Okay, so here is the truth, except for your rings and photographs, almost everything from your wedding day will never be seen or used again. Your guest will return home, and your flowers will wilt, the cake will be devoured, your dress will live in the back of your closet, and so on.
But what about your bridal shoes?
As a lover of history and heirlooms, I want to offer three tips to brides for how they can turn their bridal shoes into something they wear again and how they can even turn into their own family heirloom.
Tip #1: Go for Non-Bridal Shoes
Most bridal shoes offered are dainty, lacey, and white. They are gorgeous but not something I could see many women wearing again. The most important tip that I can offer brides who want actually to wear their wedding shoes again is to explore options that aren’t necessarily designed and marketed for weddings. These pink Gucci platforms are a perfect example, they can easily be styled to be worn on your wedding day but can also be worn for nights out, brunch dates, date nights, and so on!
Tip #2: Invest and Go for Quality
Because we are planning for an heirloom in the making, this is no time to be inadequate with a budget. Go for quality–think leather soles and shoes that can be re-soled over time.
Tip #3: Make a Statement
A little wow factor never hurt anyone! I love the idea of choosing a pair of shoes that will turn heads and serve as a conversation starter. Think about it; you’re out and about when you receive a compliment on your shoes, and your reply is “Thank you! They were actually my wedding shoes!”.
Bonus Tip: Let Your Shoes Be Your “Something Blue”
One wedding tradition that I really enjoy seeing on wedding days is the “something old, something new, something borrowed something blue” tradition. The symbolism behind these words is very positive: “Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity.” I love the idea of brides putting their own modern and fashionable twist on something so traditional by choosing a pair of shoes that are blue!
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