APH Compares Airline Policies For Transporting Wedding Dresses Abroad

 

Make sure your wedding dress arrives looking as great as you

Make sure your wedding dress arrives looking as great as you

With many UK couples looking for reliable weather and lower wedding costs, the trend for getting married abroad is increasing with an estimated 1.5 million people in the UK travelling abroad in 2014 as a wedding guest or as part of the wedding party*. Airport Parking & Hotels (APH) is therefore helping ‘Fly Away Brides’ to plan ahead with a comprehensive guide which compares the different airline policies for transporting wedding dresses and cakes abroad.

Read our guide to adding a touch of luxury to your wedding abroad…


Air Asia

WEDDING DRESS AS HAND LUGGAGE WEDDING DRESS AS CHECKED LUGGAGE WEDDING CAKE RESTRICTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION
  • Normal cabin baggage rules apply
  • Wedding dress must not exceed 7kgs
  • Normal checked baggage rules apply

 

  • N/A
  • There are no storage facilities on-board to hang or store items


Aer Lingus

WEDDING DRESS AS HAND LUGGAGE WEDDING DRESS AS CHECKED LUGGAGE WEDDING CAKE RESTRICTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION
  • Normal cabin baggage rules apply

 

  • Normal checked baggage rules apply

 

  • Wedding cakes can be carried either as hand luggage or checked luggage

 

  • Normal baggage rules apply
  • Wedding dresses do not require prior approval for travel

 

  • Wedding dresses must be packaged carefully


Air Canada

WEDDING DRESS AS HAND LUGGAGE WEDDING DRESS AS CHECKED LUGGAGE WEDDING CAKE RESTRICTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION
  • Wedding dresses can be stored in the overhead bin provided they are within carry-on baggage size restrictions (23 x 40 x 55cms)

 

  • The dress should be stored in a garment bag and should be folded in half to reduce wrinkling
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Carry-on items can shift during the flight, possibly causing delicate items to be wrinkled, crushed or torn

 

  • Items placed in overhead bins may have other items placed on top of them by other passengers


British Airways

WEDDING DRESS AS HAND LUGGAGE WEDDING DRESS AS CHECKED LUGGAGE WEDDING CAKE RESTRICTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION
  • Wedding dresses can be carried as hand luggage if the bag or box the wedding dress is inside, fits within the maximum permitted dimensions and allowance for hand baggage
  • Cabin crew may be able to assist in hanging the wedding dress up but this cannot be guaranteed as the flight could be busy or the wardrobe space may be limited (short haul flights to and from London Gatwick don’t have any wardrobe space)
  • Dresses should be packed in a sturdy box or suitcase and can be checked in as part of the passenger’s checked baggage allowance
  • N/A
  • N/A


easyJet

WEDDING DRESS AS HAND LUGGAGE WEDDING DRESS AS CHECKED LUGGAGE WEDDING CAKE RESTRICTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION
  • Wedding dresses can be carried as cabin baggage as long as they fit within the standard size limits of 56 x 45 x 25cms

 

  • Dresses will be classed as one maximum-sized piece of cabin baggage
  • Dresses can also be carried as part of the passenger’s checked luggage allowance
  • Wedding cakes can be carried as cabin baggage only, but they cannot exceed the cabin bag size of 56 x 45 x 25cms (including handles and wheels if in a bag)

 

  • Cakes must be stored in the overhead locker or under the seat in front of the passenger and not carried on the passenger’s lap
  • The cabin crew are unable to store cakes
  • N/A


flybe

WEDDING DRESS AS HAND LUGGAGE WEDDING DRESS AS CHECKED LUGGAGE WEDDING CAKE RESTRICTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION
  • Wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, suits and kilts can be carried as hand luggage providing they meet the cabin baggage size and weight restrictions

 

  • These will be classed as the passenger’s one piece of cabin luggage
  • It may be acceptable to take the item to the gate where the item will be taken by a member of ground staff to load into the aircraft hold – subject to local airport procedures
  • Wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, suits and kilts can be checked into the hold as part of the standard baggage allowance

 

  • Kilts/kilt sets: The kilt pin and sgian gubh, (the decorative knife which goes into the sock), must be checked into the hold
  • Wedding cakes may be carried onboard the aircraft and separate tiers can be placed under separate seats depending on how many passengers are travelling in the party
  • If passengers wish to take the cake on an international flight, they are required to contact Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) on: 020 7238 6951
  • Wedding attire should be sufficiently packed to protect against any damage

 

  • Travellers must hold the appropriate travel insurance for flying with wedding attire


KLM

WEDDING DRESS AS HAND LUGGAGE WEDDING DRESS AS CHECKED LUGGAGE WEDDING CAKE RESTRICTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION
  • Wedding dresses can be taken into the cabin instead of a piece of hand baggage if it is packed in a clothing bag and meets normal cabin baggage rules

 

  • Wedding dresses can be checked into the hold and brought instead of a suitcase, or instead of an extra suitcase bought in advance

 

  • N/A
  • On KLM flights within Europe with Boeing 737, Fokker 70 and Embraer aircraft, there is limited storage space in the cabin, so passengers can only bring a wedding dress to be checked into the hold

