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How NOT to Ditch Your Wedding Kicks
With the Big Day coming up, your coffee table is littered with wedding magazines and guides, half-written notes to yourself, and a planner full of appointments. It’s a job within itself, to pick the perfect cake, announcements, dress and let’s not forget those shoes (as if we needed another excuse to buy a great pair of shoes)!
With all of that going on, it’s easy to forget things; you just have to hope they’re not the big things, like eating or letting the dog out. Often, it’s the simple things, like finding shoes that are not only cute, but comfortable, too. Those brides that can wear their diamond-encrusted stilettos from sunrise to sunset on their special day aren’t goddesses, although they may have you believing otherwise. Here’s their secret:
It’s easy to fall in love with a cute pair of kicks and not bother thinking about the practicality of them. Before rushing right up to the cash register with the ones that are both pink and sparkly, sit down and enjoy a break. Are these heels far outside of your comfort zone? If they are, see if you can find a similar style with a lower heel, or even call a local shoe repair shop and see if they could file the heel down.
Do you normally wear heels? If the answer is no, ask yourself if you really want to wear heels on your wedding day. If you do, practice makes perfect: be sure to walk in them daily until you become comfortable with the style. Conversely, if heels simply don’t make sense for your wedding (woods, beach, etc) then consider alternative footwear that can be just as cute!
Finding the Fit
Especially since you will be wearing your shoes for the entire day, make sure you’re getting the best fit. Shoes that fit properly will not pinch your feet (too small or narrow), nor will they allow your feet to slide (too big). Your toes and heels should not hang over the edges, either. If your feet are different sizes, ask the store if they would allow you to purchase the shoes in two different sizes as well. When in doubt, have the store check your shoe size to ensure you’re getting the best fit (yes, they still do that)!
When you’ve found the perfect pair of shoes that fit just right and still aren’t comfortable, cheat: invest in great inserts that cushion your feet in all the right areas. Wear socks when you test your heels around the house to help stretch the bands the tiniest bit, which will create a comfortable, worn-in feel. If all else fails, invest in a great back-up pair of shoes that are more comfortable.
Practical doesn’t have to mean boring—especially for your wedding day! While finding the perfect balance can seem like Mission: Impossible, steal these secrets and be a bride that doesn’t have to go barefoot on her Big Day!
Author Bio – My Glass Slipper is the premier online destination for wedding shoes. We have something for every bride: MyGlassSlipper.com carries the best selection of designer wedding shoes, including exclusive styles from Badgley Mischka, Benjamin Adams, Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman and more.
I am SUPER excited to have a GUEST post today! Simply Bridal was kind enough to share some valuable information/tips on how to accessorize for your wedding day! They even gave you a discount code to use on their website! Check out the code and guest post below!
Accessorizing Your Wedding
When you think about accessories you can easily become overwhelmed and you may find yourself at a loss on where to begin. This article will help you to break down accessory options in four areas.
Dress colors are typically many different shades of ivory, white or beige. Whichever color your gown is you need to make sure that the jewelry you choose doesn’t contrast with it but compliments the color. Pure white gowns work well with silver, platinum and white gold while beige fabrics work better with gold and shades of yellow. The best advice would be to try on your jewelry with the dress and if it feels right to you, go with it.
If your dress is simple and understated you have more room for bolder accessories including jewelry, clutch, hairstyles and nail color. Pick a bold colored clutch such as a vibrant hue you may have chosen in your wedding them for a dramatic effect or opt for a neutral tone for a more classic wedding theme. Hairstyles can also be bolder with clips, bun rings and tiaras. However, if you have an elaborate gown with a lot of details its better to dress down on the accessories, try delicate pearls or a small teardrop necklace. Lace gowns or delicate gossamer fabric should also be weary of ornate shoes with jewels or rhinestones as they can catch and snag the delicate fabric.
Seasons are a major factor in accessories. Winter is cold, so a shawl is an important necessity because you don’t want to cover up with any ol’ sweater as the evening gets colder and you also don’t want to walk around feeling cold and suffering. We suggest finding a shawl or cover up to go with your wedding gown in every season except for summer but you know your climate best. If you choose a shawl avoid bracelets and opt for dangling earrings to draw attention upward. Summer means heat and sweat and that equals sticky jewelry. Avoid necklaces during the hottest months as they will likely stick on your skin and fall unnaturally. This season is perfect for up do’s and those can be decorated ornately with jewels or headpieces. Consider carrying a traditional hand fan or parasol if you’ll be outdoors, it’s beautiful and useful. Spring means color and life and why not incorporate that into your wedding accessories and think about adding flowers to your hair springtime means the chance for showers so think about adding an umbrella or a wellies theme for your bridal party.
Day vs. Night
Daytime weddings are generally more casual and informal while nighttime wedding affairs tend to be more formal and elegant. If you’re wedding will be in the day remember that the lighting will play a huge role in your appearance. If your gown has jewels, beading or any glittering details it will be appear very minimal in the daytime but will sparkle at night so if you’re wearing jewelry be sure to note that evening jewelry should be minimal and muted but daytime jewelry can be more eye catching and sparkly.
Overall, accessorizing your wedding day is not without it’s confusion above all you should think about what is necessary and what is optional and then build your collection based on that.
SimplyBridal.com is an online retailer of a quality wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and bridal accessories. Started in 2011, SimplyBridal has been featured in Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, and Rock n Roll Bride. It has two showrooms in the United States, and ships to twenty-five countries in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Rob + I had the chance to speak in Dublin, Ireland about shooting photos and video fusion for weddings, portraits and families. We had such a blast with our two amazing brides on both days taking fun bridal portraits in a sort of mock morning of an Irish wedding shoot. We so loved everyone we met, especially Sonia and Padriac at www.SeamlessPhoto.com that we can’t wait to come back! I have always loved traveling to other countries, learning cultures, especially tasting the freshest pint of Guinness ever! I think I’ll continue to keep “lovely” and “brilliant” in my vocabulary for sure. Hopefully we’ll be backe to shoot a wedding next time!
Rob and I are so proud to be part of the Thirst Relief Mentor Auction 2013!
Not familiar with Thirst Relief? They are a non-profit who provides clean water to those in need around the world. (www.thirstrelief.org)
Through their Mentor Auction, Thirst Relief will enable you to bid on eBay for a 90-minute instructional session with some of the best photographers in the business! That means you have the chance to spend 90 minutes with my beautiful face, learning the ins and outs of photography to help you develop into a more rounded photographer.
100% of the proceeds directly benefit Thirst Relief, meaning all that money goes towards saving the lives of those in need!
There’s just one thing I need you to do before the auction starts:
Tell all your friends!! The easiest way to make this a huge success is to spread the word! Make a blog post, Tweet about it, post about it on Facebook, knock on doors, whatever you have to do!
You can get more info about the auction here: http://thirstrelief.org/site/auction
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See you there!
“The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing.”
I am sharing today’s post with everyone because family is important. One of my couples recently had a “second” wedding just for the groom’s mother who was unable to attend the initial wedding date due to a serious infection that kept her in the hospital. Their story, featured in The Home News Tribune, truly touched my heart and I know it will for many others. I feel so honored that I was able to capture both of these important days for you guys. Thank you.