Post # 1
I buy a lot of my clothes in the States because I find the prices and selection so much better!
Did anyone from Canada buy their wedding dress in the States? If so, what was your experience?
I know regular clothes are cheaper across the border, but I’m wondering if wedding stuff is just generally expensive across the board.
Post # 3
Carefull when you bring it across. One of my old coworkers bought a dress at davids in the states for like $500-$1000 and had to pay $200 duty on it! There was no hiding it either, it was a massive, fluffy white gown on her back seat…
Post # 4
@somethingblue04: Have you considered ordering something from the states and having it shipped? I know of at least two on-line US-based authorized dealers for several different designers. I bought my dress that way. Free shipping, store credit (for accessories, YAY) and a price that was >$300 US less than my local retailer. I’m not sure how you’d be charged duty, though.
Post # 5
If you have it shipped to your home, you will be charged duties. If you go pick it up yourself, there’s a good chance the border officer won’t bother charging you the duties, depending on the value of the dress. Also, if you stay in the States for 24 hours, you can bring back 200$ worth of goods without any charges, and for 48 hours, it’s 800$. So again, depending on the value of the dress, you might not have a problem. I do NOT recommend trying to conceal it.
when I need to buy something from the US, I have it shipped at a UPS store right across the border and get there to pick it up. I leave Canada for about 20 minutes, and when I come back with my goods, I just declare them and officers never bothered doing the paperwork for charging duties and taxes. so it’s been worth it.
my friend bought her wedding dress in the US and had a great experience. Price was much cheaper than in Canada too.
Post # 6
@dv3849: I was thinking that. I couldn’t exactly stuff it in my trunk or wear it across the border. If you have to pay a duty plus the cost of gas, the savings ratio is totally ruined. The selection may be better though.
@Mrs Canuck: That’s a great idea. I could try it on somewhere local and then order it online. Do you mind sharing the name of retailers you had in mind? Store credit for accessories sounds very good to me!
Post # 7
@somethingblue04: remember that our dollar isn’t as hot right now so the exchange isn’t going to be as good!
I bought mine through DB here and am super happy with it.
I know people who’ve gone to the states and had big problems with customs/duty coming back but I also know people who’ve had no issues.
Post # 8
@mommytobee: I would be terrible at trying to conceal it. I’m sure I’d break into a sweat. I’m definitely not cut out to be a criminal! Lol. I didn’t think about having it shipped to a UPS store. That’s very smart! I hope I get a nice officer who doesn’t charge me. Thank you.
@MsGinkgo: I think a lot more people did this when David’s Bridal wasn’t in Canada. I suppose it doesn’t hurt to go there first! I’ve been debating how long I have to order. I’m trying to tone up a bit and I don’t want to spend a fortune on alterations.
Post # 9
@somethingblue04: I ordered from BestBridalPrices.com. They have a b&m store in Illinois as well as their on-line sales. They carry quite a few of the well-known designers, and are authorized retailers. Their customer service was super, and the gown arrived much earlier than I expected.
The other one that I know about is the WeddingShoppeInc.com. I don’t have any experience with them, so I can’t comment on customer service.
It seems like ther is another one, but I can’t come up with a name…
Post # 10
@somethingblue04: I was told about 16 weeks to get my White by Vera dress. It arrived in 10 days.
I can’t say this is the norm, but I’ve heard a lot of stories like mine. They can tell you very quickly what the longest your dress will take to come in is. It’s worth going in and taking a look!