Traveling with your dress (or suit) probably doesn’t make many people’s “Things That Are Really Stressing Me Out” list at the beginning of planning a destination wedding. But wait until 24 hours before you leave for the airport and it’ll sink in. Do you have the right garment bag? Where is that steamer you bought three years ago during that Nordstrom sale? Carry-on or checked bag? Unfortunately, no amount of Googling will give you the peace of mind you need—there just isn’t much information out there tackling airline restrictions and guidelines around traveling with important outfits.
A quick online search will surface many tales of unsuccessful attempts to transport dresses and suits from Point A to Point B. Don’t get discouraged. To help you avoid even more stress on your big trip, we spoke with two people who have worked with couples around the world looking to celebrate their love in a place known for its destination weddings: Iceland. Even better news, their advice translates just about wherever you're headed.
Ahead, Íris Anna Groeneweg, the manager of onboard services and procurement at Icelandair, and Birna Bjornsdottir, an event planner and co-owner of Pink Iceland based in Reykjavik, weigh in with their tips for making your flight (and outfits) as smooth as possible.
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Whatever you do, don’t pack your outfit into a checked bag
“Take everything you need for your wedding day in your carry-on, from shoes to hair accessories and everything in between,” says Bjornsdottir. “A couple arrived this morning without their checked luggage. But they had everything they needed for the wedding (happening the day after they arrived) and will have the delayed luggage delivered to their Airbnb.” Groeneweg agrees: “We recommend that passengers take important items as carry-on luggage, as check-in luggage can never be 100 percent guaranteed.”