The finishing touch for your wedding outfit and an important bridal accessory, the shoes you choose to wear with your gown could make or break your day. As Emmaline Bride says, “If you pick a pair of wedding shoes that’s uncomfortable, unflattering, or downright painful, you’ll be sorry you did.”However, if you select a pair that’s stylish and fit like a glove, you’ll be able to dance the night away and really concentrate on having fun.
The same goes for bridesmaids’ shoes, with your nearest and dearest unlikely to forgive you for putting them in ugly or uncomfortable footwear. What’s more, on top of selecting shoes everyone will love, you have to decide whether to go for heels or flats, a tough choice in anyone’s book. To help you get your bridal footwear just right, here’s our guide to picking the perfect shoes.
There’s nothing worse than having to spend a day in shoes that don’t fit right. On your wedding day, when you’ll be busy getting ready, walking down the aisle, getting married, socialising with your friends and family, and taking a turn on the dance floor – comfortable shoes are even more important. If you’re not accustomed to wearing heels, it’s probably a good idea to sacrifice the style they offer and opt for flats instead. The same can be said for your bridesmaids, who you’ll need in tiptop form on the day if they’re going to support you through the ceremony and reception.
If you and your bridesmaids are comfortable in both flats and heels, the main thing you’ll need to consider is the surface at your venue. If you’re getting married outside, or holding your reception in a field or garden, heels may well sink into the ground, leaving you struggling to move around. In these circumstances, flats are probably the way to go. However, if your wedding is taking place in an indoor venue, you’re free to choose the shoes you love the most.
Whichever shoes you choose for yourself and your bridesmaids, it’s a good idea to practice wearing them. This will allow you all to make sure they don’t rub or cause blisters and will also give you the opportunity to perfect your wedding walk and minimise your chances of taking a tumble as you make your way up the aisle.
As the last thing you want to be worrying about on your wedding day is painful feet, it’s essential you put thought and planning into picking the perfect shoes. Your bridesmaids – and your feet – will thank you for the extra effort you put into ensuring everyone is happy and comfortable on the day.
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