Hello everyone! Hope you’re having a good week so far. Today’s Top 10 is all about buying the perfect wedding shoes – a few pearls of hindsight wisdom from my experience and then a few others some friends have passed on. It’s strange, when picking out my wedding shoes, I was so focussed on them in isolation, I didn’t think about the big picture – the weather, the material, the height of my bridal party. Thank goodness they worked out! Here are a few of my top tips!
Photo by Marianne Taylor Photography
1. Think seriously about the time you are going to be spending on your feet
If your wedding is an all day affair, think long and hard before you buy those sky high heels as you will be doing a lot of standing, dancing and celebrating. Traditionally, American weddings start later on day, but what I’ve learned in the UK is that they can last much longer than that! There is also the ever growing popular after party post wedding that some couples are engaging in so make sure to consider the whole picture. If you’re going to be on your feet for 12 hours, think about your shoes very carefully!
2. Consider the terrain you will be walking on
Think about where you are getting married and choose shoes that are going to work for you, for example heels on the beach will be more difficult than flats and if you are walking up or down loads of stairs, some shoes might be more comfortable or secure. The beach seams a bit obvious, but what if you have stilettos and you’re going out into the garden for your drinks reception? This shouldn’t be the be-all-end-all reason for changing your shoe choice, but make sure to think about it! The worst thing in the world would be to spend loads of money on some amazing shoes, and then completely ruin them before the night is over.
3. Consider the height of the rest of your bridal party
This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to make sure you are the same height as your bridesmaids, but of course it’s always good to think about the height of not only your groom, but your dad so that when you walk down the aisle and have your first dance, everyone feels comfortable. I was JUST the same height as my dad for our walk down the aisle and our first dance which was perfectly fine, but I know if I had been a bit taller it might have felt a tad awkward. This then translates into how your photos are going to look. If you’re taller than your groom in all of your portraits but normally shorter, is that something you want to happen?
4. Buy your shoes as far ahead of time as possible so you can wear them as MUCH as possible
I assumed that the adrenaline would probably buy me an extra hour on our wedding day, given the fact I was wearing 6 inch heels, however, I think I was also saved by the fact that every Sunday, I wore my heels for about 4 hours. I did the laundry in them, I did the cooking in them, I blogged in them. Honestly, it really does help.
5. Target possible problem areas in advance
If you’ve worn your shoes for an hour or so, you will begin to feel where they might hurt you later on. For me, the problem areas were the balls of my feet due to the height, and the back of heel because there was a zipper there. So, in preparation for this, I bought bandages and gel pads GALORE. Again, my feet were pretty much killing me by the end of the night anyway, but I maintain these bought me more time.
6. Have backup
Your shoes might or might not be a main feature of your wedding, depending of course on the style and length of your dress. Luckily, mine were safely hidden beneath my massive skirt so I had a backup pair of platforms that I wore while we walked around during dinner. They were probably an inch or two shorter than my wedding heels but gave my feet a bit of a rest before dancing and no one could tell!
7. Consider the days before and after your wedding day
If you’re having events before and after the wedding day, think about saving your feet some stress by wearing flats. I know after a night of dancing in some mega shoes makes for some sore feet in the morning. Don’t plan to be in sky high heels every single day unless you are a miracle worker.
8. Carry around a swatch of your dress with you wherever you go
This should apply to loads of other decisions you make, like your bridesmaid dresses, your husband’s white shirt etc. But if you’re trying to match your shoes to something, whether its a belt, your dress, a lace pattern – whatever – just bring your swatch with you!
9. Take note of the seasonal sales
Lord knows shoes can cost an arm and a leg, and even though people don’t necessarily always see your shoes during the wedding, they are definitely something you feel like you want to splurge a bit on. You want to feel fabulous walking down the aisle, and you want to feel fabulous dancing with your husband. You however, might not feel so fabulous when you bring out the credit card to pay for the amazing shoes you’ve been drooling over. My tactic? Hit the sales! If you plan far in advance you can get some KILLER shoes from the summer or post Christmas sales and the shoe selections are generally pretty plentiful, especially if you’re looking for something a bit alternative. I went and stood outside Selfridges at 7:30 am the morning of their sales and bagged a pair of Miu Mius for 75% off. WIN.
10. Think about the weather
This sounds a bit random, but my feet swell like crazy in the summer. I had patent leather shoes and even though it was late summer, my dress was massive and I got hot pretty quickly. Again, it wasn’t the end of the world or anything, but I might have chosen a different finish if I had thought about the heat. Similarly, if you’re getting married in the winter, peep toe shoes are probably better than strappy sandals! It’s weird, because that sounds so obvious, but it didn’t even cross my mind, I was so focused on what they would look like in photos.
And that’s it for today! Does anyone have an additional tips? Leave a comment below and help a fellow bride out!