Now that you’ve picked out the perfect wedding dress, you’ve got to decide how to get it home and then to your wedding venue, and it’s not always as simple as you might think… From gowns covered in delicate embellishments, to those made with fabric that wrinkles easily, to ones that are just plain big (hello, princess dress!), most need to be handled with care when in transit, whether you’re traveling by car, plane, bus, or train.

No matter how you’re moving, there are a few key rules to keep in mind. First and foremost, once the dress is in your hands, don’t let it leave your sight (unless you’re handing it off to a trusted seamstress).

Whether you’re traveling across oceans or just a few states over, taking your dress on a plane can be tricky business.

As if you needed something else to stress about, right? Whether you’re tying the knot halfway around the world or only a few states away, figuring out how to get your gown from point A to point B can be quite tricky. To make sure your gown makes it to your destination safely, check out these wedding dress travel tips prior to checking in.And finally, here’s our breakdown on how to transport your dress, no matter how you’re traveling.

The first rule of flying with your gown: Do NOT, I repeat DO NOT, check your wedding dress. It could easily be damaged, lost, or, stolen. You’ve heard horror stories about valuables being stolen from suitcases, so don’t even make that an option.

Instead, make your dress your carry-on item. Specific airlines and flights will have different guidelines for transporting your dress. Calling ahead or checking the airline’s website is a good starting point.

Another good tip: Boldly label your garment bag. You never know how many brides-to-be might be on the same flight. A dress mix-up is the last thing you want!

Still worried? You can actually buy your dress its own plane ticket — it’s been done before! For a couple hundred bucks, you’ll have peace of mind because your dress will be right next to you the whole time.

Yep, you read that right! A real Bridezilla would buy a seat for their wedding dress to ensure it stays in tip-top shape throughout the flight. If you’ve got money to spare and want to play it super safe, book your dress a one-way ticket to your wedding destination that way it’ll never leave your sight. 😉