You’ve picked out your dream dress and you probably have an idea about how you want to wear your hair or if you want to wear a veil — but your wedding day look isn’t ready yet. You need a great pair of shoes to finish off your outfit! This can be a fun and exciting part of your wedding planning experience and you have a million choices! Here are a few fun ideas to consider when you’re trying to figure out what is right for you. You might assume that you should get a pair of simple satin pumps that match your dress; that’s a great option if it’s your preference, but you can also get really creative with your wedding shoes and still overall have a classic look!
Make your shoe choice early on if possible. When your seamstress is altering your dress for you, they will need to know exactly where to hem the bottom of your skirt. Wearing flats to your fitting and then showing up to your wedding with platform heels on can cause an issue! Getting your shoes early also means you will have plenty of time to break them in by wearing them around your home before you unveil them at the wedding!
Try A Bold Color!
One of the best things about your wedding shoes is that you can be very bold with them! Little white or nude shoes are a great choice, but you can also pull in your wedding colors. A deep eggplant purple shoe can perfectly accentuate the purple in your bouquets! A hint of turquoise peeking out from under your skirt as you walk down the aisle can match your bridesmaids. Blue wedding shoes are particularly popular. Shoes are a great way to check off your “something blue” if you are trying to be traditional but blue doesn’t necessarily go with the rest of your color scheme. They can be the perfect something blue, even if they’re hidden under a full skirt.
If you don’t wear heels regularly and won’t quite feel like yourself in ballet flats, try bringing in your everyday look into your wedding look. If you usually wear boots, you might consider getting a special pair for your wedding. Pretty ivory cowboy boots can look gorgeous for a country wedding if that’s part of your design aesthetic and your bridesmaids can match! This is also a great option as you can pull these shoes back out after your wedding for special occasions. Consider personalization: “I Do” could look very sweet painted on the sole of the boots!
Just because it’s your wedding doesn’t mean that you can’t be comfortable. If you hate heels or other restrictive shoes, there’s no reason you should feel a need to wear them. Lots of brides focus on comfort and will choose to wear cute pair of flats or slip on shoes with their wedding ensemble. If you find yourself dreading the idea of wearing uncomfortable shoes that will probably be almost completely hidden by your gown, rest assured that there are lots of gorgeous flats in a variety of styles and you will be able to find something that’s perfect for you.
If comfort is a goal, you can take this a step further and wear a pair of athletic shoes like trendy converse. This option isn’t for everyone, but if you feel your best in athletic shoes, there’s no reason that can’t extend to your wedding day. Many brands make special shoes for brides in white, or you can choose a fun color. This is also a great option if you want to be able to dance all night with your guests! You can also wear a more traditional bridal shoe for your wedding ceremony and change for your reception! You and your sweetheart can even wear matching pairs.
Are you having a perfect beach ceremony? Even if you love heels, that might not be a great option if you’re going to have to walk across sand. You can find gorgeous sandals that can complete your wedding day look and let you feel glam without spike heels sinking into sand. You might even choose to go barefoot for your ceremony along the ocean and then slip on a gorgeous pair of sandals when it’s time for your reception! This is another shoe option that you’ll be able to wear after your wedding- they’ll definitely be great for your honeymoon. Even if you aren’t having a beach wedding, you may want to pick up rubber flip-flops for yourself and your bridesmaids so you can all wear them while you get ready before it’s time to switch to your ceremony shoes!
Your bridal shoe look doesn’t need to be stressful! Embrace a sense of fun and express yourself on your big day while perfectly complimenting your bridal gown, whether you’re having a country wedding in a chic barn or you’re in an elegant ballroom.