 

  • Passengers do not need to book a reservation when transporting their wedding dress


Lufthansa

WEDDING DRESS AS HAND LUGGAGE WEDDING DRESS AS CHECKED LUGGAGE WEDDING CAKE RESTRICTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION
  • Wedding dresses can be carried as part of carry-on baggage
  • Lufthansa recommend that passengers carry the dress in a foldable garment bag that should not exceed the dimensions of 57 x 54 x 15cms and a weight of 8kgs
  • Passengers can check their dress in as part of their normal baggage allowance
  • N/A
  • If Lufthansa are unable to carry a passenger’s wedding dress, time:matters, a cargo company, will be able to transport the wedding dress on behalf of Lufthansa


Monarch

WEDDING DRESS AS HAND LUGGAGE WEDDING DRESS AS CHECKED LUGGAGE WEDDING CAKE RESTRICTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION
  • Wedding dresses should be packed within the dimensions of hand baggage to be carried on-board

 

  • There are no on-board facilities to hang wedding dresses
  • Wedding dresses can be packed for carriage in the hold
  • N/A
  • There is no additional baggage allowance given for wedding attire


Qantas Group

WEDDING DRESS AS HAND LUGGAGE WEDDING DRESS AS CHECKED LUGGAGE WEDDING CAKE RESTRICTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION
  • Passengers can take their wedding dress on board as long as it fits within the maximum carry-on baggage dimensions
  • If the wedding dress does not fit within the carry-on baggage dimensions, it must be carried as checked baggage
  • N/A
  • N/A


Ryanair

WEDDING DRESS AS HAND LUGGAGE WEDDING DRESS AS CHECKED LUGGAGE WEDDING CAKE RESTRICTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION
  • Wedding dresses can be carried as hand luggage if they fit within the maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cms and 10kgs when packed

 

  • If the wedding dress does not fit within the cabin baggage dimensions, then it should be checked in as part of the passenger’s checked baggage allowance

 

  • N/A
  • There are no storage facilities on board to hang or store items

 

  • Passengers can purchase an extra seat for the carriage of a wedding dress in the cabin
  • To book an extra seat for the carriage of a wedding dress, passengers must go online and select ‘2 seats’ – the first seat should be booked in the actual passenger’s name and the other should be entered as ‘ITEM SEAT’ as the last name and ‘EXTRA’ as the first name. The name EXTRA ITEM SEAT will then be displayed on the online boarding pass

 

  • Reserved seating in emergency rows 1, 16 and 17 may not be purchased if passenger has purchased an extra seat for item / comfort


Thomas Cook Airlines

WEDDING DRESS AS HAND LUGGAGE WEDDING DRESS AS CHECKED LUGGAGE WEDDING CAKE RESTRICTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION
  • The hand baggage allowance provided is 11kgs per person for the wedding couple
  • This baggage must be split over two bags, one as 6kgs and the other as 5kgs. All hand baggage needs to be within the size restrictions of 55 x 40 x 20cms
  • Any additional items required by the bride and groom, including a wedding dress, can be taken as hand baggage
  • This information supersedes any other hand baggage documentation
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • This information does not apply to flight-only bookings. This information applies to Thomas Cook wedding package holidays travelling with Thomas Cook Airlines

 


Thomson Airways

WEDDING DRESS AS HAND LUGGAGE WEDDING DRESS AS CHECKED LUGGAGE WEDDING CAKE RESTRICTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION
  • Normal hand baggage restrictions apply
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • If travellers book a Thomson Wedding, couples are given 5kgs of extra luggage each free of charge
  • Thomson Airways recommends contacting Memories Boxes, as they make wedding dress travel boxes that fit in with airline guides


US Airways

WEDDING DRESS AS HAND LUGGAGE WEDDING DRESS AS CHECKED LUGGAGE WEDDING CAKE RESTRICTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION
  • Wedding dresses can be stored in the overhead bin provided they meet the carry-on baggage size requirements
  • It’s recommended that traveller’s store the dress in a garment bag and fold it in half to reduce wrinkling. Carry-on items often shift in-flight which could possibly wrinkle, crush, or tear delicate items
  • The maximum garment bag size is 51ins/130cms
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • US Airways cannot guarantee that items stored in overhead bins will not have other items placed on top of them by other passengers

 


Virgin Atlantic

WEDDING DRESS AS HAND LUGGAGE WEDDING DRESS AS CHECKED LUGGAGE WEDDING CAKE RESTRICTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION
  • Passengers can take their dress on-board in addition to their hand luggage
  • Cabin crew, where space permits, hang dresses up but on some flights the wardrobe space is limited and this cannot be guaranteed
  • Wedding dresses should be packed in a box or bag so if the crew are unable to find space to hang it, it can be safely stowed
  • This service is not available on Little Red (UK domestic) flights
  • Wedding dresses can be checked in but passengers must ensure they pack the dress into a separate suitcase and mark the suitcase as ‘fragile wedding garments’
  • Where possible the dress should be packed into a plastic bag for extra protection
  • If the separate suitcase is outside of the passenger’s baggage allowance, they will have to purchase excess baggage
  • N/A
  • N/A


 

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