Do You Have to Wear Heels to Your Wedding?

Etiquette, Jewelry & Accessories

The traditional image of a bride striding down the aisle may include a gown with a long train, a cathedral-length veil, and 6-inch stilettos — but what about bride who favors the comfort over style? Some brides simply aren't swayed by the siren song of stilettos, but one's wedding day calls for dressing up. Our etiquette experts weigh in on the great debate: to heel or not to heel on your wedding day?

Your wedding day should be filled with love, laughter, and merriment, not acute arch pain from shoes that aren't comfortable. While sky-scraping stilettos may fit some brides like the proverbial glass slipper, they are absolutely not a requirement for all brides. Whether you crave mobility on the dance floor or simply don't wish to tower over your betrothed during your vows, you should indulge in whatever form of footwear makes you feel most at ease — though you may wish to consult your venue's wardrobe requirements if you intend to saunter down the aisle in sneakers.

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From gem-embellished sandals to luxe satin ballet flats, there is no shortage of low-heeled wedding shoes to suit a bride's taste. When selecting shoes, make sure to take the tone and location of your wedding into account, and be sure to choose a pair you absolutely adore, whether they possess a heel height of a half-inch or a half-foot. Whatever wedding footwear you choose should suit your style and keep you twirling on the dance floor into the wee hours of the morning, so be sure to settle on a pair that is appropriate for you.

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