What's the best way to ship a wedding dress?

There is no need to know the shipping address or to calculate shipping charges - POWD takes care of the logistics and provides a pre-paid UPS shipping label (insurance included for US and Canada sellers!).

  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 acid-free 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
    Remove any jewelry that you are wearing that may catch on the dress. 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. If your box is damaged like this, dirt and moisture are not likely to damage your item:
  5. Add a nice note
    Consider writing a lovely short note to your buyer telling her about the dress, your big day, or thanking her for her purchase.
  6. Tape it Well, Label, & Drop if Off
    Print off the prepaid shipping label we provided when your dress sold. If you are shipping internationally, a pre-filled commercial invoice will also be provided (ensure all 3 copies are provided to the carrarier when you drop it off). Seal the flaps and seams with strong mailing tape that is at least 2” wide.

    Place the shipping label on top, and take care to avoid putting the label over a seam/closure or on top of the tape. You want the label to be clearly visible at all times.

    Pro-Tip: 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 (and recipient) quickly.

    Then, drop it off at your nearest UPS location!

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