One of my biggest concerns with planning a wedding long-distance was how to get the dress safely from point A (California) to point B (Ohio).
If you’re a new reader and are wondering WHAT THE F kind of a backwards destination wedding we had, B & I are both from Ohio and as it turns out it’s easier for two people to fly somewhere than to convince 170 people to fly somewhere.
I purchased my dress at a David’s Bridal in CA (you can read about that sob-tastic event with Mini Twin here), and had all of the alterations done out here as well. At my final fitting I asked them not to press it, since it was going to get wrinkled in transit. Good thing, too – that ol dress went through the wringer with me…
First stop : Security
Yes, I had to put it through the scanner. The dumb male TSA agent told me to “just fold it up and put it in a bin” – and watched me struggle to compress 9 lbs of toulle into a bin the size of a cafeteria lunch tray. Finally a woman came over and laid it flat across the belt, handing it to another worker on the other end so it didn’t get caught in the spinners. Men…
Second stop : Our Gate
Seat mate totally hogged both armrests. RUDE.
Timeout : Pee Break
Third Stop : Flight #1 – SNA : DFW
American Airlines is wedding gown-friendly. They let me hang my dress in the first class closet (with the business mens’ coats and the captain’s hat), even though I had a piddly economy seat. I tried to convince them I’d have separation anxiety and need medical attention so they should probably just upgrade me to fancy-class too, but they weren’t biting.
I did get the next best thing – an empty middle seat! I seriously am the luckiest person in the world at this game.
So I celebrated. And fell asleep promptly after takeoff. (random fact – I hardly ever sleep on planes, and I NEVER sit at the window. Got a little crazy on this trip…)
Pit stop in Dallas. Literally.
Another Timeout : Coffee Time
Fourth & Final Stop : Flight #2 – DFW : CLE
Once I got to Ohio I called the local David’s to make an appointment for it to be pressed. Since it hadn’t been done yet (the service is included with your alterations) they did it free of charge, which was a wonderful surprise. At that point in the process, when it seems all you’re doing is swiping credit cards and writing checks, any saved dollar is precious.
And that, my friends is the tale of our cross-country travels. Next up : Beer & Humidity Kick My Race Ego (it was bound to happen, sometime…)
(It’s not a very creative new sign off, but for the purpose of consistency it’s gonna have to do. LAME-OOOO, I know)