The venue, the dress, your style and personality: there’s a lot to consider when selecting your wedding shoes, but we’re here to help.
Most of our brides happily tell us that choosing their wedding outfit is the most exciting part of their wedding planning. There’s a chance that you’ve been picturing your dream wedding dress years before you got engaged, and now you’ve got a gown to try, accessories to choose and, of course, shoes to select.
There’s a reason Carrie Bradshaw was the envy of women worldwide, and that’s her incredible shoe collection! However, for some of you, choosing your wedding shoes can be stressful. You might have no idea where to start, or be so at ease in your comfy trainers you just don’t fancy the idea of being told to put on a pair of heels for your special day.
Whether selecting your wedding shoes is filling you with excitement or fear, we’re here to help. This week, our Top Tips Tuesday will guide you through the main things to consider when choosing your wedding shoes.
Of course, we couldn’t pass on the chance to chat to you about shoes again, so keep your eye on our Top Tips Tuesday in the coming weeks, when we’ll showcase some of the best wedding shoe styles.
Chances are that when you looked around your wedding venue, you didn’t spend a great deal of time looking at the floor! You probably chose your venue for its beautiful grounds, gorgeous views and stunning staircase, and not so much for what’s underfoot! However, when it comes to which shoes to wear, you need to bear in mind the ground that you’ll be walking on.
Outdoor wedding, or photos on grass? Be wary of high heel spike that will sink into the ground (or invest in a pair of heel-stoppers to put in your bridal bag ahead of the photos). Stone floor? You might be more comfortable in a chunkier heel that won’t cause you to be stepping over cracks all day long.
Don’t forget: some historic venues have a rule on heel-height, and resulting pressure, to preserve their ancient flooring. So make sure you check ahead for you and your guests.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re small in stature, or whether you’re a head-height above your groom or bride. We’re guessing your relationship goes far beyond height compatibility! However, for your wedding photos, some couples would prefer their heights to be a little more balanced to get the overall image they want on the photos that they’ll treasure forever.
If you’re taller, you may choose a lower heel or a flat if you’d prefer not to tower over your partner in skyscraper heels. Or if you’re a little shorter, you might choose an increased heel height that means you don’t have to lean as high for the first kiss! If this matters to you, then bear it in mind when choosing your heels.
A short, 50s styles that shows off your shoes? Or a long, flowing gown under which no-one will spy your footwear? You need to think about the style of your wedding dress when choosing your shoes.
Most brides find it helpful to have chosen, or at least have a strong idea about, their shoes, before they finalise the fitting of their wedding dress; in fact, you’ll probably find your bridal store insists upon your shoes being chosen before they start any tweaking to your dress! Of course, the height of the heel has a great impact of the length of your gown, so bear this in mind when selecting your shoes (and, of course, bring them along to your dress fittings).
Love the glamour of a high heel? Understand Victoria Beckham’s claim that ballet flats aren’t comfy to walk in? Or perhaps you find heels simply uncomfortable, and you’re not a fan of high-glamour style? It’s your wedding day, and feeling comfortable is what matters most. You have so many pressures adding to your big day that you need to make sure that, whatever you wear on your feet, it suits you, your style, and your personality. So whether that’s your trusty Converse or a pair of Manolos, it’s your big day after all!
What did you need to bear in mind when choosing your wedding shoes? Are there any tips and tricks you’ve picked up that could help our brides to be? We love hearing your advice and ideas. Share them with us at [email protected].