The shoes that you choose for your wedding have to fulfill a lot of requirements. They need to be comfortable, beautiful, and work with your wedding gown. When high heels are not an option, some brides think that they will never be able to find cute flats; don't fret, though, because there are actually some great styles out there.
plenty of reasons why a bride might decide to wear flat shoes for her
wedding. She might be having her ceremony on grass or sand, and wants a
shoe that won't sink into the turf. If her fiance is not much taller
than she is, many a bride feels like a low shoe is important for the
sake of the wedding photos. Or perhaps you just want to be comfortable.
In my case, one of my bridesmaids wisely pointed out that I didn't know
how to walk gracefully in heels, and my wedding day was certainly not
the time to learn! (It was good advice - I went with the flats, a
classic pair of Kenneth Cole white silk flats with a small tailored
Whatever your reason, there is going to be a pair of flat
shoes that is perfect for your wedding. In most cases brides prefer to
go with a bridal shoe in a fabric that matches the white or ivory of her
gown; there is not rule, though, that you can't be more playful with
your wedding shoes. This is especially true if you are wearing a very
full skirted gown, since your guests will really only be getting a
glimpse of the shoes anyway. Go ahead and choose a flat in an elegant
silver or gold silk, or really be bold and wear a bright red silk shoe
(a peep-toe style could be adorable).
One option that many brides
like is to wear ballet slippers. You know that you won't have blisters
on your feet by the end of the night if you choose this super comfy type
of flat. Real ballet slippers (as opposed to a ballet slipper style of
shoe) have very soft soles which over time will form to your feet. They
actually are made in one shape - there is no right or left slipper - so
you will want to wear them around the house to get them to conform to
your feet (otherwise they look funny).
Not every bride embraces
the idea of wearing a flat shoe for her wedding, especially those who
are only doing it so that they will not tower over their new husband.
Even if you are normally a stiletto lover, you can still find flats that
are stylish and sophisticated. There are a few wedding shoes designers
who specialize in low strappy shoes, like Stuart Weitman (also nice for
the mother of the bride who wants a comfortable dressy shoe).
shoes can also be customized to make them more special. If you find a
pair of shoes that feels great but needs some pizazz, buy them, and plan
to embellish them to coordinate with the rest of your wedding ensemble.
Brides love sparkle, and many of them will add some crystal or
rhinestone accents to their wedding shoes to go with their crystal
bridal jewelry. All you do is pick out an element from your bridal
jewelry that you really love, such as a small crystal flower, and stitch
it to the toe of the shoe. This is a particularly great idea for brides
who are wearing silk thongs for beach weddings. A little bit of sparkle
will take the flip flop from casual to elegant.
Once you start
looking, you will realize that there are lots of cute wedding flats
available. They may not be as sexy as a pair of sky high heels, but when
you are still dancing at the end of the night instead of limping like
the bride who chose the stilettos, you will be glad you went with the