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Brides: Wedding Flats or Heels?

by Emma Arendoski

Will you wear wedding flats or heels? Or both? Heels are a classic bridal staple, but does every bride have to wear heels? No! Can you wear wedding flats or go barefoot instead? Absolutely! Read on to be inspired by wedding flats to suit your style — and your budget — by Good Little Things. Plus, find out whether wedding flats or heels may work best for you. (And, don’t forget to tell us: will you wear wedding flats or heels?)

Will You Wear Wedding Flats or Heels?

Wedding Flats or Heels?

Like all wedding decisions, your shoes should reflect your individual style. Whether you’re wearing classic white heels, something blue (oh how I adore these), flip flops, or going barefoot, what you wear on your feet is entirely up to you. Here are a few tips to help you along the way:

o If you’re wearing a short dress…

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… remember that your shoes will not only be seen but photographed quite a bit. Pick a pair that you absolutely love.

o If you’re wearing a long dress…

… make sure your heels aren’t too high, which would make your dress length shorter. Flats or barefoot? Make sure your dress isn’t so long that you could trip on it. Wear your shoes (or go without) to dress fittings to ensure the height difference is taken into consideration.

o If you’re going barefoot…

… enjoy it. That’s awesome.

o If you’re walking down a formal aisle…

… remember that flip flops, flats, or bare feet will give a less formal appearance when you walk. Heels give you a lift when you walk, forcing you to stand up straight. In this instance, you may wish to wear heels, at least for the ceremony.

o If you’re a heels-loving-girl (like me) but you want comfy feet, too…

… compromise! Wear your favorite heels for the ceremony and slip into a comfy pair of flats or ballet slippers after any formal dances.

o If you’re tall…

… and you may be taller than him, but it doesn’t bother you (and it doesn’t bother him) WHO CARES?! Be confident. Wear the shoes that suit you best.

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o If you’re short…

… and you want to be super tall, go for a platform heel but wear it like crazy before the big day to wear them in (and get used to the height).

Wedding Flats

Whether classic white or polka-dotted with emerald bows, you have to admit: bridal ballet flats can be pretty darn cute.

Will You Wear Wedding Flats or Heels?


When I planned my wedding, I didn’t know about Good Little Things, maker of the ultra-sweet flats you see here. If I had, I probably would have still worn my knotted peep toe heels for the ceremony (only because I totally loved them), but I would have definitely rocked a pair of these flats for wedding shoes at my reception.

Will You Wear Wedding Flats or Heels?Will You Wear Wedding Flats or Heels?

Remember: whether you pick wedding flats or heels, be sure to wear comfortable ones. Uncomfortable rated high on the list of wedding shoe mistakes you can make!

Wedding flats shown above by Good Little Things, Featured Artisan in the Handmade Wedding Shop.

Now it’s YOUR turn! Will you wear wedding flats or heels (or both)?



Kristen July 18, 2013 - 8:42 pm

Flats for sure. My fiance is 5’4” and I am 5’10”. I would be WAY too tall with heels.

Brittany July 17, 2013 - 12:03 am

I’m absolutely wearing flats. I’m not coordinated & would look like a horse clomping everywhere in heels lol. Heels just aren’t me! Plus, I’m a little on the tall side & my dress is the perfect length right now with no alterations :)

Danisa July 16, 2013 - 11:48 pm

Those flats are lovely! I guess it depends on the bride where she’s most comfortable with but I also suggest that she wears heels for the ceremony and flats for the reception. Just as long as the heels or flats look good with the dress then I don’t think there’s any problem about it. Great post!

– Danisa, http://www.danisaflowers.com

Chelsea Bond July 16, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Such cute flats! I love the idea (and not just because I make them) of barefoot jewelry. I designed them for my own wedding and make them for brides around the globe as they float down the sand for their big day. They’re fabulous for bridesmaids too, because they can be worn well beyond the big day :) We all wore them for my own wedding and even after I slipped into heels for the reception, all of my bridesmaids stayed in their barefoot sandals! Comfy, adorable and re-wearable = a win :)

Emma | Emmaline Bride July 16, 2013 - 3:22 pm

Hi Chelsea! We love barefoot jewelry… it’s such an amazing idea. I agree with being able to wear them after the wedding day! Thanks for stopping by.

Brittany July 16, 2013 - 12:42 pm

I’ll be doing the same thing…heels for the ceremony, flats for the reception!

Emma | Emmaline Bride July 16, 2013 - 3:22 pm

Brittany, great idea!

Holiday Paintings Guy July 16, 2013 - 12:17 pm

It’s a tricky one, I reckon just go with what you’re comfortable with and what makes you feel the most attractive, although these can often be polar opposites!


Emma | Emmaline Bride July 16, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Comfort is of the utmost importance. I agree!

Emma | Emmaline Bride July 16, 2013 - 12:12 pm

To kick off the discussion… I wore heels to the ceremony and bridal slippers at the reception. I bought slippers for my bridesmaids and MOH, too. Now… your turn!


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