Destination I Do
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Getting Your Dress to Your Destination Wedding in One Piece

Words by Jennifer Stein
Words by Brett Snyder - The Cranky Flier

You may consider yourself an antibride, but I’m going to guess that you still want to wear something special for the big day. Maybe it’s a fiery red dress or a big poofy skirt (or maybe I have no idea what I’m talking about), but the reality is that you want it to arrive at your destination wedding on time and in one piece.

While some people are ok with the idea of checking that garment, I’d think twice about that. If it gets lost, then what? Nothing like getting married in a t-shirt and shorts you bought at the local convenience store, right? That’s what I thought.

On many airlines, you’ll be able to carry the dress on the airplane, but all it takes is one crabby gate agent having a bad day to ruin that plan. This is still your best option by far. When you’re booking your flight, try to choose an airplane that has closets or at least coat hangers. This isn’t the easiest thing to find, because every airline sets up their airplanes differently, but a quick call to the airline should get you an answer. (Or, you can always come on over to Cranky Concierge and we’ll take care of it.)

Let’s say, however, that you really don’t want to deal with schlepping that thing through security and down the concourse. You can always ship the dress with FedEx, or the Post Office. Just remember, you hopefully will only need to do this once, so this isn’t the time to go for the cheapest option. Regardless of who you use to ship the dress, make sure you get a tracking number and, yes, insurance. It’s worth it. Try to ship it a few days early just to be prepared for delays. The hotel can nearly always accept it for you.

As a last resort, you can always check the bag, but you should also prepare to pray to the luggage gods that it makes it. Luggage usually isn’t lost, to be fair, but there’s always a chance, no matter how small. And we all know there’s nothing worse than standing alone at a baggage carousel watching it go round and round with no bag in sight.

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