Yay! If you are a buyer or a seller, there is nothing more exciting than finalizing the sale and shipping. If you're ready to ship a wedding dress, here is what you should know:
- Package it properly. This will ensure the dress is not damaged in transit. (Remember, the box will be loaded onto trucks, conveyor belts and potentially airplanes. The handlers will not be aware of the precious cargo inside).
- Insure it for the value/selling price.
- Use a trackable method and require a signature release.
Typically, the buyer pays for the shipping cost (and any duty or taxes if applicable). This amount is added to the asking price for a final amount.
- Use a sturdy corrugated cardboard box. Find one at your local Post Office or UPS store for minimal cost (typically under $5).
- Get a box that is just big enough. The larger the box, the higher the shipping costs (even for the same weight). UPS has boxes that are 24x18x5, and 18x16x9 (and many more options). Look for something in that range. (Find your nearest UPS location).
- Fold the gown as required and use plastic to cover it (for the unlikely, but possible event, that the box gets wet).
- Seal the flaps and seams with strong mailing tape that is a minimum width of two inches.
- Place the shipping label on top and avoid putting the label over a seam/closure or on top of the tape. Put a duplicate label (with a phone number) inside the box.
Shipping costs will vary based on the the location and dimensions of your package.(expect a large ballgown to cost more to ship than a simple sheath). Once you know your buyer's location, you can get a shipping estimate from any of these carriers.
If you are shipping your dress from the US to Canada, you can get an estimate of the duty charges here. Customs/Duty for other international shipments should be discussed directly with your shipping provider.