How to Pack Your Wedding Dress to Ship

You have invested a lot of money and time into your wedding dress. You spent months trying to find it and a few more getting fitted and re-fitted. Finally, after months on end, you got to wear it on your wedding day. Once you decided to sell your wedding gown online, you probably spent even more time waiting to find the perfect buyer. Now that you have found the new owner of your wedding dress, you want to take just as much care and time to ensure that you ship it to its new owner properly. There are a few important things to remember when it finally comes time to pass your dress along to another bride: pack it properly, insure it, get a tracking number, and require a signature upon arrival.

How to pack your dress properly:

Use the right box

Use a sturdy corrugated cardboard box with around a 200-lbs-per-square-inch burst strength. This means that your box will be far less likely to be crushed during its long and arduous journey to its new bride.

Choose a box that fits your dress

Don’t cram your dress into the box – that will result in extreme wrinkling and may distort the form of the dress. Make sure that there is enough room for the dress to comfortably fit inside, but make sure there isn’t too much extra space. You don’t want your gown to shift around in the box, so fill any extra space with craft paper or peanuts (avoid using newspaper because the ink may transfer to the dress in transit or when the new bride unpacks it).

Wrap your dress

Delicately fold the gown to try and preserve the form as much as you can and wrap it in plastic. We don’t usually suggest that dresses are packed in plastic (you don’t want them to mildew), but this is just in case the box gets wet. Make sure that if you pack your wedding dress in a smaller box inside the cardboard box, wrap and seal that box in plastic as well.

Properly seal the box

Use packing tape (around 2 inches wide) to makes sure that all sides are secured and ready for transport.

Place the label correctly

Place the shipping label on top of the box and a duplicate inside as well that includes your contact information. Do not place the label on top of the tape or on tape seams.

Insure the package

Make sure to insure your package for the price of the gown. Do this in case the package never arrives or there is significant damage. It’s a good idea to use a shipping label that comes with an online tracking number so that you can track your package.

Require a signature

It’s smart to require a signature upon arrival so that you know the dress ends up in the right hands. You care about your wedding dress so take the time to make sure that when you pass it along to another bride, it gets where it needs to in perfect condition!

Now you can start selling your dress online with Once Wed!