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Aloha and welcome to another edition of #weddingwednesday tips!

Today’s tip is one that I’ve been wanting to share with you all, because it is one question that I get a lot!

As a wedding photographer here in Hawaii, the majority of my clients are destination clients, meaning, they are coming here to Hawaii to get married!

I mean, who wouldn’t want to get married in paradise, right?!?tunnels beach wedding kauai

One of the most important questions I receive from brides or one of their main concerns is how they should travel with their wedding dress!Which makes so much sense! You’ve spent a lot of money on this dress, you want to make sure it arrives on time so you can look absolutely stunning on your wedding day!

Here are a few tips that I wanted to share with you to help you plan when you are traveling with your

wedding dress!

tips on traveling with your wedding dress

Fly First Class or Purchase Priority Boarding

If you fly first class, typically you will have your own bins and/or closet space for your gown. Understanding that this is probably the most expensive route, the other option would be to purchase priority boarding with your ticket. Why? Depending  on the airline, you will board your plane early, without the majority of the cabin. Then, you can find your seat and have your dress be in the closest overhead bin as possible, so you can keep your eye on it!  

Store in a garment bag to use as a carry on.

As I eluded to in the above tip, do not check in your luggage. I am not saying that this is the end all be all, but I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable handing off a very expensive dress to anyone! Way too many stories of lost luggage to take that chance. Most airlines allow for a personal item and a carry on item, so use your dress as a carry on item. Make sure you label your garment bag as well.

Ship your dress early.

Understanding that this route can be hard, but if you have family or friends, heading over to UPS or Fed Ex and having your dress shipped to your destination ahead of time would save you a lot of hassle at the airport. If you are one of my brides and would like to do this, let me know and I would be happy to hold your dress here for you! **Don’t forget to ship your dress as early as possible so you have more than enough time to make sure it reached its destination and DO NOT forget to purchase insurance!

Call your Airline ahead of Time

I have had brides tell me that they called their airlines ahead of time to let them know that they were traveling with their wedding attire, to see if they had any recommendations! Most have special carry on sections that will help you as well! Many brides have told me that the airline and staff took good care of themselves and their precious cargo! Here is some information straight from the airlines about their policies!

Well, that’s that! I hope some of these tips help you as you are preparing for your travel for your amazing wedding! Have any other tips you would like to add? Let me know in the comments and I will make sure to continually update this post!

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