How to Buy The Perfect Wedding Shoes

wedding shoesEvery 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.
Enjoy yourself
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.

5 Ways to Honor Your Families at Your Wedding (Part 5)

5 Ways to Honor Your Families at Your Wedding 

5. Raise a glass.

Saluting your parents and your entire family with a toast at the reception or
the rehearsal dinner is a great way to show your appreciation. Many couples also choose to present their parents with gifts either at one of the two events or in private before or after the wedding. If you choose to honor your parents with gifts, choose something that expresses your love and gratitude for all they have done and suits their tastes and personalities.

So to recap:  

Here are the 5 Ways To Honor Your Familes at Your Wedding

Your wedding day marks the union, not just of you and your fiancé, but also of your two families. Finding ways to honor the recent and distant past on your big day is a special, sentimental touch that shows how much the two of you look forward to becoming a part of one another’s lives. With the right personalized wedding decorations and other thoughtful details, you can give a nod to the past as you celebrate the start of your shared future.

1. Flame and sand.
Lighting a unity candle during your wedding ceremony is a beautiful way to symbolize the union of your families. When you choose a candle set to suit your theme, you can even include your mothers by having them light the taper candles that the two of you will use to light the central pillar. If you’re concerned about windy conditions making candle lighting difficult during an outdoor ceremony,unity sand vases are a great alternative. At the right time in the ceremony, each of you takes a vase and empties it into another vase, mixing the two colors to symbolize the joining of your families.

2. Something borrowed
You’ve surely heard of the tradition of the bride carrying something borrowed along with something old, new and blue on her wedding day. When you’re racking your brain to determine what items to include, why not ask your mother and your mother-in-law-to-be for trinkets that you can include? These can count for your old and borrowed somethings and make for a wonderful way to honor both ladies on your big day.

3. Repeat history.
If you and your fiancé’s parents are still married, including special things from their weddings can be a lovely gesture. Talk to your parents about their weddings and think about special songs or readings that you might use in your own. You may also use similar flowers in your bouquets or choose the same color scheme for your personalized guest napkins and other decorations.

No. 4 Sweet remembrances
Taking a moment to remember a deceased parent or grandparent during your wedding ceremony is a wonderful way to have him or her present at your big day. You and your groom can pause at the beginning of the ceremony to light a candle or placing an embroidered handkerchief (with their monogrammed initials) on a seat. Other options to remember departed love ones include displaying their pictures wedding photo frames at the reception or carrying the personalized hanky around your bridal bouquet.

5. Raise a glass.
Saluting your parents and your entire family with a toast at the reception or the rehearsal dinner is a great way to show your appreciation. Many couples also choose to present their parents with gifts either at one of the two events or in private before or after the wedding. If you choose to honor your parents with gifts, choose something that expresses your love and gratitude for all they have done and suits their tastes and personalities.

There are many ways that you can honor your parents, grandparents and extended families on your wedding day. Whatever you choose to do, you can be sure that both your family and his will be touched by the gesture.

5 Ways To Honor Your Families at Your Wedding (Part 4)

5 Ways to Honor Your Families at Your Wedding

No. 4 Sweet remembrances
Taking a moment to remember a deceased parent or grandparent during your wedding ceremony is a wonderful way to have him or her present at your big day. You and your groom can pause at the beginning of the ceremony to light a candle or placing an embroidered handkerchief (with their monogrammed initials) on a seat. Other options to remember departed love ones include displaying their pictures wedding photo frames at the reception or carrying the personalized hanky around your bridal bouquet.

Tomorrow … No. 5

5 Ways to Honor Your Families at Your Wedding (Part 3)

Five Ways to Honor Your Families at Your Wedding

3. Repeat history.

If you and your fiancé’s parents are still married, including special things from their weddings can be a lovely gesture. Talk to your parents about their weddings and think about special songs or readings that you might use in your own. You may also use similar flowers in your bouquets or choose the same color scheme for your personalized guest napkins and other decorations.

Tomorrow … No. 4

5 Ways to Honor Your Families at Your Wedding (Part 2)

Five Ways to Honor Your Families at Your Wedding

2. Something borrowed

You’ve surely heard of the tradition of the bride carrying something borrowed along with something old, new and blue on her wedding day. When you’re racking your brain to determine what items to include, why not ask your mother and your mother-in-law-to-be for trinkets that you can include? These can count for your old and borrowed somethings and make for a wonderful way to honor both ladies on your big day.

Tomorrow …No. 3

5 Ways to Honor Your Families at Your Wedding (Part 1)

Five Ways to Honor Your Families at Your Wedding

Your wedding day marks the union, not just of you and your fiancé, but also of your two families. Finding ways to honor the recent and distant past on your big day is a special, sentimental touch that shows how much the two of you look forward to becoming a part of one another’s lives. With the right personalized wedding decorations and other thoughtful details, you can give a nod to the past as you celebrate the start of your shared future.

1. Flame and sand.

Lighting a unity candle during your wedding ceremony is a beautiful way to symbolize the union of your families. When you choose a candle set to suit your theme, you can even include your mothers by having them light the taper candles that the two of you will use to light the central pillar. If you’re concerned about windy conditions making candle lighting difficult during an outdoor ceremony,unity sand vases are a great alternative. At the right time in the ceremony, each of you takes a vase and empties it into another vase, mixing the two colors to symbolize the joining of your families.

Tomorrow…. No. 2

Welcome to Li’l Inspirations Blog

Welcome to Li’l Inspirations Blog

The Original Personalized Weddding Handkerchief Company – since 1992

A custom embroidery company specializing in creating personalized beautiful, heirloom-quality keepsakes for many occasions, including: weddings, anniversaries, birth of a baby, baptism and christening gifts and more. Since 1992 I, Sandra, has specialized in personalized wedding handkerchiefs and baby blankets.

When my husband and I decided to have children,I knew I couldn’t go back to my corporate nine-to-five job.   There was always a creative side to me, and after having my first child, I would look for that truly unique and elegant baby keepsake gift but couldn’t seem to find a quality product that I could appreciate and softness my son would love to cuddle and snuggle. Therefore, I started creating the Li’l Inspirations baby line and shortly thereafter, expanded into the wedding industry. (One day – about 20 years ago (give or take a year or two) – when I was reflecting back on my own wedding day, I had my ‘ah ha’ moment, and that’s when I really started to focus on the bridal industry.)

The name of the company is inspired by my children.  My baby line inspiration comes from them as they were “li’l” at the time, so hence the company name….Li’l Inspirations. My children are a bit older now, and my main focus is wedding and bridal, but they think it’s pretty cool that my company’s name was inspired by them.

So, welcome to my on-line boutique. Free feel to click around and if you have any questions or comments, feel free to send me an e-mail or give me a call. ~Sandra, owner and President of Li’l Inspirations, LLC