Ask Jonette: Should Wedding Gowns Be Shipped to the Venue

On November 5, 2012

Today’s question didn’t actually come from one of my blog readers. I saw a bride on Twitter ask this question and receive a not so good answer, in my opinion, of course.  So let’s talk about transporting your gown to your destination wedding.  To ship or not to ship, that is the question.  The answer is not to ship!

As an ex-performer, rule of thumb was to always travel with our entire uniform.  Anything we wore on stage from head to toe, literally, sat in our laps or an overhead bin during our travels.   Luggage does get lost (mine often did) and you want the show to go on as planned.  You can’t go out and pick up a new wedding gown at the last minute any more than I could have picked up a new uniform at the last minute.

Taking your gown on the plane with you ensures that no matter what happens during your travels, you’ll be able to put it on with your shoes and accessories (yes, bring all of that on the plane) and say “I do” in the style and fashion which you’ve envisioned.  You have a few options:

  • Purchase a seat for your gown
  • Arrive early enough to ask a flight attendant to hang the gown up for you while there’s still space {people are very accommodating for a sweet, helpless bride:)}
  • Lay it across your luggage in the overhead bin

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