(Closed) Is it just me or are wedding dress belts ridiculously priced!

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@ashump210:  Haha, no, I agree… I mean I understand the some of them are made of nice materials (Swarovski crystals), but some are a bit less detailed, and I always wonder how they get quite to the mark that they usually are.

Post # 33
909 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

They really are. I bought my dress, veil, and belt all at the same time and didn’t even realize how much the belt was until I looked at the receipt later. It was something like $350. It’s hand beaded with pearls, swarovski crystals, and other beading on silk, so I understand it’s a quality piece, but it is very hard to imagine plunking down $350 for a belt. I would say stalk Etsy for a deal or do what Mrs. Gray Wolf did and sew a beaded headband onto a ribbon.

Post # 34
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@allysonjames:  OHH what is your ETSY shop called?? I agree w/ all you BEES the belt i first saw was MORE than my dress!! i bough the enzoani dakota and it definitely needs a blingy belt.. i went to M&J trimmings iN NYC and there they said wait until right before your weddign to buy as it will TARNISH i cant fathom $400 for a belt that will be discolorerd wtf

Post # 35
538 posts
Busy bee

@allysonjames:  I second this. It definitely depends on the quality, and how it was produced. I always thought that they were really overpriced until I took a beading/embroidery/applique class and now I understand why some of them are so expensive. It took me 10 hours just to applique 1 flower! And it definitely takes a toll on you physically too. After doing my hw, my fingers would be cracked and peeling, my neck and back would be really sore, and over a period of just a couple months my vision went from -1 to -3. And for bridal embroidery, you have to be super careful because the fabrics are so delicate, and you have to sew your design template with thread first instead of drawing/tracing it on the fabric. As Allyson James said, it sometimes takes days just to make one design/belt. If you were working on a project for your company, wouldn’t you want to be paid for the days it took to complete the project too? 

Post # 36
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think they are insane. I purchased the Vera Wang Chelsea belt for $1200. I looked online, but even the used ones were going for $900. It’s the one thing I was feeling guilty on, but it looked and matched the dress perfectly – and I figure Ill sell it to recoup some of the cost after.

Post # 37
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I paid $200 on etsy but it was money well spent. The sparkle of the Swarovski crystals makes my dress come alive. I chose an organza ribbon instead of the satin pictured above. 

Post # 38
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Try a used wedding site like Tradesy weddings or the classifieds on here. I imagine there are a lot available for resale and I’m sure you can get it at a fraction of the price.

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