Unfortunately, higher shipping cost & duty fees are what must be faced when buying internationally. The good part, due to the Internet, we have access to so many wonderful products throughout the world, that were previously unobtainable.
I do on occasion get brides that are shocked by the duty fees due when their wedding headpiece lands in customs.
I too have paid shipping & custom fees for things but am so excited to get pretty things from all over that could not find in the states.
Please be informed of the total cost of your wedding accessories before purchasing by visiting this site where you can calculate your duty fees.