How do you choose those all important shoes?
A Very good question I hear you say.
Bridal shoes should always be purchased before the dress fitting so that the dress can be measured to fit the height that you wish to be on the day
As you can see its very important to think shoes before dress fitting.
Here are some things top consider before making that choice.
Where do I start?
These days we are spoilt for choice, from high street fashion shoes, Bridal shop shoes through to handmade shoes. All of these options are a go in the world of weddings these days, with everything being the norm.
What type of shoes do I go for?
Firstly lets take a look at the type of wedding you are having.
Ask yourself ….
Will I be walking over rough terrain in an estate with a marquee Like The Rabbit Bank , walking long distances in the City from your wedding to your venue.
Will you need to add height through heels?
you will only need to do this because of your dress type or the height of your Groom.
Think about if it is a winter wedding for example and you are getting married at a golf course venue like Old Thorns Manor. You will most certainly need to add warmth or a more water resistant finish to those Heels!
Will those heels keep their faith in fields of wet soil if it rains?
If you are you having heels that are tall and thin, you may need to rethink these type of heels.
If you are heading for the fields for photos or if you have to move through rough terraines at the reception or to get to church these heels may not be the best choice.
You could however take some spares that are flat for instance just to help out in these tricky situations.
Always remember it could and often does rain at weddings no matter what month of the year, weather isn’t guaranteed?
Do you have those heavenly large holed grates in the aisle of your church as you walk your way to your new husband? if so you may need a more elegant way to glide over them in Ballet style shoes or thicker heels.
Are you having your wedding on a beach?
You will need Beach sandals for sure or some dainty open toed flat shoes.
Things could get very tricky for you walking across the sand.
Maybe you could even go bare foot!
So many things to think about and that’s just the shoes!! Heavens above its a good job we don’t need handbags as well.
Maybe it would be an idea to have a spare pair of shoes to take with you anyway especially if you are moving across uneven ground.
I always ask my brides to take spare shoes in case we have to move around for personalised photos. That way you can change back into your day shoes at a later point should you wish to do so.
Maybe you want to personalise your shoes as seen Here on my Facebook Blog. Or have them personalised for you with the Bridesmaids leaving a little message for you on the bottom.
As a wedding photographer, I like to have close family or bridesmaids write little notes on the bottom of her shoes, (I always check with the bride first before allowing people to do so).
It wont usually show because a long dress usually hides this when kneeling but if you have a short dress you may want to think twice about this before the wedding ceremony and wait until afterwards!
If you are expecting to be making shapes all evening on the dance floor try to remember your poor feet and keep them as pain-free as possible.
Keep some plasters, cushioned insoles or gel pads to hand (for your bridesmaids as well) also don’t forget you could bring some spare emergency flats. Or, for the alternative bride, there’s always the option to order a pair of white, wedged trainers or a personalised pair of Converse that will allow you to throw your well earned shapes well into the early hours.
You may think this wedding is all about you (and Maybe the groom), but while you might have sorted your dancing shoes, the likelihood is that your Bridesmaids and guests haven’t.
They have stuffed their clutch bags full of back up make-up, confetti and tissues leaving no room for an evening alternative. So to stop them dancing barefoot, stock up on a dozen pairs of affordable flip flops to keep in a basket by the dance floor. Trust me, at the end of an injury-free evening, they’ll thank you for it.