Originally Posted by May12
We flew Air Tran for the first time for our wedding...a little bit of a risk but the price was great and had to do it.
So here's the deal. I called them a few weeks before the wedding and found out that they do not have a closet. What they suggest is putting it in a garment bag type of suitcase. We have a rolling garment bag and luckily my dress-on it's bust form that the tailor put together, fit in there along with my husbands clothes for the wedding and our rehearsal clothes...including my veil and shoes!It wasn't even wrinkled when we unpacked everything! My dress is a silk stretch jacquard and with not one ounce of poof so if you have a fuller dress, it may only fit the dress and shoes. (It's the London fog rolling garment bag if you want to check it out) You can carry it on the plane and will be safely over your head!
Excellence picks up your dress and his clothes on Thursday and returns it back to you by Friday afternoon. (for a Saturday wedding) Everything was pressed/steamed PERFECTLY! No worries. Even if your dress wrinkles on the way down there, it won't be by the time you walk down the aisle.
Another cool thing that air Tran has is the option to upgrade to business/first class. If you call 24 hours before your flight you can upgrade as long as there is room. So, for $99 a person, you can check 2 bags per person for free, and be the first on the plane with no worries about not having your dress and carry ons with you. Being that we had 9 bags, we only had to pay for 1 bag checked, and an overweight bag fee for another. They are pretty strict about the 50 pound limit rule. We flew this way there and back and it was a great experience with them..we were pleasantly surprised! We have all our miles and former status with United and US Air and were checking daily for flights but couldn't do it. If you do happen to have status with Star Alliance, chances are you'll get a free upgrade-somehow we always did going down to Cancun-not a lot of business travelers! If not, you might want to think about going first class-3 free bags each and up to 65 pounds with them! It's awesome! No worries about shipping things then.
Wow thank you for all your tips! I need to look into this London Fog garment bag. Where did you get it from? Right now I have my dress in DB bag, it's pretty big. My dress is not poofy at all, but it does have a train that hooks up to the top hanger right now. It's little wrinkled when I got it, but plan to have it steamed before our trip. And then let the resort steam it if necessary. I didn't think about putting my dress with his suit and veil. But what a good idea.
And I like the idea of calling ahead 24 hours, and getting the business class since that sounds like it would be better for us at least going down with our bags and garments. And I don't think I'm gonna ship anything down. But heavier stuff I plan to have in my carry on. Right now I'm still thinking we can get by with 2 bags and carry ons, but I'll probably change my mind once I realize how much stuff I'm bringing. We are staying down for 2 weeks.
Has anyone used their laundry service? Is it expensive?