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How to Choose Wedding Shoes

Wedding Saving Tip: Go Low-Budg on the Shoes

There are plenty of things you may be tempted to splurge on for your wedding day, but there’s one place you should definitely save: the piece of your outfit almost no one will see. Wedding shoes are an expense that can get out of control quickly if you let it, but before you reach for those beautiful white satin Jimmy Choos, stop and think.

For a few matrimonial footwear considerations, keep reading.

  • Are you wearing a floor-length gown on your big day? If so, chances are your shoes won’t be showing much anyway.
  • Will you be walking through any grass, gravel, or (gasp) dirt during the ceremony or reception? If you plan on off-roading it at all, consider the toll that might take on your pricey kicks (hint: grass stains and white satin are a bad combo).
  • Do you plan to change into comfy flats for dancing during the reception? In that case, your wedding shoes won’t actually be on your feet for very long.

If you answered yes to any of the above, plan on the cheapest stylish and comfy pair you can find. Of course, if you plan on wearing a tea-length gown and will be indoors on solid ground all day, it may be worth splurging for designer shoes if you have your heart set on them.

Source: Flickr User TenthMusePhotography

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GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
I'll admit - this is the one place where I splurged a little. I got my dress for under $100, my ring for under $200 (that's with ring insurance) and spent less than $70 for my cake/cupcakes (hooray for gift cards!). So, I bought a pair of sexy (but relatively low, all things considered) red satin heels. I spent $80, which isn't "expensive" to some but certainly is for me. However, since wearing a heel saves on the cost/time of having to hem the dress *and* I have a short, white party dress I'll be changing into later, I can justify it. Also, before anyone says "Oh but heels will hurt your feet after a few hours - even if they are low!" I already have a pair of red satin flats to change into for a couple of hours, if need be. Added bonus, I know they'll look hot with a pair of dark jeans or a little black dress. So I'd say that if you want to splurge a little on your shoes, go for it - but only if you know you'll be getting your money's worth. I certainly will!
skigurl skigurl 5 years
i agree, this is an area to save i figure i will go one of two ways: either go super cheap flats of flip flops or something, OR take this opportunity as one of the only where i'll own some Manolos or Choos!! but it all depends on every other aspect of the wedding and my dress etc.
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