Wearing flats on your wedding day


The shoes that you choose can make a huge difference on your wedding day. Would you wear flats on your wedding day, or are high heels a must?

I must admit that shoes confuse me, I’m not a ‘lover of shoes’ kinda gal. I get that they are stunning, beautiful things, but high heels and I are not really friends. We just don’t get along. I’m more of a flat little ballet shoe kind of person (or more honestly, a Birkenstock wearer).  If I do wear high shoes the heel needs to be chunky, otherwise I do those very ungraceful wobbles like a drunk person. I need to watch i don’t sprain both ankles! I used to joke and say that I wanted to wear white Doc Martins on my wedding day (well, it was the 90’s). I kind of wished that I had now.

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I love looking at pretty shoes, and wedding shoes are no different. Wedding shoes can be really beautiful, and I love the trend of wearing coloured shoes for the big day. Lots of the weddings I have conducted, the brides have worn some stunningly colourful shoes.  Check out the weddings of Kate and Dan, or Suzy and Matt for examples of great shoes.

What about the idea of two pairs of wedding shoes? The high amazing shoes for the ceremony and the photos, then the cute and comfortable flat shoes for the rest of the day. This idea makes good sense, and gives brides the opportunity to have the best of both worlds if that is what she wants. Some brides have used heel savers or high heel protectors, which stop heels digging onto the grass when you are in a park. Some people have even started supplying them to their guests when they arrive at the ceremony in some outdoor weddings. Sometimes it is not just a park and grass that people have to contend with. I have conducted beach weddings where on the invitations the couple have suggested that shoes are optional.

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But what about when it is impractical for high shoes to be worn? Do you still need those Jimmy Choo’s? What is a bride to do? Does convenience and safety come in to play? Or is it one time where you just have to wear the nicest shoes no matter what the conditions are?

Thank you to Love Journal Photography for the photos for the blog this week. Check out their website here or find them on facebook here.

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