How often have you found yourself in this predicament? While frantically searching for the nearest place to sit down, all you can think about is getting out of those shoes and rubbing your tired, aching feet. We’ve all paid the price for sacrificing comfort for beauty somewhere along the way. Regardless of how uncomfortable those shoes may be, if they’re the perfect shade of blue, we will endure the pain in hopes that we’ll have plenty of opportunities to sit down. Our poor feet are screaming out, but we turn a deaf ear to them in the name of fashion.

But let me tell you. The one day that you definitely don’t want your feet to be in pain is on your wedding day. Choosing the wrong shoe can turn your dreamy wedding into a nightmare in a heartbeat! High heels can be a problem, even for a stiletto-wearing veteran. So here are some tips to make sure that when you’re done with the festivities, your feet will thank you!

  1. Don’t take your shoes off! No matter how badly your feet may feel, it’s best not to take your shoes off because the moment you do, they will swell and you will never be able to get into those shoes again (or at least until the swelling goes down.) Instead, sit down and rest your feet to take some of the pressure off.
  2. Buy shoes a half size larger. Standing for long periods of time, can cause your feet to swell. Give yourself a little wiggle room, and you’ll definitely appreciate it at the end of the night. Open-toe shoes, sandals and sling backs also give your feet a little more room if needed.

  3. Be practical. This just may not be the time to wear those five-inch stilettos. Opt for a more practical heel height instead. From dainty to dramatic, there are plenty of two-inch styles that should suit your fancy. Check out these ones I found online.

 

All of these tips apply for your bridesmaids shoes, too. Make sure that the women you love most (and their feet) are comfortable in your selection for the bridal party as well. Keep these tips in mind so you’ll be remembered as the beautiful, blushing bride and not the bride who walked around the wedding reception barefoot. Do yourself a favor. Take care of your feet and they’ll take care of you.