Today we’re talking about wedding shoes, one of our favorite accessories for the bride! What you wear on your feet adds to your overall look (and determines how your feet will feel by the end of the night). We’re unleashing seven of the most important wedding shoe rules every bride should know and we’re sharing some of our favorite wedding shoe picks to inspire you. PLUS, we’re also giving away a pair of wedding shoes to one lucky reader in an exclusive Emmaline Bride giveaway! Let’s begin, shall we?
Wedding Shoe Rules
RULE #1: Buy wedding shoes right after the dress.
Buy your shoes after you pick out your wedding dress, but be sure to bring them to all of your dress fittings. This is because your seamstress will be able to make proper adjustments depending on the height of your heel (or flat). You’ll also have a great idea of how the shoes will look with your dress ahead of time, in case the look just doesn’t work.
RULE #2: Break Them In.
A new pair of shoes needs to be broken in — at least around the house — before wearing them on your wedding day. Brides + bunions + heel pain = not a happy bride.
RULE #3: Thou Ought Not Trip.
Slippery floors and brand new shoes can cause issues for the bride-to-be. Also, grass or sand can be troublesome terrain. For beach weddings, we recommend wearing wedding sandals.
On grass, wear a sandal, wedge-style shoe, or casual slip-ons.
Want to wear heels anyway? You can put these on them and they won’t sink into the grass (or these for stilettos). Plus, they’re clear, so no one will be able to see them. For indoor weddings (especially any with shiny, potentially slippery floors), put these on the bottoms of your shoes. They’ll be a total lifesaver.
Also, if you’re not a heel-wearing girl, but you want to wear them on your wedding day, practice a bit in them to get used to the height before giving it a go on the big day.
RULE #4: Embrace Your Individual Style.
Wedding shoes are not meant to be boring. And, your wedding shoes don’t have to be ‘wedding’ at all. For instance, you don’t have to pick a color that coordinates with your dress, nor do they have to be super dressy if that’s not your style. EMBRACE YOUR STYLE + wear shoes that reflect you.
If that means you opt for a pop of hot pink heels, your favorite pair of sneakers, embellished sandals, or a pair of colorful flats, go for it.
Also, bonus points if your wedding shoes can be worn after the wedding day, because let’s face it: that’s just money well spent!
RULE #5: Always Have a Back-Up Pair.
Sometimes even the most well-intentioned pair of shoes can hurt after spending all day in them. That’s why we always recommend a back-up pair, just in case. A pair of foldable flats (like these or these, which are super inexpensive) can fit in your purse and be swapped at a moment’s notice.
RULE #6: Write on the soles.
There’s an old tradition where the bridesmaids sign their names on the bottoms of the bride’s shoes with permanent marker. At the end of the night, the name that is the most visible is next to marry. Another alternative is to have the groom write on the soles of your shoes, because, well, does it get any sweeter than that?
RULE #7: Let Bridesmaids Wear A Pair They Own.
Give your bridesmaids a break and pick a shoe color that’s neutral and give them freedom to wear any style within that color. For instance, for my wedding I asked everyone to wear black shoes. First, black went perfectly with the dress, and second, everyone already owns a pair of black heels or flats. Easy! They’re already spending money on the dress, don’t give them another hefty price tag for a pair of shoes they’ll likely never wear again.
The bottom line is, you ought to love the pair you wear.
Whether that means a pair of colorful heels…
… lacy, live-in-them-all-year-long TOMS…
… your “something blue”…
… or a pair of colorful flats! Make sure it’s a pair that’s totally your own.
And, while we’re on the subject of wedding shoes, let’s talk about guest shoes, too: guests might also want to slip into a comfy pair of magic dancing shoes (flip flops) when their feet start to hurt. Just head over to Old Navy, Target, or a dollar store and buy a colorful array of flips and place in a designated basket.
Last but not least, be sure to include a photo of your wedding shoes on your wedding photography list. You’ll be glad you did!
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Giveaway: Win Custom Wedding Shoes!
Now that you have a few essential wedding shoe rules under wraps, it’s time to enter to win a pair! We’ve teamed up with the oh-so-lovely Molly of HydraHeart who offers amazing handcrafted vegan shoes to offer one pair to a reader! She will win a pair of custom wedding shoes in any color or style of her choosing… a $78 value! Here are just a few examples of the shoes HydraHeart has in store…
o Enter between 3/14-3/20/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: one (1) pair of custom wedding shoes, any color, fabric, and styling. With over 100 fabrics and embellishments to choose from, HydraHeart can create the wedding shoe of your dreams! Up to $78 value.
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 3/21; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Shipping included free worldwide
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $78 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter
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