Wedding Planning 101: I Got My New Shoes On….

‘Tis the season to get married!

Two years ago, it was the year of back-to-back weddings and I just happen to be a bridesmaid in both of them. My two girlfriends had been asking me for wedding planning advice ever since they got engaged; I’m always happy to share my wealth of wedding knowledge and steer them in the right direction.

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Where should I purchase my wedding shoes?

Check your local shoe stores. Under a recommendation from a friend, I purchased my shoes at Sandy’s Shoes in Massapequa. They specialize in shoes for special events such as proms, weddings, etc. They had a wide variety of heels (low and high) as well as some other options, such as platform flip-flops, ballet slippers, etc. Their prices were reasonable and I was very pleased with my purchase. Macys, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, etc. also have a great selection of beautiful shoes.

What type of shoes should I purchase?

Buy a pair you feel comfortable in. If you don’t normally wear high heels, why should you buy a pair for your wedding day? The photographer takes a couple of pictures of the shoes, but once your wedding dress is on, no one will see them. But what they will see is a look of discomfort if you are struggling to walk down the aisle or into the reception room.

The main thing to remember is that you will be in these shoes for at least half the day, so you want to make sure you are comfortable. If you enjoy wearing high heels, then go for it! You know yourself (and your feet!) and you know how long you can last in a pair of heels. I, unfortunately, cannot last longer than a couple of hours in high heels, so I opted for a lower heel and switched to a pair of platform flip-flops after cocktail hour. My wedding shoes had a two and a half inch heel which also matched the height of the platform flip-flops. My dress didn’t drag and I was comfortable all night long! Best decision ever.

When should I purchase them?

Before your first dress fitting. When you go for your first dress fitting, they are going to be pinning, hemming and fixing that gorgeous dress so you look the best on your big day. If you have your shoes for the first fitting, they will be able to see how many inches they need to hem off the bottom (if any). This also gives you a chance to walk around in your shoes to break them in (which I HIGHLY suggest doing before the big day!)

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What advice would you give to future brides about their choice in wedding shoes?

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