Every bride wants to look beautiful on her wedding day, and a lot of planning and preparation has to happen before you are ready to walk down the aisle. It makes sense, then, to spend some time thinking about exactly how to buy the perfect pair of shoes for your special day. Here are some tips to help you choose a pair that are stylish, comfortable, and just right for you.
Picture your entire outfit
Do you want your shoes to be a glittering statement to attract every eye, or do you need them to blend in with the colour, style and fabric of your gown? You might want them to match a handbag or go with your jewellery. Just be sure that they suit you and enhance the overall look you are aiming for.
Start shopping early
As soon as you know the colour of your dress, you can start looking for your shoes. You will need them for dress fittings so the hem can be adjusted correctly.
Consider your environment
If your wedding ceremony or photo shoot will take place on the beach, in a garden with gravel paths, or on the grass, you might want to consider the practicality of flatter shoes, wedges or sturdy heels. Stilettos could cause you to trip or sink into the soft ground. Take into account the season too, as you might want closed-in shoes for a cold winter ceremony, or strappy or peep-toe for the summer.
Remember the groom
Consider your husband-to-be’s height. In the photos your heels will make you look taller than usual next to him.
Go for comfort
Beautiful heels can still be comfortable, and it is vital that you don’t find yourself in agony on your special occasion. Choosing lower or wider heels is one option. Having a slight platform gives added height but puts less strain on your feet. Finding shoes that are a perfect fit is a must, so don’t be tempted to buy something that looks good but doesn’t feel right. Some brides buy something flatter and more comfortable for the reception or the dance, so two pairs is another possibility.
Do the research
It can be disheartening on long shopping trips when you fail to come up with the goods. Start with the Internet and research all your options before you go shopping. You may even find that you can try them on at the store then buy them cheaper online.
Keep future use in mind
Some women love to choose wedding shoes that are practical enough to use again, so you could buy something that you will love wearing for many other special occasions.
Get used to them
Remember to wear your shoes in a bit so you are confident walking in them and they can be more comfortable on the day. Walk around the house, practise dancing, or try them out at the ceremony or photo locations beforehand.
Try to enjoy the process of getting important details like shoes organised early on. Shoe shopping can be fun, so take along a trusted friend you can talk to and laugh with. Above all, remember the reason you are buying these precious shoes – so you can be stylish, comfortable and most of all happy when you finally walk down the aisle towards the one you love.