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Time To Put Your Best Foot Forward

If you’re like most women, you love shoes. There is nothing better than finding the perfect pair—and nothing worse than discovering your perfect pair comes with crippling blisters. On your wedding day. I have seen this problem way too many times—which is why I urge my brides to do a little “sole searching” before they fall in love with a pair of wedding shoes.  Here are a few tips for making sure you love your wedding shoes before, during and after your big day.

 

  1. First off, there are no hard and fast rules about wedding shoes these days. I’ve seen everything from cowboy boots to Converse high tops. Your shoes should reflect your personality and can add a bit of fun to that oh-so-serious dress.
  2. One suggestion. Even though I just said wedding shoes can be fun and light—I cringe every time I hear a pair of flip-flops clacking their way down the aisle. You don’t want your flip-flops to take away from one of the biggest moments of your life. Which would make them a flop-flop, right?
  3. Let’s talk about heels. No question the most glamorous shoes ever invented are the right call for your dress, and if you decide to go this route, keep a few things in mind. A.) This is NOT the day to tower over your groom. If you are taller than your man or nearly his height, be kind. Keep the heels low and his dignity high. B.) Buy your heels before you have your dress altered and wear them to your fitting. I’ve seen this mistake a time or two. C.) Unless you are used to wearing heels for eight or more hours, bring a back-up plan. You might want to bring a back-up plan even if you ARE used to wearing heels for eight or more hours. How many eight hour days do you spend doing the “cha-cha slide?”
  4. The back-up plan. I’d say the majority of brides I work with bring a pair of cute, comfortable shoes to the reception and wear their “dream heels” to the wedding. The reception shoes are usually white tennis shoes of some sort, flip-flips or sandals…and a much better solution than your bare feet on the dance floor.
  5. Size matters. When trying on shoes, remember that feet swell throughout the day. Try your shoes on in the afternoon to make sure your feet are “wedding” size.
  6. Wear out their welcome. The best piece of advice I can give you is NOT to wear your wedding shoes for the first time on your wedding day. Wear them around the house for a few days or even a few weeks to break them in a little. You’ll be glad you did.
  7. If you absolutely fall in love with a pair of shoes but they hurt like crazy…you actually have my permission to buy them anyway. Wear them down the aisle, take a cool wedding picture with them and call it worth the money. It is your day, after all. I know that nothing makes a girl feel as good as a killer pair of shoes.
  8. Which brings me to me. Like most girls, I truly do love pretty shoes.  But on your day, I’ll be sporting comfortable tennis shoes or boots so I can be on my toes and on the run when it comes to helping you enjoy your wedding. It’s your party after all, and your turn to wear the party shoes.

 

That’s a wrap on my blog for 2014…I look forward to hearing about all those Christmas and New Year’s engagements! Thank you for a wonderful year.

Rebecca

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