Post # 107
@hiroshymatetrastar: $400 is a lot for crystals to DIY. I would be so afraid to mess that up. Your wedding is +3 months away. Take that $400 and look at some stunning sample dresses and get a dress you know you will love. I would 100% go barefoot (or wear second hand shoes) to my wedding if it meant I would have a dress I couldnt wait to wear. Hardly anybody sees the shoes…and sure they are going to be in the detail photos…. but your dress is in every photo. What I’m telling you now is what another bee told me in November and it completely changed how I felt once I got a new dress.
Post # 108
@sheepandbear: I don’t really want to change my dress… I love it.. I’m just gonna swelter in it, I’ll just be sure to keep myself hydrated
Post # 109
@hiroshymatetrastar: I used to make pagaeant dresses and we bought all our crystals whole sale. I can’t remember the seller off the top of my head but I can look it it up for you and let you know… No way you need to spend 400 on crystals!
Post # 110
I have to agree that the only red flag here is you, sweetie… I think he’s being prudent.
And you can have a pair of shoes custom made for less than you paid for crystals.
Post # 111
Warning – I haven’t read all the posts!
I’m glad to hear it sounds like you’re coming around to some cheaper options. I definately think you can get good sparkle without the Swarovski name and price tag.
Also, I have several patients who have leg length discrepancies so i can understand your frustration. And I’m sure you have a good relationship with your cobbler so maybe I’m talking crazy – but have you tried cutting off the heel on the longer leg rather than adding to the shorter leg? I know a girl that has done that on dozens of shoes.
Post # 112
@littleluli: I would GREATLY appreciate that..
@dmk90716: I want to DIY my shoes, I don’t want someone else to do them…
@JenGirl: They wouldn’t do that because of A: the platform would make my left foot sit funny, B: he didn’t want to ruin the sequins…. which he already kinda did by putting the right shoe in his vice
Post # 113
Wow, I had NO idea DIY-strass cost that much. Looking at what’s available on eBay, you could get a pair of glitter Choos or Loubs for that price. But, I realise that’s beside the point given that you’re enamoured of one specific vision for your wedding shoes.
Honestly, if it was that important to me, I would stand my ground. If it’s not going to break your budget or send you broke, then I would try to explain to Fiance that this is the ONE thing that’s very important to you on your wedding day.
My only concern is the success rate of DIY strassing…it would be awful if you spent all this money (and effort, and emotional turmoil) for it not to work out.
Post # 114
@peonyinparis: I can’t wear choos or loubs.. they have skinny heels… I think I’ll do fine with the strassing.. Plus I bought other (black) rhinestones to test on another pair of shoes so I don’t mess up my wedding shoes…
Post # 115
Are you 100% set on doing the strassing yourself? I do feel like it is a little much to be spending $400 just on crystals to DIY your shoes, not to mention extremely time consuming with your wedding just over 3 months away. It seems like you’ve already spent the money to DIY a practice pair of shoes, so perhaps satisfy your DIY urge with that pair, and use the $400 to have them “professionally” strassed.
Etsy has several shops that will custom strass your shoes for you. I didn’t go through all of them, and several of them probably have lower prices than the link I’m providing, but I noticed that this one likely has the purple velvet AB Swarovski crystals you wanted and her pricing starts @ $360
She also has a cheaper European crystal that apparently also comes in the same color, purple velvet AB, that starts @ $260
Post # 116
I think feeling like a princess on that day is a completely legit thing to aim for 🙂
I do want to point out though that I don’t think any actual princess would ever wear strassed shoes at her wedding. Maybe your fiance wants your wedding to be more formal, like an actual princess’s wedding. Why not look at some photos of actual princesses getting married and choose your shoe inspiration from them?
Post # 117
I recommend buying used shoes. I wanted fancy shoes but couldn’t afford them, so I got lace manolos on ebay for $100.
Honestly, my first thought with your post was: Welcome to marriage!! 😉
Post # 118
I would have to agree with your fiance on this one, and this might be an unpopular vote, but $400 is ALOT of money for wedding shoes. I understand that you WANT what you want, but surely there is another purple pair of crystal type shoes out there for less than $400.
If you really want $400 shoes, I would rent them [if possible], or get a used pair.
Post # 119
@hiroshymatetrastar: I am currently strassing a pair of flats for my wedding (so I totally get the sparkle lust you are experiencing)! I read that you are going to strass a test pair, before your bridal shoes? In theory, that is a nice idea … but I think by the time you get to the second shoe on your test pair, you are going to be stick of strassing! It takes FOREVER if you do it properly. I am crafty by nature, and normally enjoy meticulous work, but even for me it’s getting tiring! I know ou said you liked tedious work, but I wouldn’t reccomend strassing 4 shoes in 3 months.
ETA: I will have used less than 4000 crystals by the time I am finished. Make sure you are not over-ordering!
Post # 120
a 400 diy IS crazy. you can get miu mius or jimmy choos for that money
Post # 121
@Shlieka: I absolutely want to strass them myself.. I want something I am doing to be done soley by me.. Originally I was going to just print my invitations on my computer (FH shot that down, and for good reason, the ink would have cost a fortune, we will get them cheaper the way we are doing them now)… I wanted to make our card box.. One was given to us by a friend… Everything I try to do on my own, doesn’t wind up happening… These shoes are my last chance….. And I didn’t want the AB, I want the non-ab purple velvet
@joya_aspera: I was more thinking disney princess lol.. Not like Princess Di or the Dutchess
@Peony007: I have the shoes I want, they’re just not the way I want them..
@jenilynevette: I looked.. There are none that fit the needs I have of a shoe
@BakeosaurusRex: If the first shoe (or maybe half-a-shoe) turns out good, I will stop until after the wedding and work on my purple ones… You will definately use a TON less crystals than me.. I am strassing not only the ‘body’ of a shoe, but also a heel, platform and strap…
@bebero: *sigh* I’ve said this in PP.. I can’t wear Choo’s or Loubs or any of those fancy expensive shoes.. They have skinny heels and no strap across the top of the foot… I have a medical condition that requires me wear a lift in a shoe, I have to have the support of the strap unless I get a lift put on the outside.. I had that done to another pair of shoes (that were supposed to be my wedding shoes) and it was a castrophy to say the least…