How to choose your wedding shoes
When it comes to your wedding day, the dress is the star of the show – well, after you, of course! You know what we mean though… All eyes will be on you and your beautiful dress. Your shoes are the next most important thing about your outfit. While many will focus on accessories, hair and make up, they are important but so are your shoes. You will be wearing them for long periods of time, but you also want them to complement your dress. What do you need to consider when shopping for wedding shoes? Read on…
Get the dress first
There’s no point having shoes if they are not going to match the dress. You want them to complement the style of your dress and match the formality of the event. You don’t want 4-inch heels at a beach wedding, nor sandals in a ballroom. The length of your dress will also determine how visible your shoes are. A shorter style and your shoes will be on full show, while a longer dress will hide them to a large extent.
Figure out your style and budget
As with any style of shoe, so it is with wedding shoes: they come in every style and budget you could possibly imagine. Start by eliminating the styles that you don’t want, either because they don’t work with the dress or because they are not ‘you’. If you’re not a heel lover, then don’t change that drastically for your wedding day – it could end in disaster. Similarly, if you love your heels and can’t imagine being without them, look for something along that style. Set your budget, figure out your style and colour and you’re ready to start shopping!
Think about the venue
Your chosen venue will also help to narrow down your choices. Grass, sand, and gravel are not ideal for high heels but don’t forget that you can have more than one pair of shoes! If your budget allows, look for another pair that is more suitable for these surfaces if they are all around you at your reception venue and you’re likely to be spending part of your time outdoors.
What will the weather be like?
You may not be able to predict what it’ll be like on the day, you can have a fair idea of what to expect and be prepared. Choose open-toed sandals for summer and a court shoe for winter, for example. It’s also a good idea to have a second pair with you should the heavens open and you end up with more rain than you thought possible – just in case!
Think about comfort
Don’t be tempted to buy a pair of shoes that may well be beautiful but impractical or uncomfortable to wear. After all, you will be wearing them for the best part of a day and will probably be dancing in them as well. If you are shopping online make sure you have plenty of time to try them on and return them if they aren’t right. When you have found a pair you like, break them in at home so that you are fully comfortable with them on the day.
Take them to your dress fittings
Always take your shoes with your to your dress fittings. Any tweaks and alterations that are made should be done with your shoes on to make sure that they work well together. And if they don’t, you’ll have enough time to find a pair that does.