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Top tips for buying and transporting your dress

Remember where you are getting married

A meringue with a 6 ft train is unlikely to work on a beach. And fabrics are important too. In hot climates, you’ll need natural fabrics like silk which “breathe” and won’t make you hot and bothered.

Dress to suit your style

Your wedding isn’t really the time to start experimenting!

Stunningly simple, traditionally elegant, relaxed chic, sexy and opulent – there is a style out there to suit your personality. Try a few on sure, but don't go completely crazy. Not only will it not work on you but your fiance will wonder who he's marrying.

Don't leave it 'til the last minute

Many brides are shocked at how long they need to allow for finding and buying their dress. If you're going down any route other than the high street we're talking at least 3 months, usually nearer six or more.

Have a trial run

When you’re trying on a dress, walk around in it and sit up and down! You need to be able to move freely on your wedding day and you'll thank yourself when you're confidently walking to your fiance rather than shuffling along.


Let your designer or supplier know early on about the type of venue and they can advise about fabrics and styles accordingly. Take along clippings or photos of styles that have caught your eye in the past.

Plan your shopping trips

Expect to make an appointment in most wedding shops. If you can, avoid making them on a Saturday. Squeeze a day off in the week and not only will you avoid the hoards, you will also get much better service from the assistants.

Don't be tempted to take a posse with you. Choose a patient and honest girlfriend or relative and you are far less likely to get confused with one too many opinions!

Word of warning

Dress shops and designers don't like people photographing their dresses for obvious reasons. Warn whoever is with you that they might get a Paddington stare if they whip out their mobile and start proudly snapping you as you try on.

Proof of purchase

It’s always worth taking the receipt for your dress with you if possible. There's a slim chance some countries may ask for proof that you're not planning on selling the dress in the country you are marrying.

Transporting your dress

How best to carry your outfit varies depending on the airline. Policies can also change over time and it may well come down to the size of your dress too. Double check with the airline nearer to your departure date.

The Empty Box Company have a range of beautiful boxes of all sizes to carry your dress safely to your destination. Click here to visit their website and download tips on caring for your precious cargo, which include:

* Don’t forget if your trip involves more than one flight or airline, allowances may vary. This goes for your main luggage too – most transatlantic airlines will let you check in 2 main pieces of luggage, but many island hopper planes only allow one.

* In theory you can carry your dress on as hand luggage. But size regulations apply and these vary, so it basically depends on how big a meringue you have bought yourself and where you are travelling to.

* Some crews may allow you to hang your dress in the coat closet of business class if there is room. But don’t bank on this, especially if it’s winter time. Good excuse to treat yourself to an upgrade!

* If you do have to put it in the hold make sure it's clearly labelled with your contact details and very well packed.

* If you want to try and avoid creasing your dress in a folding bag, consider putting it in a box.

* Ask your venue about caring for your dress on arrival - do they have a dry cleaners who can smooth out any creases? Hang it for a couple of days and any creases should drop out.