Post # 1
Hello WeddingBee’s! I am getting married in two months and I live in Japan. Things are rough when it comes to finding ANYTHING I want to make our wedding ‘us’. I am marrying a Frenchie and we are looking to have a simple boho rustic reception. I can’t find any website that will ship to japan that wouldn’t cost us a fortune in shipping. We are looking for burlap and rustic decor, and so far I have found no kind of arts and crafts stores in my city (or in japan) and when I went to a store to ask if they had anything burlap they had no idea what that was. Has anyone ever planned an American style wedding in Japan? Or are there any good craft sites that ship internationally that aren’t so expensive?
Any advice would help. So far I have ordered a dress, invitations, and wedding favor bags from Etsy. I found this AMAZING site called save-on-crafts.com ….but getting things shipped through a frieght company is our only option with them and I am afraid it is just too expensive.
Cheers to all and happy wedding planning!
Post # 3
@AmericanInJapanBride: Is our wedding date in your profile correct?
Do you know anyone in the USA who could ship you what you want?
Would it be less expensive to order from a Chinese supplier?
Post # 4
@AmericanInJapanBride: I don’t have any advice because I’m getting married in Hawaii, but I wanted to say hi since I’m also an American bride in Japan. Personal DIY weddings don’t seem to be a big thing in Japan, but I hope you figure out something that works for you.
Post # 5
@Julies1949: yes, my wedding date is this coming October. Thank you so much for that website! It is the least expensvive for shipping that I’ve seen and they have some really great things. I will have my family ship things to me if I’m not able to find what I want online but the suppoort for having a wedding abroad is just not there so I’ll use that as a last result.
@Jabberwocky: Congratulations to you!! Hawaii will be amazing for you! Thank you for your insite though. You are so right, DIY in general here is not big so a DIY wedding is difficult to explain to people. Everyone keeps saying I need to have professionals do things for me but it is just too expensive and not what we want. But if I am able to pull something nice off I hope it will be an inspiration to people. Weddings are very expensive and generally all inclusive here and in my oppinion not a personal thing at all. We are excited to share a different experience with our guests for our wedding.
Post # 6
You’re not going to find much in the way of DIY support there. My Mom’s Japanese, and she was HORRIFIED when she found out I was desigining my invitations and DIYing my origami flowers. To paraphrase (and be far more tactful than she was), “Only poor people DIY”. She was absolutely terrified that my fiance’s family would think they were being cheap and refusing to support with the wedding. It’s somewhat post-war reactionary – my Mom was a dressmaker and learned to pattern by looking at a finished garment through a window. People were forced to live with so little for a long time, and now it’s almost shameful if you choose to live that way.
If you can get things shipped from China, that’s probably your best bet. China post is painfully slow, but it will get there eventually. If you’re not on a time crunch, that’s where I would try.
Post # 7
@AmericanInJapanBride: Let us know if you need any more help.
Post # 8
Thank you for that, I hadn’t looked at it that way @maricontrary and that makes a lot of since. I actually found some simple easy centerpieces today at a 100 yen shop that work well with our theme, and the site for crafts from china work well for everything else. I appriciate all of your help!
Post # 9
I lived in Japan until about 2 weeks ago. I was in the Kansai region. What region are you in?
Daiso is awesome (as I’m sure you know). Daiei has some crafting things. 3 coins doesn’t have a lot of DIY materials, but has a bunch of things that will fit your theme. Try Yamaya and Loft for good crafting supplies, they tend to be slightly pricier though.
Good luck! And feel free to PM me.