How to Choose the Perfect Bridal Shoes for Your Big Day

April 2, 2024

isaac beachy

Wedding Tips

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Amidst the flurry of choosing the right dress and picking your venue, selecting the perfect pair of bridal shoes is a detail that deserves just as much attention. Your wedding shoes not only complement your gown but also ensure you’re comfortable throughout your special day. Here are some tips to guide you in finding those dream shoes that marry style with comfort.

Consider the Venue

The location of your wedding plays a significant role in the type of shoes you should consider. For an outdoor ceremony, you might want to avoid stilettos that could sink into the grass. Consider wedges or flats for better stability. On the other hand, an indoor or a solid-floor venue can be perfect for those Cinderella heels you’ve been eyeing.

Prioritize Comfort

Remember, you’ll be on your feet for hours, mingling with guests, dancing, and walking down the aisle. Choose shoes with comfortable insoles, secure straps, and a reasonable heel height that you can manage. If you’re not used to high heels, consider kitten heels or stylish flats. There’s no rule stating that bridal shoes must have sky-high heels!

Match Your Dress

If your dress is simple, you might opt for shoes with a bit of sparkle or texture to add an element of surprise. Conversely, if your dress is already quite detailed, go for a pair of shoes in a solid color. The length of your gown will also determine how much of your shoes are visible; shorter dresses allow for bolder shoe choices.

Break Them In

Avoid the discomfort of new shoes on your wedding day by breaking them in beforehand. Wear them around the house for short periods to soften the material and prevent any potential blisters. This way, you’ll feel as comfortable as possible on the big day.

Color Coordination

While white or ivory is traditional for bridal shoes, don’t be afraid to play with color. Metallic tones like gold or silver can add sophistication, while a pop of color—such as blue for your “something blue”—can bring a playful element to your ensemble.

Heel Height Matters

Consider the heel height in relation to your partner’s height and your own comfort level. You don’t want to tower over your partner, and similarly, you don’t want to wobble down the aisle in heels you’re not able to manage.

Longevity Beyond the Wedding

Think about whether you’re choosing shoes you can wear after the wedding day. Opting for a shoe that you can don again for anniversaries or special events will give you more bang for your buck.

Budget Wisely

Wedding costs add up quickly, so set a budget for your shoes and stick to it. While it’s essential they look good and match your dress, remember, it’s possible to find stunning bridal shoes without breaking the bank.

Fashion meets Function

Chances are, you’re selecting a pair of shoes that fit the season. Open-toes are lovely for summer, but might not be as practical for a winter wedding. Also, consider the functionality, such as the ease of slipping them on and off, especially if you plan on changing shoes for the reception.

Extra Pair Could Save the Day

Some brides opt to have a second, more comfortable pair of shoes for the reception. If you’re planning to dance the night away, consider this option. Flats or sneakers can be a saving grace after hours in heels.

Navigating through your bridal shoe selection is just as important as picking out your dress. It’s a blend of personal style, comfort, and practicality that can enhance your overall bridal look immensely. Keep these tips in mind when shoe shopping, and walk down the aisle confidently, fabulously, and most importantly, comfortably!


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About the Author

Heya I am Alivia Beachy, my husband and I are a wedding photo and film team. We are based in Kokomo Indiana, but we travel literally everywhere. Together, Isaac and I are like peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, or whatever your favorite combo is! Our mission? To capture your story and so authentically that you don’t even know we are there.

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