Let’s face it, ladies, we have all fallen in love with a pair of gorgeous pumps that we just had to have for a special event only to find that by the end of the night we were carrying our stunning, foot-killing shoes instead of wearing them. If you simply must have those over-the-top stilettos for your wedding day…go girl. You will look amazing and the crowd will definitely be impressed if you make down the aisle in one piece. But there are almost certainly other shoe options that will look great and feel a whole lot better.
Let’s take a look at some ways your shoes can be incorporated into your special day besides simple appearances.
Secret Shoe Messages
What a fun and sweet memento…carrying tidbits of love, wisdom or signatures of those near and dear to walk with you down the aisle. Don’t forget using metallic or white paint markers to write on the grooms shoes as well! Be sure to utilize only permanent markers when spillng your soul on a sole.
LOVE the idea of a meaningful message on the bride’s shoes…
It’s such a special little touch! It could be a secret only the bride knows about, the perfect photo opportunity or a fortune telling exercise.
Or, you could follow the Greek/Turkish/American tradition of having your bridesmaids/single relatives write their names on the soles of your shoes, then once you’ve danced the night away, see whose name’s have been scrubbed off. Apparently, they will be next to marry! Read more at Bridal Musings
Open Toe or Closed Toe?
Decide what feels best with your dress style and shop accordingly. If you have open heels and open toes, be sure to start moisturizing your tootsies weeks in advance and maintain especially after your pedicure for those picture perfect close-ups.
Comfort and Style
The following tips from weddingideasmag.com are vital to take into consideration to ensure you find the right pair of shoes.
You have to wear your shoes
You might have fallen in love with a pair of skyscraper heels but remember you’re going to have to walk down the aisle in them, stand for photographs in them, maybe dance in them and walk around all day. Wobbling around on heels that are too high isn’t a good look and you don’t want to catch a high spiky heel in your dress either.
Choose a special pair of shoes
Award-winning shoe designer Rachel Simpson says “Choose shoes that make you feel amazing! Even if your dress is floor length, giving your guests the occasional peek of an exquisite pair of shoes will make you feel like a true princess! Wedding shoes don’t have to be boring – combine classic style with fashionable detailing and you’ll love them for years.”
Get them worn in
Don’t wear your shoes for the first time on your wedding day. Make sure you have them a few weeks before the wedding and wear them around the house (on carpet) to get them worn in a bit before the big day so they’ve molded to fit your feet and eased up.
Take some measurements
Remember your dressmaker will need to know the exact height of your shoes for your final fitting so she can adjust your dress accordingly. You’ll need to be wearing your shoes at this fitting so when you order them check how long it will take for them to be delivered so you don’t have any last minute panics.
Consider getting your shoes dyed
Don’t panic if you can’t find shoes in the exact color you want. You can find shoe repair professionals to dye your shoes in a variety of different shades (useful for bridesmaid shoes too).
Match your theme
Think about the type of wedding you’re having. If you’re planning a country garden wedding where you’ll spend a lot of time outdoors then wedges or flats would be a good option, or wear heel protectors. Learn more from Wedding Ideas
Whatever style of wedding shoes you choose, you will find the perfect dress to go with them at New York Bride & Groom of Raleigh. We are the premier bridal salon in the Triangle with a selection of designer wedding dresses that is unmatched in the region. Come browse our 17,000 sq.ft. modern luxury salon at your convenience (no appointment needed) and let our full staff of knowledgeable bridal consultants help you find the dress of your dreams.