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.
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.
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.
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.
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