Your Glass Slippers: Footwear Do’s and Don’ts For Your Big Day

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Your Glass Slippers: Footwear Do’s and Don’ts For Your Big Day

So you’ve found your dream dress (or had it made), and are trying to find the best accessories to pair with it to complete your look. While not as visible, your footwear should be a top priority to find, as it will literally carry you throughout your day. Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to choosing the right “glass slippers” for your big day.

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DO: Consider Your Venue

“As the bride you also don’t want your heels sinking in while you’re trying to stand picture perfect for the photographer.”

Sexy stiletto’s might be something you’ve always dreamt of wearing for your wedding, which would pair perfectly for a banquet hall wedding that is mostly indoors. However, if you’re planning to have an outdoor ceremony, or even take pictures on grass any where, you may want to consider a block heel or even a wedge to prevent you from sinking into the ground as you walk. No one wants to see a bride trip down the aisle in an outdoor ceremony because her heels got stuck.

As the bride you also don’t want your heels sinking in while you’re trying to stand picture perfect for the photographer. There are many options out there for brides for dressy elegant wedges and thankfully block heels are having a major comeback moment, so whichever option you choose, you will be steady on your feet and looking down-right bridal at the same time.

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DON’T: Forget The Cost

“…you most likely will only be wearing them once.”

You may have been saving for this moment to finally splurge on a pair of Manolo’s. If this is the case, you may want to re-think purchasing something that has a distinct bridal look. If splurging on a pair of super pricey heels, perhaps opt for a nude coloured option, or something without too many jewels, this way you will be able to still enjoy them after your wedding day.

Otherwise, you might want to consider something less costly, as you most likely will only be wearing them once. Shoe clips are also something you can purchase to turn an ordinary looking dress shoe into something that is more fit for a bride. Then you can simply remove them after the wedding and still get use of your shoes for a night out.

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DO: Test Drive Them

“These shoes will likely be on your feet all day long.”

You definitely should be trying to wear them around the house to break them in. These shoes will likely be on your feet all day long. As such, spending some time wearing them while you move around the house should definitely help. It will also give you an idea of how long you’re able to wear them before perhaps switching into a lower heeled back up pair.

You can also bring your shoes to a cobbler who can professionally stretch your shoes for you. Alternatively, you can buy a flat shoe that you know will be comfortable and tailor your dress accordingly. However, we would still recommend breaking them in as we all know, flats can cause blisters just as much as heels can. 

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DON’T: Shy Away From Add-On’s

“You will be on your feet a lot and will thank yourself for doing so.”

Gel pads, heel guards, sole grips, heel stoppers etc… these are all your friends! Pimp out your kicks with as many comfort inducing options as you can without compromising the fit of the shoe. You will be on your feet a lot and will thank yourself for doing so. Bring back up band-aids and perhaps some flats on the day of to come to the rescue, in case of emergency. Even if you don’t end up needing them, chances are someone in your bridal party will, and they will thank you for it.

-Tara for Whyte Couture

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Top 3 Things To Know When Designing Your Own Wedding Dress

Top 3 Things To Know When Designing Your Own Wedding Dress

Have you ever dreamt about designing your perfect wedding dress? Maybe you have tried to find “the one” and just can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps you liked two dresses, but only the top part of one and the bottom part the other and are looking for ways to combine the two. No matter your reason for wanting to have a custom wedding gown, there are 3 main things you should keep in mind when you come to this decision.

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#1) You Should Try On Dresses First

“Once you’ve tried some on, you can take the bits and pieces that you liked best and use them as a sort of formula to create the gown of your dreams.”

Even if you know exactly what you want right out of the gate, it’s recommended that you try on wedding gowns first before committing. The reason is, you might change your mind once you see how certain shapes and styles of dresses work with your body type. You might dream of a mermaid style gown, but once you try one on, you notice that it doesn’t flatter you very much. Or maybe you’ve dreamt of a dreamy ballgown, but don’t realize how heavy they can be until you actually have it on. Another reason, is that it gives you ideas. Once you’ve tried some on, you can take the bits and pieces that you liked best and use them as a sort of formula to create the gown of your dreams. Who wouldn’t want that?!

#2) Know Your Budget

“…alterations are always an additional cost on top of a standard gown. You save this cost by going custom, as the dress is made to your exact measurements…”

Come prepared to your consultation to discuss the cost of your gown. The designer will then be able to let you know what fabrics you can choose from or if you can afford to do the layers of fabric necessary to fill out your dream ballgown skirt. Be open to make adjustments along with the designer who will be doing their best to get you what you want. Also know that if you change your mind throughout the process (which can happen) it can add up in costs as well.

If you decide part of the way through that you’d like to add beading and some embellishments, it may cost extra. While ordering custom would be similar in price to purchasing a higher end gown, don’t forget that alterations are always an additional cost on top of a standard gown (which can sometimes be upwards of $1000). You save this cost by going custom, as the dress is made to your exact measurements (even if those slightly change as you move through the design process - hello sweating for the wedding workouts!)


#3) Time Is A Requirement

“You’re there through the whole process, ensuring along with the designer, that the gown fits within your vision.”

Making a custom dress takes time. It’s an art, and Whyte Couture definitely puts their love into each custom creation. It’s recommended to come with at least 8-12 months lead time before your wedding day. A custom gown requires more fittings than buying a standard gown (approximately 6, click here for details on “The Experience”). At each step of the way you are the model for your dress. You’re there through the whole process, ensuring along with the designer, that the gown fits within your vision.

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#4) Have Fun!

“At Whyte Couture, we have a special bond with each one of our brides.”

Did we say top 3? We meant top 4. Have fun with it! It’s an amazing process and it should be enjoyable. Be sure the designer of your wedding dress is someone who makes you feel comfortable. At Whyte Couture, we have a special bond with each one of our brides. Bringing your friends or family to your appointments is encouraged. We love making our brides dreams come true!

If you have any further questions about designing your custom gown, please head over to our contact page and reach out. We would love to meet you!



-Tara for Whyte Couture

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