You’re going to want to look your absolute best on your wedding day, from the hair and makeup to your gorgeous gown. One of the most important accessories on your big day is your wedding shoes. When choosing the perfect pair of shoes to go with your perfect dress, you’ll want to remember these seven important things to make sure you find the right pair.
1. Comfort and functionality are key
Perhaps the most important thing to remember when finding any pair of shoes, not just your wedding day ones, is that you will have to walk around in them. You may have found the most beautiful shoe that you’ve been dreaming about, but if you can’t walk in them then they are not the right shoe for you. When you walk down the aisle, all eyes will be on you and you’ll want to look graceful and beautiful. Limping down the aisle because of uncomfortable shoes is a surefire way to look ungraceful, and smiling for photos through the pain will not be easy.
2. Break them in
You may have tried them on in the store and decided that they fit, but there’s more to finding the perfect shoe than just trying them on and pacing a few steps back and forth. On your wedding day, you will most likely be on your feet much more than you think. You’ll need to be wearing your shoes for all of your photos, walking down the aisle, standing there for the vows and walking out of the ceremony. Spend some time walking around on different surfaces, such as carpet, hardwood floors and tile, to see if your shoes are slippery. Try walking up and down a flight of stairs to see if your feet slip out or if they rub uncomfortably. Don’t wait until the actual day to try them out – by breaking your shoes in before the big day you can easily avoid all of these issues.
3. Match your dress
Even if your dress is floor length, you’ll still most likely be able to have your shoes peek out a bit under the hem. If you want to have your shoes match your dress, the best way to do this is to take a fabric swatch of the material your dress is made out of to the shoe store so that you can compare the colors and textures of the shoes to your dress. You may think you know exactly what shade of cream or ivory your dress is, but if it’s just slightly off the difference will be more obvious than if you chose to go with a totally different color. It’s important to consider how shiny or matte the shoes are as well so that you can see how reflective they are in different types of light. Also keep in mind that the higher the heel, the longer your dress will have to be. Make sure you buy the appropriate heel height for the length of your dress.
4. Let your personality shine
If you don’t want to match your shoes to your dress, why not choose a bright, bold color or design for your shoes? This is a great way to incorporate a little bit of quirkiness and fun to your wedding outfit without having to commit to something too outrageous. Try matching your shoes to the color scheme or wedding theme, or wear a pair of Converse sneakers if that’s more your style. There’s no rule that says you have to wear stiletto princess pumps underneath your dress, so choose a pair of shoes that you like best.
5. Check the weather
If you’re having an outdoor wedding, the weather is something you’re most likely keeping an eye on as it will affect many aspects of your special day. This should also affect the type of shoes you choose. For example, if you’re having your ceremony on grass, wedges may be a better option than stilettos. If there is a possibility of rain, mud will ruin your heels so plan accordingly. Having a pair of functional boots or flats and then changing into your stunning heels for the reception may be a good idea.
6. You can wear them again
Unlike your wedding dress, you can definitely wear your wedding shoes again and again after the big day. Finding the perfect balance of price, style, comfort and functionality is not easy, but because your shoes can be worn again, it may be worthwhile to spend a little extra time and money to find the perfect pair. It may also be worthwhile to find a more durable pair than to buy cheap ones just for the occasion so that you can continue to enjoy your shoes for years to come.
7. Have a backup plan
It’s fairly common to have a pair of shoes for your ceremony and photos and have a second pair of shoes to change into for your reception. It’s a good idea for you to have a backup pair of shoes in case something happens to your primary pair, such as a broken heel or discomfort. Also, having a different pair of shoes, such as flats, to dance in at your reception is a good idea to help you dance the night away.