Now that Ian and I have booked the venue for our wedding, (as well as a photographer and band), I’ve started to seriously think about what to wear. It’s the second marriage for both of us, but we see no reason to have a small, quiet affair. Rather, we want to celebrate with our closest family and friends. We feel incredibly fortunate to have met and we want to share that joy.
I haven’t chosen a wedding dress yet. I’ve been browsing online for a few months and have had to cancel three appointments at a bridal shop due to Coronavirus lockdown. I have an idea of what I want so I’ve been looking at shoes too. I have some champagne-coloured glittery Jimmy Choos that I adore. They’re eight years old now, possibly older. They’re stunning and I always enjoy wearing them. But, I’d really quite like some new ones for my wedding day.
I think it’s important that brides feel and look like themselves. I’ve lost count of the number of wedding photos I’ve seen in which the bride wears her hair up, when she wouldn’t ordinarily, or wears a gown that she feels she ought to wear rather than what she wants to wear. The beauty of being an over-40 bride is that I know what suits and what doesn’t. I have a strong sense of self and of my style; I know what I want and what I don’t want which is just as important. What I want is a pair of wedding shoes that I can wear all day and that I can dance in. I want to wear them again, to enjoy them. But most of all, I want them to be me. Here are some of my favourites so far…
Crystals and Pearls
While I don’t want a heavily beaded or embellished wedding gown, I do want a little bit of sparkle somewhere. These stunning shoes, bedecked with crystals, pearls, (or both), are absolutely stunning.
Top and bottom left: Jimmy Choo
Top and bottom right: Lotus
Flora and Fauna
These are absolutely beautiful and something a little bit different. They would be perfect with boho styles, or with a gown that doesn’t reach the floor such as a high-low hemline or with a tea length design to show them off. My heart quickens when I look at them; they’re the wedding shoes of dreams.
Top left and bottom right: Sophia Webster
Top right and bottom left: Rene Caovilla
Slingback styles work beautifully with 1950s style dresses. It’s one of my favourite sartorial decades because of the ladylike elegance.
Left: Rene Caovilla
Right: Jimmy Choo
I think these are absolutely divine, but…I’m not sure my feet are worthy of so much exposure. If we were getting married abroad, I wouldn’t hesitate, a light tan goes a long way. Perhaps they’d be better as honeymoon sandals.
Top left: Sophia Webster
Top right: Jimmy Choo
Bottom: Rene Caovilla
Lace is perhaps the most traditional of wedding fabrics. These styles would compliment any style of dress. The top two styles are from Rainbow Club. This is an excellent website because most of their range can be dyed any colour, so it’s ideal for bridesmaid shoes too. (All links are at the foot of the post).
Top left and right: Rainbow Club
These crossover strappy designs are perfect to wear with glamorous wedding gowns. I think most of us would opt for a designer brand if we were given the choice, but Lotus has some beautiful designs in a similar vein. And I know from experience that very few shoe brands are as consistently comfortable as Lotus.
Top row: Jimmy Choo
Bottom row: Lotus
I love blush and champagne shades as much as I do the whites and I haven’t ruled out wearing a gown with other colours in it either. These blush beauties are the perfect wedding shoes for brides who don’t wish to wear white. They’re utterly divine.
Top and bottom right: Rene Caovilla
Bottom left: Sophia Webster
This post is kindly sponsored by Lotus Shoes. All opinions are my own.