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.

Choosing the Colour of Your Wedding Dress

White wedding dresses aren’t the only choice when it comes to modern bridalwear! More and more brides are choosing coloured and patterned wedding gowns to show their individuality and colour-theme their wedding. Choosing a coloured wedding gown can add an extra dimension to your wedding look, and each different colour has different meanings and significances that you might want to take into account when making your decision.

Blue

Light blue is a calming and serene colour, reflecting the colour of the ocean and the sky, whereas deep and dark blues are sumptuous and give the appearance of quality and wealth. Electric and bright blues are dynamic and make a real statement, but beware of overusing blues as they can also create a cold atmosphere.

Yellow

Yellow brings to mind the brightness of summer, flowers and sunshine, and is uplifting and full of youthful optimism. For a more mature look, use golden yellows to create a glamorous atmosphere for your wedding. Yellow is a stimulating and creative colour and is perfect for an energetic, outdoor summer wedding. Recent wedding trends pair yellow with grey for beautiful, understated wedding gowns.

Green

Green is the colour of spring and new beginnings as well as the natural world and, more recently, anything ‘eco’ themed. Great for an outdoor wedding, green is a tranquil, peaceful and refreshing tone. Green is a popular colour for bridesmaid’s dresses, too.

Orange

Orange is a strong, autumnal colour, which can be bold or earthy, depending on the tone. A warming colour, orange is becoming more popular in its muted shades, for example peach or terracotta, both of which add a subtle interest to a wedding outfit. Bright oranges are fun and flamboyant and are sure to raise a smile on your wedding day!

Purple

Purple has a regal history, and gives a sense of luxury and elegance to a wedding dress. Use dark shades sparingly, however, to avoid overwhelming with such a strong tone. Lighter tones of purple are uplifting, and are often chosen by creative people.

Red

Red is traditionally the colour of love, and it is has a warming, romantic effect. The use of red for your wedding dress will make you the centre of attention, either as a block colour or used as an accent on a predominantly white dress. Dark reds are a perfect choice for an intimate winter wedding.

Brown

Browns and beiges are becoming more popular as wedding dress colours, especially when choosing a vintage wedding dress. Brown is an earthy, traditional and organic colour, giving a feeling of wholesomeness and stability. Vintage wedding gowns are often made in subtle, delicate tones of brown, beige and peach, and you can accessories wonderfully with this colour by using lace, pearls and wooden beads.

Black

Don’t be afraid of a black wedding dress! Black is a sophisticated and classic colour for a dress, especially if you are having a clean-cut, contemporary wedding, or a black tie affair. Black is a strong, authoritative colour, and of course pairs excellently with white for a twist on the traditional.

You can experiment with colour when choosing your wedding gown in many ways:

  • Some wedding dresses are all one colour, with detailing in lace, beadwork or different textures and structure.
  • You might want to stick to a white or pale wedding gown and use touches and accents of colour in the form of a sash or buttons, shoes or a bolero.
  • Think about accessorising with colour, from shoes to headwear, jewellery or an umbrella!
  • Match your wedding dress’s colour to your groom’s outfit, or your bridesmaids, bouquet or even your venue’s decor.
  • Why not go for a pattern or print rather than a plain colour?
  • Ombre shading is a very popular trend right now, as seen in Gwen Stefani’s pink wedding dress, which grew darker from top to bottom.
  • Find two colours which complement each other and work your wedding theme around them, perhaps one for your wedding dress and one for your groom!

The Secret to Finding the Perfect Inexpensive Wedding Favors!

The cost of weddings today is absolutely skyrocketing. With so many things to plan for and provide – the catering, the accommodations for out of town guests, the gown and tuxedos – it’s no wonder that many couples find themselves deeply in debt the day after they get married.

Many wise couples, however, have found ways to trim the cost of their wedding without sacrificing style or quality. For example, a bride may purchase a gown and have a friend alter it rather than the bridal store, which might save her a hundred dollars or more. A buffet at the reception rather than a plated dinner may also be a bit more affordable. And of course, many brides are searching for the best way to find inexpensive wedding favors that all the guests will enjoy.

The Secret Behind Inexpensive Wedding Favors

No one wants to sacrifice style at a wedding, that’s for sure. For most brides, every detail needs to be absolutely perfect, right down to the last flower bud and ice cube. However, brides do well to avoid the mistake of thinking that inexpensive wedding favors means purchasing something that’s tacky or that just looks cheap.

One way to save money in this area of the wedding is to purchase inexpensive wedding favors that can somehow be assembled at home. For example, buying bulk candy and tulle bags which you fill and tie off at home can save you hundreds when compared to buying these bags already put together. Purchasing small boxes and chocolate bonbons separately and wrapping them yourself is another way to go.

Baking things yourself can also be a great option. A hundred sugar cookies shaped like a heart that you frost and decorate can be very affordable.

When considering these types of inexpensive wedding favors, a bride will do well to enlist some help for herself. Your bridesmaids, maid of honor, mom, future mother-in-law, or flowergirls can be of great assistance a day or two before the wedding. Trying to do all this work yourself will probably just exhaust you and cause you even more stress than you need!

Personalized candy bar wrappers [http://www.favorsandwraps.com] are a popular option as inexpensive wedding favors for much the same reason. They are typically very affordable when you purchase just the wrapper and foil by themselves, and again, get your own chocolate bars and assemble them at home. Many major websites have a great variety of designs available; the top wedding sites for these include www.theknot.com and www.favorsandwraps.com [http://www.favorsandwraps.com], all of which give you some very nice options and choices.

The important thing to remember when shopping for inexpensive wedding favors is that you don’t need to settle for something you don’t like or that you don’t think will express your own personality. With some imagination and a few minutes set aside to do a bit of the work yourself, you can still find something that will be just perfect for your special day!