Guidance on Choosing your Wedding Day Shoes
Well I should probably start by saying Happy New Year! I hope you had a fab Christmas and kicked off 2021 in the best way you possibly could (you don't need me to elaborate).
January has always been and always will be a sluggish month and with the doom & gloom of lockdown no.3 added to the mix, it's important we try our best to remain positive. I decided it was time to get my wedding planner book (or two) back out, just to feel that warm fuzzy butterfly feeling to help rid of all the COVID vibes I'm sensing right now and I'm so glad I did. It soon occurred to me that I hadn't thought about wedding shoes yet. So here we are, it's time to talk stilettos, wedges, sandals ... here we go!
In What Order Do I Choose my Wedding Shoes?
In my opinion, it's what feels right for you. Some brides have a particular theme, trinket or photograph that they use to design their wedding and dress. Others go for what 'feels right' when they try a dress on, which is absolutely fine. Or you might simply fall in love with a pair of shoes and end up building your wedding style around them. Some brides already have a dress they've fallen in love with, they're just trying to find the perfect matching shoes.
There's no right or wrong answer, you style your wedding outfit how you see fit - it's your big day!
How Many Inches is Too Many Inches? I'm Talking About Heel Height!
Oh this is such a classic question and the question that spun around my head for weeks. Without sounding trashy, the way I approached this one was: 'what would my go-to shoe be for a night out?' Do I think comfort is key, or am I wanting to dress to impress? (my fiancé obviously)
You need to ask yourself the first question; 'what shoes am I comfortable wearing?'.
Deciding on a Colour
You'll find that many retailers have ivory wedding shoes, especially dyeable ivory satin. Apparently the most popular wedding dresses are ivory, but don't think that means your shoes have to match. A contemporary bride may want a pair of blue shoes for their 'something blue', or just a vibrant shoe that they can wear again and again after their big day.
I didn't know this begore, but after scanning the internet (and Pinterest) it seems many brides buy their shoes in a dyeable fabric, so they can wear ivory on their big day and then have their shoes dyed afterwards. Genuis! Maybe that's a bit of you?
Should I Wear my Wedding Shoes In?
Protecting Your Shoes from the Weather
In the UK, there is never really an answer when it comes to the weather, we all know it's unpredictable, but there are certainly ways in which we can protect our shoes from any kind of water damage. Sprays and solutions are a great idea to pop on the bridal party's shoes before heading to the venue. Whether it's a short outdoor walk from your bridal suite to the reception room, or a drive and drop-off at the church, its so worth keeping the shoes in pristine condition before walking the aisle. When in doubt, ask one of your lovely bridal party to pack a spare pair for your to wear to avoid any damage to your wedding shoes.
Worried Wedding Shoes Will Cost You?
We are absolutely spoilt for choice with retailers, especially online when it comes to hunting for a last minute outfit for a few cocktails with the girls, and its most definitely the same for shoes. Asos, Very.co.uk, Missguided, Pretty Little Thing, Nasty Gal, the list goes on. We no longer have to visit a bridal shop or department store to find our perfect shoes, although if this is your preference, then that's totally fine too. There's no doubt you'll be able to find a pair of beautiful bridal shoes that have your name all over them, for the price you're willing to pay.
And no, I haven't yet found my dream wedding shoes, but I suppose it's because I haven't yet set a date. When I do, you'll be the first to know ;)
Happy Shoe Hunting I Say!!