In this article we take a look at how to pick the right wedding garment bag to hold your dress. Okay, so obviously I don’t recommend buying all 11 wedding garment bags listed below. Unless by chance you have a severe fetish for wedding bags.
After spending time researching many bridal gown bags, I think there is definitely one with your name on it!
Bridal Boutique Bag
Wedding dresses bought at a bridal boutique usually come with some sort of protective garment bag. In many cases this bag is nothing more than a cheap giveaway for the store to pass on perceived value to customers. It may appear half decent to the naked eye, complete with a custom store logo printed on it.
Inspect the bag further by feeling the material quality and stitching to see that a bag constructed from inferior materials costing only a few dollars wholesale won’t last long. In fact, the bag will be lucky if it lives to see the wedding ceremony venue!
Spending thousands of dollars on a gown means you should have a gown cover that provides both high quality function and affordable luxury fashion. In short, the bag should live up to what your gown is worth.
That’s why I created this mini guide, to give you an overview of the options available to buy a quality wedding garment bag.
The Right Bag for You
Ask yourself what is most important to you in terms of the price you pay for a garment bag and what you hope to achieve. Perhaps you want to keep your dress for many years to come, in which case buying a garment bag made of archival quality material should be at the top of your priority list. Or maybe you are planning a destination wedding and care more about buying the right storage option to transport your precious gown.
Organize your Stuff
Staying organized is one key features of why you want to buy a garment bag. When it comes to your wedding day, you are bound to have a lot of stuff to keep organized – things like your gown, shoes, bridal jewelry, and perhaps a hanky or two to dry the tears!
And, when it comes time to transport all of that stuff (especially the wedding gown), you’ll want to know that it arrives without any mishaps – like getting dirty or, heaven forbid, torn.
As a general rule of thumb you should look for bridal garment bags that exhibit the following characteristics:
- The bag should be large enough to accommodate the entire dress without the dress bunching at the bottom
- The material of the bag should be lightweight so that it doesn’t weigh the gown down
- The material should be breathable, while still protecting the dress from airborne particles or pesky bugs
To prevent your dress from getting too wrinkled, “stuff” the sleeves (if your dress has them), skirt, and bodice of the gown with acid-free paper.
A Garment Bag to Stay Organized
1. The Ultimate Wedding Dress Bag
Every bride should feel calm, relaxed, and organized on the morning of her wedding day. The last thing a bride needs is to feel rushed or frantically running around because she has misplaced an essential item.
Do you want a peaceful morning spent sipping a beverage of your choice (mimosa anyone!?) surrounded by family & friends sharing in your joy?
Rest easy with the knowledge that everything you need for your big day is safely packed for transport to the venue. Let me suggest this dress bag.
Every bride should feel calm, relaxed, and organized on the morning of her wedding day. The last thin
We love this bridal garment bag!!
This bridal bag comes with compartments for everything you might need for your wedding day: heels, veil, jewelry, undergarments, and even a spot for your vows. It has a full-width and length gusset to minimize unnecessary wrinkles. In addition, water resistant vents means breath-ability for your gown.
We think it is the perfect grab-and-go, spill proof garment bag that is an absolute must-have to stay organized on your wedding day!
The bag should be large enough to accommodate the entire dress without the dress bunching at the bottomThe material of the bag should be lightweight so that it doesn’t weigh the gown downThe material should be breathable, while still protecting the dress from airborne particles or pesky bugs
A Wide Gown with Train
Longest Wedding Dress Train Lengths
This will give you an idea of lengths if you have chosen a gown with a longer train:
- Cathedral train – (aka monarch train), they can measure up to 2.4 metres (94″) long.
- Chapel train – a medium length train up to 1.1 to 1.5 metres (43″-59″) long
Here are two extra wide, full garment bag options that will do the trick if you have a large, poofy gown with a train!
