How to Travel with a Wedding Dress

In the first stages of our planning I researched different options for traveling with a wedding dress. In some threads on the boards, brides were saying it would be of no harm if you just stuck the dress in a backpack as your carry on. Well that’s a really good option, but a couple of things came to mind:

  • The closer it is to me, the better! I don’t want to risk losing it.
  • The smaller the better! I have so many things to pack and only two suitcases and a backpack. I need to use space really wisely.

Because the space (and weight) of the backpack was too precious, I decided to go a different way, and pictured this in my mind:


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I’ve traveled with pillows before, and I’ve just carried them under my arm with no problems at all. So I thought that maybe I could just make a “wedding dress pillow”. So I went straight to my leftover fabrics and found the perfect one that I had leftover from a pajamas I made a few weeks ago. I grabbed my scissors and jumped into action!


{ I cut two rectangles of fabric and sewed a zipper to one side }


{ Then I started the slow an painful process of stuffing my wedding dress into the pillow. In the picture on the right, you can see I made two of them: one with just plain fabric and other one with a thicker inner layer. }


{ I folded the dress carefully so it wouldn’t get too wrinkled. I’m not so worried about that because I can always dry clean it once I’m in CA right? In the right pic, you can see my dress inside the two pillows. }


{ I tried to squeeze the dress down as much as I could. If you remember, my crinoline alone is pretty puffy – I want to be a marshmallow bride 😛 }

This is the perfect way to dream about our wedding, and spend 15 hours on a plane. biggrin02

I’m really happy with the way it ended up. It’s actually really small (considering how puffy the dress looks) So I’m hoping it helps me get my beauty rest right before I’m reunited with Mr. Poodle!!

Speaking of being reunited, I’m SOO excited!! I’ll be a really really busy bride these next few days with packing and finishing up my last projects before my trip, so I don’t think I’ll be able to blog again until I’m in beautiful California. But to make it up to you, I want to share another teaser from the dress I’m making with the fabric I showed you all in my last post.


{ I still have some work to do, that’s why I’m grabbing it on the front }

Maybe this was too much of a tease, but the next time you’ll see it will be in our engagement pictures. smile028

Now back to the subject at hand. Have any of you had to travel with your wedding dress? What was the best packing option for you?


Mrs. Poodle

Santiago, Chile/San Bernardino, CA
Wedding Date:
January 2010
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    nhlchick4 258 posts, Helper bee @ 10:09 am

    What a great idea!!! And I love that dress your making!

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    beexiong 194 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:30 am

    WOW! What a smartie you are! haha. I would have never thought of that. That is such a great idea. And you are so talented. I love your blue dress. :)

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    Remember My Handmade Wedding Dress? | Weddingbee, Guest @ 3:37 pm

    […] I unpacked my dress from the wedding dress pillow, the crinoline looked like a big mess. But since I wanted to wash it anyway, the wrinkles wont be a […]

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    knapper08 189 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:03 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!! You are so talented!

    @yrret107: Can you ship your dress to a preserving company from TX and have it sent back to you at home after it’s cleaned?

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    Tara, Guest @ 2:09 am

    That was a great idea you made. The wedding dress became a pillow and easy to carry in were you go.

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    Mae, Guest @ 8:43 am

    That was a great idea. So that her wedding dress never apart on her that’s why she make a pillow and put her wedding dress on it so that she can sleep on it, thank you for your idea

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    anne B 1775 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:52 am

    my thoughts are of maybe a vacuum bag, making it small enough to fit into my suitcase?

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    Sara, Guest @ 5:10 am

    It might seem like you are hiding something in the pillow. If you put that in the xray machine at the airport security, won’t they see the zipper or beading and that might mean it gets red flagged to get hand searched. Just wondering. Thank you.

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    Sara, Guest @ 6:13 am

    That is the best idea. That is such a wonderful idea and a great use of space. yrrett107 does bring up a good point. Thank you.

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    -, Guest @ 12:24 am

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    ChefDori 674 posts, Busy bee @ 8:40 pm

    I was wondering if you made it through the airport security check without a hitch with your wedding dress pillow?

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