2012-07-21 06:00:00 by SMARTBRIDE
How to Choose Your Wedding Shoes
Avoid a common mistake brides make: Don’t forget about your wedding shoes!
Sure, your wedding dress will take center stage at your nuptials, but your wedding shoes are just as important on your big day. The shoes complete your special bridal ensemble and make you feel fabulous all day long – that is, if you chose the perfect pair.
It’s important to take extra time and consideration when you choose shoes for your wedding. The old adage that "no one will see my shoes" is completely false!
Not only will your bridal shoes be on display throughout your wedding, but you’ll likely want to show them off.
When you choose shoes for your wedding, consider the following details:
- Shop early!
You don’t want to wait until the last minute to purchase bridal shoes. Why? Because your dress needs to be hemmed to accommodate your heels. Once you’ve found the dress of your dreams, start shopping for your shoes so you have them in time for your first fitting.
- Think About Your Location.
Any time you get dressed, you consider where you’re going before you pick out your shoes – you wear gym shoes to go hiking, flip flops to the pool, heels for a night on the town – and when you choose shoes for your wedding, it’s no different.
If you have a beach wedding, you probably don’t want towering stilettos – they’ll make it impossible to walk in the sand.
Saying "I do" outside in a garden? Wedges will be easy to walk in on grass and gravel. Consider your wedding’s venue.
- What's Your Wedding Style?
It would look silly to wear cowboy boots in a fancy ballroom, but that shoe choice might be perfect for the barn wedding of your dreams.
Consider your wedding’s theme and vibe when choosing your bridal shoes. Is it fancy, laid-back, vintage, country, colorful, traditional?
You want everything at your wedding to look cohesive and that applies to your shoes, too.
- Complete Your Look.
It’s not all about the dress – your wedding day outfit is a complete ensemble, from head to toe. Make sure your shoes coordinate and effortlessly compliment your gown, veil, jewelry and bouquet.
This may mean matching the metal finishes throughout, paying attention to ivory vs. white, or making sure the materials mesh together.
A soft white tulle gown with bright patent leather or snakeskin shoes Mismatch!
Wearing bright gold shoes with a dress that only has silver beading? Distracting mismatch!
Above all, you need to be comfortable. This is the most important day of your life – do you want to be distracted by your aching feet? You’ll be wearing these shoes from your ceremony to your photos to your reception to the dance floor – all day and night until you and your new husband make your excited exit as newlyweds. That’s hours upon hours in that pair of shoes – so invest in a good pair!
Be realistic about your history with heels. Are you the woman who can’t dance in heels? Do you feel uneasy in anything but a flat?
Don’t use your wedding day as testing grounds for your stiletto skills. With today’s bountiful selection of bridal shoes, you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort!