Post # 1
I had a friend who went to Hong Kong and Shanghai for a week just to shop for her wedding. She’s not loaded with cash or a bridezilla, just thought this was the cheapest way to get everything done.
Granted airfares were great at that time, and she got 3 dresses, including the white wedding gown, totalling UNDER $500(!) as well as sorted out all the invitations and decorations to be sent home, however I’m still contemplating if this is the way to go if I get engaged …maybe I’d do the holiday and get some things while there, but purely travelling to organize the wedding is another thing.
Would you (or did you) go overseas to shop for your wedding, or at least take a holiday and do your wedding shopping while there?
Post # 3
I could never do that, it just doesn’t seem practical to me. But I would totally do a little wedding shopping if I was somewhere fun for a holiday. Any time I travel I like to buy clothes so I can have ‘that dress from Rome’ or ‘that shirt from London,’ so I’m sure I’d love to buy a reception dress or something from New York or another exciting place.
Post # 4
I’m trying how to word this without sounding totally racist, but are you Chinese yourself?
I just ask because if you’re thinking of going to China specifically you may find that you can’t master the cultural exchanges required to get these kinds of fantastic deals. Our city has a “Chinatown” kind of area and somehow my Chinese friends always manage to get things way cheaper than anybody else.
But to answer your question, no I don’t think the savings would have ever made up for an international trip for my wedding in particular.
Post # 5
@SapphireSun: Granted if you can share the same jokes and manage to gain a bargain in the process with the locals in their own dialect then you definitely have an upper hand there. I’m referring to overseas as in…anywhere. Like NDBee said, some pieces you can look back on as fond travel memories. Or, there are some places that have amazing dress designs that you can never get in your own country for the same price (e.g. International wedding gowns aren’t that cheap in say, Australia).
I was actually contemplating Thailand and Malaysia for the amazing tailoring and fabrics (make that rehersal dress?) and other bits and pieces… the exchange rate is likely to more then make up for it!
Post # 6
Unless you know where to go and people there, I think it it will be hard to find the deals. I went to HK/China and while things are cheap, you have to know where to go to find the dirt cheap deals and even then, as a forigener, you will pay more than a local or someone there with a local. This definitely goes for Thailand too. Some of the guys I went with got custom tailor suits there for only about $120 USD… and while that sounds dirt cheap to us, my friends cousin who lives there says locals can get it for about $40. I wouldnt go just to try to save money, but if you wanted to take a trip and try to get some bargain items, that is probably the better mindset.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t go abroad with just wedding shopping as my goal, but I would totally do it if I was already planning on traveling. I went to India last winter, and everything there was so incredibly beautiful and cheap. I could have bought all the textiles and dresses and decor I could have possibly wanted for a fraction of the price. I would have had to pay for shipping, too, though, which would have gouged my pocketbook.
Post # 8
Well technically my wedding was abroad and we scheduled several more trips to the place the wedding was in order to do things like vendor meetings and dress shopping but I could stay with my parents and tack a visit onto a trip for a friend’s wedding or work so the cost was not huge. However, I did import some things that I bought internationally but nothing major and we both bought our wedding clothes in “another country” (US) because the exchange rate to the EUR is in our favor.
Post # 9
Okay, but you’d still have to pay for your hotel, food, taxi rides, etc etc etc while you were there, so I’m not seeing how this would still end up being a great bargain. Fun yes, practical no.
I’m in Canada, so often ordering things online from the States can cost a FORTUNE in shipping. I had it shipped to my Aunt in Kansas and then my parents brought it all home when then went to visit her. That was a bit more economical for me!
Post # 10
I bought my wedding jewelry and hair flower in Cambridge England, but I was there on business, and just happened to find stuff that was perfect, not a trip specifically for wedding shopping!
Post # 11
I live in London and my wedding is in the US where I’m from. I buy most things in the US because it’s way cheaper and I earn pounds so the exchange rate is in my favor.
So I guess the answer is yes, but the country is where the wedding is taking place anyway.
I also went to India while wedding planning and I bought some bridesmaids gifts for next to nothing while there.
Post # 12
FILs will be buying things for the wedding overseas where they are from (they currently reside in the states though). i am not sure if they were planning on going anyway, they go fairly often, they were there in october, they will go again in the spring, and then we are all going at some point not too long after the wedding which is in october. i think if you are from an area, there is a comfort in the familiarity when shopping there. i could see it being really hard to spend a lot of money on something that you grew up knowing didn’t cost nearly that much, brides feel taken advantage often anyway when it comes to pricing. there also may be items that are hard to find locally or are of lesser quality. if you can afford to make a vacation out of wedding shopping, all the power to ya! i don’t think it’s uncommon or bad thing.
Post # 13
If she can afford it why not? Who cares, i really don’t see the big deal.