5 Wedding Travel Tips From a Professional Bridesmaid (Yes, It's a Thing)

She's the expert.

You may heard of Jen Glantz, author of the forthcoming Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire) and founder of Bridesmaid for Hire, for which she's sort of like a planner slash personal assistant... slash she will literally zip into a bridesmaid dress and stand next to the bride at the altar. You may have even seen her at a wedding. Jen's been up and down the aisle — and all over the map — for work. And along the way she's learned a thing or two about what to keep in mind when you're traveling for a wedding or any major event.

1.  Set up travel alerts asap.

When you know where and when you have to go, start setting travel alerts early on so that you can get the best flight and hotel deals. You'll be able to spot the prime time to book and you won't have to worry about paying the big bucks for last-minute travel bookings.

2.  Carry on your finery.

Since there may not be a trusty garment steamer on hand at the wedding venue, be sure to take care of your dress — or special occasion wardrobe of any kind — when you're going from one place to another. Instead of folding it in your checked luggage (which may end up lost anyway), carry it on in a garment bag and store it in the overhead compartment, on top of the row of bags. No mess, no stress.

3.  Never fly same day.

"I've made the mistake once or twice, flying in the morning of a wedding as a bridesmaid," she says. "I found myself delayed at an airport for so long that I made it to the wedding only seconds before my turn to walk down the aisle." To avoid the heart-pounding stress of flying or traveling day of, be sure to fly in at least one day before the big day takes place.

4.  Skip the sky bar.

It may be tempting to get the party stared early with in-flight tequila or mini bottles of merlot, but flying is already vey dehydrating and the last thing you'll want to do is show up to your big event hung over with a headache that just won't quit — and unable to enjoy the moment.

5.  Go with the herd.

If other members of a group attending a big event — such as a bridal party — live in your area, plan travel with them ahead of time so that you can all go together for company as well as economy. Traveling in numbers works to your advantage when it comes to weddings, because if you don't, you may find yourself paying not just for your hotel solo — but also for taxi or Uber rides and other incidentals you could otherwise share.

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