Flats on your wedding day?
When my sister Stephanie got married last summer, there was one thing that I strongly disagreed with her about: wearing flats on her big day. But seeing how well her shoes worked for her made me start to think that just maybe they do have a place in the world of wedding footwear.
Location, location, location
Stephanie’s main reason for choosing flats was because she’d be having a garden wedding. Due to the chances of her sinking into the grass during her walk down the aisle, an outdoor venue was not the best place to show off her stilettos!
Stephanie decided to go for a gold sandal to complement the gold jewellery she’d be wearing. While shoe shopping with her, I saw a number of flats that would be appropriate for wearing with a wedding dress. If your wedding is going to be outdoors, I’d go for a sandal with some beading or embellishments, whereas in a church wedding a better choice would be a satin ballet flat, possibly with a peep toe.
Dancing the night away
Rather than changing into flats solely for the reception, like many brides do these days, Stephanie wanted to wear flats from the start because if she got her wedding dress altered to wear with heels, it might drag on the floor later when she changed shoes. This could mean a dirty dress and possible problems when she hit the dance floor. And comfortable sandals meant that even though she’d spent hours on her feet, she was still able to be the first one out on the dance floor and the last one to leave.
She isn’t the only bride who’s opted to forego heels on their wedding day. Last August, Tatiana Santo Domingo was spotted pairing her boho style wedding dress with simple sandals when she married Andrea Casiraghi, second in line to Monaco’s throne.
If even royalty can get away with wearing flats on their big day, I just may have to reconsider ruling them out as a footwear option for my own future wedding.