What is the best way to ship a wedding dress?

Please view How to Pack Your Wedding Dress to Ship for more information.

How To Box, Pack and Ship Your Dress Correctly

  1. Find the Right Box
    Do not ship the dress in a preservation box - instead, use a sturdy corrugated cardboard box that you can find on Amazon, Staples, a moving supplies store, or at your local USPS/UPS store for minimal cost (typically under $5).

    Consider reaching out to your local bridal shops, they may have a box you can pick up from them.

    Get a box that is just big enough, not too big!

    Recommended Box Sizes:
    L: 18 x W: 16 x H: 9
    L: 30 x W: 20 x H: 8
    L: 24 x W: 16 x H: 6

    Use a bathroom scale to get the total weight of the packaged dress.
  2. Cover Up Details & Embellishments
    Use tissue paper or muslin cloth between layers to protect embellishments or beading from snagging on other parts of the dress when you fold it.
  3. Fold It
    Fold it; bodice to the hem. This should allow it to fit nicely in the box.
  4. Protect The Dress
    Use plastic to cover it so that if the box gets wet or damaged in during transit, the dress won't be damaged.

    A great way to do this is to use the plastic cover your duvet cover came in or just a fresh, clear, large sized recycling bag.
  5. Tape Well, Label, & Drop if Off
    Put a duplicate label inside the box so that if the label gets ripped off at any point during shipping, they can find the original owner quickly.

    Seal the flaps and seams with strong mailing tape that is a minimum width of two inches. Place the shipping label on top, avoid putting the label over a seam/closure or on top of the tape.
  6. Send Tracking Information
    Provide the tracking number to your buyer right away - they are anxious and excited! 

Shipping Insurance

OnceWed strongly recommends all sellers to ship their dress with insurance so that they are protected in the event that the dress is damaged or lost in transit.

If your package arrives with damage that occurred during transit from a ripped open or wet box, the person who arranged the shipment (seller, typically) will need to contact the shipping company to open a claim.

Simply request insurance with the service you choose to use to send your package. The additional cost of insurance should be added to the shipping fees when you invoice your buyer :).

It's best to add insurance to the package for the “full value" of the wedding dress, meaning the listing price paid and agreed to with your buyer on OnceWed. This is essential if the package gets lost or stolen.

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