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What is the best way to bring a wedding dress to the US without getting it crushed or soiled? Will using a shipping carrier work? Should she take it as a carry on on the plane as a hand item? If so how should she pack it and meet the Delta travel criteria? Any ideas will be appreciated.


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I want to wear Filipiniana wedding dress. I had the big luggage bag where I put my dress and my husband's barong. I used cardboard to protect it from wrinkles and getting ruined. I got it here just fine.


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What is the best way to bring a wedding dress to the US without getting it crushed or soiled? Will using a shipping carrier work? Should she take it as a carry on on the plane as a hand item? If so how should she pack it and meet the Delta travel criteria? Any ideas will be appreciated.

Have her carry it in her hand and ask the flight attendants to put it in the closet at the front of the aircraft (by first class). They're usually okay with doing that.


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Have her carry it in her hand and ask the flight attendants to put it in the closet at the front of the aircraft (by first class). They're usually okay with doing that.

Thanks for that nice tip. Do you know if they count that as an additional carry on where they want more money for it?

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Sent I-129 Application to VSC 2/1/12
NOA1 2/8/12
RFE 8/2/12
RFE reply 8/3/12
NOA2 8/16/12
NVC received 8/27/12
NVC left 8/29/12
Manila Embassy received 9/5/12
Visa appointment & approval 9/7/12
Arrived in US 10/5/2012
Married 11/24/2012
AOS application sent 12/19/12

AOS approved 8/24/13

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I want to wear Filipiniana wedding dress. I had the big luggage bag where I put my dress and my husband's barong. I used cardboard to protect it from wrinkles and getting ruined. I got it here just fine.

Good tip - I will have her protect it with cardboard box that they pack it in at the wedding store.


Sent I-129 Application to VSC 2/1/12
NOA1 2/8/12
RFE 8/2/12
RFE reply 8/3/12
NOA2 8/16/12
NVC received 8/27/12
NVC left 8/29/12
Manila Embassy received 9/5/12
Visa appointment & approval 9/7/12
Arrived in US 10/5/2012
Married 11/24/2012
AOS application sent 12/19/12

AOS approved 8/24/13

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I put mine in my luggage and had it pressed when I got here. Dry cleaners did a great job:)


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2008-08-18 Application Received

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2008-09-18 Biometrics

2008-12-09 Interview

2009-01-XX Oath (Yay! I'm a citizen)

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07/19 - NOA2 approval

08/20 - Case received at NVC

08/23 - emailed DS-3022

08/25 - mailed AOS

08/27 - received AOS

08/31 - AOS Accepted

09/04 - Received confirmation of DS-3022

09/05 - Received IV invoice

09/05 - Pay IV bill

09/06 - IV showed as paid

09/06 - Send DS-230 packet

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09/17 - DS-230 Accepted/Case Complete

09/28 - Transfer to Manila Embassy

10/02 - Medical Exam at St. Luke's

10/08- 10/10 - Sputum Test

10/09 - Received by Manila Embassy

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10/16-10/18 - Repeat Sputum Test (Negative)

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We did same because Anne got a beautiful dress there for a fraction of cost and she used one carry on for it or hand carry it. Dont want that to get "lost"! I only wished I would have got a Barong while I was there. A little hard to find in Chicago suburbs. There is a store in Chicago and online that specializes in them but a little costly.

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I put mine in my luggage and had it pressed when I got here. Dry cleaners did a great job:)

Really - that was brave of you :devil: I am glad that the dry cleaners got it up to snuff.


Sent I-129 Application to VSC 2/1/12
NOA1 2/8/12
RFE 8/2/12
RFE reply 8/3/12
NOA2 8/16/12
NVC received 8/27/12
NVC left 8/29/12
Manila Embassy received 9/5/12
Visa appointment & approval 9/7/12
Arrived in US 10/5/2012
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AOS application sent 12/19/12

AOS approved 8/24/13

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My wife just neatly put in a garment bag and put it on her luggage along with my Barong Tagalog. Came out just fine..

Thanks for the tip. Was it counted as a carry on? Did they charge extra?


Sent I-129 Application to VSC 2/1/12
NOA1 2/8/12
RFE 8/2/12
RFE reply 8/3/12
NOA2 8/16/12
NVC received 8/27/12
NVC left 8/29/12
Manila Embassy received 9/5/12
Visa appointment & approval 9/7/12
Arrived in US 10/5/2012
Married 11/24/2012
AOS application sent 12/19/12

AOS approved 8/24/13

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Really - that was brave of you :devil: I am glad that the dry cleaners got it up to snuff.

Having a wrinkly wedding dress is the least of my concern. :whistle: Switching countries, leaving a great job, leaving my family and assimilating was more of a pressing matter. :lol:


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2008-08-16 Sent N-400

2008-08-18 Application Received

2008-08-19 Check Cashed

2008-09-18 Biometrics

2008-12-09 Interview

2009-01-XX Oath (Yay! I'm a citizen)

==========================

07/19 - NOA2 approval

08/20 - Case received at NVC

08/23 - emailed DS-3022

08/25 - mailed AOS

08/27 - received AOS

08/31 - AOS Accepted

09/04 - Received confirmation of DS-3022

09/05 - Received IV invoice

09/05 - Pay IV bill

09/06 - IV showed as paid

09/06 - Send DS-230 packet

09/10 - Received DS-230 packet by NVC

09/17 - DS-230 Accepted/Case Complete

09/28 - Transfer to Manila Embassy

10/02 - Medical Exam at St. Luke's

10/08- 10/10 - Sputum Test

10/09 - Received by Manila Embassy

10/12 - Result of Sputum Test (Need to repeat)

10/16-10/18 - Repeat Sputum Test (Negative)

12/13 - Sputum Final Result (Negative)

12/21 - Interview at Embassy (Approved)

12/28 - Visa Picked Up from 2GO

12/28 - CFO

12/30 - POE (LAX)

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Having a wrinkly wedding dress is the least of my concern. :whistle: Switching countries, leaving a great job, leaving my family and assimilating was more of a pressing matter. :lol:

Of course those are more pressing matters :lol: But why not tackle the wedding dress angle too


Sent I-129 Application to VSC 2/1/12
NOA1 2/8/12
RFE 8/2/12
RFE reply 8/3/12
NOA2 8/16/12
NVC received 8/27/12
NVC left 8/29/12
Manila Embassy received 9/5/12
Visa appointment & approval 9/7/12
Arrived in US 10/5/2012
Married 11/24/2012
AOS application sent 12/19/12

AOS approved 8/24/13

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What is the best way to bring a wedding dress to the US without getting it crushed or soiled? Will using a shipping carrier work? Should she take it as a carry on on the plane as a hand item? If so how should she pack it and meet the Delta travel criteria? Any ideas will be appreciated.

I had my wedding dress made to order from the Philippines. I just had to wrap it with a plastic or garment bag and put it in a luggage bag. When i came here my dress looks still the same. I had it as my checked in luggage and not carry on.

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I had my wedding dress made to order from the Philippines. I just had to wrap it with a plastic or garment bag and put it in a luggage bag. When i came here my dress looks still the same. I had it as my checked in luggage and not carry on.

Cool - so my fiancee has several options to bring her wedding gown.


Sent I-129 Application to VSC 2/1/12
NOA1 2/8/12
RFE 8/2/12
RFE reply 8/3/12
NOA2 8/16/12
NVC received 8/27/12
NVC left 8/29/12
Manila Embassy received 9/5/12
Visa appointment & approval 9/7/12
Arrived in US 10/5/2012
Married 11/24/2012
AOS application sent 12/19/12

AOS approved 8/24/13

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