2) 20″ Gusset Garment Bag
This Acid-Free 100% Natural Cotton Muslin garment bag is bell shaped and measures 70″ long, 36″ wide with a 20″ gusset that can hold all full skirts and long trains.
3) 31″ Gusset Garment Bag
This extra large breathable garment bag has not only a massive gusset measuring 24″ at the base tapering to 15″ for body, it also has a secret zipped pocket for valuable or other accessories. It’s safe to use with all fabrics and would be perfect for bulky dresses with trains.
A Slimmer Gown with Little to No Train
4) 8″ Gusset Garment Bag
This is a great high quality, breathable garment bag measuring 70″ long with an 8″ wide tapered gusset. Perfect for many style of gowns and for ladies who have chosen one with a little less “pouf”.
A Personalized Garment Bag
5) Customized Muslin Garment Bag
Make your bridal garment bag extra special and buy a customized garment bag. Choose from 16 colors and 4 different fonts to perfectly match your wedding day theme.
An Acid-Free Garment Bag
6) Acid-Free Muslin Bag
Muslin bags are a great option for protecting your gown if you prefer to not leave it folded up in a preservation box. Muslin (100% acid-free) is made from cotton, and most wedding gown muslin bags are of archival quality. Museums around the world choose to use muslin to store garments because it is breathable and non-acidic.
Bag comes in two sizes:
A Garment Bag For Long Term Storage
7) Tyvek Bell-Shaped Wedding Gown Bag
Tyvek is safe for long term storage and, similar to muslin above, is used by many museums worldwide. Tyvek holds out bacterial spores and particles even under the worse conditions. Is is lightweight material, yet very strong and able to resist punctures or tears from sharp edges.
It is air-permeable and at the same time highly resistant to the penetration of water. This is a great garment bag if you have a hand made gown that you would like to pass down to future generations.
Destination Wedding Garment Bags
8) Wedding Dress Travel Carry Cover
by Wally Bags
Absolute protection for when you are traveling with your dress. Comfortable adjustable shoulder strap and strong integral central bar for support allows easy carrying of any gown.
9) Garment Bag with Hanger Clamp
by Wally Bags
We love this bag because it comes with a hanger clamp, which means your hangers are secured and there is no risk of them sliding around or falling into the bag. It makes for the perfect solution for travelling with gowns and will keep them neat and wrinkle-free. It can clamp up to 6 garments and works with your own hangers.
10) Wedding Gown Storage & Travel Box
Just because you are a destination wedding bride flying to an exotic location doesn’t mean that weight and carry-on restrictions don’t apply to you. If you search online for help with bridal gown and destination weddings you are bound to find many WeddingBee questions from brides not knowing how to travel with a gown.
I have found a great box that will get your bag there in one piece by using the overhead storage on an airplane. Don’t take a chance checking your wedding dress with your luggage or and having it get lost or damaged. The Foster-Stephens wedding gown storage box is perfect for a destination wedding because it meets most size requirements for carry-on luggage.
A Bonus Suggestion: Garment Bag Hanging Door Hook
It may not be the prettiest of items, but this garment bag hanging door hook will come in handy especially if you are travelling.
Note that each airline has its own policies about taking a wedding gown on board as carry-on luggage. Some may ask you to fold it and put it in the over head bin, others may allow you to put it in the first class closet. Make sure to call ahead to find out about the policies of the airline you use.
A Garment Bag for Bridesmaids
11) Personalized Seersucker Garment Bag
This large personalized garment bag comes from 5-star Etsy seller Christina. We love the large selection of color options as well as the multiple personal style fonts to choose from. They are made with love in the USA.
We hope that you have found this article helpful. Let us know which bags you will be using for your wedding day and if you have any wedding dress transport tips you would like to share!
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Despite her dreamy wedding blogger lifestyle, Meredith's day job is running ClassicVeils.com and a full-time mom to an active toddler. If she could, Meredith would spend her days taking cruises, helping animals in need, and watching Big Brother!