Post # 1
OMG!! Is it just me or does anyone else get sticker shock everytime you see the price tags of these embelished belts. I have tried on belts ranging from $100 to $350. I can afford it but I just cant imagin paying that amount of money for a belt I cant wear on a daily bases. Do any of you fellow bees have any DIY ideas for belts or know any cheaper alternatives or am I just underestimating the time and effort it takes to complete these belts?
Post # 3
I agree, but I also feel like everything wedding related is ridiculously overpriced! My simple veil (mid length with a small ribbon edge) ran $160 – luckily I had a $120 credit at the bridal shop because I purchased my dress during a flash sale..
Post # 4
I think they are just expensive! Especially if they are hand beaded. A friend of mine bought a $600 paloma blanca belt for an $800 dress LOL
Definitely look into buying a used belt, that could save a lot!
Post # 5
My seamstress is going to make my belt and veil (she works for herself, not a bridal store) and her prices are less than half of what the store is charging. you may want to check to see if you could find someone where you live unless you are super crafty (I am not!)
Post # 6
Oh tell me about it! Enzoani Diana belts, crystal belts… so expensive. I almost feel bad thinking about how much I want the Diana belt for my dress 🙁
Post # 7
@ashump210: I agree!!! I havce no idea why I would pay that much for a piece of ribbon with a few rhinestone, pearl or flower appliques attached!! I think you could easily make it a DIY project with a quick trip to a craft store. I have seriously considered opening up an Etsy shop and selling them in the $50-75 range because I’m sure I’d make a killing
Post # 8
There are a few etsy retailers with belts, go under weddings and then bridal accessories. Some are still outrageously priced but some are ok 🙂 I swear you get to the point that your whole viewpoint is skewed, I saw one the other day priced at $110 and thought “ooo that’s pretty cheap!”
No, that is not cheap.
Post # 9
No, they are definitely overpriced. I was looking at dress sashes the other day (not even for a wedding), and I popped over to BHLDN…$575* for a beaded sash?! They’re ridiculously overpriced only because “wedding” is attached.
I don’t mind paying that if the quality/workmanship called for this price, but I think a lot of specific wedding items are overpriced purely for gouging purposes.
Post # 10
Yeah, they are ridiculous! When I bought my dress, I fell in love with one that was $700!!! Um, no. So I went on Etsy and found a vendor who made me a custom replica… for $250. Still a buttload of money. But I REALLY wanted that belt, and $250 was better than $700, AND I got to customize it, so I went for it.
Then, AT MY WEDDING, my aunt’s wife was wearing the original! She had no idea that was “my” belt, so there definitely wasn’t anything malicious there, and I don’t hold a grudge or anything silly like that. I just could not believe that someone was wearing a $700 belt with a regular dressy outfit, and that it had been the EXACT SAME $700 belt that I drooled over! I mean, what are the chances?! lol… (They got married only a few months prior, so I’m sure she bought it when she was dress shopping.)
Post # 11
They are infinitely ridiculous. I’ve seen $1000 belts in bridal salons. Umm… Or you could just buy a dress for that!?! Check Etsy though, they will have cheaper ones.
Post # 12
I think they are ridiculously priced! I like them and they look great on certain dresses, but good grief! I’m glad I don’t have to buy one for mine, lol
Post # 13
Yes, bridal belts are crazilly overpriced! Try etsy – I got mine there and then added some bling to customize it (most fabric stores will have the supplies you need) – you can do it for half the cost they are charging in the bridal salons.
Post # 14
Im glad its just not me. Im going to try to check out etsy. Thanks guys
Post # 15
@ashump210: Not sure if you’ve already found a belt yet, but I fell in love with a belt for $350, and there was no way I was willing to pay that much for just a belt. So, I found some jewellery for the belt that was the same size as what I was looking at (and it was ~$60 on eBay) and then got some material at the fabric store (~$10), and had my seamstress make it up for me and sew it on my dress. I was able to customize it a bit, and it actually turned out even nicer than the original belt!
Post # 16
Mine cost $40, but granted it was plain black satin. Also, the woman that sold it to me was my dressmaker who made me a handmade, custom designed lace and silk wedding dress for $1600 (including all materials) so to say she’s reasonable with her pricing is an understatement!