Originally Posted by Lauren McNamara
I was wondering what company and what type of wedding insurance everyone is getting for their wedding?
Also, has anyone shipped anything to Turks? Is it very expensive? I want to send sparklers, plate chargers and linens down since I do not know if they have them.
I would not recommend shipping ANYTHING down here. You have to pay the shipping and clearing costs AND 40% of the price of the goods in government tax/duty. (yes that is FORTY PERCENT on top of shipping and clearing.) So, if you are shipping $300 worth of goods and the shipping and clearing is $100 (probably higher), you will additionally pay $120 in tax. For that $220 you could pack 4 extra suitcases and give to guests and bring down! I don't know the regulations regarding fireworks, though we have had some people use sparklers and there is a fireworks company on island. Additionally you will need to have someone who will drop off invoices of the goods before clearing, they have to pay and get them out of customs after clearing (and in all honesty it is something that makes me crazy because of all of the time and paperwork (and money) involved and I have been here 18 years and know how it works).
Do not ship anything if you do not have invoices/receipts attached and copies made as that can hold up the items indefinitely (or they can assess the value at whatever they feel ), look at renting via one of the wedding coordinators or paying for extra suitcases for you or bridal party and just bringing them down. It will be a lot cheaper and a lot less hassle. If you still want to ship down, you need to allow at least 3 weeks for various hiccups that can occur. I personally allow for 4 weeks.
Your hotel or wedding coordinator will be able to give you an idea on linens available. You may just want to go with their white cloths and bring some table runners, in the colors of your choice.
I just don't want you to ship things down expecting it to be like the US. It will be held up in customs until someone produces paperwork to clear it, then pay for it and then it can be 2-3 (or more) business days to get it.