Styling Your Wedding: Shoes As Inspiration

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If you’re planning a wedding, you might be wondering where to begin.  The answer isn’t right under your nose; it’s under your toes!  The shoes you select for your ceremony can serve as a great jumping-off point for creating a theme.  Here are some ways your shoes can be your inspiration for styling your wedding:

1.     Your location.

Your shoe choice will help you decide what wedding venue might be right for you.  For example, more casual shoes like sandals would be terrific for an outdoor wedding in the springtime.  You could also choose flip-flops to convey an “easy-breezy” vibe for a beach ceremony.  If you find an elegant pair of ivory high-heels, style your wedding around them by crafting a more traditional service in an ornate church.  You’ll find the perfect wedding spot by picking out your shoes before you start your search.

2.     Your dress.

Many women begin planning their weddings by shopping for a bridal gown.  However, you may want to rethink that strategy.  By selecting your shoes for the big day first, you’ll have a much better idea of what style of dress to choose.  Plus, it can encourage you to think outside the typical wedding box.  A great pair of red pumps might just inspire you to go with a dress that’s just as bold.  Sequined shoes could help you select a gown that’s just as glittering.  Dress your feet first to find the ideal combination!

3.     Your flowers.

Your wedding shoes can also help you determine what your bouquet should look like.  Some sweet, coral-colored flats would be wonderful with an equally sweet bunch of bright tulips.  Sleek and modern shoes would look stunning with a minimalist bouquet of orchids or perhaps some roses.  Whatever style you fancy, you’re sure to find a great flower to pair with your shoe design.


Styling your wedding around your shoes can really help you get the ball rolling in terms of wedding preparations.  After all, your taste in footwear probably says a lot about your personality in general.  So pick your perfect pair and get inspired to create the wedding of your dreams!

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Flat Wedding Shoes are Best for Pregnant Bride

wide angle shot for beach oahu ceremonyFlat wedding shoes are certainly an asset if you’re planning for your big day to be held in the great outdoors, such as on a sprawling lawn or on a beach, as you won’t need to worry about dealing with your heels awkwardly sinking into the ground. And flats are also great for brides who love to dance the night away without having to worry about their feet aching by the end of the night.


Wedding Shoes for Expecting Brides


Flat wedding shoes are really best for pregnant brides, especially since swollen ankles and feet are common. A pregnant bride also shouldn’t have to worry about slipping and falling, potentially injuring herself or her baby, on her big day.

Have Fun Choosing Your Shoes

Just because you have to purchase flat shoes for your wedding certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t have any fun while picking them out. Think about when and where your wedding will be held so you can choose a pair that will blend in perfectly with the theme of your wedding. For a summer wedding, even if it isn’t on a beach, you can get stylish flip-flops that are super comfortable and adorable too. Plus, they’ll give your feet the room to breathe in case they do begin to get a little swollen as the day or night goes on. Flat-bridal-shoes DANCE-IV01.700.1

Betsy Johnson’s new line of bridal shoes features this great flat called Dance!

Choose Your Shoes Closer to the Wedding Date

To-Do-list Because your feet will change throughout your pregnancy, it’s best to wait a while before purchasing your shoes. While you can certainly browse through your options and make a list of favorites, hold off on making a purchase until you’re a couple of weeks away from the wedding date. In this way, you’ll know exactly what size to purchase and how wide the shoes need to be. Finding your shoes in stores is obviously the best option, as there are no guarantees that what you purchase online will actually fit as anticipated.


Flats Don’t Need to Be Plain

Just because you’re planning on wearing flats on your wedding day doesn’t mean they should be plain and boring. There are plenty of wedding shoes out there for pregnant brides and those who simply prefer to avoid high heels, so choose a pair that matches your gown and is fun to wear.


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Tips and Facts: White and Ivory Wedding Shoes

Ivory or White Wedding Shoes

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Tina and Thora by Badgley Mischka are both  available in white and ivory.

One of the most common questions that brides ask themselves is whether they should go with white wedding shoes or an ivory pair instead. The good news is that, no matter what color you choose, there will be plenty of stylish options to choose from, including everything from flats to the highest stiletto heels. But if you’re at a loss for which color would really be right for your wedding, continue reading for some tips that will clear up this issue for you.

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Go with the Color of Your Dress

Your shoes should match, or at least come close to matching, the color of your dress. Many brides do, indeed, get away with wearing ivory wedding shoes with a white dress, though, as this provides that little bit of contrast that keeps things interesting. Besides, the shoes aren’t all that visible under a floor-length gown anyhow. However, if you really want to keep things uniform, determine whether you want to wear an ivory gown or a white gown. To make the best choice, try on dresses of both colors and determine which shade complements your skin tone best. Then purchase shoes that match the gown. If you purchase your shoes first, you’ll have to do the opposite and then find the gown that works with the shoes. This, however, works fine for many brides because they’re able to try on their dress and have it altered to the height that they are with their heels on.

