Traveling with your destination wedding gown

Essential tips and tricks for traveling with a destination wedding gown


Whether you are headed half way around the world or just to the next town, you want your gown to look fresh and unwrinkled for the ceremony. Here are some tricks to help you and your gown travel safely!

Traveling by car

Since most shops protect your gown with a garment bag and stuff it with a bust form plus lots of tissue to keep the gown from being crushed while it is in the bag, the most your gown should need is a quick fix, detailed below in "Quick fixes for pesky wrinkles".


If you do not have a bag, stuff the bodice with as much tissue as possible and buffer the folds of the gown's skirt with still more tissue. Use one large sheet (fitted sheet works best) to cover the front of the gown and another one to cover the back and then pin the sheets together.

Hang the gown so the bodice is facing the car door, and the bust form and tissue will protect the bodice from wrinkling. Lay the rest of the gown across the back seat.

Traveling by ship

Pretty much the same advice applies to water travel because you can carry your gown with you when you go on board. And most cruise lines offer pressing services!

Traveling by plane

There was a time when you could carry the gown with you and hang it in a storage cabin. Today most airlines insist you check your gown with your other luggage so unless your gown is very informal you will need a large box or an extra suitcase to protect it. The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists offers an Original Destination Wedding Kit which fits into the overhead space above your seat. It comes complete with tissue, packing instructions, and a shipping carton with a handle for easy carry-on and carry-off.

Packing at the bridal salon

You could ask the bridal salon to pack the gown for you, but the salon may not have a box that is large enough. Gowns are often shipped to the salon in very small boxes, and pressing out the creases is one of the amenities offered by full-service shops.


Packing at home

If you pack the gown yourself at home, use a large box about one-third of the length of the front of your gown. Line the box with tissue and lay the gown over it, face down. Make sure you have the gown centered in the box and that the part that is face down is spread flat so there are no creases or folds.

Beginning at the side seams, fold the skirt lengthwise over bunched tissue until the skirt is no wider than the box. Then add more tissue and fold the bottom of skirt into the box.

Add still more tissue and fold the top of the gown over into the box. The top of the gown will now be facing up. Think of yourself doing the impossible: laying on your stomach with your legs folded over backwards while your head and shoulders are laying on top of your legs, facing up!

Now use still more tissue to stuff the bodice and cushion anything else such as bows or sleeves that should be protected. When you are finished, the dress should not move or dance, as the Spanish say, even if you shake the box. Save the dancing for the wedding day!

Quick fixes for pesky wrinkles

* Hang your gown in the bathroom, turn the shower to hot, close the door, and let the shower run until the room is filled with steam, which relaxes most creases.

* Invest in a portable hand steamer you can use whenever you travel. Guard against spotting water-sensitive fabrics such as silk by wrapping the head of the steamer in a small towel.

Professional pressing

Of course, the easiest solution to the wrinkle problem is to have your gown professionally pressed once you arrive at your destination. Click here to find the Specialist nearest you or call 800-501-5005. Many of our members offer free pressing if you also use their services for cleaning and preservation after the wedding.

Source: Association of Wedding Gown Specialists

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