5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Outdoor Wedding Shoes

Are you still in hunt for the perfect outdoor wedding shoes?  Whether you are the bride-to-be or the bridesmaid, having the right shoe for the walk down the aisle will be essential!

Types of Outdoor Weddings

  1. Wedding on the Lawn

Instead of wearing story high stilettoes that will inevitable swallow the stem of your heels as you walk across grass, opt for a stylish wedge that is adorned with delicate flowers or stones.  This option gives you height without having to sink into the ground as you make your way to the altar.

 

  1. Beachside Wedding

Flats and close-toed shoes will be out of the question for a beach wedding.  Sand will slowly build up between the sides of your feet which will make your stroll to the big event scratchy and uncomfortable!  Instead, try a pair of delicate embellished sandals that wrap around the back of your heel (to prevent sand from kicking up on your dress).  Sandals will not only look stunning with your beach themed wedding, but they will also be comfortable!

 

  1. Cobblestone or Gravel Walkway

Avoid having the ground shift under your heels as you walk across a gravel or cobblestone aisle by opting for a pair of jeweled flats that will protect your toes and keep you from getting your foot caught between spaced cobblestones.  Wearing flats across uneven ground will help stabilize your heel as you journey on to the next chapter of your life!

Be Prepared!

  1. Break Them In!

Regardless of which style of shoe you choose to wear to an outdoor wedding, make sure to take the time to break them in!  You want to be comfortable as you spend the day socializing, dancing, and celebrating.  Breaking your wedding day shoes in will secure more confidence and as well as comfort!

  1. Bring a Back-Up Pair

Be prepared just in case a strap breaks or a sole is tarnished… bring a back-up pair of shoes to ensure your feet are covered for the celebration!

Keepings Guests Comfortable: Outdoor Weddings

It’s no secret that summer is considered “wedding season” for a reason! Many brides want their day to be warm and sunny. Others prefer the cooler seasons, but still want an open-air ambiance.

 

No matter what season you choose, here are some tips for keeping your guests comfortable at an outdoor wedding—

 

If Warm:

  • Parasols are a stylish, useful accessory for summer outdoor weddings. They look great in pictures, and any guests who tend to sunburn will surely thank you, especially if both your wedding and reception take place outside!
  • In summer months, all your guests will appreciate personal fans! For a unique and useful twist, fans can double as your wedding program.
  • Guests may appreciate cool towelettes and blotting papers places in restrooms, making it easy for them to freshen up.

 

If Cold:

  • Keep some warm duds on hand! Even when they know a wedding will take place outside, some guests will still arrive in sleeveless dresses and thin fabrics. Providing a selection of stylish shawls and wraps is a great way to keep your loved ones cozy during the ceremony.
  • If your reception is outside as well, consider renting a heated tent. Depending on the day, you may not even need the heat, but it’s better to be over-prepared than to have shivering guests!
  • Instead of fans, leave one-use hand-warmers on each seat for the ceremony. Guests can easily decide whether or not they’d like to use them.

 

Other fun ideas:

  • You hope for a sunny day, so offer your guests sunglasses. You’ll be surprised how many will forget their own shades. Simple sunglasses at a cute table are not only a thoughtful party favor, but a useful one as your guests watch the “I Do”s!
  • If dancing is an important part of your reception, consider providing flip-flops or slip-on dancing shoes for your high-heeled guests.

 

Some simple extras for your guests can make your big day memorable for everyone!