Most important things to noteThe fabric of the dress is important to note. Ideally, you should hold up to the latest possible moment before you slip on your dress to avoid wrinkling, especially for materials like pure silk. Poly mixes, chiffon, jersey, tulle and lace hold up the best. Clearly label your carry on with your name, email, phone number and address for both your home and destination.
Packing into a garment bag
- Keep your gown on the hanger and pull the hook through the garment bag’s top opening.
- Keep the train and skirt outside of the bag.
- Hang the gown facing you with the top half inside the bag.
- Take the dress’ bottom left and right sides and fold them into the center in a trifold. Note: sheath dresses may not need this step.
- Keep the two sides of the skirt folded and roll the train from the bottom until it is short enough to place in the bottom of the bag. Lace and other textured fabrics are less likely to show wrinkles. If you’re careful about how you fold and roll the train, there will be a lot less wrinkling and touch-up pressing needed upon arrival.
- Zip close the garment bag. Guide the zipper up to the top as you zip, with your middle finger behind the zipper. This protects any delicate beading, tulle or lace on your wedding gown from catching and ripping in the zipper.
- Lay the garment bag on a flat surface, and carefully roll it into a loose trifold.
Packing into a luggage
- Remove your gown from the hanger and turn it inside out. This protects the dress’ outside in case anything spills inside of your suitcase. Tip: If you’re able, I always recommend giving your dress its own suitcase to keep it far away from toiletries, shoes and anything else that could crush or stain your dress.
- Lay it on a flat surface like a bed, or a clean, carpeted floor.
- Fold the two sides of the skirt in at the fullest part of the skirt and loosely roll the dress from bottom to top, keeping as much air between the layers and folds of the dress. This prevents wrinkling.
- Place the rolled dress in a large plastic dry cleaning bag to protect it from dirt and spills. Tip: Tie off or tape the ends of the bag, creating an air pocket around the dress. This air cushion minimizes wrinkles.
- Place the dress in your suitcase.