Choose the Best Shoes for Your Beach Wedding
If you’re headed to the beach to say “I Do”, you may have already embraced the simple and sophisticated approach to weddings. It’s possible that the feeling of sand between your toes is one of the main reasons you’ve chosen the waves as your backdrop and the seagulls as your musicians.
While you may want to forego your favorite heels to avoid sinking into the sand, does that mean you don’t get to rock killer shoes on your wedding day? Of course not! In fact, your seaside celebration opens you up to a number of exciting and attractive options.
Bare or Barely There?
Stepping into the sand is traditionally a barefoot adventure. Couples and their bridal parties often plan to kick off their flip-flops and process au natural. Most beach bridal gowns and beach bridesmaid dresses.are shorter in length and easy to manage in the sand, and many men choose either linen suits or shorts and button down shirts making their walk on the sand stress-free too.
If your sense of style demands a little more décor, however, beach wedding sandals are available in everything from simple economy versions to high-end high fashion pairs. These “sandals” are really a variation on a theme – they have no soles but wrap delicately through your toes and around your ankles and give the strappy appearance of wearing pretty wedding-worthy shoes.
Of course, some beaches are rockier than others, and some feet are more sensitive, so you can also consider elegant slip on flats in dozens of styles, or even lacy wedding flats if you really want protection for sensitive soles.
After the ceremony, pick the shoe that best complements your dress. Often a wide-soled, strappy wedge heel gives you the leg-flattering height of a traditional heel with the stability you’ll want on more uneven terrain.
The Wedding Party
The wedding party will certainly need something to help them transition from the sandy ceremony to dinner and dancing too. Men often choose a sturdy, thicker soled sandal for the evening while ladies in their perfect beach bridesmaid dresses have similar choices to the bride, with a wider selection of colors. The flooring and footing at your reception venue might open up additional options and allow more traditional heels. Find out what the terrain will be like before you commit.
Remember Your Guests!
There is nothing more hospitable than ensuring your guests are comfortable during your exchange of vows. Provide a basket of flip-flop style slip-on sandals in various sizes that your guests can raid when they arrive. If your ceremony is being held in a cooler beach region, you might pair these with baskets of lovely pashminas to keep the ladies warm during your vows and perhaps during dinner. In warmer climes, offer pretty paper fans, ice cold bottles of water and perhaps even paper parasols in your wedding colors to ward off the sun’s harsher rays.
You might also choose to follow celebrity wedding planner Colin Cowie’s lead and create an attractive shoe drop station so your guests can spend some barefoot time in the sand. A pail of clean soft-bristled paintbrushes can serve as the perfect “de-sanding station” as guests leave the beach to wander towards the reception.
Don’t feel compelled to give up your serious shoe style for your beach wedding. Instead, adapt to the elements and open your heart to sandals, slip-ons and wedges you can only wear to the beach!
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