Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
I was just reading a wonderful thread about cheap dress options and got so inspired… my problem is that I’m in Prague. Lots of places are willilng to ship internationally, but the Czech government holds packages at customs and it ends up being quite expensive.
Are there any European brides out there with ideas? I have considered having stuff sent to England and then going there for a weekend… but that inovolves the expense of flying. I could also just get a seamstress to try and make me a dress based on pics, but that seems risky, as I don’t have a longstanding relationship with anyone yet.
Also, I’ve seen dresses on Amazon or ebay for cheap, but I am just *sure* they’ll end up being some shoddy knock-off overseas place that won’t send what they promise….
Post # 3
Czech/Irish bee here. Unfortunately, you might get that problem anywhere in Europe.
The actual customs rate is not that high (and it is set by the EU, so all EU countries charge the same rate), but since they also charge VAT on top of that (at the rate applicable to a similar product in the receiving country), that is why it is so expensive.
Some EU countries check incoming packages more diligently than others, but that does not mean that ‘less thorough’ countries do not check at all. So while the UK customs might not be as strict as the Czech customs, there is still a good chance that you will be charged by them and you would also neet to pay for your flights and accommodation, making the whole thing even more expensive.
where would the dress be coming from? i have heard some sites (Jasmines, Dressilyme…) ‘undervalue’ the item in the customs declaration so that the customs charge is not that high.
hope that clarifies it somewhat. unfortunately cant be much help. I am in the same situation.