July 2, 2010, Newsletter Issue #137: How to Pack your Destination Wedding Dress

Tip of the Week

You've bought the perfect gown, shoes, and accessories for your destination wedding, but you also have to worry about getting your wedding day attire to the place you'll be getting married without incident.

Consider sending your dress and accessories to the resort ahead of your arrival. Talk with your wedding planner and get the name of someone who will accept the dress at the resort and sign for it. Then send your outfit via an air carrier, such as Federal Express or UPS. This way if the package is delayed for a day in customs or due to bad weather, it will still be there for the wedding.

Whether you decide to carry the dress yourself or send it ahead, many bridal shops will pack your dress professionally so that it arrives with minimum wrinkles. If you choose to pack it yourself, use lots of tissue paper and pad the sleeves and bust area. Use dry cleaning bags between layers of fabric and hang the gown in a long garment bag. Don't check the bag; carry it on the plane with you. Plan to get to your destination a few days ahead of the ceremony so that you can have the dress pressed by the hotel dry cleaner once you arrive.

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