For many brides, the most important accessory on wedding day isn’t the crystal headpiece or the flowing veil. Instead, the one accessory these fashionista brides are most concerned with is their bridal footwear.

Will you wear heels? Will you wear flats? Will you trade off between the two throughout the night? Whether you have this planned out yet, or you’re still in the search for the perfect wedding shoes, the tips found below are tested and bride-approved for the ultimate bridal shoe experience!

Wedding Toms and bridal accessories, photographed by Memphis wedding photographer Christen Jones Photography. Featured on The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com

Wedding heels in front of stained glass window, photographed by Memphis wedding photographer Christen Jones Photography. Featured on The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com

1. Decide between heels and flats for your wedding day.

I only say to decide between bridal heels and flats because you need to wear whichever you plan to have on for the majority of the night to your gown fitting appointments. This will ensure that the seamstress is able to hem the gown to the appropriate length, allowing you to walk and dance freely without tripping over your dress throughout your wedding day.

Bride with silver shoes posing with new husband at Tennessee wedding, photographed by Memphis wedding photographer Christen Jones Photography. Featured on The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com

2. Break your bridal shoes in long before your wedding day.

It’s easy to want to keep your wedding shoes in pristine, totally new condition until the actual wedding day like your wedding dress, but trust me: you’ll be glad you broke them in beforehand on the actual day! Besides, no one is suggesting that you should waltz through mud or run a marathon in them. Simply wear them as often as possible, for as long as possible each day as you’re walking around. Definitely take them along to any dance lessons you and your dad or future hubby may have scheduled, too. In short, get a better feel for them! If you simply can’t wear the shoes past an hour without crying, you may want to opt for another bridal heel or shoe choice.

Silver Jimmy Choo wedding shoes, photographed by Memphis wedding photographer Christen Jones Photography. Featured on The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com

Bride with bridesmaids in multi-colored heels, photographed by Memphis wedding photographer Christen Jones Photography. Featured on The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com

3. Prep your wedding shoes for dancing across slick surfaces, and line them with cushions in places where they scuff your skin.

After you break your shoes in and can wear them for long periods of time, purchase anti-skid padding to go on the sole of each shoe so that your chances of slipping and falling on different types of flooring are minimal. Go one step further by adding cushioning to areas inside the shoe that may scuff repeatedly throughout the night and cause blisters, like along your heel or around your toes. Pack Band-Aids or other cushioning options inside your bridal emergency kit, too!

Feathered white wedding shoes and short bridal gown, photographed by Memphis wedding photographer Christen Jones Photography. Featured on The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com

4. Be prepared to choose comfort over beauty when it comes to your bridal footwear.

Alright, I know – we women wear heels not because they’re comfortable, but because they look fabulous, and what better time to look fabulous than on our wedding day, right? Right. However, if your choice of heels has you in tears with each step, you may actually be doing damage to your feet that could seriously downgrade your level of fun on the honeymoon. From blisters to crushed nails and everything in between, at some point, you have to admit defeat and state that it’s not worth it! Always purchase (and break in!) an adorable pair of bridal flats that you can wear later on during the reception to save yourself all that pain. You’ll be oh-so-thankful that you brought them along later!

White wedding shoes with broach clip, photographed by Memphis wedding photographer Christen Jones Photography. Featured on The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com

Cowgirl boots on bride while posing with groom at Tennessee wedding, photographed by Memphis wedding photographer Christen Jones Photography. Featured on The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com

5. Strike a compromise with your wedding shoes.

Consider only wearing the heels for your bridal portraits, during the ceremony, and during the garter toss. Besides, let’s be realistic: if you have a long dress, guests won’t see your shoes anyway. That is, unless you have your photographer take a shot of them, you kneel during your ceremony, and when your hubby lifts your dress during the garter toss! In other words, take a cue from #4 if you’re not a heels pro, and go with comfort during all the other events of your day!

 

 

 

Do you have an opinion about wearing heels or flats for your wedding? Tell us in the comments below!

 

 

 

Images courtesy of Memphis wedding photographer Christen Jones Photography.