How to Pack a Wedding Dress for Travel

So you are getting married abroad? You may now be wondering about that all important wedding gown and how best to take it with you to your wedding destination. This article is based on industry knowledge and first hand tales of brides that we have dealt with over the years.

Specialist wedding gown cleaning is often carried out on dresses prior to going away to your wedding destination. Sometimes, brides will buy a secondhand dress and have it cleaned first. If this is you then it is probably easier to have a professional wedding dress cleaning company box it up for you in a wedding travel box. This type of box is most suitable for travel with your dress and also is made from PH neutral card and contains acid free tissue. The whole purpose of this box is that your gown will stay with you at all times on-board the aircraft.

If you have purchased a brand new dress from a wedding gown shop then using the same type of box is your best option also. The wedding gown shop should be more than happy to pack your dress for you.

After all alterations have been carried out and you have had your final fitting at the bridal store, ask them to pack the dress for you. In a box you supply to them or they may be able to sell you a wedding travel box directly.

There are several on-line companies that sell travel boxes but please always ask for PH Neutral card (heavy) and acid free tissue for packaging the dress. Please note that in general the cheaper boxes also do not have a thick corded carrying handle but a plastic handle that pushes into the box thus making it unsuitable to store your dress in afterwards.

If you have purchased the dress and have it at home then it is recommended using a wedding dress travel box and packing the wedding dress yourself.

Step 1. Layer the acid free tissue in the bottom of the box and then around the edges.

Step 2. Try to estimate the number of folds required to get the dress into the box with the bodice facing upwards on the last fold.

Step 3. Lay the train in the bottom of the box then place tissue over and tuck in tightly at the sides

Step 4. Fold the dress over and press down firmly now lay more tissue over this folded layer tucking in tightly at the sides.

Step 5. Finally fold the dress with the bodice facing to the top of the box again pressing down firmly and again place tissue over and tuck firmly into the sides.

Step 6. Now don’t forget the Veil and tiara if you have one… then place the lid on and securely using the drawer string.

Tips:

- Don’t try to pack the hoops and under skirt into the travel box.

- Don’t panic if your dress looks squashed – most wedding destinations will have steamers to steam the wedding dress on arrival.

- Always check with your airline the maximum size of hand luggage allowed on board the aircraft.

- Wedding dress travel boxes come in many sizes and colors.

- Unpack your wedding dress as soon as possible to avoid bad creases setting in.

- Some airlines do allow the wedding dress on board in the cabin in the gown bag hanging compartment but check with your airline!

- DO NOT put your precious dress in your suit case – It may not arrive with you and liquids can ruin and damage your dress if they leak in the hold of the aircraft.

- If you MUST put the wedding dress into a suitcase and into the hold of the aircraft then please make sure you cover the whole dress with a strong water tight plastic bag.

Most Wedding Travel Boxes come with a cord handle instead of ribbon and lace that holds the lid in place as you carry. These sturdy boxes protect the dress from any untoward accidents whilst traveling, and can be used after the day for storing the wedding dress in.

The standard size wedding dress travel box dimensions are as follows:

Wedding Travel Maxi: 35 x 55 x 20 cm (deep) – The Travel Maxi provides the maximum space allowed in the overhead lockers, to fit within the hand luggage dimensions requested by major airlines. Please check with your airline. The depth allows for a fuller skirt and veil.

Flying with Thomas Cook? Thomas Cook has restricted hand luggage of 42 x 27 x 22 cm, which is not the ideal shape for a wedding dress, but there is a Wedding Travel Slim Box that is especially for Thomas Cook flights.

Paul Robinson 25 years in the wedding dress cleaning and preservation industry says – Always use common sense when transporting your dress anywhere, if you require cleaning you could visit GownClean or if alterations are required then try Robinson & York. Both these companies are excellent.

Simple Wedding Dresses: No Fuss Dresses That Look Gorgeous on Any Bride

Some brides just like to keep things simple, whether it’s the actual wedding or the wedding dress she will be wearing. Simple wedding dresses are perfect for informal or intimate weddings. The setting is pretty casual so it would look a little out of place if the bride was in something ultra fancy. Many brides choose this type of wedding dress even for a large and more formal affair, because her style is rather simple yet sophisticated. She will feel uncomfortable and not herself if she changed her look too drastically.

