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Sure, busting your butt in front of all your wedding guests may make for some funny photos a few years down the line. But chances are, if you're like most brides, taking a trip down memory lane is the last thing you dreamed about. Avoid an unfortunate fall on your big day with these pointers from the pros.
Choose comfortable shoes.
Your wedding day definitely isn't the ideal time to start experimenting with brand new heel heights. Instead, "purchase a pair of shoes with a height you regularly wear and feel comfortable in," suggests Tracie Domino, founder of Tracie Domino Events.
Wear heel protectors.
Getting married outdoors and simply not a fan of flats? Then you'll definitely want to invest in some heel protectors, says Blake Bush, associate wedding planner and event designer at Pure Luxe Bride. "They're a great way to ensure your stilettos don't get stuck in the grass or mud, not to mention they keep your shoes from getting dirty too," she points out.
Ditch the aisle runner.
Aisle runners may look pretty, but according to Bush, they can get bundled up and tangled easily, making them very hard to walk on. If you're stressed about falling flat on your face in the first place, it's certainly not worth the extra worry.
Get your gown hemmed properly.
During your wedding dress fittings, it's extremely important to wear the shoes you'll actually be wearing on your big day, stresses Shawn Rabideau, president of Shawn Rabideau Events & Design. "This way the seamstress can tailor the hem of your wedding gown to the correct length so you won't trip on the front of it."
Make sure you have enough space.
"Unfortunately, there's a much higher chance of a bride getting tripped up on her dress, veil or even the person walking her down the aisle if the aisle isn't big enough for both of them to walk comfortably," warns wedding planner and founder of Pretty Pear Bride, Shafonne Myers. Practice makes perfect, right?
Go easy on the booze.
Try and limit yourself to one glass of champagne while getting ready for the wedding, advises Domino. "Because a few cocktails and nerves certainly don't make a great combination for a successful walk down the aisle."