a creative and unique collaboration between Vancouver wedding vendors that are responsible for planning your very own pop up wedding (all done at a very afforadable price)! This is perfect for the couple that wants an intimate getaway, or the married couple that wants a simple vow-renewal without sacrificing the aesthetics of a ceremony. You can bring 20 of your nearest and dearest (although they can accommodate for 10 more) to celebrate you and your significant other’s special day. The folks behind PUWP will be there for every step of your pop-up style wedding– from the photography to the food.  Keep an eye out for their upcoming pop up wedding events!

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Unique Destination Wedding Aisles

Who says you have to walk down a aisle trailed or lined with flowers? Take a look at what these brides did with their wedding aisles! You can decorate your aisle according to the setting of your destination wedding as these brides did! How perfect is it to use banana leaves and tropical flowers if you are having your beach wedding; or maybe even paint the sand or ground with colorful sawdust. You can also use your favorite prints to line your aisles (like chevron, or even quilts with cute patterns on it). The possibilities are really endless…you can even use glitter if you want to add some extra sparkle to your wedding ceremony! Which one of these ideas is your favorite?

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{Photos: Sawdust: John Newsome Photography, Banana leaves: Comfort Studio, Chevron: Heather Lynn, Distressed wood planks: Aaron Young Photography,  Quilts: Ever Whim, Glitter: Max Wanger}


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Travel Theme Destination Wedding Ideas

You and your loved ones have traveled a long distance to celebrate your wedding day…so why not make your destination wedding a travel themed wedding?!?! These map details are creative, and not to mention, super cute! You can make map umbrellas for drink stirrers, or wrap your wedding favors in a map printed wrapping paper, accompanied with a inspiring quote about travel or marriage. You can name the different locations of your wedding after different countries (the countries from where your guests have traveled), or maybe you can name the tables at your reception after cities in the country you are having your wedding in! Use suitcases to practically accessories your wedding– you can use them to collect letters! Infuse your love of travel throughout your wedding!

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{Photos: Favors: Binita Patel Photography via Ruffled Blog, Drink stirrers: Brides Magazine, Table setting: Rebecca Arthurs via Wedding Chicks, Couple and signs: Sweet Little Photographs, Suitcases and  Pinwheels: Red White and Green Photography}


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Australian Destination Wedding Ideas

Today’s wedding inspiration comes from the land down under– Australia! What makes this such a special place to you have a destination wedding you ask?  Australia or the Land of Oz offers a wide array of different venues to have your wedding. Not only is Australia home to some of the best beaches in the world (Bondi Beach anyone?), but there are beautiful chapels, resorts, and not to mention, the outback to take some awesome wedding photographs at! The natural backdrop of Australia is a definite plus (just take a look at the photos below!). Take advantage of the beautiful outdoors while you are there. Take a drive through the outback, home to many of Australia’s famous animals (the red kangaroo and emu!). Visit the seaside city, Wollongong! With the sea, the hills, and the city as your backdrop (think the famous Opera House in Sydney), your photographs will be stunning.  The weather in Australia is usually temperate, but it depends on where you are in what time of the year– so don’t forget to look into that before you start your planning!

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 {Photos: Brides and groom, Bridesmaids, and groomsmen on the plains: Mr. Edwards Photography via SMP, Bride and bridesmaids: Kate Robinson Photography via SMP, Chapel: Kirra Lee Photography via SMP, Couple at Wollongong Beach: Byron Loves Fawn via Ruffled Blog, Couple about to kiss: Tom Blachford Photography via SMP, Couple driving in the outback: Robertson Photography via Ruffled Blog}

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