Simple wedding dresses are just that, simple. You will know it when you see it, there is little or no embellishments. Don’t expect to find a lot of beading, trim, lace or any other type of adornments. There is no fancy train either, the most common silhouette for this type of dress is A-line. An A-line dress has a fitted bodice and flows out from the waist down. Sheath dresses that go straight down from the waist are also known for being quite simple.

Simple wedding dresses are known to be more affordable, however you are not limited to finding them off-the-rack at department stores. Many bridal boutiques carry a good selection of simple dresses. In fact, a lot of of the top wedding dress designers in the industry have simpler dresses in their collection. These dresses can be quite sleek and sophisticated, making it a hit with a lot of modern women. Since there is not a lot of frills, you can pretty much find one on any budget. Just keep in mind that the pricier ones will probably have better fabric and cut.

Brides who want simple wedding dresses are usually looking for something comfortable. If they are going to be in the dress for an entire day, it’s better to have on something they can move freely in instead of say a ball gown dress. There is no standard for length, some like it long while others prefer it short. If the wedding is outdoors, it’s better not to have a dress that is too long, tea length would be perfect.

Unlike most traditional dresses, a simple wedding dress is much more versatile. You can probably find another occasion to wear it out again without it looking like a wedding dress. For the record, just because it’s simple does not make it boring. There are different necklines that will make your dress look totally modern like one shoulder or off shoulder. You can also play up the dress by adding some bold jewelry or accessories.

The fact that more and more brides are choosing to go for a much more simple wedding day look has prompted many clothing retailers to start a wedding collection. J. Crew was the first to launch a wedding line and has had a lot of success. Women are loving their casual but elegant wedding dresses. Ann Taylor soon followed suit and now there are many more retailers looking to do the same. So even if you don’t find the perfect dress at a bridal boutique, there are so many more places to look.

3 Ways To Find Cheap Wedding Dresses

If you’re a to-be bride but also considering a budget while planning, then cheap wedding dresses are ideal to start off your hunt for wedding related shopping.

Many brides would think that if they buy an inexpensive dress for their wedding, then they are opting for a low quality and non-branded piece of clothing for the most important day of their lives. This isn’t however true. Just because a dress comes cheap doesn’t necessarily imply that it has to look second grade. Today in fact there are many brides, who are opting for discount dresses.

Every woman dreams of an ideal wedding and would love to splurge and buy a luxurious and pricey wedding dress for the special day; however, most women don’t have a huge wedding budget. All the more, spending thousands of dollars on just one dress, that too for one day, does not seem logical for a lot of us, so buying dresses is an intelligent and the safest option in such cases. Buying inexpensive gowns is a perfect option for all those brides that wish to keep the wedding cost down to an achievable amount.

Now let’s see a few stores where we can buy some lovely yet cheap wedding dresses:

Rentals – There are dresses rental stores out there that will allow you to rent these dresses for inexpensive prices. Although most of the gowns here are used wedding gowns, but that does not mean that it’s below your dignity to buy and wear them. Most of the dresses here are in a perfect condition. Nonetheless, this is a cheap and right way of buying a wedding gown only if you don’t wish to treasure and keep your dress forever, after your wedding.

Outlet Shops – You’ll find many outlet shops selling wedding gowns and dresses from the previous year’s collection that has been exhibited for selling at reduced prices. As and when the new wedding dresses arrive at a shop, the dresses which are leftover are then moved on to these outlet stores.

An outlet store is where you can fetch a wedding dress priced at as high as $1,000 for almost half the original price. Only because these dresses are from last year’s fashion trend, doesn’t necessarily make them less fashionable. It only means that the shop needs more room for the latest wedding dresses and so are offering affordable dresses to people.

Thrift Shops – If you don’t have a deluxe budget for a grand wedding, then don’t let disappointment take the toll on you, as thrift shops are excellent to buy beautiful wedding gowns. Many people in today’s times don’t wish to preserve their special wedding gowns for future memories so they donate these to the thrift shops for other people to buy.

These are nearly as lovely to look at as the other wedding dresses that you would otherwise buy from a regular branded store. Moreover, wedding dresses are meant to be worn only once, so they don’t get dirty or ruined in any way, hence are almost new when you shop for these from a thrift shop.

It shouldn’t matter how small or big your wedding day budget is; what needs to matter is the way you prioritize money and other things, in a way that you can buy things in an amount which your pocket can afford, including cheap dresses. Whether you’re looking out for a brand new wedding dress or a used one, clearance wedding dresses are just as pretty and to top that, they won’t cost you a fortune.