Friday, August 24, 2007

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Bridal Shoes (Part 3)

In my previous posts, I gave you five tips for choosing the perfect bridal shoes. Today, I will give you the last five common-sense rules to use when shopping for those wedding-day slippers.

Spend Within Your Budget

Set aside a reasonable amount in your budget for good-fitting bridal shoes. It is not necessary to buy a pair of shoes because they have a tag on them that says "designer bridal shoes" or "wedding shoes straight from Paris."

There are many types of white shoes that will look lovely with your white dress. You may find that you will need to spend more than you had originally budgeted to get the correct size or proper fit, but do not spend the whole savings account on designer bridal shoes if you are not in a position to do so.

Do Not Make Shoes the Focal Point in the Ensemble

Shoes are not the focal point of the wedding day. You, the person, are important and your shoes do not need to upstage you and your dress.

Your dress have been chosen very carefully, and if the dress is ornate, you will not want your shoes to clash with your dress. Choose shoes that compliment your dress and are simpler in design. If your wedding gown is long, elegant and plain, you may finish it off with a lovely pair of pearls or beautiful brocades. If you are wearing a shorter styler wedding dress, then very elaborate or fancy shoes may work nicely.

Do Not "Make Do"

You should not settle for a pair of bridal shoes because it is only for one day. You will never be happy with those shoes, and all of a sudden you will become self-conscious and the shoes will become your focal point. The bridal shoes that you choose should fit you nicely, accentuate your dress and make you feel good about yourself.

Buy the Correct Size

Do not assume that because every pair of running shoes you wear is a size 8 that you buy a size 8 when purchasing your bridal shoes. The size that fits you is the size you buy.

Sizes vary depending on the shoe manufacturer, and the only way to truly know your size is to try them on. When buying bridal shoes online, read the store's return policy to make sure that you can return shoes that do not fit properly. You may want to order more than one size so that you can determine which size is the better fit, then return the bridal shoes that do not fit after the wedding.

Do Not Buy Shoes at the Last Minute

Do not buy shoes at the last minute, or you will invariably choose the wrong shoes. By buying in advance, you will be able to correctly ascertain whether the shoe is comfortable enough and is the proper fit. Also, by buying at the last minute, you run the risk of your favorite bridal shoes being out of stock or on backorder for several months. Then you will have to settle for whatever is available.

Plan ahead and buy your bridal shoes as soon as you have your gown picked out. Trust me, you don't want to be stressing out over your shoes the day before your wedding day!

A couple of final words on choosing bridal shoes:
  • When purchasing shoes in the store, be sure to shop in the afternoon. Your feet tend to swell and become their real size late in the day, so this is when you need to be trying on shoes. Likewise, if you purchase shoes online, wait until late in the day to try them on to determine if they are the proper fit.
  • In the event that you don't think your bridal shoes will make it through both the wedding and reception, buy a second pair of shoes to change into after the ceremony. I would recommend a pair of platform flip-flops that are approximately the same height as your bridal shoes so that your wedding gown doesn't drag the floor during the reception. However, you could also choose a pair of ballet flats or sneakers and bustle your dress.

I hope you have found these tips to be helpful!

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