Wedding shoes.. do they have to be white?

Alterations are calming down a little bit as the wedding buzz is dying down.  I have been able to scope out some amazing wedding shoes over the summer as our brides made their way in.  The idea that you must match your shoes to your gown still exists, but not as much anymore.  Our brides have come in with sparkles, red, blue, cream, purple, flats, flip flops, and pumps. The possibilities are really endless. Since I am more of a comfort over style girl myself, I always advise girls to find something comfortable before anything else! You will be wearing those gorgeous shoes alllll night, so you want to make sure they will help you stay on your feet. Decide what kind of heel you would like either based on your fiance's height, your dress length, or comfort level.  If you are a more traditional kind of girl, go for white, cream or ivory to match your gown.  Sometimes girls worry that a certain white will not match up, but even if it's a slight difference its okay.  Most likely the only time you might view the difference is when you take a few pictures.  Otherwise not too many people will be looking at your feet during your day, but rather your gorgeous gown and your happy smile.  Sometimes if you deal with a smaller boutique or a local designer they can actually provide you with a mini swatch of your gown to take with you for your shoe hunt.  It never hurts to ask, and it could come in handy when picking out bridesmaid dresses.
Shades of White

Shades of White

What if you don't want white? Then the possibilities are endless! Most brides are going for a color that might match their general accent color, while others just go for "something blue". I was awed by a bride's bright red pumps last week.  A wedding in Mexico calls for some flavor and those shoes were the icing on the bride! Different colors in shades of pastels keeps a gentle contrast from your white gown, but if your personality is bold you can go for bright pink!  
Darks to Pastels

Darks to Pastels

If you're not a heel kind of girl, no worries.  I just saw some awesome blinged out linen flats that our bride brought in.  They looked amazing for the brides personality and matched the gown.  You can wear bridal flip flops and even boots if you'd like! I mean, it is YOUR wedding day.  Orange converse? Yup.. seen those too :) No matter what shoe you do decide it is most important to have your shoes ready for alterations two months ahead of time so everything is perfect! Also if you think you might switch shoes and you're going rom a 5 inch heel to something much smaller, bring those too.  The length of the dress might get in the way when the switch does occur. Whatever you do end up chosing, it will be perfect... trust me. :)  
Fun colors... and coordinate socks! cute!

Fun colors... and coordinate socks! cute!

 
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