How To Choose The Perfect Shoes for your Wedding
Darlings, this feels a little surreal writing my very first bridal blog post, and yes – it will be the first of many! I’ll be sharing my journey here on fashionmumblr.com as well as on my YouTube channel, and sharing lots of tips and thoughts as I embark on planning my very own wedding!
Today’s post is a bit of a ‘pinch me’ scenario for me, as two brands that I absolutely adore have collaborated to create a bridal footwear and accessory range, and it is an honour to be able to reveal the L.K.Bennett and Jenny Packham collaboration with you in today’s post. I studied bridal designs for my textiles A Level at school, and Jenny Packham’s glamorous and elegant designs were the ones that I most imagined myself one day walking down the aisle in, her creations are at once head turning but also classically beautiful and wearable, with intricate detailing and a perfectionists touch. The British wedding dress designer has collaborated with the luxury British heritage brand, L.K.Bennett for a stunning range of bridal footwear and accessories, and the result is a collection of stunningly stylish, yet classic and wearable shoes that are perfect for your Wedding.
When looking for wedding shoes, there’s a whole lot more to think about that the three obvious factors; white, comfortable and pretty! You’ve got to think about the height you’ll be in the shoes, the floor style at the church or venue, how long you’ll be wearing them for and so much more! So here are some tips on choosing the perfect pair that you’ll want to wear not just for your special day, but beyond!
Firstly, think about the weather on your wedding day! Of course, if you’re to be wed in England then chances are you won’t be able to predict it, but there are a few possibilities that you can plan for. For example, a winter wedding will almost certainly call for closed toe shoes, from the collection, these Fifi Ivory Closed Court shoes with beautiful pearl detailing could be perfect for covering up on a chilly winter’s morning. If you’re opting for a more vintage look, perhaps the Parris Ivory Lace pair would be more suitable; with a lower heel they’re perfect for a long day on your feet, and the French lace and Italian Napa leather combination gives a contemporary take to a classic bridal shoe style.
Summer and Spring weddings often mean opting for an open toe shoe; a cool pair of open strappy heels also give you the perfect opportunity to show off your bridal pedicure! My favourites from the collection include the Felicity Ivory Formal Sandals with the striking star detail embellishment and sparkling chain detail. These, or the Summer Ivory Formal sandals worn in my imagery make for a fabulous statement summer shoe, a glimpse can be seen under long gowns, or they make for the perfect footwear to be seen by all if you’re opting for a shorter dress style.
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Aside from the weather, your venue is also another factor that will hugely dictate your footwear choice. A beach wedding may mean barefoot or sandals that can be slipped on and off. These Cari Ivory Shimmer Suede flat shoes are a perfect choice for a more relaxed event such as a beach wedding, or could even be a perfect ‘second pair’ for popping in your bag for dancing into the early hours! Equally, flat shoes are a great thing to have on hand in case of an unseen puddle or mud (a field or garden wedding perhaps?!) so stashing an emergency pair no matter the venue or season could be a wise move.
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A city wedding, or one where you’ll be on stone flooring for the whole day means you can be a little more daring with your choices, but consider the type of shoes you typically find comfortable. For example, do you wear court shoes to work on a daily basis? In that case, the Fern Ivory Satin Crystal Court shoes could be a perfect option, as you’re already used to wearing that style of shoe all day long. If you’re more used to sandals or shoes with more straps to prevent your foot from moving about opt for a similar style for your bridal footwear; the Brielle Nude Satin Formal shoes could be a great option for stability and style.
When it comes to the venue, keep an eye on the ground when you do a viewing and make a mental note of any grates or cobblestones that could be a potential footwear hazard – if there are too many danger zones, perhaps opt for some dainty flats or chunkier heels to avoid anything stopping you from making a graceful entrance.
To match or not to match? While your dress style can certainly have an impact on the type of details you choose for your footwear, there needn’t be any stress when it comes to matching your footwear and your other bridal accessories. As part of the L.K.Bennett and Jenny Packham collaboration, there is a selection of bags with details to match the footwear; such as pearls, lace or floral details.
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Also consider the height of your heel – not just your own height, but also the height of your husband to be! If your betrothed is a little on the small size, you may want to opt for a shorter heel or flat so that you’re not towering over him in the wedding photos, but also you want to be able to walk in your shoes as gracefully as possible, so if you opt for a high heeled pair, make sure to wear around the house and practise a little first!
On your special day, you’ll want to be dancing all night long, so ensuring your feet will be as pain free as possible should definitely be a priority! Opting for good quality and breathable materials will help to ensure this, these Beatrice Ivory Satin Court shoes include a very practical 90mm heel and are crated with luxurious italian satin material, while the more structured shoes from the collection are made from soft Napa leather for ultimate comfort and style.
I hope this post has been useful for any bride to be’s – and if you’ve got any further tips then please do leave them in the comment section below!
Discover more of the L.K.Bennett x Jenny Packham collaboration here.
This post is kindly sponsored by L.K.Bennett x Jenny Packham