A wedding dress should be protected in order to keep its shape, colour and details intact. When travelling with the dress, take steps to pack it carefully to avoid wrinkles and tears and prevent crushing.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Strong box
- Garment bag
- Tissues or tissue paper
- Hard suitcase
Pack your wedding dress into a garment bag. As you are packing the wedding dress, make sure to place it evenly in the bag, without wrinkling or bunching any part of the dress as best you can.
Stuff the sleeves of the dress -- if it has sleeves -- and the bodice of the dress with tissue paper that is free of acids or dyes. This ensures that the dress retains its shape and does not flatten in transit.
Seal the garment bag. Fold it carefully and tuck it gently into a strong box for travelling. Make sure that the box does not bend or fold easily, as this may cause creases in the dress once it reaches its destination.
Seal the box. If the box is strong enough, duct tape or packing tape should do the job. Do not use something like super glue, as you will want to be able to open the box once you have reached your destination.
Pack the box with the dress inside the garment bag into a hard suitcase to ensure that nothing bends or breaks in transit. Carry the suitcase with you if you are flying -- check with your airline as to carry-on luggage sizing -- and tuck it into an overhead compartment. If you are travelling for your wedding or simply transporting your gown, you should always try to carry it on so you do not lose it. Wedding dresses are expensive and it would be disastrous to lose it before your big day.
Label your suitcase clearly with your name, address and phone number. A luggage tag would work, but you might also consider writing this information on your suitcase in large letters with a silver or gold pen.
Tips and warnings
- If you are flying, the altitude changes might cause your feet and ankles to swell slightly. Thus, your bridal shoes may not fit when you get off the plane. Bring an extra pair, one size larger, just in case.
- Any jewellery -- wedding rings included -- should be carried on your person at all times. Try to buy a suitcase in a bright colour to distinguish your suitcase and minimise the chances of confusion.
- Keep all hand-carried luggage on your person. If you are carrying your bridal jewellery in a bag, make sure that the bag stays close to you and cannot easily be opened by others. Airports, train stations and other transit locations are prime spots for thieves.
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