Keep It Low Key

Unless you’re purposely going for a bright bit of color on your wedding shoes, stick with a shade like ivory, which, again, matches close enough to white but don’t take away any attention from your dress.


So if you’re searching for the best pair of wedding shoes and all you can find is ivory but you have a white dress, rest assured that a good rule to follow is for your shoes to either match the color of your dress or at least be a little bit darker. On the other hand, if you have an ivory dress, you should avoid white shoes, which will be a stark contrast to the ivory gown and may look awkwardly bright and out of place.

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How to Find Designer Bridal Shoes

 The-shining-diamonds-high-heel-wedding-shoes-for-bride    A wedding is one of the most important events in a woman’s life, so adding some spark and color to the white dress can transform a bride from beautiful to amazing. For a lovely day like the wedding day, a woman must have the perfect shoes. If you are searching for the best designer bridal shoes, you should first consider a few important things.

Do Trends Matter?

Trends in wedding shoes seem to change year by year, and today there is more diversity than ever. It also depends on the type of wedding that you want to plan: traditional, romantic, beach casual, destination or a glamorous event. Maybe trend is not as important as your personal style. The shoes have to fit your style perfectly. But, style can be less important when you think of another factor: comfort.

bridal_wedding_shoes_bowsComfort Is a Must

Bridal shoes have to fit well, so don’t study just the looks when you are in the search of the best pair. Make sure you will feel good and you will have no restraints while you walk or dance. A good match means good comfort most of the time. Do not forget that you will have to do a lot of photographs, or walk gracefully down the aisle. Wear the shoes a little bit the days before the wedding.

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Wider heels can provide more comfort and stability, but a narrow one can be more stylish, elegant and feminine. The dress has to be fitted to accommodate the heel height. If you want the heels to be higher, do not exaggerate, as this can create unpleasant situations, like falling or even injuries.


Some of the best fabrics to use with a wedding dress can be satin and silk. But these two options are more a tradition than a matter of taste, so if your dress is far from traditional, use shoes that will fit the dress. Current trends are also important in choosing the right the fabrics.

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Before choosing designer bridal shoes that will fit your budget, style and feet dimensions, you may have to try many pairs. Most shoes made by a designer are stylish anyway. Shoes should be tried at different times of the day because you may find your feet inflated closer to the end of the day.

Benjamin-Adams-ShoesFashion-forward and glamorous Benjamin Adams bridal shoes, each named after an equally glam starlet. Left to right: Charlize and Rhianna

Women should choose well when searching for the perfect designer bridal shoes. They shouldn’t make compromises related to comfort in the favor of style. Comfortable wedding shoes can help you avoid blisters, which could be disastrous for a wedding. Choosing shoes for a wedding can be difficult, but it becomes easier if you know the most important things to look for.

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Wedding Day Style: Heels, Platforms, Sandals, or Barefoot?

Wedding Flip-Flops Are a Great Fit for the Beach, Garden or Reception

Every year, more and more brides are opting to have their wedding by the beach or in a quaint garden. Gone are the days wherein weddings are strictly held at a church, not to mention the limitations in decor that come with it. Outdoor weddings are becoming more popular mostly because they offer creativity, uniqueness, and beauty that a church wedding can’t just quite capture.


Heels, Sandals, Flip-Flops or Barefoot?

For starters, make sure that your guests know you’re having a beach or garden wedding so that they can dress appropriately. Just imagine if the ladies still wore stilettos and pumps – it might take them forever to get to their seats! As the bride, it’s your job to get to the altar so heels are a definite no-no. In case you stick to an indoor wedding, you can keep the heels and throw them off later for something more comfortable (i.e. sandals or flip-flops).

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The battle between sandals and flip-flops is more complex, since both are suitable for an outdoor wedding. In this case, it’s up to you to decide. Take a look at your dress – does it look better with sandals or flip-flops? If you’re worried that flip flops are too simple, that can easily be solved. Some flip-flops are bedazzled with beads or even Swarovski crystals on the straps. For the bride who really wants to feel the sand as she walks along the aisle, barefoot sandals are popular nowadays. These aren’t shoes in the technical sense, but more of crystals and pearls hooked around your big toe, running across your foot and ending in a loop around your ankle. Yes, they don’t come with a foot bed! Just remember that sand can get pretty hot depending on the time of day.

How About My Guests?

If your guests still insist on wearing heels (more common for garden weddings), add some party favors for your guests by preparing a basket of flip-flops for each of them to take. Prioritize the ladies – after a long day’s work, your bridesmaids definitely deserve to kick of their heels and to dance the night away.


Why Flip-Flops?

No other footwear offers more versatility than flip-flops. If it’s part of your personal style, then by all means flaunt it during your wedding day. Another advantage to this is that you can wear them more than once, as opposed to traditional wedding shoes usually only worn once.

Where Can I Get Flip-Flops for My Wedding? 

Another upside to wearing flip-flops for your wedding is that you can make them, especially if you’re a DIY fan. You can get ideas from websites like Myglassslipper to get you started.


Joy by Oka B available at My Glass Slipper

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