Wedding Dresses for Destination Weddings: What you Need to Know

There's more to transporting your wedding dress abroad than you might realise

If you've read our tips for planning a destination wedding, you’ll have your gorgeous sea-view venue sorted, the flights for your guests booked and be besties with your overseas wedding planner, but have you considered how you’re going to transport your most precious cargo over to destination wedding? 

No, not your future husband, your wedding dress, silly! There’s more to getting your gown abroad than you might think, so we buddied up with Neil Latham from Destination2 and tapped our Fashion Assistant Molly Coughlan on key advice to send your dream dress abroad.

Think about material 

Maybe you’ve always dreamed of a heavily beaded vintage inspired wedding dress, but with luggage allowance playing heavily on your mind, you might want to reconsider taking a weighty dress with you.

"Try to keep sparkles to your accessories," suggests Molly. "Embellished dresses tend to weigh a ton. Tulle or silk is much lighter."

A slinky silk number is just as stylish and probably better suited to weddings in sunny temperatures.

Speak to your airline

When you know what airline you are travelling with, ring their customer service number and find out what their rules are when it comes to travelling with a wedding dress.

Even though every airline will have a different set of stipulations, many are more than willing to help, so it’s a good idea to organise a plan of action with them before your flight.

"You may kiss the bride" sounds so much better in Greek...
"You may kiss the bride" sounds so much better in Greek...

Buy a wedding dress box

There are a few online retailers who specialise in boxes designed for carrying wedding dresses abroad in. These are sturdy and breathable and are meant for your dress and your dress alone.

Make sure nothing else is packed away with your dress – you can’t risk any leaks or colour transference. These special wedding boxes also act as great storage boxes for your wedding dress after the wedding is all over.

If your budget doesn't stretch to buying a box Molly has a more frugal suggestion: "Pop your dress in a plastic dress bag before packing. It keeps it clean, and can squash larger skirts if you’re worried about room in your case."

How beautiful is this big day back drop?
How beautiful is this big day back drop?

Invest in acid free tissue paper

To avoid creasing, invest in plenty of acid-free tissue paper and make sure there is a good wad of it between each fold.

Ask for help

Enlist the help of the boutique where you bought your dress in packing it up for your travels. They’re the experts in packing dresses in the least crease-friendly way.

Consider hand luggage 

If you’re feeling particularly anxious about your dress making the trip overseas, it could be worth seeing if you can take it in your hand luggage. This eliminates any change of it going missing in transit and will give you peace of mind during the flight. 

Who could pass up on views like this?
Who could pass up on views like this?

Ask your hotel for assistance 

As soon as your arrive at your hotel unpack your dress and hang it up. We know you’re desperate to get exploring, but it’s imperative to get it unpacked asap. Ask your accommodation if they offer a steaming service, or if they know somewhere nearby that does.

"It's not the end of the world if there's no steamer nearby, though," adds Molly.

"Simply close all of your windows, fill your bath or leave the shower on and let the steam do all of the hard work. The dress will look as good as new."

Plan the return journey 

If you’re heading off on honeymoon straight after the wedding, make sure you have organised the return journey for your dress. 

Friends or family members should be able to help you return these items safely home while you can forget about all your responsibilities for a week or two in the sun.

With all of this sorted all that’s left for you is to sit back, relax and wait for the morning of your wedding to roll around – just avoid getting any unsightly tan lines while you’re sitting outside sipping cocktails in the run up to the big day.


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